Although it hasn’t gotten the same publicity as the World Series of Poker, there was another major live tournament that just wrapped up. The World Poker Tour held their World Poker Finals this year at the Foxwood Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
This year’s event saw 412 competitors pay the $9,700 +$300 entry fee to take their shot at a share of over $3.8 million, with the top 50 getting paid.
The final table had several well-known players, including Mike Matusow, aka “The Mouth”, David Pham, Jonathan Jaffe, and Jonathan Little. In the end it was Little who was able to out play the others and out-duel Jonathan Jaffe heads-up to take down the top prize of a little over $1.1 million.
Little and Jaffe played heads-up for over five hours, with each player taking and losing the chip lead several times. However, the final hand saw Little raise with AcQh and Jaffe shove in his remaining chips. Little called and Jaffe showed AhTd. Jaffe got no help and Little paired his Q on the river to take the title.
Jonathan Little was the 2007 WPT Player of the Year, and has done pretty well recently, taking 7th in the recent WCOOP at PokerStars (event #5) and finishing 5th in the WPT PokerStars.com Caribbean Poker Adventure championship, both for 6 digit scores.
Here’s how the final table ended up:
1. Jonathan Little $1,120,310
2. Jonathan Jaffe $670,636
3. Charles Marchese $337,256
4. David Pham $240,344
5. Jack Schanbacher $182,196
6. Mike Matusow $124,048
7. Anthony Newman $85,283
8. Dimitri Haskaris $58,148
9. Henry Doiban $44,606