$40k NL Hold'em - Winnar!
We have a winner and it's Vitaly Lunkin who takes down the bracelet, the plaudits for winning such a prestigious event and of course the $1,891,012 1st prize money!
The key hand provided yet more drama. Here's how it went down.
Haxton Gets the Bullet
Vitaly had already been burnt after slowplaying aces once, but this didn't discourage him playing with fire once more as he limped the button, then flat-called Haxton's raise to 600k from the big blind with the bullets.
The flop fell Q♦ T♦ 8♦ and Haxton bet out 1.2 million, Lunkin moved all-in and Haxton made the call with his 8♣ 3♦ - naughty, naughty!
With no diamond in his hand, Lunkin's aces were only flipping versus Haxton's pair and flush draw and given the nature of the final, everyone expected Haxton to slip the noose again and bust the bullets.
Instead however, the turn and river blanked and Lunkin's Russian supporters went into overdrive, cheering their man on from the rail as he defeated Haxton to win the bracelet.
We will have a full account of the final along with quotes from the man of the moment, Vitaly Lunkin and, of course, winner shots shortly but for now congratulations to Vitaly for conquering one of the strongest fields in history.
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