Moritz Kranich wins WPT Bellagio Cup VI - Ivey third

Moritz Kranich wins WPT Bellagio Cup VI - Ivey third

Friday, 16 July 2010

Though most attention is understandably focussed on events at the World Series there was the small matter of an $875k first prize to be won at the WPT Bellagio Cup.

All eyes were on Phil Ivey as the six remaining players reconvened last night and despite another fine run from the great man he was forced to settle for third place.

Eric Afriat was the first player to depart the final table, unluckily running his pocket fives into Justin Smith's pocket jacks. Britain's Rob Akery followed soon afterwards when his AJ shove was called by Phil Ivey with AQ. Ivey dodged the suckout, leaving Akery to settle for $169,930.

Long time chip leader John Caridad was the next to get, getting his fingers caught in the cookie jar with J6 against Smith's pocket Queens. The stage looked set for Ivey but he was crippled shortly afterwards after his second pair was outkicked by Moritz Kranich. The ten-time WPT finalist departed soon after at the hands of Smith.

Kranich went into heads up play with an almost two to one chip lead and almost sealed the win immediately, getting his chips in with A4 against Smith's K10. BoostedJ hit a straight though to even things up. The German kept the pressure on throughout though and eventually sealed the win after two hours of two-handed play holding K10 to Smith's pocket Jacks. A king on the turn gave Kranich the overpair and despite having a flush draw the river was a brick giving Kranich the title.

The WPT Bellagio Cup is the second major title in Kranich's poker career. The German had previously won the EPT Deauville in 2009.

The final table positions and payouts were as follows:

1st Moritz Kranich - $875,150
2nd Justin Smith - $594,755
3rd Phil Ivey - $363,650
4th John Caridad - $237,902
5th Rob Akery - $169,930
6th Eric Afriat - $118,950

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