The winner of the $1,500 buy-in Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em World Championship was Jason Warner from Vancouver, BC (Canada). He is a 22-year-old sales associate working in a hardware store and (was/is) an aspiring professional poker player.
This was Warner’s second time to enter a WSOP event. A few days ago, he busted out of the $2,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament. First place today paid $481,698.
Warner works at a home supply store named “Surrey New and Used” located in Surrey, BC. The store is similar to Home Depot or Lowe’s in the U.S. No word yet on whether or not Warner plans to continue working after winning nearly half-a-million dollars.
Warner has been playing poker regularly at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, BC over the past year. He is single.
Warner wore a New York Yankees baseball cap while seated at the final table. Oddly enough, his heads-up opponent was David Zeitlin – from New York City. The runner up collected a very respectable $269,778.
This was the third final table broadcast over the official WSOP website – www.worldseriesofpoker.com. The entire final table was broadcast with hole cards seen by the home audience. Expert commentary was provided by Scott Preston (who is fantastic doing the play-by-play) and the “Clown Prince of Poker,” Mike Laing – who stood in for Brian Wilson (also doing first-rate work). The broadcast is truly revolutionary in the depth of content and coverage and is “must viewing” for any poker fan.
The oldest player of the final six was 39-years. The youngest was 21.
Joe Awada, former circus juggler turned poker pro, finished ninth. He won a WSOP gold bracelet in 2004.
Arguably tournament poker’s hottest player over the first half of the year, J.C. Tran from Sacramento, CA, cashed in 15th place. Tran has over $5 million in lifetime tournament winnings – but less than ten percent of that impressive sum has been won at the WSOP.
Seven-time WSOP gold bracelet winner finished in 48th place in this event. He now has 43 lifetime cashes (ranked 8th all-time). He has won over $3M at the WSOP (ranked 16th all-time).
At least two poker players have already cashed three times at this year’s World Series – Steve-Paul Ambrose and Tony Cousineau.