Nadar Kakhmazov Grabs First WSOP Title in $5,000 Six-Max for $580K (Event #36)

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Nadar Kakhmazov Grabs First WSOP Title in $5,000 Six-Max for $580K (Event #36)
22 Jun


Nadar Kakhmazov is on a run good for the ages after winning a WSOP gold bracelet over a field of 574 entries in $5K NLHE Six-Max and earning $580,338.

That makes two six-figure tournament victories in a span of under two weeks as Kakhmazov took home $440,029 when he won the $1,100 Mid-States Poker Tour Main Event at the Venetian earlier this month. Sandwiched in-between those two titles was a modest 35th place finish in $1K Pot Limit Omaha in WSOP Event #25 for $4,272.

"It's good this year," Kakhmazov told, admitting that he "had not [won] much for prizes" on previous trips to Las Vegas.

The Russian claims to have fallen victim quite often to losing big pots deep in tournaments in the past. That syndrome has been laid to rest this summer as Kakhmazov became a millionaire with two June championships.


Jaka Leads Final Table

A formidable final table stood in Kakhmazov's way for the WSOP title with Faraz Jaka leading in chips when action began. The homeless millionaire already had one final table finish this WSOP when he landed 6th in the $2,620 Marathon for $123,105.

Jaka is on a list of successful pros who have never won a WSOP gold bracelet and he remained on that list after he shoved all-in with A-9 and couldn't beat the A-K of Kenny Hallaert. Jaka finished 5th for $112,585 and his lifetime earnings have now eclipsed $5.5 million.

Sam Soverel was next to hit the rail when his pocket sevens ran up against Hallaert's pocket tens. Ironically, it was also pocket sevens that would doom Hallaert when Kakhmazov sent him packing with a set of fours.

That left only Kakhmazov and online pro Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen. The Russian led 3-1 in chips when heads-up play began and despite losing some hands that allowed Hunichen to almost pull even, Kakhmazov forged ahead to victory.

The final hand saw Kakhmazov outkick Hunichen with his Q-7 suited. Hunichen was suited as well, but holding Q-2. The board ran out 6-10-Q-10-6, giving the Russian the title and $580K in prize money.


Event #36 - Final Table Results - $5,000 NLHE 6-Handed

1Nadar Kakhmazov
2Chris Hunichen
3Kenny Hallaert
4Sam Soverel
5Faraz Jaka
6Christian Rudolph

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