Art Papazyan Triumphs over Hellmuth at WPT Legends

Art Papazyan Triumphs over Hellmuth at WPT LegendsThe WPT Legends of Poker Main Event was held at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, with 763 players paying its $4,000 entry fee to create a prize pool of $2,738,407. Following a week of action, it was Art Papazyan who would eventually overcome the field, including Phil Hellmuth heads-up, to claim the coveted title, as well as a first place prize of $668,692.
That sum represent’s the lion’s share of Papazyan’s now $709,189 in career earnings, and after defeating Hellmuth in the final phase of the competition, the 14-times WSOP bracelet holder, who has yet to win a WPT title, exclaimed:
“It’s so unfair. I guess I’ll never win a WPT event. How do these players beat me?”
As one might imagine, the WPT Legends Main Event attracted a slew of recognizable pros, and amongst those finishing in one of the tournament’s cash places was Scotty Nguyen in 81st ($7,135), William Kassouf in 73rd ($7,135), Adam Geyer in 59th ($9,070), Jeremy Ausmus in 41st ($11,875), Allan Le in 24th ($17,430), David Baker in 11th ($31,510), and David Sands in 7th ($72,985).
At the final table, Hellmuth (Q-Q) subsequently eliminated Adam Swan (A-J) in 6th, but after being dealt pocket jacks and inducing a preflop all-in from D.J. Alexander (A-9), the board rolled out 2-9-6-A-2 to reduce Hellmuth to just 10 big blinds, and a classic Hellmuth rant of:
“Wow, how can you move in with all these hands? These f*cking donkeys are so bad. How in the hell are these f*cking donkeys so bad? I mean, how do you do it? You don’t deserve that hand.”
Nevertheless, Helmuth managed to recover his stack and composure and eventually progressed through to heads-up against Art Papazyan, with the two players fairly even in chips. By the time he had been reduced to a 3 to 1 chip deficit, though, the deciding hand was played with Papazyan moving all-in preflop holding K-Q, only to be called by Helmuth with a dominating A-K. The Q-10-8-5-3 board which ensued then dealt a final blow to Hellmuth, with the WSOP legend’s chances ironically ending with bad beat.
Congratulations to Art Papazyan on his impressive performance and victory!
Final Table Results:
1: Art Papazyan $668,692
2: Phil Hellmuth $364,370
3: J.C. Tran $217,040
4: D.J. Alexander $161,490
5: Marvin Rettenmaier $120,775
6: Adam Swan $91,825

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