Event 17 – the $1 500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout – was also concluded this week with New York player Jason Young taking home the main $335 565 prize after a tough heads up with Californian Mike Schwartz, who had to be satisfied with a second placing pay check of $209 527.
Once again the entry field, at 1 000 players, topped last year's event – an indication of the enduring popularity of the game. Among them were David Singer, Nenad Medic (both of whom won bracelets last week) Phil Laak, Jennifer Tilly, Andy Bloch, Annie Duke, Erick Lindgren, Kenna James, Lee Watkinson, Tim Vance, Phil Gordon, and Robert Varkonyi.
The action was fast and furious, with a final table being reached within the 2 day planned schedule for the event but at a demanding cost of 30 hours of play and a lengthy heads up.
Final tablers, who all started with a million chips were: Casey Coleman, Matthew Gianetti, Thomas West, Rory Monahan, Kyle Bowker, John Strzemp, Mike Schwartz, Sergio Ryabenko, Jason Young and Alexander Triner.
In the heads up Young and Schwartz started with pretty much even chip stacks and fought a roller-coaster of a battle, with the lead swinging between them and at one time Schwartz virtually out for the count but making a remarkable comeback. It wasn't enough to stop Young, however, who left the table as the winner.
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