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Wheeler earns Event 10 limit bracelet

As a golf caddie you're relied upon to know the lay of the land. You recommend the right clubs or discuss potential slopes ahead. As a poker player, every decision is your own and Brent Wheeler proved that he could make the best ones as he defeated the field of 645 in the $1,500 limit hold 'em event at the 2013 World Series of Poker. Wheeler, making his third WSOP final table appearance, earned $191,605 for the title, the largest live tournament cash of his career.

The former professional golf caddie turned professional poker player and has been finding success at the felt both live and online since 2006. This was his 14th career WSOP cash and he's also made final tables on the IPT and EPT over the past three years.

"It's a little surreal," he said of the victory to the WSOP. "It will kick in tomorrow, probably. It's nice. This is what you play for. You go for the bracelet and then to have my friends here and my family back at home watching - it's awesome."

According to the WSOP, Wheeler began the final table fourth in chips behind Mark Mierkalns, Grayson Scoggin and two-time WSOP champ Eric Froehlich. Surprisingly, Froehlich was the first one eliminated as his stack was decimated after giving Mierkalns plenty of value after flopping a set. Froehlich has $1.4 million in career WSOP earnings.

Alexander Queen made the final table of this event a year ago, but the Atlantic City star found the same eighth-place result for the second consecutive year. Queen hit the rail when his A-K fell to Wheeler's K-Q when a queen hit the river.

Scoggin busted Brian Nichols, then lost most of his chips as Mierkalns captured a big three-way pot against Scoggin and Williams James. James was eliminated on that hand in sixth and Scoggin went out two hands later in fifth. Mierkalns lost the chip lead to Wheeler after the dinner break and would remain in second after Chiduziem Obi's exit in fourth and Malissia Zapata in third.

A lengthy heads-up battle ensued with both players on the verge of elimination and victory at multiple points, but it was Wheeler who outflopped Mierkalns (A-3>A-10) on the final hand to capture the gold.

"Once we got heads-up, (Mierkalns) was the player I would have picked not to play heads-up against," said Wheeler. "He's a very solid player. When we got heads-up I knew it was going to be a long battle. He had a good feel for what I was doing, and I knew what he was doing. The blinds got up there and cards went my way and I got the victory."

This was Mierkalns' first WSOP cash worth $118,300.

Below are the complete results of Event 10 at the 2013 World Series of Poker:

Event 10: limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 645
Prize pool: $870,750
Players in the money: 72

1. Brent Wheeler ($191,605)
2. Mark Mierkalns ($118,300)
3. Malissia Zapata ($76,904)
4. Chiduziem Obi ($56,485)
5. Grayson Scoggin ($42,074)
6. William James ($31,747)
7. Brian Nichols ($24,232)
8. Alexander Queen ($18,703)
9. Eric Froehlich ($14,585)
10. Ahmed Mohamed ($11,467)
11. Aaron Ogus ($11,467)
12. Jack Jiang ($11,467)
13. John Zipperer ($9,160)
14. William Newman ($9,160)
15. Binh Ly ($9,160)
16. Melanie Banfield ($7,323)
17. Thomas Blizniak ($7,323)
18. Brandon Guss ($7,323)
19. Jeff Shulman ($5,938)
20. Arkadiy Tsinis ($5,938)
21. Stuart Mchenry ($5,938)
22. Jared Talarico ($5,938)
23. Matthew Schultz ($5,938)
24. Doug Saab ($5,938)
25. Amos Segev ($5,938)
26. Won Goag ($5,938)
27. Kenn Wittock ($5,938)
28. Miguel Proulx ($4,876)
29. Mike Sowers ($4,876)
30. Kurt Maier ($4,876)
31. Durkee Lewis ($4,876)
32. An Van Tran ($4,876)
33. Matt Lefkowitz ($4,876)
34. Mike Schneider ($4,876)
35. Alex Dovzhenko ($4,876)
36. Lee Goldman ($4,876)
37. Hoyt Corkins ($4,048)
38. Bill Tracy ($4,048)
39. Rae Rocco ($4,048)
40. Larry Wright ($4,048)
41. Kevin MacPhee ($4,048)
42. Brad Anderson ($4,048)
43. Luis Benitesneri ($4,048)
44. Charles Tucker ($4,048)
46. Jamie Zins ($3,395)
47. Michael Moore ($3,395)
48. Tyler Schwecke ($3,395)
49. Nicholas Derke ($3,395)
50. Shahriar Namjouy ($3,395)
51. Bill Mullins ($3,395)
52. John Napoli ($3,395)
53. J Smith ($3,395)
54. David Goldberg ($3,395)
55. Vasili Lazarou ($2,873)
56. Don Zewin ($2,873)
57. Brian Aleksa ($2,873)
58. Nick Schulman ($2,873)
59. Tom Schneider ($2,873)
60. Faith Klimczak ($2,873)
61. Tony Dam ($2,873)
62. Nicholas Goedert ($2,873)
63. Billy Huynh ($2,873)
64. Sam Barnhart ($2,455)
65. Jee Pak ($2,455)
66. Matt Hawrilenko ($2,455)
67. Dom Denotaristefani ($2,455)
68. Brian Lives ($2,455)
69. Marco Della ($2,455)
70. Jaris Kaido ($2,455)
71. Yifeng Chen ($2,455)
72. Ruth Graham ($2,455)