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Moritz Kranich Takes Bellagio Cup VI
Germany’s Moritz Kranich was the ultimate victor in the World Poker Tour’s Bellagio Cup VI this weekend.
With the WSOP Main Event in full swing, the Bellagio event didn't garner the kind of attention WPT tournaments usually receive but it was a notable final table with Phil Ivey and Justin "BoostedJ" Smith looking to make some noise.
Ivey was perhaps the biggest story of the tournament as he made his record ninth WPT final table and was looking to win his second WPT title.
He put in an impressive run at the final table building a large chip lead in the early stages, after busting Rob Akery in fifth place
Ivey was eventually ousted in third place, barely missing out on the chance to play heads-up for his second WPT title.
The WPT Bellagio Cup VI final table was all too familiar for Justin "BoostedJ" Smith who came in third place last year.
Smith lost to Kranich after a fierce session of heads-up play to once again fall short of victory. Smith picked up $594,755 for his second place finish although he is still awaiting his first major live tournament win.
Finally Kranich, who won EPT Deauville in 2009 for $1.1 million, added another huge win to his poker resume.
An online poker pro, Kranich now has two major titles to his name and over 10 cashes in tournaments around the globe.
With the victory Kranich rockets into second place on the German all-time tournament earnings list with $2,161,083. First place is WSOP and EPT winner Sebastian Ruthenberg with $3 million.
Bellagio Cup VI was the first tournament of a new season of the WPT, which saw a return of former video hostess Kim Lansing, who now has a more involved role with the tour, and the debut of the Royal Flush girls.