Greg Mueller Secures WSOP Double in Las Vegas
Earlier today Canadian online pro Greg “FBT” Mueller became the fourth player to score multiple bracelets at this year’s World Series of Poker after he defeated fellow limit champion Marc Naalden in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shoot-Out.
Mueller added his second gold bracelet of the summer to the $10,000 World Championship Limit Hold’em title he captured two weeks previously by finishing on top of a back-and-fourth heads-up battle against Dutchman Naalden to ultimately secure himself just shy of $200,000.
In doing so, Mueller joined fellow pros Jeff Lisandro, Phil Ivey and Brock Parker on the illustrious roll-call of players who have struck twice or more at this year’s Series and took his total live winnings for the year $754,068.
The two wins will have come as some relief to Mueller who, despite an unerringly consistent record of cashing 16 times in the past six WSOPs, had never managed to get his hands on the bracelet that his continuing efforts merited.
Certainly, Mueller had his work cut out for him in the 572-runner Shoot-Out event, with the Full Tilt pro falling to below 1 million chips at one stage before mounting a late surge for the title. Despite the fervent support of Naalden’s Dutch contingent on the rail, Mueller managed to retain his composure and his steady approach and solid decision-making skills eventually wrapped up the prize he’d so been craving.
The final hand occurred when Mueller check-raised the turn of a 10-4-3-K board only to have his young Dutch opponent re-raise all-in for the remainder of his chips. Now priced in to make the call, Mueller turned over K-5 and was delighted to discover he had Naalden’s K-2 heavily dominated going to the river. A meaningless J on the fifth street secured him the title and set his talented opponent packing $120,614 better off.