WSOP Event #32: PokerStars' Angel Guillen wins bracelet and $530,548
Angel Guillen will remember this day for the rest of his life. The Team PokerStars Mexico player had already enjoyed a dream start to his live poker career, which began only at the New Year, and now he has topped it by winning a WSOP bracelet.
The 26-year-old Mexican proved only a few weeks ago he is a no-limit force to be reckoned with when he finished runner-up in the $2,500 No Limit event, cashing $312,800. Now he adds another $530,548 to his rapidly-growing bankroll for winning the $2,000 No Limit event.
At times today he simply ran over the final table, building up a monstrous chip lead when they were three-handed, with around three quarters of the chips in play.
Yet when he got down to heads-up he met with a brick wall in the shape of Mika Paasonen, the player from Finland who seems to routinely qualify for PokerStars EPT events.
They started with Paasonen having the slight chip advantage after he busted Jason Boyes in third place, but slowly but surely Guillen took the lead back and built up a substantial gap, at one point 4:1. Then Paasonen doubled up in fortunate circumstances when his A-5 outran Guillen's A-Q, and once again the Mexican had to wear him down.
Finally, this epic five-hour heads-up match ended when Paasonen raised pre-flop. Call. The flop came 3♣4♣K♠, and when Guillen bet out the Fin moved all-in. Call!
Guillen had flopped a set, andA♦ turn and 2♣ river changed nothing.
Paasonen leaves with a heavy heart, but also a heavy wallet, now loaded with $326,203 for his second-place finish.
Guillen's bracelet was the first for Team PokerStars players at the WSOP this year. They'd been close on many occasions - Daniel Negreanu and Guillen himself had finished runners-up, while Greg Raymer and today Chad Brown bagged third-place finishes.
We'll be back tomorrow when another collection of Team Pros will be shooting for top finishes, including ElkY, who is deep in the $1,500 No Limit event and hovering around the chip lead.
Will also bring you news tomorrow of today's spectacular PokerStars.net NHL Charity Shootout tournament held at the Rio here in Las Vegas. It was attended by some of the biggest NHL names, Team Pros and some lucky PokerStars qualifiers.
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