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World Series of Poker -- Eugene Katchalov Wins Event No. 5

Poker Pro Captures First Bracelet


Eugene KatchalovIt was just a matter of time before poker phenom Eugene Katchalov captured his first World Series of Poker bracelet. He did so late Saturday night at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, winning event no. 2 ($1,500 seven-card stud) after outlasting a tough field of 357.

Katchalov has been on a tear in 2011, opening up in January with a win in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure super high roller event for a massive $1.5 million. He followed up the performance with a second in the PCA no-limit hold’em turbo six-max high roller for a six-figure score, and then in April the New York native finished second in the North American Poker Tour Mohegan Sun no-limit hold’em high roller bounty shootout. The WSOP win of $123,000 brings his lifetime earnings to nearly $7 million.

Katchalov beat out Alessio Isaia in a tough heads-up battle in which began as the short stack — after getting through a final table that also included Eric Buchman, Kai Landry, and Ali Eslami.

Here is a look at the elimination hands as featured in Card Player’s live updates:

Vasili LazarouVasili Lazarou Eliminated in 8th Place ($11,301)

Vasili Lazarou was eliminated by Eugene Katchalov in a two-part series, with Lazarou losing all of his chips except for one single bet on the hand right before his elimination.

Lazarou went all the way to seventh street with 10Club Suit JSpade Suit 2Spade Suit 8Spade Suit against Katchalov’s AHeart Suit 5Club Suit JDiamond Suit ADiamond Suit, but folded to a blind bet by Katchalov on the river.

On the very next hand, Lazarou got it all in on third street with the 4Heart Suit against Katchalov’s AClub Suit.

Lazarou ended up with a pair of threes 4Heart Suit 9Spade Suit 6Diamond Suit AHeart Suit (3Diamond Suit 5Club Suit 3Heart Suit) while Katchalov double-paired and made a flush on the river with AClub Suit ASpade Suit 2Spade Suit 2Club Suit 7Club Suit 6Club Suit KClub Suit. Katchalov secured the chip lead after these hands with over 500,000 while Vasili Lazarou was eliminated in 8th place.

Ali EslamiAli Eslami Eliminated in 7th Place ($14,723)

Third Street: Jonathan Spinks came in with the low card (3Spade Suit), Ali Eslami completed with the QDiamond Suit, Eugene Katchalov called with the 7Club Suit and Spinks called the raise.

Fourth Street: Eslami bet with QDiamond Suit JSpade Suit, Katchalov called with 7Club Suit 6Spade Suit and Spinks folded 3Spade Suit 2Heart Suit.

Fifth Street: Eslami bet QDiamond Suit JSpade Suit AHeart Suit, Katchalov raised 7Club Suit 6Spade Suit 10Diamond Suit and Eslami called all in.

Eslami showed QHeart Suit 5Club Suit for split queens and Katchalov showed 8Club Suit 7Spade Suit for split eights.

Sixth Street: Katchalov made two pair with the 8Heart Suit and Eslami fell behind with the 7Diamond Suit.

River: Katchalov makes a final board of 7Club Suit 6Spade Suit 10Diamond Suit 8Heart Suit (8Club Suit 7Spade Suit 5Spade Suit) for two pair while Eslami bricks with QDiamond Suit JSpade Suit AHeart Suit 7Diamond Suit (QHeart Suit 5Club Suit KHeart Suit) for one pair. Ali Eslami is eliminated in 7th place.

Kai Landry Eliminated in 6th Place ($19,456)

Kai Landry survived a few all ins during the first level of the final table, managing to double up twice early on, but he finally ran out of luck after getting rivered here by Eric Buchman.

Landry was all in on fourth street with (KDiamond Suit 6Diamond Suit) AClub Suit JClub Suit against Buchman’s (KHeart Suit QHeart Suit) 9Diamond Suit 7Heart Suit. Landry paired his ace on fifth street while Buchman paired his nine on sixth. Landry bricked the river and Buchman caught a seven to make two pair. Kai Landry was eliminated in 6th place ($19,456).

Landry: (KDiamond Suit 6Diamond Suit) AClub Suit JClub Suit ADiamond Suit 9Club Suit 8Club Suit
Buchman: (KHeart Suit QHeart Suit) 9Diamond Suit 7Heart Suit 9Spade Suit 8Diamond Suit 7Club Suit

Dennis ParkerDennis Parker Eliminated in 5th Place ($26,083)

Dennis Parker and Eric Buchman have been tangling since Level 21 when Parker doubled through him to stay alive. Shortly before the dinner break, Parker and Buchman went at it again, this time Buchman getting the best of it. Parker was left with a short stack and found himself all in against Buchman once again.

Parker: KDiamond Suit QHeart Suit ADiamond Suit 3Diamond Suit 9Heart Suit 2Diamond Suit 6Spade Suit
Buchman: 10Club Suit 7Club Suit 2Club Suit 4Heart Suit JSpade Suit JClub Suit 6Club Suit

Buchman rivered a flush and Dennis Parker was eliminated in 5th place ($26,083).

Jonathan Spinks Eliminated in 4th Place ($35,476)

Third Street: Eric Buchman opened with the 6Diamond Suit, Alessio Isaia completed the bet with the 7Spade Suit, Jonathan Spinks raised with the KHeart Suit, Buchman reraised, Isaia folded and Spinks called.

Fourth Street: Spinks checked KHeart Suit 4Spade Suit, Buchman bet 6Diamond Suit JDiamond Suit and Spinks called.

Fifth Street: Spinks paired his king and and got it all in against Buchman’s jack-high.

Spinks: (10Spade Suit 10Diamond Suit) KHeart Suit 4Spade Suit KSpade Suit 9Heart Suit
Buchman: (8Diamond Suit 6Heart Suit) 6Diamond Suit JDiamond Suit 9Spade Suit 6Club Suit

Spinks was ahead with two pair on fifth street when the money went in, but Buchman made trip sixes on sixth street. Spinks failed to improve on the river and was eliminated in 4th place ($35,476), while Buchman grabbed the chip lead with just under 900,000.

Eric BuchmanEric Buchman Eliminated in 3rd Place ($48,961)

Eric Buchman and Alessio Isaia have been getting involved in a lot of big pots this past level. Early in the level Isaia took the chip lead for just under one million after catching a straight on the river.

Buchman continued to lose some pretty big showdowns to Isaia until finally getting the last of his chips in the middle on fifth street with (KSpade Suit QSpade Suit) 4Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit 8 against Alessio Isaia’s (QHeart Suit JHeart Suit) 8Heart Suit JDiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit.

Isaia made a straight on sixth street and Eric Buchman was eliminated in 3rd place ($48,961).

The final hands were…

Buchman: (KSpade Suit QSpade Suit) 4Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit 8Club Suit 7Spade Suit 10Heart Suit
Isaia: (QHeart Suit JHeart Suit) 8Heart Suit JDiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit 10Spade Suit QClub Suit

Alessio IsaiaEugene Katchalov Wins Event #5 ($122,909), Alessio Isaia Eliminated in 2nd Place ($75,911)

Alessio Isaia started heads-up play with a huge chip advantage over Eugene Katchalov, but after slowly chipping and putting his way to the chip lead, Katchalov had eventually chiseled Isaia’ stack down to just 30,000 after winning a big pot with two pair against Isaia’s smaller two pair.

On the final hand, Alessio Isaia was all in on third street with (KSpade Suit 8Club Suit) JClub Suit against Katchalov’s (AClub Suit 3Diamond Suit) 9Heart Suit.

The final cards were dealt and Katchalov rivered two pair to beat Isaia’s pair of kings and a bunch of missed draws.

Katchalov: AClub Suit 3Diamond Suit 9Heart Suit 8Spade Suit 5Spade Suit 9Club Suit AHeart Suit
Isaia: KSpade Suit 8Club Suit JClub Suit 10Diamond Suit KClub Suit 9Spade Suit

Alessio Isaia was eliminated in 2nd place ($75,911) while Eugene Katchalov clawed his was back from the short stack to win event no. 5 ($122,909) and his first gold bracelet.

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