Guess who won the main event at the World Poker Tour
Aaron Mermelstein was the winner of the main event at the World Poker Tour, the first event of its kind in the history of poker. It was a NL Hold’em tournament and the buy-in was $3,500.
As expected, the first to go were the two shorter stacks. Ken Holmes was the only non-professional poker player that was at the table. He finished all-in with J-7 ten hands into the game. This was not good enough to beat Andjelko Andrejevic’s pocket Eight.
Mermelstein had to fight against tough opponents. Jamie Kerstetter finished in 13th place and took home $14,032, Darren Elias finished in 10th place and took home $17,114 and Greg Merson finished in 4th place and took home $78,449. Andrejevic, who finished in 3rd place, won $105,981.
Mermelstein was one of the six finalists in the event. Although Merson held the first large stack of chips, Mermelstein held the second-largest stack of chips. Despite not being the chip leader when the final table began to play, he managed to collect the most number of chips in a short time. At this point, Merson, the former World Poker Tour champion, fell back into fourth position. When the final table boiled down to three-handed play, Mermelstein still held the chip lead.
Two hands later, Andjeldko Andrejevic found himself into third place, leaving Mermelstein and Xin Wang to play for the pot. By that stage in the game, Mermelstein had three times more chips. After a further 18 hands, Mermelstein finally emerged as the eventual winner of the event.