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This Week's Big Winner: Zachary Smiley Wins World Poker Tour Maryland Live! Main Event

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Nov 09, 2016


The eyes of poker fans everywhere were on Maryland Live! casino as four notable professional players were set to battle it out for the latest World Poker Tour title at the six-handed final table. The big-name players included two-time WPT winner Darren Elias, former online pro Mario Silvestri, WSOP bracelet winner and current WPT Player of the Year race leader Benjamin Zamani, and Cate Hall, who was at her fourth final table on the tour in the last 12 months. Even with all of those seasoned pros, the title was ultimately contested between IT salesman Ryan Belz and recent medical school dropout Zachary Smiley, neither of whom had ever earned a cash on the WPT. In the end, Smiley emerged victorious, earning his first major live tournament title and the $356,536 first-place prize. Here are the five biggest hands that propelled Smiley to the win. Tournament: WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Buy-In: $3,500 • No. of Entries: 554 • Prize Pool: $1,772,800 ...

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