We have seen the big opener of the European Poker Tour over in Barcelona that provided some big winners last week and now we have a winner on the World Poker Tour. The WPT Legends of Poker has been played out over six days and brought us down from an original field of 593 to just the last man standing in Harry Arutyunyan.
He bagged the top payout of $576,369 and a seat into the WPT World Championship at the end of the season at the Borgata after coming out on top against the remaining seven that began the day.
He started the day second in chips behind that of his eventual heads up opponent Massoud Eskandari and managed to consistently grow his chip count throughout the day. The first to go on the day was that of Owen Crowe who was eliminated one place ahead of many peoples favourite for the title, Jeremy Kottler.
After a lengthy heads up session that swung both ways between Arutyunyan and Eskandari, the former was able to finally put his opponent to the sword. Eskandari had managed to make comeback after comeback during heads up but this final attempt, unfortunately for him did not bring him the luck that he wanted.
The final hand came when all the chips went into the middle when Eskandari was holding the Ad-7c and Arutyunyan the Ah-8h. The board fell as the Jh-3c-2c-10d-6d with no player improving and Arutyunyan winning courtesy of the higher kicker. This is Arutyunyan first major title and his biggest live cash so far and he definitely deserved it after putting in a top performance throughout the event.
Eskandari fought well throughout the tournament and will surely be satisfied with the $330,110 he received as the runner up.
That just about sums everything up for the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino but we expect many will now be heading to the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open for Day 1c. The event has a $10 million guaranteed prize pool and is sure to be packed with eager players. You can join us for a report on that event tomorrow.
The Final Standings
1st) Harry Arutyunyan – $576,369
2nd) Mike Eskandari – $330,110
3rd) Tyler Kenney – $213,600
4th) Taylor McFarland – $145,640
5th) Tyler Cornell – $103,560
6th) Jeremy Kottler – $83,075
7th) Owen Crowe – $63,65