The 2013 bwin WPT Merit Cyprus Classic has been won by Russian businessman Alexey Rybin, who missed a big meeting in Monte Carlo in order to compete at the final table!
Enduring a tough tournament that lasted six full days, Alexey started the final day rather passively; a little unusual compared to the aggressive nature he’d exhibited every other day, yet still managed to clinch victory and claim the top prize of $258,000.
Lebanese national Pierre Sayegh was the first player knocked out of the final round this past Wednesday, producing both the shortest starting stack and considered the tightest of all remaining players.
Sergey Rybachenko, the most experienced player of the final lot managed an early double through eventual runner up Albert Daher, though a few hands later the favor was returned leaving Rybachenko mortally wounded and becoming the second player to take a seat at the loser’s bar.
After losing with Ace-ten off-suit to Rybin’s Ace-King also off-suit, Turkish player Kayhan Tugrul was left nursing a micro-stack and was eventually swallowed up by Rybin’s full house a few plays later.
This left three contenders; two Russians and a Lebanese player all exchanging chips for several hours before Andrei Nickonov was coolered, again by Rybin, in a pot that also handed the eventual champion the chip lead and momentum heading into the final showdown.
On a flop that showed King, Ace and Jack, Rybin concealed a monster hand of Ace-King and when moving all in on a Two turn, left Daher confidently calling with a hand of Ace-three. This completely crippled Daher, who was bested by Rybin a few hands later.
On top of the prize money, Rybin’s win assures him a spot at next year’s WPT Championship and of course the WPT Cyprus title.
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