'World Famous' Lyons Clips Zamani to Win WPT Legends for $615k

WPT Legends Of Poker Pat Lyons
Pat "World Famous" Lyon

“World Famous” Pat Lyons lived up to his nickname Thursday night by beating Ben Zamani heads-up and becoming the latest WPT Legend for a first-place prize of $615,346.

It’s been quite a month for Lyons who took down the 12th Annual Arizona State Poker Championship for $241,700 back in early August.

Lyons also picked up an entry into the end of season WPT Tournament of Champions Hublot watch.

This is the first Legends of Poker that’s been held since the Bicycle Casino underwent a massive renovation last fall and numbers improved significantly with a field of 687 players.

Ben Zamani Takes WPT POY Lead

Incredibly Zamani finished second in back-to-back WPTs as he was the runner-up to James Mackey at WPT Choctaw last month.

Benjamin Zamani
Ben Zamani

Zamani picked up $341,412 for coming second but also took the lead in the Hublot Player of the Year contest. Zamani now has 2,000 points in POY and it would be tough for anyone to catch him at this point.

Local William Vo received his lion’s share of the attention when the final table began thanks to his impressive age of 77 and an enormous chip stack.

Unfortunately for Vo he ran into trouble early and never really recovered eventually finishing in fifth place for $113k.

The next WPT event will take place at the Borgata Hotel & Casino from Sept. 18-23.

Here’s a look at the final-table payouts for WPT Legends:

1. Pat Lyons - $615,356
2. Ben Zamani - $341,412
3. Upeshka De Silva - $198,720
4. Todd Peterson - $149,715
5. William Vo - $113,105
6. Rafael Oliveira - $85,760

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