Monday July 4, 2011 : Event 52: $2,500 Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit) was decided at level 25 Saturday night, with Matt Matros claiming his second career bracelet and the winner's spoils of $303,501 after a short but sharp heads up against Jonathan Lane on the third day of the event, which had already reached a final table by the end of the second day.
 
Matros, who is also a respected online poker player, won the $1500 version of the same event at last year's World Series of Poker, and has already cashed twice this year.
 
Three handed, it was Matros, Lane and Matt Hawrilenko until the latter was eliminated by Matros and the heads up phase of the match began, with Matros holding a 3 to 1 chip lead.
 
Although Lane fought hard, and at one time even wrested the chip lead from his dominating opponent, he did not have the stack or the cards to beat a rampant Matros, who took the honours, leaving Lane with a well-deserved second placing payday worth 187,844 and the knowledge that he had bested all but one of a 580 entry field, among whom were some of the best players in the world.