Sean Swingruber Takes First WSOP Bracelet and $186,356 in $10k Heads-up Championship

Sean Swingruber lifted the $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship last night, the 30-year old lifting the gold bracelet and $186,356 after seven straight wins...

By: Andrew Burnertt

The Californian cash game grinder came through a starting field of 112 players that included some of the biggest names in the game, last night seeing the final four playing it out for the coveted WSOP jewellery.

After a rest day on Friday, Swingruber returned along with Lance ‘Cord’ Garcia, Ben Yu and Keith Lehr for the semi-finals – the latter trio boasting much more experience on the tournament stage.

Swingruber, however, had been working on his short-handed game, explaining: “I've put a lot of work into heads-up recently. I've always eyed this tournament and thought I could have an edge versus other MTT players."

So it proved as he disposed of Garcia in a short match, although a ‘lucky’ seven helped him out in the decisive all-in hand and then it was Ben Yu’s turn in the final.

A much longer affair, Swingruber had to fight back from a big chip deficit, but again the cards were on his side when it really mattered – although he admitted after his victory: "I would definitely not want to play 50,000 hands with Ben. I think he would crush me."

So, a WSOP gold bracelet and the biggest cash of his career for Swingruber who stated: "I'll definitely be back to defend my title next year. This tournament was a lot of fun. As long as I am able to play, I'll be playing this one for sure."

Final results

1 Sean Swingruber $186,356
2 Ben Yu $115,174
3 Lance Garcia $73,333
3 Keith Lehr $73,333
5 Jimmy D’Ambrosio $31,151
5 Jake Schindler $31,151
5 Kristen Bicknell $31,151
5 Matthias Eibinger $31,151



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