Eric Afriat Wins World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Afriat Banks $1,081,184 For Topping Largest WPT Main Event Field In History
The final table of the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown featured some of the best up-and-coming players in the game, but when the dust settled, it was 44-year-old Montreal, Quebec resident Eric Afriat who came out on top, earning his first WPT title and the $1,081,184 first-place prize.
The $3,500 buy-in tournament drew a record field of 1,795, creating a total prize pool of $5,788,875.
It was Afriat’s second WPT final table appearance after finishing sixth in the Bellagio Cup VI back in 2010. In order to get the victory, the businessman had to overcome a group of players that included notable pros Chance Kornuth (sixth), Matt Stout (fifth), Jake Bazeley (fourth), James Mackey (third) and the red-hot Mukul Pahuja (second), who was at his third WPT final table of the season.
Afriat came into the final table in fourth place, but after cracking Bazeley’s aces with flopped two pair, he had the ammunition to take home the title. Sporting a 2.5 to 1 chip advantage entering heads-up play, it took just seven hands before the tournament was wrapped up.
Afriat called Pahuja’s all-in shove with pocket eights, which held against K9 on a board of 552106.
For his runner-up finish, Pahuja earned $691,965 and 1,350 Card Player Player of the Year points. With a total of three final table appearances in 2014, the 28-year-old Coconut Creek, Florida resident now has a total of 2,442 points, good enough for sixth place overall. Afriat’s 1,620 points moved him into 14th place.
Here’s a look at the final table results.
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*Winner photo courtesy of Joe Giron and the World Poker Tour
|1||Dan Bilzerian Talks Nosebleed Poker With Howard Stern|
|2||Atlantic City Casino Caesars Robbed Of $181,000|
|3||Poker Strategy -- Daniel Negreanu On Balance Versus Adaptability|
|4||Jerry Yang's World Series Of Poker Watch On eBay|
|5||A Poker Life: Jeff Madsen|
|6||Poker Strategy With Ed Miller: Dominating Deep Cash Games|
|7||Poker Strategy With Reid Young: Game Theory vs. Pot Odds|
|8||Poker Strategy With Dusty Schmidt: Preflop Open Limping|
|9||Wynn Plans To Use 250K Live Oysters To Help Clean Up Contaminated River Alongside Proposed Casino Site|
|10||Atlantic City Struggling To Maintain Status As Top Poker Destination|
|1||One Drop Winner Daniel Colman Didn't Talk To Media Because He Sees Poker 'As A Very Dark Game'|
|2||Pamela Anderson Divorces Rick Salomon Just Days After He Won $2.8 Million In 'Big One For One Drop'|
|3||Daniel Negreanu Had 87 Percent Of Himself In $1 Million One Drop Poker Tournament, Agent Says|
|4||Dozens Gamble On $1,000 Flips For World Series Of Poker Main Event Seat|
|5||Poker Pro Johannes Strassmann Dead At 29|
|6||Daniel Colman Wins $15.3 Million In 2014 World Series of Poker Big One For One Drop|
|7||It Appears Poker Legend Doyle Brunson Has Played His Last WSOP Main Event|
|8||High-Stakes Poker Player Paul Phua Arrested In Las Vegas For Allegedly Taking Bets On World Cup|
|9||Poker Pro Chad Brown Loses His Battle With Cancer|
|10||With Top-Two Finish In One Drop, Daniel Negreanu Takes Lead On All-Time Tournament Money List|