Three-and-a-half shots of Jagermeister deep, Daniel Idema notched another one for the Canadians.
He had just captured his second gold bracelet in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event, becoming the ninth of his countrymen to win at the 2013 WSOP, outlasting at a final table that featured several known players.
The convivial heads up match with Joseph Hertzog, in which the two ordered drinks for themselves as soon as action got underway, lasted 92 hands.
“Everything’s going our way,” Hertzog said of the Canadian run, pointing to Calen McNeil on the rail who captured a bracelet two weeks prior. “It’s the way it goes sometimes. It’s pretty fortunate, and I’m just happy that my friends are just dominating.”
Idema, a 28-year-old former hockey pro from Vancouver who won his first bracelet in 2011, found himself with a chip disadvantage early on and Hertzog started on a run.
At one point, Hertzog even told Idema: “Dan, if I win this hand, I’m going to win this tournament.”
Hertzog made two pair, but Idema found aces-up for a bigger two pair. So Hertzog called for another round of shots.
Then he won a few pots in a row, prompting Greg Mueller, on the rail to root on his fellow Canadian, to say Hertzog was “playing like a stud.”
Hertzog replied: “I don’t play stud, dude. I am a stud.”
But Idema continued to fight. He doubled up, climbed back to an even stack, chipped up a few times, then crippled Hertzog with a scoop.
They would order one last round of drinks as Hertzog’s stack dwindled.
With his opponent ropes, Idema stepped toward his rail and grabbed the remainder of a shot from a friend.
“It relaxed me a little bit,” Idema said of the shots. “He’s a pretty stand up guy. He made one mistake the whole time, but I don’t know that it was because he was drinking.
“You might as well have fun. He was a fun guy to play with and really a pleasure to share this experience with.”
Artie Cobb and his odd-looking his French fry-shaped hat could not overcome the short stack at the final table. The man introduced as a “WSOP legend” was looking for his fifth gold bracelet and his first since 1998. He won three bracelets in Seven Card Stud and a Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo bracelet in 1983.
Hertzog completed with the 7, Raul Paez called with the 8 and Matt Vengrin called with the 8. Cobb raised his Q and all three called. Herzog lead fourth street and all the players called, including Cobb who was all in. “I need a miracle,” he said. He didn’t get one, as Herzog ultimately tabled a wheel, sending Cobb to the cashier’s cage in eighth place.
Fei Chu started he final table as the chip leader, but after getting scooped twice early on, he found himself all in for his tournament life against Matt Vengrin. With Chu’s board reading 2 7 J T against Vengrin’s T 9 3 3, he three-bet and Vengrin called. Vengrin turned over A A and Chu showed A 4 for a low draw. Chu picked up a queen and a ten and Vengrin won with aces up, knocking out Chu in seventh place.
Tony Gill returned from the dinner break as the short stack, and he was eliminated half a dozen hands later. Gill had all his chips in the middle on fifth street, drawing to a low and a flush against Raul Paez, who showed J J 8 8 K A for two pair. Gill tabled 2 4 5 T 7 but bricked out for a sixth place elimination.
Mike Leah was crippled in a pot against Paez, after Paez made a wheel in a pot that left Leah with only 66,000 in chips. Two hands later, he was all in against Matt Vengrin. Leah raised with the T after Vengrin completed, and Vengrin raised enough to put Leah all in. Vengrin made a full house as his board ran out 6 3/ 6 J 6 A J, which Leah could not beat or chop with as his board ran out T 4 / T A 8 Q 7. He took fifth place for his efforts. It was Leah’s fifth cash of the Series and his second final table.
Despite stacking Leah, Vengrin soon found himself on the short stack after losing a monster pot to Paez who made a straight and a seven low. He was all in facing Paez and Idema a couple hands later in need of a nine to make trips and beat Idema’s two pair, but he found the 8 and left the final table in fourth place.
Paez held a more than 2-1 chip lead with play at three handed. He was looking to become the only Spaniard other than Carlos Mortensen to win a WSOP bracelet. But his fortune was reversed within a few hands. Hertzog put a dent in Paez’s stack after he showed a bluff with a pair of jacks when Paez had the K and K showing on his board. Ten hands later, Hertzog had wrested the chip lead and Paez was on the short stack. Idema put Paez on life support and Hertzog ultimately knocked Paez out. Paez was all in for 160,000 at the 40,000/80,000 level. His board ran out J 3 / 2 5 T K 6 for nothing but king high. Hertzog, meanwhile, caught a board of 4 3 / 8 5 2 8 4 for two pair and a low to scoop, sending Paez off to collect $71,736 in third-place money.
On the final hand, Idema only had to dodge the case king to capture the win. He showed a board of K K / 2 9 5 3 J and waited to see Hertzog’s final card on a board of 2 5 8 K Q, while Mueller shouted, “He’s dead.” Hertzog flipped over the 4 and it was over.
Final Table Results
- Daniel Idema — $184,590
- Joseph Hertzog — $114,109
- Raul Paez — $71,736
- Matt Vengrin — $51,488
- Mike Leah — $37,552
- Tony Gill — $27,834
- Fei Chu — $20,964
- Artie Cobb — $16,037