In the early hours of Saturday Morning, the 2013 $25,000 WPT Championship came to an end, with one of poker’s more controversial stars taking the title.
Controversy has followed Chino throughout his career, but he wasn’t the only one at the final table who had skeletons in the closet. Runner-up Eric “E-Dog” Lindgren is no stranger to the heat from the poker community, but these two less than immaculate players were the final two from a stacked field at the Borgata Casino in Las Vegas.
Rheem went into the final six with the chip lead, in fact he had nearly twice the stack of Lindgren who came into the final day in second place.
First blood from the final six was drawn by Canadian Pro Jonathan Roy, when he eliminated David Peters in sixth for $173,993. Roy was aiming to take the WPT Season XI Player of the Year honours by winning the event.
The next head to be scalped was Brandon Steven, even after he had flopped a straight flush earlier in the action. Steven’s pocket Tens were cracked when Roy turned up holding a suited small ace that ended up with a higher two pair. Steven Exited with $223,203 for his troubles.
Roy was really in control of the action, and was responsible for the next elimination as well. Matt Hyman was on the sharp end of a cooler so cold that CERN wanted it for research into particle physics. Hyman’s pocket Kings were crushed pre-flop by Roy’s Aces, and the community cards we’re any help. Hyman went home with $289,988 to try and warm him up.
While Roy was closing in on the chip lead, it wasn’t in the stars for him to raise the trophy for the event, or beat out Matt Salsberg for the Player of the Year title.
Roy lost out on a massive pot against Rheem when his set of eights were destroyed on the river when Chino’s AdTd made the nut flush, and he snapped off Roy’s river shove.
Matt Salsberg was certainly happy, and he tweeted when he got the news the river was a diamond:
Thanks @chinorheem for getting there!
— matt salsberg (@msalsberg) May 25, 2013
Chino went into the heads up battle with a dominant chip lead, with more than 75% of the chips in play. It still took nearly 100 hands and more than two hours to clinch his second WPT win.
Rheem had got Lindgren down to 10 big blinds, and applied the pressure by open shoving the last hand. “E-Dog” called, and Rheem had his Qd9d dominated, with Kd9c. Rheem was confident, and turned to his rail and said “I got him.”
The board ran out, and Chino’s K high was the winning hand.
Chino pocketed $1,150,297 for his win while second place Eric won $650,275. The full results from the final six are below:
- Chino Rheem – $1,150,297
- Eric “E-Dog” Lindgren – $650,275
- Jonathan Roy – $421,800
- Matt Hyman – $289,988
- Brandon Steven – $223,203
- David Peters – $173,993
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