Winning any World Poker Tour event is a tough challenge in itself but winning the one that had the largest field in the tour’s history is something that dreams are made of. Eric Afriat achieved just that after coming out of the televised final table of six on Day 5 with the title and first place payout of $1,081,184.
What made the achievement even greater was the fact that the final table was full of experienced and notable pros. He had to overcome the likes of Chance Kornuth, Matt Stout, Jacob Bazeley and finally Mukul Pahuja to claim his first ever WPT title. This win also trebled his pre-tournament career earnings of around $500k to $1.5 million.
Once play got to heads up against Pahuja he had already amassed 38,575,000 of the chips in play compared to that of the 15,050,000 million of his opponent after having a storming session at the final table. This lead was never compromised as the heads up session just took seven hands to be completed.
The final hand saw a raise from Afriat and an all-in re-raise from Pahuja and a call from the former meant that this could be the decider. Afriat had the 8d-8h whilst Pahuja the Kh-9s and they were now in a race.
The board fell as the 5c-5s-2d-10d-6h and Afriat had dodged his opponents over cards and the title in one foul swoop.
Among the tweets we could find for this final table were both Jacob “Bazeman” Bazeley and Matt Stout who were very happy despite coming so close to a title.
— Jake Bazeley (@Bazemanwhat) April 17, 2014
Busted 5th for $308k in the #SHRPO main event. Got short and shoved QT on btn into Mukul's A8. Thx for all the support!!! Time to celebrate!
— Matt Stout (@MattStoutPoker) April 16, 2014
How It Finished
1st) Eric Afriat – $1,081,184
2nd) Mukul Pahuja – $691,965
3rd) James Mackey – $441,128
4th) Jacob Bazeley – $371,931
5th) Matt Stout – $308,501
6th) Chance Kornuth – $247,954