The businessman and poker player Nadar Kakhmazov managed to top a field of 574 players in $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max, securing his first gold bracelet and a cash prize worth $580,338.
The Russian poker player defeated all the 574 entrants to appear victorious in the No-Limit Hold’em Six Max event, which took place at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino from 19th to 21st June, collecting $2,669,100 prize pool.
Prior to his participation in this event, Kakhmazov had a “warming up” in a championship, organized by PokerStars, where he finished at 8th position and raked $395,888. After the PokerStars’ field, the Russian player appeared on the WSOP tables to win one of the hardest tournaments.
Despite the significant cash prize and the title, this victory gave a strong push to the player’s career, since he managed to climb the ladder of Player of the Year competition by collecting 1 680 points for his triumph. Even though the player did not appear on the WSOP poker tables frequently and had only 3 WSOP cash prizes in his career, Kakhmazov is a well-known face due to his participation mostly in European events.
The final day of the event started with 6 people, among which Kakhmazov appeared with the third biggest stack of chips on the table. The chip leader on the final table was the experienced Faraz Jaka, but his advantage was a close shave, since the other players were just behind him. The poker final welcomed only heavyweight players, including Christian Rudolph, Faraz Jaka, Sam Soverel, Kenny Hallaert, Christopher Hunichen and Nadar Kakhmazov.
However, the players who reached the heads-up duel were the American Christopher Hunichen (also known as Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen) and Nadar Kakhmazov, who entered the battle with 3 times bigger chip advantage over his opponent.
Hunichen doubled up his bankroll and thus, managed to melt the significant chip advantage of Kakhmazov. Nevertheless, the Russian player managed to remain as cool as cucumber. It took him only 10 hands time to take the lead once again.
The final turn started with Hunichen, who raised to 225,000 and Kakhmazov called. [Q][d][10h][6h] flopped on the board, which made Kakhmazov defer his bet rights by checking to Hunichen, who placed 225,000. Kakhmazov raised to 650,000 and Hunichen called. The turn ran on the table [10c], only to pair what appeared on the flop.
Similar situation found the two players before Kakhmazov pushed all his chips to the centre of the table, holding [Q][h][7h]. His opponent, who had in his hands [Q][c][2c] called the bet after long consideration. The Russian player derailed his opponent on the river, when [6s] appeared on the board.
The runner-up Hunichen went back home with a cash prize of $358,677, even though he missed the title. The Russian businessman, on the other hand, triumphed the WSOP event, giving a boost to his poker career and earnings.