Jonathan Little Wins WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals

Jonathan Little Wins WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

The blinds and antes at the WPT final tables seem to be a bit of a talking point in recent times. The recent WPT event at Festa al Lago came in for some criticism as the blinds meant there was no room for post flop play. Here the session lasted much longer, owing mainly to an epic heads-up battle, but once again spectators were left wondering if the TV tables are becoming too much about pre-flop play.

Not that this would concern eventually winner Jonathan Little too much. Little eventually undid Jonathan Jaffe in a monster heads-up session (although we believe nothing can be like the Alekhin - Juanda battle we had to sit through on this side of the pond), capturing his second WPT title and the $1.2 million first prize. The victory takes Little's live game winnings over the $4 million mark and continues the hot streak which saw him crowned the WPT Player of the Year in season six.

So what of the other pros? Well, Mike Matusow had it all to do coming into the day the short-stack, and he eventually found a spot to get his money in against Little. Matusow's recent positive attitude seems to be reaping rewards, but in this instance his Ace-Jack was unable to overtake the pocket nines of Little. Matusow's sixth earned him $124,048 and continues a solid run for the pro.

Meanwhile, David 'The Dragon' Pham was unable to get his first WPT title despite this being his seventh final table appearance. He's an amazing tournament player with a record which holds up against the very best in the business, but here he was only able to finish in fourth after his pocket twos were run down by the King-Jack of Charles Marchese.

Marchese proved to be a little too tight to compete with the aggression of Little and Jaffe, and so it was that the two pros embarked on a five hour heads-up session. In the end Little eliminated Jaffe on the 275th hand of the table, surpassing his own record of 271 in the process.

In the final hand, Little raised to 850,000 on the button, with Jaffe moving over the top for his remaining stack. Little made the call and had Jaffe crushed with his Ace-Queen to Jaffe's Ace-Ten. The board ran out 8-8-6-K-Q, bagging Little his WPT double and some more cash to add to his burgeoning bankroll.

Final Results:
1. Jonathan Little — $1,120,310
2. Jonathan Jaffe — $670,636
3. Charles Marchese — $337,256
4. David “The Dragon” Pham — $240,344
5. Jack Schanbacher — $182,196
6. Mike “The Mouth” Matusow — $124,048

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