$1,000+$90 Six Max NLH
Level 29 (stopped): Blinds 40,000/80,000/10,000 ante
Total Entries: 331
After a carefully played, three-hour heads up struggle, Ryan McKnight has triumphed over Jesse Sylvia.
It wasn’t entirely clear the McKnight would win, despite a three to one chip lead coming into heads-up. Sylvia lost a few pots then doubled through, peaking at 2,500,000 to McKnight’s 4,100,000 – a real match seemed in the offing. And with big names in the poker world railing and supporting the well-known Sylvia, it was possible one might expect McKnight to show some nerves.
However, he never really did, and Sylvia never really got the traction he seemed destined for. The entirety of the heads up saw Sylvia unable to get past this high-water mark, and for the last hour, struggled to stay above 1,500,000.
With the blinds threatening him, the action slowed. Limping and pot control shaded levels 27 and 28.
The real drama for the determined McKnight was earlier, when down to ten bigs, long before the final table, he doubled and doubled again while at the wild table two with John Karlin and one-time chip leader Rob Elias, who also went deep.
Taking stacks from Karlin was the big turn of events for Ryan, and in many respects, he didn’t look back, always being near or at the top once table 3 was kind to him.
Once Joshua Lawson busted in third, Ryan appeared the fresher of the two opponents, and while he did run better than Sylvia, Ryan seemed ready to fight harder and longer.
Ryan McKnight takes down the Six Max trophy and $78,665.*
Congratulations, Ryan on a tournament well played.
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*(While there was no agreement, McKnight insisted that one dollar to be given to second place,
to avoid the Number of the Beast appearing on his check.)