Dutch Farid Yachou wins WPT Tournament of Champions for $381,600

On Friday, April 22th, 64 players paid $15,000 and started at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Hollywood. Last night, two days later, it was Dutch amateur Farid Yachou who was undefeatable, earning him the money, a WPT-title and a lot of extra goodies.

 

 

The final table saw some notable names, including Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi, Noah Schwartz and Jonathan Jaffe. Each player was guaranteed $58,300, but they were all competing for the $381,600 first price.

 

 

Yachou started the final table 5th in chips, and after a couple of orbits he was the absolute shortstack with just a couple of big blinds left. That is when things started to turn around for him, as he managed to spike a double holding Kh2h vs Schwartz’ AcKs. After some buttonclicking and dodging bullets, suddenly Yachou was the chipleader.

 

 

When they were down to three players, they exchanged chipleads a couple of times before Yachou called off Mizrachi’s shove. Yachou held the 4c4d and was flipping against Mizrachi’s Kc9d. A 4 in the window did the job, and Yachou started the heads-up battle as a big favourite.

 

 

After twelve hands of heads-up play, Yachou shoved the river on a board of 8h2h2cTc8d. Romanian Vlad Darie made the call with Kc7c but couldn’t beat the As2d of Yachou, who won his second WPT title after winning WPT Amsterdam for $225,073 a year ago. Vlad Darie won $224,190 for his second place.

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