On his fourth final table during any WSOP events, Christian Rudolph has finally claimed his first bracelet, in Event #70: $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP for $1,800,290. The prestigious event attracted 407 entries to create the biggest prize pool of the summer, aside from the Main Event, of $10,000,000.
Rudolph came really close to winning a bracelet when he finished in second place almost two years ago behind Michael Addamo who actually bubbled this event. Back then, the heads-up match was a rollercoaster one as in the 2.5 hours it lasted, they kept doubling each other up before Addamo dealt the final blow. But this time, Rudolph closed it out within 20 minutes. This win here will take Rudolph up to almost $3,000,000 in WSOP cashes alone and eclipses his previous live scores by almost three times.
Hunichen on the other hand has now more than doubled his total WSOP earnings with his result here but as a multiple online poker triple crown winner, this cash here is just another addition to his overabundance of online results. Rudolph and Hunichen were joined by numerous famiiar faces and names from the online and live poker scene like bracelet winner Shankar “Saquon” Pillai, Aram “Pusha T” Zobian, and Day 1 chip leader Jason Koon.
Event #70: $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP Final Table Results
|2||Chris Hunichen||United States||$1,332,097|
|3||Shankar “Saquon” Pillai||United States||$979,138|
|5||Aram “Pusha T” Zobian||United States||$529,005|
|7||Jason Koon||United States||$285,808|
|8||Paulius “ChickenBBQ” Plausinaitis||Lithuania||$210,079|
|9||Aliaksei “BladeRunner1” Boika||Belarus||$154,416|
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Final Table Action
The final table started with the stack at an average of 23 big blinds and within twenty minutes it was Aliaksei “BladeRunner1” Boika who would bust first when he ran his ace-five into the ace-jack of Pillai. Hunichen then scored a huge double-up through Koon to take the chip lead away from the latter. Paulius “ChickenBBQ” Plausinaitis busted soon after before Koon lost the remainder of his stack to Rudolph.
Brunno Botteon was next to go when he fell at the hands of Rudolph too. Rudolph would actually be responsible for five eliminations at the final table as he also took out Zobian in fifth and Aleksejs Ponakovs in fourth place after the latter saw his aces getting cracked by Hunichen who flopped a full house. Hunichen then took care of Pillai with the higher kicker to get the final table to the heads-up stage.
Rudolph started the heads-up match with a slight chip lead but quickly extended it for Hunichen to get down to his final five big blinds. His last chips went in with king-queen and he saw he was up against Rudolph’s queen-ten with some hope. But the ten on the flop made Rudolph leap ahead with top pair which held on the turn and river for the German player to claim his first WSOP Bracelet.
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