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The partypoker MILLIONS North America $25,500 Super High Roller has come to a close with Canada’s Christopher Kruk (cover image) taking down the title after defeating three-time WPT champion Anthony Zinno heads-up for a $375,000 payday.
Kruk, who is an accomplished online poker pro with over $2.3 Million in cashes, only last year started playing live high roller tournament. His first major score was at the PokerStars Championship Barcelona Super High Roller in August last year, where he finished sixth for €251,900. He has made numerous final table finishes since – two of them more recently at PCA 2018 where he won the $25,000 High Roller for a career-best $836,350. Kruk jumped into this event after busting ninth at the C$25,500 Super High Roller, earlier in the series.
Day 2 began with 15 players from a starting field of 47 runners returning to their seats. With only the top seven players set to get paid, over half the field would be missing out on the money.
Leading the 15 survivors was Darren Elias who incidentally was also the Day 1 chip leader in the C$10,300 High Roller. Before long, the short stacks had perished and play was down to the unofficial final table.
With only the top seven players getting paid, the money bubble was looming and it was a big $60,000 pay jump but surprisingly it didn`t take long for the bubble to burst.
partypoker Team pro Joao Simao busted in eighth place followed by online poker sensation Viktor Blom, who lost a major pot on a triple-barrel bluff.
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Not long thereafter, Blom called off the rest of his stack on the river with a straight but was eliminated by Chance Kornuth’s flush on the money bubble at eighth place.
Final Table Recap
Short-stacked John Krpan was the first one to exit after moving all in for seven big blinds and he found himself flipping against Niall Farrell. Farrell hit his pair on the turn, eliminating Krpan in seventh place.
Soon, Victor Ramdin was also flipping for his tournament life with ace-king against Chance Kornuth`s pocket tens. With no help on the board, Ramdin exited in sixth place.
Play continued at a leisurely pace for a long time before the next elimination – this time Niall Farrell who lost a massive pot to Zinno to become short and had little choice but to move all-in a couple of hands later with ace high. Kornuth called with pocket pair and held on to eliminate Farrell at fifth place.
Kornuth`s wildly swingy tournament run finally came to an end at fourth place. After a failed bluff, Chance Kornuth was down to 12 big blinds and moved all in but ran into Kruk who picked up the better hand, busting the former at fourth place.
With Darren Elias falling in third place, the heads-up play commenced with both Christopher Kruk and Anthony Zinno almost even in chips.
The tournament organizers reduced blind levels to 20-minutes during heads-up play to increase the pace of the game and before long, the final hand was dealt. Zinno opened with pocket sevens and Kruk moved all in with ace-five suited. Zinno called and though he was leading on the flop, the board double-paired on the turn and river, counterfeiting Zinno’s pair of sevens and Kruk’s ace-high won him the pot along with the tournament title.
Final Results (CAD)
1. Christopher Kruk – $375,000
2. Anthony Zinno – $234,750
3. Darren Elias – $165,000
4. Chance Kornuth – $125,000
5. Niall Farrell – $100,000
6. Victor Ramdin – $80,000
7. John Krpan – $60,000
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