Today four of poker's young guns will take their seats in the Amazon Room to compete for one of the WSOP's most coveted titles, as the $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship comes to a thrilling conclusion. A total of 162 players ponied up ten stacks of high society for the chance to take the heads-up crown, including defending champion Brian Hastings, who fell short in his quest for back to back heads-up bracelets.
The field was a star-studded affair, with the likes of Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Vanessa Selbst, Michael Mizrachi, Phil Galfond, Sam Trickett, and a host of prominent professionals sitting across from one another to compete in intense heads-up duels. Eventually the field was pared to 32, and on Day 2 of the event they played three more rounds to reduce the amount of runners to a final four.
Today's matchups can be found below, and each of our remaining four players had to overcome talented, tough pros to put themselves on the brink of poker's premier prize: the glittering gold WSOP bracelet.
Justin Bonomo defeated Jonathan Kantor, Warwick Mirzikinian, and Russell Rosenblum on his way to the final four, while his opponent today, Canadian pro Mark Radoja, only had to overcome the likes of Phil Hellmuth to earn his ticket to the semifinals.
Our other semifinalists also prevailed over a stacked bracket to advance, as Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky vanquished fellow online legend Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond and PokerStars Team Pro Randy Lew during the first two days of play. His final four opponent, Don Nguyen, bested Ali Eslami, Craig Bergeron, Sean Winter to reach this high water mark in his young poker career.
|Ben Sulsky||-||Don Nguyen|
|Mark Radoja||-||Justin Bonomo|
Play is set to resume here at the Rio at 2:00pm PST, so stick with PokerNews throughout the day for continuous coverage of this prestigious heads-up championship.