Juha Helppi bags 2nd WSOP Gold with $5k PLO Championship Win worth $290k

Finland has produced many poker greats and Juha Helppi has just added to his claims with a second WSOP bracelet win, taking down the $5,000 PLO Championship on GGPoker – pocketing $290,286 ahead of a stacked field.

By: Andrew Burnett

Some 328 entries came in to produce a prizepool of $1,558,000 for event 35 – number 4 on the GG schedule, although a couple of those have been postponed until next week as both WSOP.com and GGPoker.com faced some problems with their hastily-devised online WSOP offering.

The PLO Championship event went off without a hitch, though, and the field was more than impressive – Helppi joined by the likes of Isaac Haxton, Stephen Chidwick, Mike Watson and fellow Finn Jens '98snaeJ' Kyllönen, playing under a cute variation on his famous Jeans89 nickname.

The former pair made it to the 47 paid spots but fell well short of the final table, but the latter were right up there with a chance at bracelet glory.

Online poker almost always has unknowns or anonymous players running deep, and last night it was Marija 'Maj Chenzie' Andrijasevic, the Serbian taking 8th spot and $33,540, falling at the hands of Kyllönen…

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Kyllönen: A♥ Q♥ J♠ 10♥
Andrijasevic: J♥ 10♦ 5♥ 4♦

Board: 8♣ 6♥ 2♣ K♣ 10♣

Sergei Reixach fell next, then Brazil’s Yuri Dzivielevski, with Kyllönen hitting the virtual rail shortly afterwards at the hands of another Brazilian, Belarmino 'Iseey0urcard' De Souza.

Mike Watson’s challenge came up just short, falling in a typical topsy-turvy PLO hand to Spain’s Jesus Cortes when the chips went in on the flop…

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Cortes: A♥ K♥ J♦ 6♦
Watson: A♦ 10♦ 10♠ 7♠

Board: K♠ J♣ 6♥ Q♦ 6♠

It would be Cortes facing Helppi heads-up for the bracelet after De Souza fell to the Finn, and the cards again favoured Helppi in the final showdown…

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Helppi: 10♠ 10♣ 7♦ 3♥
Cortes: 9♥ 7♠ 5♠ 3♦
Flop: 10♥ 9♠ 5♦
Turn: K♦
River: K♣

Helppi had thus bagged his 2nd WSOP gold, and a very tasty $290,286 payday, with Cortes’ fine run worth $213,270

Final Results

1 Juha Helppi $290,286
2 Jesus Cortes $213,270
3 Belarmino de Souza $156,688
4 Mike Watson $115,117
5 Jens Kyllönen $84,576
6 Yuri Dzivielevski $62,137
7 Sergi Reixach $45,651
8 Marija Andrijasevic $33,540
9 Alex Difelice $24,641


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