After close to two hours of heads up play Stephen Gee has won his first World Series of Poker bracelet and accomplished a goal held by nearly every player of the game.
Gee started the day with 1,540,000 and had a hard time getting much going in the early rounds. At one point he was down to just 975,000 chips before climbing up to a staggering chip lead heading into heads-up play with over 7,000,000 in chips.
Gee and Vance showed starkly different approaches to the game today with Vance playing a lot of big pots and making moves to eliminate opponents early on. Meanwhile Gee exercised a more cautious approach, playing few hands, but making those he did play count for a lot.
Interestingly enough, both Vance and Gee cashed in Event #11 last week. Vance came in 208th, while Gee lasted a little while longer cashing in 201st place. You could say they both lasted a little longer and finished a little closer together this time around.
Steven Gee raised to 300,000 from the button and Matt Vance shoved for his remaining 1,575,000. Gee asked for a count before making the call.
Vance was behind and got no love from the flop as it fell . He needed to go runner-runner if he was to pull ahead. When the came on the turn he was drawing dead with the on the river acting as a mere formality.
We haven't been seeing a whole lot of action as Matt Vance and Stephen Gee are mostly just trading chips back and forth.
We got one flop in when Stephen Gee raised to 250,000 on the button and got a call from Matt Vance. Gee followed up with a bet of 250,000 on the flop after Vance checked. The bet was good enough to take it down, and Gee won the pot.
We haven't been seeing too many flops since the break. In this hand both players limped to a flop of . We didn't see any action on the flop, as they both checked to bring the on the turn. Once again, it was checked through with the coming on the river. Vance decided to throw some money into it, betting 110,000 with Gee making the call.
Vance showed and Gee mucked. Vance has won a few hands in heads-up play and how looks to have over 2,000,000 in chips.
Matt Vance and Stephen Gee saw an uncontested flop of , which they both checked. When the came on the turn, Gee checked and vance bet 125,000 with Gee making the call.
The river was the and both players checked. Gee showed for a pair of kings, while Vance showed for a better pair and the pot.
The players are on a 20-minute break, and will return at about 8:40 local time.
Matt Vance and Stephen Gee saw an unraised flop of with both players checking through. When the came on the turn, Gee bet 100,000 and got a call from Vance.
The river was the and Gee check-folded to a 225,000 bet from Vance.
On the next hand, they saw another flop without a raise. This time it came and they checked to the on the turn. At this point Vance checked and Gee bet 95,000 with Vance making the call.
The river was the and both players checked once more.
Vance showed and Gee mucked, giving Vance two pots in a row.
Stephen Gee raised to 200,000 on the button and got a call from Matt Vance. When the flop delivered , Vance check-called a 150,000 bet from Gee.
The turn was the and Vance checked once more, calling a 500,000 bet from Gee.
The river was the . Once again Vance check-called Gee, this time for 1,100,000.
Gee turned up for aces full of kings and Vance mucked.
Gee now has over 7,000,000 in chips.
The last few standing, or sitting.