Christian Rudolph, the German high-stakes poker superstar, added yet another win to his list by winning the Partypoker by defeating the final table at the World Poker Tour Online Series Main Event.
Fabiano Kovalski and Rudolph agreed for a heads-up deal before Rudolph cruising ahead to win $487,443, while Kovalski won $401 793.
The Final Table Action
The final table action was streamlined live at the Partypoker Twitch channel hosted by Henry Kilbane and James Dempsey.
The final table action wasn’t typical with only having top names from the poker world, including Yuri Dzivielevski, Rainer Kempe, Stoyan Obreshkov, and Daniel Dvoress, but had a proper structure, including tons of games where players started with 68 big blinds which were increasing in every 40 minutes.
Since the structure and stacks were deep, there were two quick eliminations in the initial hour. The first player was Stoyan Obreshkov, to reach ninth place for the $42,711. Shortly after Stoyan, Rainer Kempe reached the eight positions for $54 089 when his queens weren’t powerful enough for Dvoress’s aces.
Big hand took place, resulting in Dzivielevski hitting the rail after reaching sixth place for $56,399. During this, Dzivielevski connected his ace for two pairs using the top kicker. Meanwhile, Dvoress held jacks and jammed the river putting Dzivielevski out of chips.
The event also witnessed three-handed play as a marathon game lasting for hours, during which these three players snagged the chip lead. Eventually, Dvoress ran out of gas, finishing at third place by winning $249,324.
Heads-up Deal Agreed
The event winner Rudolph entered heads-up play, having more than 2:1 chips against Kovalski. Both Kovalski and Rudolph agreed to deal for clearing the original payouts having $526,562 as the top winning prize and $362,674 runner-up prize.
Meanwhile, Kovalski triple-barreled using king-size and didn’t connect with the board. Rudolph, who was initially at the bottom pair, leaving Kovalski falling short of chips.
Post-event Christian Rudolph received congratulatory messages for winning his first WPT title with the cash prize of $487,443.