Alex Bilokur started with a nine-to-one chip deficit when Event #28: $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em went to heads-up play. That was after working his way through a field of 160 — all with the same goal...to take home the first-place prize of $398,567 and a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. If having a solid poker resume had anything to do with Bilokur's dominating run in heads-up play, then his almost $3 million in tournament cashes definitely figured into the picture. Part of Bilokur's tournament winnings includes winning a PCA High Roller event in 2012. Bilokur's resume now includes a World Series of Poker gold bracelet!
Day 3 began with 10 players and promptly went to the final table when Dan Shak took aces against Chino Rheem's set. Rheem held the chip lead as the official final table began.
When Alexander Venovski hit the rail in third, Matt O'Donnell had just over 4.3 million to Bilokur's just under 500,000. It looked like the end was near and O'Donnell would be standing in the winner's circle. Bilokur simply didn't see it that way — he took a small-ball style and ran it into chip control by limping buttons and then getting O'Donnell to play aggressively when Bilokur held superior hands.
It took just over 100 hands for Hand #206 to put the finishing touches on the tournament. Matt O'Donnell made it 180,000 and Alex Bilokur called.
The flop came , Bilokur checed and O'Donnell pushed with .
Bilokur called with . The on the turn changed nothing but the river gave Bilokur a flush and the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship.
Sarah Grant and Alex in the following video:
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