$10K 6 Handed NLH Championship: Martin Kozlov wins his first Bracelet
The latest $10,000 buy in event to be completed is the 6 Handed NLH Championship, which saw 294 entries, including some of the biggest global stars of poker. The prize pool grew to $2,763,600 with $665,709 set aside for the winner. As day 1 rolled on, a collection of big names made their way towards the rail. Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, George Danzer, Antonio Esfandiari, and Dominik Nitsche, to name but a few. Amazingly, the chip leader at the end of the first day was exactly the same man who led this event at the end of day 1 last year – Gabriel Andrade. He joined 122 other survivors in progressing to day 2, and brought a stack of 247,000 with him.
The second day saw the field cut down to just 21, and while a few more top players such as Greg Merson, Robert Mizrachi, and Bryn Kenney fell, there were still plenty of interesting players for the fans to follow. Scott Seiver, Davidi Kitai, Paul Volpe, Vanessa Selbst, Justin Bonomo and Chris Ferguson all made it through. Nick Petrangelo led the way with 1,942,000 as the chips were bagged up.
The final table was heavily stacked with talent, with Ferguson, Bonomo and Kitai joining Australian Martin Kozlov in the final 4 after Jack Salter and former chip leader Nick Petrangelo had fallen in 6th and 5th. Chris Ferguson busted in 4th place before a remarkable hand ended the tournament, eliminating Bonomo and Kitai simultaneously. Kozlov managed to wake up with pocket queens after the other two players had shoved with smaller pairs, and that was that. Kozlov wins his first bracelet, and $665,709.
Notable names and other news
The $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo event saw another exciting run at a bracelet for Jason Mercier, though this particular challenge ended in a disappointing 11th place for the PokerStars pro. Hani Awad took victory in the event, defeating Fabric Soulier heads up and taking home USD$213,186 in the process.
The $3,000 6 handed Limit Holdem event saw reigning Main Event champion Joe McKeehen make a deep run, eventually finishing in 4th place for $46,489.
The $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball generated interest for Australian fans as former bracelet winner Gary Benson made the final table, only to bow out in 6th place.
Article by Craig B