David Boyaciyan Wins 2011 Master Classics of PokerNovember 15, 2011 1:40 pm
David Boyaciyan has won the 2011 Master Classics of Poker Main Event, after overcoming a field of 294 players over four days to lift the title, and collect the €382,200 ($527,391) first place prize.
While 16 competitors still remained in the €5,000 buy-in event, David Boyaciyan was one of six Dutchmen hoping to score a home victory at the Amsterdam based event. However, by the time the final table of nine had been set Boyaciyan had become the last of his compatriots standing.
As the final table got underway, David Boyaciyan was in 7th place on a table also consisting of 1 Finnish player, 1 Swede, 4 Americans, 1 Canadian and a Greek.
Boyaciyan (A-10) almost became the first player to exit the final table after his all-in push from the cut-off into the A-J of JP Bertozzi. Fortunately for Boyaciyan, the board fell 8-10-J-5-10 to eliminate the Canadian in 9th (€29,400), while Boyaciyan moved up into fourth position.
There was then a flurry of eliminations while the short-stacks jostled for position, and by the time just four players remained, David Boyaciyan, too, had become the short-stack at the table.
Boyaciyan then shoved with Ah-7d into the Ac-Kc of 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Athanasios Polychronopoulos (USA) and, true to form, the board fell 7-8-2-Q-Q to hand him the much needed double-up. Polychronopoulos was out soon after in 4th (€104,370), and after David Boyaciyan eliminated Victor Wessman (Sweden) in 3rd (€130,830), the heads-up phase of the competition got underway.
Practically even in chips, the defining hand eventually came after Boyaciyan had a slight lead and was dealt A-K to the A-Q of Jussi Nevanlinna. The Q-9-2 flop looked promising for Nevanlinna, but the 10 and J on the turn and river made his opponent the straight, and so the Finn finished the runner-up for €227,850.
Meanwhile, the crowds favourite at the Holland Casino, David Boyaciyan, lifted the tournament trophy and walked away richer to the tune of €382,200.