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Alex Bilokur Wins World Series of Poker $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship Event

Russian Tops Stacked Field of 160 To Win First Bracelet and $398,567


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Alex Bilokur has a taste for high stakes poker action, and has done quite well for himself despite not calling himself a professional player. In recent year’s he had accumulated nearly $3 million in live tournament earnings, but he finally achieved his true aspiration when he topped the 160-player field in the 2014 World Series of Poker $10,000 pot-limit hold’em championship event to win his first gold bracelet and $398,567.

“This is the format I like most… High buy-in with the same line up, very strong competition. I’ve shown good results in these kinds of events. I’ve never considered myself a professional poker player,” he told after his win. “I just really love this game and I like tough competition.”

Bilokur faced just that in this event. Among those he outlasted were Scott Seiver (12th – $30,516), Erik Seidel (11th – $30,516), Dan Shak (10th – $30,516), Barny Boatman (9th – $37,389), Richard Lyndaker (8th – $46,533), Pratyush Buddiga (7th – $58,851), Todd Brunson (6th – $75,681), Chino Rheem (4th – $131,705) and Alex Venovski (3rd – $178,434).

Matt O'DonnellBilokur entered heads-up play with Florida cash game specialist Matt O’Donnell, who was fresh off a 5th-place finish in the a $1,000 event earlier in the series. O’Donnell held a sizable chip lead of over 8-to-1 over Bilokur, but after 106-hand battle Bilokur was able to fight his way back into the match, take the lead and ultimately seal the deal.

On the final hand O’Donnell raised to 180,000 from the button and Bilokur called. The brought the 9Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit2Club Suit and Bilokur checked. O’Donnell moved all-in and Bilokur made the call with the QDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit for a flush draw with and a gutshot, while O’Donnell held the AClub SuitQSpade Suit. The 9Spade Suit was a brick, but the 7Diamond Suit completed Bilokur’s flush, sending O’Donnell to the rail as the runner-up with $246,310 in prize money as consolation.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Alex Bilokur $398,567 780
2 Matt O’Donnell $246,310 650
3 Alex Venovski $178,434 520
4 Chino Rheem $131,705 390
5 Ismael Bojang $98,978 325
6 Todd Brunson $75,681 260
7 Pratyush Buddiga $58,851 195
8 Richard Lyndaker $46,533 130
9 Barny Boatman $37,389 65

*Winner photo courtesy of the WSOP

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