One of the biggest events in poker history — the World Poker Tour (WP)T World Championship — concluded Tuesday night with Eliot Hudon claiming the $4,136,000 first place prize, beating out a massive field of 2,960 entrants at Wynn Las Vegas.
“At this point, it wasn’t even about the money… If I’m going to make it this far, I kind of wanted to really win the trophy more than anything. I’m more in poker for winning more than the money,” said Hudon after his historic win. “I don’t deserve it any more than these guys, it’s just we all know how it goes, some people have more luck in some spots.”
The final table, one of the fastest in World Poker Tour history (55 hands over 2.5 hours), began with a bang when Benny Glaser, who entered with a sizable chip lead, made an aggressive shove with ace-jack all in from under the gun. With four of the six players sitting on small stacks, the jam was an interesting play considering Hudon, who was behind him, also had a large stack, albeit smaller.
The shove made sense in that for Hudon to call given ICM considerations, he’d basically need to wake up with aces or kings. Well, he did wake up with kings and less than 10 minutes into play, he became the chip leader by a fairly wide margin when his opponent didn’t get any help from the board.
Glaser, however, battled back and didn’t let the rough hand derail his eyes on the prize. He’s one of the best in the game with over $3.6 million in live tournament cashes entering the WPT World Championship, per Hendon Mob, which includes four World Series of Poker bracelets. But, in the end as you’re about to learn, a bluff in the wrong spot cost him a shot to win the tournament.