EPT12 Malta: Kaverman defeats Pahuja to win High Roller
Byron Kaverman is a man who just doesn't know when he's beaten.
On the final day of the €10,000 High Roller event at EPT Malta, Kaverman came back from the brink of defeat heads-up against Mukul Pahuja to win the titleand €430,800, capping a great festival and continue a remarkable year at the felt.
About 15 minutes into level 28 of the tournament, Kaverman moved all in after Pahuja limped from the button. Pahuja called for his final 1,525,000 chips -- and was in trouble. Pahuja needed help with his ace-four but it failed to come as Kaverman's pocket fives held true all the way to the river.
Pahuja was obviously disappointed after leading for much of the day, including taking a near four-to-one lead into heads-up. But he had to settle for €290,100 for second place.
Kaverman doubled up early in the heads up battle, when his ace-king stayed ahead of Pahuja's ace-five, but it was a big hand later in the battle in which he took the lead for the first time. In doing so, he seemed to break his opponent's fortitude.
Pahuja raised to 175,000 and Kaverman called to see a 5♥6♣3♦ flop. Pahuja continued for 175,000 and called when check-raised to 550,00. The turn was the 8♥ and Kaverman led for 450,000. Call. The board completed with the J♥ and Kaverman moved all in for his last 2,700,000. Pahuja didn't look comfortable but called anyway with pocket aces. Kaverman opened 9♣7♦ for a straight and a three-to-one chip lead. Pahuja never recovered.
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EPT Malta High Roller
Places paid: 31
1. Byron Kaverman (United States) €480,300
2. Mukul Pahuja (United States) €290,100
3. Mikalai Vaskaboinikau (Belarus) €204,500
4. Ihar Soika (Belarus) €165,800
5. Vladimir Dobrovolskiy (Russia) €131,180
6. Roberto Romanello (United Kingdom) €96,620
7. Bryn Kenney (United States) €72,730
8. Kevin MacPhee (United States) €53,150
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