WSOP Event #29: PokerStars' John Duthie deep in heads-up
Somehow it seems fitting that on the day we reveal details of an action-packed new PokerStars EPT season, its founder John Duthie is proving once again he is a master of the game.
His talent has never really been in question, it's just that we rarely get to see it in Europe since he can not play on his own tour, which has grown into the biggest in the business as the new schedule testifies.
Team PokerStars Pro Duthie, from England, is adept at most forms of poker, but he excels in heads-up play as he showed by finishing runner-up in April's SCOOP $25,000 Heads-up event, winning $250,000.
With that sort of record behind him, you always fancied him to go deep in this WSOP $10,000 Heads-up World Championship, and he has not disappointed,
We're down to the last eight from the original 256, and they play again later today with all of them guaranteed at least a $92,580 payday.
The journey to the last eight was never easy. Duthie faced off some of the game's best players over five rounds, including Terrence 'unassigned' Chan, Andrew Lichtenberger and in his last match Benjamin Sprenger, whom he finally defeated with aces against Q-J suited all-in pre-flop.
He clashes with Steve O'Dwyer next at 2pm local time, one of four matches that include the likes of Johnny Chan and Dustin Woolf.
They're playing for a WSOP bracelet and a rather bankroll-bulging $625,682 first prize.
Three other Team Pros had made it through to the day two matches but fell short of the money - Vanessa Rousso, William Thorson and Dario Minieri.
Congratulations on making it this far, John, and good luck the rest of the way.