Cazals Takes Down $5k Mixed Max Event at 2012 WSOPWednesday, June 6th, 2012 by Ryan
Just two days after the longest heads up poker match in the history of tournament poker, Aubin Cazals came back to take on Joseph Cheong in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Mixed Max event. His heads up match two days before went on for an incredible 9 hours and 25 minutes, and apparently he was in the zone for his game and it took him five hours to win the final. This was the championship match of Event #6 of the World Series of Poker, and this was also the first ever title win for Cazals who has brought in some solid results outside of that. To get to this point, Cazals beat Warwick Mirzikinian, and Cheong knocked off Hugo Lemaire in the other semi-final match.
After the long day for Cazals, and the fact that Cheong was still playing in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Re-entry event, they decided to push back the final match and set the date for Tuesday. Unfortunately the rules did not allow that much of a delay to occur, meaning that the two would have to play on Monday, and they decided to set it for 9:00am, which was later bumped back to noon after Cheong was sent home in the re-buy event. So the action kicked off on Monday, and it featured an intense match to decide who would take home the gold bracelet, and of course the nice first place prize as well.
The heads up match started with each player holding more than 3 million chips, and the blinds were still very small at only 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 chip ante. It did last for a good while, but nowhere near the new massive record that was set two days prior. The match went back and forth with Cazals starting by gaining a nice chip lead, and then things swapped over to Cheong who grabbed a chip lead for around an hour. The two swapped back and forth once more, and as we neared the five hour mark the two ended up almost even in chips, which left everyone thinking we could be in for a long one once again.
Things swung quickly though, and before you blinked the tournament was over. Cheong opened the hand with a raise and was three-bet by Cazals up to 130k in chips. Cheong then four bet, which led to a five bet from Cazals. From there, the race was on as Cheong moved all and Cazals called off the huge bet. Cazals turned over a monster with pocket Kings, and was dominating the pocket fours of Cheong. The flop came down with a K-7-3 essentially ending it for Cheong. This sent Cazals home with his first gold bracelet and a nice first place pay day of $480,564. Cheong got a nice pay day of his own, going home with the second place prize of $296,956.
Both Cazals and Cheong will both be expected to be seen at quite a few of the upcoming events, as we are still very early in the 2012 World Series of Poker, and still have some massive tournaments to keep an eye out for.