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Ben Zamani Cruises to $347k Payday at Winstar River Poker Series
Reigning WPT Player of the Year Ben Zamani added yet another impressive result to his burgeoning poker career last night.
The Floridian outlasted all 926 entries in the Winster River Poker Series Main Event last night to win $347,134.
Over the past few years Zamani has become one of the most successful MTT players in the world with two WSOP bracelets, numerous WPT final tables and millions in live tournament earnings.
With last night’s win Zamani moved to just past $4.4m in lifetime live tournament earnings, which easily puts him in the top 300 players all-time.
Cue the Huge Comeback
Incredibly Zamani started the last day of the Winster Main Event as one of the shortest stacks with just 10 big blinds.
Undaunted Zamani managed to build his stack of 535k to a much more manageable 2.6 million by the time the nine-player final table began.
The always-vocal Mike Dentale was the final table bubble boy as he busted in 10th place to take home a consolation prize of $32k.
The final table itself included Maxx Coleman, who’s been on a hot streak in Oklahoma with two Winstar titles in the last three years.
Coleman was denied a third title, however, as a Zamani ended up busting him in a tournament-defining hand.
In the hand Coleman open-shoved for his last 850k with A♦ 3♦ but opponent Lang Nguyen re-shoved with pocket kings. Zamani called for 4.5m with pocket queens.
A queen hit the board and that was enough to propel Zamani all the way to heads-up play against Chinese poker pro Chengce Jiang.
Zamani, Jiang Find Heads-Up Deal
It didn’t take long for Zamani and Jiang to hammer out a heads-up deal that was basically a chip chop with $60,000 left to fight for up top.
Zamani was the aggressor early on and he quickly snatched the chip lead from Jiang. Jiang didn’t go away quietly, however, and battled back to once again grab the chip lead.
That paved the way for a hand where the tournament was all but settled when Zamani and Jiang made trip eights but Zamani had the better kicker.
The Winster River Poker Series Main Event will count as Zamani’s fourth biggest live tournament score, which is impressive considering Zamani has had some massive results on the WSOP and WPT.
The WRPS is one of the biggest regional poker festivals outside the WPT or WSOP and held every year at the Winstar Casino in Oklahoma.
Here’s a complete look at the final-table results:
1. Ben Zamani — $347,135
2. Chengce Jiang — $297,760
3. Johanssy Joseph — $188,904
4. Dwight Sellars — $142,011
5. Lang Nguyen — $102,986
6. Chris Hooper — $83,073
7. Maxx Coleman — $64,650
8. Gnana Dudduk — $50,893
9. Lawrence Porath — $40,537