Eyster Holds On for WPT Seminole Win, $1m Month

Kevin Eyster
Kevin Eyster.

Kevin "-1sickdisease" Eyster capped off an incredible two-week stretch of poker yesterday by defeating Ben Tarzia heads-up for the WPT Seminole Hard Rock title and $660,395.

With a Sunday Million win online and a runner-up finish at the WSOPC Circuit event in Colorado, Eyster locked up $1 million in earnings in less than a month

"I guess it'll hit me in a few days, cause that's pretty unexplainable you know," Eyster said in his WPT winner's interview.

"To just go from zero to hero in two weeks, just like that...it just goes to show it can happen to anyone. It feels like a little mini Moneymaker story"

Karim Finishes Third, Madsen Busts Sixth

Eyster, who had the chip lead coming into the final table at WPT Seminole, held off all challengers - including his roommate and friend Zo Karim - in just under 200 hands for the win.

Entering heads-up with a 4-1 chip advantage over Ben Tarzia, Eyster needed just 11 hands to finish things off

Along with the $660,395, Eyster earned a $25k seat in the WPT Championship, a WPT Champions trophy and a customized electric guitar. Tarzia earned $389,750 for his runner-up finish.

Jeff Madsen
Not in the cards for Madsen.

Jeff Madsen, the most recognizable player at the final table, couldn't get anything going and busted in sixth.

Official WPT Seminole results:

  • 1st: Kevin Eyster - $660,395
  • 2nd: Ben Tarzia - $389,750
  • 3rd: Zo Karim - $252,190
  • 4th: Paul Dlugozima - $171,950
  • 5th: Daniel Letts - $122,275
  • 6th: Jeff Madsen - $100,000

For a full recap of all the final table hands, check the WPT live updates. Interview below:

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