German Nikolaus Teichert has won the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event (#56), beating a field of 1,736 players to win a WSOP Gold Bracelet along with $730,756.
The first player to be eliminated from the final table was Nicholas Levi, who was eliminated by Nikolaus Teichert after Levy’s A♠ 3♠ was outkicked by Teichert’s A♣ Q♠. The board did not help Levi and he was knocked out of the event in ninth place.
Sebastian Comel was eliminated a few hands later after coming second best in a showdown against Josh Arieh. After a raise and reraise before the flop, Comel shoved all in with K♣ K♦ and was called by Arieh, who showed A♦ Q♥.
Comel’s Kings were good after the flop, which showed 4♠ 7♠ 6♥, but that changed on the turn after the A♥ was shown. The 9♦ on the river meant that Arieh won the hand and Comel was sent packing from the final table in eighth spot.
Teichert then claimed his second final table scalp after he knocked another ‘Nicholas’ out of the event. This time it was Nicholas Faure, who came off second best after being beaten by Teichert in a showdown.
Faure moved all in before the flop with K♠ Q♥ and was called by Teichert, who dominated Faure with A♣ Q♠. Teichert put himself further in the lead when the flop came A♠ 6♣ 10♠, but Faure also got an inside straight draw. The K♥ on the turn gave Faure some hope, but the 5♠ on the river ultimately sealed his fate and he was eliminated in seventh place.
Kirill Rabtsov was eliminated from the final table just six hands later after running into the Tens of Sergey Lebedev. Lebedev moved all in with the 10♣ 10♥ before the flop and was called by Rabtsov, who was only slightly behind with A♣ Q♣.
Lebedev’s Tens were able to hold on the board, however, as the 3♦ K♣ 7♥ 9♥ 9♣ that were shown did not help Rabtsov, and he was knocked out in sixth place as a result.
Arieh was knocked out of the event in fifth spot after being eliminated by Vincent Maglio. Both players called before the flop, before the first three cards of the board showed A♥ K♦ 10♥.
That prompted Maglio, who had a straight with Q♦ J♣, to bet 125,000. He was reraised by Arieh, who went all in with A♣ 9♦ before being called by Maglio. The 6♦ on the turn and the 10♦ on the river were of no help to Arieh and he was out of the tournament while Maglio was thrust into the chip lead.
Maglio then went on to claim his second successive scalp when he knocked Lebedev out of the tournament in fourth place. With K♣ 3♥, Lebedev went all in before the flop and was called by Maglio, who was in front with A♣ 4♦.
The 4♠ 6♣ 6♠ on the flop put Maglio further in the lead and he stayed there after the 9♣ and J♣ was shown on the turn and river respectively. Lebedev was eliminated from the tournament but not without a $225,392 payday for his fourth place finish.
Dan Owen was eliminated just three hands later after he lost a showdown to Teichert. Owen reraised Teichert all in before the flop with K♣ J♦, but he was behind the German, who called with A♠ 5♣.
Teichert went further in front after he hit a pair of Aces on the A♥ 7♠ 8♠ flop. He eventually won the hand after the 2♥ came on the turn and the 4♦ came on the river, knocking Owen out of the event in third place.
Owen’s elimination left Teichert and Maglio in heads-up play, which stopped on Day 3 after 25 hands as Teichert did not elect to play to the extra optional level. Teichert had a 2.2 million chip lead at the end of the night, and consolidated on it when both players returned in the afternoon.
It took only half an hour for the German to win the event, as the river on the final hand went in his favour, crowning Teichert the winner of the event.