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Vitaly Lunkin Wins Event 2 at 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP)

1/6/2009
The Russian Revolution continues in Las Vegas as Vitaly Lunkin wins the $40,000 No Limit Hold'em Event at the WSOP.

The 40th World Series of Poker is finally underway with the $40,000 No Limit Hold'em Event got things underway in spectacular style.

The event was a special addition to the WSOP calendar, landmarking the ruby anniversary of the Series, and with such a lucrative first prize on offer, the big guns turned out in force. Ivey, Brunson, Antonius and Hellmuth all bought in but left the Rio before the bubble had burst.

While the eleven-time bracelet winner couldn't add a twelfth, one former WSOP Champion who had a much smoother ride was Greg Raymer, who accumulated chips in the opening two days before gliding into the cash.

The event proved to be a happier hunting ground for the internet whizzkids though, with CardRunners instructor Brian Townsend and high stakes pro Brian "tsarrast" Rast both dominating the early chip counts.

Neither an old hand nor young pro wouldn't win the tournament, though. Instead Russian pro Vitaly Lunkin picked up big hands at the right time, navigated his way past the pros before going heads-up against Isaac Haxton. After overcoming an initial chip deficit, Lunkin polished off his American opponent with the biggest of all Texas Hold'em hands, pocket Aces. Sometimes you know you're onto a winner...

1st - Vitaly Lunkin - $ 1,891,012
2nd - Isaac Haxton - $ 1,168,566
3rd - Greg Raymer - $ 774,927
4th - Dani Stern - $ 548,315
5th - Justin Bonomo - $ 413,166
6th - Alec Torelli - $ 329,730
7th - Lex 'RaSZi' Veldhuis - $ 277,940
8th - Noah Schwartz - $ 246,834
9th - Ted Forrest - $ 230,317
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