After three initial flights and six days of competition, the $10,400 World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship has come to an end. Eliot Hudon, a poker player out of Canada, topped a field of 2,960 entries to pocket $4,146,400 as the winner.
The last six players gathered at Wynn yesterday to determine who would emerge victorious. Benny Glaser came in as the chip leader ahead of Hudon, giving him an advantage as the action got underway.
The tournament was one of the largest on record and the final table will go down in the record books, as well. It only took two and a half hours to play 55 hands before Hudon collected his pot and added his name to the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.
Before his enormous win, Hudon had racked up only around $211,000 in live tournaments, according to Hendon Mob. Of that, $113,800 came from a single cash in the WSOP Main Event in November of last year.
Because of the turnout for the event, the initial guarantee of $15 million reached just over $29 million. As the final six settled in for the last run, they all knew large paydays were waiting.
That led to a flurry of activity; cards and chips began to fly and the two largest stacks – Glaser and Hudon – got into it early. Glaser went all-in preflop with AJ, with Hudon easily calling with his KK.
When the board ran out, it didn’t give Glaser any help, and Hudon raced into the lead. From there, the two began wiping out the rest of the table toward an eventual showdown.
Along the way, Colton Blomberg, Frank Funaro and Adam Adler hit the rails, each taking home at least $1 million. That left Jean-Claude Moussa battling Glaser and Hudon.
Because of his earlier bad luck against the eventual winner, Glaser wasn’t in a great position. His stack was dwindling, but he wasn’t going to give up. He bounced back when his pocket Queens held up against Moussa’s A-2 before Hudon delivered the death blow to the Massachusetts poker pro.
Moussa tries once again to force his Ace to a win, but learned the hard way that having top card preflop doesn’t mean you are guaranteed a win. All-in with A-3 off-suit, he got caught by Hudon’s 5-6 when the flop came 4-3-2 to give him a straight. Moussa was relegated to a third-place finish for just over $2 million.
The Final Blow
Hudon had clear control as he and Glaser began their heads-up battle. However, Glaser fought back and built up his stack until the final hand. Just when he thought he was gaining ground, everything fell apart.
Hudon entered what would turn out to be the final hand by limping in with 7-4. Glaser checked holding Q-J while in the big blind, and the flop came out 8-6-2. Glaser held two over cards, while Hudon was looking at a possible straight if he could pick up a 5.
Glaser decided not to bet, so Hudon put on the pressure with a small enough bet that would draw in his opponent. When the turn produced a 9, Glaser was now looking at a gut-shot straight draw, so there was no way he was going to exit.
The four-time WSOP winner checked again and Hudon came out with a sizable bet. However, Glaser check-raised him to over three times his bet. It would be a fatal move. Hudon called, and the river brought the one card Hudon needed – a 5.
Now realizing he had nowhere to run, Glaser decided to bluff his way through the pot. He moved all-in, not realizing that his opponent had the hand locked with his straight. Hudon didn’t waste any time calling, and the game was over.
It wasn’t a bad day for Glaser, despite not taking the win. He picked up $2.8 million, which adds to the $73,496 he pocketed for a second-place finish in the $3,000 8-Game Mix event a few days earlier. To date, the UK poker pro has accumulated over $6.4 million in live earnings since his first cash in 2013.
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