Two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Benjamin Zamani added last night another piece of WSOP hardware to his collection of poker trophies. The player bested a field of 870 entries in the WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Main Event to claim his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and a first-place prize of $192,152.
Zamani entered the final day of the tournament along with nine other survivors from Day 2. The player was third in chips at that point in play with 1.5 million. He was well behind the start-of-the-day chip leader Scott Powrie who had 3.925 million when cards were thrown in the air for Day 3 of the Planet Hollywood Main Event. Barry Hutter, another former WSOP gold bracelet winner, was second in chips at the start of the day.
Zamani did not waste time and quickly caught up with Powrie to eventually take the lead. The player said in his post-victory interview that he had great cards and chips kept coming his way throughout the day. The eventual winner was responsible for most of the eliminations at the final table, which helped him build a solid stack and cement his position during the closing stages of the game.
The final day of the Main Event did not last long. Action at the host venue Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas kicked off at noon local time and the final hand was dealt a little more than five hours later.
Zamani’s Final Table Run
Zamani, a seasoned poker pro with quite some live tournament experience, literally bulldozed his way through the final table. The player took the lead not long after play kicked off and began putting great pressure to his fellow contenders for the title to eventually remain the last man standing in the field.
At some point during four-handed play, Zamani got hold of 85% of all chips available, totally dominating action at the table. And the player needed just two hands to lock the title. On the first of these two, he managed to eliminate not one but two players. Scott Powrie and Barry Hutter busted in fourth and third places, respectively, for $64,489 and $86,907.
The next hand turned out to be the final one dealt within the tournament. Zamani moved all in pre-flop and his final opponent – Ben Palmer – called after 15 seconds of thought. Zamani tabled [10c][7c] to Palmer’s [Jh][2h]. The board came [Ac][Kd][Jd][Qh][3s], giving Zamani a straight and the title. Palmer earned $118,849 for his runner-up finish.
Aside from the prize money and the gold ring, Zamani also won a seat into the Global Casino Championship. The event is slated to take place in August at Harrah’s Cherokee, celebrating the end of the WSOP Circuit’s 2017/2018 season and the beginning of the 2018/2019 one.
Including last night’s payout, Zamani now has more than $4.7 million in live tournament earnings. As mentioned above, the player is a two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner. He won his first piece in 2015, when he topped the field of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event. He claimed bracelet number two two years later. Last summer, the player emerged victorious in the $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo as part of the series. A fourth-place finish in the 2010 PCA Main Event for $1 million, his largest live payout, was also among the highlights of his poker career.
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