Andrey Kotelnikov wins WPT Mix-Max Title for $488,508

Russias Andrey Kotelnikov took down a WPT World Online Championship title and the massive $488,508 first prize in the $3200 buy-in Mix Max on partypoker.

By: Andrew Burnett

The 146 players who made it through opening day flights included the likes of Sam Grafton, Peter Jetten, and Steve O’Dwyer, with a partypoker pro quintet of Louise Butler, Dayane Kotoviezy, Philip Gruissem, Anatoly Filatov and Mikita Badziakouski flying the site flag.

With 132 players sharing in the $3million prizepool, a top 5 finish would secure a 6-figure payday, while top 12 would be good enough for a 10x ROI.

English pro Liv Boeree was among the deep runners, falling just short of the final table, finishing 10th for $37,500 – the same cash as Badziakouski in 11th place.

The third day of play saw a final seven including Jerry Wong reassemble, the Florida-resident New Yorker noted for his $1.1million final table 8th place at the 2016 WSOP Main Event.

Wong couldn’t get things going yesterday, falling first in the following hand…

Guite: Q♥ Q♦
Wong: A♥ 10♦
Board: 2♥ 7♦ 6♥ 7♥ 2♣

That meant 7th spot and $69,300 for Wong playing out of Canada and he was followed to the virtual rail by Bulgaria’s Dimitar Danchev who fell shortly after running his small blind shove into Joakim Andersson’s pocket aces.

Gasior departed in 5th when his treys couldn’t overcome Kotelnikov’s eights, and Vasylchenko’s run ended in 4th for $190,500, again the Russian producing the goods.

Sweden’s Joakim Andersson pocketed more than $¼million when he was outflopped by Kotelnikov, leaving the Russian heads-up against Preston man Guite.

A fierce battle ensued, the chip lead passing back and forth, but eventually it all came down to the following hand…

♦ ♥ ♣ ♠

Kotelnikov: 6♠ 3♣
Guite: J♦ 4♠

Flop: 5♣ 4♦ J♥

Kotelinkov check-called Guite’s 2/3rd pot bet with his open-ended straight draw and the turn hit the Russian hard..

Turn: 2♣

A check-raise this time saw Guite only call with his two pair, but when the river came..

River: K♦

…Kotelnikov shoved and Guite eventually decided to call off his remaining stack only to receive the bad news. However second place and a lifetime best cash of $366,604 provided ample compensation for the Englishman.

For Kotelnikov, a WPT WOC title and $488,508 was plenty, but there was also the added bonus of a $15,000 seat to the next WPT Tournament of Champions and his name on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.

Final results

1 Andrey Kotelnikov $488,508
2 Stuart Guite $366,604
3 Joakim Andersson $271,903
4 Oleg Vasylchenko $190,500
5 Maciej Gasior $124,500
6 Dimitar Danchev $89,016
7 Jerry Wong $69,300


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