After a short heads-up match, Benoit came out victorious, and is now a very happy trophy owner! Of course, he also cashes his $4,120 ICM share and the extra $1001 awarded to the winner of the final table.
As previously mentioned, they started off pretty even. Soon, Benoit had Marcello down to about a million, until he doubled up and got back to even. Benoit sighed, but did not despair, having his eye of the trophy sitting on the table. Then came the final hand. Marcello raised his button to 500K with , and then Benoit shoved all-in with . Benoit had made a few moves earlier, so Marcello decided his equity was good enough to call. The dealer put out the cards: . No help for Marcello. They both shook hands, a little worn out from this very long tournament, but happy they made it this far.
Congratulations to both finalists!
Event 28 Champion: Benoit Laurence, $5,121 and the Champion’s Trophy
Runner-up: Marcello Simonetti, $5,425
Last hand of play: