Alexandru Papazian Claims First WSOP Bracelet for Romania

Alexandru Papazian Claims First WSOP Bracelet for RomaniaRomania has its first ever WSOP bracelet winner after Alexandru Papazian took down Event #60: $888 No Limit Hold’em – Crazy Eights for a magnificent $888,888 payday. Commenting after a victory which now pushes his career earnings to $2,811,492, Papazian stated:
“I do care about being the first one from my country to win a bracelet. I’m super happy for it. I’m hoping it won’t be the last one for Romanians, and that there’s more to come. You’re going to see us around.”
Event #60 saw 8,120 players turn up at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to create a prize pool of $6,489,504. Notable pros then booking a cash place included William Kassouf in 102nd ($5,637), Jason Wheeler in 39th ($16,981), Eric Baldwin in 12th ($52,431), and Benjamin Yu in 9th ($67,126).
After swiftly taking the chip lead, Papazian (A-K) then eliminated Guillaume Diaz (A-Q) in 8th, before being dealt pocket eights and sending a short stacked Michael Tureniec (A-2) to the rail in 7th. Next, Papazian (A-K) ousted his fellow compatriot Vlad Darie (J-J) from the competition in 6th, followed by James Cappucci in 5th, and Ioannis Angelou Konstas in 4th, after his A-2 failed to improve against Papazian’s eights.
By this stage, Papazian held 80 percent of the chips still in play, and after Kilian Kramer (K-K) eliminated Harry Lodge (A-8) in 3rd, Papazian took a 3-to-1 chip advantage over Kramer into heads-up play. An overnight break then saw the two players return to the action at 1:00 p.m, and 29 hands later the tournament was decided with Kramer moving all-in preflop with 9s-6s, and Papazian making the call holding Ks-9c. The Kc-9h-2d-As-5d board which ensued sealed the deal, and so Kramer collected $463,888 for his runner-up finish, while Papazian claimed the WSOP title.
“I play for a long time and I am not as excited as most people; that’s just the way I am. I am not emotional, but I am still super happy about it,” explained Papazian after his impressive performance.
Final Table Results:
1: Alexandru Papazian $888,888
2: Kilian Kramer $463,888
3: Harry Lodge $344,888
4: Ioannis Konstas $257,888
5: James Cappucci $193,888
6: Vlad Darie $146,888
7: Michael Tureniec $112,888
8: Guillaume Diaz $86,888

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