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Congratulations to Harry Arutyunyan, WPT Legends of Poker Champion! ($576,369)

Level 37: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante

Season XIII of the World Poker Tour's televised season kicked off last week with the prestigious WPT Legends of Poker. A field of 593 entries generated a prize pool of $2,172,994. After nearly 37 levels of play, Harry Arutyunyan emerged as the newest member of the WPT Champions Club.

WPT Legends of Poker Champion (S13) Harut "Harry" Arutyunyan
Here were the chip counts at the start of the final table:

Seat 1. Harry Arutyunyan - 3,670,000 (73 bb)
Seat 2. Taylor McFarland - 2,250,000 (45 bb)
Seat 3. Jeremy Kottler - 1,975,000 (40 bb)
Seat 4. Tyler Kenney - 2,555,000 (51 bb)
Seat 5. Mike Eskandari - 5,975,000 (120 bb)
Seat 6. Tyler Cornell - 2,525,000 (51 bb)

At 4:00pm local time, the players took their seats underneath the bright lights of the brand-new Season XIII WPT Final Table set.

WPT TV Final Table Set
The first elimination came 43 hands into the final table, when three-time WPT final tablist Jeremy Kottler departed. With the blinds and antes at 40,000/80,000/10,000, Kottler opened to 160,000 in the cutoff. Mike Eskandari called in the small blind, Tyler Cornell called in the big blind and the flop fell Aclub8club3club. Eskandari led out 225,000, Cornell folded and Kottler raised to 460,000. Eskandari's call brought the Jdiamond turn, and he immediately shoved for effectively 1.055 million. Kottler gave it some thought before he called all in with KclubKheart -- a pair of kings with the nut flush draw. Eskandari led with Aheart6club for a pair of aces. The Jspade river was no help to Kottler, ending his run in 6th place for $83,075.

Jeremy Kottler
Next up was a double elimination on Hand #66. With the blinds increased to 50,000/100,000 with a 10,000 ante, Cornell shoved in the cutoff for 1 million. Harry Arutyunyan called on the button, Taylor McFarland reraised all in for 1.31 million and Arutyunyan called to put both players at risk.

Cornell: KheartJspade
Arutyunyan: Adiamond10club
McFarland: QspadeQclub

The board ran out Aheart9heart3club2diamond2club, giving Arutyunyan a pair of aces to eliminate Cornell in 5th place for $103,075 and McFarland in 4th place $145,640.

Harut "Harry" Arutyunyan
The remaining three players would battle for 38 hands before Tyler Kenney bowed out. With the blinds at 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante, Kenney raised on the button to 240,000. Eskandari three-bet to 760,000, Kenney four-bet shoved for 3.535 million and Eskandari called quickly with 7diamond7spade. Kenney trailed with Aspade2diamond and found no help from the Jheart9club5heart3diamond9diamond board, ending his run with a 3rd-place finish for $213,600.

Tyler Kenney
Heads-up play began with Eskandari holding a sizable lead against Arutyunyan, but what ensued was a legthy and hard-fought duel with the chip lead changing hands numerous times. Each player doubled up twice through the other, but on the 90th hand of heads-up play, a champion finally emerged.

Heads Up_Harut "Harry" Arutyunyan_Massoud "Mike" Eskandari
With the blinds and antes at the 250,000/500,000/50,000 level, Arutyunyan raised to 1.2 million on the button. Eskandari three-bet all in for 7.85 million and Arutyunyan called with Aheart8heart, leading Eskandari's Adiamond7club. The board ran out Jheart3club2club10diamond6diamond, spelling the end for Eskandari. His runner-up showing earned him $330,110.

With an impressive vertical celebration, Harry Arutyunyan punctuated the victory.

WPT Legends of Poker Champion (S13) Harut "Harry" Arutyunyan
In addition to winning $576,369, which includes a $15,400 seat into the season-ending WPT World Championship at Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, Arutyunyan also wins:

- Monster 24K headphones
- Hublot King Power Unico Watch
- Bicycle Casino’s Wild Bill Hickok trophy
- WPT Champions Trophy

And, of course, Arutunyan will have his name engraved on the one and only WPT Champions Cup along with all the previous WPT winners from the past 12 seasons.

WPT Champions Cup
Here are the final table results:

1st: Harry Arutyunyan - $576,369
2nd: Mike Eskandari - $330,110
3rd: Tyler Kenney - $213,600
4th: Taylor McFarland - $145,640
5th: Tyler Cornell - $103,560
6th: Jeremy Kottler - $83,075

Special thanks to our friends at The Bicycle Casino for their hospitalty this week, to our sponsors for providing such wonderful prizes, to Joe Giron for the photos you saw in today's coverage, and to you for following along with the coverage.

The World Poker Tour is headed across the pond in just a few short days for the partypoker WPT Merit Classic North Cyprus, beginning on September 5.

Until then, farewell from Bell Gardens! 

Sorted In: Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker, Season XI, Mazagan Casino, WPT Mazagan, Featured Blog
03:07 AM, 08/30/14

Hand #194: Mike Eskandari Out in 2nd Place ($330,110)

Level 37: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante

Harry Arutyunyan raises to 1,200,000, Mike Eskandari moves all in for 7,850,000, and Arutyunyan calls with Aheart8heart. Eskandari turns over Adiamond7club, and he needs to improve to stay alive.

The board comes Jheart3club2club10diamond6diamond, and Arutyunyan wins the pot — and the WPT Legends of Poker — with ace high and an eight kicker.

Mike Eskandari comes up one comeback short, finishing as the runner-up in second place, earning $330,110.

Massoud "Mike" Eskandari
Harry Arutyunyan wins the WPT Legends of Poker, earning $576,369.

Harut "Harry" Arutyunyan

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Harry Arutyunyan, Mike Eskandari, Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
02:08 AM, 08/30/14

Hand #193: Harry Arutyunyan

Level 37: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante

Mike Eskandari raises to 1,050,000, and Harry Arutyunyan calls, and then checks in the dark.

The flop comes Kdiamond10heart2diamond, and Eskandari checks behind.

The turn card is the 5diamond, Arutyunyan bets 1,200,000, and Eskandari folds. Arutyunyan takes the pot.

Harry Arutyunyan  -  11,050,000
Mike Eskandari  -  7,900,000

Sorted In: Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
02:01 AM, 08/30/14

Hand #192: Mike Eskandari

Level 37: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante

Harry Arutyunyan folds, giving Mike Eskandari a walk.

Harry Arutyunyan  -  9,950,000
Mike Eskandari  -  9,000,000

Sorted In: Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
01:58 AM, 08/30/14

Hand #191: Harry Arutyunyan

Level 37: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante

Mike Eskandari raises to 1,250,000, Harry Arutyunyan moves all in for 8,900,000, and Eskandari folds, showing one card — the Aspade.

Arutyunyan shows one card — the Adiamond — as he collects the pot.

Harry Arutyunyan  -  10,250,000
Mike Eskandari  -  8,700,000

Sorted In: Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
01:58 AM, 08/30/14

Hand #190: Harry Arutyunyan

Level 37: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante

Harry Arutyunyan raises to 1,200,000, and Mike Eskandari folds 9spade2diamond face up.

Harry Arutyunyan  -  8,950,000
Mike Eskandari  -  10,000,000

Sorted In: Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
01:56 AM, 08/30/14

Hand #189: Mike Eskandari Doubles Thru Harry Arutyunyan

Level 37: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante

Mike Eskandari moves all in for 5,225,000, and Harry Arutyunyan quickly calls with AspadeQclub. Eskandari turns over 2diamond2spade, and he needs it to hold to stay alive.

The board comes KheartKclub7club10diamond6diamond, and Eskandari wins the pot with two pair, kings and deuces to double up in chips.

Harry Arutyunyan  -  8,400,000
Mike Eskandari  -  10,550,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Mike Eskandari, Harry Arutyunyan, Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
01:53 AM, 08/30/14

Hand #188: Mike Eskandari

Level 37: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante

Harry Arutyunyan limps for 500,000, Mike Eskandari moves all in for 4,675,000, and Arutyunyan tanks for a while before he folds. Eskandari takes the pot.

Harry Arutyunyan  -  13,675,000
Mike Eskandari  -  5,275,000

Sorted In: Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
01:50 AM, 08/30/14

Hand #187: Harry Arutyunyan

Level 37: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante

Mike Eskandari folds, giving Harry Arutyunyan a walk.

Harry Arutyunyan  -  14,225,000
Mike Eskandari  -  4,725,000

Sorted In: Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
01:50 AM, 08/30/14

Hand #186: Mike Eskandari

Level 37: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante

Harry Arutyunyan folds, giving Mike Eskandari a walk.

Harry Arutyunyan  -  13,375,000
Mike Eskandari  -  5,025,000

Sorted In: Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
01:48 AM, 08/30/14
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