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Ukrainian Crowned Mediterranean Poker Cup Champion

Ukrainian Aleksandr Dovzhenko Beats Russian Heads Up for Mediterranean Gold

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Aleksandr DovzhenkoThe Mediterranean Poker Cup main event was won by Ukrainian Aleksandr Dovzhenko. He beat Russian Gutkin Maksim heads up for the €104,700 top prize.

The main feature of the Mediterranean festival, the three-day $2,500 buy-in main event, kicked off on Nov. 26 and attracted 153 players to the five-star Hotel Merit Girne, Crystal Cove, Cyprus.

It came down to Russia versus Ukraine and the final hand saw Gutkin check a 10Club Suit 6Club Suit 3Heart Suit flop. Dovzhenko bet 60,000 and Gutkin moved all in. Dovzhenko called and revealed 8Club Suit 7Club Suit for a flush draw and inside straight draw while Gutkin turned over 10Heart Suit 10Diamond Suit for top set. The turn was a useless (non-club) ace, but the river was the 5Club Suit giving Dovzhenko his flush and sending Gutkin to the rail with €70,700 for finishing runner-up.

Results and payouts:

1. Aleksandr Dovzhenko (Ukraine) — €104,700
2. Gutkin Maksim (Russia) — €70,700
3. Peter Staudacher (Austria) — €46,400
4. Khalil Tawil (Lebanon) — €35,100
5. Dmitry Poberezhniy (Russia) — €26,400
6. Guy Gorelik (Israel) — €19,400
7. Kayhan Sardan (Turkiye) — €14,200
8. Mikhailo Mellin (Ukraine) — €10,600
9. Vladimir Kochelaevskiy (Russia) — €8,100
10. Jack Torbey (Lebanon) — €6,300

The winner, Dovzhenko said, “This is the best tournament I’ve ever played. I’m glad I won for sure but the organization all week has been fantastic and the hotel and surroundings are world class. It’s a beautiful place and I’m already looking forward to the next Poker Club Management event.”

The organisers are now preparing for the Red Sea Poker Cup 2010, which begins on Dec. 11 and runs until Dec. 16 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, featuring a €1,100 buy-in main event and a €3,300 buy-in VIP event.