Roman Korenev Takes Down Event 26 $2,650 NL Marathon For $477,401

Russias Roman Korenev has taken down the $2,650 NL Hold’em Marathon event for $477,401. The 30-year-old from Krasnoyarsk not only collects his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet, but this achievement will mark his first live poker poker tournament victory. The prize money also exceeds his previous best by two and a half times and takes him past the $2 million mark for total winnings.

By: Mark Patrickson

The final table was dominated by players from the USA, who took up six out of the nine places. Dong Sheng Peng, from China, finished up in third with his first ever cash outside of Asia. More and more Asian players are heading to Las Vegas every year and their results are improving no end.

The field started with 1,083 runners and took a monster six days to complete. Marathon is not an understatement by any means. Maybe this is the slowest half million dollars (almost) ever earned at the WSOP.

At the start of Day 6 there were six players remaining and we expected the slow pace to continue. Quite the opposite, in fact. We were barely past the first hour of play before the heads-up stage began.

Once Korenev and Jared Koppel were the last men standing the pace returned to normal, and it was four hours later that we crowned the winner. The lead changed hands many times throughout the battle but eventually it was Korenev who claimed victory.

Final results

1 Ramon Korenev $477,401
2 Jared Koppel $295,008
3 Dong Sheng Peng $208,726
4 Francis Anderson $149,605
5 Joe Curcio $108,646
6 Joseph Liberta $79,957
7 Matt Russell $59,642
8 Gustavo Darosamuniz $45,100
9 Peter Hong $34,580



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