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World Series of Poker 2009 — The Battle for Bracelets Part One

by Tournament Reporters |  Published: Aug 01, 2009

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by Julio Rodriguez, Brian Pempus, Ryan Lucchesi, Rafael Guerrero Event 2: $40,000 40th-Anniversary No-Limit Hold’em Winning a bracelet in the 2008 World Series of Poker was the highlight of Vitaly Lunkin’s career. The quiet, reserved Lunkin was able to wave the Russian flag with pride as he topped a field of 2,706 and picked up $628,417 along the way. But that memory was easily cast aside when he earned his second bracelet in one of the most prestigious tournaments in poker history. Lunkin was easily the dark horse to take the title of the $40,000 anniversary event with more established and recognisable pros around him, but if he was ever intimidated, he clearly never showed it. Despite being seated at a final table with the likes of Ted Forrest, Noah “fourUhaters” Schwartz, Dani “Ansky” Stern, Lex “RaSZi” Veldhuis, Alec “traheho” Torelli, Justin Bonomo, Greg Raymer, and Isaac Haxton, Lunkin never ...


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