Mount Vernon poker pro Scott Clements fell one spot short of winning his third World Series of Poker bracelet Thursday night in Las Vegas. Instead, Clements took home more than $292,000 for his second-place finish.
Clements, also known as Big Riskky in poker circles, had the chip lead for much of the final table of WSOP Event #11 – a special $2,500 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament in which players battle it out at six-handed tables.
The local pro had to compete against 923 other poker players vying for the top prize of $473,019. Ultimately, Levi Berger of Ottawa, Ontario bested Clements after an hour-long duel.
In the final hand of the match, Berger raised with pocket kings and Clements called with 10-9. When the flop came down 8-7-2, both players got all their money in, though Berger had the chip lead as well as a 2:1 advantage. The turn and river failed to complete Clements’ straight draw.
Shortly after the loss, Clements posted a tweet: “2nd is a very empty feeling. Will be 2nd guessing all my plays tomorrow while playing the HORSE 1500”
He was referring to another WSOP event scheduled to start at noon Friday, a $1,500 buy-in mixed game tournament featuring Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Razz, Stud, and Stud Hi-Lo.
Clements, who’s known as a mixed-game specialist, already has two WSOP wins under his belt as well as two World Poker Tour titles. In all, the Washington native has more than $5.5 million in tournament wins to his credit.