Friday, 22 April 2016 15:14

Chino Rheem creates history, becomes only fourth player in history to win three WPT titles

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Chino Rheem created history as he become only the fourth player ever to win three World Poker Tour titles. Rheem achieved this feat after he emerged victorious at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown $10,000 Finale in Hollywood for $705,885.

Thanks to this triumph, he is now part of an elite group of players comprising Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen and Anthony Zinno. This win also helped the Californian to take his career earnings to $8,082,134.

In superb display, the 36 year-old pro beat a strong field of 342 players over five days at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino to take home the coveted title.

Speaking about his win, Rheem said:

“With everything I’ve been through and where I’m at in life and where my head’s at, this probably would be the number one [victory], even though it’s not even a million-dollar score. It’s the smallest one I’ve done of the big ones, but this ranks as being up there as far as timing and everything.”

Six players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, it was left for Rheem and Aditya Prasetyo to fight it out for the titel.

The final hand of the heads-up battle was played when Rheem (7-6) moved all-in preflop only to be called by Aditya with K-9. The board ran J-10-4-7-7, which consigned Prasetyo to a second place finish for worth $484,130. Rheem's previous WPT wins include the 2008 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1,538,730, and the 2013 WPT World Championship for $1,150,297.

Interestingly, Rheem's biggest scored arrived at 2008 WSOP Main Event when he finished 7th for $1,772,650.

Final Table Results:

1: Chino Rheem $705,885

2: Aditya Prasetyo $484,130

3: Richard Leger $311,305

4: Adrian Mateos $200,510

5: William Benson $154,585

6: Bryan Piccioli $127,905

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