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Event #49: $500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold'em
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Event Info

Prize Pool $1,414,550
Players 2978
Event #49: $500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold'em
Day 1 Completed

Vladas "apuokos" Burneikis Wins Event #49: $500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold'em ($192,523)

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Vladas Burneikis won his first World Series of Poker bracelet, and he did so in a tidy six hours of work — if he registered for the first hand dealt — in Event #49: $500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold'em on GGPoker. Burneikis won $192,523 plus a WSOP Europe package valued at $15K after topping a field of 2,978 in the speedy event.

The Lithuanian, who previously had $208K in live cashes, had less than $11K of that come in WSOP events.

Event #49 Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Vladas "apuokos" BurneikisLithuania$192,523
2Pierre "Malaska" MerlinFrance$147,052
3Boris KolevBulgaria$105,732
4Brendan "doji" SheehanIreland$76,022
5Jeff "allin donk" CormierCanada$54,660
6Ezequiel "lafiera8" WaigelArgentina$39,301
7Zhewen "Polkadot" HuChina$28,258
8Guillaume NoletCanada$20,317
9Jimmy "KOBE_BRYANT8" GuerreroFrance$14,608

At the final table of this event, he overcame some experienced opposition like Boris Kolev, Jeff Cormier, Ezequiel Waigel, Guillaume Nolet and Jimmy Guerrero. All of those outlasted a slew of recognizable names who cashed, the likes of Steve O'Dwyer, Juha Helppi, Asi Moshe, Pascal Hartmann, Danny Tang and Jack Sinclair.

It was clear right from the early stages of the final table that this one was going to come down to Burneikis and Pierre "Malaska" Merlin. By the time it was seven-handed, they were the only two with more than a handful of blinds.

One player who did an admirable job laddering was Brendan "doji" Sheehan, who was the shortest stack to start the final table with only about five big blinds, yet he managed to sneak into fourth-place money as others fell by the wayside.

Burneikis and Merlin took turns knocking everyone else out until they were heads up with fairly even stacks. However, fortune only looked one way in this match and that was toward Burneikis. He caught several lucky breaks, including pulling out a miracle chop with six-five suited against sixes after a queen-ten-eight flop.

Unable to get back in it even in the spots that looked to be lined up for him, Merlin had to accept a second-place payout of a still-handsome $147K for getting by nearly 3,000 opponents.

That wraps up PokerNews' Event #49 coverage, but be sure to come back in two more days for Event #50: $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Bounty Championship.

Pierre Merlin Eliminated in 2nd Place ($147,052)

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Pierre Merlin elimination
Pierre Merlin elimination

Blinds: 1,000,000/2,000,000/250,000

It was an unlucky run heads up for Pierre Merlin.

First, he lost a big pot where he turned two pair only to get counterfeited on the river.

Then, he got in {6-}{6-} against {6-Hearts}{5-Hearts} preflop and had to chop when the board two-paired and each player played the board.

Finally, he shoved all in with {9-Hearts}{8-Hearts} for about five big blinds and was up against {q-Spades}{j-Diamonds}. The board ran {a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{q-Clubs}, leaving him dead even before another queen arrived on the river.

Vladas "apuokos" Burneikis lt 119,000,000 50,000,000
Pierre "Malaska" Merlin fr Busted