Kevin Eyster Wins WPT South Florida For $660k

Kevin Eyster Wins WPT South Florida For $660kKevin Eyster has won the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown, after defeating a field of 542 players over five days to lift the title, and collect the $660,395 first-place prize.
With his latest victory in Florida, Kevin Eyster now takes his live tournament earnings to $1,183,591, to go with the $3,286,362 he has won online under the screen name “1SickDisease.”
Kevin Eyster led the $5k buy-in tournament from Day 3 and on Day 5 entered the six-seated final table on a 5.68 million stack, 1.2 million ahead of his next closest rival. First to leave the arena was Jeff Madsen (2-2) having got his short-stack all-in pre-flop only to be called by Kevin Eyster with A-10. The board then rolled out 9-4-4-3-10 to eliminate Madsen in 6th ($100k), after which he tweeted; “completely card dead then lost a race busted 6th. dejection.”
Following Ben Tarzia’s (Q-J) elimination of Daniel Letts (A-8) in 5th ($122,275), Kevin Eyster (A-3) took care of a short-stacked Paul Dlugozima (J-9) in 4th ($171,950) before grinding down Zo Karim and Ben Tarzia during three-handed play.
Zo Karim’s tournament hopes then received a boost after being dealt A-A and getting Kevin Eyster (K-Q) to potentially double-him up on a K-5-3-10 board. Unfortunately for Karim, though, the river produced a Q and so he soon found himself consigned to the rail in 3rd for a $252,190 payday.
As the heads-up battle got underway, Eyster held a 12.765m to 3.5 million chip lead over Tarzia, and just 11 hands later Tarzia was all-in holding pocket sevens to Eyster’s A-10. The board subsequently fell A-5-2-5-10 to relegate Ben Tarzia to a runner-up finish worth $389,750, while Kevin Eysterwas crowned the WPT champion.
The final table payouts were as follows:
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

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