The World Series of Poker event no. 48 title belongs to New York’s Athanasios Polychronopoulos, winner of the $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament.Polychronopoulos defeated a field of 2,712 players and banked a nice payday of $650,223 for his efforts. The Greek-American poker pro topped a final table that included Matt Stout (eighth), Alexander Queen (sixth) and Yevgeniy Timoshenko (fourth).Though Polychonopoulos has been a formidable online player for years, this tournament marks his largest live score to date.After securing his victory, the 27-year-old tabled about his approach to the tough final table line up.“They were all good players,” he said. “A few German guys were there, playing very solid. Every single player played solid. I came in fourth in chips. On the first hand, I tried to pull a pretty big bluff, and it failed, because he had trips. Once that first bluff failed, and I got it out of my system, it was easier for me. I just had to pick my spots after that.”Here’s a look at the action according to Card Player’s live updates.Sven Heinecker Eliminated in 9th Place ($48,272)Peter Ippolito opened for 90,000 before the flop, Sven Heinecker three-bet to 205,000 from the button, Ippolito shoved and Heinecker called.Heinecker lead with A A against Ippolito’s K K .The board came 9 4 4 K 2 , giving Ippolito a full house on the turn to win the pot. Sven Heinecker was the first one eliminated in 9th place ($48,272).Matt Stout Eliminated in 8th Place ($64,032)Athanasios Polychronopoulos raised to 85,000 before the flop, Matt Stout moved all in and Polychronopoulos called.Polychronopoulos lead before the flop with J J against Stout’s 10 10 .The board came A 8 3 2 Q , no help to Matt Stout who was eliminated in 8th place ($64,032).Heinz Pius Eliminated in 7th Place ($83,286)Heinz Pius open-shoved the small blind for about 700,000 and Yevgeniy Timoskenko called from the big blind.Timoshenko lead with A 3 against Pius’ K Q .The board came 8 8 6 10 5 , no help to Heinz Pius who was eliminated in 7th place ($83,286).Alexander Queen Eliminated in 6th Place ($111,341)Peter Ippolito opened for 100,000 before the flop, Alexander Queen three-bet to 225,000 from the small blind, Ippolito shoved and Queen called all in.Queen lead with A K against Ippolito’s K J .The board came A 10 5 4 J , giving Queen top pair on the flop and Ippolito a flush on the river to win the pot. Alexander Queen was eliminated in 6th place ($111,341).Sebastian Winkler Eliminated in 5th Place ($150,667)Yevgeniy Timoshenko opened for 120,000 before the flop, Simon Charette button-shoved, Sebastian Winkler called all in from the small blind and Timoshenko folded.Winkler lead with A K against Charette’s A J .The board came J 7 7 6 4 , giving Charette top two pair on the flop to win the pot. Sebastian Winkler was eliminated in 5th place ($150,667).Yevgeniy Timoshenko Eliminated in 4th Place ($206,348)Despite starting the day second in chips, Yegeniy Timoshenko was quickly put on the short stack after Simon Charette doubled through him with Q – 9 against Timoshenko’s A – 9. Charette flopped two pair, doubling up to to almost 4.5 million that hand, leaving Timoshenko with just over 1 million in chips.Shortly after, Timoshenko button-shoved for 900,000 from under the gun and Simon Charette called from the button.Charette was ahead with K J against Timoshenko’s 8 6 .The board came A Q J 5 9 , giving Charette top pair on the flop to win the pot. Yevgeniy Timoshenko was eliminated in 4th place ($206,348).Peter Ippolito Eliminated in 3rd Place ($286,116)Shortly after doubling through Yevgeniy Timoshenko and leaving him on the short stack, Simon Charette then put a bad beat on David Ippolito to once again double up and leave his opponent short.Then under 2,000,000 in chips after doubling up Charette, Peter Ippolito open-shoved the small blind before the flop and Athanasios Polychronopoulos called from the big blind.Polychronopoulos was ahead before the flop with A 10 against Ippolito’s Q 9 .The board came J 7 5 A Q , giving Polychronopoulos top pair on the turn to win the pot. Peter Ippolito was eliminated in 3rd place ($286,116).Simon Charette Eliminated in 2nd Place ($404,235)Simon Charette started heads-up play with slight chip deficit of 5.7 million to Athanasios Polychronopoulos’s 6.4 million, but quickly outdrew his opponent to double through and steal the chip lead early in Level 32.Polychronopoulos then doubled back through Charette to take the lead once again going into Level 33. Polychronopoulos began to chip away at his opponent over that next level, gaining a 2:1 chip lead on Charette about halfway through. Polychronopoulos then won a big pot after flopping a set, widening the gap to about 10,000,000 to 400,000.Charette scored a few more chips and a well-needed double up before getting it all in before the flop for about 1,400,000 with 9 2 against Athanasios Polychronopoulos’ J 8 .The board came A J 6 Q 9 , giving Polychronopoulos middle pair on the flop to win the pot.Simon Charette was eliminated in 2nd place ($404,235) while Athanasios Polychronopoulos wins the gold bracelet in Event #48 and the $650,233 grand prize.
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