Scott Seiver is the new WPT champion
There are few more prestigious titles in the world of poker than the World Poker Tour Championship and in 2011, the major prize has been carried away by Scott Seiver. At 26, Seiver clearly has a lot of years at the poker table in front of him but this is an achievement that he will always remember for the rest of his life. The University graduate appeared at the final table with a healthy bundle of chips, almost equalling the leader at that moment in time and there was every faith and confidence in Seiver that he was in for the long haul at the final table.
One of Seiver’s big achievements at the final table was knocking Galen Hall into third place at the event. Hall has had an excellent year of poker and many people have considered him to be a main contender for one of the poker players of the year. There is never really anything as a major shock at a final table in a major poker event but this was an outcome that certainly indicated Seiver was here on business and he intended to win!
A big 7 figure sum for the winner
As well as the kudos and congratulations from winning the event, Seiver managed to walk away with $1,618,344 for his success at the World Poker Tour Championship. This takes the amount of money he has earned in his career to over $4.5m, a considerable sum of money in anybody’s language. Siever also knows that he has a guaranteed seat at next year’s championship event. At least he has plenty of time to find room in his calendar but you can probably expect to see Siever’s name cropping up at various times throughout next season’s campaign.
Siever grabbed victory by overcoming Farzad Bonyadi in the final two, again, a not inconsiderable feat. Bonyadi is a two time WSOP bracelet winner, so there is certainly some poker pedigree there and it took a rivered straight to see off Bonyardi after he had called all in. It was still a lucrative tournament for Bonyardi who picked up $1,061,900 for coming second in the big event.
Bonyardi did well too
Picking up a seven figure sum is never a bad outcome for any poker player and it took Bonyardi’s career earnings total to $3.7m. The pain of losing out in the final two is always annoying for poker players but hopefully Bonyardi will have found some comfort in the riches he fully deserved for the event.
It won’t be long until the new season starts but for now, you can bet that Scott Seiver will be feeling rather pleased with himself.