[CAPTION=100%]Pat Lyons wins the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event, earning over $615,000. (Photo credit Joe Giron/WPT)[/CAPTION]
Hours after making the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker final table at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, Pat Lyonstweeted:
— Pat Lyons (@flyinlyons) September 1, 2016
A professional poker player from Hillsborough, California, Lyons’ prediction came true, winning $615,346 and a seat into the 2017 WPT Tournament of Champions.
The $4,000 Main Event drew a field of 687 entries for a prize pool of almost $2,500,000 paid out to the top 72 players. WPT Champions Club members finishing in the money were Andy Frankenberger, Olivier Busquet, Seth Davies, defending champion Mike Shariati, Chino Rheem, James Mackey and Taylor Paur.
The final table was led by 77-year-old William Vo, hoping to pass Doyle Brunson as the oldest player to win a WPT title. Second in chips was Lyons, winner of the Arizona State Poker Championship for over $240,000 in August. A pair of 2015 WSOP bracelet winners – Upeshka De Silva and Benjamin Zamani – held down third and fourth place respectively. Todd Peterson and Rafael ‘Mahalael’ Oliveira rounded out the lineup, as they started with the following chips:
Seat 1: William Vo – 5,260,000
Seat 2: Pat Lyons – 4,980,000
Seat 3: Benjamin Zamani – 3,215,000
Seat 4: Todd Peterson – 1,930,000
Seat 5: Upeshka De Silva – 4,475,000
Seat 6: Rafael Oliveira – 780,000
It was a short stay at the final table for Rafael Oliveira, eliminated on the seventh hand. Facing a limp from Benjamin Zamani and a raise from Upeshka De Silva, Oliveira looked down at and moved his short stack all in. Zamani folded and De Silva called with . The board ran out as De Silva made runner-runner trips to end Oliveira’s tournament.
Early action at the final table featured a couple of events one would find in a cash game. The players agreed to show one card every time they won a pot. When Pat Lyons wasn’t active with his table talk, he wandered away from the table for several hands at a time, even as the chip leader.
William Vo had the support of many spectators railing him at the Bike, but he couldn’t maintain his success from earlier in the tournament, finishing in fifth place. Vo lost a huge pot to Todd Peterson, attempting a huge bluff on the river with nine-high as Peterson eventually called, showing two pair. A few hands later, Vo attempted another bluff on the river, shoving with on a board. Zamani called with and his pair of jacks left Vo taking home a six-figure payday.
Finishing in fourth place was Peterson, knocked out in dramatic fashion by Lyons. The hand started with a raise from De Silva, a three-bet from Lyons and a four-bet shove from Peterson. De Silva folded and Lyons called with , promising the crowd free drinks if he won the hand, as Peterson revealed . The flop put Peterson in front with nothing changing on the turn. The on the river gave Lyons the winning hand and a round of drinks for the spectators as three remained.
Three-handed play featured plenty of action as Zamani doubled through Lyons, then De Silva doubled through Lyons to take the chip lead. Zamani then doubled through De Silva by flopping quads to tighten up the chip counts. Lyons would retake the chip lead on the 139th hand of the tournament and never relinquish it again.
Upeshka De Silva was now the short stack and was in a good spot to double up, calling with against Lyons’ shove with . The board ran out as the river once again doomed a player as De Silva finished in third place.
Benjamin Zamani already had a runner-up finish earlier in the season at Choctaw, hoping to finish one spot higher but facing an over two-to-one chip deficit against Pat Lyons. Heads-up play lasted less than 20 hands when Zamani shoved with as Lyons called with . The dealer dealt the final five cards: , giving Lyons the winning straight and the title. Lyons also receives the WPT Champions Trophy, a Hublot King Power watch and a pair of gold Monster 24k headphones. Zamani settles once again for second place this season to take over the WPT Player of the Year lead with 2,000 points, 750 ahead of James Mackey.
The next stop for the WPT takes players to Atlantic City for the Borgata Poker Open. The $3,500 Main Event with a $3,000,000 guaranteed prize pool runs from September 18-23. On September 19th, the WPT Players Forum takes place at 8:30pm as players can provide feedback and suggestions.
WPT Legends of Poker Final Table Results:
1st: Pat Lyons – $615,346
2nd: Benjamin Zamani – $341,412
3rd: Upeshka De Silva – $198,720
4th: Todd Peterson – $149,715
5th: William Vo – $113,105
6th: Rafael Oliveira – $85,760