- Minakrin outclassed a field of 994 entries in the WSOP Online Championship event
- Minakrin took home $238,315 and his first bracelet
- Several top pros also took a shot but failed to reach the final table
More winners have been crowned at the ongoing 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and one of them was Yevgeniy “Kazak132” Minakrin who took down Online Event #9: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship.
Minakrin topped a 994-entry field to win $238,315 in top prize and his first gold bracelet. The Minnesota, USA resident led the action at the final table early on and managed to progress to heads-up play where he battled it out with a more experienced opponent, 2019 National Player of the Year Dragos Trofimov. When the dust settled, it was Minakrin who walked away with the title.
Final Table Results
Final table action started slow, but thanks to Minakrin as he initiated the eliminations after scoring a huge triple-up against Matthew “Muckdat” McDowell and Trofimov.
Trofimov didn’t wait too long to stage a comeback as he sent three players to the rail in quick succession. The first to go was Jeffery “Steelvikes7” Hoop who finished 9th for $17,801, followed by Houston “DeadMoney843” White who bowed out of the game in 8th place for $23,114. Trofimov also eliminated Matthew “MDInvest” Davis who collected $30,553 for his 8th-place finish.
“lewismurray“ finished off David “Iamyorfather” Gonzalez (6th, $40,649) and “CA_MTNeer“ (5th, $55,129) before Minakrin turned a set of tens to eliminate McDowell in 4th place for $75,453. “lewismurray“ was next out, courtesy of Trofimov. The Australian finished 3rd for $104,811.
And just like that, the heads-up play was set between Minakrin and Trofimov, both of whom began with nearly equal chips. More than half an hour into the action, Minakrin was declared the winner after hitting trip-jacks on the flop. Trofimov, who finished third in the 2022 EPT Monte Carlo Main Event, settled for second place, taking home $147,585 in winnings.
Minakrin’s online bracelet win gave him his largest score to date, eclipsing the $23,293 he won when he finished 7th in the 2019 Mid-States Poker Tour Main Event.
Top Pros Fall Short
Some prominent figures who are also bracelet winners took a shot at the event but fell by the wayside, including Shaun “fortnite” Debb (16th, $8,365), Joseph Cheong (18th, $8,365), Georgios “Bouridis” Sotiropoulos (21st, $7,041), and Patrick “Just4Lolz” Kennedy (29th, $5,712).
Poker legend Phil Ivey also took part in the tournament but was the first to exist in 207th place right after the bubble burst.