What takes 87 hands to complete? The heads-up finale of Event #6: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout at the 2014 World Series of Poker. The event brought 948 players and the prize pool grew to a massive $1,279,800, and as we all know, in the end there is one one winner. Meet Alex Bolotin! Bolotin went to war in the Amazon Room with 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champion Dimitar Danchev to capture his first gold bracelet and lock up $259,211 for his first place finish.
Bolotin won the 2009 Ante Up for Africa Charity Event and in 2007 he finished runner-up to Bill Edler in a six-handed event and he also reached final tables in 2006 and 2008 — but he left without picking up that ever-elusive, highly coveted gold bracelet that distinguishes the wrist of a champion — until now.
Bolotin sits atop the all-time Belarusian money list and just kicked it up a notch with over $2.4 million in earnings. His lead over Vadim Kursevich has now grown to over $400,000.
The Final Results:
The final day of the shootout started with 12 players — two-time WSOP bracelet winner Josh Arieh, bracelet winner Steven Loube, and Maxx Coleman and Jon Lane, who both made deep runs in the 2013 WSOP Main Events. Bolotin had his work cut out for him and managed to hold on and play up until it was a heads-up match with Dimitar Danchev.
The final hand came down to Danchev trying to run a bluff on the river card with queen high. Bolotin three-bet to 150,000 over Danchev's 50,000 open. A king-high flop brought a continuation bet from Bolotin but the turn found him check-calling a bet and when Danchev went all-in on the river, Bolotin called and tabled a king while Danchev could only show air.
Congratulations go out to Bolotin on his first WSOP bracelet win.
Caitlyn Howe interviewed Bolotin after his victory.
Find the full tournament report at PokerNews Live Reporting.