Alexandru Papazian has claimed a second World Series of Poker gold bracelet by claiming victory in the online $888 buy-in eight-max no-limit hold’em Crazy Eights Event. This event is the same, albeit an online version of the event that earned the player his first bracelet back in 2017.
Papazian made history by winning the 2017 event as the first Romanian player to claim a WSOP bracelet, and now the player has expanded his record by claiming a second. In addition to another piece of hardware, the player took home an impressive $241,128 for the top prize. This means that between the Romanian pro’s two wins in these bracelet events, the player has claimed $1,130,016 in winnings. Clearly, Papazian has some impressive skill at this format of play.
Papazian started the final day second in chips of the 31 remaining players out of the 2,350 entries that started the tournament, and Eugenio Pernia was the chip leader. However, Pernia would not hold this lead. He would finish in ninth place for $24,112. Papazian did make it to the final table.
Igor Thiesen would be the next to fall when his A-J fell to an A-Q suited. Thiesen finished in eighth place for $32,155. Nikola Minkov would find his run coming to an end next when his K-Q was bested by Patrick Mahoney’s A-J. Aleksey Churbanov would be eliminated next. His 7♠7♧ would run up against Tal Noach’s A♧Q♧. He stayed in the lead with his seven’s until the river when his pocket pair was defeated by two high pairs leaving him to finish in sixth place with $57,180.
Next, Noach would rise to the position of the biggest stack when he cut off Mahoney’s growing stack and eliminated the player in fifth place with $76,250. Noach would be the next to eliminate another player as well when Cristian Nagaki fell to the player’s rising lead. Noach went all-in with his A♦6♠, and Nagaki would call with a Q♦9♧. However, when both players failed to improve, Nagaki hit the virtual rail in fourth place for $101,682.
Papazian had the shortest stack at this point, but that would change when he defeated Santiago Varela’s top pair with a flopped set of deuces. Soon after this, Varela was eliminated in third place earning $135,595.
After this, heads-up play would start with Papazian holding a 2:1 chip lead, which he would still be holding when the final hand started. Papazian held a Q♠6♥ and Noach had an 8♧7♥. The flop came down with a Q♦6♧5♦. Noach had an open-ended straight draw, and Papazian held a top two pair. The turn would bring a 3♧ , and the river would bring a 2♧. After this, Noach went all-in holding a busted draw. Papazian called while holding two pair. This would win Papazian the title, and Noach would take home $180,818 as runner-up.