Event #14: $3,000 Limit Hold'em

Congratulations to Tyler Bonkowski, Winner of Event #14, $3,000 Limit Holdem ($220,817)

tayke2 • Level 27: 20,000-40,000, 0 ante
Tyler Bonkowski - Champion!

After a heads up battle that lasted about two and a half hours, and a final day that lasted nearly 12 hours, Tyler Bonkowski has emerged as your latest bracelet winner! Bonkowski and his heads up opponent Brandon Demes had a roller coaster duel that saw both players holding a dominant chip lead at one point .However, Bonkowski stayed strong, even when down 2.7 million to 300,000, and battled back to claim his first World Series Bracelet and win $220,817 for his efforts.

When day three began, we had 18 players, and big names such as Sorel Mizzi and Victor Ramdin started the day with hopes of winning a bracelet of their own, but fell short of making the final table. Two veterans who made the final table but couldn't make heads up play were Jeff Shulman, who busted out in 9th place, and Shawn Keller, who held the chip lead for much of the day before fizzling out in 4th place.

When heads up play began, Bonkowski and Demes were literally dead even at 1.5 million a piece. After both players traded blows, Demes shot out to a big lead, and it wasn't looking good for Bonkowski. But he won back to back big pots, first when his mighty {3-Hearts}{2-Hearts} won when he rivered a pair of threes. On the next hand, Bonkowski's {j-Diamonds}{8-Spades} was good on a {j-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{10-Spades}{3-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} board, and just like that, Bonkowski was back in it. He never looked back from there, and went on to defeat Demes.

On the final hand, Bonkowski and Demes got the money in on the turn with the board reading {6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{10-Spades}. Bonkowski had {k-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}, and Demes had {k-Spades}{q-Hearts}. The river came the {8-Hearts}, and Bonkowski claimed the victory!!

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