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Ruslan Vlasov Wins Fox Poker Club Main Event

Ruslan Vlasov (Photo: Fox Poker Club)

Here at PokerNews we think it is safe to assume that Ruslan Vlasov prefers to play online poker on the Genting Poker site. Why? Because he seems to run unbelievably well in Genting related events.

Last month he took down the inaugural Genting Poker Series Main Event at Star City, Birmingham for a cool £16,600 and a £1,600 package to the Grand Final later this year and over the weekend he won March's £300+£30 Main Event at the Genting-owned Fox Poker Club in London.

A total of 105 players paid the £330 asking price creating a £31,500 prize pool that was shared out amongst the top 11 finishers, with prizes ranging from £500 and progressing all the way to £9,370 for the eventual winner. Of the 105 starters on 29 made it through to Sunday's Day 2 and these were slowly but surely whittled down to the nine handed final table; which lined up like this:

1Leo Lim95,800
2Tim Maxwell95,500
3Grant Pirie401,000
4Ruslan Vlasov327,000
5Jen-Yue Chiang495,000
6Adrian Smith349,000
7Peter Vin251,000
8Roland Redhead205,000
9Rashid Elqmache136,000

It took just 30 minutes for the final table to lose its first player, that player being Roland Redhead. He got into a raising war with Vlasov and was all-in and at risk with {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} against Vlasov's {A-Hearts}{A-Spades}. The board ran out {5-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{10-Spades}{4-Spades} and nine hand become eight.

Vlasov was the executioner again when he sent Tim Maxwell to the rail in eighth but he was not involved in the elimination of Peter Vin in seventh as that task was given to Jen-Yue Chiang. Vin was all in with {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} against Chiang's {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts} in one of tournament poker's typical coinflips. By the river the board read {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and Vin was busted out.

Rashid Elqmache was the sixth place finisher after a clash with Adrian Smith left him with no chips. The former was all in with {A-Hearts}{4-Clubs} against Smith's {K-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} and when the flop came down {J-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{4-Hearts} it looked like Elqmache was going to double up, but the {9-Spades} landed on the turn to put Smith back in front. The {10-Spades} river changed nothing and play was suddenly five-handed.

Five became four when Grant Pirie lost his stack and the field was reduced further still with the loss of Leo Lim. He got the last of his chips in with {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts} only to discover his opponent held a dominating {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}. A king on the flop is all that was needed an a winner was becoming clearer and clearer.

Chiang became the third place finisher in spectacular circumstances. Chiang was all in with {K-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} against the {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts} of Smith and the latter flopped trips on a {5-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} flop then turned quads on the arrival of the {A-Spades} on the turn. Ironically and rather pointlessly the river was a {K-Spades} but by then Chiang was long gone according to the live coverage on the Fox Poker Club blog

The chip counts at the start of heads-up play saw Vlasov trail Smith by 965,000 to 1,398,000 but Vlasov managed to get his nose in front and from there never looked back. The final hand saw Vlasov min-raise to 160,000 and Smith move all in with what turned out to be {A-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}. Vlasov instantly called with {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and when the board ran out {Q-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{9-Hearts}, no ace in sight, and Vlasov has won the Fox Poker Club Event! Commiserations to Smith who also finished as runner-up in January's Main Event!

Fox Poker Club Main Event Results

1stRuslan Vlasov£9,370
2ndAdrian Smith£7,470
3rdJen-Yue Chiang£4,130
4thLeo Lim£3,070
5thGrant Pirie£2,130
6thRashid Elqmache£1,500
7thPeter Vu£1,260
8thTim Maxwell£940
9thRoland Redhead£630
10thAndrew Macleod£500
11thMarco Vasconcelos£500

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