In April 2013, Kevin “1sickdisease” Eyster topped a field of 542 to win the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown for $660,395, which came the same month he won the FTOPS XXII Event #34: No-Limit Hold’em Six Max Reentry for $333,680. This weekend, Eyster etched his name on the WPT Champions’ Cup for a second time by taking down the 14th edition of the Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio.
The tournament attracted 639 entrants – making it the second largest in event history – and awarded Eyster a career-high $1,587,382 first-place prize. That brought his lifetime earnings up to $4,040,031, and puts him first on Louisiana’s all-time money list. In addition, Eyster won a pair of Monster 24K Headphones, a Hublot Oceanographic 4000 watch, and an Aurae Solid Gold MasterCard. He also moved atop the Hublot WPT Player of the Year leaderboard with 1,525 points.
Final Table Results
Notable Finishes: Billy Baxter (56th – $21,074), Scott Seiver (52nd – $23,554), Daniel Negreanu (48th – $23,554), Isaac Haxton (35th – $31,611), Fedor Holz (30th – $31,611), Phil Laak (22nd – $37,190), Paul Volpe (12th – $68,181), and Lauren Roberts (7th – $173,552)
According to updates from the event, the first final table elimination came on Hand #14 when a short-stacked Eddie Ochana shoved all in under the gun for 490,000 and the start-of-the-day chip leader, Jake Schwartz, called from the big blind.
Ochana had some kicker issues, and they failed to get resolved as the board ran out a clean . Ochana took hom $226,238 for his sixth-place finish.
From there, Cate Hall fell on Hand #39 when her failed to hold against Ben Yu’s after the board ran out , and then Schwartz fell on Hand #75 after Yu shoved all in for 2.675 from the button and Schwartz called off for 2.125 million from the big blind. Schwartz’s was ahead of Yu’s , but the flop was a dagger through Schwartz’s heart. Neither the turn nor river allowed him to catch back up, and Schwartz had to settle for fourth place and $412,187 in prize money.
Three-handed play proved to be an extended affair, and eventually Yu would fall on Hand #149 after his failed to get there against Eyster’s . Eyster and 49-year-old Bill Jennings, a trader from North Palm Beach, Florida, began heads-up play essentially even in chips, and the two would battle for 38 hands.
On Hand #187, which took place in Level 36 (200,000/400,000/50,000), Eyster raised to 800,000, Jennings called, and the flop came down . Jennings check-called a bet of 600,000 and then checked the turn. Eyster bet 975,000, Jennings shoved all in for 5.3 million, and Eyster snap-called with the . Jennings showed the and was in need of some major help. The river wasn’t it, and Jennings had to settle for second place and a $929,745 consolation prize.
As you can see, Eyster added his name to a prestigious list of Five Diamond winners:
The WPT will return on January 31 with the Borgata Winter Poker Open.
*Lead photo courtesy of WPT.
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