Cord Garcia achieved history by claiming the same event within six months, when he clinched the HPT Golden Gates $1,650 No-limit Hold’em Main Event recently for $248,732, after plowing through a field of 787 entries. Five months ago, Garcia defeated a field of 488 to bag $164,988 at the same event.
Garcia claimed the spotlight after winning the first-ever World Series of Poker (WSOP) Colossus event in 2015.
The HPT Golden Gates Main event saw Garcia facing an accomplished set of pros at the final table, including 2016 Colossus winner Zo Karim, Ben Keeline, and Dan O’Brien.
Leading the final table was Karim with Garcia in second, until the latter eliminated Karim at fifth place. That crucial hand saw Garcia with overcome Karim’s getting a lead that propelled him all the way to the top.
Heads up Garcia had a 3 to 1 chip lead against O’Brien and a tussle raged for a while, until Garcia began pulling ahead.
The hand that ended O’Brien’s tournament life saw him with up against Garcia’s . The flop and the turn were blank, but the river favored Garcia leaving O’Brien with hardly a few blinds and a little while later he finished in second place for a prize of $153,982.
FINAL TABLE STANDINGS:
1. Cord Garcia - $248,732
2. Dan O’Brien - $153,982
3. Andrew Dean - $100,881
4. Saad Vasquez - $69,760
5. Zohair Karim - $50,903
6. Benjamin Keeline - $39,103
7. Edward Sebesta - $32,277
8. Justin Enger - $26,956
9. Torii Beeding - $21,634
The World Poker Tour India edition has successfully concluded and has been regarded by many as a trailblazing event for poker in India
The Casino Deltin Royale is currently playing host to the inaugural WPT India, a tournament which has so far attracted many enthusiasts of poker in India.
Fans of poker in India can rejoice in the fact that Team India is performing splendidly at the series.