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Will "The Thrill" Failla Holds On for First WPT Title
After almost a decade on the poker circuit, veteran East Coast grinder Will "The Thrill" Failla broke through for his first World Poker Tour title yesterday at Legends of Poker in Los Angeles.
The chip leader heading in to the final table, Failla stumbled a bit off the start but righted the ship quickly.
He busted 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Owais Ahmed in sixth to regain the chip lead, made it through an extended bout of three-handed play with Ken "Teach" Aldridge and Jeff Vertes and finally held on over the course of 178 final-table hands for the win.
Despite losing the chip lead in a big pot to Aldridge early in heads-up play, Failla turned it around quickly again and needed just 14 hands to take the first title handed out in WPT Season X and the first WPT title of his career.
Failla told Mike Sexton after the win that it was one of the greatest moments of his life, second only to the birth of his son.
The $758,085 he earned for the win bumps Failla's lifetime live poker tournament earnings up to just under $3 million.
Runner-up Aldridge took home $365,800.
Here's how the rest of the final table finished and their payouts:
1st: Will Failla - $758,085
2nd: Ken Aldridge - $365,800
3rd: Jeff Vertes - $186,400
4th: Joshua Pollock - $128,500
5th: Adam Aronson - $102,800
6th: Owais Ahmed - $77,100
For a full recap of the final-table action, check the WPT Live Updates.