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Kevin Eyster Wins World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown

Eyster Earns $660,395 For His Victory


Kevin EysterAfter topping a field of 542 players at the 2013 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown, Kevin Eyster has earned his first major live tournament title and a hefty prize of $660,395.

Eyster, who made a name for himself as an online player, more than doubled his career live tournament earnings to nearly $1.2 million. His previous best finish was last month when he took second in the WSOP Circuit main event at the Lodge Casino in Colorado for $85,852.

His latest score earned him 1,680 Card Player Player of the Year points and when combined with the 600 he earned last month, gives him 2,280 total points, good enough for third place overall.

To pick up the title, Eyster had to get through a stacked final table that included Faraz Jaka (9th), Jeff Madsen (6th), Zo Karim (3rd) and Ben Tarzia (2nd). Other notables that made the money included Dan O’Brien (47th), Shaun Deeb (41st), Joe Serock (40th), Paul Volpe (27th), Matt Giannetti (20th) and Matt Salsberg (13th).

Here is a look at the final table results and POY points awarded.

Finish Player Name Prize POY Points
1 Kevin Eyster $660,395 1,680
2 Ben Tarzia $389,750 1,400
3 Zohair Karim $252,190 1,120
4 Paul Dlugozima $171,950 840
5 Daniel Letts $122,275 700
6 Jeff Madsen $100,000 560
7 Michael De Gilio $75,150 420
8 James Joyner $53,495 280
9 Faraz Jaka $38,213 140

*Image courtesy of the World Poker Tour