Commentary

Watt denies Dwan's quest for bracelet

Updated: June 7, 2010, 4:52 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

As you'll read about in Gary Wise's column on prop bets at the World Series of Poker, many players breathed a collective sigh of relief when Simon Watt ousted Tom Dwan to win Event 10, a $1,500 no-limit hold 'em tournament.

A number of players had bet six and seven figures that Dwan would not win a bracelet; however, Dwan entered the final table as the chip leader. That brought out a large crowd, making it one of the most watched non-main-event final tables in WSOP history, with many pros holding their breath as Watt and Dwan battled it out in heads-up play. In the end, Dwan was crippled after getting caught on a big bluff, pushed in with Q-6 and couldn't catch up to Watt's 9-9.

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WSOPphotos.comSimon Watt defeated Tom Dwan to win his first WSOP bracelet in Event 11.

Watt, a 27-year-old software developer from New Zealand, earned $614,248 for his first cash and win at the WSOP. He won an Asia Pacific Poker Tour event in Auckland in 2009 and is 10th on the New Zealand all-time money list. While he had to endure the cheers for Dwan throughout the final table, it was noted that Watt had only one fan in the audience, Joe Ellis, and apparently, that was enough to help him get the job done.

"It was amazing," said Watt after the win. "It was strange. It would have been crazy enough to just make the final table. But to play against Durrrr heads-up made it much better."

Dwan, 23, is one of the best players in the world and is ranked No. 3 on ESPN.com's poker rankings. After he was eliminated, he headed right to the exit. Meanwhile, those that bet on Dwan posted their relief on Twitter, while Mike Matusow, according to PokerNews, told Watt in person, "Thank you for saving us all millions of dollars! How does it feel to be every high-stakes gambler's hero?"

The nine-hour final table also included former bracelet winner Jason Young, who made his second WSOP final table appearance.

Notable finishers from Event 11 include Blair Hinkle (96th), Erick Lindgren (191st) and Jerry Yang (195th). This was Yang's first WSOP cash since he won the main event in 2007.

Below are the complete results of Event 11 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 11: no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 2,563
Prize pool: $3,460,050
Players in the money: 270

1. Simon Watt ($614,248)
2. Tom Dwan ($381,885)
3. David Randall ($270,299)
4. Austin McCormick ($194,939)
5. Jason Young ($142,346)
6. Michael Smith ($105,185)
7. Marvin Rettenmaier ($78,681)
8. Kyle Winter ($59,547)
9. Eric Ladny ($45,603)
10. Nicholas Phillips ($35,327)
11. Venkatesh Gupta ($35,327)
12. Harsukhpaul Sangha ($35,327)
13. Alex Bolotin ($27,680)
14. Kyle Julius ($27,680)
15. Jeremy Fendelet ($27,680)
16. Scott Hamilton ($21,936)
17. Jason Taus ($21,936)
18. Jacobo Fernandez ($21,936)
19. Christopher Giddings ($17,577)
20. David Newcomer ($17,577)
21. Antoine Amourette ($17,577)
22. Rodrigo Horvath ($17,577)
23. Jody Fayant ($17,577)
24. Joseph Brattole ($17,577)
25. Yat Cheng ($17,577)
26. Waylon Frey ($17,577)
27. Ryan Huntley ($17,577)
28. Joel Bidnick ($14,255)
29. Jason Gray ($14,255)
30. William McMahon ($14,255)
31. Zachary Turcotte ($14,255)
32. Jeff Hakim ($14,255)
33. Joseph Grenon ($14,255)
34. Erich Moir ($14,255)
35. (Did not report) ($14,255)
36. John Sidoni ($14,255)
37. Allan Le ($11,694)
38. Hue Mun ($11,694)
39. George Trigeorgis ($11,694)
40. Samuel Trickett ($11,694)
41. John Nguyen ($11,694)
42. Jake Solis ($11,694)
43. Gerald Lee ($11,694)
44. James Campbell ($11,694)
45. Carl Merkling ($11,694)
46. Khoa Nguyen ($9,688)
47. Neil Channing ($9,688)
48. Charles Crovo ($9,688)
49. Kenneth Cash ($9,688)
50. Ryan Befort ($9,688)
51. Maxim Sorokin ($9,688)
52. Ross Myers ($9,688)
53. James Harver ($9,688)
54. Matthew Resnick ($9,688)
55. Bobby Poe ($8,096)
56. Christopher Ajemian ($8,096)
57. Amnon Filippi ($8,096)
58. Anthony Hartmann ($8,096)
59. Payman Arjang ($8,096)
60. Simon Auerbacher ($8,096)
61. Keith Ferrera ($8,096)
62. Marc Blais ($8,096)
63. Thomas Rossi ($8,096)
64. Scott Buller ($6,850)
65. Kyle Huffman ($6,850)
66. Karl Fenton ($6,850)
67. Collin Cushman ($6,850)
68. Ryan Wilson ($6,850)
69. Greg Pohler ($6,850)
70. William Stalcup ($6,850)
71. Bryan Quenaud ($6,850)
72. Cedric Adam ($6,850)
73. Woodrow Sloan ($5,847)
74. Kyle Bowker ($5,847)
75. Jason Laso ($5,847)
76. Kevin McColgan ($5,847)
77. Michael Pesek ($5,847)
78. Roy Winston ($5,847)
79. Darrell Dayton ($5,847)
80. Tim Fischer ($5,847)
81. Michael Rodgers ($5,847)
82. David Bourgoyne ($5,051)
83. William Molson ($5,051)
84. Andrey Zaichenko ($5,051)
85. James Lee ($5,051)
86. Jesse Rockowitz ($5,051)
87. Douglas Relosky ($5,051)
88. Maurice Roy ($5,051)
89. Andrew Buechner ($5,051)
90. Brandon Croft ($5,051)
91. Bertrand Grospellier ($4,394)
92. Devin Porter ($4,394)
93. Sean Haviland ($4,394)
94. Matthew Schulte ($4,394)
95. Julie Polatchek ($4,394)
96. Blair Hinkle ($4,394)
97. David Oliveira ($4,394)
98. Meike Busch ($4,394)
99. Neil Tyler ($4,394)
100. Dean Hamrick ($3,875)
101. Jessica Dawley ($3,875)
102. Shawn Lawrence ($3,875)
103. Matt Russell ($3,875)
104. Terry Fleischer ($3,875)
105. Jan Skampa ($3,875)
106. Craig Boyd ($3,875)
107. Robert Goicoechea ($3,875)
108. Joshua Vanduyn ($3,875)
109. David Thornton ($3,875)
110. Randall Abraham ($3,875)
111. Wesley Garver ($3,875)
112. Charles Tidmarsh ($3,875)
113. Vittario Iemolo ($3,875)
114. Matthew Shafman ($3,875)
115. Kelvin Crawford ($3,875)
116. Michael Benvenuti ($3,875)
117. Salman Jaddi ($3,875)
118. Bradley Craig ($3,875)
119. Binh Nguyen ($3,875)
120. Andrew Zuzolo ($3,875)
121. Mike Schneider ($3,875)
122. Thomas Grasso ($3,875)
123. Taylor Paur ($3,875)
124. Ronald Lamb ($3,875)
125. Robert Karr ($3,875)
126. Thomas Newman ($3,875)
127. Jason Adler ($3,875)
128. Trent Schuler ($3,875)
129. Jason Buchinger ($3,875)
130. Brian Hansen ($3,875)
131. Shannon Shorr ($3,875)
132. Joseph Ebanks ($3,875)
133. Matthew Beisner ($3,875)
134. Dau Ly ($3,875)
135. Mario Silvestri ($3,875)
136. Tomer Daniel ($3,460)
137. Joseph Urgo ($3,460)
138. Jurgen Wenigwieser ($3,460)
139. Alexander Carr ($3,460)
140. Kurt Huer ($3,460)
141. Darryl Ronconi ($3,460)
142. Timothy Miles ($3,460)
143. Robert Cheung ($3,460)
144. Fred Louie ($3,460)
145. Roger Hudson ($3,460)
146. Robert Garinger ($3,460)
147. Mark Makaryan ($3,460)
148. Daniel Studer ($3,460)
149. Michael Schindler ($3,460)
150. Tony Lee ($3,460)
151. Janice Evans ($3,460)
152. Joseph McGuire ($3,460)
153. Jules Bui ($3,460)
154. Alexander Jones ($3,460)
155. Galen Hall ($3,460)
156. Alan Strickstein ($3,460)
157. Filippo Candio ($3,460)
158. Bryan Barrile ($3,460)
159. Norithreaksm Chheng ($3,460)
160. Casey Jarzabek ($3,460)
161. James Brinegar ($3,460)
162. Frederic Bussot ($3,460)
163. Thomas Barfield ($3,460)
164. Steven Baron ($3,460)
165. Nathan Doudney ($3,460)
166. David Yingling ($3,460)
167. Joshua Hillock ($3,460)
168. Anthony George ($3,460)
169. Christian Bates ($3,460)
170. Andrew Borrok ($3,460)
171. Marc Suckman ($3,460)
172. John Murphy ($3,460)
173. Daniel Buzgon ($3,460)
174. Jody Mosbrucker ($3,460)
175. Daniel Gossett ($3,460)
176. Joseph McGowan ($3,460)
177. Scott Heinemann ($3,460)
178. Alexey Maslov ($3,460)
179. Vincent Jacques ($3,460)
180. Ted Lawson ($3,460)
181. William Burdick ($3,114)
182. Pablo Lavalle ($3,114)
183. Karen Barfield ($3,114)
184. Christopher Oliver ($3,114)
185. Dennis Sargent ($3,114)
186. Brett Jungblut ($3,114)
187. Seth Johnson ($3,114)
188. Tony Dunst ($3,114)
189. Mukul Pahuja ($3,114)
190. Scott Garland ($3,114)
191. Erick Lindgren ($3,114)
192. Tyler Reiman ($3,114)
193. Jason Cluxton ($3,114)
194. William Ulmer ($3,114)
195. Jerry Yang ($3,114)
196. Christoph Torina ($3,114)
197. Robert Jr Durant ($3,114)
198. Lawrence Sharp ($3,114)
199. Kirk Kreisel ($3,114)
200. Gary DeBernardi ($3,114)
201. Steven Gee ($3,114)
202. Andrew Badecker ($3,114)
203. Scott Woolley ($3,114)
204. Minh Nguyen ($3,114)
205. Seth Howard ($3,114)
206. John Vale ($3,114)
207. Michael Glasser ($3,114)
208. Matthew Vance ($3,114)
209. Jason Hammerman ($3,114)
210. Benjamin Kleyman ($3,114)
211. Luiz Ferreira ($3,114)
212. Jose Olegario ($3,114)
213. Thomas Fuller ($3,114)
214. James Morgan ($3,114)
215. Aliaksei Kastsiushyn ($3,114)
216. Gregory Marcus ($3,114)
217. Brian Hill ($3,114)
218. Doug Carli ($3,114)
219. Tristan Brand ($3,114)
220. Dustin Johns ($3,114)
221. Travis Fouts ($3,114)
222. Zachary Fahmie ($3,114)
223. Brian Hodhod ($3,114)
224. Ken McKay ($3,114)
225. Eugene Todd ($3,114)
226. Jason Spooner ($2,802)
227. Edvin Setaghian ($2,802)
228. Andrew Schultz ($2,802)
229. Darren Berg ($2,802)
230. Christopher Lovett ($2,802)
231. Stephen Hornbaker ($2,802)
232. Jack Scheinfeld ($2,802)
233. Mans Montgomery ($2,802)
234. Bruce Vandervort ($2,802)
235. Hiren Patel ($2,802)
236. Ryan Julius ($2,802)
237. Steve Zolotow ($2,802)
238. Steven Josephsen ($2,802)
239. Barry Lang ($2,802)
240. Todd Shipley ($2,802)
241. Richard Castro ($2,802)
242. James Tolbert ($2,802)
243. Brandon Roccio ($2,802)
244. David Patent ($2,802)
245. John Ross ($2,802)
246. Karam Abousharkh ($2,802)
247. Thomas Corder ($2,802)
248. Donald Norman ($2,802)
249. Robert Fulop ($2,802)
250. Mike Allis ($2,802)
251. Kevin Chan ($2,802)
252. Daniel Bunnell ($2,802)
253. Kurt Beigel ($2,802)
254. John Moore ($2,802)
255. Javed Abrahams ($2,802)
256. Darrell Hopkins ($2,802)
257. William Duke ($2,802)
258. Simon Charette ($2,802)
259. Denver Worker ($2,802)
260. Lauchlin McKinnon ($2,802)
261. James Pell ($2,802)
262. Dmitry Vitkind ($2,802)
263. David Fuss ($2,802)
264. Patrick Arena ($2,802)
265. Kelly Komoda ($2,802)
266. Alan Snow ($2,802)
267. Chance Steed ($2,802)
268. Vilasack Phothisan ($2,802)
269. Patrick Hoben ($2,802)
270. Eric Cohen ($2,802)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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