Arne Kern takes down WSOP Millionaire Maker tourney

The $1,500 NLHE Millionaire Maker tournament at the WSOP saw 7,631 players take a chance for a piece of the prize pool that swelled to almost $10 million.  By the time the competition was over, Germany’s Arne Kern outlasted them all, picking up $1.17 million and his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet.  The 26-year-old’s prize was his largest, and was 40 times greater than any other cash he has won at a live tournament. 

As the final day got started, Kern was in 11th place in chips with only 17 players still in the running.  Joe McKeehen, winner of the 2016 WSOP main event, got off to a good start, but was usurped by both Kern and Sam Razavi.  McKeehen lost a key pot to Razavi and was ultimately sent to the rail in third place, leaving only Razavi and Kern at the felt.  McKeehan took home $538,276 for his performance.

Going into the showdown, Razavi was in a slightly better position and action saw the two finalists swapping chips across several hands.  Kern was finally able to break free, earning a 4-to-1 chip lead over his opponent.  On the final hand, Kern put all his chips in with 4-2 of spades, which Razavi immediately called with his A-J off-suit.  A board of 8-3-3-5-4 was no help to Razavi, who was awarded $724,756 for his second-place finish.  

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