Only 44 entrants tried their hands at the $100,000 WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas, and Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz outlasted them all. The winner bested poker pro Daniel Negreanu to win $1,589,219, a Hublot watch and an Aurae solid gold Mastercard preloaded with $10,000.
Just before, Holz took 30th in the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event for $31,611, which bumped his live earnings to $2.2 million. Prior to the win, his largest cash was $372,208 when he placed seventh in the EPT11 Grand Final Super High Roller.
Eight players came back for the final day of play, but from the start Holz held almost 40 percent of the chips. The money bubble burst at seven players when David Peters was sent home by Holz, who had a A♤, K♢ against Peters’ A♡, J♡. The flop saw a pair of kings for Holz.
The next to go, with $176,580, was Keith Tilson. Negreanu held pocket eights against Tolston’s jacks, and when Negreanu flopped the set it was all over. Kathy Lehne and Ankush Mandavia were next to go.
Sean Winter was sent home in seventh as Nick Petrangelo found some momentum and began building up his chip stack. It was Petrangelo, who took home fourth in the EPT Season 11 Malta €25,500 High Roller this year, that send Negreanu “Kid Poker” home in Level 19. Negreanu moved all in from the small blind with a K♢, 3♤. Petrangelo called with a Q♢, J♡ and the flop (J♤, 9♧, 4♤) gave him a pair. The turn (Q♧) and river (6♤) secured the deal and Negreanu went home with $640,103.
The final hand came 23 hands into heads-up play when Holz called Petrangelo’s shove. The former had a 5♤, 5♧ against the later’s A♢, Q♤. The flop (J♧, 3♤, 2♢) didn’t help anybody and the turn held more of the same (4♧). Petrangelo’s fate was up to the river, which delivered a 9♤ to no advantage.
He went home in the runner-up spot with $1,015,335.
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