He conquered them all. If you take a closer look at what Kevin Eyster has achieved so far, you’ll see all kinds of big results. There’s no mystery he is one of the most accomplished online poker players in the entire world. Under the screen name “1SickDisease” he won $3,332,621 according to PocketFives.com, including a FTOPS 6-max tournament.
On the live poker felt, Eyster has enjoyed the same type of success. Last year, he won the World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw Durant Six-Handed tourney, plus the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown Main Event.
Eyster also came close to winning the WSOP $25,000 No-Limit Hold’Em Six-Handed Event in 2013, finishing in ninth place. This year, the gold bracelet didn’t slip through his fingers. He was determined to finish off his last opponent, Belgian Pierre Neuville, and not even a sleepless night could stop him.
Eyster and Neuville returned to the poker felt after a marathon Day 3 ready for the final round. “Six-Max Kev” didn’t get much sleep thinking about what if. A “what if” that transformed into a sure thing after only one-hour of heads-up play.
The American started with a 2-to-1 chip advantage and extended his lead even further in the first few hands of Day 4. Neuville tried to fight back to no avail. And with ten big blinds left, he shoved his #ks#qh on hand #173 of the official final table and got a call from the American who was severely dominated with his #kc#9c.
The board, however, turned the percentages upside down. Eyster caught two pairs on the #kd#9h#3c flop and improved to a full house on the #9d turn. Neuville needed the last king in the deck to stay alive but instead he received the #as – a card that sealed the deal for both the Belgian and the American.
Here are the final table payouts:
- Kevin Eyster – $622,998
- Pierre Neuville – $385,041
- Andrew Lichtenberger – $242,827
- Bryn Kenney – $160,927
- Jeremy Kottler – $109,844
- David Borrat – $77,145
Congratulations to Kevin Eyster on winning his first WSOP gold bracelet. He now has over $2 million in live tournament earnings, according to Hendon Mob Poker DB, and is looking for more in the days to come. There is only one other WSOP NLHE six-handed tourney left in the schedule, an event that will start later today. Can he make his stand there as the best shorthanded tournament player in the world?