Event #2: $10,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Days:
123

Event Info

Buy-in $10,000
Prize Pool $958,800
Players 102

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 10,000
Event #2: $10,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Day 3 Completed

Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree Crowned Champions of $10,000 Tag Team Championship

BrettC • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Bracelet Winners Igor Kurganov & Liv Boeree
Bracelet Winners Igor Kurganov & Liv Boeree

After three days of play, one of poker's power couples were crowned champions in the inaugural $10,000 No-Limit Hold'Em Tag Team Championship. Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree bested a field of 102 teams to win the first-place prize of $273,964.

The runner-ups in this event were the team of Ankush Mandavia and Joe Kuether. They finished just shy of the championship but take home $169,323 for their efforts.

Daniel Negreanu's team, made up of Eric Wasserson, Mark Gregorich and David Benyamine, entered Day 3 with the chip lead. However, Negreanu wasn't able to capitalize on the opportunity to win his seventh WSOP bracelet as the team bowed out in third place.

This is the first WSOP championship bracelet win for both Kurganov and Boeree, but both have amassed impressive tournament results around the world. Kurganov has over $12 million in live recorded earnings, ranking first among all Russian-born players. Boeree has over $3 million in live recorded earnings and ranks 18th all-time among English-born players.

When asked how it felt to get the win, Boeree responded with, "My mind is blown."

Added Kurganov, "The money is nice, but for me it's winning the bracelets together that matters the most when comparing the ratio of people that are happy from the cash to having the hardware."

Both players were surrounded by a massive group of friends during their winner photos and that just goes to show how well respected and liked they are within the professional community. Boeree and Kurganov said they will be donating 50% of their winnings to the Raising for Effective Giving (REG) charity.

Event #2 Final Table Results

PlaceTeam NamePrize (USD)
1Liv Boeree - Igor Kurganov$273,964
2Ankush Mandavia - Joe Kuether$169,323
3Daniel Negreanu - Eric Wasserson - David Benyamine - Mark Gregorich$119,753
4Anthony Ajlouny - David Fong - Mike McClain$86,237
5Javier Gomez - Lander Lijo$63,253
6Martin Jacobson - Mark Radoja$47,271
7J.C. Tran - Nam Le - Antonio Gutierrez$36,008
8Connor Drinan - Mike Aron$27,967
9Dietrich Fast - Moritz Dietrich - Jan Schwippert$22,156

Final Table Action

The unofficial final table of 10 came together late on Day 2 after the elimination of Team Senovio Ramirez - Juan Ramirez - Matthew Lapossie. They got their remaining chips in the middle with king-jack but ran into pocket queens of Team Martin Jacobson - Mark Radoja.

Team Paul Snead - Michael Newman - Charlemagne Benjamin came in with the third-shortest stack and were unable to spin their chips up, getting eliminated in 10th place ($17,912) after Snead got it in with pocket aces against Negreanu's kings, and the dealer peeled a king on the turn to end their run.

The official final table of nine began, and in just the sixth hand, Team Dietrich Fast - Moritz Dietrich - Jan Schwippert moved all in with pocket sevens, but they were no match for McClain's ace-six suited after they spiked an ace on the turn. The team took home $22,156 for their efforts in ninth place.

Just four short hands later, Team Connor Drinan - Mike Aron woke up to ace-queen in the small blind but ran into McClain's pocket kings and had to settle for an eighth place finish for $27,967.

An hour of play went on, and the next to go was Team J.C. Tran - Nam Le - Antonio Gutierrez. The trio shoved on the button with two black sevens and raced off with McClain's king-queen off suit. The board ran out with four hearts, and the king of hearts was good enough to send the team home in seventh place for $36,008.

Play continued on for a while until Day 2 came to an end. The remaining six players bagged their chips and came back for Day 3 on Friday. Team Daniel Negreanu bagged the chip lead, with Team Javier Gomez - Lander Lijo coming in with the shortest stack.

A little more than 30 hands went by before Team Martin Jacobson - Mark Radoja hit the rail. Radoja flopped a pair of sixes, but it was no match for Kurganov's pocket eights and his team had to settle for a payout of $47,271 for sixth place as the first elimination of the day.

Next to go in fifth place ($63,253) was Team Javier Gomez - Lander Lijo. They came in as the shortest stack, but managed to ladder up a spot. Gomez got it in with ace-ten suited but couldn't win a flip versus Negreanu's pocket nines.

Fourth place belonged to Team Anthony Ajlouny - David Fong - Mike McClain. They battled hard, but in the end they were coolered when running bottom set into top set, earning themselves a payday worth $86,237.

Three-handed play lasted over 40 hands, after which time Team Negreanu got its chips in the middle with top pair and a straight draw against Kurganov's two pair and flush draw. The river was no help and Negreanu and team hit the rail in third place for $119,753.

Heads-up play lasted 90 hands between Kurganov and Mandavia. They swapped the chip lead several times, with Kurganov holding the lead for a good chunk of time. Eventually, Mandavia found himself on the wrong end of a cooler, running the second-nut straight into the nuts. Mandavia and Kuether finished as the runners up, and Kurganov and Boeree earned their first career gold bracelets.

Tags: Ankush MandaviaChance KornuthDaniel NegreanuDavid BenyamineEric WassersonIgor KurganovLiv BoereeMark GregorichMark RadojaMartin Jacobson

It Takes Two to Tango

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Igor Kurganov & Liv Boeree beat Ankush Mandavia & Joe Kuether to capture their first WSOP Gold Bracelets in the $10,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em Championship. Photography by © Joe Giron

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Hand #268: Mandavia and Kuether Eliminated in 2nd Place ($169,323)

ElleSriracha • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Ankush Mandavia
Ankush Mandavia

Hand 268: Igor Kurganov raised to 125,000 on the button and Ankush Mandavia called.

The flop came {q-Spades}{9-Clubs}{8-Hearts} and Mandavia checked. Kurganov bet 80,000 and Mandavia called.

The turn was the {j-Spades} and both players checked to the river, which was the {k-Diamonds}. Mandavia led out for 250,000 and Kurganov moved all in. Mandavia clearly had a disappointed look on his face, and tossed some chips in the middle to call.

Kurganov tabled {a-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} for the nut straight and Mandavia showed {q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} for the second-nut straight and was eliminated as the runner-up, pocketing $169,323.

Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov are the winners of Event #2: $10,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em Championship for $273,964 and the elusive WSOP gold bracelet.

A full recap will be posted shortly.

Liv Boeree - Igor Kurganov
Liv Boeree - Igor Kurganov
5,100,000 1,750,000
Ankush Mandavia - Joe Kuether
Ankush Mandavia - Joe Kuether
Busted

Tags: Ankush MandaviaIgor KurganovJoe KuetherLiv Boeree

Hands #261-267: Kurganov Chips Back Up

ElleSriracha • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Hand 261: Ankush Mandavia was on the button and limped. Igor Kurganov checked. Both players checked all the way down and the board ran out {6-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} {j-Diamonds} {5-Clubs}. Mandavia showed {2-Clubs}{2-Spades} and took down the pot.

Hand 262: Kurganov raised to 175,000 on the button and folded when Mandavia moved all in.

Hand 263: Mandavia was on the button and bet 125,000. Kurganov called and both players checked it down. The board ran out {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} {7-Clubs} {q-Clubs} and Kurganov won after showing the {7-Hearts}{6-Clubs}.

Hand 264: Kurganov raised the button and took it down.

Hand 265: Mandavia limped on the button and Kurganov checked. The flop was {10-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{3-Diamonds} and Kurganov check-called Mandavia's bet of 60,000. The turn was the {4-Diamonds} and Kurganov check-folded to Mandavias bet of 150,000.

Hand 266: Kurganov raised on the button and Mandavia folded.

Hand 267: Mandavia was on the button and limped in. Kurganov raised in the big blind to 210,000. Mandavia reraised to 550,000 and Kurganov announced all in. Mandavia quickly folded his hand.

Tags: Ankush MandaviaIgor Kurganov

Hands #252-260: Mandavia Doubles Through Kurganov

ElleSriracha • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Hand 252: Igor Kurganov limped in on the button and Ankush Mandavid checked. The flop came {9-Hearts}{8-Spades}{8-Diamonds} and both players checked to the turn, which was the {8-Clubs}. Mandavia checked and Kurganov bet 60,000. Mandavia folded and Kurganov flashed the {8-Hearts} for quads.

Hand 253: Kurganov got a walk.

Hand 254: Kurganov limped in on the button, Mandavia moved all in, and Kurganov folded.

Hand 255: Mandavia limped, Kurganov moved all in, and Mandavia mucked.

Hand 256: Mandavia got a walk.

Hand 257: Mandavia limped in, Kurganov moved all in, and Mandavia folded.

Hand 258: Kurganov limped in and Mandavia checked. The flop came {9-Spades}{8-Clubs}{2-Spades} and Mandavia check-folded to a bet of 60,000 from Kurganov

Hand 259: Mandavia limped in and Kurganov checked. The flop came {10-Spades}{7-Clubs}{4-Spades} and Kurganov check-folded to a bet of 60,000 from Mandavia

Hand 260: Kurganov limped in and Mandavia checked. The flop came {j-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{6-Hearts} and both players checked to the turn, which was the {4-Hearts}. Mandavia bet 100,000 and Kurganov called. The river was the [3] and Mandavia moved all in for 625,000. Kurganov snap-called.

Mandavia tabled {9-Spades}{4-Clubs} for two pairs, nines and fours, and Kurganov showed {4-Spades}{3-Spades} for two pairs, fours and threes. Mandavia doubled up.

Liv Boeree - Igor Kurganov
Liv Boeree - Igor Kurganov
3,350,000 -280,000
Ankush Mandavia - Joe Kuether
Ankush Mandavia - Joe Kuether
1,750,000 280,000

Tags: Ankush MandaviaIgor Kurganov

Hands #247-251: Kurganov Takes Control

ElleSriracha • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Igor Kurganov
Igor Kurganov

Hand 247: Igor Kurganov got a walk.

Hand 248: Kurganov was on the button and raised to 125,000. Mandavia called.

The flop was {j-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} and Mandavia checked. Kurganov bet 80,000 and Mandavia check-raised to 200,000. Kurganov called.

The turn was the {6-Hearts} and Mandavia check-folded to Kurganov's bet of 225,000.

Hand 249: Kurganov got a walk.

Hand 250: Kurganov was on the button and raised to 125,000. Mandavia called.

The flop was {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{6-Hearts} and both players checked to the river. The turn was the {6-Diamonds} and the river was the {8-Clubs}.

Mandavia checked on the river and Kurganov bet 125,000. Mandavia folded.

Hand 251: Mandavia limped in on the button and Kurganov checked.

The flop was {7-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{5-Hearts} and both players checked. The turn was the {4-Hearts} and Kurganov bet 125,000 and took down the pot.

Tags: Ankush MandaviaIgor Kurganov

Hands #244-246: More Back and Forth

Webjoker • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Hand 244: Igor Kurganov got a walk.

Hand 245: Ankush Mandavia raised to 125,000 and got no action.

Hand 246: Kurganov raised to 125,000 and Mandavia called. The flop came {10-Clubs}{8-Spades}{2-Diamonds} and Mandavia check-called a bet of 80,000 from Kurganov. The turn was the {3-Spades} and both players checked to the river, which was the {j-Clubs}. Both players checked again and Mandavia tabled {q-Hearts}{8-Hearts} for the winner.

Tags: Ankush MandaviaIgor Kurganov

Hands #236-243: Small Pots

Webjoker • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Hand 236: Igor Kurganov won a small pot as Ankush Mandavia folded.

Hand 237: Mandavia opened for 120,000 and Kurganov called. Kurganov check-called 100,000 on {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} before they both checked the {5-Clubs} on the turn and {4-Diamonds} on the river. The action on the river went so quick that we missed the cards, but Kurganov took down the pot.

Hand 238: Kurganov shoved and Mandavia folded.

Hand 239: Mandavia gave Kurganov a walk.

Hand 240: Kurganov limped in and Mandavia checked. Both checked on {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and Kurganov took down the pot with a bet of 100,000 on the {5-Clubs} turn as Mandavia check-folded.

Hand 241: Mandavia opened for 125,000 and Kurganov called. Kurganov check-folded to a bet of 100,000 on {4-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{J-Hearts}.

Hand 242: Kurganov opened for 120,000 and Mandavia called. Both checked on {4-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} and the {7-Spades} on the turn was seen for free. Mandavia bet 125,000 and Kurganov called. The latter folded to a bet of 400,000 on the {9-Diamonds} river. The pot went to Mandavia.

Hand 243: Kurganov opened for 125,000 and Mandavia called. The two of them checked down the entire board of {8-Spades}{J-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{A-Hearts} and the pot went to Mandavia who showed {J-Diamonds}{7-Spades}.

Tags: Ankush MandaviaIgor KurganovJoe KuetherLiv Boeree

Level:
28
Blinds:
30,000/60,000
Ante:
10,000