Art Papazyan Wins Another WPT Main Event

Art Papazyan joined a select group earlier this week as he captured his second WPT title of the season by winning the WPT Maryland Live! Casino Main Event.

Papazyan’s latest win came a mere five weeks after his win in the WPT Legends of Poker main event. He becomes only the eighth player to win two WPT events in the same season, joining some pretty big names in the world of poker, including Gus Hansen, Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren and Tuan Le.

In the WPT Maryland Live! Casino Main Event, Papazyan outlasted the rest of the 561-player field in the $3,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. He earned $389,405 for the win and also collected an extra $15,000. The winner of a WPT title also receives a paid seat in the $15,000 WPR Tournament of Champions. Since Papazyan already won a seat in the tournament by winning the WPT Legends of Poker, he received the $15,000 as a cash payout instead.

Papazyan and Donovan heads-up

After starting the final table last in chips, Zachary Donovan battled his way to a heads-up battle with Papazyan for the tournament title. When heads-up play began, Papazyan held a sizable chip lead with 10.44 million chips to Donovan’s 6.43 million. Donovan made it close to even with Papazyan before Papazyan took over and eventually sent him to the rail.

On the final hand with blinds at 80,000/160,000 and 20,000 antes, Donovan was in rough shape all-in with ace-four against Papazyan’s pocket kings. The flop did not provide help to Donovan after delivering 10c-10h-8d. The turn card, 5d, was also a dud. Needing an ace on the river to survive, Donovan had only three outs, but they didn’t hit as the river card was the jack of clubs. For second place, Donovan cashed $262,930.

Along with the $668,692 he won at the WPT Legends of Poker, Papazyan has added $1.058 million to his bankroll from his two WPT wins this season. The two wins make up the bulk of his live poker earnings, which are estimated to be around $1.11 million.

The next stop for the WPT is the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble at the bestbet Jacksonville casino. The main event runs from October 21-25 and has a buy-in of $5,000. The tournament is run a little differently than other WPT main events as there are also $2,500 bounties available to be won.