Matt Jarvis Wins First WSOP Bracelet

Two more bracelets have been awarded at the 2011 World Series of Poker. Matt Jarvis, who finished eight in the 2010 WSOP Main Event has landed the Six Handed No Limit Hold’em tournament, while Justin Pechie has taken down the Limit Hold’em Shootout.

WSOP Event #40 – $5,000 No Limit Hold’em (Six Handed)
Matt Jarvis and Justin Filtz returned to finish off their heads up duel, with Jarvis in possession of a commanding chip lead, a position he used to good effect.

Today’s poker session lasted just five hands. Filtz shoved with K – 9 off suit only to be called by Jarvis holding A – 8, which was good. Jarvis takes home $808,538 as well as his first World Series of Poker bracelet, Canada’s fifth at the 2011 Series.

Jarvis said of his victory: “You dream of a moment like this from the first time you start playing poker. To win an event like this with as tough a field as this was, is an amazing feeling.”

The field of 732 certainly was tough this year too, a fact that Jarvis alluded to several times after the tournament: “This has been a really tough four days. I had to compete with players like Vanessa Selbst and Michael Mizrachi at my table. It was just one tough opponent after another.”

“I think the November Nine put me on the map, but this secures me as a player,” continued Jarvis. “Especially in such a tough field, it shows I can do it again and that I’m a capable poker player.”

Jarvis has announced that he will now take a break from playing poker for the rest of the summer.

WSOP Event #41 – $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout
Justin Pechie had cashed thirteen times at the World Series of Poker without success, but that has all changed today after he outlasted a field of 538 to claim the $167,060 first prize and his first piece of WSOP jewellery.

Dale Eberle was Pechie’s heads up opponent and he collects $103,454 by way of consolation. The final hand saw Eberle all in pre flop with a suited Q – J and Pechie made the call with K – 4, catching a pair on the flop which held up.

Eugene Katchalov had headlined the final table of WSOP event number 41, but the Ukrainian could only muster a fourth place finish ($50,993) after being crippled by Eberle. Katchalov held A – K to the A – 9 of Eberle, when the flop came A – 9 – 5 and the fireworks began.

Katchalov lasted just ten minutes after that particular hand, and it would be Eberle who finished the job off. The pair got the money to the middle with Eberle holding pocket nines to the K – T of Katchalov, who got no help from the board and hit the rail in fourth place.

Stay tuned for more updates from the Rio on Day 27 of the World Series of Poker.

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