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WPT Event – Aruba Poker Classic $5,200 NL Hold'em

, 2005-10-03, by TwoGun

The fifth World Poker Tour (WPT) Event of its fourth season was held last week at the tropical island of Aruba, which is just off the coast of Venezuela. The Aruba Poker Classic is sponsored by online poker site Ultimate Bet. Hundreds of players were sent to the island, many of whom were taking their first shot in a WPT event. When the tournament was over, it would be a seasoned Vegas pro rather than a lucky internet qualifier walking away with the $1,000,000 first place prize.

Last year in Aruba, Eric Brenes beat a tough final table featuring Mike "the Mouth" Matusow and Layne Flack en route to adding to his family’s poker accomplishments. This year, Lebanese citizen turned Vegas pro Freddie Deeb added to his impressive poker accomplishments by beating out 647 players to win the million dollar first place WPT title.

Josh Schlien won $440,000 for 2nd place. Vegas based player James Van Alstyne missed the TV bubble but won $60,000 for 7th place. Barry "Robin Hood" Greenstein finished 9th and donated the $30,000 winnings to charity.

The tournament paid nearly 20% of the field, which is about twice as much as the standard 10% payouts. That in mind, a large number of who’s-who in the poker world moneyed in this event, including; Erik Seidel (38th), "Devilfish" Ulliot (43rd), Men “the Master” Nguyen (53rd), Cliff "Johnnybax" Josephy (65th), Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi (69th), Dewey Tomko (70th), Scotty Nguyen (101st), and Paul Wolfe (117th).

The next stop on the World Poker Tour is the Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship which will begin play at the Bellagio on October 18th. World Champion Juan Carlos Mortensen is the defending champion of this event.

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