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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Marvin Rettenmaier has taken out the World Poker Tour Merit Cyprus Classic to become the first ever played to win back to back World Poker Tour titles.
Rettenmaier dominated the final table of the event, eliminating all five of his opponents on his way to a $287,784 payday.
The win capped off a remarkable comeback by Rettenmaier who, heading into day four of the tournament, was the short stack with only 212,000 in chips.
Rettenmaier eliminated Kiryl Radzivonau early in the final day, which gave him a huge chip lead.
From that point on he was able to dominate the table, eliminating Joseph El Khoury, Victor Paraschiv and Ran Azor to put himself into heads-up competition with Artur Voskanyan.
The heads-up battle only lasted two hands with Rettenmaiers Jack-Nine hitting on the flop to defeat Voskanyan’s Ace-Ten.
Despite heading into day four of the tournament with only twenty big blinds remaining Rettenmaier was always confident he would be able to come back and win the tournament.
“Going into day four I only had twenty big blinds but I really felt like something was going to happen. I really wanted to give myself the best shot possible so I skipped the big party that night,” Rettenmaier said.
Rettenmaier appeared overwhelmed by becoming the first person in the eleven seasons of the World Poker Tour to win back to back titles.
“I feel amazing obviously, it is quite an achievement, I’m basically speechless,” Rettenmaier said.
The win is likely to propel Rettenmaier into the top three in the poker world ranking system- The Global Poker Index.
Rettenmaier now sits behind only Jason Mercier and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier as the best tournament poker player in the world.
Rettenmaier will be looking to become a back to back to back World Poker Tour winner Parx Open Poker Classic which begins today in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
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