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Zachary Smiley wins WPT Maryland Live for 356 536

Zachary Smiley wins WPT Maryland Live! for $356,536

A total of 554 players paid $3,500 to enter the World Poker Tour Maryland Live! event, creating a pricepool of $1,772,800. In the end, it was medical school dropout Zachary Smiley who came out the strongest. He beat Ryan Belz heads-up to win the trophy and $356,536 (this price includes a $15,000 seat for the WPT Tournament of Champions).

 

 

The chipcounts were as follows at the beginning of the final table:

Player

Chips

Big Blinds

Ryan Belz

4.865.000

81

Zachary Smiley

1.255.000

21

Mario Silvestri III

2.700.000

45

Darren Elias

4.515.000

75

Ben Zamani

2.075.000

35

Cate Hall

1.235.000

21

 

 

Smiley, who started the last table with one of the 2 shortstacks, managed to double up on the river with against Zamani's when the board ran out . The players were 6-handed for 72 straight hands, that's when Hall got all her chips in the middle with and couldn't hit against Belz' , she finished 6th for $68,554.

Ten hands later, a huge 3-way all-in occured where Belz got unlucky. His queens were in perfect shape to knock Smiley (ace-ten) and Zamani (pocket 8's) out, but Smiley managed to spike an ace to survive, while Zamani finished in 5th place for $85,429.

 

Darren Elias, who already holds 2 WPT-titles, couldn't secure his third victory as he finished in 4th for $113,905 when his was no good against Silvestri's .

Silvestri's then didn't get lucky against Smiley's on a board of , he finished 3rd for $153,983.

 

Smiley started heads-up play with a 2:1 chipadvantage, and within 30 hands all Belz' chips were in the middle with ace-queen, flipping against the pocket 5's of Smiley. The board ran out and Smiley earned his first ever recorded live poker result.

 

The payouts:

Place

Player

Price

1

Zachary Smiley

$356.536

2

Ryan Belz

$239.412

3

Mario Silvestri

$153.983

4

Darren Elias

$113.905

5

Benjamin Zamani

$85.429

6

Cate Hall

$68.554

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