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2024 World Series of Poker

Event #6: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship

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Darius Samual's 50% Bankroll Risk Pays Off in WSOP $25K Heads-Up Championship

Livello 63 : Blinds 60,000/120,000, 0 ante
Darius Samual Wins 2024 WSOP $25K Heads Up
Darius Samual Wins 2024 WSOP $25K Heads Up

For poker players, there's taking a shot, and then there's taking a shot — and that's exactly what Darius Samual did after risking half his bankroll to compete in the $25k Heads-Up Championship. The gamble paid off in spades, as Samual emerged victorious in the event by besting six opponents in a row to earn his first WSOP gold bracelet along with the $500,000 first-place prize here inside the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas.

Samual's victory was all the more impressive considering he had to overcome a slew of poker juggernauts, including fan-favorite John Smith, Russian poker phenom Artur Martirosian, and Faraz Jaka, who has multiple poker titles to his name across various series.

"The match with John Smith I think was [my favorite]," Samual explained. "His small ball style was a lot of fun and it lasted a long time."

Samual, who said he only started playing "big tournaments" within the past six months, explained he doesn't specialize in any particular format of poker but was eager to take a shot.

"I don't have an exact area, I just play for fun and making some money," Samual said. "I basically put 50 percent of my bankroll on one tournament. I really wanted to go for it and this payout is like 95 percent of my poker money now. I took a shot! I think I was the only one who didn't care about the bracelet, I only cared about the money."

Event #6: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship Final Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1stDarius SamualUnited Kingdom$500,000
2ndFaraz JakaUnited States$300,000
3rdNikolai MamutUnited Kingdom$180,000
4thArtur MartirosianRussian Federation$180,000
5thJohn SmithUnited States$86,000
6thMarko GrujicSerbia$86,000
7thOwen MessereUnited Kingdom$86,000
8thPatrick KennedyUnited Kingdom$86,000

Semifinal Action

Artur Martirosian
Artur Martirosian

Artur Martirosian was arguably the man to beat today as he already had two WSOP bracelets to his name — one of which was from a $10,000 heads-up championship event online last year. Martirosian started the match off strong, using well-timed aggression and benefitting from an ill-timed bluff from Samual to pull out to an early lead.

Martirosian managed to build a 2:1 chip lead over Samual within the first few levels of play, but Samual's fortunes began to change once they were sent to the feature table. Shortly after being seated, Martirosian ran a multi-street bluff with ace-jack after flopping a gutshot draw, but Samual hung tough after flopping a pair of queens to flatten Matirosian's lead. Not long after, Samual took over the chip lead after flopping a pair of aces and getting three streets of value from Martirosian.

After a bit of back-and-forth, the final hand occurred after Martirosian got all in preflop with ace-ten against Samual's ace-king in a bit of a preflop cooler. The flop came king-high and ran out clean for Samual to earn his spot in the finals.

Across the room, Jaka got off to a bit of a rough start against Mamut after getting creative with ten-six suited, but he quickly rebounded by making a nice call facing a river three-bet bluff from Mamut. It was all Jaka from that point on, with several large pots ending in a fold by Mamut as the cards did not seem to go his way.

Mamut did manage to find a much-needed double-up after spiking two pair on the river against Jaka's single pair, but the momentum was short-lived. Several hands later, Mamut shoved preflop with king-queen and ran into Jaka's ace-jack. The board ran out clean for Jaka, which set the stage for the final match.

Heads-up Finale

Faraz Jaka
Faraz Jaka

Samual jumped out to an early lead by making several strong hands against Jaka, who was largely card-dead and unable to connect with any flops. The pain continued for Jaka for several levels, including a hand where he semi-bluff raised with a pair and a straight draw and was forced to fold facing a shove from Samual.

Not long after, the rest of Jaka's chips went into the middle in a classic preflop race, with Jaka holding ace-king and Samual holding pocket queens. Jaka flopped two pair and held, and just like that he was back to even.

Samual wouldn't be denied, however, and he quickly re-established the lead after pulling off a savage triple-barrel bluff with queen-high. With escalating blinds forcing the action, Jaka decided to make a stand with ace-six suited facing a preflop three-bet shove from Samaul, who held king-queen. Despite getting it in as a slight favorite, Samual flopped two pair and Jaka was unable to catch up, securing Samual's victory.

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Darius Samual Wins 2024 WSOP $25K Heads Up
Darius Samual Wins 2024 WSOP $25K Heads Up

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Faraz Jaka Eliminated in 2nd Place ($300,000)

Livello 63 : Blinds 60,000/120,000, 0 ante
Faraz Jaka
Faraz Jaka

Faraz Jaka raised to 240,000, but then had a decision to make when Darius Samual re-raised to put Jaka all-in for his remaining 3,630,000.

Jaka decided to make a stand with a call, which put his tournament life at risk.

Faraz Jaka: A6 All in
Darius Samual: KQ

Jaka’s Ace held the momentary lead before the flop, but it changed when the dealer fanned KAQ on the board, putting Samual ahead with bottom two pair.

The 7 on the turn didn’t help Jaka, and the 3 on the river ended Jaka’s run at a second WSOP bracelet.

Jaka earned $300,000 for his effort.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
Eliminato
WSOP 1X Winner
Jaka Coaching

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Livello: 63

Bui: 60,000/120,000

Ante: 0

Jaka Making Moves

Livello 62 : Blinds 50,000/100,000, 0 ante

Faraz Jaka raised on the button to 200,000 with J8, and Darius Samual called in the big blind with A5

The flop came 526, giving Samual the advantage with middle pair. Both players elect to check this flop, to see a turn.

The turn was the 7, giving Jaka an open-ended straight draw. Once Samual bet out 150,000, Jaka applied pressure and raised it up to 600,000, which was enough to get Samual and the better hand to fold.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Darius Samual gb
Darius Samual
5,515,000
-200,000
-200,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
4,085,000
200,000
200,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Jaka Coaching

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Samual’s Triple-Barrel Bluff Gets Through

Livello 62 : Blinds 50,000/100,000, 0 ante

Darius Samuel looked down at Q7 and raised the action to 200,000, which Faraz Jaka called with KQ as his hole cards.

The dealer placed 1064 on the board, which both players completely missed. Jaka’s king kept him in the lead, but he checked his action and watched as Samuel bet 125,000. Jaka called.

The 10 appeared on the turn, and Jaka once again checked. Samual responded by sizing up to a 450,000 bet despite having nothing but queen-high. Jaka pondered the action, but then called to bloat the pot to 1,550,000.

Action heated up on the river when the dealer placed 5 on the board.

Jaka checked, an action that opened the door to Samual to make a move on the pot. Samaul used the opportunity to fire a third time, and this time it was an all-in bet.

Jaka promptly folded, and Samual added to his chip lead.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Darius Samual gb
Darius Samual
5,715,000
175,000
175,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
3,885,000
-175,000
-175,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Jaka Coaching

Tags: Darius SamuelFaraz Jaka

Livello: 62

Bui: 50,000/100,000

Ante: 0

Samual Goes for it All

Livello 61 : Blinds 40,000/80,000, 0 ante

Darius Samual raised on the button to 200,000 with A3 before being three-bet by Faraz Jaka to 700,000 with QJ. After thinking things over, Samual elected to four-bet all in for Faraz's remaining 4,060,000 chips. However, the price was too much for Jaka, as he laid his hand down.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Darius Samual gb
Darius Samual
5,540,000
530,000
530,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
4,060,000
-530,000
-530,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Jaka Coaching

Tags: Darius SamualFaraz Jaka

Jaka Wins Classic Race to Double

Livello 61 : Blinds 40,000/80,000, 0 ante
Faraz Jaka
Faraz Jaka

Darius Samual opened to 175,000 on the button and was three-bet by Faraz Jaka to 525,000.

Samual then shoved to put Jaka all in for his last 2,295,000 and Jaka called.

Faraz Jaka: AK All in
Darius Samual: QQ

The A5K flop vaulted Jaka into the lead with two-pair and left Samual drawing slim.

The 4 turn and 6 river bricked out for Jaka, who gained new life in the match after doubling up to nearly even.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Darius Samual gb
Darius Samual
5,010,000
-2,495,000
-2,495,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
4,590,000
2,495,000
2,495,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Jaka Coaching

Tags: Darius SamualFaraz Jaka