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Athanasios Polychronopoulos Wins World Series of Poker Event No. 48

Polychronopoulos Earns $650,223 For The Victory


Athanasios PolychronopoulosThe World Series of Poker event no. 48 title belongs to New York’s Athanasios Polychronopoulos, winner of the $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament.

Polychronopoulos defeated a field of 2,712 players and banked a nice payday of $650,223 for his efforts. The Greek-American poker pro topped a final table that included Matt Stout (eighth), Alexander Queen (sixth) and Yevgeniy Timoshenko (fourth).

Though Polychonopoulos has been a formidable online player for years, this tournament marks his largest live score to date.

After securing his victory, the 27-year-old tabled about his approach to the tough final table line up.

“They were all good players,” he said. “A few German guys were there, playing very solid. Every single player played solid. I came in fourth in chips. On the first hand, I tried to pull a pretty big bluff, and it failed, because he had trips. Once that first bluff failed, and I got it out of my system, it was easier for me. I just had to pick my spots after that.”

Here’s a look at the action according to Card Player’s live updates.

Matt StoutSven Heinecker Eliminated in 9th Place ($48,272)

Peter Ippolito opened for 90,000 before the flop, Sven Heinecker three-bet to 205,000 from the button, Ippolito shoved and Heinecker called.

Heinecker lead with ASpade Suit ADiamond Suit against Ippolito’s KSpade Suit KHeart Suit.

The board came 9Club Suit 4Spade Suit 4Diamond Suit KClub Suit 2Spade Suit, giving Ippolito a full house on the turn to win the pot. Sven Heinecker was the first one eliminated in 9th place ($48,272).

Matt Stout Eliminated in 8th Place ($64,032)

Athanasios Polychronopoulos raised to 85,000 before the flop, Matt Stout moved all in and Polychronopoulos called.

Polychronopoulos lead before the flop with JSpade Suit JClub Suit against Stout’s 10Spade Suit 10Club Suit.

The board came AClub Suit 8Heart Suit 3Club Suit 2Club Suit QDiamond Suit, no help to Matt Stout who was eliminated in 8th place ($64,032).

Heinz PiusHeinz Pius Eliminated in 7th Place ($83,286)

Heinz Pius open-shoved the small blind for about 700,000 and Yevgeniy Timoskenko called from the big blind.

Timoshenko lead with ASpade Suit 3Heart Suit against Pius’ KSpade Suit QHeart Suit.

The board came 8Spade Suit 8Club Suit 6Diamond Suit 10Spade Suit 5Club Suit, no help to Heinz Pius who was eliminated in 7th place ($83,286).

Alexander Queen Eliminated in 6th Place ($111,341)

Peter Ippolito opened for 100,000 before the flop, Alexander Queen three-bet to 225,000 from the small blind, Ippolito shoved and Queen called all in.

Queen lead with ASpade Suit KHeart Suit against Ippolito’s KDiamond Suit JClub Suit.

The board came ADiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit 5Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit JDiamond Suit, giving Queen top pair on the flop and Ippolito a flush on the river to win the pot. Alexander Queen was eliminated in 6th place ($111,341).

Sebastian WinklerSebastian Winkler Eliminated in 5th Place ($150,667)

Yevgeniy Timoshenko opened for 120,000 before the flop, Simon Charette button-shoved, Sebastian Winkler called all in from the small blind and Timoshenko folded.

Winkler lead with ADiamond Suit KHeart Suit against Charette’s ASpade Suit JClub Suit.

The board came JSpade Suit 7Spade Suit 7Heart Suit 6Club Suit 4Heart Suit, giving Charette top two pair on the flop to win the pot. Sebastian Winkler was eliminated in 5th place ($150,667).

Yevgeniy Timoshenko Eliminated in 4th Place ($206,348)

Despite starting the day second in chips, Yegeniy Timoshenko was quickly put on the short stack after Simon Charette doubled through him with Q – 9 against Timoshenko’s A – 9. Charette flopped two pair, doubling up to to almost 4.5 million that hand, leaving Timoshenko with just over 1 million in chips.

Shortly after, Timoshenko button-shoved for 900,000 from under the gun and Simon Charette called from the button.

Charette was ahead with KDiamond Suit JClub Suit against Timoshenko’s 8Diamond Suit 6Diamond Suit.

The board came ADiamond Suit QHeart Suit JSpade Suit5Heart Suit 9Club Suit, giving Charette top pair on the flop to win the pot. Yevgeniy Timoshenko was eliminated in 4th place ($206,348).

Yevgeniy TimoshenkoPeter Ippolito Eliminated in 3rd Place ($286,116)

Shortly after doubling through Yevgeniy Timoshenko and leaving him on the short stack, Simon Charette then put a bad beat on David Ippolito to once again double up and leave his opponent short.

Then under 2,000,000 in chips after doubling up Charette, Peter Ippolito open-shoved the small blind before the flop and Athanasios Polychronopoulos called from the big blind.

Polychronopoulos was ahead before the flop with ADiamond Suit 10Spade Suit against Ippolito’s QHeart Suit 9Heart Suit.

The board came JClub Suit 7Heart Suit 5Diamond Suit AClub Suit QDiamond Suit, giving Polychronopoulos top pair on the turn to win the pot. Peter Ippolito was eliminated in 3rd place ($286,116).

Simon Charette Eliminated in 2nd Place ($404,235)

Simon Charette started heads-up play with slight chip deficit of 5.7 million to Athanasios Polychronopoulos’s 6.4 million, but quickly outdrew his opponent to double through and steal the chip lead early in Level 32.

Polychronopoulos then doubled back through Charette to take the lead once again going into Level 33. Polychronopoulos began to chip away at his opponent over that next level, gaining a 2:1 chip lead on Charette about halfway through. Polychronopoulos then won a big pot after flopping a set, widening the gap to about 10,000,000 to 400,000.

Simon CharetteCharette scored a few more chips and a well-needed double up before getting it all in before the flop for about 1,400,000 with 9Diamond Suit 2Spade Suit against Athanasios Polychronopoulos’ JSpade Suit 8Diamond Suit.

The board came ASpade Suit JHeart Suit 6Diamond Suit QDiamond Suit 9Heart Suit, giving Polychronopoulos middle pair on the flop to win the pot.

Simon Charette was eliminated in 2nd place ($404,235) while Athanasios Polychronopoulos wins the gold bracelet in Event #48 and the $650,233 grand prize.