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2023 WSOP Paradise

Event #6: $3,000 6-Handed
Giorni 2
Event Info

2023 WSOP Paradise

Risultati finali
Vincitore
Mano Vincente
j10
Premio
$424,550
Event Info
Buy-in
$3,000
Montepremi
$2,265,000
Entries
755
Informazioni livello
Livello
33
Bui
200,000 / 400,000
Ante
400,000
Informazioni Giocatori - Giorno 2
Entries
45
Giocatori Rimasti
1

Event #6: $3,000 6-Handed

Giorno 2 completo

"I Didn't Even Plan to Come Here": Boris Kolev Wins 6-Handed Event at WSOP Paradise

Livello 33 : Blinds 200,000/400,000, 400,000 ante
Boris Kolev
Boris Kolev

The second and final day of Event #6: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed has come to an end at World Series of Poker Paradise and Boris Kolev has defeated Daniel Neilson in heads-up play for $424,500 and the WSOP gold bracelet.

The tournament drew 755 players for a prize pool of $2,265,000.

The top two were followed by Fabian Bernhauser in third and Mark Burford in fourth, while Cristian Nagaki and Jeremy Izquierdo rounded out the final table.

This was the second gold bracelet for Kolev, who won the $5,000 8-Handed tournament at the 2021 WSOP. Kolev entered heads-up play behind Neilson, but he fought back and closed out the victory after an hour-long battle.

WSOP Paradise Event #6: $3,000 NLH 6-Handed Final Table Results

RankPlayerCountryPrize
1Boris KolevBulgaria$424,550
2Daniel NeilsonAustralia$259,100
3Fabian BernhauserAustria$177,000
4Mark BurfordUnited States$123,200
5Cristian NagakiUnited Kingdom$87,300
6Jeremy IzquierdoFrance$63,100

“I didn’t even plan to come here,” Kolev said in his post-win interview. “I was booked at the Wynn on December 2, but then I won a Mystery Bounty package so I came here and I won.”

Day 2 Highlights

The final 45 sat down on Day 2 and they were all guaranteed at least $8,500, while the final 114 players each picked up $5,200. Nikita Luther was the Day 1 chip leader but she ran into trouble early when she surrendered a double to Julio Chia. Luther doubled back against Christian Harder, but she was out in 25th place a short time later. Other early eliminations included Frederic Breton, Nicholas Maimone, Aram Zobian, and the aforementioned Harder, who finished right after Luther in 24th place.

Nikita Luther
Nikita Luther

The tournament worked its way down to the final three tables where bracelet winners Jin Hoon Lee, Alex Keating, David Miscikowski, Rafael Reis, Georgios Sotiropoulos, and Yuval Bronshtein were still alive in the hunt for more gold. Bronshtein soon surrendered a double to Pedro Garagnani and his quest for WSOP title number three fell short in 14th place. Sotiropoulos was the next bracelet winner to fall in 12th and Reis hit the rail in 11th when his ace-king lost a heartbreaker to Bernhauser’s suited ten-six.

Miscikowski fell in 10th and Keating bowed out in ninth, just before Dumitru Pora was eliminated in eighth place to kick off the unofficial final table of seven.

Final Table Highlights

Bernhauser entered the unofficial final table with the chip lead and Lee held the short stack. Lee was first to go in seventh when he got it in the flop with ace-queen, but Bernhauser had pocket kings and he avoided the ace to score the elimination. The deep run was the second of the series for Lee, who picked up a WSOP gold bracelet and $420,000 in the Mystery Bounty at the beginning of WSOP Paradise.

The Final Table
The $3,000 NLH 6-Handed Final Table

Next to go was Izquierdo in sixth place for $63,100 after his aces ran into the queen-four of Bernhauser. It all went in on the turn, but Bernhauser already had two pair and he added insult to injury with a river queen for the full house.

Bernhauser still held a big stack in five-handed play, but the others began to close the game — most notably Kolev, who was nearly out of the tournament when he was all in with ten-seven after he flopped a middle pair of sevens. Bernhauser called with jack-ten and Kolev doubled when the Austrian could not improve.

Nagaki fell in fifth place after his short stack shove with ace-nine couldn’t improve against Neilson’s ace-ten. The Brit came into this tournament with $36,014 in live poker cashes and a six-figure score in the $888 Crazy Eights WSOP Online tournament. His $87,300 puts him well above the $100K mark in career live earnings.

Not far behind was the American Burford, a WSOP Circuit ring winner from Louisiana. The $123,200 prize is the largest of his live career so far, and the fourth-place finish beats his previous best WSOP run of ninth in the 2010 $1,500 Limit Hold’em tournament.

After a short break, Bernhauser fell in third place. Neilson shoved the river with more and Bernhauser called with ace-king high, but Neilson turned over trip sevens to send the tournament to heads-up play.

Neilson vs. Kolev
The final two players.

Neilson entered the final two with the lead and he put pressure on Kolev early with a big river shove. Kolev went into the take for several minutes — something he is not prone to doing. He eventually got away from it.

“It was really hard to find bluffs with his hand. The timing he was using seemed emotional, at least from my perspective,” Kolev said about the hand. “I had a feeling that it could’ve been some sort of straight or flush. I couldn’t find a bluff. He called preflop super fast. When I connected to the board and excluded all of the possible bluffs, it made sense that he had it.”

His patience paid off when he took the lead a short time later. There was no looking back for Kolev, and the big moment came when Neilson shoved with king-queen and the Bulgarian turned over jack-ten. The flop was seven-eight-nine to give Kolev a straight for his second gold bracelet.

That’s all for coverage of the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed event at WSOP Paradise. Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews team for live updates from the floor of WSOP Paradise at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort.

Boris Kolev
Boris Kolev and Friends

Tags: Alex KeatingAram ZobianBoris KolevChristian HarderCristian NagakiDaniel NeilsonDavid MiscikowskiDumitru PoraFabian BernhauserFrederic BretonGeorgios SotiropoulosJeremy IzquierdoJin Hoon LeeJulio ChiaMark BurfordNicholas MaimoneNikita LutherPedro GaragnaniRafael ReisYuval Bronshtein

Daniel Neilson Eliminated in 2nd Place ($259,100)

Livello 33 : Blinds 200,000/400,000, 400,000 ante
Daniel Neilson
Daniel Neilson

Daniel Neilson shoved and Boris Kolev called with more. The cards were turned up.

Daniel Neilson: KQ
Boris Kolev: J10

The board ran out 789610 and Kolev flopped a straight to eliminate Neilson in second place for $259,100.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
30,200,000 7,750,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Daniel Neilson au
Daniel Neilson
Eliminato

Tags: Boris Kolev

Kolev Check-Shoves Turn

Livello 33 : Blinds 200,000/400,000, 400,000 ante
Boris Kolev
Boris Kolev

Daniel Neilson raised to 800,000 from the button and Boris Kolev defended the big blind.

The dealer fanned out the J65 flop, Kolev checked, and Neilson bet 600,000. Kolev responded with a check-raise to 2,000,000, and Neilson called.

The A landed on the turn and Kolev checked. Neilson bet 1,200,000 and Kolev check-raised all in, prompting Neilson to fold as the Bulgarian extended his chip lead.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
22,450,000 4,675,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Daniel Neilson au
Daniel Neilson
7,750,000 -4,675,000

Tags: Boris KolevDaniel Neilson

Kolev Climbs into the Lead

Livello 33 : Blinds 200,000/400,000, 400,000 ante

There was a full board of 44A97 when Daniel Neilson bet 1,600,000 and Boris Kolev called. Neilson turned over 109, but Kolev had JJ to take the pot with jacks and fours.

On the next hand, Neilson raised to 800,000 and Kolev called. The board was 2JA and Kolev check-called a bet of 600,000. The turn was 5 and Kolev check-called again, this time for 2,600,000. Both players checked the 8 river and Kolev turned over J7 for a pair of jacks. Neilson tossed the losing hand in the muck.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
17,775,000 7,125,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Daniel Neilson au
Daniel Neilson
12,425,000 -7,125,000

Tags: Boris KolevDaniel Neilson

Livello: 33

Bui: 200,000/400,000

Ante: 400,000

Neilson Jams River to Send Kolev Deep Into the Tank

Livello 32 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante
Daniel Neilson, Boris Kolev
Daniel Neilson, Boris Kolev

Boris Kolev raised to 600,000 from the button and Daniel Neilson defended the big blind.

The dealer spread the Q52 flop, Neilson checked, and Kolev bet 400,000. Neilson responded by check-raising to 1,400,000, and Kolev called.

The A landed on the turn and Neilson checked. Kolev bet 3,600,000 and Neilson called.

The 3 fell on the river and Neilson moved all in for 8,050,000. Kolev stretched his arms behind his head and squirmed in his chair as he went deep into the tank.

"Why... doesn't make sense," Kolev pondered.

Kolev continued to deliberate for nearly ten minutes as he switched off between watching Neilson and contemplating possibilities.

"Queen-something of spades?" Kolev asked his Aussie opponent.

Neilson continued to shuffle his chips as he stared at the board and kept silent. Eventually, Kolev sent his cards into the muck and Neilson followed suit as he collected the pot.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Daniel Neilson au
Daniel Neilson
19,550,000 2,950,000
Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
10,650,000 -2,950,000
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Boris KolevDaniel Neilson

Fabian Bernhauser Eliminated in 3rd Place ($177,000)

Livello 32 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante
Fabian Bernhauser
Fabian Bernhauser

Fabian Bernhauser raised to 600,000 from the button and Daniel Neilson called from the big blind.

The flop was 297 and Neilson check-called a bet of 500,000.

Neilson changed gears with a bet of 800,000 on the 7 turn and Bernhauser called. The river was J.

Neilson shoved on the river and Bernhauser called, turning over AK. Neilson showed Q7 for three sevens and Bernhauser was out in third place for $177,000.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Daniel Neilson au
Daniel Neilson
16,600,000 4,250,000
Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
13,600,000 2,000,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Fabian Bernhauser at
Fabian Bernhauser
Eliminato

Tags: Daniel NeilsonFabian Bernhauser

Livello: 32

Bui: 150,000/300,000

Ante: 300,000