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James Williams started the final table of the 888poker LIVE London Main Event with an average stack but that didn't stop him from navigating his way to victory for a career-best $154,225 cash and the sixth live win of his career. Craig Sweden started the final table with 23 big blinds, but over the first two hours of play, he was unable to improve on his lot and was left with just five big blinds when he finally found a hand to play. Philippe Souki raised to 185,000 from middle position and Sweden moved all in from th hijack. Souki called instantly and tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"] while Sweden was in bad shape with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"]. The board ran out [poker card="7d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4h"] though and Sweden was out in ninth. Just 10 minutes later, Sweden had company on the rail thanks to a blind vs. blind battle. Action folded to Christos Xanthopoulos in the small blind and he moved all and Adnan Dacic call from the big blind. Xanthopoulos tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="8h"] and found himself dominated by Dacic's [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"][poker card="tc"] flop left Xanthopoulos on life support and neither the [poker card="9d"] turn or [poker card="as"] river offered any sort of help and he was eliminated in eighth place. Despite picking up the first final table elimination, Souki was the next to go. From UTG+1, Souki raised to 225,000 and Antoine Labat defended his big blind. After the [poker card="kd"][poker card="th"][poker card="7h"] flop got, Labat checked and then moved all in after Souki bet 200,000. Souki called all in for 2,900,000 and tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] for top pair, top kicker. Labat turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"] for the nut flush draw. The [poker card="3h"] turn complete Labat's flush and left Souki headed for the exit with a seventh place finish as the [poker card="6d"] completed the board. While the first three eliminations came in rapid succession, six-handed play carried on for well over two hours before the next player saw their tournament end. Derek Lawless raised to 400,000 from the hijack and Aleem Kanji moved all in from the button for 720,000 and Lawless called. Kanji showed [poker card="as"][poker card="8c"] while Lawless was ahead with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"]. The board ran out [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="7d"] to give Lawless a full house and end Kanji's run in sixth place. The next elimination came on the very next hand. Labat raised to 325,000 from the button and Dacic called from the big blind. Dacic checked the [poker card="qc"][poker card="td"][poker card="9c"] flop and then moved all in after Labat bet 500,000. Labat called and turned over [poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"] for top two pair while Dacic needed some help with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="9s"] river was no help while the [poker card="qs"] river filled up Labat's boat to eliminate Dacic in fifth. An hour later, Hak-Hyun Lee was down to just over five big blinds when he tangled with Lawless in a blind vs. blind scenario. Action folded to Lawless in the small blind and he moved all in and Lee called from the big. Lee showed [poker card="jh"][poker card="7c"] which was dominated by Lawless' [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"] The [poker card="ah"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Lee little hope. The [poker card="9s"] turn and [poker card="4c"] river ended Lee's tournament in fourth place. Three-handed play lasted just over 30 minutes and it was a three-way pot that sent the tournament to heads up. Williams raised from the button to 600,000 and Lawless and Labat called from the blinds. The [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4c"] flop was good enough for Lawless to bet 1,300,000. Labat moved all in and Williams folded. Lawless called and tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"] for a flush draw and two over cards while Labat had [poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"] for an open-ended straight flush draw. The [poker card="qc"] turn completed Lawless' flush and left Labat drawing very thin on the river. The [poker card="2s"] was not one of his two outs and he was eliminated in third place. Heads up play began with Lawless holding a one big blind lead over Williams. Over the next 35 minutes, however, Williams took the lead and eventually the title. On the final hand of the night, Lawless raised to 750,000 from the button and Williams called. He then checked the [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"] flop and Lawless bet 950,000. Williams called. The [poker card="ts"] turn got both players to check. Williams then checked again after the [poker card="tc"] river but Lawless shoved for 4,700,000 and after a short turn in the tank, Williams called and tabled [poker card="ks"][poker card="4c"] for two pair while Lawless mucked his [poker card="ah"]jh] and and was eliminated in second place. Final Table Payouts James Williams - £121,000 ($154,225) Derek Lawless - £85,000 Antoine Labat - £57,140 Hak-Hyun Lee - £41,000 Adnan Dacic - £31,000 Aleem Kanji - £25,000 Philippe Souki - £20,500 Christos Xanthopoulos - £16,000 Craig Sweden - £12,500
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 [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ts"] couldn't win against Schwartz's [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kc"], 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 [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Jh"] against the [poker card="As"][poker card="8d"] 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 [poker card="Jd"][poker card="6d"] 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.