Gus Hansen sort of knows his way around a heads-up table. The quote-unquote defending champion of this event (he won the £10,000 Heads-Up event at the last WSOP-E) is through to the final four of this event as well.
On the final hand, we picked up the pot on the turn as the board showed . Hansen had check-called a bet on the flop to put about 130,000 in the pot, and he checked again on the turn. Marafioti had 461,000 chips left, and they went all into the middle. Hansen called with for two pair, and he was in front. Marafioti's had a lot of outs, though, and he needed to find a spade or a king to stay alive.
That's as blank as it gets for Marafioti, and he knocked the table in acknowledgement. He's out with a $138,852 paycheck, a fine start to his WSOP. It's going to be short of a bracelet though, and it's Hansen who's through to the semifinals.