On the rail – Kenneth Smaron wins the PokerStars Championship Panama
From the final six sat down to fight it out on the final table, it took 170 hands of poker to crown the champion. And over the course of those hands five of the players held the chip lead at one point, so this was indeed an action filled final table.
Russian Denis Timofeev was the big dog coming in to the final six, but would eventually fall in 3rd place.
First to exit was the short stack; Canadian Anthony Diotte, who pushed his AJ and was called by Wozniczek`s pocket 2`s. The German flopped a set, and Diotte was drawing dead on the turn.
The German also took the chip lead only a few hands later, albeit he was the next man exiting. He lost a few pot, and then got it all in on the flop against Jonathan Abdellatif with a pair and flush draw, while the latter held an inferior flush draw and a double gut shot. The turn blanked, but the river was one of the Belgian`s gut shot outs meaning the German qualifier was out in fifth.
After this the chip lead exchanged hands several times, but Abdellatif soon got short stacked and in a clash with Kenneth Smaron he check raised all in with a flush draw, and got called by the American`s top pair, unfortunately for the Belgian the board bricked and he exited in 4th.
By the time Denis Timofeev fell in 3rd, Kenneth Smaron had been a dominant force where he chipped up having the other two beneath 30 big blind stacks. The name of the game was that Canadian Harpreet Gill, got really short stacked, got it in and doubled up, while Timofeev was battling it out with Smaron. Gill gained some ground and was close to even with Smaron before the American dealt the final blow to the start of day chip leader when Timofeev got it in pre flop with pocket tens against Smaron`s AK.
Despite being close to level in stacks as heads up play began the whole duel only took nine hands, and the conclusion came when Gill limped his button, Smaron in the big blind 3x`ed with KJs only to have Gill shove on him holding the mighty T8o. Smaron actually flopped a royal flush draw, but neither could improve on the turn or river seeing Kenneth Smaron as the PokerStars Championship Panama main event winner for $293,860.