Leo Wolpert wins $10,000 Heads Up NL Hold'em

Leo Wolpert wins $10,000 Heads Up NL Hold'em

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

EPT founder John Duthie came agonisingly close to becoming the third British player to win a bracelet at this year’s WSOP but finished just short against Leo Wolpert. Duthie beat Steve O’Dwyer in the quarter final and Nathan Doudney in the semi to set up a final meeting with Wolpert, a University of Virginia law student.

Duthie took the opening game in the best of three final but was pegged back in the second, seeing his top pair, top kicker soundly beaten by Wolpert’s trips. The deciding game lasted a marathon 192 hands with the chips eventually going in with Wolpert holding 5-3 and Duthie 10-2 on a 5-3-10 board. The turn and river helped neither player and Wolpert claimed his first WSOP bracelet and a cheque for $625,682.

29-year-old Wolpert played professionally for a couple of years before deciding to go back to law school. He is currently on an internship for the Nevada Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Wolpert insisted that the result wouldn’t change him “I will have more money in the bank. But I am still going to be in law school next year.”

Duthie picked up $386,636 for his runner up finish. Welshman Roberto Romanello also put in a fine performance, reaching the last 16 for a cash of $38,424.

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