Now then, Sergiy Baranov is not everyone’s favourite player to have at their table. There is none of the Daniel Negreanu bonhomie or even the Roberto Romanello style needle hidden amongst smiles and banter. Baranov is combative. Phil Hellmuth would know that, he beat Baranov heads up to take the WSOPE title, as does David Vamplew now.
Vamplew and Baranov are sat at a table alongside EPT Copenhagen third-place finisher John Eames (who bagged the equivalent of $257,011), EPT Loutraki winner Zimnan Ziyard (he bagged €347,000) and Irish Open winner James Mitchell. Vamplew was doing pretty well until he got tangled up with Baranov.
The Scotsman three-bet Mitchell’s under-the-gun open to 2,850 and found a call from Baranov in the small blind. Vamplew c-bet 4,700 into the 2♠A♠7♠ flop and Baranov called. Vamplew fired again – for 10,700 – into the 5♥ turn and Baranov moved all-in for a little more than 40,000. Vamplew made the call.
Vamplew: A♥K♥ for top pair, top kicker
Baranov: 5♠5♣ for a turned set
That left Vamplew with 11,000 and a fine introduction to Baranov. A follow up title to his EPT London may be some way off.
Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.