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Player of the Year Update

Will Failla and Eugene Katchalov Make Moves

by Erik Fast |  Published: Oct 05, 2011


Some recognizable names booked big wins on the tournament circuit as summer came to an end, making big gains in the 2011 Card Player Player of the Year race. At the Bicycle Casino’s World Poker Tour Legends of Poker main event, one of poker’s standout characters booked his biggest win to date. Will Failla, known as “The Thrill” at the tables for his talkative and energetic presence, had built up more than $2 million in lifetime earnings heading into the $3,700 buy-in event. Despite his years of experience on the tournament circuit, he lacked a marquee win. All of that changed when he took down this massive WPT title for a career-best $758,085. Failla topped the 757-player field and a final table that featured World Series of Poker bracelet-winners Ken Aldrige and Owais Ahmed. Notable pros Ray Henson, James Carroll, and David Daneshgar also made deep runs, but fell just ...

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