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Former Miss Global Iran Wins World Series of Poker Online Bracelet

Melika Razavi Topped A Stacked Final Table In The WSOP Online $1,050 'Beat The Pros' Bounty Event To Win $239,180

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Melika Razavi represnted Iran in the 2016 Miss Global pagaent, and has had other successes in that world in recent years. In 2020 she earned a coveted piece of jewelry from a different kind of contest. Razavi defeated a field of 2,024 total entries to win the World Series of Poker Online $1,050 buy-in ‘Beat The Pros’ no-limit hold’em bounty event, earning a WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize of $239,180. This was the largest score of her career, surpassing the $56,120 she earned as the fifth-place finisher in a $1,500 buy-in event at the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel-Casino in Cyprus.

The final table began with Peter Chien in the lead, with Andre Difelice and Razavi sitting with the next-largest stacks. Vadim Stoyanov was the first to tall at the final table. He got all-in with pocket eights against the A-K of Razavi. The king-high flop gave Razavi the lead, which she maintained through the river. Stoyanov hit the rail in ninth place, earning $20,704 for his deep run.

Elio FoxTwo-time bracelet winner Elio Fox was the next to be eliminated. His last chips went in preflop with AClub Suit9Club Suit. he received a call from World Poker Tour champion Dylan Linde, who had picked up KHeart SuitKDiamond Suit. Linde made a heart flush by the river to lock up the pot and bust Fox in eighth place ($28,450).

Despite coming into the final table with the lead, Peter Chien was ultimately knocked out in seventh place. He lost a huge flop with A-K against the pocket queens of Difelice to fall to the bottom of the leaderboard and was eliminated not long after. He earned $40,251 as the seventh-place finisher.

Razavi faced a setback when her set of sevens ran into a set of aces for Difelice, but she was able to eliminate WSOP and WPT winner Mike Leah to get back on track. Leah made a ten-high flush, but could not beat out the queen-high flush of Razavi and was eliminated in sixth place ($41,892).

2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 high roller winner Martin Zamani was eliminated when he ran into quad nines for Razavi. Zamani earned $51,081 for his fifth place showing. This was his 13th in-the-money finish of the WSOP series. Leonid Yanovski followed not long after, getting all-in with JHeart Suit9Heart Suit and receiving a call from Difelice’s KSpade SuitQSpade Suit. Difelice flopped a pair and a flush draw and held from there to send Yanovski to the rail with $66,056 for his fourth-place finish.

Dylan LindeDifelice fell to the bottom of the chip counts during three-handed action. In the end he got all-in with ADiamond Suit6Club Suit from the button and was called by the KDiamond SuitKClub Suit of Linde. The big pair remained the best hand after the board came out and Difelice settled for $114,413 as the third-place finisher.

Razavi took nearly a 2:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Razavi. In the final hand Linde limped in with QDiamond Suit3Heart Suit from the button. Razavi checked her option with KDiamond Suit4Club Suit and the KSpade SuitKClub Suit3Club Suit gave her trip kings. She checked and Linde checked behind with his kings and threes. The 5Heart Suit on the turn saw Razavi make a small value bet that was called and the 4Heart Suit completed the board. Razavi checked and Linde moved all-in for roughly 10 big blinds. Razavi called with her rivered full house to secure the pot and the title.

Linde fell just short of his first WSOP bracelet, but took home $147,447 for his runner-up showing. He now has more than $4.4 million in recorded tournament earnings.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Name Earnings
1 Melika Razavi $239,180
2 Dylan Linde $147,447
3 Andre Difelice $114,413
4 Leonid Yanovski $66,056
5 Martin Zamani $51,081
6 Mike Leah $41,892
7 Peter Chien $40,251
8 Elio Fox $28,450
9 Vadim Stoyanov $20,704

Razavi photo via World Poker Tour.