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Margolin wins second gold bracelet

23 October 2018

Timur Margolin

Timur Margolin (photo by WSOP)

Name: Timur Margolin
Nationality: Israel
Number of WSOP Cashes (including this event): 7
Number of WSOP Final Table Appearances (including this event): 3
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories (with this tournament): 2
Best Previous WSOP Finish: 1st, 2018 WSOP $2,500 NLHE
Total WSOP Earnings (including this event): $1,116,420

Timur Margolin has been crowned the winner of Event #5: €1,100 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em at the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe. Margolin took home the hefty sum of €134,407 and his second bracelet of the year, after winning one in Las Vegas this summer. He overcame a strong field of 666 players and defeated Raul Villarroel, who had to settle for €83,042, heads-up.

With this being only the fifth bracelet of the series thus far, the Israeli contingent has claimed more than half of the titles thus far with three. Margolin picked up his first taste of victory in Las Vegas at the WSOP with a win in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold-em event for which he pocketed more than $500,000. Margolin also joins Hanh Tran as the only players to win a bracelet in Las Vegas and in Rozvadov in the same year.

Margolin was presented the WSOP gold bracelet by King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik and had this to say about Israel winning its third bracelet of the series:

"Amazing, it feels awesome. I was sitting at home watching the live stream and seeing what the boys were doing, so I said I have to come to King's Casino. This was the first tournament I played here and managed to bink it."

Fourteen players began the final day in the Monster Stack tournament, and Luiz Antonio Duarte Ferreira Filho started out as chip leader. His father, Luiz Ferreira, started the day as the short stack and ended up as the first player to bust out of the tournament. Ferreira got his last 15 big blinds in the middle with ace-ten, but that was no match against the pocket queens of Mario Llapi. Ferreira flopped best on the king-queen-jack board, but it was all over for him when the board paired on the turn.

Duarte himself was the next one to be sent to the rail. He had a brutal start to the day, where he didn't manage to win any of the big pots he played. Duarte lost his last chips when he got it in with ace-four against the ace-jack of Mykhailo Gutyi and the board ran out clean for Gutyi.

Alexandre Viard (12th place - €6,949) and Andrei Konopelko (11th - €6,949) also missed out on the final table. Viard got eliminated in a tough spot where he got it all in with ace-jack against the ace-jack of Llapi. Llapi's ace-jack was suited, and he managed to hit his flush on the turn to eliminate Viard. Konopelko lost with queen-eight suited against the ace-nine suited of Michal Mrakes. The board ran out clean and Mrakes took down the pot to eliminate Konopelko with just ace-high.

The unofficial final table was reached and Dhawal Lachhwani had to miss out on the official final table after getting it in with ten-eight. Sebastian Ulrich was holding king-queen, which held up to send Lachhwani out in 10th place for €6,949.

Llapi started the day out strong but he was the next player to go in ninth place. He pulled off a miracle win with ace-jack of clubs earlier in the day, but he wasn't able to do it one more time as he had to win against the pocket aces of Henrik Brockmann. Llapi flopped a gutshot on the king-queen-five board, but the eight on the turn and seven on the river meant Brockmann's aces were good and the Italian player collected €8,920 from the payout desk.

The rate of eliminations was pretty rapid once the final table was reached. Amar Begovic from Bosnia Herzegovina busted out in eighth place after finishing last in a three-way pot. The board read J-10-7-J-10. Michal Mrakes took it all with queen-jack, and Begovic finished in last place with his eight-six and was eliminated. Begovic's finish was good for the first five-figure payday at the final table as he collected €11,656 for his efforts.

It took about an hour for the next player to be sent to the rail. Tamas Szunyoghy moved all in for a bit over 13 big blinds with queen-ten, but small blind and eventual runner-up Villarroel woke up with ace-queen. There was no help for Szunyoghy and Villarroel took down the pot. Szunyoghy finished in seventh place, and he cashed for €15,502.

Gutyi was the next player to go in sixth place. Gutyi had less than 10 big blinds when he got it in the middle with king-jack against the king-ten of Ulrich. He was well ahead and the jack-nine-seven flop gave Ulrich some additional outs with the double gutshot straight draw. The queen on the turn was one of the outs that Ulrich was looking for and the deuce on the river didn't change anything for Gutyi. He got to collect €20,974 at the cashier for his efforts.

Mrakes was eliminated only 15 minutes later in a coin flip. Mrakes got it in with queen-nine against the pocket fives of chip leader Margolin and found no help from the board. Mrakes, who is a regular at the King's Resort & Casino, ended up in fifth place, banking €28.863. At this point of the final table, Margolin had a big chip lead with about fifty percent of the chips in play in front of him.

Margolin showed no sign of slowing down and he claimed his next victim in Brockmann. Brockmann was all in for his last 9.5 big blinds with ace-ten and he was behind against the ace-queen of the unstoppable Israelian. It was no surprise when the board ran out in Margolin's favor and Brockmann collected €40,388 for his fourth-place finish.

Only a couple minutes later, Margolin claimed another scalp. Ulrich checked his option from the big blind with seven-four after Margolin had limped from the small blind. The flop came down queen-queen-nine and Margolin lead out for 200,000. Ulrich called and the turn brought another nine. Both players checked this time and the river brought an ace. Margolin lead out another time with a bet of 375,000 and Ulrich moved all in for his last 2,675,000, only playing the board. Margolin ended up calling and he took down the pot with a full house, nines full of queens. Ulrich took home €57,447 as the third-place finisher.

Villarroel was well behind during the heads up as Margolin started with an 8:1 chip lead. Still, it took over thirty minutes for Villarroel to lose his last 14 big blinds. He ended up shoving it in with pocket sevens and it was a flip against the jack-nine of Margolin. The king-four-three flop was safe for Villarroel, but the nine on the turn gave Margolin the lead. It was all over and done with an eight on the river as Villarroel collected €83,042 for his runner-up finish.

Final table results
1st - Timur Margolin, Israel, €134,407
2nd - Raul Villarroel, Chile, €83,042
3rd - Sebastian Ulrich, Germany, €57,447
4th - Henrik Brockmann, Germany, €40,388
5th - Michal Mrakes, Czech Republic, €28,863
6th - Mykhailo Gutyi, Ukraine, €20,974
7th - Tamas Szunyoghy, Hungary, €15,502
8th - Amar Begovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, €11,656
9th - Mario Llapi, Italy, €8,920

(Article courtesy of World Series of Poker)

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