Eric Afriat Wins WPT Fallsview For $394,120

Eric Afriat has taken down the WPT Fallsview for $394,120. The Canadian joins an exclusive club becoming only the sixth player in history to win three WPT major events.

By: Mark Patrickson

Stepping Up to the Plate

Eric Afriat clearly has what it takes in these high-profile WPT tournaments. With $3.4 million in live tournament winnings he now has five live victories to his name as well as five final table placings in the World Poker Tour.

Anthony Zinno,Carlos Mortensen, Gus Hansen, and Chino Rheem are the other three-time winners, with Darren Elias having racked up an incredible four.

Quick Finish

Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault was the man Afriat had to defeat to take the title at the heads-up stage.

After making an early statement to his rival about finishing him off in 20 minutes, Afriat did the job in even less time. Afriat three-bet his opponent in the first heads-up hand and declared: “You’re messing with the wrong guy, my friend. I’ll finish you off in twenty minutes.”

Only four hands later it was all over. Carpentier-Perrault open jams A5 offsuit and Afriat found himself with an easy call holding pocket sevens.

The board came Q-10-2-8-2 with no help for Carpentier-Perrault and Afriat was the champion.

Final Results

1 Eric Afriat $394,120*
2 Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault $265,805
3 Adam Hui $170,905
4 Trung Hien Nguyen $163,965
5 Demo Kiriopoulos $93,917
6 Zuhair Al-Pachachi $77,027

*Prize includes the $15,000 entry fee into the season-ending World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions

As a side-note, Demo Kiriopoulos was the defending champion and narrowly missed out on becoming only the second player ever to win the same WPT tournament twice. Brian Altman broke that duck only last month at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open.


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