The three-day event is now a four-day event.After a grueling heads-up match in event No. 35 ($10,000 no-limit hold’em heads-up championship) between the two finalists — Moritz Schmejkal and Ayaz Mahmood — tournament officials decided to give the duo an extra day of play.It took the pair over six hours to finish the first contest of the best-of-three final.Mahmood secured the win in the early morning hours on Monday, thanks to a fortuitous turn card when about 98 percent of the chips in play were up for grabs in the middle.Mahmood limped from the button, and Schmejkal checked. The flop came Q 7 5 , and Schmejkal checked. Mahmood bet 300,000, and Schmejkal check-raised to 700,000. Mahmood moved all in for 3,575,000, and Schmejkal called with the Q J . Mahmood tabled the K 7 and was way behind. However, the K on the turn gave Mahmood two pair. The river bricked for Schmejkal, and he was down to just 130,000 after the hand. Mahmood had 7,550,000 and the commanding chip lead. He finished off his short-stacked opponent shortly thereafter.Mahmood will begin with a 1-0 lead for today’s restart at 7 p.m. PST .The winner will walk away with $625,682, while the runner-up will receive $386,636 at the 2010 World Series of Poker .Here is a look at the elimination hands leading up to the final, as featured in Card Player’s live updates :Kido Pham Eliminated, Jason Somerville AdvancesOn a board of K 10 2 5 A , Jason Somerville bet 80,000, and Kido Pham check-raised to 530,000. Somerville went into the tank before finally making the call with the A A for top set. Pham mucked, and Somerville was up to 1,919,715, while Pham was down to 285,000.A few hands later, Jason Somerville bet 16,000, and Kido Pham moved all in for 224,000. Somerville called and exposed pocket tens. Pham tabled the 8 5 and was way behind. The flop was great for, Pham as it came A 3 2 . However, the turn and river both bricked for Pham, and he was the first eliminated in the round of eight.Ludovic Lacay Eliminated, Alexander Kostritsyn AdvancesOn a flop of A 3 3 , Ludovic Lacay checked, and Alex Kostritsyn bet 65,000. Lacay called. The 9 fell on the turn, and Lacay bet 153,000. Kostritsyn put Lacay all in for 210,000 more. Lacay called and exposed the A 10 , and Kostritsyn tabled the 8 4 for a flush draw. The river brought the 6 , and Kostritsyn moved on.Faraz Jaka Eliminated, Ayaz Mahmood AdvancesAyaz Mahmood bet 72,000 from the button, and Faraz Jaka shoved for 216,000. Mahmood called and exposed the A Q , while Jaka tabled the K 8 . The board offered no help to Jaka as it ran out 7 7 4 2 3 . Jaka was eliminated in the round of eight.Vanessa Rousso Eliminated, Moritz Schmejkal AdvancesMoritz Schmejkal moved all in, and Vanessa Rousso called for her last 407,000. Rousso tabled the A 4 , while her opponent tabled the J 3 . The board ran out 10 9 2 8 Q and Rousso was gone when her opponent made a flush. She failed to make it past the round of eight.Alexander Kostritsyn Eliminated, Moritz Schmejkal AdvancesKostritsyn bet 40,000, and Schmejkal raised to 116,000. Kostritsyn called. The flop came K K 2 , and Schmejkal bet 80,000. Kostritsyn called. The 5 fell on the turn, and Schmejkal checked. Kostritsyn bet 210,000. Schmejkal check-raised to 450,000. Kostritsyn went into the tank. He reraised to 750,000 total. Schmejkal moved all in, and Kostritsyn called. Kostritsyn exposed the A A but was out-flopped by the K 4 of Schmejkal. The 5 on the river sealed the deal, eliminating the Russian.Jason Somerville Eliminated, Ayaz Mahmood AdvancesJason Somerville bet 75,000, and Ayaz Mahmood raised to 275,000. Somerville went into the tank and eventually raised to 600,000. Mahmood moved all in, and Somerville called 1,550,000 for his tournament life. Mahmood tabled the A Q , while Somerville exposed the 10 10 for a coin-flip. The flop came A J 6 and put Somerville way behind. The 7 on the turn and K on the river were bricks for Somerville, and he was eliminated. Mahmood advanced to the finals.CardPlayer TV caught up with Schmejkal after his match with RoussoStay tuned to Card Player for updates from at least one more heads-up match between the finalists!
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