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Dylan Rowe is a World Poker Tour champion! The New Zealander navigated his way through a field of 2,422 entrants to secure the $181,544 first-place prize.

WPT500 Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Dylan Rowe New Zealand $181,544
2 Andrii Novak Ukraine $123,254
3 Lukas Wimmer Austria $84,064
4 Deividas Kvaselis Lithuania $55,719
5 Pedro Padilha Chaves Brazil $37,894
6 Aaron Been Mexico $28,887
7 Brandon Adams Canada $22,357
8 Stoyan Kitanov Bulgaria $17,716
9 David Singontiko Netherlands $13,801

The nine-handed final table lost its first player when Dutch grinder David Singotiko busted at the hands of Rowe. Rowe raised enough from the button to put both the blinds to the test for their entire stacks. Singotiko called off his four big blind stack with , but Aaron Been folded. Rowe flipped over which remained best as the five community cards ran .

Stoyan Kitanov was flying high at the start of eight-handed play, yet he was the next player out of the door. Blinds were 3,000,000/6,000,000/750,000a and Kitanov raised to 12,600,000 from early position with . Rowe was to Kitanov’s immediate left, and he made it 36,000,000 to go with . The action folded to Deividas Kvaselis in the small blind, and he jammed for eight big blinds with . Kitanov pushed his 28 big blinds across the line, and Rowe snap-called.

Kvaselis flopped quads on the board to treble up, and Kitanov crashed out at the hands of Rowe due to the stack sizes. Ouch.

Seventh place and $22,357 went to high stakes cash game specialist Brandon Adams. Adams started the final table as the shortest stack and managed to ladder a couple of spots. His demise was confirmed when he raised to four-times the big blind with leaving only four more big blinds behind. Kvaselis flat-called with . Start-of-the-day chip leader Andrii Novak squeezed with , Adams called all-in, but Kvaselis folded. The board ran , and Adams busted, the second player to head to the showers despite getting their chips in with a monster hand.

Aaron Been fell by the wayside shortly after Adams’ exit. Been open-shoved for 12 big blinds with , and Lukas Wimmer looked him up from the big blind with . Been turned a king, but Wimmer had flopped trips on the board.

The tournament lost another player when Brazilian Pedro Padilha Chaves dusted off his stack. Rowe open-shoved for 8.5 big blinds effective from the small blind with and Chaves called with . Chaves’ hand stayed ahead on the flop, but Rowe caught the turn. The completed the community cards and confirmed Chaves’ exit.

Four-handed play only lasted a couple of minutes before Kvaselis headed to the showers after a blind-versus-blind battle with Novak. Kvaselis jammed from the small blind for 14.5 big blinds with only for Novak to snap-call with . Kvaselis’ situation grew even direr when Novak flopped a set, turned a full house, and hit quads on the river of the board.

The final three locked horns for more than an hour and ended with the elimination of Wimmer. Rowe raised slightly more than two big blinds to 22,000,000 with on the button, and Wimmer called with from the big blind. A flop was greeted with a check from both players. The turn completed Rowe’s wheel and left Wimmer drawing dead. Wimmer bet 35,000,000 into the 52,750,000 pot and Rowe called. The turn was the worst card in the deck for Wimmer, and he greeted it by betting 40,000,000 into the 122,750,000 pot. Rowe was going nowhere. Instead, Rowe jammed, and Wimmer called off his remaining 198,238,668 chips with his expensive second-best hand.

That hand gave Rowe an 892,824,739 to 308,692,996 chip advantage over Novak. It proved a gap too large for Novak to bridge. Rowe climbed to 1 billion in chips through aggressive play and got his hands on the rest of Novak’s stack during the 6,000,000/12,000,000/1,500,000a level.

Novak ripped it in for 92,258,792 chips with and Rowe called with . Neither player improved on the board, but Rowe didn’t need to. Game over for Novak, who banked the $123,254 consolation prize and glory for Rowe, whose victory resulted in $181,544 making its way to his partypoker account.

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