The United Kingdom’s Simon Deadman narrowly missed out on becoming the third British World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner of the year when he lost to Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier heads-up in Event #32: $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed.
Mercier sent four of the final table’s players to the rail on his way to victory. Australian superstar James Obst, Ukraine’s Igor Dubinsky, and Dario Sammartino all fell at the hands of Mercier, with Deadman dispatching Mike Gorodinsky during the 90th hand of the finale.
In that hand, Deadman raised to 200,000 on the button and Gorodinsky called. Gorodinsky then checked the flop, Deadman bet 265,000 and Gorodinsky check-raised to 700,000. Deadman, railed by an army of boisterous Brits, paused for more than a minute before announcing he was all-in for slightly less than three million chips. Gorodinsky eventually called and the cards of both players revealed.
Deadman was way behind and that fact remained true on the turn. However, the peeled off on the river to gift Deadman two pair and resign Gorodinsky to a third place finish.
Mercier went into the heads-up battle with a 7,430,000 to 6,325,000 chip lead, but on the sixth hand of one-on-one play, Deadman claimed a 3.5 million chip advantage.
A raise to 200,000 from Deadman was three-bet to 630,000 by Mercier and called by Deadman. Mericer led for 415,000 on the flop and Deadman called. Mericer bet 1,210,000 on the turn and Deadman called again. On the river, Mercier checked only to see Deadman move all-in for 4,100,000. Mercier let his hand go and Deadman raked in the large pot.
The very next hand saw the chip lead exchange places again. Mercier made it 200,000 to play, Deadman called and the dealer spread the flop. Deadman check-raised Mercier’s 150,000 bet to 435,000 and Mercier called.
Deadman bet 865,000 on the turn and was called. The completed the board and Deadman checked its arrival. Mericer set the price to play at 1.9 million, Deadman called and then mucked when Mercier revealed the for two pair.
Then on the 113th hand of the final table – the 23rd of heads-up – Mercier raised to 240,000 and Deadman three-bet to 720,000. Mericer set Deadman all-in and Deadman called,.
Like so many poker tournament, this one would be decided with a conflip. The crowds looked on as the flop fell gave Deadman outs to a straight in addition to his two overcards, but the turn was not a card that helped him. The was the river card, keeping Mercier’s sixes the best hand and busting Deadman in second place, a result that netted him $391,446.
2015 WSOP Event #32: $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max Final Table Results
A superb result for Deadman and on that propels him through the $2 million live winning barrier. While it must be painful to get co close to winning a WSOP bracelet then fall at the last hurdle, we’re sure Deadman’s largest cash of his career will help soften the blow, as will the fact he knows he’ll be in a similar position again countless times in the future.