Brent Wheeler survived a torrid heads-up battle with Mark Mierkalns to win the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Wheeler took down the first place prize pool of $191,605 and is now the proud owner of a WSOP gold bracelet.
Wheeler was delighted to have claimed his first World Series title after coming twice on a couple of occasions during last year’s event.
“It’s a little surreal, it will probably kick in tomorrow,” Wheeler said.
“You go for the bracelet and then to have my friends here and my family back at home watching it’s awesome.
The 2013 World Series of Poker has already witnessed some epic heads-up contests and this was one of the best with Wheeler and Mierkalns battling it out for over three hours and well over 100 hands.
“Once we got heads-up, Mierkalns was the player I would have picked not to play heads-up against,” Wheeler said.
“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.”
Wheeler has strung together some impressive results for a number of years and has been extremely successful playing Limit Hold’em after making the final table of the $2,500 Limit Hold’em Six Handed and $2,500 Mixed Hold’em at the 2012 World Series of Poker.
The Illinois native admitted that Limit Hold’em isn’t as popular as it once was but believes the game still has a future.
“It seems like it might be on the decline (Limit Hold’em), by the number of entrants and the cash games here in Las Vegas,” Wheeler said.
“Less and less Limit games are available but I don’t think it is ever going to go away.”
Wheeler had little time to celebrate as he is currently taking part in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event.