Event #40: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Event #40: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
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Sam Stein and Davide Suriano Will Battle it out For the Gold

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Sam Stein Looks to Win His Second Bracelet
Sam Stein Looks to Win His Second Bracelet

After seven thrilling rounds in two days, only two players remain in contention for the gold bracelet and a first-place prize of $335,553 in the prestigious $10,000 Heads-up Championship. Sam Stein will face Davide Suriano, with Stein looking to capture his second bracelet while Suriano attempts to bring home his first.

Both finalists beat a series of top professionals in order to reach the finals as Suriano started out by beating Scott Seiver followed by Daniel Cates, who he busted after spiking a jack when his jacks ended up all in versus Cates' kings. On Friday Suriano faced Serkan Kurnaz and after a two-hour battle, the longest of the round, the Italian secured himself a spot among the final eight.

Heads-up specialist Ankush Mandavia was his next opponent and Suriano held the lead for almost the entire match before closing things out with king-seven versus king-three. In the semifinal Suriano faced yet another heads-up phenom, but Daniel Colman also proved to be no match for the aggressive Italian.

Stein faced Bryn Kenney during his second-round match and hit an ace while holding ace-queen against Kenney's kings to advance. The next two players Stein faced were among Britain's elite, but both Sam Trickett and Max Silver fell short of advancing.

With just eight players remaining Stein faced Scott Baumstein, who ran into Stein's kings to surrender the lead and the busted when he . In the semifinal match Stein trailed Scott Davies for quite some time, but a huge cooler turned things around. In a set-over-set situation Stein grabbed the lead, and while Davies doubled back up once, he was unable to come back.

Here is a complete look at their respective roads to the championship match:

RoundSam SteinDavide Suriano
Round of 128David SchnettlerScott Seiver
Round of 64Bryn KenneyDan Cates
Round of 32Sam TrickettShane Moran
Round of 16Max SilverSerkan Kurnaz
Round of 8Scott BaumsteinAnkush Mandavia
Round of 4Scott DaviesDaniel Colman

The final match of this year's $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship will start at 12 p.m. local time on Saturday, and PokerNews.com will be right there to bring hand-for-hand coverage.

Tagit: Ankush MandaviaBryn KenneyDaniel ColmanDavide SurianoMax SilverSam SteinSam TrickettScott BaumsteinScott DaviesScott SeiverSerkan Kurnaz

Updated Bracket

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Below is the complete Day 2 bracket. Here is a link to the complete Day 1 bracket.

Match Round of 16Round of 8Final 4Final
1Erik Seidel   
 Scott BaumsteinScott Baumstein  
2Max SilverSam SteinSam Stein 
 Sam Stein   
   vs.Sam Stein
3Jason Koon   
 Dee TillerDee TillerScott Davies 
4Alberto GomezScott Davies  
 Scott Davies   
5Tommy Chen   
 Daniel NegreanuTommy Chen  
6Daniel ColmanDaniel ColmanDaniel Colman 
 Taylor Paur   
   vs.Davide Suriano
7Davide Suriano   
 Serkan KurnazDavide SurianoDavide Suriano 
8John SmithAnkush Mandavia  
 Ankush Mandavia   

Daniel Colman Eliminated in 3rd Place ($111,942)

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Daniel Colman
Daniel Colman

Daniel Colman was sitting on around 800,000 chips when he ended up all in for his tournament life before the flop.

Colman: {A-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}
Suriano: {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}

The board ran out {J-Clubs}{8-Spades}{Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} and Suriano burst out in a huge celebration with his Italian friends on the rail. Suriano was lifted into the air after shaking Colman's hand and he will be facing Sam Stein in tomorrow's final match.

Davide Suriano it 3,840,000 850,000
Daniel Colman us Ulkona

Tagit: Daniel ColmanDavide Suriano

Colman Takes One

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Daniel Colman raised to 80,000 on the button and Davide Suriano called from the big blind.

Both checked to the turn of a {Q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{K-Diamonds} board where Colman bet 120,000. Suriano check-raised to 250,000, Colman reraised all in and Suriano folded immediately.

Davide Suriano it 2,990,000 -280,000
Daniel Colman us 850,000 280,000

Tagit: Daniel ColmanDavide Suriano

Suriano Surging

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Daniel Colman limped on the button, Davide Suriano min-raised to 80,000 in the big blind and Cokman called.

The flop fell {A-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{8-Clubs} and Suriano bet 100,000. Colman called, the {10-Spades} fell on the turn and Suriano checked. Colman bet 240,000, but folded immediately when Suriano check-raised all in.

Davide Suriano it 3,270,000 600,000
Daniel Colman us 570,000 -600,000

Tagit: Davide SurianoDaniel Colman

Suriano Stays in Front

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Daniel Colman's still struggling to stay afloat, as Davide Suriano refuses to give up his chip lead.

Just now Colman raised to 80,000 and Suriano called from the big blind. The flop brought out {K-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{6-Clubs} and Suriano check-called 80,000.

On the turn the {10-Diamonds} hit and both players checked. The river was a blank and Suriano bet 150,000, which was called by Colman.

Suriano slowly turned over {K-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and raked in this pot.

Davide Suriano it 2,670,000 130,000
Daniel Colman us 1,170,000 -130,000

Tagit: Davide SurianoDaniel Colman


Scott Davies Eliminated in 4th Place ($111,942)

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Scott Davies - 4th place
Scott Davies - 4th place

Sam Stein raised to 60,000 on the button, Scott Davies three-bet shoved for roughly 450,000 from the big blind and Stein called.

Stein: {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs}
Davies: {K-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}

The flop came down {J-Spades}{7-Spades}{2-Diamonds}, giving Davies the lead with a pair of sevens. Stein took it back when the {9-Spades} turn fell and Davies found no help from the {3-Diamonds} river, ending his run in fourth place.

Sam Stein us 3,840,000 518,000
Scott Davies us Ulkona

Tagit: Sam SteinScott Davies

Colman Doubles Up

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On a {J-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} flop we just saw Davide Suriano bet 30,000 and Daniel Colman raised to 85,000. Suriano proceeded to put his opponent all in and Colman called for a total of 563,000.

Colman: {Q-Spades}{J-Spades}
Suriano: {J-Hearts}{10-Spades}

The board ran out {2-Hearts}, {3-Hearts} and Colman found himself a double up.

Davide Suriano it 2,540,000 -730,000
Daniel Colman us 1,300,000 730,000

Tagit: Daniel ColmanDavide Suriano