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Yevgeniy Timoshenko Wins the 2009 WPT World Championship

The 21 year old Yevgeniy Timoshenko came in as chip leader to the final day of the WPT World Championship at Bellagio on Saturday, April 25th. He managed to stay on top of the final table that featured Scotty Nguyen, Shannon Shorr, Bertrand Grospellier, Christian Harder and Ran Azor.bellagio-wpt-championchip-2009

Final Table of 6: Stacks sizes and Seats

Seat 1: Bertrand Grospellier 5,955,000
Seat 2: Scotty Nguyen 3,275,000
Seat 3: Shannon Shorr 1,130,000
Seat 4: Yevgeniy Timoshenko 13,300,000
Seat 5: Christian Harder 7,425,000
Seat 6: Ran Azor 2,525,000

Level 26: 60k-12k, ante 15,000

The first player getting eliminated was Scotty Nguyen; former world champion got in trouble with his Ace trips and 4 as kicker against Christian Harder’s Ace trips 9 kicker. Scotty finished on sixth place and earned $285,985. Shannon Shorr took his chances with 6 and 7 suited and moved all-in preflop and was taken out by Timoshenko’s call with pocket 44. Shorr collected $408,550 for his 5th place finish.

Further eliminations were introduced by a hand started with Christian Harder pushing all-in Ace 8 suited spades. Ran Azor called with his Ad 7s and Bertrand Grospellier joined the fun with Ace Jack suited hearts. Flop brings Kd, 7h and 2d, turn Qs and river 2c; Ran Azor took the pot with a pair of sevens and sent Harder (4th: $571,965) and “Elky” Grospellier (3rd: $776,245) home. Elky became the overall World Poker Tour Player of the Year with his third place cash-in.

Final heads-up match between Azor and Timoshenko took over 3,5 hours. Ran Azor put on a good fight with his 10,4 million chips against Timoshenko’s 23,4 million. Final hand of the whole tournament was played out with another preflop all-in: Azor held Qc Ts and Timoshenko As 3c. Flop is Qs Js 7d, turn Ks and as the final card 10s in Timoshenko’s favor as he scooped the pot and the prestigious WPT World Championship title with a rivered straight. Ran Azor, a 45-year old Israeli construction worker, got $1,446,265 for his second place and Yevgeniy “Jovial Gent” Timoshenko banked $2,149,960 and joined the Elite of WPT Champions as the second youngest winner of all time. Timoshenko was born in Ukraine but has lived in the United States for twenty years. Despite his young age he is seems to have collected a couple of million dollars by playing poker; live and online. This was already his third major live event victory: Timoshenko previously won the 2007 Irish Poker Open and the Asian Poker Tour Macau main event on August 2008.

Keep your eyes open for the upcoming action on World Poker Tour:

WPT Venice: May 6-10, 2009
WPT Spanish Championship: June 24-30, 2009
WPT Merit Cyprus Classic: Sep 6-12, 2009

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