Matthew Waxman of Parkland has won a lot of things in poker, but never a World Series of Poker bracelet.
Until Tuesday. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High graduate defeated a large field in Event 7 Tuesday, a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event, to win $305,952.
Waxman, born in Princeton, N.J., and Eric Baldwin battled for almost six hours and nearly 200 hands, with several changes in the chip lead.
Waxman, 28, has been playing well since 2008, making three WSOP final tables and winning a WSOP Circuit main event in Atlantic City. The win pushes him to over $2.5 million in career tournament earnings.
The first single entry $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event of the summer drew 1,837 players and generated a $1,653,300 prize pool. Waxman is the third local to fare well.
Darryll Fish finished third in Event 2, earning $215,286 on a $5,000 buy-in that drew 481 players, and Steven Wolansky was second place in the 8 game mix Event 8 for $139,034 on a $2,500 buy-in that drew 388. Both are from Fort Lauderdale.
Waxman now has 19 WSOP cashes, and completed the following interview with WSOP officials:
WSOP: How's it feel?
Waxman: It's a huge weight rght off my back. They made me work for this one.
WSOP: So, how do you feel after nearly seven hours of heads-up play?
Waxman: Speechless and exhausted.
WSOP: This was a really tough final table. Discuss that.
Waxman: I really had to work hard to win this one. I can't believe I had to work this hard at a final table for a $1K. This was probably harder than a lot of $10K final tables.
WSOP: Talk more about the endurance test of playing heads up with Eric Baldwin.
Waxman: I don't think I had an endurance edge. If anything, he probably had me there...It was so hard to focus. I couldn't even add the pot at one pot. I was like 'what's 180,000 plus 180,000 – I can't do it.' Then, I would forget the antes and wonder, 'what's the number?'
WSOP: Is there added significance to this win, beating Baldwin, also a gold bracelet winner, heads-up?
Waxman: It definitely makes the bracelet that much sweeter. I played for several hours heads up and also beat a former CardPlayer Player of the Year, so, you know he knows what he's doing. He played very, very well post flop today. So that made me put a lot more in preflop. I didn't think I could get an edge on him after the flop. When you are playing against the best players, you have to find your value in the other spots.
WSOP: How does this win alter our goals and plans for this year's WSOP?
Waxman: I'd like to be able to pull off two this summer. That's the next goal.
WSOP: What's next after tonight?
Waxman: Tonight? I want to get really drunk and go bowling