PKR Headsup Grand Slam Won By Vladimir Geshkenbein

Fresh off the back of his win at the $11,458 buy-in High Roller event in Macau, where he picked up $226,690, Vladimir Geshkenbein has done it again, this time winning the PKR Headsup Grand Slam in the UK and the $120,000 first prize.
The tournament took place at the Three Mills studio in London where the Russian competed against a small field of 32 players but comprised of some of the toughest competitors on the planet including Tom Dwan, Annette Obrestad, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, Tony G, Peter Eastgate, Luke Schwartz, JC Tran and Ian Frazer.
In the first two opening rounds Vladimir Geshkenbein had to battle heads up past Alex Keating and then Brahim Hajji before besting high stakes pro David Steicke to proceed to the semi-finals. There the fireworks flared as he squared off against Brit and good friend James Sudworth, with Sudworth on one occasion raising before even being dealt cards and Geshkenbein announcing all- in in the dark forcing Sudworth to fold.
Geshkenbein progressed through to the final where Juha Helppi was waiting for him but rather than be intimidated by the veteran Helsinki player he raised the very first hand with 8c 3c and showed Helppi after he had folded.
Geshkenbein continued in the same vein with his unrelenting aggression causing Helppi more than a few headaches until eventually Helppi, getting short on chips was all in pre-flop with Ac 6s against Geshkenbein’s Qd 10d. Helppi must have felt his hopes were still alive when the flop came Kh 9d Ks, but a 3d followed by a 2d on the turn and river sealed his fate and he collected $70,000 as the runner up.
Other players who made the money were; 3rd place finisher Alec Torelli $45,000, 4th James Sudworth $35,000, 5th Antanas “Tony G” Guoga $20,000, 6th Ian Frazier $20,000, 7th Lex Veldhuis $20,000 and 8th David Steicke $20,000.

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