Farid Yachou Wins WPT Tournament of Champions

The festivities at the WPT Seminole Hardrock Poker Showdown have finally come to a conclusion with the last event on this season's WPT calendar - the Monster WPT Tournament of Champions - and the winner is Farid Yachou of Morocco who took the title, $381,600 in prize money and $150,000 in prizes.

The TOC had a $15k entry and was open to all previous WPT winnners, with all of this seasons winners getting an automatic seat as part of their prize.

Farid Yachou's story really is the stuff dreams are made of. He was the unlikely winner of WPT Amsterdam, his first EVER live tournament. When asked why he came to Amsterdam to play his first ever tournament he replied “I wanted to compete against the best players in the world,” Now Yachou has played his second big tournament against even tougher competition and has beaten the best in the world again as he topped the 64 strong stacked field of champions. Quite the accomplishment!

Yachou actually started the final table second last in chips with all eyes on the three biggest names at the table, who coincidentally occupied the top three positions; Jonathan Jaffe leading with 996k, Michael Mizrachi in 2nd with 871k, and Noah Schwartz in 3rd with 532k. With just 264k Yachou was looking a distinct longshot.

It was a curious start to the final table, however, with the two short-stacks shooting up the table in short order. Vlad Darie went from table short stack to chip leader in just four hands after surviving 3 eliminations, whereas Yachou doubled up twice early on courtesy of Noah Schwartz.

This left Darren Elias as the short-stack and he was the first to leave after 38 hands when his Q 10 couldn't catch Yachou's pocket Jacks and he was out in 6th for $58,300. Noah Schwartz, having twice lost out all in against Yachou was out just two hands later when his A5 got unlucky on the river against Mizrachi's QJ when a J fell on the river sending Schwartz home in 5th with a $74,200 payday.

Just five hands later and the day's starting chip leader, Jonathan Jaffe hit the rail in 4th when his K-10 went up against Darie's pocket Queens and couldn't find any help. He walked away with $95,400 for his troubles.

Michael Mizrachi was looking strong throughout the tournament and temporarily took the chip lead early on at the final table. However, he ended up going out in third after his stack dwindled and his K 9 shove was called by Yachou who woke up with pocket 4's. The race was over pretty quickly after Yachou flopped a set and "The Grinder" left in 3rd place with a $140,450 payday.

When heads-up play began Darie and Yachou had nearly even stacks, but Yachou built up a 2-1 chip lead by the time the final pot took place just 12 hands into heads-up play.

Darie ended up calling off all his chips on an 8 2 2 8 10 board with just King high (and the two pairs on the board). Yachou turned over A2 for a full house and with that the Moroccan now has an impressive 2 for 2 in WPT events! As well as the $381,600 prize money, he also took a prize package consisting of;

  • A 2016 Corvette, courtesy of Monster
  • A Hublot King Power Unico Titanium watch
  • An Aurae® Solid Gold MasterCard
  • A pair of gold Monster® 24K Headphones
  • A custom premium poker table from BBO Poker Tables
  • A seat in Tiger’s Poker Night Presented by World Poker Tour
  • A round of golf for the winner and two guests at the world-class Shadow Creek Golf Course with Matt Savage

Final Standings WPT Tournament of Champions

1. Farid Yachou – $381,600
2. Vlad Darie – $224,190
3. Michael Mizrachi – $140,450
4. Jonathan Jaffe – $95,400
5. Noah Schwartz – $74,200
6. Darren Elias – $58,300



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