Matthew Ashton took a big chip lead into heads-up play and did something he failed to do at three other final tables this summer—win a gold bracelet. Meanwhile, Nguyen was left with his second runner-up finish of the summer.
Hand #264: Ashton raised the button and Nguyen defended from the big blind. Nguyen then checked the flop and Ashton bet. Nguyen woke up with a check-raise, Ashton called and the dealer burned and turned the . Nguyen bet, Ashton called and the completed the board on the river.
Nguyen bet a second time and then called off when Ashton raised. Nguyen flipped over the but it was no good as Ashton tabled the . Both players had a pair of tens but Ashton's kicked sealed the victory.
Nguyen slowly stood from the table, shook hands with Ashton and then took his leave in second place.