Greenberg Nabs First WPT Win at Bellagio

Briony O’Neill -

American poker pro, Larry Greenberg entered the ranks of the World Poker (WPT) Tour Champions Club in Las Vegas this past weekend, when he claimed victory at the first-ever WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship. Greenberg defeated a field of 126 players to take the winner’s prize of US$378 879.

In addition to this prize money, Greenberg’s victory on Saturday secured him a coveted spot in the WPT Tournament of Champions, to take place at the ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada at the end of this month. If Greenberg had not won the WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship, he would have had to pay US$15 000 to enter the next event.

Elite Poker Championship

As mentioned, Greenberg’s victory took place at the inaugural WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship, which was hosted at the famed Bellagio Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip from 1 to 6 May, 2018.

The prestigious World Poker Tour event drew 126 entrants, each of whom paid a buy-in fee of US$10 400, thus generating a prize pool of US$1 222 200. This pool was then divided into payouts to the tournament’s top 16 finishers. At the bottom of this list was Paul Kazmich, who was the first to collect a payout, in his case amounting to US$15 889.

The Final Table

The official six-handed final table of the WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship was played on Saturday, with Greenberg entering play at second in chips. Alongside Larry Greenberg at the table were Cary Katz, Ryan Van Sanford, Adrian Garduno, Jim Collopy, and Danny Qutami.

Well-known poker professional, Cary Katz was the first to get up from the table, taking with him a US$60 499 payout. Next to go with the last remaining WPT Champions Club member at the table, Ryan van Sanford, who took home fifth place and US$78 221.

Next, Adrian Garduno was the first non WPT Champion to fall out, with fourth place and the first payout over US$100k – US$100 832.

The Top Three

The final three players at the table were then Greenberg, Collopy and Qutami. After Jim Collopy left the table in third place with US$146 644, Greenberg and Qutami were left to fight it out for the title.

With Danny Qutami starting with just five big blinds and 85 000 in chips, it did not require much for Greenberg, with 3.695 million in chips (sufficient for over 230 big blinds), to take him down.

Qutami left the table with US$223 663, leaving Greenberg to claim the US$378 879 top payout, thus taking his live tournament career winnings to over US$1.2 million.