On day 1a, Shakeeb Kazemipur couldn’t catch a break.
After getting eliminated from the tournament, he was eliminated again, and again. Kazemipur bought into day 1a four times but failed to make it through each one.
Then he became an unstoppable force.
Kazemipur bought in a fifth time on day 1b and ended the day with the lead. The next day brought more of the same. Kazemipur kept chipping up and ended the day the same way he started it, as the chip leader.
The baton was passed and Iermolcheva started chipping up and started the final table with the lead.
It seems like the baton has been passed again.
Kazemipur has been very active and aggressive at the final table. He’s played a large number of the hands, dealt both eliminations and taken the lead after winning a large pot off of Iermolcheva.
But before all that happened, Kazemipur doubled up Francois Lincourt.
Kazemipur showed 6♠6♥ and Lincourt was looking to improve his K♣2♣.
Lincourt didn’t hit a king but he did hit a straight on the river of a 4♣5♦Q♦J♣3♣ board. Lincourt shouted in celebration while Kazemipur dipped to 1.9 million.
Then he took the lead off Iermolcheva.
Iermolcheva raised to 66,000 with 2♥2♠ from early position and Kazemipur called from the big blind with 9♠7♠.
The flop came 6♥A♠5♥ and Kazemipur check-called Iermolcheva’s 60,000 bet. An 8♦ came on the turn and he hit his straight.
Kazemipur checked again and Iermolcheva bet 400,000. Kazemipur raised to 1.1 million and Iermolcheva folded.
Kazemipur took the lead with 2.9 million while Iermolcheva dipped to 1.8 million.
Two hands later, Kazemipur raised to 65,000 from the button and Pierce Mckellar moved all-in for 422,000 from the small blind.
Kazemipur called and showed A♥3♠ while Mckellar tabled Q♥10♥.
The board came 5♦K♠8♠K♦7♠ and Mckellar was eliminated in 7th place.
Mckellar won $29,880 for his finish while Kazemipur’s lead grew to 3.5 million.
All photos are snapped by Carlos Monti and all words are clacked by Alexander Villegas.