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WPT Merit Cyprus Classic Championship

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Level 25
Blinds 50,000 / 100,000
Ante 10,000

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WPT Merit Cyprus Classic Championship
Day 6 Completed

Congratulations to Thomas Bichon, Champion of the 2009 WPT Merit Cyprus Classic ($579,165)!

Thomas Bichon, Champion of the 2009 WPT Merit Cyprus Classic
Thomas Bichon, Champion of the 2009 WPT Merit Cyprus Classic
It was a week of firsts here in Cyprus: the first major international poker tournament; the first time we saw all of the top chip leaders eliminated on Day 2; and the first major international tournament victory for Thomas Bichon.

Bichon was no stranger to tournament poker final tables, having final-tabled two tournaments at the Bellagio Cup this past summer. Bichon finished 4th and 5th in those tournaments, not managing to close the deal for a six-figure payday. He overcame those failures here in Cyprus today.

Uri Keidar also played admirably, chipping up early and then hanging on as the blinds became huge and players fell to the wayside around him. Congratulations to both Keidar and Bichon on a poker achievement that they will both remember for a long time.

That wraps up our coverage of this inaugural WPT Merit Cyprus Classic. We've had a great week here at the Merit Crystal Cove Resort and Casino in Kyrenia, Cyprus, but it's time to move on to our next stop: London, England. We'll be there to provide coverage of the 2009 World Series of Poker Europe.

Until then, you can find us at the bar.

Tags: Thomas Bichon

Uri Keidar Eliminated in 2nd Place ($380,645); Thomas Bichon Wins WPT Merit Cyprus Classic

Uri Keidar - 2nd Place
Uri Keidar - 2nd Place
It took only two hands of heads-up play to determine a champion. On the first hand, Thomas Bichon limped his button and Uri Keidar moved all in. Bichon opted to pass.

On the second hand, Keidar opened from the button for 350,000. This time Bichon was the player who moved all in. After thirty seconds of deliberation, Keidar called.

Keidar: {J-Hearts} {10-Diamonds}
Bichon: {7-Hearts} {7-Diamonds}

After six days of poker, it came down to one final flip. Bichon took a commanding lead by flopping a set, {7-Clubs} {A-Spades} {K-Spades}. He needed only to dodge a queen on the turn and river to secure the championship. The {10-Hearts} turn didn't really help Keidar, and he was eliminated by the {3-Spades} river.

When the river card fell, Bichon let out a primal scream of "Yeaaaaaaaah!" and then sank to his knees, his arms in the air, as if he had just won the French Open. It was the exclamation point on an excellent week of poker.

Tags: Thomas BichonUri Keidar

Heads-Up For the Win

We're possibly just a few hands from crowing our champion here at the WPT Merit Cyprus Classic! After a few takes of "Show me the money" from Tournament Director Jack McClelland, the film crew finally got one they liked. With that, two women carrying silver trays entered with more than a half-million dollars and the pair of bracelets that one of these men will soon own.

The loot was placed in the center of the table, and the two men are now on opposite sides of the felt, ready for the final showdown.

With that, the cards are in the air, and heads-up play has begun!

Another TV Timeout

The tournament clock has been paused while preparations are made for heads-up play.

Thomas Bichon (5.6 million) will begin the heads-up match with a three and a half to one chip advantage over opponent Uri Keidar (1.6 million).

Back in a minute.

Steven Fung Eliminated in 3rd Place ($216,275)

Steven 't1ger heat' Fung
Steven 't1ger heat' Fung
American Steven Fung has just been eliminated from the main event by chip leader Thomas Bichon.

From the small blind, Bichon moved all in, putting Fung to a decision for all of his chips (470,000). Fung made the call and tabled {9-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}; Bichon had him dominated with the {J-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}.

The board ran out {3-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{8-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} in favor of Bichon, sending Fung home in 3rd place.

Tags: Steven Fung

Rep Porter Eliminated in 4th Place ($121,115)

Rep Porter - 4th Place
Rep Porter - 4th Place
The action folded around to the blinds where Uri Keidar moved all in, putting big blind Rep Porter to the decision for his tournament life. Porter looked down at {K-Hearts} {J-Hearts} and confidently announced a call, while Keidar tabled {A-Hearts} {9-Hearts}.

Porter is not one to stand up for an all in, and he remained comfortably seated with a slight grin on his face as he prepared for what would be his final board of the day. The dealer spread out {2-Diamonds} {4-Hearts} {5-Clubs} {9-Clubs} {10-Hearts} to make Keidar the winning pair of nines.

That spells the end of the road for the gregarious Rep Porter after quite an impressive tournament. He was well rewarded for his efforts, too, as he stopped by the cage to pick up $121,115. That marks Porter's fourth-largest career cash, and we have to wonder when how many more six-figure scores it'll take before Porter gives up his day job.

Tags: Rep PorterUri Keidar

Porter Doubles, and Doubles, and Doubles Again

Don't count out Rep Porter just yet. Down to 30,000 chips, he managed to triple up with {K-Hearts} {4-Spades} all in against Steven Fung's {8-Hearts} {2-Diamonds}.

"Just your standard king-four versus eight-deuce all in," joked John Monnette from the gallery.

The next hand, Porter was all in for 75,000 from the big blind. His {10-Clubs} {8-Spades} beat Thomas Bichon's {A-Hearts} {6-Clubs} when Porter turned an eight to make a pair.

"Six more!" Monnette shouted from the gallery.

Porter managed to fold one hand after that before moving in again with {A-Clubs} {J-Spades}. Bichon was in there with {K-Spades} {10-Spades}. On a board of {2-Clubs} {4-Diamonds} {A-Spades} {K-Hearts} {6-Clubs}, Porter's aces were better than Bichon's kings, giving Porter another double-up.

We have Porter on 480,000 chips now. That's not much at these blinds, but it's better than 30,000.

Tags: Rep Porter