When the World Poker Tour Gardens Poker Championship reached their final table 55 days ago, the poker world was given a chance to get to know a little bit about chip leader Frank Stepuchin. On Tuesday night, Stepuchin put on quite a show, eliminating four of his opponents while devouring tandoori chicken wings at the table on his way to winning the title and $548,825.
The final six players played for 90 minutes before finally seeing an elimination. From the hijack, Jonathan Abdellatif moved all in for 590,000 with . Action folded to Stepuchin in the big blind and he called with . The flop gave Stepuchin the lead and the turn gave him a boat. The river provided nothing but a needle for Abdellatif as he was eliminated in sixth place.
It took less than an hour before the next player was sent to the rail and once again, it was Stepuchin doing the work. Ray Qartomy moved all in from UTG for his last 335,000 with and Stepuchin called from the small blind with . The board ran out and Qartomy was out in fifth place.
Shannon Shorr then took over the role of executioner. From UTG Shorr raised to 105,000 with before Brent Roberts moved all in from the small blind with and Shorr insta-called. The flop changed nothing and neither did the turn before the river gave Shorr an unneeded set to bust Roberts in fourth place.
A blind versus blind battle set up the next elimination. Shorr folded his button, Stepuchin bet 1,530,000 from the small blind with and Sung called off his last 775,000 with . The flop gave Stepuchin all kinds of outs. The turn gave Stepuchin Broadway but Sung still had four outs to a full house. The river was not one of them and Sung was out in third place.
Heads up play began with Stepuchin holding 85% of the chips in play. Shorr was able to chip up a little bit, but Stepuchin wasn’t going to be denied his victory. Shorr raised to 160,000 from the button and Stepuchin called and then check-called Shorr’s bet of 210,000 after the flop. The turn was the and Stepuchin checked again. Shorr bet 650,000 before Stepuchin moved all in for 7,165,000. Shorr called and turned over for two pair while Stepuchin showed for top pair with a straight draw. The river was the to give Stepuchin a better two pair and $548,825 along with his first WPT title.
Final Table Payouts
- Frank Stepuchin – $548,825
- Shannon Shorr – $355,885
- Steve Sung – $259,880
- Brent Roberts – $192,465
- Ray Qartomy – $144,595
- Jonathan Abdellatif – $110,225