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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2011

Mikhail Lakhitov WSOP Event 36 $2,500 NLH Winner

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When the $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament final table was in play, it became a noisy affair with more than one comment captured in the Final Tournament Report:

One media member, accustomed to covering dozens of WSOP finales over the last few years candidly remarked, "The energy is like nothing I've ever seen at the WSOP! Trouble is, it's giving me a headache!"
Another player, sitting in an unrelated tournament about 100 feet from the constant chanting said, "I thought this was poker. Not a scene from animal house."
Yet another bystander -- aligned with one of the opposing players said, "Can't you do something to make them all shut up?

The No-Limit Hold'em event drew 1,734 players and paid 171 places.  Out of a total prize pool of $3,944,850, the winner would take home $749,610. That winner would turn out to be a 30-year-old profession poker player from Cheboksary, Russia - Mikhail Lakhitov.

With Lakhitov having a 9,000,000 chip lead, it took only a few hands in heads-up play and Mikhail Lakhitov was the champion.  The final hand found Mikhail Lakhitov moving all-in from the button and Hassan Babajane called.

Lakhitov held {K-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} to Babajane's {Q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}.

The board ran out {6-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{4-Spades}{10-Clubs}.  No flush or pair for Hasan Babajane and he was eliminated in 2nd place with $463,480 as a going away gift.

Day 4 of the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em event belonged to Mikhail Lakhitov and his stack never fell below what he came in with, plus he scored all but one knockout.  Mikhail Lakhitov won the title, the gold bracelet, and $749,610 for 1st place.  Congratulations Mikhail!

The top finishers:

Mikhail Lakhitov 
Hassan Babajane
Thomas Middleton
Thomas Miller
Eddy Sabat 
 Matthew Berkey 119,528
James St. Hilaire
Conrad Monica
Kent Padgett

For more detailed hands and information about the event, visit PokerNews Live Reporting.

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