Daniel Smyth wins WPT KO Championship for $413,000

Dublins Daniel Smyth scooped the biggest payday of his poker career when he fought off a stacked final table on partypoker to land the  WPT Knockout Championship title, and with it $413,392…

By: Andrew Burnett


Smyth had satellited into the $3200 buy-in event for just $33, joining 1034 others in the hunt for a share of more than $3million in prizemoney.

Among the runners were names such as partypoker pros Jeff Gross, Kristen Bicknell, Dzmitry Urbanovich and Joni Jouhkimainen, with Ali Imsirovic, Chance Kornuth and Martin Jacobson also in the running.

Come day 3, however, and the final table featured none of the above. It did contain some great players of its own though, with 2013 Main Event champion Ryan Riess among the contenders.

Riess was destined to fall at the hands of the future champ, Smyth also short-stacked and both men pinning their tournament hopes on this showdown…

Smyth: J♣ 10♣
Riess: 7♦ 7♥
Flop: Q♣ 6♣ 5♣
Turn: 6♥
River: 2♦

A brutal flop for Riess and he was out in 7th spot, adding $18,562 in bounties to his $29,699 regular prize.

Next to hit the rail was Russian crusher Artur Martirosyan, this time the pocket pair of Pedro Marques holding up against the overcards, although Marques himself would depart next when Loeser produced a bigger ace.

Loeser then KO’d Dutchman Pim Gieles, again the bigger kicker to his ace doing the damage, although Gieles took close to $120k for his fine run.

Like Smyth, Brazil’s Joao Maureli was in for a fraction of the full buy-in. The software engineer/poker pro from Porto Alegre had bagged his seat as a bonus when taking down the $22 buy-in Mini Masters.

A $4k+ score there was trounced by his 3rd spot yesterday, a monster $142,061 payout and this time the bonus being a whopping $32,449 in bounties.

That left Smyth and Loeser to fight it out heads-up for top honours, an hour-long, ding-dong battle finally ended with this tournament-winning hand…

Smyth: K♠ 9♥
Loeser: 8♦ 7♦
Flop: 10♠ A♠ 4♣
Turn: 9♦
River: 4♦

That gave Smyth an incredible $204,588 in bounties that almost matched his $208,803 share of the regular prizepool, Loeser having to settle for $208,492 plus $70,866 in bounties.

For the Irishman there was also a ticket to the WPT Tournament of Champions, and his name on the newly-renamed WPT Mike Sexton Champions Cup.

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Final results

1 Daniel Smyth $208,803 + $204,588 in bounties
2 Manig Loeser $208,492 + $70,866
3 Joao Maureli $142,061 + $32,449
4 Pim Gieles $95,502 + $23,478
5 Pedro Marques $66,687 +$22,382
6 Artur Martirosian $47,281 + $16,593
7 Ryan Riess $29,699 + $18,562
8 Shyngis Satubayev $23,504 + $750
9 Matheus Luiz $19,483 + $13,242

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