Event 42 – the $2 500 buy-in Mixed Games contest also concluded, with 32-year-old American poker pro and book author Jerrod Ankenman (he co-wrote “The Mathematics of Poker” with two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Bill Chen) taking the honours, his first WSOP bracelet and the first prize of $241 637.
The event attracted 412 entries and recorded a prize pool of $947 600.
Ankenman started final table play with over half-a-million chips more than his nearest rival, Jon ‘Pearljammer' Turner (591 000) who was followed by Russian ace Sergey Altbregin (387 000), Eric Crain (355 000), Jeff Tims (260 000), Chris Klodnicki (109 000), Dario Alioto (103 000) and Layne Flack (60 000).
The surprise player was Klodnicki who despite starting with a relatively low stack managed to hang in and make third place and a $97 897 payday before being bundled out by Ankenman to set up a late night heads up between Ankenman and Altbregin. Although the duo started the action on a more-or-less even footing.
it was not long before Ankenman began to dominate – especially in the Omaha 8 action and later the Stud game, with Ankenman cheered on from the rail to victory by his co-author Chen.
Altbregin had the consolation of a second prize of $149 342.
The win gives Ankenman – a real ‘math' player – his first gold bracelet, outranking his previous 7 firsts in major tournaments and 36 cashes, which have given him career earnings of $807 531….so far!
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