Afriat Outlasts Pahuja, Mackey to Win WPT Seminole


Canadian Eric Afriat outplayed a very skilled final table to win the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $1.09 million last night.

Afriat entered the final table as one of the middle stacks but quickly started building a massive stack and by the time heads-up play against Mukul Pahuja rolled around he had a massive 38-15 chip advantage.

Despite finishing second Pahuja took a commanding lead in WPT POY standings thanks to two previous final tables this year.

One you add in the $691,965 he won last night for coming second Pahuja has over $1.5 million in profit on the WPT this year.

Kornuth Busts First, Mackey Holds on for Third

James Mackey
James Mackey

Chance Kornuth was the first player to be eliminated from the decidedly star-studded final table.

Kornuth shoved with K-Q and James Mackey called with A-T. There was a king on the flop but an ace on the turn and that was it for Kornuth.

Matt Stout was the next player to go when he Q-T into Pahuja’s A-8. An experienced vet, Stout is still chasing that elusive first major title but got a decent consolation prize of $308,501 for coming in fifth.

James Mackey, who was the youngest WSOP bracelet winner when he won in 2007 didn’t get to add a WPT title to his illustrious career.

Mackey ended up finishing third when he busted to Pahuja, which set up the Pahuja vs. Afriat heads-up final.

Here are the complete final-table results:

  • 1: Eric Afriat - $1,081,184
  • 2: Mukul Pahuja - $691,965
  • 3: James Mackey - $441,128
  • 4: Jacob Bazely - $371,931
  • 5: Matt Stout - $308,501
  • 6: Chance Kornuth - $247,954
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