Pat Lyons Triumphs at 2016 WPT Legends of Poker

A total of 687 players entered the WPT Legends of Poker to create a prize pool worth $2,465,643. Five days later, and Pat Lyons would eventually best his fellow competitors, including WSOP bracelet winner Benjamin Zamani heads-up, to claim the title, as well as a first place prize of $615,346.
Pat Lyons cashed in at his first live tournament back in 2004, and in August 2016 landed the biggest score of his professional career after winning the $1k Annual Arizona State Poker Championship for $241,700. It didn’t take long for the Californian to best that amount, though, and after taking down a second tournament in a row to boost his career earnings to $1,169,279, tweeted:
“#DreamComeTrue #Blessed #GodSend @TS_Resort #worldFamousPatLyons style baby #ArizonaStatePokerChampionship #noChop.”
The $4k WPT Legends of Poker was held at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, and amongst the notable pros finishing in one of the event’s 72 money spots was Blair Hinkle in 31st ($12,425), Olivier Busquet in 19th ($18,155), Andy Frankenberger in 15th ($24,260), Barry Shulman in 12th ($29,060), and David Pham in 9th ($39,940).
After the final table of six had been set, Upeshka de Silva started off proceedings by eliminating Rafael Oliveira in 6th. At the age of 77, William Vo then had the opportunity to become the oldest player ever to win a WPT Main Event, but he, too, eventually busted in 5th place at the hands of Upeshka de Silva, followed by Todd Peterson in 4th,
Nevertheless, Lyons subsequently sent Upeshka de Silva to the rail in 3rd, to take a 2.5 to 1 chip lead over Zamani into the final phase of the competition. An hour later, and the deciding hand was played with Lyons (A-8) moving all-in preflop, only to be called by Zamani holding A-2. The 9-9-7-J-10 board then sealed the deal, and so Zamani collected $341,412 for his runer-up finish, while Pat Lyons was crowned the champion.
Final Table Results:
1: Pat Lyons $615,346
2: Benjamin Zamani $341,412
3: Upeshka de Silva $198,720
4: Todd Peterson $149,715
5: William Vo $113,105
6: Rafael Oliveira $85,760

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