After three days of action Oleksii Kovalchuk won the gold bracelet in the $2,500 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em event. He bested a field of 1,378 players and takes home $689,739 after defeating Ionel Anton heads up.
At the start of heads up play the two exchanged the chip lead several times. They were fast and loose with their action until Kovalchuk opened up a chiplead that Anton couldn’t overcome. The final hand Kovalchuk had pocket sevens against a weak ace that Kovalchuk turned into a full house.
Day 3 began with 22 players returning to action. Players falling short of the final table were Will Failla, Antony Lellouche and Sam Grafton.
Chris Moorman exited in 3rd place after Kovalchuk’s straight draw got there on the river.
Dan O’Brien was knocked out in 4th place after he paired his king on the flop but Kovalchuk made a flush on the turn.
Mazin Khoury was eliminated in 5th place when he ran his into Anton’s pocket aces.
Anthony Ruberto was the first victim of the final table. He took a huge bad beat that crippled his stack and shook the Amazon Room from the crowd reaction. He was in a pot with Kovalchuk and all in on the turn. Ruberto had a set of jacks and Kovalchuk had a set of fours, and then spiked the one-outer on the river making quad fours. Ruberto was eliminated shortly after.
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