The Five Diamond World Poker Classic continued from Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the first high roller mixed game event of the series.
The Event #4: $10,000 8-Game attracted 19 entrants and created a prize pool of $190,000 as it would be Denmark’s Henrik Hecklen fifth live tournament win, and ninth biggest career score. Hecklen now has amassed over $4.6 million in lifetime tournament earnings which places him fourth on the Denmark All-Time Money List behind Peter Peter Eastgate, Gus Hansen, and Frederik Jensen.
Once the tournament was down to the final table, the pace of play slowed significantly before Brett Richey, Keith Gipson, and Koray Aldemir all fell in quick succession. The final four players were on the money bubble, and after nearly two hours of play, it would be Brian Rast exiting in fourth place when he was outdrawn by Benny Glaser in Pot-Limit Omaha. Mixed game veteran and local Randy Ohel exited in third place, before the heads-up match began with Hecklen holding the lead over Glaser.
Glaser stormed out ahead winning pot-after-pot to have Hecklen on the ropes, but the Dane fought back. It would be a fortuitous orbit of Limit Hold’em that would seal the deal for Hecklen. He regained the lead picking off a bluff from Glaser before his two pair were superior to Glaser’s to leave him with just one big blind. On the final hand, Hecklen flopped top pair against Glaser’s straight draw, and although Glaser turned a pair, he failed to improve on the river and exited in second place.
This was Hecklen’s first victory outside of Europe, and the first on the 2021 PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate following three previous qualifying cashes.
This tournament is part of the PokerGO Tour with players earning points based on the amount they cash for. The full PokerGO Tour schedule can be found here, and the current PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate leaderboard is available here.
|Bellagio High Roller Event #4 Results|
|Place||Player||Country||Prize||PokerGO Tour Points|
|2nd||Benny Glaser||United Kingdom||$57,000||57|
|3rd||Randy Ohel||United States||$30,400||30|
Monday will host Bellagio High Roller Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em where cards will be in the air at 12 p.m. PT. The PokerGO News Live Reporting Team will be on-site providing exclusive live updates throughout that event, and the entire high roller portion of the Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule.