Event #10: €25,000 Platinum High Roller Winner, Andriy Lyubovetskiy

Andriy Lyubovetskiy

For the second time in less than a week, Finland’s Joni Jouhkimainen was denied heads-up, as Ukraine’s Andriy Lyubovetskiy won his first WSOP bracelet in Event #10: €25,000 Platinum High Roller. After defeating a final table that included prior bracelet winners Martin Kabrhel and Ole Schemion, he won €518,430 in a field of 72 players. Jouhkimainen would have to settle with €320,415 in prize money, which would be the second-largest sum of money in his career. Following his victory over Jouhkimainen, a surprised Lyubovetskiy couldn’t comprehend what had occurred.

“At this point, I’m not sure I understand what’s going on or what just occurred,” he told PokerNews. “However, I can tell you that throughout the whole 12 years that I’ve been playing poker, I’ve been following this ambition.”

“Unfortunately, because to visa issues, I was unable to travel to Vegas, but this is my second WSOP final table in the WSOP Europe.”

Lyubovetskiy, the day’s first short stack, had an adventurous start, doubling in only the second hand of the day to move ahead of numerous other short stacks, including Thomer Pidun, who would be the final table’s first victim. Another small stack, Tom-Aksel Bedell, would double twice to stay alive, allowing Jordan Westmorland to take over the chip lead. Jouhkimainen took over the chip lead after sending Ole Schemion to the rail in seventh place, but it was Martin Kabrhel, the two-time bracelet winner, who returned to the top of the counts when Jouhkimainen bluffed into the full house of start-of-day chip leader Martin Kabrhel. Before the last hand, the two stacks would even out, with the chip lead changing virtually every hand. However, after both players missed flush draws, Lyubovetskiy would establish a big chip advantage with to a hero-call when the Ukrainian rivered a pair.

 

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