Poker professional Roger Hairabedian has finally won his first WPT event by winning the World Poker Tour Series Mazagen on the weekend. He beat his way past 158 opponents and took home 63,890 Euros. A nice payout by anyone’s standards, and one that he will certainly be happy with, though the first WPT title will probably be of more importance to him.
Having been a poker pro for a good few years now it has been a long time coming for him to finally break his duck on the poker tour, he is understandably delighted and hopes this will signal the beginning of a more successful run for himself.
He played well throughout and was actually near to the top of the leader board on each day of the event. He didn’t have it all his own way though and got lucky on a good few occasions. Especially in one hand against Phillipe Barouk where he managed to river a straight when he was caught bluffing the pot. The 1,650 euro buy-in tournament eventually came down to being between him and Hicham Zaakour for the event title.
This heads up hustle lasted for three hours before Hairabedian finally emerged as the champion. The final hand of the match saw him and his K7 hold out against Zaakour’s 87, with him winning with high card King.
Along with the title and fist place winnings, Hairabedian also won a seat as well as a paid trip to the World Poker Tour Grand Prix De Paris coming up in September. Now that he has managed to take his first WPT title Hairabedian will be full of confidence of performing well in that tournament too.
Hairabedian who was an online player for many years with PokerStars, decided to turn professional a few years back after gaining good success on the site. He still regularly plays at PokerStars when he has time away from the poker tour and regards it as his poker home. “PokerStars is where I learnt most of what I know about poker, I knew a little before I played but the rest was learnt on their site”.
He now sets his sights on more wins and to move up the poker rankings throughout the rest of this year, he then plans to make his first appearance at the WSOP next summer. If he continues his current vein of form, who would bet against him pulling off some tournament wins in the greatest poker event on the planet? We certainly wouldn’t!
The final table and final positions looked like this:
1 Roger Hairabedian €63,890
2 Hicham Zaakour €40,960
3 Kamal Sefrioui €26,390
4 Philippe Barouk €19,110
5 Karim Bennani Smires €14,380
6 Mohamed Benboubker €11,380
7 Rachid Arbaoui €9,560
8 Philippe Garet €7,640