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It is the final day of the 2019 World Series of Poker and Anuj Agarwal has taken down one of the last WSOP gold bracelets of the summer by beating 271 other players in Event #86 $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship. Agarwal took home $630,747 for his biggest ever career cash. He more than doubled his total amount of recorded live cashes by beating Australia's Kahle Burns heads up. Burns had to settle for $389,832 on his first WSOP final table on American soil.
Fueled by a deep run in the Main Event, where he ended up in 123rd place cashing for $59,295, Agarwal said: "It feels great to do well back-to-back in $10k events. I had a little bit of a sour taste in my mouth from the Main. I made a small mistake, but overall I felt like I played really well for the six days, and I wanted to continue as I could feel objectively I was making good decisions."
Rewarded with his maiden bracelet win Agarwal cited his relationship with his father, who he immediately called after he won the tournament, as one of the foundations of his poker support.
"My Dad has been my biggest supporter despite not knowing anything about the game. He followed my ups and downs in the Main and they have never made me feel like poker was an unsure thing to do. It feels great to show [my parents] this after the support I had."
Start-of-day chip leader Gal Yifrach is a personal friend of Agarwal. Both of them managed to collect loads of chips but Agarwal didn't let any of his feelings about his friend change his decision.
"We were both chip leaders so I made standard decisions. When I had the chance to knock him out with tens against Queens I took it. Of course, we are rooting for each other as friends but if you try to incorporate that dynamic into your game, it's going to mess with your mind and regret it, we both know it's a gamble, and I bluffed him twice, so I'm glad we didn't let it affect us. As a professional when you are at the table you have to focus on yourself."
Yifrach ended up third place, cashing for $257,533 with the rest of the final table paying as follows:
|1||Anuj Agarwal||United States||$630,747|
|3||Gal Yifrach||United States||$257,533|
|6||Ben Heath||United Kingdom||$85,915|
Final Table Action
Out of 272 players that entered, only six were left on the fourth day in the last championship event of the 2019 World Series of Poker. Yifrach started the day as the chip leader with the majority of the chips but the competition was tough, as expected in a championship event.
It only took eight hands for the first elimination to take place at the final table. Ben Heath, who won a bracelet earlier this summer in the special $50,000 High Roller for a little under 1.5 million dollars, departed in sixth place after coming in as the short stack. Heath ran queen-jack suited into the pocket kings of eventual champion Agarwal, taking home $85,915 for his efforts.
Leonard Maue was the left as the shortest stack, but everything changed when he secured a double up about two hours into the day. Maue doubled through start-of-day chip leader Yifrach, opening the door for Agarwal to take over the chip lead.
Burns eliminated Dong Chen in fifth only a couple of hands later, moving him up on the leaderboard in the process. Chen led out on the king-six-three board with two diamonds when he put his last 22 big blinds in the middle with ace-four of diamonds. Burns took his time before calling with pocket sevens. Chen missed his flush and overcard, departing in fifth with an extra $120,828 in his pockets.
Four-handed play saw jockeying for position, with Germany's Maue unable to get anything going. Maue three-bet all in with ace-seven suited for thirty big blinds, running into the pocket queens of Agarwal, who sent him packing in fourth. The German did win $174,252 as a consolation prize.
Agarwal held on to a commanding chip lead with neither Yifrach or Burns able to threaten his position as table captain. Yifrach had blinded down to a little over 11 big blinds when he got his chips in good with ace-queen against the ace-jack of Burns. However, Yifrach wasn't able to fade jacks on the flop and turn and he missed out on the heads-up. The start-of-day chip leader took home $257,533 for his third-place finish.
The heads-up match lasted 29 hands with Burns unable to get overcome Agarwal's chip lead, despite managing an early double up. The end came when Burns crashed king-eight into Agarwal, who held ace-king. The flop brought an ace and Burns had to settle for second and $389,832 for his debut WSOP final table on American soil, while Agarwal took home the bracelet and the first-place prize of $630,747.
That wraps up the PokerNews coverage of the 6-Handed Championship at the World Series of Poker.
Hand #133: Anuj Agarwal moved all in and Kahle Burns called.
Burns was behind and needed help from the board to survive. The flop fell in Agarwal's favor as he hit top pair and Burns needed a miracle.
The six of spades on the turn sealed the pot in Agarwal's favor, and Burns was eliminated as runner-up for $389,832.
Agarwal claimed the victory for his first WSOP gold bracelet alongside a first-place prize worth $630,747.
A recap of the day's action will follow.
Hand #129: Anuj Agarwal moved all in and Kahle Burns called.
The full house appeared on the board, and the players chopped the pot.
Hand #130: Burns called, and Agarwal checked. The flop fell , and Agarwal check-folded to a 160,000 bet.
Hand #131: Agarwal called, Burns moved all in, and Agarwal folded.
Hand #132: Burns called, and Agarwal checked before the flop appeared. Both players checked, and the hit the turn. Agarwal bet 250,000 and Burns called. The hit the river, and both players checked before Agarwal revealed for the full house and won the pot.
Hand #124: Kahle Burns limped from the button but he folded when Anuj Agarwal put him all in and at risk of elimination.
JHand #125: Agarwal raised to 400,000 from the button and Burns called to see the flop. Burns checked on the button and he was put all in on the flop for his remaining 1,590,000 by Agarwal.
Burns thought about it for about 2 minutes but he ended up folding, leaving himself with just nine big blinds.
Hand #126: Burns limped from the button and Agarwal checked. The flop was and Agarwal checked to Burns who checked behind. They also checked on the turn and Agarwal bet 300,000 on the river which made Burns fold.
Hand #127: Agarwal moved all in for effectively 1,270,000 and Burns snap-called. Agarwal had and Burns was ahead with .
The flop didn't do anything for either of them. Agarwal had some extra outs after the turn but he missed all of them on the river and Burns doubled up.
Hand #128: Burns limped from the button and Agarwal checked his option. The flop was dealt and Agarwal quickly checked. Burns checked behind and the fell on the turn. Agarwal checked again and Burns bet 455,000 which was about a pot-sized bet.
Agarwal called to see the on the river. Agarwal led out on the very wet board with a bet of 900,000 and he put the pressure on Burns again. Burns folded and Agarwal took the pot down.
Hand #119: Anuj Agarwal called for 80,000, and Kahle Burns checked. The flop fell, and both players checked to the turn. Burns bet 400,000 and Agarwal folded.
Hand #120: Burns called for 80,000 and Agarwal checked. The flop fell, and both players checked to the turn. Agarwal bet 525,000 and Burns called. The hit the river, and Agarwal checked. Burns thought for a minute then bet 475,000, Agarwal raised to 1,500,000 and Burns folded.
Hand #121: Agarwal called and Burns checked before the flop fell . They checked to the turn and again through to the river. Burns checked for the final time, and Agarwal bet 375,000 which was enough to win the pot.
Hand #122: Burns called, and Agarwal checked before the flop fell . Agarwal check-called a 160,000 bet, and the hit the turn. Agarwal bet 275,000 and Burns called. The hit the river, and Agarwal moved all in which got Burns to fold.
Hand #123: Burns received a walk in the big blind.
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Hand #114: Kahle Burns raised to 290,000 from the button and big blind Anuj Agarwal folded.
Hand #115: Agarwal raised to 300,000 from the button and Burns three-bet from the big blind to 1,060,000 to take the pot down after Agarwal folded.
Hand #116: Burns limped from the small blind/button and Agarwal checked. The flop was bringing checks from both. The turn was the pairing the board and bring an Agarwal bet of 200,000. Burns called to see the on the river.
Both checked and Agarwal opened up , chopping with Burns who showed .
Hand #117: Burns received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #118: Burns limped from the button and Agarwal raised to 400,000. Burns called and they saw the flop dealt while Agarwal stared his opponent down.
Agarwal continued with a bet of 275,000 and Burns didn't waste any time with calling. The was dealt on the turn. Agarwal slowed down and checked. Burns checked behind and the completed the board.
Agarwal checked and Burns took matters into his own hands, betting 950,000. Agarwal went into the tank, then counted out calling chips, waiting a little longer before making the call. Burns showed and Agarwal had for the better king-high.
Hand #109: Anuj Agarwal raised to 300,000 and won the pot.
Hand #110: Kahle Burns called for 60,000 and Agarwal raised to 400,000 which was enough to win the pot.
Hand #111: Agarwal called for 60,000, and Burns checked. The flop fell , and Burns check-folded to a 150,000 bet.
Hand #112: Burns called for 60,000 and Agarwal checked. The flop fell , and Agarwal check-called a 120,000 bet. The turn revealed the and Agarwal checked. Burns bet 450,000 and Agarwal folded.
Hand #113: Burns received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #104: Kahle Burns raised to 290,000 and Anuj Agarwal called from the big blind. The flop fell and Agarwal checked to the initial raiser who continued to show aggression with a bet of 230,000. Agarwal raised to 800,000 and Burns got out of the way.
Hand #105: Agarwal raised to 300,000 from the button and Burns folded.
Hand #106: Burns raised to 290,000 from the button and Agarwal folded.
Hand #107: Agarwal raised to 300,000 from the button and Burns called from the big blind. The flop was and Burns checked right away. Agarwal bet 225,000 and Burns called the bet.
The turn was the and Burns checked again. Agarwal checked behind this time and the was dealt. Burns led out on the river with a bet of 400,000. Agarwal called and Burns tabled to pick up the pot.
Hand #108: Burns limped from the small blind this time and big blind Agarwal checked his option. Agarwal check-folded when Burns bet a single big blind on the flop.