Thursday, September 16, 2010

One on One Champion

Heads Up - Double Elimination ($2000 + $150)

Jeremy McLaughlin (Washington, DC)
1st - $49,662

In a rematch from earlier in the day, Jeremy McLaughlin defeats defending champion Jesse Yaginuma to complete a perfect run to win the heads up tournament. The final hand is anticlimactic as McLaughlin builds an early chip lead and wins the title with AK against K 7.

"This is one of my most proud moments in poker," says McLaughlin, who takes home $49,662, "especially with this field."

The key to the win comes early in the match when Yaginuma misses a flush draw that drops him to 10k. Shortly after that, McLaughlin completes a gut shot straight draw on the turn to keep the pressure on.

"I'm slightly disappointed," says Yaginuma, who's in the finals for the second straight year after winning the title in the 2009 Borgata Poker Open, "but I can't complain. I've run pretty hot in the tournament the last two years and I've played pretty well."

Both players agree that this was a tough field of 64 players and have mutual respect for each others game. "You couldn't draw up a tougher final 4," says McLaughlin, referring to Christian Harder (Annapolis, MD) and Jack Schanbacher (Pittsburgh, PA), the third and fourth place finishers.

"Excellent, excellent players and Jesse's record speaks for itself."

"Jeremy was a good challenge," says Yaginuma, who lost to McLaughlin in the winners bracket championship. "I give him all the credit."

Jesse Yaginuma (Silver Spring, MD)
2nd - $31,040

McLaughlin & his Rail Birds

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