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Rheem Outlasts Lindgren for $1.1m at WPT Championship
The up-and-down career of Chino Rheem definitely hit an up again last night in Las Vegas as he topped poker vet Erick Lindgren heads-up for the $25k WPT Championship title.
Rheem, who has mixed seven-figure scores with crippling gambling debts throughout his long career, earned $1,150,297 for the win.
It was his second WPT title - Rheem also won the WPT Five Diamond Classic at Bellagio in Season 7.
Lindgren, who coincidentally has also been hamstrung by massive sportsbetting debts alongside a very successful poker career prior to Black Friday, earned $650,275 for the runner-up finish.
Roy Third, Salsberg Takes WPT Player of the Year
WPT Montreal winner Jonathan Roy had a chance to take home Player of the Year honors with a win but fell just short in third place.
Busting out with a set of eights against Rheem's made flush, Roy came up shy of a second title this season and sealed the POY title for former Weeds producer Matt Salsberg.
A very experienced final table of six saw play extend well into the night and over 250 hands needed to end things.
Official final-table results and payouts:
- 1. Chino Rheem - $1,150,297
- 2. Erick Lindgren - $650,275
- 3. Jonathan Roy - $421,800
- 4. Matt Hyman - $289,988
- 5. Brandon Steven - $223,203
- 6. David Peters - $173,993
For a full rundown of all the final-table action, check the WPT Live Updates.