Alex Yen arrived on the ideal desk of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Lucky Hearts Poker Launch with the chip lead. He left the Seminole Now not easy Rock Resort and On line casino with a match title and $975,240.
For Yen, it was his first-ever significant match hold and much and away the most keen rating of his poker occupation. He entered the $3,500 design shut-in match in Hollywood, Florida with upright below $400,000 in lifetime live match cashes in accordance with The Hendon Mob.
The Lucky Hearts Poker Launch, the first match of the WPT’s 20th season, had 1,982 entrants. Entering Wednesday’s session handiest six remained, none of whom was a previous WPT champion.
WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Launch Last Table Results
The utilization of the Devoted Stack to his Advantage
Yen had over 130 mountainous blinds when the ideal desk and his chip lead was below no instances critically challenged exterior of a brief 2d at some level of heads-up play. Daniel Lazrus, a two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, acquired a urge to bust Omar Lakhdari in sixth set ($208,025) early on.
Quickly after, Joshua Kay found himself on the brief dwell of the 60/40 stick in opposition to Anton Wigg and was eradicated in fifth set ($272,830). Just a few hands later, Yen passe pocket queens to bust Nicholas Verderamo, who went out in fourth set ($361,130).
Lazrus, who doubled moments earlier, misplaced a urge in opposition to Yen and was despatched residence in third set ($482,380), constructing a heads-up match between Wigg and Yen.
When heads-up play started, Yen held better than a 2.5:1 chip lead, but Wigg, an performed honorable with over $3.2 million in previous live match cashes, wouldn’t trail away with out a fight. Early on within the match, he moved all in preflop with the and the hand held up in opposition to the of Yen.
At that level, the match was near to even, and then Wigg would decide a slim lead. On the opposite hand, Yen would then birth up to determine over the lead, and he below no instances relinquished it. On the ideal hand, he flopped the joint with on a board of . When the got right here on the turn, Wigg jammed with and his opponent snap-known as. The on the river ended the match and Alex Yen was topped the latest World Poker Tour champion.
WPT Season XX will proceed April 8 at this identical casino with the $3,500 design shut-in Seminole Now not easy Rock Poker Showdown.
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