21-year-old takes title, and $2.1M
The World Poker Tour crowned a new champion last Saturday night as 21-year-old Yevgeniy Timoshenko won the 2009 Five Star World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
The $25,000 buy-in event lasted eight days and rewarded young Timoshenko with a first place prize of $2,149,960.
Another in the new breed of online poker whiz kids, Timoshenko has played in just a handful of live tournaments, with three previous six-figure cashes: third in the WSOP Europe, second in the Barcelona Open and first in the Asian Poker Tour in Macau.
Originally from the Ukraine, Timoshenko is now a resident of Mukilteo, Washington. His family emigrated to the U.S. when he was 10.
Timoshenko outlasted an impressive field of 338 players, including a final table consisting of (in the order of finish, with prize money): Ron Azor ($1,446,265), Bertrand Grospellier ($776,245), Christian Harder ($571,965), Shannon Shorr ($408,550) and Scotty Nguyen ($285,985).
The final hand of the event found Timoshenko in heads-up play with Ron Azor, although the young player had a commanding lead in chips.
Azor raised 800,000 before the flop and Timoshenko re-raised all-in. Azor quickly called and revealed Qc10d, and Timoshenko showed a better AsJc.
The flop came QsJs7d, pairing Azor’s queens and putting him out in front, at least temporarily.
The turn revealed a Kc, of no help to Azor, but giving young Timoshenko several "outs" of the possible nut straight.
Sure enough, a 10s landed on the river, giving Timoshenko the winning straight and the WPT championship.
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