Kevin “1sickdisease” Eyster will have his name etched into the World Poker Tour (WPT) Champions’ Cup for the second time after winning the Five Diamond World Poker Classic at The Bellagio, beating 639 entrants and going home with $1,587,382. He also won Monster 24K headphones, a Hublot Oceanographic 4000 watch, and a solid gold MasterCard.
The final table of six started with Jake Schwartz holding the chip lead. Eddie Ochana was the first to go when he ran his K♤, J♢ into Schwartz’s A♤, J♤. The board came 7♡, 6♤, 4♢, 4♧, 9♡ and Schwartz’s ace-high held on. Ochana went home with $226,238.
The lone lady in the final sextet, Cate Hall, was the next to go when she went all-in with pocket fives; Ben Yu called with A♤, 7♧ and the board gave him a set on the river (J♡, 7♤, 3♧, 2♢, 7♢). Next, Yu sent Schwartz – whose fortunes had since turned – home. Yu (A♢, 4♤) shoved all-in from the button and Schwartz (A♡, 10♢) called from the big blind. The flop (K♤, 7♢, 4♢) put Yu ahead, and the turn (6♤) and river (Q♡) didn’t help Schwartz, who had to settle for fourth place and $412,187.
It wasn’t until hand 149 that three-handed play saw some real action; Yu and his K♤, Q♡ fell to Eyster’s 6♤, 6♡, sending “Professor Ben” home in third with just over $600 K.
That left Bill Jennings and Eyster to duke it out in heads-up play.
Almost 40 hands later, Eyster ended the affair. On the final hand, the champ (sitting on A♢, Q♧) raised to 800,000 before the flop and Jennings (K♡, 9♢) called. Sitting on second pair, Jennings check-called after the flop (A♤, 9♤, 4♧) and then checked the 4♡ on the turn. Eyster, holding top-pair, wasn’t going to let Jennings see a free card, and put forced him all-in before the river. Jennings called again, but got no help from the final card (5♡).
Eyster now has $4,040,031 in lifetime earnings and is first on Louisiana’s all-time money list.
Final table results:
The WPT will start again with the Borgata Winter Poker Open on Jan. 31.
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