Russian poker pro Dmitry Yurasov has primarily found his live tournament success in Europe and Asia. Although he had over $1.2 million in earnings, he had no cashes at the World Series of Poker prior to 2017. That all changed when he took down this year’s $10,000 six-max no-limit hold’em championship, outlasting a field of 332 players to capture his first gold bracelet at his first WSOP final table. For the win he not only earned the hardware but also the top prize of $775,923. As a result his live earnings swelled to over $2 million.
“I’ve been playing expensive tournaments for a while,” said Yurasov with the help of fourth-place finisher Artem Metalidi as a translator. “But winning this bracelet has been like a special achievement for me.”
Yurasov came into the third and final day of this event in fifth chip position with 24 players remaining. The list of top talent he outlasted on his way to the title was fitting for an event of this caliber and included the likes of WSOP bracelet winner Sam Stein (17th – $30,922), Charlie Carrel (15th – $30,922), Amit Makhija (12th – $39,284), Eric Wasserson (11th – $39,284), Connor Drinan (9th – $51,494), Dario Sammartino (8th – $69,578), Grayson Ramage (7th – $69,578) and two-time bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell (6th – $96,823).
Once the official final table was set the action really kicked into top gear. It took only 58 hands of final play from six down to a winner. Yurasov knocked Albert Daher in fifth place ($138,644), Artem Metalidi in fourth place ($204,128) and Jacob Powers in third place ($308,783) to set up a heads-up finale with Tommy Chen.
Yurasov began with more than a 5-to-1 chip lead and as a result was able to finish of the heads-up battle in only nine hands. On the final deal of the tournament Chen called from the button and Yurasov made it 400,000 to go. Chen called the flop brought the QDiamond Suit10Heart Suit8Club Suit. Yurasov fired 475,000 and Chen made the call. The turn brought the 5Club Suit and Yurasov bet 1,150,000. Chen moved all in for 2,750,000 total and Yurasov called with the ASpade SuitAHeart Suit. Chen was behind with the QSpade Suit9Spade Suit for top pair and an inside straight draw. The 4Club Suit completed the board, securing the pot for Yurasov and sending Chen to the rail with $479,561.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:
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