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The Big Event Belongs to Victor Ramdin
Victor Ramdin came back to win the The Big Event at the Bicycle Casino and $500,000 in Los Angeles Thursday.
The veteran Team PokerStars Pro held the chip lead for most of the event, slipping from the top spot as the final eight was set.
But Ramdin persevered through the final table and despite entering heads-up with 2005 World Series Main Event champion Joe Hachem facing a defecit, came back to win his first major title since the 2006 WPT Foxwoods Poker Classic.
First he doubled up heads-up to take the lead, flopping a straight against Hachem's top pair and open-ender.
Then, despite Hachem doubling back up to get close to even when he flopped a straight of his own, Ramdin used a pair of queens to drag a major pot and take control again before eventually sucking out on Hachem with ace-jack versus ace-king all-in pre-flop to take it home.
Hachem had to settle for adding $300,000 to his $11,014,140 in lifetime earnings as Ramdin pushed his career winnings over the $3 million mark.
Despite PokerStars and the North American Poker Tour pulling its branding at the 11th hour, The Big Event at The Bicycle Casino still drew 417 players over two starting days, creating a $1,921,327 prize pool.
Here's how the final table finshed up.
1 Victor Ramdin $500,000
2 Joe Hachem $300,000
3 Jeremy Ausmas $190,000
4 Taylor von Kriegenbergh $140,000
5 Bryan Leskowitz $100,000
6 Govert Metaal $75,000
7 Jose De Noronha $55,000
8 Santiago Nadal $35,327