Thursday, 22 August 2013
Alexey Rybin completed an emphatic performance in the opening World Poker Tour event of the season yesterday by taking down the WPT Cyprus title and $258,000.
Having led the field virtually from Day 1, the Russian pro looked every bit the champion as the final table wore on but as the field thinned he certainly didn’t have things all his own way. Indeed, by the time level 26 rolled around Rybin found himself moving all-in for the first time since Day 1A. Thanks to a few mistimed plays and the pressure of the ever-increasing blinds the Russian was forced into a tricky spot. Fortunately he came through the encounter unscathed and after doubling up through Kayhan Tugrul he was able to reassert his dominance at the table by eliminating his opponent with a set of threes. With Rybin now back in command a brief challenge from Albert Daher helped cut the field from three to two, but as the heads-up match began it was the former who gained the upper hand. A huge pot for Rybin with A-K basically put the match beyond Daher’s reach and just a few hands after the major coup it was all over. Faced with a deficit of 6:1, Daher soon called all-in with Ks 9c against Rybin who held As 5h. As the board rolled out: Ah Th 7s 7c 2c the match was brought to a close and Rybin was able to bask in the glory of winning his first WPT title, as well as $258,000 and a $25,000 WPT Championships seat. With the opening event of the season now over the attention of the WPT team will turn to Florida and the Seminole Hard Rock Open which will feature the first ever Alpha 8 Super High Roller. WPT Merit Cyprus Classic Final Result:1 Alexey Rybin - $258,0002 Albert Daher - $160,2003 Andrei Nikonov - $103,7004 Kayhan Tugrul - $75,6005 Sergey Rybachenko - $56,6006 Pierre Sayegh - $46,000
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