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Girl Power: Alexandra Usoltseva Becomes the New OFC Poker World Champion


Russia’s Alexandra Usoltseva joined the Open Face Chinese Poker girl champions club by becoming the 2015 Tonybet OFC Poker World Championship Main Event winner. On Wednesday night she took down the field of 118 players – the biggest in a live OFC tournament this year to join the likes of recent Progressive Pineapple champ Isabelle Mercier and last year’s High Roller winner Jennifer Shahade.

Alexandra, who surprisingly enough managed to maintain a steady-growing stack in the game where most experience huge swings, beat Ukraine’s Roman Paliuk in the final heads-up battle for the title, the champion’s belt and the €30,000 cash prize. Meanwhile her opponent took home €19,336 for the runner-up finish.

“I’m really happy with the win”, Alexandra said in an interview after the event. “I knew I’d win long before it happened. About a week ago I posted in one of the Russian poker forums that I really want to win this event and I imagined myself doing it. So I’m really happy that my dream came true.”

The Main Event wrapped the OFC-action packed four-day World Championship, which saw three players go home as title holders. Another Russian player Maxim Panyak won the biggest-ever OFC €10,000 High Roller event which gathered 33 players pilling-up the record €304,095 prizepool just two days ago. Meanwhile Tonybet Poker ambassador Isabelle Mercier came out victorious in a €350 Progressive Pineapple event which attracter the crowd of 108 players – the biggest ever in a live Progressive Pineapple tournament.