Kurganov & Boeree Win 2017 WSOP $10k Tag Team EventJune 5, 2017 10:49 am
Winning a WSOP bracelet is a high point in the life of any poker pro, and last week two of the game’s most accomplished players, Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov, topped off their marvelous careers by achieving the formidable task together. The couples were taking part in Event #2: $10,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold’em Championship event, and after making their way past a field consisting of 102 teams over three days, the English and Russian duo succeeded in capturing their first ever WSOP gold bracelets.
Boeree and Kurganov collected $273,964 for their impressive performances, of which 50% was subsequently donated towards the REG (Raising for Effective Giving) charity. In the meantime, Liv Boeree increases her lifetime earnings to $3,320,013, placing her at number 18 on England’s ‘All Time Money List’, while Kurganov further consolidated his number 1 position on ‘Russia All Time Money List’ with $12,530,327 in winnings, an amount far ahead of a second placed Ivan Demidov on $6,843,791.
Commenting after their monumental victory, Boeree said that her “mind is blown”, while Kurganov expressed his sense of pride from having captured a gold bracelet, stating:
“The money is nice. But for me, it’s winning the bracelets together that matters the most when comparing the ratio of people that are happy from the cash to having the hardware.”
Daniel Negreanu has made an optimistic wager at this year’s WSOP that he will claim three WSOP titles. Together with his teammates Eric Wasserson, David Benyamine and Mark Gregorich, Negreanu then managed to make the Tag Team No Limit Hold’em Championship event’s final table, but ultimately was ousted from the competition after calling off his team’s stack with Ad-8c on an Ah-7h-6c-5d board. At this stage, Kurganov was holding 6h-5h, and a Jh on the river would then see his team through to heads-up against Ankush Mandavia and Joe Kuether.
Ninety hands later, and Kurganov (Ah-10d) re-raised all-in with a high straight on a Qs-9c-8h-Js-Kd board, and after Mandavia (Qd-10h) made the call, Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov were crowned the champions.
Final Table Results:
1: Liv Boeree/Igor Kurganov $273,964
2: Ankush Mandavia/Joe Kuether $169,323
3: Negreanu/Wasserson/Benyamine/Gregorich $119,753
4: Ajlouny/Fong/McClain $86,237
5: Javier Gomez/Lander Lijo $63,253
6: Martin Jacobson/Mark Radoja $47,271
7: J.C. Tran/Nam Le/Gutierrez $36,008
8: Connor Drinan/Mike Aron $27,967
9: Fast/Dietrich/Schwippert $22,156