Daniel Dvoress Wins WPT Mike Sexton Classic

By Ben Hamill - February 08 2021

Daniel Dvoress Wins WPT Mike Sexton Classic

Canadian Poker player Daniel Dvoress has won the World Poker Tour Mike Sexton Classic. The million dollar guaranteed event formed part of the WPT Montreal Online Series, and saw the 125 players play for charity by contributing to a good cause along with buying in. All in all, the rake-free event saw an impressive $39,900 raised for the Nevada Partnership Homeless Youth Charity.

The event attracted quite the final table of Poker superstars – including Roberto Romanello, who is a Welsch Triple Crown winner, Swedish EPT Budapest champion Christian Jeppsson, Spanish World Series of Poker bracelet winner Adrian Mateos, Canada’s Ami Barer, and ARIA high-rolling champion Ali Imsirovic.

The rapid format saw only 20 players survive Day 1 of play, which led to everyone who had made it to the 2nd and final day to be guaranteed at least $21,887 in winnings and returns.

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Taste For Double Eliminations

By the time the action had progressed to the final table, a double ousting by Dvoress proved an accurate indication of things to come. And once he’d eliminated both 7th-place finisher Nino Ulman’s pocket nines and 8th-place finisher Aleksejs Ponakovs’ pocket kings with his ace-six of diamonds, he had entered the final-6 firmly in the chip lead.

His appetite for double eliminations by this point proper whet, he went back for more with only five players remaining. Next out would be Finnish player Eelis Parssninen and American Jon Van Fleet, leaving only three hands remaining on deck. 

The Final Dual

Mike “SirWatts” Watson would be out next in 3rd place, leaving only Aram Zobian and Dvoress to battle it out on the final stretch. By the time the action had petered down to Dvoress vs. Zobian, the latter enjoyed a massive chip lead with 8 million ships facing off against Dvoress’ 4.5 million.

The Canadian, however, had no intention of leaving with his tail between his legs, and in only 15 minutes, managed to turn around the table almost completely on his competitor. It did not take too long after that final boost of confidence for Dvoress to beat his competitor to the Mike Sexton classic title.

We daresay the beloved Hall of Famer after whom the series was named would have been proud of the dramatic fashion in which the final heads-up action had gone down, too, with Dvoress ultimately having wrapped up his victory over Zobian in a categorically convincing win. And while Daniel Dvoress walked away with an impressive $294,346 in 1st-place prize money, American competitor Aram Zobian didn’t do too shabby at all with his $200,307 in runner-up earnings.

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