Live Events 3
Event #79: $25,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em [People's Choice Event, Most Popular]
Days:
12

Event Info

Buy-in $25,000
Prize Pool $3,111,500
Players 127

Level Info

Level 2
Blinds 300 / 600
Ante 0

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 4

Highlights

Highlights

Profile: Oktay Kahyaoglu

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WSOP GGpoker
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For the semifinal round, Botteon draws Oktay Kahyaoglu, the least known of the final four.

Kahyaoglu managed to defeat one of the toughest opponents in the game en route to the finals when he bested Michael Addamo in the Round of 32. Few have been crushing the high stakes to the level of Addamo recently, so that result had to put observers and players alike on notice that Kahyaoglu isn't to be taken lightly.

One of the last entries in the event, the Turkish player has only about $15K in live cashes, all coming in relatively small events in Cyprus and Russia. Kahyaoglu has only cashed for about $38K on GGPoker, a stark contrast to his opponents, all of whom have $750K at the very least on the site.

All of that marks Kahyaoglu as the clear wild card, but if he can topple Addamo, he's unlikely to find any remaining challenge impassable.

How He Got Here

Round of 128Round of 64Round of 32Round of 16Round of 8
Pedro VelascoMartin ZamaniJean-Noel ThorelMichael AddamoStuart Wallensteen

Profile: Fedor Holz

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Fedor Holz
Fedor Holz

The clear headliner among the final four, Fedor Holz has been busy showcasing his heads-up skills in an even tougher arena, the €50/€100 cash games against fellow top pros in the Run It Once Legends Showdown. There, he's the top seed in the semifinals in a field of cash game veterans.

Of course, his heads-up tournament game isn't exactly untested either. Live, he has 16 tournament wins against just nine runner-up finishes en route to his $32M in earnings, according to The Hendon Mob.

On the way to the final four, Holz bested some elite pros like Luc Greenwood and George Wolff, but perhaps the most anticipated showdown of the bracket came to fruition in the Round of 8 when he faced off with nosebleed tournament rival Justin Bonomo. Given their history, which includes a famed hand — maybe a slowroll, according to some — and Bonomo's victory heads up in the $1 Million Big One for One Drop in 2018, that victory had to feel good for Holz.

Holz has already snagged one bracelet, in the 2016 $111,111 High Roller for One Drop, and he's in prime position to join the double-bracelet club here.

How He Got Here

Round of 128Round of 64Round of 32Round of 16Round of 8
Luc GreenwoodAnton MorgensternRobert FlinkGeorge WolffJustin Bonomo

Profile: Sergi Reixach

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Sergi Reixach
Sergi Reixach

Opposing Holz will be a fellow nosebleed grinder, Sergi Reixach. The ballin' Spaniard conquered the likes of high-stakes cash player Luke Reeves and top tournament pro Dmitry Yurasov, as well as rising American Aaron Van Blarcum.

Reixach has had a mighty impressive run in these heads-up tournaments of late as he also cashed in the $10K, making the Round of 16. That makes him a sterling 8-1 in heads-up matches on GGPoker bracelet events so far.

He's also made two other final tables in GGPoker bracelet events, topping out with a third-place finish in the $10K Short Deck, and this is his 11th cash in the series.

Reixach has been one of the most successful players in general in both live and online high-stakes events of late, most notably winning the $100K Super High Roller in Barcelona last year for $2 million.

Reixach has more than $5.6 million in cashes but the aforementioned third-place finish is the only time he's been extremely close to a bracelet. Given his fantastic success in other tournament avenues, it wouldn't be a surprise at all if this heads-up event finally sees him bring it home.

How He Got Here

Round of 128Round of 64Round of 32Round of 16Round of 8
Berns GleissnerLuke ReevesAleksandar TrajkovskiDmitry YurasovAaron Van Blarcum
Event #79: $25,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em [People's Choice Event, Most Popular]
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