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Mike Scarborough Wins World Poker Tour Hollywood Poker Open

Scarborough Tops Erik Seidel in the Heads-Up Final to Win $273,664


Erik SeidelThe battle for the title of World Poker Tour Hollywood Poker Open champion was a long one in Indiana that started on Wednesday and ran into Thursday morning. The field played down to the final three rather quick, but the true battle for the title took place during three-handed play between William Reynolds, Mike Scarborough, and red-hot Erik Seidel who was looking for yet another title in 2011.

At the end of the night it was the least heralded player among that threesome who emerged with the victory and the top prize worth $273,664. Reynolds busted just before 2 a.m. local time and by 2:30 a.m. Scarborough had disposed of Seidel as well to claim his first major title.

Seidel took home $155,103 in prize money to take his 2011 earning to $4,362,370 and his career earnings to $14,823,022. Seidel also picked up 500 Card Player Player of the Year points and he jumped into the top 10 on the leader board with 2,384 points.

Read on below to see how Scarborough beat some of poker’s hottest players. Here is a look at the chip counts when the final table began:

Seat 1. Andy Whetstone – 80,500
Seat 2. Erik Seidel – 645,000
Seat 3. Ali Eslami – 213,000
Seat 4. Tom Marchese – 175,000
Seat 5. Mike Scarborough – 654,500
Seat 6. William Reynolds – 1,169,000

Ali Eslami was eliminated on the third hand at the final table when he decided to move all in on a J-7-7-A board with 9-7 in the hole. Reynold was waiting to make the call with pocket jacks and Eslami was sent to the rail in sixth place ($50,692) after a king fell on the river.

Just four hands later Andy Whetstone moved all in on a K-Q-9 flop with pocket threes. Mike Scarborough made the call with A-Q and his higher pair held up as the turn and river fell 6-K. Whetstone took home $62,041 in prize money.

Thomas Marchese was able to hold on for an hour and a half after that but he eventually fell in fourth place ($77,551). Marchese moved all in preflop with A-K and Reynolds made the call with pocket tens. The race played out on a A-J-10-Q-Q board and Reynolds eventually won the hand with a full house.

The three finalists then settled in for a very lengthy battle and they traded chips for hours before the next step towards a champion took place. It was just before 2 a.m. local time when Reynolds fell in third place and he took home $110,788 in prize money. Reynolds was all in with A-10 but he was dominated by the A-J of Mike Scarborough. The jack kicker was enough to win the pot and the heads-up match was set.

Heads-Up Chip Counts:

Mike Scarborough: 2,336,000
Erik Seidel: 601,000

For as long as three-handed play lasted the heads-up match was quite the opposite. Just 20 minutes into the match Scarborough raised to 62,000 preflop and Seidel reraised all in. Scarborough made the call and they flipped over their cards:

Scarborough: JHeart Suit 10Heart Suit
Seidel: ADiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit

Board: 10Club Suit 9Spade Suit 7Heart Suit 8Spade Suit 10Diamond Suit

Scarborough won the tournament with a jack-high straight and he was awarded $273,664 in prize money, a WPT bracelet, and a $25,000 seat in the WPT Championship. Seidel booked yet another impressive performance in 2011 and he was awarded $155,103 in prize money as the runner up.

Final-Table Payouts:

1: Mike Scarborough — $273,664 (600 CP POY Points)
2: Erik Seidel — $155,103 (500 CP POY Points)
3: William Reynolds — $110,788 (400 CP POY Points)
4: Thomas Marchese — $77,551 (300 CP POY Points)
5: Andy Whetstone — $62,041 (250 CP POY Points)
6: Ali Eslami — $50,962 (200 CP POY Points)