Sunday June 26, 2011 : Mitch Schock was also celebrating on Saturday night after claiming the jewellery and the first prize of $310,225 on the third day of event 39: $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha.
The first day of the event saw 606 players taking their seats, a 21 percent rise in registrations over 2010, but by the last day only 22 competitors remained, and that was soon reduced to a final table.
When the action was down to five survivors, Schock suddenly ignited, staging an exciting series of moves and double ups that saw him soar from a low chip count to significant chip leader in a relatively short space of time.
Maintaining his advantage, Schock tore through the remaining players to face Rodney Brown in the heads up, where his lead was wrested from him by a talented and determined Brown, almost ending Schock's tournament life before the cards turned and he again managed to first equal and then surpass his opponent's chip stack on the last level of the third day.
It looked at that point as if this was going to be another four day event, with Brown still holding an impressive stack despite Schock's lead, but the cards continued to favour Schock, and combined with his savvy play it was too much for Brown to beat.
Schock took the victor's spoils, leaving his very worthy opponent with a $191,618 payday.