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World Poker Tour -- Jeff Forrest Wins World Poker Finals

Forrest Takes Home $548,752 in Prize Money at Foxwoods at his First WPT Event


Jeff ForrestThe final table of the 2010 World Poker Tour World Poker Finals $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event began on Tuesday at Foxwoods Resort Casino. A record number of draw outs stretched the final table past 200 hands and past the midnight hour into Wednesday before crowning a champion. Players moved all in consistently throughout the night, but they also consistently found the cards they needed to survive.

When it was all said and done a young poker talent stood atop the field of 242 players as a WPT champion that won a title in his very first WPT event. Jeff Forrest, a 22-year-old rising poker talent beat Dave Inselberg heads up after the two outlasted an impressive final-table lineup that included Keven Stammen, Mohsin Charania, Nikolai Yakovenko, and Thomas Marchese.

The other big storyline at the final table along with a WPT rookie champion was the repercussions it had in the Card Player Player of the Year race. When Marchese cashed in third place he took home 960 points. That gives him a total of 6,326 points and puts him ahead of former POY leader Dwyte Pilgrim who holds 5,576 points at the top of the POY standings.

Read on below to see how events unfolded on the final day of the tournament. The next televised WPT event that will take place in the United States is the Five Diamond World Poker Classic that will run at Bellagio from December 3-8. Card Player will be providing live coverage from that WPT from start to finish, see you then.

Final Table Seating Chart with Chip Counts:

Seat 1: Nikolai Yakovenko — 634,000
Seat 2: Jeff Forrest — 1,949,000
Seat 3: Thomas Marchese — 3,022,000
Seat 4: Dave Inselberg — 344,000
Seat 5: Keven Stammen — 341,000
Seat 6: Mohsin Charania — 1,024,000

Mohsin CharaniaMohsin Charania Eliminated in Sixth Place ($104,471)

Mohsin Charania moved all in for 25,000 and Jeff Forrest raised to 90,000. Thomas Marchese made the call. The flop fell AHeart Suit 7Spade Suit 5Heart Suit and both players checked. The turn fell ADiamond Suit and Marchese bet 110,000. Forrest mucked and the two remaining players flipped over their cards:

Marchese: AClub Suit 6Club Suit
Charania: 6Spade Suit 3Spade Suit

River: 5Spade Suit

Charania was eliminated on the hand in sixth place and he will take home $104,471 in prize money.

Keven StammenKeven Stammen Eliminated in Fifth Place ($128,650)

On the first hand back from the break, Keven Stammen moved all in preflop for 580,000 and Dave Inselberg made the call, leaving himself just 5,000 behind. Their cards:

Stammen: AHeart Suit 10Heart Suit
Inselberg: ADiamond Suit QDiamond Suit

Board: QSpade Suit 10Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit 3Heart Suit QHeart Suit

Stammen was eliminated in fifth place after the hand and he will take home $128,650 in prize money.

Nikolai YakovenkoNikolai Yakovenko Eliminated in Fourth Place ($170,773)

Nikolai Yakovenko raised to 100,000 preflop and Dave Inselberg made the call. The flop fell KClub Suit 8Spade Suit 7Spade Suit and Inselberg checked. Yakovenko bet 50,000 and Inselberg reraised to 150,000. Yakovenko then moved all in and Inselberg made the call. Their cards:

Inselberg: KSpade Suit 8Club Suit
Yakovenko: AHeart Suit ADiamond Suit

Turn and River: 3Spade Suit and 9Club Suit

Yakovenko was eliminated in fourth place and he will take home $170,773 in prize money.

Thomas MarcheseThomas Marchese Eliminated in Third Place ($211,759)

Jeff Forrest raised to 275,000 and Thomas Marchese reraised all in. Forrest made the call. Their cards:

Marchese: AClub Suit KSpade Suit
Forrest: KClub Suit 6Heart Suit

Board: JDiamond Suit 8Club Suit 6Spade Suit QClub Suit 2Diamond Suit

Marchese was eliminated in third place and he will take home $211,759 in prize money. He has also grabbed the lead in the Card Player Player of the Year race over Dwyte Pilgrim with his deep run in this tournament.

Dave InselbergJeff Forrest Wins the World Poker Finals ($548,752) — Dave Inselberg Eliminated in Second Place ($325,608)

Jeff Forrest raised to 200,000 preflop and Dave Inselberg made the call. The flop fell 9Diamond Suit 8Spade Suit 5Club Suit and Inselberg checked. Forrest bet 250,000 and Inselberg reraised to 600,000. Forrest reraised all in and Inselberg made the all-in call. Their cards:

Forrest: QDiamond Suit QHeart Suit
Inselberg: 9Heart Suit 6Spade Suit

Turn and River: QSpade Suit and AClub Suit

Inselberg was eliminated in second place on the hand and he will take home $325,608 in prize money. That makes Forrest the champion of the event and the recipient of $548,752 in prize money, a WPT bracelet, and a buy-in for the $25,0000 WPT Championship.

Final Table Results:

1: Jeff Forrest — $548,752
2: Dave Inselberg — $325,608
3: Thomas Marchese — $211,759
4: Nikolai Yakovenko — $170,773
5: Keven Stammen — $128,650
6: Mohsin Charania — $104,741