The final day of the €1,800+200 partypoker World Poker Tour National Cyprus Main Event started with 12 players remaining from the original 172-entry field. After more than eight hours at the tables, Atanas Kavrakov secured the title and the €75,000 first-place payout.
The Bulgarian player overcame a slight chip disadvantage in heads-up play against Majid Ejlal Noubarian, battling back and clinching the title when he flopped quad kings on the final hand.
For Kavrakov it marks the biggest score of his career and pushes him over $300,000 in live tournament cashes. His biggest result coming into this tournament was $25,000 for a third-place result in an EPT San Remo side event. Noubarian, who dominated most of the final day, locked up €52,300 for his runner-up finish.
WPT National Cyprus Final Table Results
|2||Majid Ejlal Noubarian||€52,300|
|4||Marco Della Tommasina||€24,800|
Ejlal Noubarian was the chip leader when the event resumed on Monday, but there was plenty of play left with the average stack at 60 big blinds.
Aykutalp Yilmaz was the first player send packing on Monday. He had a kicker problem with against the of Vitalii Grekul to finish in 12th place. Grigorii Rodin followed in 11th place after going all in as the short stack with pocket tens. Jacques Torbey had three-bet and called off with to score the knockout after the board paired twice and counterfeited the Russian's pair.
The unofficial final table was set with the elimination of Carl Maertzen in 10th place when he put his last 24 big blinds in preflop via a four-bet shove with . Nabourian's immediately found a set on the flop and Maertzen was drawing dead by the turn.
A spectacular three-way all in saw Mohamed Almani depart in 9th place after putting his tournament life on the line with . Marco Della Tommasina was also at risk in the hand with against the chip leader Nabourian who held , but the Italian spiked a two-outer to triple up and stay alive.
A short while later Ercan Olgun was at risk with to end up second-best to Atanas Kavrakov's , again the short stack was drawing dead after the turn of a board and had to settle for eighth place. Vasili Kesnin was crippled after losing to the of Kemal Sevevi and couldn't return the favor with versus Nabourian's , ending up in seventh place for €12,312.
Sevevi's karma would be used up as joined the rail next in sixth place after running his into the of Jacques Torbey.
Three all in situations in a row left Vitalii Grekul out of chips as the Ukrainian couldn't improve with against Torbey's and finished in fifth place.
Down to four players, Nabourian won a huge flip with against the of Kavrakov despite the Bulgarian also picking up an additional flush draw on the flop. Short stack Della Tommasino had laddered up all the way to fourth place before running out of chips with versus Kavrakov's .
Three-handed play saw Nabourian pull away and Torbey was crippled after losing with pocket queens to the pocket kings of Kavrakov. Torbey couldn't recover and lost the final chips with against .
Nabourian started the heads-up match against Kavrakov with a slight lead but quickly fell behind two-to-one. In the last hand, Noubarian four-bet shoved with and Kavrakov called with to flop unbeatable quads kings on a board of and secure the victory in style.
The next stop of the World Poker Tour National is at the Asper's Casino in London from Feb. 12-15, and the PokerNews live reporting team will be back to bring you all updates until a winner is crowned. In the meantime, check out the updates of the Aussie Millions Main Event and the AU$100,000 Challenge from Melbourne, Australia.