Event 53: Andrei Konopelko Eliminated 7th ($20,864), Neil Patel Playing Near 9M

Event 53: $800 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max $800,000 Guarantee 

Level 31
Blinds: 60,000/120,000/20,000
Total Entrants: 1,507
Players Remaining: 6

Chip Average: 3,770,000


Andrei Konopelko

The biggest pot of the Event 53 final table just played out and when the dust settled, the coin landed in the right spot for Neil Patel. Patel eliminated Andrei Konopelko in a preflop confrontation and holds 40 percent of the chips in play as a result.

Patel raised to 325,000 in early position and Konopelko shoved for 4,050,000 out of the small blind. Facing the large raise, Patel thought for about 20 seconds and then called with QQ♠ to put the AK of Konopelko at risk.

The J♠42♣ flop held for Patel. The 5♣ turn put a straight draw in play for Konopelko and as the table held its breath, the 9♣ hit the river to lock up the pot.

Once it was confirmed that Patel had Konopelko covered, the Belarusian went to the payout desk and Patel scooped the wave of chips waiting for him. He is playing 8,900,000 and is the new favorite to win the 8-Max title.

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