Larry Greenberg topped a field of 126 entries in the first-ever World Poker Tour Bellagio Elite Poker Championship to capture his first WPT title and $378,879 (INR 2.54 crores) in prize money. Included in Greenberg’s prize was a $15,000 seat to the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions, where he will compete against fellow WPT Champions Club members for the chance to be crowned the true champion of champions.
Greenberg entered the final table second in chips with five players remaining. WPT Champions Club member Ryan Van Sanford was the first player to bust, and Greenberg was the one to send him packing. Van Sanford four-bet shoved with pocket jacks, but Greenberg was holding two aces and quickly snapped him off. The Aces held to send Van Sanford out the door in fifth with a prize of $78,221. With Van Sanford’s bust, a new WPT champion would be crowned. Next to go was Adrian Garduno in fourth place, and then Jim Collopy fell in third place. Both were eliminated by Greenberg to leave Greenberg and Danny Qutami heads up for the title.
Qutami was severely short, though, and the two quickly found the money in the middle. Greenberg had the As Qc and Qutami had the Kh 7c. The flop, turn, and river ran out Qh 9s 8c 3c Jh and Qutami finished in second place.
For Greenberg, the score represented the second largest of his live tournament career and pushed him to more than $1.6 million in career live tournament earnings, according to HendonMob.com.
Final Table Results:
1st: Larry Greenberg – $378,879*
2nd: Danny Qutami – $223,663
3rd: Jim Collopy – $146,644
4th: Adrian Garduno – $100,832
5th: Ryan Van Sanford – $78,221
6th: Cary Katz – $60,499
*First prize includes a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.