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Farid Yachou Wins World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions

WPT Amsterdam Main Event Champion Wins $381,600, A 2016 Corvette and Much More


Farid Yachou has won the inaugural Monster World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions, taking home $381,600 for the win in addition to several prizes, including a 2016 Corvette, a Hublot watch and several other incredible prizes. The 2015 WPT Amsterdam main event champion earned his seat in this event when he topped that field of 341 players.

This time around the 36-year-old businessman from Leeuwarden, Netherlands defeated a field of 64 players, some of whom like Yachou won their way into this event by taking down a WPT main event this season. The rest of the field was made up of champions of WPT events from prior seasons, who were able to buy into this rake-free event for $15,000.

Yachou came into the televised final table of six in fifth chip position, but scored the first knockout when his pocket jacks held up against Darren Elias to knock out the two-time WPT champ in sixth place. Yachou also eliminated Michael Mizrachi in third place to take a slight lead into the heads-up battle against Vlad Darie.

From there it took only 12 hands for Yachou to seal the deal. In the final hand Darie raised to 50,000 from the button and Yachou called. The flop came down 8Heart Suit2Heart Suit2Club Suit and Yachou checked. Darie bet 50,000 and Yachou check-raised to 250,000. After some thought Darie made the call and the 10Club Suit hit the turn. Yachou cut out a bet 200,000 and Darie again made the call after some time in the tank. The 8Diamond Suit on the river completed the board and Yachou moved all-in for around 1.6 million, having Darie’s stack well covered. Darie decided to make the call with the KClub Suit7Diamond Suit, playing the two pair on the board with a king high kicker from his hand. Yachou revealed the ASpade Suit2Diamond Suit for deuces full of eights, securing the pot and sending Darie to the rail as the runner-up.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Farid Yachou $381,600
2 Vlad Darie $224,190
3 Michael Mizrachi $140,450
4 Jonathan Jaffe $95,400
5 Noah Schwartz $74,200
6 Darren Elias $58,300
7 Andy Frankenberger $47,700
8 Yevgeniy Timoshenko $38,160

Winner photo courtesy of WPT / Joe Giron.