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Final Table Takedown: High Stakes Cash Pro Art Papazyan Goes Head-to- Head with Phil Helmuth for a WPT Title

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Oct 11, 2017


Art Papazyan had a modest upbringing in Los Angeles. His parents were immigrants from Armenia who spoke little English, but that didn’t stop them from working their tails off to provide for the family. He can’t remember where he initially discovered poker, but recalls playing for play money on an Xbox as a 13-year-old kid. The bug had bitten Art, and he continued to play home games with friends throughout his teen years. When he was 21, he would occasionally drive down to Commerce Casino and play in the small buy-in games, $2-$3, $2-$5, etc. Two years ago, he was running very well at the $5-$5 game and built a bankroll of about $10,000 before deciding to drop out of college during his senior year and pursue a career in live cash game poker. He continued to build a bankroll in the $5-$5 and $5-$10 games for the next year ...

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