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A stunning win of Harry Arutyunyan over Mike Eskandari - WPT Legends of Poker

The first stage of season XII of the World Poker Tour (WPT) concluded with Harry Arutyunyan winning the WPT Legends of Poker. Held at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California, its 593-player field generated a prize pool of $ 2,172,999. After seven days of competition, many notable players were eliminated; some headed to Bicycle Casino exit empty-handed while the others finished “In The Money”’ places. ITM-placed players include 2013 World Series of Poker winner, Ryan Riess; he cashed $ 11,865 for his 35th place. The two former WPT champions Freddy Deeb (43rd) and David Williams (52nd) respectively collected $ 9,710 and $ 8,630. After a week’ long battle in the poker room of Bicycle Casino, the field was dropped to six players, all in hunt for the Legends of Poker title: Tyler Kenney, Harry Arutyunyan, Tyler Cornell, Taylor McFarland, Mike Eskandari and Jeremy Kottler.



Jeremy Kottler was the first to head for the door: his 6th place allowed him to pocket $ 83,075 though. Tyler Cornell fell to 5th place for $ 103,560; he is shortly followed by Taylor McFarland ($ 145,640) and Tyler Kenney ($ 213,600), respectively ranked 4th and 3rd in this poker tournament. Mike Eskandari and Harry Arutyunyan subsequently met in heads-up clash. Mike Eskandari entered this ultimate battle with ¾ chip lead over his opponent. But after 90 hands, Arutyunyan managed to turn things around and eventually crushed Eskandari. Harry earned $ 576,369 for his first-place win while the runner-up claimed $ 330,110 of cash.

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