2021 World Series of Poker 2021 MSPT Venetian
Event #15: $10,000 Heads Up NLHE Championship [No Late Reg, 256 Cap]
Days:
12

Event Info

Buy-in $10,000
Prize Pool $1,561,700
Players 161

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 4
Event #15: $10,000 Heads Up NLHE Championship [No Late Reg, 256 Cap]
Day 2 Completed

Arthur Conan Wins $466,167 and First WSOP Bracelet in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship

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Arthur Conan
Arthur Conan

He had to wait two weeks, but in the end, Arthur Conan took down the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship for $466,167 by defeating Aleksejs Ponakovs in the final. With 161 entries on Day 1, a prize pool of $1,561,700 was created with the lion-share being awarded today.

Conan had a 4th place finish in Event #14: THE BIG 500 and the 9th place in Event #13: PLO Championship but he finally got that win here in one of the most anticipated events of the 2021 GGPoker WSOP Online schedule. This win takes him to over $2 million in tournament wins on just GGPoker itself.

In his WSOP live tournaments career, he finished in 15th place in the Crazy Eights back in 2018 and in 3rd place in the €1,000 Heads-Up Challenge during the International Circuit series in Paris in 2016.

Ponakovs won $279,700 for his runner-up spot while Adrian Mateos and Daniel Soltys both cashed for $155,389 today.

2021 GGPoker WSOP Online Event #15: $10,000 Heads-Up Championship Final Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1stArthur ConanFrance$466,167
2ndAleksejs PonakovsLatvia$279,700
3rdDaniel SoltysUnited States$155,389
3rdAdrian MateosSpain$155,389
5thMax KruseGermany$62,156
5thAliaksei BoikaBelarus$62,156
5thVlad-Stefan LacheRomania$62,156
5thMiguel CaprilesVenezuela$62,156
9thMirza MuhovicLuxembourg$31,078
9thCarlos ChadhaUnited States$31,078
9thStuart WallensteenCanada$31,078
9thNiklas AstedtSweden$31,078
9thSami KelopuroFinland$31,078
9thMike WatsonCanada$31,078
9thYen-Liang YaoTaiwan$31,078
9thJoakim AnderssonSweden$31,078

Conan's Road to His First Bracelet

Conan had to face Mateos in the semi-final and was the first to secure his spot in the final when they both flopped a flush. But with the ace-queen in his hand, Conan held the nuts to bust the Spaniard and prevent him from possibly winning his fourth WSOP bracelet.

Ponakovs needed a bit more time to deal with Soltys. Around twenty minutes after Mateos had hit the rail, Ponakovs had limp-called the raise of Soltys to flop a straight. Soltys had hit top pair and check-shoved for 24 big blinds and was left drawing dead on the turn to bust in third place.

While the semi-finals lasted just under an hour, the final was a different story as that took almost two hours with the evenly matched opponents.

Even though Ponakovs took an early lead, Conan quickly took it over. They got back to even stacks for a while but in the end, Conan three-bet jammed with jack-nine suited. Ponakovs had called for 23 big blinds with pocket fives. Conan found a nine to connect with on the flop to secure the maiden bracelet and first-place prize.

While this tournament has crowned its champion, there's still loads more action going on here at GGPoker. Check out Event #25: $777 LUCKY SEVENS as they play down to a winner too as the PokerNews live reporting team will be bringing you the blow-by-blow action live as it happens.

Aleksejs Ponakovs Eliminated in 2nd Place ($279,700)

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Aleksejs Ponakovs eliminated in 2nd place
Aleksejs Ponakovs eliminated in 2nd place

Blinds: 1,500/3,000

Aleksejs Ponakovs raised to 6,000 from the button and Arthur Conan three-bet jammed for Ponakovs to make the call for the 69,194 he had behind.

Aleksejs Ponakovs: {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}
Arthur Conan: {j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

The flop came {k-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{9-Hearts} for Conan to hit the higher pair.

The turn was the {7-Spades} to not help Ponakovs as he was left with two outs to stay alive but the {7-Hearts} came on the river instead for him to bust as the runner-up for $279,700 while Conan walks away as a new WSOP champion and $466,167 richer.

A recap is to follow.

Arthur Conan fr
Arthur Conan
fr 200,000 78,194
Aleksejs Ponakovs lv
Aleksejs Ponakovs
lv Busted

Ponakovs Bluffs and Shoves

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Blinds: 1,250/2,500

Aleksejs Ponakovs raised to 5,000 from the button with the {a-Clubs}{5-Hearts} and Arthur Conan defended with the {j-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}.

The flop came {4-Spades}{j-Clubs}{k-Clubs}, Conan check-called the 3,300 continuation-bet of Ponakovs.

The turn was the {8-Spades} for Conan to still be ahead with the flopped pair of jacks. Conan checked again and so did Ponakovs.

The {8-Clubs} completed the board for Conan to still be ahead but now with two pair. Conan bet 4,980 for Ponakovs to bluff and shove for 56,614. Conan took his time before making the fold.

Arthur Conan fr
Arthur Conan
fr 121,806 -2,280
Aleksejs Ponakovs lv
Aleksejs Ponakovs
lv 78,194 2,280

Ponakovs Bluffs Again

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Blinds: 1,250/2,500

Aleksejs Ponakovs limped in with the {9-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} and Arthur Conan opted to check with the {k-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}.

The flop came {10-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}, they both checked to the {a-Spades} on the turn. Conan check-called the 3,750 bet of Ponakovs.

The {8-Clubs} completed the board for Conan to check for the final time. Ponakovs barreled a bluff bet of 16,250 over the line for Conan to fold.

Arthur Conan fr
Arthur Conan
fr 124,086 -6,250
Aleksejs Ponakovs lv
Aleksejs Ponakovs
lv 75,914 6,250

Ponakovs Working On a Comeback

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Blinds: 1,000/2,000

Arthur Conan limped in with the {10-Hearts}{8-Clubs} and Aleksejs Ponakovs opted to check with the {q-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}.

The flop came {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{6-Clubs} for Ponakovs to hit two pair. Ponakovs check-called the 2,000 bet of Conan.

The turn was the {3-Spades} and Ponakovs checked again. Conan continued with a bet of 6,000 for Ponakovs to call.

The {k-Spades} completed the board and Ponakovs checked for the final time. Conan did the

Arthur Conan fr
Arthur Conan
fr 130,336 -10,000
Aleksejs Ponakovs lv
Aleksejs Ponakovs
lv 69,664 10,000

Straight for Ponakovs

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Blinds: 1,000/2,000

Aleksejs Ponakovs raised to 4,000 from the button with the {k-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} and Arthur Conan made the call with the {a-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}.

The flop came {6-Clubs}{7-Spades}{5-Hearts} for both of them to pick up the gutshot to a straight. They both checked to the {8-Clubs} on the turn for Ponakovs to hit the straight indeed. They checked again for the {a-Diamonds} to complete the board for Conan to hit top pair. Conan checked for the final time. Ponakovs bet 6,000 and got called to pick up the pot.

Arthur Conan fr
Arthur Conan
fr 140,336 -16,000
Aleksejs Ponakovs lv
Aleksejs Ponakovs
lv 59,664 16,000

Conan Takes Bigger Lead

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Blinds: 800/1,600

Arthur Conan raised to 3,679 from the button with the {k-Spades}{7-Clubs} and Aleksejs Ponakovs defended his {j-Clubs}{10-Spades}.

The {8-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{j-Diamonds} came on the flop for both of them to hit a pair but for Ponakovs to hit the higher one. They both checked to the {7-Diamonds} on the turn for Conan to improve to trips. Ponakovs checked and Conan bet 5,519 to get called.

The river completed the board with the {6-Clubs}. Ponakovs checked for the final time. Conan barreled a bet of 13,797 over the line for Ponakovs to call and lose.

Arthur Conan fr
Arthur Conan
fr 156,336 24,595
Aleksejs Ponakovs lv
Aleksejs Ponakovs
lv 43,664 -24,595

Trips for Ponakovs

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Blinds: 800/1,600

Arthur Conan limped in with the {7-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and Aleksejs Ponakovs opted to check with the {9-Spades}{3-Diamonds}.

The flop came {k-Spades}{9-Clubs}{5-Spades} for Ponakovs to hit the higher pair of nines and they both checked to the {6-Hearts} on the turn. Ponakovs bet 2,400 which Conan called.

The river completed the board with the {9-Diamonds} for Ponakovs to improve to trips. Ponakovs bet 6,000 for Conan to call and Ponakovs to chip up.

Arthur Conan fr
Arthur Conan
fr 131,741 -8,880
Aleksejs Ponakovs lv
Aleksejs Ponakovs
lv 68,259 8,880

Some Chips for Ponakovs

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Blinds: 600/1,200

Arthur Conan limped in with the {k-Diamonds}{2-Spades} and Aleksejs Ponakovs raised to 4,200 with the {9-Spades}{9-Hearts}. Conan three-bet to 12,000 for Ponakovs to call.

The flop came {4-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{j-Spades}, Ponakovs checked and Conan did the same.

The turn was the {3-Spades} to keep Ponakovs ahead and he opted to check. Conan bet 7,200 for Ponakovs to call.

The {8-Spades} completed the board for Ponakovs to check for the final time. Conan checked too for Ponakovs to take this pot.

Arthur Conan fr
Arthur Conan
fr 140,621 -15,360
Aleksejs Ponakovs lv
Aleksejs Ponakovs
lv 59,379 15,360