Chino Rheem Wins $10K WPT Finale for Third Career WPT Title

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Chino Rheem is now one of just four players to win three World Poker Tour titles. (WPT/Joe Giron photo)

When the final table of the $10,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Finale began, there were a couple of storylines in play. Spain’s Adrian Mateos was hoping to become the youngest player to win poker’s Triple Crown and Chino Rheem, with two previous WPT titles under his belt, was looking to become just the fourth player with three.

Mateos saw his run ended early, but Rheem, with a rail of friends, family and supporters that kept growing as the final table wore on, came through in the end, beating Aditya Prasetyo heads-up to win the title and the accompanying $705,885. He also earned an automatic seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions that starts Friday at Seminole Hard Rock Casino.

“This one feels real good. It’s been a couple of years since I got to see anything substantial in any kind of tournament,” said Rheem, 36. “When you have a shot, and you’re close and you’ve been there before and you already know the process of what you’ve got to do. It just feels good to zig and zag and get there.”

Bryan Piccioli, the shortest stack at the start of the final table, was also the first player eliminated. Piccioli moved all in from under the gun, Richard Leger called from his left and Prasetyo called from the small blind. The flop came 6d5d4h and Leger and Prasetyo checked. The Qh turn got Prasetyo to check again, only to have Leger bet 600,000. Prasetyo folded. Leger tabled AsQc, which left Piccioli drawing dead after he showed AcTc. The 2s hit the river and Piccioli was out in sixth.

It took another hour of play before another player hit the rail. William Benson moved all in for 695,000 from UTG and Leger called from the small blind. Benson flipped over Ah9h and found himself racing against Leger’s 7h7s. The 8h7d3h flop gave Leger top set, but left Benson with the nut flush draw. The Ks turn and As river were both blanks, though, and Benson was out in fifth place.

Mateos’s run at becoming the youngest winner of poker’s Triple Crown (EPT, WSOP and WPT title winner) was cut short. Prasetyo raised to 150,000 from UTG and Mateos defended his big blind. The QsJh3h flop got checks from both players. The Ks turn got Mateos to bet 150,000 and Prasetyo called. Mateos moved all in after the 2d river and Prasetyo quickly called. Mateos showed Qd3d for a flopped two pair, but Prasetyo turned over AdTc for a turned straight, eliminating Mateos in fourth place.

The pace of play slowed with three players left as Rheem and Prasetyo each took turns with the lead while Leger continued to look for a spot to double up. Rheem opened to 215,000 from the button and Leger responded by moving all in for 1,785,000 – just under 18 big blinds. Rheem called and tabled AsTs, much to the chagrin of Leger who held Ad3d. The 9s9h5c flop gave Leger some chop outs, but the Ks turn and 6s river completed an unneeded flush for Rheem and sent Leger packing in third place.

Rheem started heads-up play with an 8-5 lead over Prasetyo. The two played 39 hands with Rheem never surrendering the lead. After increasing his lead to nearly 13-1, Rheem moved all in and Prasetyo called. Rheem held 7d6d while Prasetyo was slightly ahead with Kc9h. The board ran out JhTh4s7s7h to give Rheem trip sevens and eliminate Prasetyo.

With the win, Rheem joins Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen and Anthony Zinno as the only players to have won three WPT titles.

“For the years that I’ve been playing, I have created an image that is priceless. The good thing is I can, for the most part, take advantage of that image,” said Rheem.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Chino Rheem – $705,885
  2. Aditya Prasetyo – $484,130
  3. Richard Leger – $311,305
  4. Adrian Mateos – $200,510
  5. William Benson – $154,585
  6. Bryan Piccioli – $127,905

17 COMMENTS

  1. “For the years that I’ve been playing, I have created an image that is priceless. The good thing is I can, for the most part, take advantage of that image,” said Rheem.

    Is this a brag by Chino? yeah your image is priceless because you scammedoff millions of dollars.
    And yeah we know you will just use this win to take advantage of more innocent victims in the future. Just more ammunition to be used for future scams.

    • Lol poker players are such pussies. Dude scammed millions and nobody even punks the kid. Well there is that one video on YouTube of him getting punked at either aria or bellagio cash but besides that nothing. If he scammed me I’d get my money after this win

    • Lol poker players are such pussies. Dude scammed millions and nobody even punks the kid. Well there is that one video on YouTube of him getting punked at either aria or bellagio cash but besides that nothing. If he scammed me I’d get my money after this win

    • Curious what you expect people to do that were scammed if Chino couldn’t pay. Doing anything violent would probably wind you up in jail aka OJ Simpson.

    • You don’t necessarily need to be violent to scare the shit out of someone.

      Pretty sure a lot of that occurs in poker, it just isn’t smart to broadcast. Only when things go too far do you hear about them.

    • Lol poker players are such pussies..

      OMG thats the truth, check out OT one time you’ll see that…lol

    • Look at those goddam fingers!!! He’s ET !!!

      We’ll hear more chino screwin somebody stories for sure…these wins bring new victims into the picture…I BET a past victim will give him money again at some point….

    • i love how pokertube had an article about 5 pros who went broke and he was in it. glad he took this down fuk the haters who kno he ddnt pay his debts to so ppl it takes time to make it right. u guys that have an opinion might not know the whole story. keep crushing Cheeno!!!

    • i love how pokertube had an article about 5 pros who went broke and he was in it. glad he took this down fuk the haters who kno he ddnt pay his debts to so ppl it takes time to make it right. u guys that have an opinion might not know the whole story. keep crushing Cheeno!!!

      his only fan can’t spell his name correctly