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Ludovic Geilich Wins 2016 Card Player Poker Tour Wynn Classic Main Event

Scottish Poker Pro Tops Field of 499 Entries To Win $150,662


Ludovic Geilich has won the 2016 Card Player Poker Tour Wynn Classic $1,600 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event, outlasting a field of 499 entries to win the title, the trophy and the $150,662 first-place prize. The 28-year-old Scottish poker pro from Glasgow also earned 720 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win, enough to move him into 90th place in the overall standings.

The final day of this event resumed with 20 players remaining, including several big names like Justin Young (18th – $6,534), William Reynolds (17th – $6,534), David Levi (14th – $8,350) Craig Varnell (12th – $10,165) and Shawn Sheikhan (11th – $10,165).

For a time it appeared as if 2015 Card Player Player of the Year sixth-place finisher Benjamin Zamani was going to run away with this event, but his momentum faltered and he ended up busting in sixth place, earning $29,768.

Jared Hamby finished ninth in the CPPT Wynn main event last year, and managed to improve on that showing with a fourth-place finish this year, adding $53,727 to his lifetime live tournament earnings that now total $2.4 million.

After Hamby’s elimination Geilich held more than half of the chips in play three handed and looked to be in control. His two opponents Jim Petzing and Ed O’Connell didn’t back down though, and eventually he was left the shortest stack. Geilich couldn’t seem to win a hand for a while during three-handed play, but eventually he won a huge pot with pocket aces where he caught Jim Petzing making a move, doubling through him and then eliminating him in third place shortly after.

Ed O'ConnellHeads-up play began with Geilich holding 7.5 million to O’Connell’s 4.9 million, although. O’Connell was able to make up some ground before the final hand of the night arose. With blinds at 60,000 – 120,000 with an ante of 15,000 Geilich raised to 360,000 from the button. Ed O’Connell moved all in for 5,640,000 total and after plenty of consideration Geilich made the call with the ADiamond Suit10Diamond Suit.

He was in trouble against O’Connell’s ASpade SuitKDiamond Suit, that was until the flop brought the QHeart Suit10Heart Suit9Diamond Suit. The turn was the 3Diamond Suit, giving him an even larger lead heading into the river. The 7Club Suit secured the pot and the title for Geilich and sent O’Connell to the rail as the runner-up, earning $106,366 for his impressive showing.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Ludovic Geilich $150,662 720
2 Edward O’Connell $106,366 600
3 Jim Petzing $75,509 480
4 Jared Hamby $53,727 360
5 Nikolai Sears $39,206 300
6 Benjamin Zamani $29,768 240
7 Zachary Ackley $22,507 180
8 Christopher Stephan $16,699 120
9 Brian Hansen $12,706 60