At the start of the day when we returned with 23 of the world's best mixed game players, we admit that Ian Gordon wasn't our first choice when we were predicting a winner. We didn't know a lot about this young man, but as the day developed he quietly amassed chips and built a confidence that ultimately was tough for his opponents to stop.
There were several key hands that went his way, with the backdoor flush against Matt Glantz a pivotal moment that gave him the momentum and the chip lead that he carried all the way to a memorable victory. To overcome this final table was a huge achievement, but to do so with such efficiency was impressive, especially for those in media row who were making breakfast plans. Instead, we can thankfully grab a little shut-eye.
With virtually no previous tournament record, Gordon has now added a massive $611,666 to his bankroll and a beautiful gold bracelet to his wrist.
Thanks for staying up with us and we look forward to you joining us again tomorrow as the 2010 World Series of Poker continues. Good night from the Rio!
Before heads-up play began we witnessed one of the rarer, but rather refreshing sights, as Richard Ashby and Ian Gordon both clinked their glasses of champagne with a cheers to congratulate each other on reaching this moment. However it was a moment they weren't able to cherish for long as this heads-up duel took exactly one hand to complete.
Richard Ashby raised the button before Ian Gordon three-bet from the big blind. Ashby quickly four-bet saying, "Do you want to just go all in?"
Gordon replied, "Hmmm, no I'll just call for now," and they took a flop of .
Gordon checked and Ashby bet, Gordon put in a check-raise and Ashby made a hesitant call.
The turn was the and Gordon fired a bet and Ashby looked down at his remaining chips.
"I think you've got me, but I have to go all in," said Ashby as he added another 95,000 to the bet. Gordon made the call.
Gordon's pair was in front and Ashby was left needing an ace or jack to survive. The river was close as it fell the to leave Ian Gordon as our champion!
Congratulations to Richard Ashby who pushed hard on this final table, and fought back from the short stack of several occasions, but ultimately fell just short of his second bracelet of the series, as he exits in 2nd place for $378,027.
Eugene Katchalov raised, and from the small blind, Ian Gordon three bet. Katchalov made it four, and Gordon called. After the flop, Katchalov moved all in, and Gordon called. Eugene had been dealt , but Gordon flopped the second nuts with . The on the turn meant Katchalov had four outs to win the hand, but the wasn't one of them.
Katchalov left as quickly as possible to go collect his $248,831. This cash puts him over $4 million in career live cashes.
Ian Gordon and Richard Ashby are now heads up for the bracelet. They toasted each other with the champagne Ashby's friends had delivered from the buffet. No one seems likely to settle in for an all night (or morning) heads up battle.
Eugene Katchalov completed all in for 110,000, and Ian Gordon called him. The boards ran out:
Katchalov: / /
Gordon: / /
Gordon was ahead with a pair of nines until Katchalov caught a queen on seventh to double up to 310,000.
"F^*k!" said Ashby, not caring that Katchalov was less than a foot away.
Katchalov doubled once again the next hand. He raised the small blind, Gordon three-bet from the big blind, and Katchalov called all in. Eugene held and had to dodge Gordon's . The board fell , and trip fours put Katchalov up to 650,000.
Ian Gordon was the bring in and Eugene Katchalov thought for a few moments before announcing a raise. Gordon quickly re-raised and Katchalov called off his last chips.
The boards ran out as follows:
Gordon: () / / ()
Katchalov: () / / ()
Gordon made two pair on the river to leave Katchalov drawing to only a low to chop. He'd need a deuce, five, six or seven to survive and he found it with the deuce to take the low.
They decided to make this one ten minutes, cause that will make all the difference.
Eugene Katchalov completed with Ian Gordon making the call. Gordon led the betting on fourth and fifth before checking sixth street. Katchalov fired a bet, but Gordon put in a cheeky check-raise. Katchalov called but angrily folded on the river when Gordon fired one more bet.
Katchalov: (X-X) / / (X)
Gordon: (X-X) / / (X)
Gordon extends his lead as Katchalov is crippled to just 365,000 chips.
Richard Ashby's rail has been drinking for awhile now, mostly the champagne they brought with them. (And we have to applaud their class and forethought in bringing real champagne glasses as well.) Ashby joined the celebration a few hours ago and is quite a bit more talkative now. He just had two giant plastic cups of white wine delivered to the final table. Ashby's friends finally succeeded in getting Ian Gordon to order a cocktail. He just got his vodka Red Bull, but he doesn't seem to be drinking it. Katchalov, who has send under ten words since they went three-handed, is sticking with the Naked smoothie he hasn't touched in at least an hour.