Farid Yachou emerged victorious at the 2016 WPT Tournament of Champions, beating 64 players to take home a cool $381,600 for first place. The Dutchman played solid poker over three days to walk away with several other prize than just the cash. Yachou also won a 2016 Corvette, a Hublot King Power Unico Titanium watch, and at Tiger Wood's charitable event, which is backed by World Poker Tour.
Yachou has only two live tournaments cashes to his credit. He took down both events for a total of $606,673. In May last year, Yachou won the €3,300 WPT Amsterdam for €201,000 ($225,073). This made him eligible to play the WPT Tournament Of Champions held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.
After a series of eliminations, only six players made it to Day 3. As more heads rolled, it was left between Farid and Romanian player Vlad Davie to fight it out for the title. The duo entered the heads-up round with fairly even in chips. However, the railbirds did not have to wait long as the final hand of the game was played when Yachou (A-2) moved all-in on an 8-2-2-10-8 board. Davie (K-7) made the call and had to settle for a runner-up finish worth $224,190.
Speaking about his latest triumph, Farid said:
“It’s something I cannot believe. I am sitting with only champions. I said to myself, ‘I will be glad finishing 30th or 35th.’ Then, slowly, day by day, hand by hand, it all came together. Everything came to me.”
1st: Farid Yachou – $381,600
2nd: Vlad Davie – $224,190
3rd: Michael Mizrachi – $140,450
4th: Jonathan Jaffe – $95,400
5th: Noah Schwartz – $74,200
6th: Darren Elias – $58,300
7th: Andy Frankenberger – $47,400
8th: Yevgeniy Timoshenko – $38,160
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