UK-based Turkish entrepreneur Orpen Kisacikoglu might not be knowledgeable poker participant, however you’ll by no means know that from taking a look at his match resume. He has accrued over $15.1 million in recorded earnings throughout 97 cashes, with seven titles received together with a World Series of Poker bracelet. Kisacikoglu’s newest victory noticed him defeat a discipline of 95 entries in occasion no. 6 on the 2023 Poker Masters high-stakes competition. Kisacikoglu earned $218,500 because the $10,000 buy-in no-limit maintain’em occasion champion.
On the highway to this title, Kisacikoglu squared off in opposition to a number of the most completed gamers within the recreation, together with two of the highest three on poker’s all-time cash checklist: Justin Bonomo ($64.1 million in profession earnings) and Stephen Chidwick ($52 million in profession earnings).
The 540 Card Player Player of the Year factors he secured after dragging the ultimate pot on this occasion have been sufficient to maneuver him into thirty third place within the 2023 POY standings offered by Global Poker. He has made 9 remaining tables and received three titles up to now this 12 months, with greater than $4.2 million in POY earnings accrued alongside the best way.
Kisacikoglu additionally scored 219 PokerGO Tour factors for the win, shifting into sixth place within the race for this 12 months’s Poker Masters Purple Jacket consequently.
The prime 14 finishers made the cash on this occasion, every incomes a share of the $950,000 in complete prize cash. The second and remaining day of play started with simply seven gamers remaining, with Kisacikoglu within the lead and occasion no. 4 champion Chino Rheem sizzling on his heels.
2013 WSOP important occasion champion Ryan Riess misplaced a preflop race early to complete seventh ($47,500). Chidwick quickly adopted, together with his A-9 working into the A-Okay of Bonomo. This was the two-time POY award winner’s 18th remaining desk of the 12 months. He now sits in sixth place on the POY leaderboard as he contends for a 3rd win in Card Player’s factors race.
Rheem knocked out Sam Laskowitz in fifth place ($76,000), solely to then lose an enormous chunk of his stack to World Poker Tour champion Jack Hardcastle with pocket jacks in opposition to pocket aces not lengthy after. Rheem, a three-time WPT winner, was quickly all-in and in danger with pocket sixes in opposition to the A-10 of Kisacikoglu. Rheem misplaced the race and was knocked out in fourth place ($95,000). He climbed to second within the series-long factors race with a complete of 313.
Bonomo quickly adopted, calling all-in for lower than 4 huge blinds from the massive blind with 5-4 suited. Kisacikoglu had shoved from the button with ace excessive, which performed by the river to get rid of Bonomo in third place ($114,000).
Kisacikoglu held 11.1 million to Hardcastle’s 775,000 when heads-up play started. It didn’t take lengthy for him to transform that lead into the title. On the primary hand, Hardcastle shoved from the button with QJ for round six huge blinds. Kisacikoglu referred to as with 106 out of the massive blind.
The board got here down 854103 to lock up the pot and the title for Kisacikoglu. Hardcastle earned $152,000 because the runner-up. This was the third-largest recorded rating of his profession. He now has greater than $2 million in lifetime earnings to his title.
Here is a have a look at the payouts and rankings factors awarded on the remaining desk:
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