Klodnicki Wins Epic Mix Max Main Event

Chris Klodnicki
Chris Klodnicki

Chris Klodnicki outlasted Andrew Lichtenberger over two epic heads-up matches to claim the $20k Mix Max title last night at the Palms in Vegas.

Klodnicki took home $801,680 for his first-place finish while Lichtenberger settled for $514,480.

Klodnicki boosts his career live tournament earnings to just under $3 million with the win.

Play started off at the final table with five players yesterday and Lichtenberger in the chip lead.

With lots of room in the structure, however, there was plenty of room for play and it would take a long time for a winner to be decided.

According to the Mix Max format, play was to get down to the final two and then switch to a best two-out-of-three heads-up match.

They’d start with existing chip stacks for the first two matches and if a third match was necessary the players would start with even stacks.

Klodnicki made sure they didn't need to go to the third match, but it wasn't a cake walk by any means.

When they entered heads-up Klodnicki held the advantage, starting with 3,470,000 in chips while Lichtenberger was behind with 1,526,000.

It took over 140 hands of heads up play for Klodnicki to win the first heads-up match and another 70 for him to win the second.

All told the final-table playdown took 15 hours.

First to be eliminated was short-stack Scott Clements, who hit the rail after about 25 hands.

He was surprisingly followed by Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, who entered the day second in chips but was eliminated in fourth after a slow slide that saw him eventually bust in hand 110.

The final three – Klodnicki, Lichtenberger and Joe Tehan - settled in to a long three-handed stretch and it took another 135 hands before Tehan was eliminated to get down to the heads-up.

The final five players and their payouts:

1. Chris Klodnicki $801,680

2. Andrew Licthenberger $514,480

3. Joe Tehan $306,800

4. Michael Mizrachi $174,640

5. Scott Clements $89,680

Check the recap and see an interview with Klodnicki at .

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