Demo Kiriopoulos Wins Record WPT Fallsview

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Demo Kiriopoulos
Demo Kiriopoulos wins record-breaking WPT Fallsview Poker Classic (photo: Joe Giron/World Poker Tour)

The World Poker Tour has a new WPT Champions Club member. On Monday night, Canadien Demo Kiriopoulos captured first place in the Season XVII WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event. Kiriopoulos topped a record-breaking field of 602 entries to win the C$517,424 ($382,894) top prize.

WPT Fallsview Final Table Results

1st: Demo Kiriopoulos – C$517,424*
2nd: Wing Yeung – C$362,853
3rd: Andrew Pantling – C$233,339
4th: Jake Schwartz – C$167,388
5th: James Morgan – C$128,471
6th: Noeung Troeung – C$105,170

*First place includes a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.

Nineteen players remained to enter the third and final day of play, with Kiriopoulos sitting 14th on the leaderboard. Chanracy Khun was the only remaining WPT Champions Club member in the field and Garrett Dansereau was in the lead.

Khun busted in 11th place, just after the last woman standing, Christine Do, went out in 12th. Kiriopoulos then knocked out Yuri Siniak in 10th place, as Andrew Pantling continued to lead the way.

Pantling padded his lead with the knockout of Jason Sagle in ninth place, and then Brad Lampman was eliminated in eighth place by Jake Schwartz.

Dansereau, the start-of-day chip leader, bowed out in seventh when his AdTs couldn’t win against Schwartz’s KsKc, according to the WPT coverage.

With six players left, it was still Pantling out in front in a big way. He had 9.475 million and Schwartz was the next largest stack at 4.07 million. At the time, Kiriopoulos was fourth in chips with 2.855 million. Kiriopoulos began chipping up right away and soon found himself second in chips behind only Pantling, who had also chipped up to more than 10 million in chips.

On the 28th hand of six-handed play, Noeung Troeung was eliminated in sixth place by James Morgan. A handful of hands later, Kiriopoulos clashed big against Pantling to take over the chip lead.

During five-handed play, Kiriopoulos and Pantling exchanged the chip lead a few times. Pantling then took a big chunk out of Morgan before Morgan busted in fifth place to Wing Yeung. Schwartz then went out in fourth place when he couldn’t win with the QhJh against the As8d of Kiriopoulos.

Three-handed play started with Pantling and Kiriopoulos almost tied for the chip lead, and Yeung in third place. Yeung found a double through Kiriopoulos, then Kiriopoulos found a double through Pantling.

After the dinner break, Kiriopoulos came back and went to work. He quickly moved into the lead before he won a big pot off Yeung who had just doubled through Pantling. That allowed Kiriopoulos to really separate himself from the pack.

Pantling went out to Yeung in third place when his pocket kings couldn’t hold up against the pocket twos of Yeung. Kiriopoulos had the lead entering heads-up play by about 2-1.

The two battled for quite some time, but in the end, Kiriopoulos was too much for Yeung to handle. Kiriopoulos won the big pots and the majority of the small pots to finish Yeung off and win his first WPT title.

On the final hand, Kiriopoulos called Yeung’s shove with pocket tens. Yeung had the Jd6d and failed to improve. He earned C$362,853 ($268,511) for his runner-up finish.

Hublot WPT Player of the Year Update

With the win, Kiriopoulos soared past $1 million in career live tournament earnings. He also picked up a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions and 1,200 points in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race.

Ping Liu added to his Hublot WPT Player of the Year lead with a 62nd-place finish at WPT Fallsview. Liu now has 1,900 points and is 50 points ahead of Tony Ruberto in second place. Liu has six cashes and two WPT final tables on the season.

Schwartz, who took fourth at WPT Fallsview, added 800 points to move to 1,650 points overall. He’s currently in third place.

The winner of the Hublot WPT Player of the Year for Season XVII will earn a $15,000 WPT Passport that can be used as buy-in credit across global WPT events. The winner also receives a custom Hublot watch. Second place in the race will earn a $7,500 WPT Passport, and third place gets a $2,500 WPT Passport.