Tuesday June 28 , 2011 : Besting a talent-loaded field of 732 top players in a four day marathon of a World Series of Poker competition was always going to be a difficult proposition, but 26-year-old Matt Jarvis from Vancouver pulled it off in a heads up that spilled over into an extra day Sunday.
In a field that included a heavy ratio of respected professionals, the 2010 WSOP main event finalist fought his way through the opposition and a competitive and aggressive final table to finally face Justin Filtz in the heads up of event 40 $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max, taking home the first prize of $808,538 and his first WSOP bracelet.
Jarvis was the first to admit it had been a hard slog, describing the event as a difficult and long battle against one tough opponent after another.
His heads up against Filitz ran out of time as the tenth level was reached Saturday with Jarvis holding the advantage on his opponent, forcing the two combative players to return on the following day.
Sunday provided an exciting finale as the two players struggled for supremacy for over three hours, but Jarvis's 4 to 1 chip advantage proved too much for Filitz, who had to be content with a still substantial runner up prize of $499,855.