Team PokerStars Pro John Duthie is needing to dig deep into his years of experience in this final of the WSOP $10,000 World Heads-up Championship. He's just won the first of the best of three matches, but he had to give a masterclass in skill and above all patience.
The final blow on this match-one marathon came when Leo Wolpert moved all in for his last 920,000 with K♠Q♠ and was insta called by Duthie with A♦Q♦. The board ran 8♣5♣3♥2♣A♠.
This game lasted nearly three hours, and Duthie only recently took a substantial chip lead after being behind for much of the match, and then being pegged at level for more than an hour.
He took the lead in a crucial pot when Wolpert raised 150,000 from the button and Duthie called. The flop came 8♣K♦3♦, and now Duthie check-called Wolpert's 180,000 bet. The turn was 9♥ and now Wolpert put out 420,000 - Duthie then re-raised to 2,240,000 - Wolpert announced all in... call!
Duthie had the flush and the open-ended straight draw - and the 4♦ duly landed on the river.
At that point the Brit moved to 6,730,000 to Wolpert's 950,000.
Duthie will need to draw on all his mental strength to see this one out. Heads-up needs concentration, and this best of three is set to go on for hours.
Congratulations to Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso, who finished 19th in the $1,500 HORSE for $5,906. She was on the rough end of a couple of bad beats today, but should be proud of her third cash in the Series so far.