Angel Guillen, a 26-year-old pro and online player from Mexico City won his first WSOP bracelet in Event 32 – the $2 000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em after a tense six hour heads up duel with Mika Paasonen of Finland at the World Series of Poker. Both players had prevailed through three hard days of tournament poker in a field of 1 534 hopefuls that generated a prize pool of $2 791 880, delivering cashes right down to the 171st elimination.
It was another real achievement for Guillen, who plays extensively online, but only started entering live tournaments in January this (2009) year. Since then he has managed a third place in the Latin American Tour's Punta del Este (Uruguay) championship and has several other cashes of note in tournaments in the Bahamas and Monte Carlo. Just over a week ago he managed a runner-up finish in Event 13 – the $2 500 buy-in NLHE tourney, pocketing $312 800 for his time and trouble and bringing his total career winnings to just under $850 000.
On this occasion, Guillen's winner's prize was his first gold bracelet and a check for $530 548 after he defeated runner-up Paasonen in the marathon heads up, leaving the Finn with a second place payday of $326 203.
Six nations were represented around the final table; Canada, Finland, France, Mexico, Switzerland, and the United States, with the two finalists around the felt with Jason Boyes and Clark Hamagami (Canada), Steve Kohner, Eric Ladny and Chris MacNeil, all from the USA, Daniel Makowsky (Switzerland) and Antoine Amourette (France). Although Eric Ladny held the chip lead at the start of final table action, he was to bust out in fifth position, faced with a tough crowd of WSOP-experienced opponents.