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Farid Yachou (cover image) of Netherlands wrote his name in the poker-history books, by taking down the first-ever World Poker Tour (WPT) Tournament of Champions at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for a sum of $381,600 and a package of luxurious goodies worth $150,000. With this Yachou has approximately $600,000 in live tournament earnings.
For Yachou this was his second tournament title, with the first being the WPT Amsterdam, which got him to the WPT Tournament of Champions in the first place. Yachou’s victory was almost not happening, as the man has a tremendous fear of flying and this was his first trip to America, one he made with a late visa.
After beating the other 63 contestants, a smiling Yachou stated, “It’s something I cannot believe. I am seated with only champions. I said to myself, ‘I will be glad if I finish 30th.’ Then, day by day and hand by hand it came altogether, and everything came to me.”
The challenge certainly paid rich dividends, as Yachou also collected a 2016 Corvette sponsored by Monster, a Hublot King Power Unico Titanium watch, an Aurae® Solid Gold MasterCard, a pair of gold Monster® 24K Headphones, a custom premium poker table from BBO Poker Tables, a seat in Tiger’s Poker Night Presented by World Poker Tour, and a round of golf for self and two guests at the world-class Shadow Creek Golf Course with Matt Savage.
Stunned by the premium car, Yachou proclaimed, “The Corvette is something I have never seen a tournament give away, it’s amazing. I took my Monster Headphones from WPT Amsterdam because I like to hear the sound it has. It’s not like the others.”
The event had a prize pool of more than $1 million, with the top eight players making the money.
The televised final table of six began after the exits of Season VII WPT Champion Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Season IX WPT Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger at eighth and seventh places respectively.
Yachou began the final table, second last on the chip counts and began consolidating it immediately. He first eliminated Darren Elias at sixth place for $58,300.
Noah Swartz was next to exit at fifth place, with Jonathan Jaffe following at fourth. Both were railed by Michael Mizrachi, who was dominating the table with half the chips in play.
Despite his stack, Mizrachi was unable to make headway and soon began to lose chips. A few hands later he was busted by Yachou at third. The final hand saw Mizrachi on the button raise to 50,000. Yachou from the big blind went all in and Mizrachi with the called for 366,000.
The flop brought forth, but the turn of and the river of supported Yachou who had .
Heads up was a short affair of 12 hands, with Yachou and Vlad Darie having almost equal stacks of 1.656 million and 1.545 million in chips respectively.
The final hand saw the flop fall .
The turn was , and the river brought forth and Yachou was the winner.
Darie made a second place finish for $224,190.
Final Table Results
1. Farid Yachou – $381,600*
2. Vlad Darie – $224,190
3. Michael Mizrachi – $140,450
4. Jonathan Jaffe – $95,400
5. Noah Schwartz – $74,200
6. Darren Elias – $58,300