It has been a busy few weeks for Pat Lyons. In August, he took down the 12th annual Arizona State Poker Championship for $241,700, the biggest score of his career (at the time). While most would have taken some time to unwind after such a success, Lyons joined 687 other players in Los Angeles for the 2016 World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker, where he blew his short-lived personal best out of the water with a $615,346 cash.
Thursday began the final six with Lyons trailing behind one of the event favorites, William Vo, a 77-year-old Los Angeles local. Lyons was quick to take control of the game, however, when he busted Brazilian Rafael Oliveira in the seventh-hand.
Vo was next to go in a surprise twist; he called Upeshka De Silva’s pair of jacks with an A, K. After that score, De Silva moved into first and then cemented his lead when he eliminated Todd Peterson in fourth-place.
De Silva would soon lose the lead, however, and was the next to go when he went all-in on a pair of jacks against a Q, 10. His jacks fell to a pair of queens and the World Series of Poker bracelet-winner won $198,720 for third-place.
Heads-up play began with Lyons up 2-to-1 in chip count against Benjamin Zamani, who held the lead in the race for WPT Player of the Year and scored first-place in the WPT Choctaw Championship Event earlier this summer. It wasn’t a long battle, though, and Lyons had secured the win by the 18th hand.
The win came with $615,346, gold Monster 24K headphones, a Hublot King Power Unico Carbon and Red watch, and a seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions.
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