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Kuljinder Sidhu Wins 2016 Bellagio Cup XII Main Event

Sidhu Chops Heads-Up With Nick Schulman, Earns $599,440


Kuljinder SidhuThe Bellagio in Las Vegas held the Bellagio Cup XII this week, a $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event that always features a strong field of players.

This year’s edition drew 268 entrants, creating a total prize pool of $2,599,600. The top 27 players made the money, earning a minimum payout of $23,396. In the end, it was Kuljinder Sidhu who came out on top, adding $599,440 to his bank account after chopping with high-stakes poker pro Nick Schulman.

Sidhu topped an absolutely stacked final table that featured an accomplished poker pro in every seat. Joining Sidhu and Schulman at the table were Byron Kaverman (10th), Dani Stern (9th), Liv Boeree (8th), David Peters (7th), Adam Geyer (6th), Pratyush Buddiga (5th), Connor Drinan (4th) and Chance Kornuth (3rd).

Other notables who finished in the money included Sam Soverel (24th), Faraz Jaka (22nd), Andjelko Andrejevic (20th), Justin Young (18th), Jason Wheeler (17th), Rainer Kempe (16th), Justin Bonomo (15th), Adrian Mateos Diaz (13th), Igor Kurganov (12th) and Noah Schwartz (11th).

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Kuljinder Sidhu $599,400* 1320
2 Nick Schulman $557,388* 1100
3 Chance Kornuth $285,956 880
4 Connor Drinan $198,869 660
5 Pratyush Buddiga $148,177 550
6 Adam Geyer $114,382 440
7 David Peters $88,386 330
8 Liv Boeree $64,990 220
9 Dani Stern $46,793 110

*Based on a two-way deal.