Aaron van Blarcum Scoops WPT Legends of Poker Title for $474,390

Aaron van Blarcum fought his way through a tough field to lift the WPT Legends of Poker trophy last night, the $474,390 victory by far the biggest of the Texans career.

By: Andrew Burnett

A total of 520 entries had forked out $5000 per head to compete for the prestigious title at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles, the 5-day event coming to a thrilling conclusion yesterday as six players returned to battle for top honours.

The previous evening had seen seasoned pros such as Brian Altman (10th) and Kitty Kuo (8th) fall just short of the final table, the remaining half dozen assured of almost $100k each from the $2,392,000 prizepool.

Antonios Roungeris would be first to hit the rail when he shoved his pocket sevens from the big blind against Van Blarcum’s button raise, only to run into a genuine hand, pocket jacks.

Jisup Hwang followed him out of the door in 5th, his pocket treys no match for Gueorgui Gantchev’s queens, and Vahan Sudzhyan was next to go when Van Blarcum’s big slick proved too slippery for him.

Down to just three, the cash jumps were huge, and it would be Jared Griener taking home the 3rd place cash, yet again a pair over pair showdown favouring Van Blarcum.

Heads-up was a tough affair, Gantchev fighting back well from a 4:1 chip deficit, but eventually the duo squared off, and once more Van Blarcum had an opponent in serious trouble, Gantchev all-in and at risk…

♠ ♣ ♥ ♦

Van Blarcum: 10♣ 10♠
Gantchev: 5♠ 5♦

Board: Q♠ 8♣ 4♣ 3♦ 2♦

Victory for Van Blarcum and a second place worth $306,265 for Gantchev.

The winner told WPT reporters afterwards: “It feels great. I planned on playing in six of these this year and this was the first one, so it's pretty awesome."

He added: “For the most part when I got to the final table everything just kind of went like it was supposed to. I ran very well at this final table from start to finish.”

Final Table Results

1 Aaron Van Blarcum $474,390*
2 Gueorgui Gantchev $306,265
3 Jared Griener $226,040
4 Vahan Sudzhyan $168,630
5 Jisup Hwang $127,165
6 Antonios Roungeris $96,955

* includes  $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions seat.

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