WSOP 2017: Dmitry Yurasov Wins $10,000 Six Max NLHE Championship

Always one of the most fiercly fought bracelets of the series, event #42 $10,000 Six Max NLHE attracts a stellar field year in year out, and 2017 was no different, so Russian pro Dmitry "Yurasov1990" Yurasov can be proud of his first WSOP bracelet and the not inconsiderable $775,923 first place prize money.

At the start of play on the final day of the event young Brit Charlie Carrell was leading the 24-strong field, but Carrell was just one of many big names to fall before the final table as he fell in 15th place ($30,922). Other star players to bust on day 3 included Eric Wasserson in 11th, ($39,284) Connor Drinan in 9th ($51,494), and Dario Sammartino in 8th ($69,578),

Despite the stellar 332 strong field which had contained many of the biggest names in poker, it was a relatively unknown final table of six. I say 'relatively' as half the final table had already won over $1,000,000 in live tournaments, and another, Kristen Bicknell, already had 2 WSOP bracelets to her name (the first from the ladies event in 2013, and the other in last year's $1,500 NLHE Bounty event).

There was to be a new bracelet winner, however, as Bicknell came into the final table as the short-stack was the first to fall shortly after the dinner break after committing her final few chips with K 3 and came up against Tommy Chen's A 8. An ace on the flop sent Bicknell off to the cashier's desk to collect $96,823 for her 6th place finish.

Yurasov already held a commanding chip lead at this point, and he collected some more chips on the very next hand when he eliminated Lebanese pro Albert Daher in a 4 million chip pot. With a substantial pot already building on a {10-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{5-Spades} board, Yurasov went all-in on the river putting Daher to a decision for his tournament life. In the end Daher called with his turned flush, only to see Yurasov turn over {K-Spades}{3-Spades} for a turned full house. Daher was out in 5th, good for $138,644.

Just eight hands later and Yurasov took his next scalp when Ukranian Artem Metalidi's pocket 7's couldn't outlast the Russian's {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} when a queen fell on the flop. Metaldi earned $204,128 for finishing fourth.

By this time Yurasov was looking untouchable, and when you've got a huge stack, have some great game, and have more than your share of luck, it's kinda hard to lose. Jacob Powers was to find this out after 12 hands of 3-handed play when he was looking good for a double up when his {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades} came up against Yurasov's {a-Spades}{9-Spades}. The {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop, however, saw to it that Powers was soon headed to the rail to collect his $308,783 third place pay cheque, and Yurasov marched on to heads-up play with a big lead of 14,100,000 to Tommy Chen's 2,475,000.

In keeping with the rest of the final table action, it was relatively short and particularly sweet for Yurasov as on the 9th hand of heads-up play (the 58th hand of the final table), Yurasov was dealt pocket Aces against Chen's {Q-Spades}{9-Spades}. After a raise and call preflop the {Q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{8-Clubs} was just about as good a flop as Yurasov could have wished for, and after the {5-Clubs} turn Chen moved all-in, with Yurasov quickly calling. The river bricked and Chen was eliminated in 2nd place, more than doubling his lifetime live tourney earnings with his $479,561 payday, whilst Yurasov took his winnings over the $2m mark and collected his first WSOP bracelet to go with the handsome $775,923 prize money.

WSOP 2017 Final Table Results, event #42, $10,000 NLHE Six Max

Place Player Name Country Prize (USD)
1 Dmitry Yurasov Russia $775,923
2 Tommy Chen United States $479,561
3 Jacob Powers United States $308,783
4 Artem Metalidi Ukraine $204,128
5 Albert Daher Lebanon $138,644
6 Kristen Bicknell Canada $96,823



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