The WPT host Mike Sexton was as close as he could get to his first WSOP bracelet last night. Heads-up, Sexton, however, could not defeat Chris Viox, who captured the bracelet and the $200,459 first prize.
WSOP's Event #25 was battled out in the poker discipline Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better. The tournament attracted 606 players with a top 56 to get paid.
Notables who made the money, but were knocked out before the final table, included WPT winner Jeff Madsen, Alexander Kravchenko, Dutch pro Noah Boeken and WSOP player of the year 2010 Frank Kassela.
The biggest names on the eight-player final table commencing on Thursday were WPT host Mike Sexton and online specialist Chris "PiMaster" Viox. The two favourites eventually ended heads-up for the title.
The final table was a true marathon; for the first time at this year's WSOP the two combatants had to come back the next day to fight for the bracelet, as ten levels of play were completed on Day 3.
The unscheduled Day 4 started out yesterday at 3 pm. Chris Viox then had a 3 to 1 chip lead over Mike Sexton.
Even though the WPT host managed to double up twice it was Viox who in the end could raise his arms in celebration after winning his first bracelet ever.
Sexton in turn cashes $123,925 for his runner-up finish. The second place adds up his live earnings this year to $315,000 thanks to his sixth place at the WPT Shooting Star in March.
Until yesterday Chris Viox had only cashed for $400,000 in his five years live career. The newly win adds $200,000 to that number, but most importantly Viox now possesses jewellery that no money can buy – a WSOP gold bracelet.
Final table result:
1 Chris Viox $200,459
2 Mike Sexton $123,925
3 Gerard Rechnitzer $77,097
4 Hakon Lundberg $55,917
5 Tyson Marks $40,782
6 Cory Zeidman $30,228
7 Sean Urban $22,767
8 Hernan Salazar $17,417