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Poker News | World Series of Poker

WSOP 2014: Event #56 Champion Mike Kachan

Mike Kachan Event #56 WSOP 2014
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No matter how you slice it, winning a World Series of Poker gold bracelet has to be the ultimate poker trophy. Mike Kachan just won one!!! The whole challenge started out in Event #56: No Limit Hold'em and he had to get through 2,524 other players to put the treasured bracelet on his arm. Did we fail to mention that he was also taking home a massive payday of $403,483? Not a bad return on a $1,000 buy-in, right?

Final Table Results:

1Mike Kachan$403,483
2Jeff Blenkarn$250,815
3Eric Shanks$177,527
4Andrew Egan$128,032
5Viktor Skoldstedt$93,490
6Neo Hoang$69,084
7Steve Gross$51,676
8Richard Milne$39,109
9Raymond Henson$29,951

Sixteen players came back for the final run on Day 3 but it wasn't long before the two tables were whittled down to one — it was an unofficial table of ten — but Matt Salsberg took the pressure off of everyone else by going busto and heading for the cashier in tenth place.

The action was hot all the way through the first two days but when it got to final table time, it was like watching grass grow. There were short stack double ups, raises with no call, the stacks were pretty evenly distributed and if someone did step out on a limb, no one had a saw.

But the inevitable jumped off the green felt horizon and became reality when the fourteenth hand of heads-up play was dealt.

Hand #187:

Mike Kachan opened for 250,000. Jeff Blenkarn checked in the dark after making the call.

The flop came {9-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}.

Kachan bet 215,000, Blenkarn raised to 615,000 and Kachan called.

Blenkarn pushed all-in when the {6-Hearts} hit the turn. Kachan quickly called.

Blenkarn tabled the {q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} but Kachan turned up the {j-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} for two pair.

The river {10-Clubs} ended it for Blenkarn and after shaking hands, Kachan celebrated with his cheering rail.

Kachan won the last 2014 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em buy-in tournament, excluding the Little One for One Drop.

Congratulations Mike! Read the winner's story over at

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