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  1. Another major online poker series kicked off this weekend as the preliminary events in Poker Central’s first-ever Super High Roller Bowl Online series brought out some of the biggest names in the game. The complete series, which takes place on partypoker, will run from May 23 through June 1 and guarantees $20 million in total prize money across 28 High Roller tournaments. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Chris Hunichen took home the largest score of the three opening day events, earning $479,250 for his victory in Event #2 ($25,500 No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller ). The two-day event saw a total of 54 entries which pushed the prize pool to $1,350,000. Hunichen’s score ranks as the second-largest online cash of his career, right behind his third-place finish in the 2018 PokerStars SCOOP $10K Main Event for which he took home over $618,000. ‘Big Huni’ defeated another online superstar for the title by besting Viktor Blom in heads-up play. Blom’s runner-up finish was good for $32,625 and comes just a day after finishing third in the WPT Online series PLO High Roller for which he earned $121,200. Mark Davis fell in third place and picked up $205,875. Jans Arends outlasted the 76-entry field of Event #1 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) to take home the $216,600 first-place prize. Finishing right behind him was the UK’s Ben Heath who secured $148,200 as the runner-up. Picking up the bronze was two-time Global Poker Index Player of the Year Alex Foxen who added another $102,600 to his bankroll. Also of note, former worldwide #1-ranked online pro Niklas Astedt finished in sixth place for $41,800 and Daniel Dvoress secured a min-cash of $22,800, his second cash in the first two events. Another player who cashed in two of the three events was Sergi Reixach, who took down Event #3 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $191,750. Combined with his fifth-place finish in Event #1, Reixach’s two-score, one day total was just shy of $245,000. Just a week after picking up his fourth career SCOOP title, Mike Watson finished in second place, taking home $129,800 for his efforts. And another former #1-ranked PocketFiver found his way to the podium as Andras Nemeth finished up in third place for $87,025. Event #1: $10,300 High Roller 76 entries $760,000 prize pool Jans Arends - $216,600 Benjamin Heath - $148,200 Alex Foxen - $102,600 Jake Schindler - $68,400 Sergi Lloveras Reixach - $53,200 Niklas Astedt - $41,800 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $34,200 Christopher Fraser - $26,600 Event #2: $25,500 Super High Roller 8-Max 54 entries $1,350,000 prize pool Christopher Hunichen - $479.250 Viktor Blom - $320,625 Mark Davis - $205,875 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $131,625 Rob Lipkin - $87,750 Daniel Dvoress - $67,500 Timothy Adams - $57,375 Event #3: $10,300 High Roller 59 entries $590,000 prize pool Sergi Lloveras Reixach - $191,750 Michael Watson - $129,800 Andras Nemeth - $87,025 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $54,575 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $42,775 John O’ Shea - $33,925 Michael Addamo - $28,025 Jonathan VanFleet - $22,125
  2. As the live poker tournament comes to a halt for the foreseeable future in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the last high profile event to wrap up featured a winner putting on a repeat performance. Timothy Adams beat Christoph Vogelsang to win the Super High Roller Bowl Russia for $3.6 million. It was just 41 days ago that Adams beat Kahle Burns to win the Super High Roller Bowl Australia for $1.4 million. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] SHRB Russia drew 40 entries and just seven players returned for the final day of play in Sochi on Sunday. Ben Heath started the day with the chip lead while Adams was right in the middle of the pack. Only six players were getting paid, and it took just 45 minutes for the bubble to burst with Stephen Chidwick being eliminated in seventh place. Once Chidwick was out, it was just 10 minutes before the first player was sent to the cashier cage. Vogelsang raised to 60,000 from the cutoff and Ivan Leow called from the button. The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3d"] and Vogelsang bet 55,000. Leow moved all-in for 300,000 and Vogelsang called. Leow turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"] but got bad news when Vogelsang showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"]. Neither the [poker card="ts"] turn or [poker card="kc"] river were any help for Leow and he was out in sixth place. Five-handed play lasted just over an hour before a battle of the blinds ended with an elimination. Heath raised to XXX,000 from the small blind before Adrian Mateos moved all-in for 1,000,000 from the big. Heath called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and Mateos turned over [poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] flop left Mateos needing one of two deuces. The [poker card="9h"] turn ended all of that though as Heath made a full house. The [poker card="8d"] river completed the board and Mateos exited in fifth place. The four remaining players battled for another five hours without a single elimination. Another blind versus blind situation finally broke that stalemate. Vogelsang and Mikita Badziakouski folded before Heath moved all-in for 1,200,000 and Adams called. Heath turned over [poker card="qs"][poker card="6s"] and Adams had a small edge with [poker card="as"][poker card="2d"]. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="td"][poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5c"] to bust Heath in fourth. Just 20 minutes later, Badziakouski's run ended. Adams folded the button and Vogelsang raised to 1,500,000 and Badziakouski called all-in and turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] which put him ahead of Vogelsang's [poker card="jh"][poker card="3h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3s"] flop changed everything and left Badziakouski drawing thin. The [poker card="8s"] turn gave Badziakouski some outs to stay alive but the [poker card="4c"] river was a complete brick, eliminating the Belarusian poker pro in third place. When heads-up play started, Vogelsang held 55% of the chips in play. Over the next two hours both players took turns with the chip lead. As play wore on, the pair agreed to skip a level and just 20 minutes later, Adams put the finishes touches on his victory. Adams completed from the small blind but Vogelsang responded by moving all in for 3,700,000 and Adams snap-called. Vogelsang showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"] but was dominated by Adams' [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9d"] runout kept Adams ahead and even improved his hand to a pair of nines on the river to eliminate Vogelsang. Super High Roller Bowl Russia Payouts Timothy Adams - $3,600,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $2,400,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $1,600,000 Ben Heath - $1,000,000 Adrian Mateos - $800,000 Ivan Leow - $600,000
  3. Less than a week after winning the Industry Person of the Year award at the Global Poker Awards, Paul Phua took home $1.512 million for winning the MILLIONS Super High Roller Series Sochi $100,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Final Table Payouts Paul Phua - $1,512,000 Matthias Eibinger - $1,008,000 Webster Lim - $672,000 Adrian Mateos - $420,000 Michael Addamo - $336,000 Kahle Burns - $252,000 The event attracted 42 entries and generated a prize pool of $4.2 million. The top six spots were set to be paid, with a min-cash being worth $252,000. Entering the final table, it was Michael Addamo in the lead. Following the eliminations of Cary Katz and Ben Heath, the tournament was on the money bubble. The next player to fall was Michael Soyza, hitting the rail just one spot outside the money and securing a cash for the others. Soyza went out at the hands of Matthias Eibinger. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] According to the partypoker LIVE reporting staff, first to bust in the money was Kahle Burns, going out in sixth place at the hands of Adrian Mateos. Then it was Addamo falling in fifth place to Webster Lim. With four players left, Phua was third in chips and Mateos was fourth. Mateos moved all in from the small blind with the [poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"] and Phua made the call from the big blind with the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="7c"]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="9h"] and Mateos took his exit with a $420,000 payday. Shortly after busting Mateos, Phua doubled through Eibinger to take the chip lead. Eibinger had opened with a raise on the button and Phua had moved all in from the big blind. Eibinger called with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Jd"] but was dominated against Phua’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qc"]. The [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Tc"] board kept Phua in the lead and scored him the double. Despite losing a chunk of chips doubling up Phua, Eibinger wasn’t the next player to bust. That was Lim who fell after Phua made a very good call against him. After a preflop raise by Phua on the button and a call from Lim out of the big blind, Lim check-raised all in on the [poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"] flop. Phua tanked for a bit and eventually called with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5d"]. Lim had the [poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"]. The turn was the [poker card="8d"] and the river was the [poker card="9c"] to give Phua the win and send Lim out in third place for $672,000. Phua took the chip lead into heads-up play against Eibinger and made fairly quick work of his opponent. On the final hand, Phua had raised with the [poker card="As"][poker card="8s"] and Eibinger defended with a call holding the [poker card="Th"][poker card="8h"]. Eibinger then called bets on the flop and turn of the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="Kd"] board to bring the two to the [poker card="6c"] on the river. After Eibinger checked the river, Phua bet to put him all in. Eibinger made the call with his pair of eights but saw the bad news that Phua had two pair. With that, Eibinger was eliminated in second place for a $1.008 million payday. The victory pushed Phua to more than $18.2 million in career live tournament earnings, and the score was his sixth seven-figure payday from a live poker tournament.
  4. Kahle Burns almost won the Global Poker Index Player of the Year title in 2019. On Wednesday, the 31-year-old Australian took a step towards being a contender in 2020 by beating Igor Kurganov heads-up to win the partypoker UK MILLIONS $25,000 High Roller and $350,000. The first day of the two-day event ended with 23 entries and registration still open. By the time registration closed on Day 2, the field had swelled to 37 to produce a total prize pool of $925,000. [ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Once down to a final table of nine players, Burns was in pole position with the chip lead. Rainer Kempe was eliminated in ninth, Yair Bitoun went out in eighth, and Leon Tsoukernik busted in seventh to leave players on a $75,000 bubble. Luke Reeves, who started the day as the chip leader and came to the final table second in chips, was eliminated by Kurganov on the bubble. Five minutes later, Kurganov sent Steve O'Dwyer packing. Action folded to O'Dwyer in the cutoff and he moved all-in for 2,540,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"] and Kurganov called from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8c"]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2s"] to eliminate O'Dwyer in fifth place and prevent him from defending the title he won in 2019. Preben Stokkan was the next to go. From the cutoff, Stokkan moved all-in for 1,280,0000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"], Kurganov folded his button before Ben Heath moved all-in over the top for [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. Burns folded [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"] in the big blind leaving Stokkan and Heath to see a runout of [poker card="7d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="jc"][poker card="5d"]. Preben was unable to improve and was sent hom in fourth place. Winning that pot offered Heath no real momentum and he started three-handed play as the shortest stack. Just 20 minutes later, his tournament was over after a blind vs blind battle. Burns folded his button, and Kurganov raised to 5,000,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="5s"]. Heath took his time before calling all-in with [poker card="jc"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4h"] flop was no help and neither the [poker card="7c"] turn or [poker card="7h"] river failed to save Heath from a third-place result. Kurganov started heads-up play with a 2.7-1 chip lead over Burns. Over the next hour-and-a-half, Burns battled back to take a nearly 3-1 lead of his own before finishing Kurganov off for good. On the final hand, Kurganov called from the button with [poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"] and Burns raised to to 1,400,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="th"]. Kurganov moved all-in for 9,875,000 and Burns called instantly. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"][poker card="9h"] flop gave Burns more outs. He found one of those on the [poker card="jh"] and made Broadway to eliminate Kurganov and win his first title of 2020. The inconsequential river was the [poker card="tc"]. partypoker MILLIONS UK High Roller Final Table Payouts Kahle Burns - $350,000 Igor Kurganov - $222,250 Ben Heath - $150,000 Preben Stokkan - $100,000 Steve O'Dwyer - $75,000
  5. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In June, all eyes were on the 2019 WSOP, which kicked off with a bang that included the largest live poker tournament ever and Phil Ivey's return. WSOP Big 50’s Gigantic Turnout The first installment of the World Series of Poker $500 buy-in 'Big 50' tournament was one for the record books, literally. The tournament that was marketed to give comers from all levels a shot at WSOP glory did that and more, becoming the largest live poker tournament in history. The event attracted a field size of 28,474 entries, crushing the previous record of 22,374 entries set by the 2015 WSOP Colossus. Lance Bradley took a look at the record-breaking event to see how it stacks up against another monstrous tournaments, the number of unique entries versus reentries, and more. Nigerian-born Femi Fashakin turned a $500 entry into $1.147 million in the Big 50 and will forever be remembered for such an achievement. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Controversy at the WSOP The $50,000 High Roller tournament at the 2019 WSOP drew a lot of attention. Understandably so, given it’s huge buy-in and star-studded field. The resulting headlines were less than what was desired, though, as a bit of controversy came about. With four players left in the tournament, Sam Soverel opened with a raise, Dmitry Yurasov moved all in, Andrew Lichtenberger folded, and then Ben Heath asked for a count. While thinking, Heath tossed in a time bank card and Soverel, who might’ve thought the time bank card was Heath’s actual playing cards, quickly folded his hand. This allowed Heath to think through his decision without having to worry about what Soverel was going to do as the original raiser. Yurasov was not happy with Soverel’s play, as were many people on Twitter, including Isaac Haxton. Phil Ivey Returns Guess who’s back? Phil Ivey’s back! It seems that every summer the poker world is waiting to see if Phil Ivey will return to the WSOP tournament tables or not. In 2019, he returned a week into June, kicking things off with the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. The poker world was buzzing with his return to the series, but it’d have to until about a week later for him to get back on the WSOP scoreboard by cashing in the $800 NL Deep Stack. Ivey went on to cash five times at the WSOP in the summer and twice more at the 2019 WSOP Europe festival in Rozvadov. His best finish in Las Vegas was an eighth-place result in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $124,410. Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life Jason Young has had his fair share of success on the poker felt, with more than $1.2 million in live tournament earnings and a World Series of Poker gold bracelet to his credit. Despite all of that, it was a victory off the felt that proved to be the biggest win of his life. After Young and his girlfriend welcomed their daughter, Kaeley, into the world, things took a turn for the worse. His girlfriend abruptly moved to Florida, away from their home in New York, and she took the daughter with her. Young’s restaurant was lost and he fell into big debt. Through it all, Young kept fighting. He was fighting for his daughter and fighting to get his life back in order. Along the way, poker helped Young get things back together, and the story on Young by Lance Bradley is an absolute must-read. Chidwick, Engel, Schwartz All Wins Bracelets The conversation of who is the best player without a WSOP gold bracelet lost three key figures in the summer of 2019. That’s when Stephen Chidwick, Ari Engel, and Luke Schwartz all claimed their first pieces of WSOP hardware and can no longer be referred to as the "Best Player Without a Bracelet." To make things even more exciting, all three won their first gold bracelet on the same day.
  6. Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, Kristen Bicknell made history by becoming the first woman to win a Poker Masters title after defeating a final table that included current Purple Jacket points leader Chance Kornuth and defending Purple Jacket champion Ali Imsirovic. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] “It feels incredible to win this event. I final tabled the World Poker Tour event last week and I did not feel happy with my final table play, so that run was kind of bittersweet. I wasn’t planning on playing this tournament but I felt the itch and in Las Vegas and I’m very happy with how it played out,” Bicknell said. A cooler just three minutes into the day sent one player to the rail. Ben Heath moved all-in from UTG for 125,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"]. Action folded to Ralph Wong in the small blind and he called with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6c"] before Andras Nemeth moved all-in for 525,000 from the big blind [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"] forcing Wong to fold. The board ran out [poker card="9h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] to bust Heath in sixth place. Less than 10 minutes, action folded to Wong on the button and he moved all in for 590,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"]. Nemeth folded his small blind but Kornuth called from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4h"] flop kept Kornuth ahead and the [poker card="ah"] turn kept Wong drawing to a nine but the [poker card="7s"] failed to connect and he was out in fifth. Kornuth moved all-in from UTG with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"] and Nemeth called from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="3h"]. Nemeth failed to connect on the [poker card="8h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="th"] board and was eliminated in fourth place. Kornuth continued to be the aggressor and it resulted in finding yet another victim. Bicknell folded the button and Kornuth moved all in for 1,050,000 withh [poker card="jc"][poker card="3c"] and Ali Imsirovic called all-in with [poker card="ks"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4s"] flop was a safe one for Imsirovic, but the [poker card="js"] turn gave Kornuth the advantage before the [poker card="jd"] river finished Imsirovic off in third. Heads-up play began with Bicknell holding 3,470,000 of the 6,375,000 chips in play. Over the next two hours, Bicknell and Kornuth each took turns with the lead before Bicknell captured it for the final time and finished Kornuth off. Bicknell moved all-in with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] and Kornuth called all-in with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="7c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Bicknell a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="ac"] turn was a brick but the [poker card="6c"] river completed her straight and gave her first Poker Masters title. This marked the third time in six Poker Masters events this year that Kornuth finished as the runner-up. He previously came second to Isaac Baron in Event #1 and Ryan Laplante in Event #2 and now leads the Purple Jacket championship standings by more than double any other player. Final Table Payouts Kristen Bicknell - $408,000 Chance Kornuth - $267,500 Ali Imsirovic - $178,500 Andras Nemeth - $127,000 Ralph Wong - $102,000 Ben Heath - $76,500 David Stamm - $63,750 Elio Fox - $51,000 Purple Jacket Standings Chance Kornuth - 630 Kristen Bicknell - 300 Isaac Baron - 300 Ryan Laplante - 300 Julien Martini - 300 Jared Bleznick - 300 Jonathan Depa - 300 Sam Soverel - 270 Jorryt van Hoof - 270 Alex Foxen - 270
  7. [caption width="640"] Shurane Vijayaram turned a Shurane Vijayaram turned a $130 satellite win into the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event title. (Crown photo)0 satellite win into the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event title. (Crown photo)[/caption] Sunday night in Melbourne Shurane Vijayaram completed an improbable run that is sure to become an Australian poker legend. Vijayaram, who won his way into the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event via a $130 satellite, beat out a final table that included Fedor Holz and Ben Heath to win the title and the accompanying $1.6 million AU ($1.2 million) first place prize money. Vijayaram was the overwhelming chip leader when the final table began with 7.47 million of the 21.62 million in play. No other player had more than 3.27 million at the time. Despite having that huge stack to work with, it was a lay down that Vijayaram made early on that will have people talking. Heath raised to 115,000 from the hijack with [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"] before Vijayaram re-raised to 315,000 from the big blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. Heath called and then checked the [poker card="td"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"] flop, allowing Vijayaram to bet 275,0000. Heath called and both players saw the [poker card="kh"] on the turn. Heath checked again and Vijayaram checked behind. The [poker card="2h"] river got Heath to fire out a bet of 585,000. Vijayaram took a few seconds before folding. It took another hour for the first elimination and it wasn’t Vijayaram doing the work and it wasn’t the shortest stack, Holz, leaving. Tobias Hausen raised from the button to 135,000 before Luke Roberts moved all in from the small blind for 675,000. Hausen took some time before calling and tabling [poker card="ts"][poker card="9s"]. Roberts was ahead with [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"] and the [poker card="js"][poker card="jc"][poker card="5s"] flop kept him there. The [poker card="6s"] turn however completed Hausen’s flush and sent Roberts to the rail in seventh. The next elimination didn’t take long at all. Heath raised to 135,000 from UTG, Vijayaram called from the cutoff before Jeff Rossiter raised to 490,000 from the button. David Olson then four-bet 1.3 million. Both Heath and Vijayaram folded but Rossiter called. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2c"] flop was good enough for Olson to move all in for 1.3 million and Rossiter called instantly. Olson showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] and needed help against Rossiter’s [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="tc"] turn and [poker card="5s"] river were both blanks and Olson was eliminated in sixth. Despite coming in to the final table with the shortest stack, Holz managed to outlast two others and ladder his way up the payouts. That all ended at the hand’s of Rossiter though. The Australian, making his second Aussie Millions Main Event final table appearance, raised to 180,000 from the cutoff and Holz defended his big blind. The flop was [poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3s"]. Holz checked, Rossiter bet 140,000 and Holz responded by moving all in for 730,000 total. Rossiter called and tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="7c"] for top pair with the nut flush draw. Holz showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"] for middle pair. The [poker card="kh"] turn and [poker card="4c"] river were no help for Holz and he was out of the Main Event in fifth place one day after finishing third in the $100,0000 Challenge. Despite picking up the previous two bustouts, Rossiter was unable to avoid Vijayaram’s run to the title. From UTG Rossiter made it 240,000 to go and chip leader Vijayaram moved all in from the big blind. Rossiter called and showed [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"] while Vijayaram tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8d"] flop put Vijayaram ahead with top pair and neither the [poker card="ts"] turn or [poker card="jh"] river were any help for Rossiter and he was out in fourth place as Vijayaram continued to add to his stack. Vijayaram picked up another victim just a few minutes later. After he raised to 380,000 from the button, Hausen moved all in from the small blind for 1.265 million. Heath got out of the way before Vijayaram tanked and eventually called with [poker card="jd"][poker card="tc"]. Hausen was well ahead with [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"].The [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"][poker card="2d"] flop furthered Hausen’s lead, but the [poker card="qc"] turn gave Vijayaram broadway. The [poker card="8s"] river was no help for Hausen and he was out in third place while Vijayaram and Heath were left to play heads-up. When heads-up play began, Vijayaram had a nearly 3-1 chip lead and never relinquished control over the 30 hands of play against Heath. On the final hand of the tournament Vijayaram raised to 350,000 from his button and Heath called and then checked the [poker card="9c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"] flop. Vijayaram bet 400,000 and Heath called again. After the [poker card="3h"] turn Heath check-raised all in to 1.39 million. Vijayaram called to see the [poker card="qs"] river. Heath announced he was all in for 3.2 million and over five minutes later, Vijayaram called and tabled [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. Heath showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="8c"] for a missed straight draw and was eliminated in second place, leaving Vijayaram as 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event champion. Final Table Payouts Shurane Vijayaram - $1,600,000 Ben Heath - $1,000,000 Tobias Hausen - $620,000 Jeff Rossiter - $440,000 Fedor Holz - $335,000 David Olson - $270,000 Luke Roberts - $210,000
  8. The 2019 World Series of Poker continued on Saturday with another massive field in the Big 50 as that event quickly hurtles toward a record for the largest WSOP event ever. Ben Heath Leads Talented Final 12 in $50K High Roller Players were able to register for the $50,000 No Limit Hold'em (Event #5) until the mid-way point of Day 2. This lead to a total of 110 entries and a final prize pool of $5,280,000. Just 12 players remain in contention for the bracelet and the first place prize of $1,484,085. Leading the way is Britain's Ben Heath. Finishing with 5,255,000, Heath managed to go from starting the day second in chips to sitting atop the chip counts. Russian Dmirty Yurasov spent a good amount of time as the chip leader and was only eclipsed in the last level of the night. Yurasov bagged up 4,800,000. Elio Fox sits third with 4,695,000. Chip Leader Coaching's Chance Kornuth ended up in fourth place with 4,510,000. Top 10 Chip Counts Jake Schwartz - 117,600 Julien Martini - 117,400 Jordan Siegel - 95,000 Brayden Gazlay - 91,000 John Racener - 83,100 Jason Daly - 81,300 Andrey Zhigalov - 77,500 Wes Self - 74,500 Layne Flack - 66,200
  9. "I need to win one of these now." Those were the words from Ben Heath in an interview at the beginning of May following his fourth-place finish in the EPT Monte Carlo €50,000 High Roller. At the time, the €298,240 ($333,013) he won for that result was the second largest in his live poker career and his comment was referencing that he's been close in big events and it's time to finally break through. Well, he got that breakthrough when he won the 2019 World Series of Poker $50,000 High Roller for a career-best $1.484 million. "The first three days I think I played really well, a few mistakes," Heath said in the moments after the win. "Today, definitely one or two mistakes but it just happens, I guess. Overall, I’m very happy. Compared to the last four years of my career, there’s a lot fewer mistakes than I’m used to." Coming into the final table, Heath had the chip lead with a stack of 7.63 million. He was only slightly ahead of Sam Soverel, but with Heath’s demeanor, you’d never know one way or another if his emotions were getting the best of him. Heath is a very centered and calm player, but even though he couldn’t fight off the smile the beamed from his face as he described how he felt at the final table. "I wasn’t sure at the start, because I had the exact same chips as Sam,” Heath said. “Then, I think at around one point I had around 16 million and dipped to 8 million four-handed and it was kind of tough to feel like it’s not slipping then. But then it just turned back around." He admitted to only having slept two and a half hours the night before and that he hadn’t slept much all tournament. The young Brit couldn’t pin the reason on jet lag, though, as he mentioned he was only coming over to Las Vegas from Montreal and not all the way across the pond. Armed with adrenaline and coffee and forced to play under the bright lights of the Amazon Room feature table that could keep anyone awake, Heath powered through and found his way to the winner’s circle. "I think it’s mainly the tournament," Heath said of his lack of sleep. "I only came from Montreal and I was surprised there was any jet lag, but there was for three days. Then, on the third day, when I expected it to end, I remembered from my Aussie Millions run that I only slept three hours the night before. I think I’m just not good at sleeping. I just had a lot of coffee today and probably won’t sleep for a while now." Not only did Heath have to fight off a lack of sleep, but he had to do it against some very tough competition. Andrew Lichtenberger was the player Heath had to defeat in heads-up play, and the final six also included the aforementioned Soverel along with Dmitry Yurasov, Nick Petrangelo, and Chance Kornuth. Heath's five opponents in the final six have more than $46 million in live tournament earnings Back in 2017, Heath took second in the Aussie Millions Main Event for a score of A$1 million ($755,229). Up until now, that score was the largest of his live tournament career. It's now taken a back seat to this mammoth gold bracelet victory. After he finished his post-win photos and interviews, Heath jumped in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em and bagged a stack for Day 2. No sleep, no problem.
  10. Francois Billard has had a lot of success at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal over the course of his career, but Sunday night the Canadian poker pro put an exclamation point on all of them by winning the partypoker MILLIONS North America Main Event for a career-best $715,414 score. It took just 14 hands for Kevin Rabichow, who started the day as the chip leader, to pick off one of the shorter stacks. With blinds of 800,000/1,600,000, Rabichow opened from UTG for 3,200,000 and Danick Landriault defended his big blind. After a flop of [poker card="qs"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5c"], Landriault check-called Rabichow's bet of 2,400,000. The [poker card="2h"] turn saw Landriault check again before Rabichow moved all in. Landriault called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="8s"] which put him behind Rabichow's [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="3c"] river was no help for Landriault and he was out in sixth. It took almost six hours before the next player was sent out. Action folded to Billard on the button and he moved all in. Alexandros Kolonias folded his small blind but Paul Fontan called all in from the big blind. Billard turned over [poker card="jc"][poker card="4c"] and Fontan showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6h"] flop gave Billard the lead and neither the [poker card="td"][ turn or [poker card="2c"] river were able to save Fontan from a fifth place result. Two hours later, Rabichow found another victim. From UTG, Rabichow raised to 7,000,000 and Kolonias called from the big blind. The flop [poker card="tc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"] flop got both players to check. Kolonias checked again after the [poker card="ts"] flop, but Rabichow bet 5,500,000 and Kolonias called. The river was the [poker card="qc"] and Kolonias checked again. Rabichow shoved all in and Kolinias called and showed [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"] but lost to Rabichow's [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] for a fourth place finish. The final three players played for a while before coming to an agreement on an ICM chop. Francois Billard - $557,278 Joni Jouhkimainen - $434,063 Kevin Rabichow - $430,848 The players agree to leave $158,003 on the table for the eventual champion. Despite the deal, the final three players played for three hours before the next elimination. After Rabichow folded his button, Jouhkimainen moved all in from the small blind and Billard called from the big blind. Jouhkimainen tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"] while Billard showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. The board ran out [poker card="8c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="7d"] to send Jouhkimainen's day in third position. Heads-up play started with Billard holding a 2.7-1 lead over Rabichow and it took just over an hour for Billard to finish him off. On the final hand, Rabichow raised to 12,000,0000 and Billard clicked back for 42,000,000. Rabichow called to see a flop of [poker card="kd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"]. Billard bet 26,000,000 and Rabichow called. The [poker card="th"] turn was good enough to get Billard to move all in and Rabichow called. Billard showed [poker card="ts"][poker card="9d"] for a turned two pair while Rabichow tabled [poker card="jh"][poker card="td"] for second pair and an open-ender. The river was the [poker card="6d"] and Billard eliminated Rabichow to win the partypoker MILLIONS Main Event. Final Table Payouts Francois Billard - $715,414 Kevin Rabichow - $430,848 Joni Jouhkimainen - $434,063 Alexandros Kolonias - $275,331 Paul Fontan - $223,241 Danick Landriault - $186,035 Ben Heath - $148,828 Ruben Perceval - $111,621
  11. For the first time at the 2019 World Series of Poker, there were two bracelets awarded in a single day as Ben Heath and Dan Zack each picked up the first WSOP title of their careers on Monday. Those were just two of the seven events on the schedule that included another Day 2 in the Big 50, an influx of players in the $10,000 Short Deck, and another massive No Limit Hold'em tournament. And it just wouldn't be the WSOP if there wasn't a drama bomb in the first week. Ben Heath Avoids Controversial Ending, Wins $50K High Roller Ben Heath started the final table of the $50,000 High Roller event on Monday with the chip lead and while he didn't hold onto it the entire night, he had it when it mattered most; at the end. Heath beat a final table that included Chance Kornuth, Nick Petrangelo, Sam Soverel and finally Andrew Lichtenberger heads-up to claim the $1,484,085 first place prize and the first bracelet of his career. “It feels a lot better than I thought it would,” Heath said. “When I was younger, I was shy and didn't really want to win the bracelet. I would have rather just taken second place. But now that it has happened, it feels great!” The final table provided the first controversial moment of the WSOP though. Down to four players, Soverel folded out of turn while waiting for Heath to respond to an all-in shove for Yurasov. The moment soon caught the eye of high roller regular Isaac Haxton who took to Twitter. Haxton's tweet set off a firestorm of responses on both sides of the issues from players who have played against Soverel in tournaments around the world. Final Table Payouts Ben Heath $1,484,085 Andrew Lichtenberger - $917,232 Sam Soverel - $640,924 Dmitry Yurasov - $458,138 Nick Petrangelo - $335,181 Chance Kornuth - $251,128 Dan Zack Takes Down $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Experience pays off at the WSOP and as the final table of the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw event played down to a winner, Dan Zack relied heavily on his experience playing a lot of short-handed Triple Draw games over the past few years. It paid off handsomely for the 26-year-old New Jersey poker player as he beat Sumir Mathur heads-up to win $160,447 and the first bracelet of his career. “Draw games are my favorite games and probably my best games. I’ve probably played more hands of three-handed and heads-up draw than I’ve played of anything else in the last couple of years. I’ve played a ton of short-handed triple draw and Badugi online, so this is a cool event to take down,” Zack said after his win. There were 13 players at the start of the day that felt like they had a shot at the bracelet. Bryce Yockey, Andrew Brown, Mark Gregorich and Mike Gorodinsky were just some of the talented players that busted before the final table. Jake Schwartz, who started Day 2 with the chip lead, busted in sixth. Final Table Payouts Dan Zack - $160,447 Sumir Mathur - $99,153 Brayden Gazlay - $65,217 Jon Turner - $43,984 Jesse Hampton - $30,437 Jake Schwartz - $21,625 Saya Ono Gets Through Big 50 Day 1C on Top Saya Ono, a Southern California cash game regular, went from all in on the bubble to end-of-day chip leader on Tuesday. Ono bagged up 3,810,000 and is one of just two players who finished with more than 3,000,000 in chips. The other is Britain's Benjamin Dobson (3,560,000). The day started with 1,504 players and ended with 404 players putting chips in a bag. Notables who are still alive include Isaac Baron, Asher Conniff, Men Nguyen, Rex Clinkscales, Ari Engel, Eric Baldwin, Matt Stout, and Jared Griener. Those players moving on to Day 3, will now wait until Wednesday to resume play as the Day 1D survivors get their shot to move on to Tuesday. Prize pool information for the Big 50 should be announced early Tuesday morning. Top 10 Chip Counts Saya Ono - 3,810,000 Benjamin Dobson - 3,560,000 Nelson Rose - 2,915,000 Ubaid Habib - 2,600,000 Danny Ehrenberger - 2,440,000 Catherine Valdes - 2,430,000 Renato Manalo - 2,360,000 Samuel Welbourne - 2,275,000 Janae Pham - 2,250,000 Jiehao Zhu - 2,230,000 $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em Gets Boost A lot of the talk on Day 1 of the $10,000 Short Deck event was centered around the lack of turnout. Just 61 players showed up on Sunday for the opening day but with two hours of late registration on Monday, another 53 entries boosted the field to 114 total players. Some of the players who took advantage of the late registration included Shaun Deeb, Ryan Riess, Ben Yu, Daniel Negreanu, Alex Foxen, Rainer Kempe, Andrew Robl, and Phil Hellmuth. Busting out of the $50,000 High Roller didn't seem to impact Chance Kornuth too much. He walked right over to this event and ran up his stack to 2,163,000 and heads into Wednesday's final table as the chip leader. Alex Epstein and Yong Wang sit second and third respectively and were the only other players to finish with a seven-figure stack. Pennsylvania poker pro Thai Ha has the shortest remaining stack and will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to spin it up on Tuesday. Players who cashed on Monday but failed to advance to Tuesday include Bill Perkins, Kane Kalas, Alex Foxen, Justin Bonomo, and Galen Hall. The event was originally scheduled to run four days but given the light Day 1 turnout and the rapid pace of eliminations on Day 2, tournament organizers decided to shorten the event by one day. The final table gets underway at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Chance Kornuth - 2,163,000 Alex Epstein - 1,275,000 Yong Wang - 1,176,000 Anson Tsang - 975,000 Rene van Krevelen - 563,000 Andrew Robl - 406,000 Thai Ha - 283,000 Big Field Shows for $600 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack If you thought the days of long line-ups were going to be restricted to the Big 50, you'd be wrong. The first Deepstack event of the 2019 WSOP attracted 6,151 players, many of them coming from the Big 50 after busting out. The event, which features 20-minute levels, is scheduled to be a two-day event but with 581 players advancing to Day 2, it seems more likely that a third day will be added. Paul Dhaliwal finished as the chip leader with 1,612,000 chips going in the bag at the end of the night. Some of the notables who advanced to Day 2 include Jake Schwartz, Bart Lybaert, Daniel Negreanu, Maurice Hawkins, Matt Stout, Ylon Schwartz, and Erik Seidel. Action gets underway at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Paul Dhaliwal - 1,612,000 Michael Morhaime - 1,275,000 David Elet - 1,255,000 Mohammad Saadeghvazri - 1,215,000 Christopher Battenfield - 1,190,000 Zachary Vankeuren - 1,032,000 Kyle Dover - 951,000 Richard Smith - 922,000 Edvinas Gruzdas - 896,000 Roman Kroupa - 893,000 Jim Collopy Leads $1,500 Dealers Choice After Day 1 A lot of the focus at the WSOP over the past few days has been on No Limit Hold'em, but mixed game aficionados were out in full force Monday afternoon for the $1,500 Dealers Choice event. Jim Collopy bagged up 84,300 and leads the 178 players who managed to survive Day 1. The event drew 470 players. Other familiar faces who are moving on to Day 2 include Robert Mizrachi, Dan Shak, WSOP Circuit crusher Valentin Vornicu, Greg Mueller, Ryan Hughes, David 'ODB' Baker, Marco Johnson and Dzmitry Urbanovich. Top 10 Chip Counts Jim Collopy - 84,300 Danny Noam - 81,100 Jason Stockfish - 79,500 Al Barbieri - 65,800 Nikolai Yakovenko - 63,600 Ryan Leng - 62,800 Tamon Nakamura - 61,100 Cole Jackson - 56,800 Robert Campbell - 56,400 Todd Barlow - 54,900 Dan Smith Leads $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Straight forward No Limit Hold'em was on the menu as the final event to get underway on Monday. 343 players entered the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event and the high end of the Day 1 chip counts include a who's who of NLHE bosses. Dan Smith sits on top of that impressive list with 321,000. Simon Deadman, Darryll Fish, and Faraz Jaka take up the second - fourth place spots behind Smith. Online poker crusher Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii bagged up the fifth biggest stack. There's a plethora of well-known players outside of the top 10 chip counts. Dietrich Fast, Niall Farrell, Antoine Saout, Ali Imsirovic, Adrian Mateos, Chris Hunichen, Daniel Strelitz, Ian O'Hara, and Joao Vieira all still have chips and a shot at winning the bracelet. Registration remains open until the end of Level 12 on Tuesday. Top 10 Chip Counts Dan Smith - 321,100 Simon Deadman - 267,000 Darryll Fish - 254,400 Faraz Jaka - 224,600 Arsenii Karmatckii - 221,900 Andreas Eiler - 171,200 Emile Schiff - 170,200 Brett Bader - 158,400 Georgios Kitsios - 154,000 Pedro Oliveira - 137,900
  12. When Richard Yong and Paul Phua co-founded the Triton Super High Roller Series, they had visions of battling some of the best high roller players in the world on a regular basis. They probably never envisioned a day where one of them would battle with the other's offspring for £1 million. That's exactly what happened on Tuesday in London though. Wai Kin Yong, the son of Richard Yong, defeated Paul Phua heads-up after each outlasted 128 other entries in the £100,000 Triton Super High Roller Series London No Limit Hold'em Main Event for £3,080,000 ($3,752,394 US). The final table began with Phua holding the chip lead and Yong sitting third in chips. It took 5.5 hours of play for Yong to take down the crown as he eliminated four of the eight other players at the final table. It took just 10 minutes for things to get started in earnest. From the hijack, Wai Leong Chan moved all in for 1,650,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"]. Action folded to Wai Kin Yong in the big blind and he called instantly with [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2s"] flop gave Yong a set of sixes and Chan was unable to get any help on the [poker card="3d"] turn. The meaningless river was the [poker card="4s"] and Chan was out in ninth place for $371,584. Nearly an hour passed before a three-way pot ended with two players heading to the cashier to collect a payout. Action folded to Daniel Cates in the cutoff and he moved all-in for 1,650,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="3d"]. Stephen Chidwick re-shoved for 2,300,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="7h"] from the small blind only to have Michael Soyza call from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"]. The board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="6c"] to send Cates home in eighth for $499,507 and Chidwick out in seventh for $662,760. Phua found his first victim ten minutes later. Phua raised to 425,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"] from the hijack. Michael Zhi Chang moved all-in for 5,010,000 with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"] from the small blind. Phua called and then celebrated when the [poker card="qh"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"] flop left Chang in dire straits. The [poker card="qd"] turn gave Phua quads and eliminated Zhang in sixth place, earning $866,218 for the second-best score of his career. Five-handed play lasted nearly 90 minutes before a blind vs. blind altercation sent one player home. Action folded to Sam Greenwood in the small blind and he moved all-in for1,675,000 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="8d"] and Wai King Yong called with [poker card="jh"][poker card="3s"] from the big blind. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"] flop gave Yong two pair. The [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river failed to save Greenwood from a fifth-place finish. The $1,098,915 score is the fourth time in 2019 that Greenwood has won at least $1 million in a poker tournament. He started the year off by winning the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100K Super High Roller for $1,775,460 and then finished runner-up to Soyza in the Triton HK$500K Super High Roller Six-Handed Event in Jeju for $1,019,251. In May he finished runner-up to Nikita Bodyakovskiy in the Triton HK$750K Short Deck event in Montenegro for $1,095,625. Soyza managed to outlast Greenwood yet again, but this time it didn't result in a trophy. Soyza moved all-in for 2,850,000 with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] in the small blind and Wong called from the big blind with [poker card="qh"][poker card="2h"]. There was no drama left after the [poker card="th"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"] flop gave Wong the flush. The [poker card="kc"] turn and [poker card="9h"] river were nothing but a formality and Soyza was out in fourth place with a $1,354,507 score. Just ten minutes later, the action went from three-handed to heads-up thanks to a bit of a setup that went badly for the favorite. Yong folded his button before Ben Heath called from the small blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"]. Phua raised to 925,000 from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] and Heath responded by re-raising to 2,500,000. Phua announced all in and Heath called instantly with his tournament life at risk. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"][poker card="th"] flop gave Phua Broadway and left Heath drawing to a chop or runner-runner full house. The [poker card="6d"] turn was no help and the [poker card="jd"] river finished off Heath's run in third place for $1,644,718. That win left Phua with 56% of the chips in play heading into heads-up play. Just over 45 minutes into heads-up play, Yong made a call for his tournament life with [poker card="kd"][poker card="5h"] on a [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="5d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"] board after Phua moved all-in on the river. That hand gave Yong the lead for the first time heads-up and he never looked back. Just over 30 minutes over the two clashed for the final time. Phua shoved for his last 4,250,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"] and Yong called with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"] flop gave Phua a flush draw and he took the lead on the [poker card="6d"] turn. The [poker card="js"] river, however, eliminated Phua and gave Yong his third career Triton title and $3,752,394. Final Table Payouts Wai Kin Yong - $3,752,394 Paul Phua - $2,521,901 Ben Heath - $1,644,718 Michael Soyza - $1,364,507 Sam Greenwood - $1,098,915 Michael Chi Zhang - $866,218 Stephen Chidwick - $662,760 Daniel Cates - $499,507 Wai Leong Chan - $371,584
  13. Orpen Kisacikoglu will have you believe that he's a businessman who plays poker recreationally. That might be true, but on Tuesday the Turkish-born high roller showed he has the chops to hang with some of the best poker players in the world by beating the 32-entry field in the Triton Super High Roller Series €100,000 event at partypoker MILLIONS Europe for a seven-figure score. Day 2 began with 18 players still in the field and registration open for the first level of play. Four players, including a re-entry from Phil Ivey, decided to take advantage of the late registration period to push the total field size to 32 players. Leading the way into Day 2 was Igor Kurganov. Unfortunately, things didn't go smoothly for Kurganov however and he was eliminated on the bubble in seventh place. Once play hit the money, it took almost 90 minutes for the first player to bust. Down to just 15 big blinds, Kristen Bicknell shoved from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"] and Kisacikoglu called instantly from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"]. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"] flop gave Bicknell a flush draw, but neither the [poker card="tc"] turn or [poker card="td"] river completed it and she was eliminated in sixth place for €213,000. Just 20 minutes later, Cary Katz joined her on the sidelines. From the hijack, Katz called with [poker card="8d"][poker card="7c"] and Vladimir Troyanovskiy checked his big blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="6d"]. The [poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2s"] flop got a check from Troyanovskiy and a shove of 230,000 - less than four big blinds - from Katz. Troyanovskiy called and then watched the [poker card="ts"] miss both players while the [poker card="4s"] river gave Troyanovskiy a straight to bust Katz in fifth place for €273,000. Wai Kin Yong has been on massive heater over the last week. He won the Triton SHR NLHE Main Event in London for $3,154,064 and then finished runner-up in the Short Deck Main Event two days later for $2,232,740. He nearly added another top-two finish to his resume, but ultimately had to settle for fourth place thanks to Ben Heath. Yong shoved his last three big blinds holding [poker card="qs"][poker card="9d"] on the button only to have Heath look him up from the big blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"] runout kept Heath ahead and eliminated Wong in fourth for €349,000. Three-handed play lasted over an hour before Kisacikoglu began his push to the title. Kisacikoglu moved all-in for 1,710,000 from the button with [poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"] and Heath called from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Kisacikoglu bottom set but left Heath drawing thin. The [poker card="qs"] turn gave the 2019 WSOP bracelet winner four outs to Broadway, but the [poker card="6d"] river wasn't one of them and he was out in third for €455,000. Troyanovskiy and Kisacikoglu battled heads-up for just over an hour. On the final hand of the tournament, Troyanovskiy raised to 250,000 with [poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"] and Kisacikoglu called with [poker card="th"][poker card="8d"]. The flop came [poker card="8s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2s"] and Kisacikoglu check-shoved after Troyanovskiy bet 300,000. The Russian pro called off his last 2,800,000 and couldn't improve on the [poker card="jd"] turn or [poker card="ks"] river and was eliminated in second place for €710,000. Payouts Orpen Kisacikoglu - €1,040,000 Vladimir Troyanovskiy - €710,000 Ben Heath - €455,000 Wai Kin Yong - €349,000 Cary Katz - €273,000 Kristen Bicknell - €213,000
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