Art Papazyan has done it, winning the WPT Maryland at Live! Casino Main event for his second World Poker Tour title in the span of five weeks! In the history of the World Poker Tour to date, 26 players have won more than one WPT title. Prior to the Season XVI WPT Maryland tournament, only seven had won multiple World Poker Tour titles in the same season. Papazyan’s victory makes him the eighth WPT champion to accomplish winning multiple World Poker Tour titles in the same season. The others to have done it are Gus Hansen (Season I), Howard Lederer (Season I), Erick Lindgren (Season II), Tuan Le (Season III), Darren Elias (Season XIII), Anthony Zinno (Season XIII), and Sam Panzica (Season XV).
“I feel like this is not even real,”Papazyan told WPT.com after the win. “Who would have thought I play my first WPT and I win against Phil Hellmuth? Then I play my second WPT, I come to Maryland across the country, and I win again? I would never have thought in my wildest dreams that this would ever happen. I’m so happy it did.”
In the WPT Maryland $3,500 Main Event, Papazyan topped a field of 561 entries to score the $389,405 top prize. That first-place prize included a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions, but because Papazyan already earned a seat when he won the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event just over one month ago, he’ll be awarded the cash equivalent.
“I’ve worked really hard on my game in the past year thanks to my friends who really helped me with my game,” Papazyan added. “I owe a lot to them. I’m fortunate to be in this position now.”
Final Table Results:-
1. Art Papazyan – $389,405
2. Zachary Donovan – $262,930
3. Tom Reynolds – $168,990
4. Randal Heeb – $120,165
5. Grigoriy Shvarts – $92,015
6. Timothy Chang – $76,620