NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
Moritz The Man At Bellagio Cup VI
July 16, 2021
It’s not easy getting attention in the poker community in July when your event is not related to the World Series of Poker.  Regardless of media stunts, press conferences or guaranteed prize pools, most in the industry have just come to accept that if it isn’t happening at the Rio, it will probably be lucky just to get a mention in The Poker Beat’s News Briefs section. 

Remarkably though, the World Poker Tour and organizers of the Bellagio Cup VI, this year found a pretty good way to break this rule and the strategy they utilized was surprisingly simple, just get poker legend Phil Ivey to make your main event’s final table.

Phil Ivey, the all-time live tournament money winner, despite entering this year’s Bellagio Cup three days after it started, still managed to not only make it to the final table but all the way to the final three, where he was forced to confront EPT champion Moritz Kranich and Justin “BoostedJ” Smith, who amazingly enough made it to this event’s final table last year as well, before busting short of victory in third for $468,870.  Smith seemed dead set against repeating that third place finish this year, and Kranich seemed to be in that rare zone where even your dominated hands come out a head, which meant it was up to Ivey to settle for this year's third- a pretty good finish after entering the final table second-to-last in chips.  For the third, Ivey earned 363,650, substantially less than last year as the Bellagio Cup VI cost “only” $10,000 to enter, as opposed to 2009’s $15K.

With Ivey out of the way, it was down to Kranich and “BoostedJ” and unfortunately for Smith, Thursday just seemed to be Kranich’s day.  In the final hand of the tournament, with “BoostedJ” around 6 million and Moritz around 8, all the money got in pre-flop with pocket jacks versus King-Ten, and Kranich turned a King. 

For his one better finish this year, Justin earned another $594,755 for his poker coffers, leaving the biggest prize of $875,150 to Mr. Kranich.

The final table finish positions for the World Poker Tour Bellagio Cup VI were as follows:

1st.  Moritz Kranich- $875,150

2nd.  Justin Smith- $594,755

3rd.  Phil Ivey- $363,650

4th.  John Caridad- $237,902

5th.  Rob Akery- $169,930

6th.  Eric Afriat- $118,950

To learn more about the 2010 Belagio Cup VI final table visit www.worldpokertour.com, for live updates from yesterday’s event as well as videos, photos and a complete pay out list.
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