Scott Seiver came back from being short-stacked at the bottom of the counts during five-handed action to make it to heads-up play against fellow American Matt Szymaszek.
The match was short and swingy. Seiver started with a 2-1 lead and quickly had Szymaszek down to just a few bets. Szymaszek then managed to come back from a 10-1 deficit to overtake the chip lead.
Seiver fought back well and pulled off a big bluff with jacks up, which left less than 30 big bets on the table. With limits so big it was all it took for Seiver to finally eliminate Szymaszek, who received $183,081 for his runner-up finish.
Seiver received $296,222 and the second WSOP bracelet of his career! Seiver has over $23 million in live tournament earnings, so the prize money and bracelet he won in this event might not seem like much. But Seiver admitted to WSOP reporters that the WSOP bracelet matters to him.
"I'll be honest," he said. "It matters a lot to me. It really does. I feel that I've really accomplished most things that I've set out to do in poker so far and honestly, even more than that."
Final Table Payouts (POY points in parentheses):
1st: Scott Seiver, $296,222 (1,008.68)
2nd: Matt Szymaszek, $193,081 (504.34)
3rd: Anthony Zinno, $129,186 (453.91)
4th: Christopher Chung, $93,009 (403.47)
5th: Matt Glantz, $68,352 (378.26)
6th: Philip Cordano, $51,296 (353.04)
7th: Daniel Zack, $39,329 (302.60)
8th: Michael Moore, $30,821 (277.39)
9th: Ken Deng, $24,700 (252.17)
Other Notables who made the money:
Among those cashing in Event #52 were Glaser (10th, $20,253), Nick Schulman (11th, $20,253), Mario Ho (12th, $20,253), Brock Parker (14th, $17,000), and John Hennigan (16th, $14,615).
Event #52, $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship, saw 114 top notch fixed-limit hold'em players who created a prize pool of $1,071,600. The last 18 players received a slice of the prize pool, with a minimum cash being worth $14,615.