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Buy-In: $5,000 + $180
Prize Pool: $1,003,950
Entrants: 207

$5,000 Championship Event

  • Mar 17, '13 - Mar 21, '13


Updates on Final Day (Mar 21, 13)


Dehkharghani Defeats Stein Heads Up For CPPT Wynn Title

Ray DehkharghaniThe title of Card Player Poker Tour Wynn Classic main event 2013 champion belongs to Ray Dehkharghani. The high-stakes cash-game player began the official ten-handed final table as the chip leader and went through some ups and downs before ultimately defeating Sam Stein during a heads-up match that lasted just seven hands.

The $235,931 score and title was easily Dehkharghani’s biggest no-limit hold’em win.
“I might have won two small limit tournaments at the WSOP along the way, but this is my biggest no-limit score without question,” the 42-year-old said.

Sam SteinAs a predominately limit hold’em and mixed-game cash games player, Dehkharghani had to not only adjust to a new form of the game, he had to switch to tournament style play. He also found himself seated with players he had not played with in the past. Those factors coupled with the fact he had been suffering from insomnia and nearly missed the buy-in deadline made Dehkharghani’s win all the more impressive.

“I was at a big experience deficit and the guys at the final table, especially Sam [Stein] and Tom [Marchese], they are both very accomplished players. I just basically had a good day. I learned a lot from them, they are very technically proficient and it was just a great learning experience,” he said.

When the 207-player field with a $1,003,950 prize pool had been whittled down to just three players, Dehkharghani, Stein and 2011 Card Player Player of the Year Marchese, the soon-to-be champion held more than half of the chips in play.

Tom MarcheseWith more than a 2-to-1 chip advantage over Stein, the final play of the tournament came down to pocket kings versus A-10. Stein raised, Dehkharghani three-bet and Stein moved all in. Dehkharghani snap-called and the tournament hinged on the upcoming board. The dealer spread 10Spade Suit 9Heart Suit 8Diamond Suit 5Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit and the short-lived heads up battle was over.

For the win, Dehkharghani earned 720 Card Player Player of the Year points.

Here is a look at the final results.

Rank Player Name Payout POY Points
1 Ray Dehkharghani $235,931 720
2 Sam Stein $170,672 600
3 Thomas Marchese $115,454 480
4 George Martov $82,324 360
5 Ben Palmer $58,229 300
6 Kevin Calenzo $43,672 240
7 Ray Qartomy $32,628 180
8 Soon Hwang $27,609 120
9 Olivier Busquet $24,597 60
10 Hyoung Chae $20,079 0

Dehkharghani Defeats Stein Heads Up

Ray DehkharghaniRay Dehkharghani has won the 2013 Card Player Poker Tour Wynn Classic Main Event. Dehkharghani defeated Sam Stein in a short heads up match when Stein moved all with ADiamond Suit10Heart Suit. Dehkharghani snapped-called with KClub SuitKSpade Suit and the board ran out 10Spade Suit9Heart Suit8Diamond Suit5Heart Suit7Diamond Suit.

Dehkharghani will take home $235,931 for his win. Stein leaves with $170,672.

Player Tags: Ray Dehkharghani,   Sam Stein

Heads Up

With the elimination of Tom Marchese as the third place finisher, the heads up match between Ray Dehkharghani and Sam Stein is now underway.

Dehkharghani begins the heads up battle with about a 2-to-1 chip advantage over Stein.

Ray Dehkharghani – 4,400,000
Sam Stein – 1,800,000

Player Tags: Ray Dehkharghani,   Sam Stein

Tom Marchese Eliminated in Third

Tom MarcheseTom Marchese has become the third place finisher for $115,454.

Marchese shoved his last 740,000 with 7Club Suit7Diamond Suit and Ray Dehkharghani snap-called with 10Club Suit10Diamond Suit.

The board ran out ASpade SuitQDiamond Suit6Heart Suit9Club Suit8Heart Suit and Marchese was eliminated.

Player Tags: Ray Dehkharghani,   Tom Marchese

Dehkharghani Holds Massive Chip Lead

Ray Dehkharghani now has about four million of the 6.2 million chips in play.

Dehkharghani further increased his stack in a recent hand with Tom Marchese.

Looking at a flop of JSpade Suit9Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit Marchese bet 100,000 from the small blind. Dehkharghani called from the big blind to see the 4Diamond Suit open on the turn. Marchese bet 245,000 and Dehkharghani called to see the 6Club Suit on the river.

Marchese then bet 545,000 and Dehkharghani went into the tank before making the call. Marchese showed KSpade Suit10Diamond Suit but Dehkharghani showed AHeart SuitJDiamond Suit for a pair of Jacks to take the pot.

Marchese is now down to about one million while Dehkharghani is up to about four million.

Player Tags: Ray Dehkharghani,   Tom Marchese

Stein Doubles Through Dehkharghani

Ray Dehkharghani has taken the chip lead from Tom Marchese and is now holding more than 50 percent of the chips in play. But some of those chips have now been moved over to Sam Stein’s stack.

With about 3,200,000 million in front of him Dehkharghani moved all in with QDiamond SuitQHeart Suit. Stein called for his last 546,000 with ASpade SuitJHeart Suit and was well behind.

Both players picked up a flush draw on a flop of 7Spade Suit6Spade Suit4Spade Suit but Stein held the Ace. Dehkharghani stayed ahead after the turn of 2Diamond Suit but the 8Spade Suit on the river gave Stein the Ace-high flush and a double up.

Stein is now up to about 1,141,000.

Player Tags: Ray Dehkharghani,   Sam Stein

Break Time

The final three players are on another ten minute break. They will return at Level 25, 15,000-30,000 blinds, 4,000 ante.


Stein Gets A Few More Chips

Sam Stein has added a few more chips to his stack and given himself a little more breathing room.

Stein completes from the small blind and Tom Marchese checks his option in the big blind. The flop is 10Diamond Suit6Diamond Suit5Heart Suit and Stein bets 35,000. Marchese calls and the two see the KHeart Suit open on the turn. Both players check to the river and see the 2Club Suit.

Stein bets 68,000, Marchese raises to 210,000 and Stein calls. Marchese shows QDiamond Suit2Diamond Suit but Stein has the better hand with JClub Suit10Club Suitfor a pair of Tens.

Marchese still holds more than half the chips in play and Stein is up to about 1,160,000.

Player Tags: Sam Stein,   Tom Marchese

Gheorgui Martov Eliminated in Fourth

Gheorgui MartovGheorgui Martov moved all in for about 580,000 after a flop of ADiamond Suit10Club Suit4Club Suit from under the gun and was called by Ray Dehkharghani in the big blind.

Martov held QClub Suit10Spade Suit against Dehkharghani’s ASpade Suit4Spade Suit. The board completed 8Heart Suit7Diamond Suit and Martov was eliminated as the fourth place finisher for $82,324.

Player Tags: Ray Dehkharghani,   Georgui Martov

Marchese Holds Chip Lead

Tom MarcheseTom Marchese has been holding on to the chip lead for quite some time now and does not appear to be giving it up any time soon.

Tom Marchese – 3,090,000
Ray Dehkharghani – 1,645,000
Sam Stein – 910,000
Gheorgui Martov – 580,000

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