Out of 568 players that entered Event #6: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha yesterday, only one remained when the dust settled after 26 hours of play over two action-packed days.
Obviously, a tremendous start at the 2023 World Series of Poker for Michael Moncekas he took the lion’s share of a prize pool that totaled a whopping $2,612,800. runner up, Fernando Habegger came into the day with the chip lead and managed to navigate all the way to the final heads up. Habegger received $330,344 for his valiant efforts.
PokerGo interviewed Moncek moments after he rang the victory bell. “It means a lot and now I have a decent shot at going for Player of the Year,” Moncek said. “Winning a bracelet in the first week, I’m excited about that.”
Michael Moncek is no stranger to winning. He has three WSOP circuit rings and this isn’t his first bracelet either, he also won Event #13: $1,500 Limit Hold’em last year at the 2022 World Series of Poker.
Final table results
|1||Michael Moncek||United States||$534,499|
|4||Michael Banducci||United States||$169,674|
|5||Christian Harder||United States||$124,266|
|6||Tyler Brown||United States||$92,362|
|7||Kristen Foxen||United States||$69,683|
Final day action
Plenty of skilled hopefuls made it deep into day one but came up short. Brian Rast bust just three from the money in the 17th level. Daniel Negreanu bust Jeremy Ausmus (86th – $8,000) in level 18. Dylan Weisman (74th – $8,000) cashed after making a big fold deep in the tournament. Negreanu later went on to bust without finding a bag (63rd – $8,750). On day two Martin Zamani exited in 21st place in a pair-over-pair altercation (21st – $17,826). Yuval Bronshtein (9th – $41,521), a two-time bracelet winner, finished in 9th place at the unofficial final table.
Final table action
Ferenc Deak is a Hungarian player who has cashes in Las Vegas that go as far back as 2011. On the bubble of the final table, he worked a short stack, stealing blinds in both the PLO and NLH rounds every opportunity he could. Unfortunately, when the cards were on their back, he ended up getting his aces cracked in PLO to finish in 8th place.
Shortly after this, the players went on break and when they returned, they were moved to the PokerGo feature table.
No stranger to the lights and cameras, Kristen Foxen could be counted among the chip leaders since early on day 1. Losing a big hand to Livingston, where he limped jacks blind vs blind left her with only 390,000 in chips. She went on to be eliminated in 7th place shortly after.
Tyler Brown got some respect from Shaun Deeb on Day 1 but ultimately was eliminated in 6th place when Moncek rivered a set against him on the river.
Long-time crusher Christian Harder fell in fifth place when he got his last 2,000,000 in chips in against Livingston preflop. Harder went on to say he’s still in search of the hardware and will be back on the grind tomorrow.
Michael Banducci, who won a NLH bracelet in 2008 was searching for a repeat 15 years later but Habegger’s big slick bested him in a pot over 6,000,000. Banducci will have to settle for 5th place this time.
Alex Livingston, also vying for a new piece of jewelry, ran into Habeggar’s trips to lose a big chunk of his stack. It was Moncek who delivered the last blow, leaving Livingston to settle for the bronze.
Heads up play
Early in the heads up match, Moncek had 20,900,000 to Habegger’s 7,480,000. Moncek kept the aggression up and whittled Habegger down to 4,450,000 but when Habegger limped jacks in the small blind he was able to find a double. Habegger was whittled down and doubled again in an Omaha hand when he flopped top paid but he was never able to regain the chip lead.
Finally down to his last 2,100,000 in chips, Habegger got it all-in with a suited ace and a pair in an Omaha hand.
Congratulations again to Moncek who started the World Series of Poker off with a bang, defeating Habegger with kings full of jacks.