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Warwick Mirzikinian Finishes Third In WSOP Event #6 For $162,443

Posted at 22:06 2012-06-04 by Matthew Pitt

It was another case of so near but so far for Australian players at the 2012 World Series of Poker after Warwick Mirziknian busted out in third place in Event #6, the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Mixed-Max tournament.

This tournament is a unique one that first made an appearance at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe and sees Day 1 played as full ring, Day 2 as Six-Max and any days thereafter as heads-up. Our hero made it through too Day 3 where he faced off against Aubin Cazals, with the winner of their match having to take on the winner of the Hugo Lemaire versus Joseph Cheong bout. Although Cazals may be a relative unknown quantity he reached the semi-finals on merit; having despatched of Eric Forehlich, Toby Lewis and Adam Geyer on his way to the clash with Mirzikinian.

Mirzikinian stuck to his “limp every button” strategy that frustrated Marvin Rettenmaier so much in the previous round and it seemed to be quite effective for a while, three hours to be exact – the time Mirziknian held the chip lead for. Midway through the match Mirzikinian managed to forge a substantial 2,250,000 to 770,000 chip lead for himself but he just could not shake his opponent off and every time our man pulled away Cazals would just rope him back in!

The turning point was a hand where Mirzikinian was caught with his fingers in the cookie jar. In the hand Cazals opened to 55,000 and Mirzikinian made the call. The pair shared a flop reading {K-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{3-Hearts}, Cazals lead for 55,000, Mirzikinian raised to 140,000 and was called. The turn was the {2-Clubs} and Cazals check-called a 150,000 bet from Mirzikinian leading them to the {10-Clubs} river. Again Cazals checked and called again, after tanking, when Mirzikinian set the price to play at 200,000. When Cazals did call Mirzikinian insta-mucked and was shown {a-Spades}{10-Spades}.

From that point on it seemed like one-way traffic in favour of Cazals right up until our hero was sent to the rail. He got his chips into the middle with {K-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and found himself up against {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}. The board ran out {9-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} and with that Cazals progressed to the final round where he will face Cheong for the title.

Mirzikinian's cash is the third by an Australian at this year's WSOP. Christopher Moutzouris finished 172nd in Event #2 for $2,893 and Julian Powell fourth in Event #3 for $73,655. Hopefully there will be plenty more cashes from Aussies in the coming events!

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