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Dylan Wilkerson Wins WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic for $147,509

Dylan Wilkerson

Over the weekend, the World Poker Tour Emperors Palace Poker Classic — a tournament that attracted 166 players and created a prize pool of $475,836 — played out in South Africa. After three days of play, poker pro Dylan Wilkerson emerged victorious to capture the $147,509 first-place prize.

The third time proved the charm for Wilkerson, who previously finished runner-up at both the Season XII WPT Fallsview Poker Classic and Bay 101 Shooting Star. In addition to the six-figure score, Wilkerson etched his name on the WPT Champions Cup, was awarded a pair of Monster DNA headphones, and earned a $15,600 entry into the WPT World Championship.

Final Table Results

1Dylan Wilkerson$147,509
2Richard Barnard$85,651
3Diane Crous$54,721
4Chris Convery$38,543
5Aaron Overton$29,740
6Darryn Lipman$22,602

According to the WPT live blog, the first elimination of the final table came in Level 24 (12,000/24,000/4,000) on Hand #19 when Darryn Lipman shoved all in for 283,000 from the small blind and Chris Convery called him from the big.

Lipman: {a-Clubs}{2-Spades}
Convery: {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts}

Lipman was in need of some help, and he got a little as the {7-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop delivered him a wheel draw. Unfortunately for him, the {7-Clubs} blanked on the turn followed by the {5-Spades} on the river, and he had to settle for sixth place and $22,602.

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Aaron Overton

Ten hands later, Aaron Overton got his short stack all in preflop holding the {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs} only to run into the {a-Hearts}{k-Spades} of Diane Crous. The board ran out a clean {7-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}, and Overton was bounced in fifth place for $29,740.

On Hand #100, which happened in Level 26 (20,000/40,000/5,000), Convery was felled in fourth. It happened when Wilkerson min-raised to 80,000 from the button and then called when Convery three-bet all in for 415,000 from the big blind.

Convery: {10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
Wilkerson: {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

Neither player paired after the board ran out {k-Spades}{j-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}, which meant Wilkerson’s queen high was enough to score the knockout. Convery was followed out the door four hands later by Crous, who got her stack all in holding the {a-Spades}{k-Spades} against the {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} of Wilkerson. Crous managed to take the lead when a king appeared on the flop, but the board four-flushed with diamonds and Wilkerson took it down with a flush.

Wilkerson began heads-up play just two big blinds behind Richard Barnard, but over the course of 61 hands he pulled out to a nice lead. Then, on Hand #165 in Level 27 (25,000/50,000/5,000), Barnard opened for 175,000 and then called off for roughly a million after Wilkerson three-bet all in.

Wilkerson: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}
Barnard: {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}

Barnard was way behind, and he failed to catch up as the board ran out {10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{6-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. Barnard finished as runner-up for $85,651, while Wilkerson became champion and captured the $147,509 first-place prize.

The next WPT Main Event will take place from Nov. 18-23 at the partypoker WPT UK at From Dusk Till Dawn, which the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to live report.

*Photos courtesy of WPT.

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