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Scott Seiver Wins World Poker Tour World Championship

Scott Seiver

After a day off in the World Poker Tour World Championship, the players returned to play the official final table on Friday. Galen Hall entered the day as chip leader but at the end of the day all that mattered was that Scott Seiver was the last man standing and holding the $1,618,344 first-place prize.

The first elimination occurred on the 45th hand, according to the WPT Live Update Team. Justin Young was the one who fell in sixth place at the hands of Hall. The two got all the money in preflop with Young’s {A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} dominated by Hall’s {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}. The board ran out {5-Spades}{4-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} to give Hall the win. Young walked away with $225,654 in prize money.

On the very next hand, Tony Gargano hit the rail. He moved all-in over the top of a raise from Seiver, who called with {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}. Gargano held {K-Hearts}{J-Hearts} and again the shorter-stacked player was dominated. The board ran out {A-Spades}{8-Hearts}{3-Spades}{6-Spades}{4-Clubs} and Gargano was gone in fifth place for a payday of $278,749.

Just 12 hands later, Roger Teska was sent off stage. With the blinds at 60,000/120,000 with a 15,000 ante, Hall moved all-in from the small blind for 4.295 million. Teska called all-in for less from the big blind and tabled the {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. Hall held {J-Spades}{9-Spades}. A jack-high board of {J-Hearts}{5-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} ran out and Teska finished in fourth place for $371,665.

Hall, Seiver and Farzad Bonyadi battled until Hand #113 when Hall was eventually eliminated. He raised all-in from the small blind for 2.4 million with the blinds at 80,000/160,000 with a 15,000 ante. Seiver made the call in the big blind holding {K-Spades}{10-Hearts} and was in front of Hall’s {J-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. The flop of {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} gave Seiver trip kings, but Hall picked up a flush draw. The {9-Spades} fell on the turn and the {6-Clubs} on the river to eliminate Hall in third place for $589,355.

When heads-up play started, Seiver held a big lead with 16.265 million in chips to Bonyadi’s 5.735 million. The battle between the two lasted 41 hands before Seiver was finally able to put the finishing touches on Bonyadi.

Seiver min-raised the button to 400,000 and Bonyadi called to see the flop come down {10-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{2-Spades}. Both players checked and the turn was the {Q-Clubs}, which prompted both players to check again. The river completed the board with the {K-Spades} and Seiver bet 600,000 after Bonyadi checked. Bonyadi check-raised to 1.4 million, but Seiver came back over the top with an all-in shove, having Bonyadi covered. Bonyadi called and tabled the {Q-Spades}{10-Hearts} for two pair. Seiver revealed a winning straight with the {J-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and it was all over.

Bonyadi claimed $1,061,900 for his second-place finish while Seiver notched the largest win of his career at $1,618,344! Now, Seiver holds a WPT bracelet to go along with his World Series of Poker bracelet won back in 2008.

Final Table Results

1Scott Seiver$1,618,344
2Farzad Bonyadi$1,061,900
3Galen Hall$589,355
4Roger Teska$371,665
5Tony Gargano$278,749
6Justin Young$225,654

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