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WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown: Griffin Paul Defeats Joe Ebanks Heads-up For The Title

Tags: Griffin Paul, Joe Ebanks, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.
Posted on 23 April 2015 by "T".

22-year-old poker professional Griffin Paul entered yesterday's final table of the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event with almost a third of the chips in play, however, early in the final table, the chip lead was traded back and forth between Joe Ebanks and Andrew Crooks.

Later on, after three players had been sent packing (Ryan Rivers, Brian Green & Shawn Nguyen), Ebanks and Paul were almost even at the top of the chip counts. Ebanks eventually eliminated Crooks in third place (pocket nines vs pocket kings of Crooks) to bring the chip lead into heads-up play.

Ebanks' lead only lasted for 8 hands though, as Paul scored a double up already on the ninth hand - winning a flip with ace-jack vs Ebank's pocket nines. Paul never let go of the chip lead after that. The battle came to an end on the 34th hand of heads-up play...

Paul limped for 400k and Ebanks raised to 1,5 million. Paul quickly called. The flop rolled out KDiamondJClub4Heart, Ebanks bet 1 million and Paul responded by moving all in. Ebanks quickly called with ADiamondJHeart but was behind the KClub9Diamond of Paul.

The turn card was the 4Diamond, the river card the 6Spade, and Paul won the pot with two pair, king and fours. Griffin Paul received his first WPT Championship Trophy, $1,000,000, a $15,400 entry into the season-ending WPT World Championship, a pair of gold Monster 24k Headsphones, and a Hublot Oceanographic Watch.

1st: Griffin Paul - $1,000,000
2nd: Joe Ebanks - $615,000
3rd: Andre Crooks - $383,000
4th: Shawn Nguyen - $323,500
5th: Brian Green - $269,000
6th: Ryan Rivers - $217,500


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3 comments for "WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown: Griffin Paul Defeats Joe Ebanks Heads-up For The Title"

 doubletop77723/04/2015 09:38:39 GMT
Many congratulations to Griffin Paul on winning his first WPT event and, perhaps more importantly, the $1,000,000 first prize. Imagine waking up this morning one million richer!!!
 klash2323/04/2015 14:19:35 GMT
Well done to Griffin Paul for winning this tournament,before this he had only won 70k in tourneys and now in just a year or so of playing live tournaments he wins a massive million in one game which is a great story for players starting out in the poker world.
 bowie198422/05/2015 12:16:05 GMT
Of course there isn't a final table on any poker tournament without somebody named Nguyen playing on it. That is probably in the terms and conditions under the rule how should everybody react when Phil Hellmuth throws a hissy fit after he dropped out...

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