Scott Seiver Wins WPT World Championship
By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
While 26 year old Scott Seiver has seen plenty of success in his career including winning a World Series of Poker bracelet, but he’s never made as much money in one night as he did Friday when he outlasted five other competitors to win the 2011 World Poker Tour World Championship.
After a day off the final table took place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas Friday. Seiver entered the day with 5,075,500 in chips, just less than 20K behind leader 2011 PCA Main Event winner Galen Hall. He wasn’t able to make much noise early on and found himself back in the middle of the pack before he was able to make a run at the top again.
It took 45 hands before the table of six finally lost a player (Justin Young). The very next hand after Young departed, Seiver thinned the field even more by eliminating Tony Gargano in fifth place. Gargano’s K-J suited failed to improve as Seiver’s A-K suited held up and Seiver was back on the right track.
It took just 67 hands after this for Seiver to find himself heads-up with Farzad Bonyadi to battle it out for first place. Seiver held nearly a 3-1 advantage when they started heads-up play and 41 hands later Seiver rivered a king high straight against Bonyadi’s two pair and found himself with all of the chips in front of him, as well as the WPT Championship trophy and a hug pile of cash.
Seiver won a WSOP bracelet in 2008 when he earned just over $750,000 in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event, his largest score until now. Seiver takes home over $1.6 million for his efforts. Bonyadi became an instant millionaire for finishing as runner-up, winning nearly $1.1 million.
2011 WPT World Championship Final Table Results
- Scott Seiver $1,618,344
- Farzad Bonyadi $1,061,900
- Galen Hall $589,355
- Roger Teska $371,665
- Tony Gargano $278,749
- Justin Young $225,654