Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Days:
1234

Nachman Berlin Eliminated in 2nd Place ($419,173); Andre Akkari Wins!

[user80015] • Level 34: 120,000-240,000, 40,000 ante
Nachman Berlin - 2nd Place

With the action on Nachman Berlin on the button, he moved all in for his remaining 1,920,000 in chips, and after eyeing off his opponent's stack, Andre Akkari made the call.

Berlin: {A-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Akkari: {K-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}

With both players holding formidable heads-up starting hands, it would be Berlin holding the best hand for his second consecutive all in, but that still didn't prevent the Brazilian rail cheering hard to see Akkari come from behind to not only snag the pot, but more importantly the gold bracelet.

As the Thunder-Dome echoed with cheers, chants, stomps and claps, the Brazilian cheer squad swayed back-and-forth like if Ronaldinho was lining up for a game winning penalty in extra time at Maracanã Soccer Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The dealer slowly peeled a {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} flop to surge Akkari into the lead as the crowd erupted further - something that didn't seem at all possible!

As Akkari paced back-and-forth just in front of his rail, the dealer burned and turned to reveal the tournament ending {K-Hearts} on the turn as roughly thirty people jumped the railings and surged upon Akkari swamping in a sea of hugs as the dealer completed the river with the {5-Spades}.

Unfortunately for Berlin, he would have to be content with 2nd place and the $419,173 payday, as Akkari was hoisted onto the shoulders of numerous friends - some of which were fellow pros Gualter Salles, Alexandre Gomes, Felipe Ramos and Maria Mayrinck as Brazil was awarded their second WSOP gold bracelet following Akkari's win here today.

Tags: Andre AkkariNachman Berlin