Kristen Bicknell became the first female poker player to win a Poker Masters event as she dropped heads-up Chance Kornuth to win at the $25,000 entry NLHE Las Vegas event.
Posting one of her career’s biggest titles to date, the partypoker pro took down a final table that looked set up at one point to become a procession for the Series ‘ first event win by Chance Kornuth. However, Kornuth, who had already finished second in the last week’s two other Poker Masters events to take an early lead in the Purple Jacket race, was to be denied in the most spectacular style.
With six players making the final table, the first player to be eliminated would be British high roller Ben Heath, running his pocket kings into Andras Nemeth’s pocket aces. Nemeth was back in the game, but with Kornuth using his monster stack to a deadly effect, Colorado’s 33-year-old player had left the other players fighting to survive rather than mount a serious assault on the chip mountain.
The strength of Kornuth was such that he was able to move freely. Nonetheless, Kristen Bicknell called with ace-ten when he did that with jack-seven to propel herself into the bracket of players capable of taking Kornuth in a hand and thinking little about those behind her in the pecking order.
When his suitable ace-nine ran into Kornuth’s ace-jack and was unable to find help, Ralph Wong would bust in fifth, and Andras Nemeth soon followed Wong from the cardroom. When Kornuth raised him all – in, Nemeth was gone, calling with with ace-three. Nonetheless, Kornuth kept pocket fives and had a firm hold on slicing the final table field in half.
Ali Imsirovic, the 2018 Purple Jacket winner, caught some valuable leaderboard points when he finished third, but it wasn’t going to be the day of Kornuth. Before Bicknell had the lead, the chip lead went to and for heads-up and was all-in with the covering stack holding eight pockets.
Kornuth was all-in and in danger, but happy to see his pocket nines in front of him. A 4-5-7 flop, however, saw the chance of a gut-shot win for Bicknell, and a six on the river brought her another tournament victory in a career that saw the partypoker pro and GPI Female Player of the Year win $4 million in tournament earnings.
$25,000 NLHE Event #6 final table results:
Event #6’s final table has dramatically changed the battle for the Purple Jacket, with the third runner-up finish of Chance Kornuth in six events earning him double the points of his closest rivals. That said, Kornuth can not rest, with six of those rivals just another victory away from being right behind him. While Kornuth is the biggest winner as far as you might expect, after her signpost victory in the $25,000 NLHE Event #6 final, he is now’ only’ $148,400 ahead of Kristen Bicknell.
Current 2019 Poker Masters standings:
|9th||Jorryt van Hoof||270||$109,800|
HUGE thankyou for the kind messages all! My heart is BURSTING with gratitude for my friends, family, coaches and investors who have always been there, especially through the tough times, and believed in me so that I had this opportunity! 💞🙏💞https://t.co/3SF4NqghyI
— Kristen Bicknell (@krissyb24poker) November 11, 2019