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Friday, September 1, 2017

Congratulations to Art Papazyan, Winner of the 2017 Legends of Poker!

After a lengthy final table, heads-up play lasted for just about 20 minutes, as Art Papazyan was able to defeat a man who he called one of his poker idols, Phil Hellmuth. On the final hand, Papazyan had to come from behind, with King-Queen against the Ace-King of Hellmuth. A queen came on the flop, and Hellmuth was never able to catch up.

For his efforts, the Bicycle Casino cash game regular will take home $668,692, along with the Legends of Poker title. Scroll down for a full breakdown of the final table payouts. Congratulations to Art Papazyan for his victory. Thanks to everyone who came out this month for the Legends of Poker. See you guys again in October!

1. Art Papazyan - $668,692
2. Phil Hellmuth - $364,370
3. JC Tran - $217,040
4. DJ Alexander - $161,490
5. Marvin Rettenmaier - $120,775
6. Adam Swan - $91,825

Phil Hellmuth Eliminated in 2nd Place ($364,370)

Right after taking a big hit, Phil Hellmuth gets his last five million in preflop [Ah][Kd]. He is in great shape to even things up again, as he is dominating the [Kc][Qs] of Art Papazyan. However, the flop of [Qh][10h][8c] changed everything, as Papazyan shot out to the lead. The [5h] on the turn gave Hellmuth some extra outs, as a river heart would do now. However, the [3s] completed the board, sealing the victory for Art Papazyan.

Phil Hellmuth will have to settle for $364,370, and will have to wait for another day to earn his first WPT title.

JC Tran Eliminated in 3rd Place ($217,040)

Nothing had gone JC Tran's way over the last hour, as he had spiraled down to the short stack before moving all in preflop. Phil Hellmuth made the call to put him at risk.

Tran: [Ad][10s]
Hellmuth: [Kh][Qh]

The flop came down [Kd][Jh][5s], giving Hellmuth top pair, and shooting him out to the lead. Tran could still win with an ace or a queen, but he lost a couple of outs on the [4h] turn, as Hellmuth picked up a flush draw. The [2d] completed the board, and Hellmuth scored the knockout.

This gets us to heads up play, with Art Papazyon and Hellmuth virtually even in chips. Papazyan holds 11.8 million to the 11 million of Hellmuth.

There will be a short break for interviews before heads up play starts.