The penultimate WSOP bracelet of the 2009 World Series of Poker was given out to Matt Hawrilenko on July 3rd, 2009. Following two final table appearances but without any bracelet wins this summer, Hawrilenko finally changed his luck. He defeated a total of 928 participants to take home the $5K Six-Max bracelet, winning a total of $1,003,163. Hawrilenko said that he is very happy and proud about his accomplishment.
Hawrilenko credited his fellow high-stakes poker pros like Bill Chen, Terrence Chan, Jerrod Ankenmann and Gavin Griffin for helping him develop his skills. He added that without the support of his fellow high-stakes players, he would not have won the bracelet. The 6-handed final table was played in a swift and precise manner-a trademark of the entire event.
Matthew Waxman and Jonas Wexler were the first players to hit the rail and once Hawrilenko won two coin flips to edged out Sean Keeton and Faraz Jaka in 4th and 3rd place, he defeated Josh Brikis in the heads-up showdown to take home the title.
Hawrilenko said that although he just won more than $1 million, he said that the celebrations will be low-key. The end of Event#56 means that there is just one event left on the 2009 World Series of Poker itinerary-the World Series of Poker Main Event.