Season XIV of the World Poker Tour saw another event come to a completion over the weekend, as the WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic wrapped up. The R36,000 Main Event (approx. $2,600) was won by Ben Cade for R1,382,000 (approx. $100,000) after he defeated the field of 135 entries.
Final Table Results
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*First-place prize includes a $15,400 seat into the season-ending WPT World Championship.
It didn't take long at the final table for the first player to be eliminated, as Dean Doucha fell on the third hand of play. He went out when he ran pocket tens into Cade's pocket jacks.
A handful of hands later, Diana Sventz hit the rail in fifth place on the 28th hand of the final table. The man ho eliminated her, Nipun Java, followed her out the door when he ran the into Cade's pocket kings.
Shortly into three-handed play, it was reported that Cade took a big hand from Aaron Overton to move into the chip lead. Overton couldn't recover from that and fell on the 70th hand of the final table to Mark Lifman.
Cade took a lead of 2.15 million to 1.84 million into heads-up play against Lifman, and it only took one hand between the two to seal the victory for Cade.
On the 71st hand of the final table, the two found the money in preflop in what turned out to be a bit of a cooler of a hand. Lifman had the , and Cade had the . The flop, turn, and river ran out , and Lifman was eliminated in second place. For his runner-up finish, Lifman earned R797,200 (approx. $57,684).
For Cade, the win marked the largest score of his career. Previously, his biggest cash was worth $26,143 from a previous WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic event in 2014.
*Data and photo courtesy of the WPT.