Art Papaazyan Wins the WPT Legends of Poker

Art Papaazyan got past poker royalty to claim his first WPT title last weekend. Papaazyan outlasted the rest of the final table, including a heads-up battle with Phil Hellmuth, to win the WPT Legends of Poker.

The $4,000 tournament began late last week at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California with 763 entries. That made up a prize pool of $2,738,407 with Papazyan collecting $668,692 for first place.

Before it came down to Papazyan and Hellmuth the first player sent to the rail was Adam Swan. For sixth place he cashed $91,825. He was followed by two-time WPT champion Marvin Rettemaier in fifth with $120,775, and in fourth place was D. J. Alexander with $161,490.

The last man eliminated before heads-up play was JC Tran. The two-time WPT champion began the final table as the chip leader, but had to settle for third place and a payout of $217,040.

Papazyan and Hellmuth Heads-Up for Title

Hellmuth began the final table third in chips and after grinding his way to heads-up against Papazyan it looked like he may finally add a WPT title to his impressive poker resume. Alas, it was not to be.

Papazyan got the chips when he needed them and on the final hand was all-in with King Clubs, Queen-Spades. Hellmuth made the call and looked to be in good shape with Ace-Hearts, King-Diamonds. The flop went Papazyan’s way and showed Queen-Hearts, 10-Hearts, 8-Clubs, giving him top pair. Hellmuth had some outs, an Ace for higher pair or a Jack to give him a straight. The turn was neither, the 5-Hearts, which also gave Hellmuth a flush draw. The river was a dud though, a 3-Spades, giving Papazyan the win.

For second place Hellmuth banked $364,370. Along with the first-place prize of $668,692 Papazyan also received entry into the $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions at the end of the season.

The next stop this season for the WPT is the WPT Borgata Poker Open at the Borgata Casino in New Jersey. The main event runs from September 17-22. Last season’s Borgata Poker Open had 1,179 entries and was won by Jesse Sylvia. Top prize was $821,811.