World Poker Finals Recap
November 12, 2021

The Foxwoods World Poker Finals came down to a new face at a World Poker Tour final table versus a very familiar one. Jonathan “FieryJustice” Little was able to turn his 4th WPT final table appearance into his second victory with his heads up win over relative newcomer Jonathan Jaffe.

To take the title, Little also outlasted Mike “The Mouth” Matusow and David “The Dragon” Pham. Both players have plenty of experience under the lights and cameras of a televised WPT set, but neither has been able to claim a title. For Pham it was his 7th final table appearance without a victory.

Once he got past the two big names, Little still had a major obstacle to overcome en route to his second title. For most of the tournament, Jon Jaffe was at or near the top of the chip counts and the same was true at the final table. When it was down to six, Jaffe controlled much of the early action, and even after doubling up a couple of the short stacks he still held the chip lead. Once amateur Charles Marchese was eliminated in 3rd place by Little, Jaffe was still slightly ahead in chips going into the heads up battle.

Before squaring off against Jaffe, Little was able to eliminate Matusow in 6th place ($124,048) and Jack Schanbacher in 5th ($182,196). During the elimination of Schanbacher, Little also grabbed about half of Pham’s stack, leaving “The Dragon” short stacked and in push-or-fold mode. Push he did, and when his pocket deuces lost a race to Marchese, Pham bowed out in 4th place ($240,344).

The Cinderella story ended for Marchese when he ran his A-J into Little’s pocket queens, but the amateur and his lively group of family and friends seemed more than happy with the 3rd place finish and $337,256 that went with it.

Heads up play started just before 11pm EST and it was a full five hours later before Little emerged victorious. Little and Jaffe went back and forth time and time again. One would get to a 3-to-1 chip lead and the other would double. Both players were all in numerous times, but were always able to pull out the timely double up. Finally, as the clock worked towards 4am, Little was down more than 3-to-1 in chips, but doubled up. Then, he doubled again to take the chip lead. One more big hand later and it was all over as Little added another title to his resume and another $1,120,310 to his bank account.

For Jaffe, his tournament ended with some disappointment, but also with a very solid finish and a great showing. For his 2nd place finish, he earned $670,636 to go along with the respect gained from an impressive run in a major event.

There are a lot of great players that have made it to numerous WPT final tables, including Pham and Matusow, but the number of players that can get there and regularly close the deal is not nearly as large. Little has been able to put up numbers these past two years that show he not only knows how to get there, but that once he is there he knows what to do to win. In his four final table appearances he has two victories, a 2nd place finish (to a very tough opponent in Scott Clements at one of the toughest final table lineups in WPT history), and a 5th place finish at his first WPT final table. Little is proving that his World Poker Tour Player of the Year title was no fluke and that he is a major threat at any tournament he shows up to play.

Here are the results for the 2008 Foxwoods World Poker Finals WPT final table:


Jonathan “FieryJustice” Little




Jonthan Jaffe




Charles Marchese




David “The Dragon” Pham




Jack Schanbacher




Mike “The Mouth” Matusow




Event Recap by Court Harrington

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