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Chino Rheem Wins 2013 World Poker Tour $25,000 Championship

Rheem Defeated Erick Lindgren Heads-Up To Capture Title and $1,150,297 First-Place Prize

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Chino Rheem has won his second World Poker Tour main event title, topping a field of 146 entrants in the $25,000 buy-in WPT Championship. For the win Rheem was awarded $1,150,297 and 1,008 Card Player Player of the Year points. Rheem had already had quite a run at the Five Star World Poker Classic (the Bellagio series that features the WPT Championship.) Prior to the main event he made three prelim final tables, finishing fourth once and runner-up twice. As a result of this success he has made his way to 25th in the overall POY rankings.

With the seven-figure payday, Rheem’s live tournament earnings now exceed $6.8 million. Despite those impressive results, Rheem has not always been able to hold on to his winnings, as he himself discussed in his post-win interview with WPT Tournament Director Matt Savage.

“So [this win] was very special to me,” said Rheem. “Because I’ve been giving a lot of chances in my life, and before when I had score I would tell myself that I wouldn’t put myself in the same position, and I still found myself in the same position. Hopefully I can have a better outlook on life and what I’m going to do with it… I’m definitely going to try to not be so impulsive, and just make better life decisions.”

Rheem defeated Erick Lindgren heads-up for the title. Lindgren, who himself has had very public struggles in recent years, earned $650,275 for his runner-up finish. Rheem also gave his thoughts on the two of them getting heads-up.

“I want the public to realize: Don’t judge unless you really understand or you know. Erick’s a great guy. Yeah he’s had his ups and downs, but who hasn’t? Who hasn’t made mistakes?” said Rheem. “He’s just trying to make better with his life doing what he’s very good at doing.”

Here is the entire interview from the World Poker Tour:

Rheem and Lindgren had to outlast a tough final table that featured the likes of Matt Hyman, Brandon Steven, David Peters and 2012 WPT Montreal champ Jonathan Roy. Roy earned $421,800 and 672 POY points for his third-place finish. Roy had previously made the final table of the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and as a result of these two huge scores, he has climbed to 15th place in the overall POY standings with 1,812 points and $981,800 in year-to-date earnings.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this televised final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Chino Rheem $1,150,297 1008
2 Erick Lindgren $650,275 840
3 Jonathan Roy $421,800 672
4 Matt Hyman $289,988 504
5 Brandon Steven $223,203 420
6 David Peters $173,993 336
 
 
 
 

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idun215
over 7 years ago

time to pay ur debts chino and edog

 
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spoon010
over 7 years ago

these two own me money, time to pay up

 
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VirginiaBob
over 7 years ago

well from what i have heard... E-Dog was most likely staked because he is broke. so nor aur4 how much of the winnings he can keep. Then the people that he ows money to will be in line. well e-dog go buy an in and out burger because that is about all u will have left. That is a shame because he is such a nice guy. Best of luck E-dog

 
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Rocky1
over 7 years ago

I am happy for Chino Rheem. I really hope you mean what you say. Yes, you where given many opportunities and you screw up with your money.Hope this time you should be smart enough to invest some of your money outside poker even a small business.As we know when we are cold no matter what we do its hard to win and its good to know you have something to fall back in.Yes take care of the people who took care of you or pay what you owe but leave something for yourself.Our worst enemy is ourselves. Discipline and money management is the key.Stay away from pit games or sports betting. that's where we go broke.Stick with poker where you are good and cant go wrong.also, just play the limit where your bankroll is suitable.risk small to win big.Hard to be broke! Value every penny.i see people working 100 hours a week to make 1500, thats me.I just came back from a vacation in Philippines and i see people making $200 a month.So respect your money.God bless you and more power.Rocky E.

 
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Rocky1
over 7 years ago

I owe a lot of money that everywhere i go i see people i owe money.That really sucks.I have to quit poker to save my family and go back to work.Poker is a hard way to make an easy living.To all the people i owe money just forgive me. maybe in the near future i might go back and win big then i can pay you back.in the meantime you are drawing dead.just put me in your temporary uncollectible list:)

 
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robtr3
over 7 years ago

Nice to see two guys who've fallen on hard times (even if by their own doing) bounce back. Hopefully they've set their heads on straight going forward; between this article and the one in Bluff magazine about Lindgren, it sounds like they're both working toward cleaning up their respective messes and getting back on track.

 
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