After a protracted heads up that saw the final two contestants swopping the chip lead repeatedly and some very large pots, event 56, the $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em competition and the last of the preliminary events came to a conclusion in the small hours of Monday morning after a hard four day slog.
 
The nine players on the final table reconvened Monday afternoon to decide the issue, and by late that night Tomer Berda and Vladimir Kochelaevskiy had started a hard-fought heads up that was to last for several hours with extreme, multi-million chip swings in the fortunes of both.
 
By level 33 and the early hours of the morning it was a wrap, with Tomar Berda taking his first bracelet and the main prize of $825,976 and his truly tough opponent heading to the cashier and a second place payout of $510,939.
 
This event, like many at the WSOP, attracted some of the best players in the world. Chris Moneymaker, Daniel Negreanu and Ivan Demidov are just a few of the 1,941 players who started out initially but did not advance to the final table.
 
Alfonso Amendola was the first of the final tablers to go, followed by Joseph Curcio and then Ali Alawadhi in the seventh spot. Hungcheng Hung fell in 6th and Mike Wattel managed to keep going on a short stack until be busted out at 5th, with Salvatore Bonavena joining him through the exit door in 4th.
 
When Bryan Porter was eliminated in the number three spot for $353,260, it set the scene for a great heads up between Berda and Kochelaevskiy.