Kevin Eyster Wins WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown

Kevin Eyster, the newest member of the WPT Champions Club, managed a rare feat on his way to victory, entering today’s WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown final table as the chip leader and eliminating almost every one of the other remaining players on his way to the title. A 542-entrant field generated a prize pool…

Matt Clark
Apr 17, 2013

8657206604_4d54820977_bKevin Eyster, the newest member of the WPT Champions Club, managed a rare feat on his way to victory, entering today’s WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown final table as the chip leader and eliminating almost every one of the other remaining players on his way to the title.

A 542-entrant field generated a prize pool with more than $2.5 million and provided Eyster with a payday worth more than $660,000, including an entry to next month’s WPT World Championship at Bellagio.

Eyster’s road to victory started after he eliminated one of the day’s short stacks, jeff madsen, on hand 58. Eyster raised to 110,000 with Ah-10h, prompting Madsen to move all in for 825,000 with pocket 2s. Madsen took an early lead in the race on a board 9s-4d-4h-3d, but the 10s on the river gave Eyster a better two pair and sent Madsen to the rail for his second, sixth-place finish of the season.

As the table’s two short stacks following Madsen’s departure, daniel letts and Pablo Dlugozima fought valiantly, but couldn’t improve their respective positions. Letts went out in fifth position when he shoved his last 725,000 with Ad-8c and was called by Ben Tarzia’s Qc-Jc. When Tarzia paired his Jack on a flop of Jh-8h-5c, Letts needed an Ace to double up. When the board blanked out with the 7s and 5h, Letts went home $125,000 richer. Dlugozima’s day ended soon after Letts when he moved all in from the small blind with Jh-9d and got called by Eyster with Ad-3c. A board of Ac-8c-10c-2c-6s gave Eyster a flush and sent Dlugozima to the rail in fourth place.

Three-handed play started with all the players sitting on nearly equal chip stacks, but Eyster quickly took control of the action and ground his opponents down by applying steady pressure on nearly every hand. Zo Karim was Eyster’s next victim when, with nearly 3 million in the pot, he moved all in for his last 2.3 million on a board of Kd-5d-10s-3s. Eyster called and turned over Kc-Qh for top pair only to find himself behind Karim’s pocket Aces. When the Qs hit the river, the stunned Karim was sent home in third place while Eyster took a sizable lead into head-up play against Ben Tarzia.

Head-up play lasted just 11 hands when Tarzia moved all in with pocket 7s and found himself racing against Eyster’s Ac-10c. When Eyster paired his Ace on the flop, Tarzia was left with just two outs to stay alive, but failed to find help on a board that ran out Ah-5h-2h-5c-2d.

In addition to the first-place prize money, Eyster will have his name etched onto the WPT Champions Cup and walk away with a custom electric guitar courtesy of the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. You can watch Eyster’s winner’s interview with Jeanine Deeb below.

Pagos

  1. Kevin Eyster – $660,395 
  2. Ben Tarzia – $389,750 
  3. Zo Karim – $252,190 
  4. Paul Dlugozima – $171,950 
  5. Daniel Letts – $122,275 
  6. Jeff Madsen – $100,000