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Prize Pool: $8,196,500
Entrants: 338

WPT Championship - Event 16

  • Apr 18, '09 - Apr 25, '09


Updates on Final Day (Apr 25, 09)


Yevgeniy Timoshenko Wins 2009 WPT Championship ($2,149,960)

Yevgeniy TimoshenkoWith a ten on the river, Yevgeniy Timoshenko made history, joining some of the game's greatest players as WPT Champion. Timoshenko earned by far the largest score of his young career, banking $2,149,960. The win gives Timoshenko over $3 million in live tournament earnings, despite only being 21 for the past two months.

Congratulations to Yevgeniy Timoshenko, 2009 WPT Champion.








Player Tags: Yevgeniy Timoshenko

Ran Azor Eliminated in 2nd Place ($1,446,265)

Ran AzorOn the very first hand back from the break, Ran Azor raised to 800,000 and Yevgeniy Timoshenko moved all in. Azor quickly called with Q 10 and Timoshenko showed a superior A 3.

The flop rolled out Q J 7 and the audience groaned, knowing Azor was now a favorite to double up. The turn was the K, giving Timoshenko some outs to the straight.

The river was the 10 and Timoshenko hit his Broadway straight on the river, taking down the pot and the tournament. Azor finished in second place and earned $1,446,265.





Player Tags: Yevgeniy Timoshenko,   Ran Azor


Yevgeniy Timoshenko has continued to apply pressure and has taken back his nearly 10-1 chip lead.

Here's a look at the chip counts while the players take a 10-minute break.

Timoshenko -- 29,500,000
Azor -- 4,125,000


Timoshenko Takes Some Back

Yevgeniy Timoshenko raised to 600,000 and Ran Azor called. Both players checked a board of K 10 3 5 and then Azor bet 425,000.

Timoshenko called and the river was the 10. Azor checked and Timoshenko bet 1.5 million. Azor made the call and Timoshenko showed 10-2 for trips to take the pot.

Timoshenko moved up to 28,700,000 while Azor dropped to 5,125,000.

Player Tags: Yevgeniy Timoshenko,   Ran Azor

Ran Azor Doubles Through Yevgeniy Timoshenko

Ran AzorYevgeniy Timoshenko moved all in and Ran Azor immediately called, waking up with pocket kings. Timoshenko showed pocket deuces, but they failed to hit, doubling up Azor to 5,950,000.

Timoshenko still has 27,875,000.





Player Tags: Yevgeniy Timoshenko,   Ran Azor

Level 30

Play continues without a break as the blinds increase to 150,000-300,000 with a 25,000 ante.


Small Ball For Timoshenko

Heads-up play has lasted almost as long as the rest of the final table did and so far Yevgeniy Timoshenko is sticking to his plan to chip away at the less experienced Ran Azor.

With about 50 hands in the books, Timoshenko has taken almost 6 million from his opponent risk free.

Here are their current chip counts:

Timoshenko -- 29,190,000
Azor -- 4,620,000



The players are now on a 10-minute break for a tape change.


Level 29

Play continues without a break as the blinds increase to 120,000-240,000 with a 20,000 ante.


Timoshenko Wins Biggest Pot of Heads Up Play

Ran Azor raised to 650,000 on the button and Yevgeniy Timoshenko made the call. The flop came 10 7 4 and Azor bet 700,000. Timoshenko raised to 2.1 million and Azor called.

The turn was the K and both players checked. The river was the 10 and Timoshenko checked. Azor bet 1.6 million and Timoshenko put in a raise to 7 million. Azor folded and Timoshenko took down the huge pot, opening up his chip lead to 26,525.

Azor is now down to about 7 million.

Player Tags: Yevgeniy Timoshenko,   Ran Azor
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