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  1. [caption width="640"] Paul Petraglia topped the World Poker Tour bestbet Bounty Scramble field to win his first WPT title. (WPT photo)[/caption] In the history of the World Poker Tour, no player has ever won the same event twice. Sam Panzica had a chance to be the first to do it on Wednesday, but ran into local player Paul Petraglia who played his way to victory, forcing Panzica to settle for runner-up in the event he won last year. Shankar Pillai came to the final table with just 14 big blinds and lasted just 24 hands. Pillai moved all in from middle position for his last 150,000, Darren Elias called from the cutoff and Petraglia defended from the small blind. The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"] and Elias and Petraglia both checked. They also checked through the [poker card="9s"] turn and [poker card="8s"] river. Pillai showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] for a flopped top pair, but Petraglia turned over [poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"] for top set, Elias mucked [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"] and Pillai was out in sixth. Just 13 hands later, Guarav Raina saw his run end thanks to a bad beat delivered by Panzica. Raina moved all in from the cutoff for 355,000 and Panzica called from the big blind. Raina was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] to Panzica's [poker card="th"][poker card="ts"], but the [poker card="td"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"] flop changed everything. Raina was unable to catch up on the [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="8c"] river and was out in fifth place. Elias, who was aiming to be the first four-time winner in WPT history, picked off another John Esposito in a blind-vs-blind battle. Action folded to Esposito in the small blind and he moved all in for 1,155,000 and Elias called from the big blind. Eposito turned over [poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"] but got bad news when Elias showed [poker card="th"][poker card="ts"]. The board ran out [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="5c"] to give Elias the pot and send Esposito out in fourth. After that hand, Elias had 73% of the chips in play but over the course of the next 24 hands, anything that could go wrong for Elias, did. On his final hand, Panzica button-raised to 125,000 and Elias,down to 24 big blinds, moved all in for 1,435,000 and Panzica called. Elias turned over [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] and Panzica showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"][poker card="3h"] flop changed everything though and neither the [poker card="6s"] turn or [poker card="4d"] river were able to save Elias from a third place result. Heads up play began with Petraglia holding 57% of the chips in play. Panzica changed the narrative over the course of the next 2.5 hours, taking the chip lead from Petraglia once and even holding a 9-2 chip lead at one point. Petraglia wouldn't be denied though and battled back to regain the lead and eventually finished off Panzica. Petraglia raised to 350,000 and Panzica called. Panzica check-raised all after the [poker card="8h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"] flop and Petraglia called and tabled [poker card="9s"][poker card="7s"] for a flopped straight while Panzica showed [poker card="jh"][poker card="3h"] for a flush draw. The [poker card="8c"] turn kept Petraglia ahead and the [poker card="2c"] river kept him there to eliminate Panzica in second place and give Petraglia his first WPT title and $315,732. Final Table Payouts Paul Petraglia – $315,732 Sam Panzica – $210,783 Darren Elias – $135,548 John Esposito – $86,440 Gaurav Raina – $66,674 Shankar Pillai – $55,191
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