Harder Takes Home $429,664 Following Heads-Up Deal With Cliff Josephy

Published on January 15th, 2017 1:52 pm EST

Pokerstars Championship - Bahamas - Year 2017.  Promotional graphic. Colour Blue.Christian Harder, who is a name that should be familiar to you if you have followed the online poker world by any length of time, finally accomplished his dream of taking down a major live poker tournament title on Saturday. Harder managed to navigate through a field of over 700 players to take down a first place prize of $429,664.

To win his first major live tournament title, Harder would have to get through his friend and former backer, Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy. Harder was one of Josephy's horses when he was starting out in the poker world, and things came full circle for him on Saturday night after defeating Josephy in heads-up play to win the Pokerstars Championship Bahamas title.

Once Michael Vela had been eliminated from the tournament in third place, Harder and Josephy quickly agreed to a chop. $10,000 was left to the winner of the tournament, while Harder walked away with a guaranteed $419,664 and Josephy locked in an impressive $403,445. After resuming play, the heads-up battle was quickly over, as the two men decided to get their chips into the middle with Harder holding A-J and Josephy holding A-8. The better hand held up and Harder was able to walk away with his first major title.


Cliff Josephy has had an amazing couple of months.

Following his third place finish in the World Series of Poker main event for $3,453,035, Josephy followed this up with a win in a preliminary WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic event ($163,250) and a second place finish in the Pokerstars Championship Bahamas main event ($403,445).

Josephy now has well over $6.6 million in total lifetime live tournament cashes.


Christian Harder has been remarkably consistent over the years, as he has made a number of deep runs in major events. Until this weekend, however, he was never able to get over the top of the hill in a major tournament.

With his victory this weekend, Harder now has over $4.2 million in total lifetime live tournament cashes.

Source: Pokerstars.com - Harder makes it look easy, beats former backer to Pokerstars Championship Bahamas Title


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