WSOP Event #29: John Duthie through to $10K heads-up semis

wsop2009_thn.gifTeam PokerStars Pro John Duthie has won his latest match and is now through to the last four of the WSOP $10,000 World Heads-up Championships.

He's now already guaranteed $214,289, but is just two wins away from a WSOP gold bracelet and the $625,682 first prize.

Duthie's last match against Steve O'Dwyer was no walk over. In fact, according to Duthie afterwards it was "very, very tough". He moved into a chip lead and then there was a long period of few showdowns but many staredowns.


John Duthie

I've never seen Duthie so quiet. With his peaked hat low over his forehead, and his glasses covering his eyes, he said nothing, but acted in slow, deliberate movements. He looked at his cards slowly, he reached for chips slowly, he put them in the pot slowly, he put his hand over his mouth. Never changing. Never wanting to give anything away.

If anything O'Dwyer was threatening to make a move back into contention, winning two healthy pots in quick succession.

But then, as so often happens in heads-up play, the end came when we least expected it.

With blinds having just moved up to the 8,000-16,000 level, O'Dwyer on the button made it 38,000. Call. The flop came 6♠K♦5♥. Now Duthie lead out with 65,000, only for his hooded opponent to re-raise to 150,000. Call. The turn was 2♠. Duthie checked and then O'Dwyer moved in for most of his last 450,000 chips. Duthie moved over the top - and call:

Duthie: 3♣4♥ for the straight
O'Dwyer: 8♠[10s] for the turned flush draw

Duthie needed to dodge another spade on the river. As the dealer flipped it over he first saw black - but it was the 6♣ enough for Duthie to clap his hands in obvious delight, and relief!

Nathan Doudney is also through to the last four after defeating Bryan Pellegrino, but the other two matches, Johnny Chan v Jamin Stokes and Dustin Woolf v Leo Wolpert are still going on at the main feature table.


Congratulations to Team PokerStars Pro Noah Boeken, who is in the money for the second time this Series - and in only his second event, too.

He's currently sitting nicely above average in chips in the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha with 41 of the 436 starters remaining, each already guaranteed $4,883. Just a few days ago Boeken, who has just started his own Twitter page, cashed for $5,994 in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event.


Noah Boeken