$5k NLH Mixed Max Event Features Longest Heads Up Match in Tournament HistoryTuesday, June 5th, 2012 by Ryan
The 2012 World Series of Poker has been followed closely by many of the biggest poker fans out there so far and there has been a ton of entertaining action to this point as well. Probably the most incredible of the poker stories so far to this point came in Day 4 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Mixed Max event when four players were left in the event. This meant that the final four players would play three heads up matches to decide who would be the champion. It was standard procedure, but things didn’t go quite as easily as expected for the two heads up matches to decide the finals match.
The first of the two heads up matches was pretty straight forward and came to an end in just about three hours. It featured Joseph Cheong against Hugo Lemaire to decide who went to the finals, and Cheong took that one down. The other match was between Aubin Cazals and Warwick Mirzikinian, and that one was one of the most incredible back and forth poker matches in the history of tournament poker. The action started at 1:00pm in the Rio, but went for far, far longer than anyone could have possibly imagined, and by the time that the two were down to the final hand, anyone who had been watching can definitely call themselves a dedicated fan. The match went for an incredible 9 hours and 25 minutes, absolutely slaughtering the old record of 7 hours and 6 minutes. The past record was set by Andy Bloch and David “Chip” Reese in the $50k Poker Players Championship way back in 2006.
While this record is incredible, it actually will only be considered an “unofficial record” as it actually didn’t count as the heads-up portion of the tournament, since that is just considered to be the final two players who are left in the action. Regardless though, this is probably a record that will never be beaten, and one that is almost hard to imagine having those two players going back and forth for nearly 9 and a half hours!
It was an interesting situation for Cazals, who went on to win the match, but was now set to face off against Cheong in the final on the same day. He and Cheong decided to move the heads up match back to Tuesday in order to give Cazals a break from the poker, and also due to the fact that his opponent was doing pretty well in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy event which was going on at the time that they were making these decisions. While the deal was good with the two of them, it apparently was not good with the WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel. Effel stated that the Nevada Gaming Commission would not allow the tournament to go on break for that long of a time. The structure of the tournament could not be changed, so the final match had to begin no later than 1:00pm the next day.
In the end, the two sides decided to kick off the action again at 9:00am on Monday, bt later decided to bump it back a bit more to noon on Monday.