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Maxim Lykov Wins World Series of Poker Event No. 54

Lykov Vaults Into Third in the Card Player Player of the Year Race

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Maxim LykovIt wasn’t quite a wire-to-wire victory, but Maxim Lykov did what a final table chip leader should do and used his well-earned ammunition to claim his first World Series of Poker bracelet in event no. 54, the last $1,000 no-limit hold’em event of the summer.

The Russian pro defeated 2,644 players over the course of the five-day event and earned $648,880 for his efforts. Lykov now has over $3.2 million in career winnings and his quietly put together one of the more impressive years on the tournament circuit.

In January, Lykov final tabled the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller Event, finishing third for $369,490. In May, he finished fourth in the EPT San Remo Main Event, where he banked $430,621.

Now with five final tables on the year, Lykov has put himself into third place in Card Player’s Player of the Year standings, sitting just behind Sam Stein and Galen Hall.

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

Sebastien RoySebastien Roy Eliminated in 9th Place ($53,333)

Maxim Lykov opened the pot for 125,000 from under the gun, Sebastien Roy moved all in for about 700,000 and Lykov called.

Roy lead with 8Spade Suit 8Club Suit against Lykov’s KHeart Suit QHeart Suit.

The board came 10Diamond Suit 5Spade Suit 2Club Suit ADiamond Suit JHeart Suit, giving Lykov a straight on the river to win the pot. Sebastien Roy was the first one eliminated in 9th place ($53,333).

Joshua Evans Eliminated in 8th Place ($69,230)

Joshua Evans open-shoved before the flop from under the gun and Dror Michaelo called.

Michaelo lead with KSpade Suit KClub Suit against Evans’ JDiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit.

The board came 8Heart Suit 5Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit 2Club Suit 3Club Suit, no help for Joshua Evans who was eliminated in 8th place ($69,230).

Douglas MacKinnon Eliminated in 7th Place ($90,604)

Douglas MacKinnon open-shoved before the flop for around 750,000 and Maxim Lykov called from the big blind.

Lykov lead with 7Heart Suit 7Club Suit against MacKinnon’s QSpade Suit 7Diamond Suit.

The board came KClub Suit 9Spade Suit 6Heart Suit 2Heart Suit 3Spade Suit, no help for Douglas MacKinnon who was eliminated in 6th place ($90,604).

Stanislav AlekhinStanislav Alekhin Eliminated in 6th Place ($119,598)

Stanislav Alekhin was left on the short stack after Ren Zhang doubled through him after flopping a set earlier in the level. Alekhin found a quick doubly up shortly after, but then quickly managed to get it all in before the flop with KDiamond Suit QSpade Suit against Zhang’s ADiamond Suit QHeart Suit.

The board came 7Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit 10Heart Suit 8Club Suit, no help for Stanislav Alekhin who was eliminated in 6th place ($119,598).

Harald Olsen Eliminated in 5th Place ($159,134)

Harald Olsen open-shoved before the flop from the small blind and Warren Wooldridge called from the big blind.

Wooldridge lead with ASpade Suit JClub Suit against Olsen’s QDiamond Suit 9Heart Suit,

The board came 10Club Suit 7Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit 10Diamond Suit 5Diamond Suit, no help to Harald Olsen who was eliminated in 5th place ($159,134).

Ren Zhang Eliminated in 4th Place ($213,539)

On the very next hand after Harald Olsen’s 5th place elimination, Maxim Lykov opened the pot for 175,000 from late position and Ren Zhang called from the big blind.

The flop came 8Heart Suit 7Club Suit 4Club Suit, Zhang checked, Lykov bet 185,000 and Zhang called.

The turn was the KSpade Suit, Zhang checked, Lykov bet 285,000 and Zahang called.

The river was the 8Club Suit, Zhang moved all in and Lykov called.

Zhang showed 10Spade Suit 9Heart Suit for a missed straight draw and Lykov turned over KClub Suit 6Club Suit for a flush on the river to win the pot. Ren Zhang was eliminated in 4th place ($213,539).

Warren Wooldridge Eliminated in 3rd Place ($288,946)

Warren Wooldridge button-raised to 300,000 before the flop, Maxim Lykov shoved from the big blind and Wooldridge called all in.

Wooldridge lead with AClub Suit JDiamond Suit against Lykov’s ADiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit.

The board came 10Diamond Suit 9Heart Suit 7Heart Suit 6Diamond Suit 2Spade Suit, giving Lykov middle pair on the flop to win the pot. Warren Wooldridge was eliminated in 3rd place while Maxim Lykov took the chip lead going into heads-up play.

Dror MichaeloDror Michaelo Eliminated in 2nd Place ($401,296)

Dror Michaelo began heads-up play with a chip deficit of slightly less than 2:1 with about 4.6 million to Maxim Lykov’s 9 million. Despite having plenty of play left with about 38 BBs, Michaelo had no qualms about getting it all in.

In one of the first hands of heads-up play, he shipped nearly 1 million chips across the table after rivering top pair against Lykov’s flopped straight. That hand gave Lykov more than a 3:1 chip advantage when Michaelo three-bet shoved from the button before the flop with
KClub Suit 5Diamond Suit against Lykov’s AHeart Suit KSpade Suit,

The board came AClub Suit QDiamond Suit QClub Suit 9Spade Suit 7Spade Suit, giving Lykov top two pair on the flop to win the pot. Dror Michaelo was eliminated in 2nd place ($401,296) while Maxim Lykov wins the gold bracelet for Event #54 and the $648,800 grand prize.