Day 2 Completed
|Blinds||20,000 / 20,000|
|Average Chip Stack||3,540,000|
Day 2 Completed
After more than nine hours of play on Day 2, Russia's Alexandra Usoltseva outlasted a field of 118 players to win the TonyBet OFC Championship Main Event for the championship belt and the top prize of €30,007.
The day began with the final 12 players battling it out. It took only 30 minutes for Norway's Johnny Johansen collected €2,009 after busting out of the tournament in 12th place for €2,009. About half an hour later, Canada's Beniot Jean (11th place) and Russia's Evgeniy Taranyuk (10th place) were both eliminated to each bank €2,009.
Over an hour passed by before another player was eliminated when Russia's Sergey Bagirov finished in ninth place for €2,761. This was a bit of a surprise as Bagirov entered the day as the chip leader. However, the nature of OFC is different than other forms of poker as one can quickly go from robusto to busto or vice-versa with very little notice.
Less than 15 minutes after Bagirov exited the tournament, fellow country-mate Sergei Illarionov was eliminated in eight place for €3,478. Illarionov entered the day in second place leading many to believe it would potentially be a Sergey vs. Sergei heads-up match-up on the final table.
Things settled down again for an hour before Russia's Yury Gulyy, who began the day on the same table with Bagirov and Illarinov exited the tournament in seventh place for €4,294.
Chips continued to fly back and forth for the next hour and a half after play consolidated onto two tables. Belarus' Dzianis Kisel was the next to hit the showers after finishing in sixth place for €5,122. This was another case of a player going from hero to zero as he was the chip leader with six players left to play.
Russia's Ilia Karasin was the fifth Russian to exit the tournament about 30 minutes after Kisel. His fifth place finish secured him a €6,902 payday, his largest cash to date. This left Usoltseva as the country's last representative.
At this point play was suspended while they prepared the feature table for a four-handed unofficial final table. During four-handed play, one player was always scheduled to be sitting out since there are only enough cards for three players in the pineapple OFC variant this tournament featured.
About 30 minutes into play, Lithuania's Tomas Ksenevicius bowed out in fourth place for €8,809. Once again play was suspended to get play ready for the official three-handed final table. A few minutes after play resumed, play was paused again for a one hour dinner break.
Less than half an hour after the dinner break, Canada's Jean-Philippe Piquette was eliminated in third place for €12,034. Piquette is a well-known player in his home country, when back in 2012 he had two wins within a week's period of time in the Playground Poker Classic Deepstack, each netting him C$50,000 ($50,858).
Piquette was mainly the victim of Usoltseva (2,301,000 chips) who entered the heads-up battle against Ukraine's Roman Pavliuk (1,239,000 chips) with almost a two to one chip advantage. The battle took over an hour and a half before Usoltseva was able to claim the title, the championship belt, and the €30,007 top prize.
Pavliuk collected a healthy consolidation prize of €19,336 for his runner up performance.
With the victory, Usoltseva becomes the third female TonyBet OFC World Champion out of the five events in its history. Last year, Jennifer Shahade won the 2014 TonyBet OFC Championship High Roller for €100,000, while just a few days ago, Isabelle Mercier won €10,189 on her way to becoming the first ever Open-Face Chinese Poker Progressive Pineapple champion.
After hanging strong for about an hour an a half, Ukraine's Roman Pavliuk was eliminated in second place for €19,336 by Alexandra Usoltseva. Pavliuk now has over $200,000 in career tournament cashes with the win.
Usoltseva was the last person standing in the tournament to collect the championship belt and the €30,007 top prize. With the victory, she becomes the third female TonyBet OFC World Champion out of the five events in its history. Last year, Jennifer Shahade won the 2014 TonyBet OFC Championship High Roller for €100,000, while just a few days ago, Isabelle Mercier won €10,189 on her way to becoming the first ever Open-Face Chinese Poker Progressive Pineapple champion.
Alexandra Usoltseva has had the majority of chips in play for quite some time. However, Roman Pavliuk has been sticking around seemingly on air. He is now down to just 12 points and needs a huge comeback at this point for a chance at the belt.
Canada's Jean-Philippe Piquette entered the official final table with the second highest stack, but was unable to get things after the dinner break to become the latest player eliminated mostly at the hands of Russia's Alexandra Usoltseva.
Piquette won €12,034 to add to his over $350,000 in career tournament earnings. His two biggest tournament wins came in May 2012 when he first won the 2012 Playground Poker Classic Deepstack for C$50,000 ($50,858) before winning the High Roller a week later for the same amount.
Alexandra Usoltseva currently has the upper hand to collect the coveted championship belt with a two to one heads-up advantage over Roman Pavliuk