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Vitaly Lunkin wins event #2 at the World Series of Poker There was one giant story coming into the final table of the event 2 of the World Series of Poker (the $40,000 event), could Greg Raymer beat this stellar field and initially it looked like he was going to breeze through. Most of the early hands consisted of Greg winning pots. If you click the button on the bottom left hand side you can watch the final table video in full screen mode Isaac Haxton The second story that developed was Isaac Haxton. Isaac is well known in the poker community for a couple of different reasons. For one he had the worst timing in the world when his prize money from a PokerStars event was held up by Neteller pulling out of the United States, the other was a relatively high profile blow up between him and Joe Sebok on PokerRoad radio.
He now has another infamous tag; he canӴ close the deal. This is the second time that Isaac looked like he would cruise to a win only to come in second. To be fair the two incidents were completely different but when you watch the replay Isaac got it all in twice real bad, once with Kc 3c on a steal and then the final hand where his 3d 8c where no match for Aces. All of his plays coming down the stretch were defensible but I am fairly certain that is what a lot of people will take from this event.
Small ball versus Big Balls Which is too bad, from the replays it looked like a battle of styles. The small ball of Vitaly Lunkin vs the big bets by Greg Raymer and Isaac Haxton. What you will not see is all of the little hands Vitaly picked up on his way to the victory. Hopefully when ESPN airs the event on July 28th they will be able to represent that well.
Ultimately the small ball style won but I think what you will see when the episode airs is that Vitaly got a lot of good hands and hit some cards at some opportune moments.
Here was the prize list and order of finish:
1 Vitaly Lunkin $1,891,012 2 Isaac Haxton $1,168,566 3 Greg Raymer $774,927 4 Dani Stern $548,315 5 Justin Bonomo $413,166 6 Alec Torelli $329,730 7 Lex Veldhuis $277,940 8 Noah Schwartz $246,834 9 Ted Forrest $230,317Also let me just say that PokerNews is doing a phenomenal job, they are the exclusive provider of WSOP content, their coverage along with some of the other blogs covering the event helped create the videos you saw.