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Scottsdale, Arizona’s Dan Matsuzuki had no plans to enter the $10,000 stud eight-or-better event. In fact, he didn’t even play the first day of the tournament. It wasn’t until a friend convinced him to jump into day 2 that he put up the buy-in, joining a total field of 141 entrants.
“Come on, just gamble. Those were his exact words,” said Matsuzuki.
After a long day 2 grind, the 28-year-old Matsuzuki found himself at a stacked final table that included WSOP main event final tablist Jerry Wong (6th), as well as bracelet winners Bryce Yockey (7th), Christopher Vitch (4th), Ken Aldridge (3rd), and Scott Bohlman (2nd).
Matsuzuki, who had just five previous cashes at the summer series, came out on top to earn his first braclet, and the $364,387 first-place prize.
“The tournaments don’t really appeal to me too much,” Matsuzuki told WSOP reporters. “This may change my mind, I guess.”
Bohlman, who earned $225,210 for his runner-up finish, was gunning for his second bracelet of the summer. In mid-June, he won the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet event for $122,138 and he followed that up with a sixth-place showing in the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha event for $157,097.
Two-time bracelet winner Christopher Vitch banked $108,739 for his second fourth-place finish of the summer. Vitch was actually the defending champion of this event, winning it last year for $320,103.
Other notables that finished in the money included Mike Watson (12th), Jesse Martin (13th), Roland Israelashvili (15th), Yuval Bronshtein (19th), and Daniel Negreanu (20th).
Here is a look at the final table results.