After finishing runner-up in two prior World Poker Tour main events in 2014, American poker pro Dylan Wilkerson finally broke through this week when he emerged victorious in the 2014 WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event.
Wilkerson topped a field of 166 entrants to capture the title and the $147,509 first-place prize in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Wilkerson also earned 468 Card Player Player of the Year points for his first win of the year at his fifth final table. With a second=place showing in the sizable WPT Bay 101 Shooting Starmain event for $728,650 and his runner-up finish in the WPT Fallsview main event for another $205,925 already under his belt, Wilkerson now has year-to-date earnings of $1,223,816.
Wilkerson’s Player of the Year point total now sits at 3,784 which is good enough to move him into sixth place in the overall standings.
Wilkerson came into the final day as one of the shorter stacks of the 17 player’s that made it to day 3, but managed to build his stack and by the time he made it to heads-up play he was virtually tied with eventual runner-up Richard Barnard.
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The first elimination of the final table came in Level 24 (12,000/24,000/4,000) on Hand #19 when Darryn Lipman shoved all in for 283,000 from the small blind and Chris Convery called him from the big.
Ten hands later, Aaron Overton got his short stack all in preflop holding the 10♣ 9 ♣ only to run into the A♥ K♠ of Diane Crous. The board ran out a clean7 3♦ 2♥Q♦ 8♦ , and Overton was bounced in fifth place for $29,740.
On Hand #100, which happened in Level 26 (20,000/40,000/5,000), Convery was felled in fourth. It happened when Wilkerson min-raised to 80,000 from the button and then called when Convery three-bet all in for 415,000 from the big blind.
Final Table Results