WSOP 2010 Event 38 - Valdemar Kwaysser Wins PL Holdem World Championship
Event #38 of the 2010 WSOP was the $10,000 PL Holdem World Championship. A strong field of 268 players turned out to battle for the last PL Holdem bracelet of the year and $617,214.
WSOP 2010 Event 38 winner Valdemar Kwaysser
Only 122 players survived Day 1 with Peter Jetten leading the field. Only 27 players would make the money in this event. Among those that cashed on Day 2 were Marco Traniello and Mike "The Mouth" Matusow
Day 3 of this event saw 25 players return to try and make their way to the final table.
Vitaly Lunkin, Noah Boeken, and Allen Kessler were all still in the hunt, but none made the final table of this event. Former bracelet winner Blair Rodman made his 2nd final table of this WSOP, but he started as the 2nd short stack. Tom Marchese the final table as chip leader. This is how the final nine players started final table play:
Heads-up play started with Valdemar Kwaysser holding a commanding chip lead over Matt Marafioti. He led 7.385 Million to just 655,000. Marafioti put up a tremendous fight and got his stack up to 1.8 Million, but it just wasn't enough. The final hand of the event saw Marafioti raise to 200,000 pre-flop and Kwaysser called to see a flop of Jc-6s-10c. Kwaysser checked and Marafioti bet 200,000. Kwaysser check-raised the pot and Marafioti called all-in. It was Jd-8d for Kwaysser against the Kc-6c for Marafioti, also known as top pair vs flush draw. The turn and river both fell spades, missing Marafioti and giving the bracelet to Kwaysser.
Valdemar Kwaysser takes his first WSOP bracelet. In addition, he took home $617,214 in prize money and advanced a bit in the World Series of Poker money list. This is Kwaysser's third major poker title. He has a title on both the Latin American Poker Tour and the Italian Poker Tour. Of course, none of those titles compares to the WSOP bracelet, the mark of a true champion. Congratulations.
Below are the final table payouts: