Friday June 21,2013 : Erick Lindgren was not the only player to claim a second WSOP bracelet Thursday; 24-year-old Belgian pro Michael Gathy celebrated his second gold in event 34: $1,000 buy-in Turbo No-Limit Hold'em.
The bracelet came with a useful $278,613 main prize after Gathy bested a field of 1,628, a hard-charging final table that included Brit pro Jake Cody and an intense heads up.
Cody was the chip leader when the final table was reached, and there were a few bets that he would claim his second bracelet in the event. Seated around the table with Cody and Gathy was an international crew that included Benjamin Reason, Yueqi Zhu, Sergey Rybachenko, Daniel Bishop, Jason Duval, Noah Vaillancourt and Russell Crane.
In the event, Cody simply did not shape, and was eliminated in seventh place, to the disappointment of his large and noisy band of rail supporters.
When Yueqi Zhu exited in third place, it was Gathy facing Benjamin Reason in the heads up.
Reason is an interesting player who has comparatively recently moved into live tournament action after making a name for himself in the online environment. The same age as medical doctor Gathy, Reason hails from the USA and holds a degree in music education, although he now plays poker professionally.
The heads up lasted 17 hands and saw Gathy emerge the winner, although Reason could still claim his biggest yet live tournament pay-day of $172,252.