Cristos edged Heimiller heads-up to take down his first WPT title for $613,355.
Heimiller, who started the final table last in chips, will have to wait another day for his first WPT win as he finished runner-up for $356,115.
Former WPT Invitational winner Phil Laak entered the final-table second in chips but his day went off the rails almost from the second play began.
Laak sank down to 2.5 million chips, doubled through John Gordon, and then made an ill-timed shove with ace-eight, which Cristos snapped off with pocket queens. Laak couldn’t improve and finished in fifth place for $109,385.
From there Alexandru Masek (4th) and former chip leader Ryan Goindoo (3rd) were quickly eliminated, paving the way for a heads-up battle between Heimiller and Cristos.
Cristos Overcomes Heads-Up Chip Deficit to Win WPT Legends
Heads-up started with Heimiller holding 12.4 million chips to Cristos’ 8.7 million.
A calm and collected Cristos chipped away at Heimiller for a period of time before winning a massive nine-million chip pot that didn’t go to showdown.
Finally a short-stacked Heimiller made a move with king-four and Cristos called with ace-nine. The board came up dry, giving Cristos the title.
Here are the complete final-table results:
- 1. Jordan Cristos - $613,355
- 2. Dan Heimiller - $356,115
- 3. Ryan Goindoo - $233,360
- 4. Alexandru Masek - $156,790
- 5. Phil Laak - $109,385
- 6. John Gordan - $85,080