2016 WSOPC Caribbean: Michael Lech Wins the 6-Handed Event #10

The second and final day of the $365 6-Handed Event #10 of the 2016 World Series of Poker Circuit Caribbean saw nine hopefuls out of a 61-entry strong field return to the tables at the Casino Royale on Sint Maarten.After five levels and 15 minutes, the winner was crowned in Michael Lech, who took home $6,400 and the first

After five levels and 15 minutes, the winner was crowned in Michael Lech, who took home $6,400 and the first WSOP Circuit Ring. Lech has more than $434,000 in WSOP cashes and the biggest payday came off a runner-up finish of this year’s  $888 Crazy Eights Event #54. The American, who studied International Business, just arrived on Sint Maarten before the event started and was among the big stacks early on Day 1, however today it wasn’t an easy ride.

Of the nine players remaining, Mohamed Bourhaleb showed up 45 minutes late after being stuck in traffic and by then the field had been reduced to eight. Frederic Maniez had a day to forget and shoved his short stack with king-jack, Alexandre Annovazzi called with ace-eight and stayed ahead.

On the bubble, Lech doubled short with nine-eight against the ace-ten suited of Bourhaleb after Tommie Janssen had previously doubled through the American with kings versus tens. Janssen assumed control of the secondary table and took a big pot off Joachim Lob before then winning a big flip with pocket fives against the ace-king of Lob.

Janssen held more than 50 percent of the chips in play when the bubble had burst and 20 minutes after the restart, the field was already reduced to four. Bourhaleb ran with jacks into the kings of Willie Janssen to bow out in seventh place. Aroon Maharaj’s ace-king found no help against the kings of Lech and the second player from Trinibad & Tobago followed soon after.

Sean Stoll defended his big blind against a raise of Lech and shoved a nine-high flop with jack-ten suited for the open-ended straight draw. Lech called with ace-seven for ace-high and the inside straight draw, turn and river blanked.

Willie Janssen doubled twice through fellow Dutchman Tommie Janssen and the former dominating chip leader then bowed out in fourth place. Tommie Janssen defended with ten-eight and check-called with top pair on the flop before check-calling all in after a turn that also gave him a gutshot as well. Lech had moved in with pocket jacks and the river blanked.

Willie Janssen followed soon after, when he three-bet with pocket aces and shoved a jack-high flop out of the small blind. Lech called with jack-nine for top two and even made a full house on the river.

Upon restart, Annovazzi came out on a mission and scooped several pots in a row with sheer aggression. That would fire back after just 15 minutes of heads up action, when the Frenchman five-bet jammed king-ten suited into the pocket kings of Lech. There was no upset on an ace-high board that gave Lech a full house and the American posed for the winner picture minutes later.

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Final Result Event #10

Place Player Country Payout
1 Michael Lech USA $6,400
2 Alexandre Annovazzi France $3,960
3 Willie Janssen Netherlands $2,620
4 Tommie Janssen Netherlands $1,860
5 Sean Stoll Trinidad & Tobago $1,400
6 Aroon Maharaj Trinidad & Tobago $1,120
7 Mohamed Bourhaleb France $940

The $365 Monster Stack Event #13, the third event to award a WSOP Circuit ring at the festival, has already kicked off at 6 p.m. local time and the action will recommence at 9 p.m. after the dinner break. So far, there are 73 players out of 88 entries remaining and the registration remains open until the start of level 10, a total of 15 levels of 30 minutes each will be played on Day 1.

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