Yesterday the first ever Open Face Chinese (OFC) World Championship High Roller kicked off in Prague. The £10,000 event attracted 18 players and with five re-entries the total number of entries reached 23.
The tough field included players like Sorel Mizzi, Jason Mercier, Alexander Kostritsyn, Vladimir Troyanovskiey, Mikhail Smirnov, Bruno Fitoussi and PokerStars’ Mind Sport Ambassador and chess master Jennifer Shahade, the only woman in the field.
When the event closed for registration on level 7, it did not look too promising for Jen Shahade. Mikhail Smirnov was chip leader with massive 240,000, while Shahade was down to only 18,000 in chips. But OFC is a tricky game and until the final card is dealt anything can happen. And so it did! Down to six players Shahade eliminated the aforementioned Smirnow and tripled her stack to gain the chip lead – only one player away from the money.
Jason Mercier became the unfortunate bubble boy, when he was eliminated after the dinner break. The remaining four players were now guaranteed at least £20,195. After Russia’s Maxim Panyak was sent to the rail in 4th place the three handed final table was set with Ilyja Bulychev (650k), Shahade (410k) and a very short stacked Iakov Onuchin (90k).
— Jennifer Shahade (@JenShahade) December 9, 2014
Onuchin was soon eliminated and Shahade and Bulychev were heads-up for the title, the €88,000 pay check (after a deal was made) and the impressive belt. In the end it was Shahade, who could lift the large belt above her head as the first OFC World Champion.
Congrats to Jen Shahade on her impressive performance. A more worthy champion than Shahade would be hard to find.
Photo: TonyBet Poker, Prague