It was only five months ago that Eugene Katchalov took down the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PCA in the Bahamas and had locked up over $6,100,000 in tournaments wins as of January 2011. And now he's sporting a 1st place victory at the World Series of Poker $1,500 7 Card Stud event and a bracelet to go with it!
When heads-up play started against Alessio Isaia, Katchalov was a huge underdog - he held just 250,000 chips to Isaia's 1.35 million. Within an hour though Katchalov sailed into the lead and never looked back.
The three day event began with 357 players and included some of poker's greats including Tom Dwan, Jason Mercier, David Bach, Daniel Negreanu, Sorel Mizzi, Shaun Deeb, and Frank Kassela.
The final four
Jonathan Spinks tried valiantly to take home back-to-back bracelets for Great Britain following what Jake Cody started but he was out when he tangled with Eric Buchman. Buchman brought it in and Alessio Isaia completed. Spinks raised and Buchman reraised. Isaia folded out and Spinks called. Spinks check called on 4th street and then bet on 5th street. Buchman put Spinks all-in. Spinks called and turned up two pair. Buchman was drawing wounded but got away when he caught the on 6th street. There was no catching up on 7th Street for Spinks with a board showing // VS the hand of Buchman /-/X. Jonathan Spinks was eliminated in 4th place and took home $35,476.
Eric Buchman was either in first or second place chip standing for the entire day, including the dinner break, but in just over 50 minutes, he went from chip leader to out. He got all of his chips in on 5th street with king high and was trying to overcome Isaia's pair of Jacks when Isaia's hand turned into a straight on 6th street. Even though Buchman found a flush draw going into 7th street, he was out when it didn't come through.
The two hands:
Eric Buchman took home $48,961 for his 3rd place finish.
Not much slowed Katchalov down when it went to heads-up play against Isaia although he was at a 7 to 1 chip disadvantage at the beginning; it was only about two hours later when he was sending Isaia to the rail.
Isaia put the last of his chips in on 3rd street in the final hand - he had king high. Katchalov showed ace high and even though Isaia caught a pair of kings on 5th street and Katchalov paired his nines on sixth, Katchalov needed to improve on the river and he did just that by squeezing out an Ace for aces up.
Isaia's hand //X
Katchalov's hand //
Alessio Isaia had to settle for 2nd place and $75,911.
Eugene Katchalov added another gold star to his tournament record - and a Gold Bracelet - along with $122,909 for his first place finish. Congratulations Eugene!
The final Eight!
|1 ||Eugene Katchalov ||$122,909 |
|2 ||Alessio Isaia ||$75,911 |
|3 ||Eric Buchman ||$48,961 |
|4 ||Jonathan Spinks ||$35,476 |
|5 ||Dennis Parker ||$26,083 |
|6 ||Kai Landry ||$19,456 |
|7||Ali Eslami ||$14,723 |
|8 ||Vasili Lazarou ||$11,301 |
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