Monday night Robl eliminated Igor Kurganov in heads-up play to capture the $100,000 Challenge title, the first live win of his career, and earn $1,000,000. Robl was the first player eliminated on Day 1 and almost didn’t re-enter.
“I was a little bit upset and the last thing I wanted to do was sit there and grind a poker tournament,”Robl said of his decision to fire a second bullet. “I went and had dinner with my girlfriend and started feeling better and decided to come give it another shot.”
Seven players started the final day in contention for the $1,000,000 first place prize. Tobias Reinkemeier was the first to go, lasting just 20 minutes on Day 2. He was followed to the rail by Vanessa Selbst in sixth place and Niklas Heinecker on the bubble in fifth.
Once the bubble had burst it took a little over 2.5 hours to lose another player. Dan Shak, who had crested over 1 million chips earlier in the day, was eliminated by Robl in fourth place, earning $237,000 in the process. Shak has now cashed in events with a buy-in of at least $100,000 five times including three cashes in the $100K Challenge.
With a $290,000 difference between second and third it took some to get another elimination. After 90 minutes of play Masa Kagawa, who began the day as chipleader, was headed to the cashier window with a third place finish worth $320,000. Kagawa was another victim of Robl’s after getting the last of his chips in holding K T against Robl’s J T on a board of T 8 7. The 9 on the turn gave Robl a straight and after the 6 fell on the river Kagawa was eliminated.
The final hand saw Kurganov, who won the EPT Grand Final High Roller in April, call off the last of his stack with the board showing 9 4 2 3. Robl tabled A 5 for a wheel while Kurganov tabled 4 3 for two pair. The Q was of no help to Kurganov and he was eliminated in second place, earning $610,000.
Final Table Payouts
- Andrew Robl – $1,000,000
- Igor Kurganov – $610,000
- Masa Kagawa – $320,000
- Dan Shak – $237,000
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