Tuesday June 11,2013 : The World Series of Poker, another new multiple bracelet winner, Canadian pro Mark Radoja, was victorious in event 16, the super-competitive, three-day long $10,000 buy-in NLHE Heads-Up Championship.
Two years ago, Radoja won his first gold bracelet in a $5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Shootout.
Felt by many to be one of the most demanding competitions at this year's WSOP, event 16 attracted top international players in a series of heads up encounters that packed the rail.
Having defeated legendary internet high stakes cash game player Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky in just 41 hands in the semi-finals, Don Nguyen faced Radoja (who had just sent Justin Bonomo home in the other semi-final) in the grand finale.
Radoja's start was not very promising as Nguyen surged into the lead and put the Canadian under pressure, forcing him to cash-in an add-on quite early in the game.
However, Radoja persevered and was rewarded with a massive double up around the mid-point of the contest which put him back in contention, although still trailing his opponent.
By the 83rd hand Radoja had reversed the situation, and two hands later he secured a memorable victory and the main prize of $331,190, leaving Nguyen with the second place $209,648.
Other pay-outs in the star-laden championship included:
Justin Bonomo $110,485
Ben Sulsky $110,485
Phil Hellmuth $54,024
Randy Lew $54,024
Sean Winter $54,024
Russell Rosenblum $59,024
Phil Galfond $26,237
Alexander Venovski $31,237
Warwick Mirzikinian $26,237
Davidi Kitai $26,237
Bryan Pellegrino $31,237
Craig Bergeron $26,237
•15. Melanie Weisner $26,237
•16. Marc-Andre Ladouceur $31,237