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Robin Kazemieh Defeats Joe Ebanks to Win 2013 PPC Aruba World Championship

Robin Kazemieh

The 2013 PPC Aruba World Championship $2,500 Main Event has come to a conclusion, and the man walking away with the title was German Robin Kazemieh. He defeated a tough final table of competitors, including a battle with World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Joe Ebanks heads up. The two final players struck a deal to determine the winner, and Kazemieh earned an adjusted first-place prize of $59,139 while Ebanks took home $50,861.

Final Table Results

1Robin Kazemieh$59,139*
2Joe Ebanks$50,861*
3Joe Serock$26,000
4RJ Sullivan$18,000
5David Tuthill$14,000
6Andy Seth$11,000
7Sterling Savill$9,000
8Ryan Franklin$7,000
9Stephen Sindler$5,000

*Denotes a heads-up deal.

The action was fast and furious right from the start. Andy Seth doubled up on the very first hand with pocket queens versus Ryan Franklin's {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}, and then on the second hand of the day, Stephen Sindler was eliminated by David Tuthill. Sindler couldn't come from behind against Tuthill's {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs} holding a dominated {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}.

From there, Franklin went out in eighth, Sterling Savill fell in seventh, Seth was eliminated in sixth, and that Tuthill lost out in fifth place. Tuthill's elimination was especially big because it gave Kazemieh a massive chip lead at the time over the final four players. Tuthill five-bet jammed with pocket jacks, but ran into Kazemieh's pocket kings to hit the rail. Then following Tuthill's bust out, RJ Sullivan fell in fourth place to leave three-handed action.

At the start of the day, Kazemieh led the field, but all eyes were on defending champion Joe Serock. Serock won this event last year, and was looking to complete the amazing feat of capturing back-to-back titles. Serock did his best to make it to three-handed play, but that's as far as his run would go. Ebanks and his pocket threes delivered the final blow to Serock, who couldn't find another double holding {Q-Spades}{10-Clubs}.

When heads-up play began, Kazemieh had the chip lead over Ebanks and he began to steadily pull away. Pot after pot seemed to get shipped over to Kazemieh, while Ebanks was constantly trying to gain traction in the match. Eventually, Kazemieh won a few key pots to knock Ebanks under 400,000. It was then time for Ebanks to really look to get his money in, and he did so with pocket deuces. Unfortunately for him, Kazemieh had pocket tens. Not all was lost for Ebanks, though, thanks to a lucky two on the river that saved his tournament life.

Immediately following Ebanks' double, the two players requested the tournament clock be stopped so they could work out a deal. After a brief discussion, the two shook hands and a deal had been made. The agreement was that Kazemieh would take $59,139 and be awarded the title while Ebanks would finish in second place with $50,861. No final hand was played out.

With that, Kazemieh emerged as the 2013 PPC Aruba World Championship Main Event champion. The German walked away with just under $60,000 in prize money after riding out his start-of-the-day chip lead to victory. Congratulations to Kazemieh and to all the winners in the event.

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