Day 3 of Event #46 started with 17 players and Russian Alexey Makarov was in the lead out of the Day 1 starting field of 435. But the championship belonged to another Russian player when the smoke cleared.
Vladimir Shchmelev put in an incredible performance at the World Series of Poker 2010 and this time he claimed his first WSOP bracelet and defeated two-time bracelet winner Mel Judah heads-up to take home $279,094 in prize money.
FINAL TABLE RESULTS
|8||Allyn Jaffrey Shulman||$28,821|
On the final hand Mel Judah opened to 125,000 from the button. Shchmelev called. The flop hit with the and Shchmelev checked. Judah bet 125,000. Shchmelev raised to 350,000. Judah called.
The turn brought the and Shchmelev potted for 950,000. Judah announced all-in and Shchmelev quickly called.
Judah flopped trips, but Shchmelev flopped a full house. Judah needed to river a chop to stay alive but the hit, sending him out in 2nd place.
Vladimir Shchmelev earned his first WSOP bracelet and scooped up all the bragging rights for standing at the top of a tough final table.
Sarah Grant did the honors of interviewing Vladimir after his win:
Read the live tournament report here.