Farid Yachou Turns First Ever Live Tournament into WPT Title

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13:39
17 May

Farid Yachou of Morocco has won WPT Amsterdam in his first-ever live tournament appearance.

Farid Yachou, a cafeteria owner,has decided to participate in this event because he wanted to experience something different in his life. It would be safe to say that Yachou had amazing experience as he managed to beat a world class field of 314 entrants in WPT Amsterdam Main Event, creating a total prize pool of just over $1m to be distributed among the top of 45 players.

Yachou claimed that he doesn't visit casinos and that he learned the game playing cash games with his friends. Even though he was the most inexperienced player at the final table when it comes to live tournament appearances, he proved that he was able to hold his own against the professionals just fine.

Yachou has entered the last day of WPT Amsterdam Main Event with the second shortest stack. American poker player Jason Wheeler was the official short stack at the start of play and was the first one who got eliminated. Wheeler had an amazing week due to the WPT Amsterdam High Roller event win but he wasn’t that lucky when it comes to WPT Amsterdam ME. He got eliminated in 6th place and won $45,973 of total prize pool, which is still quite an effort.

Holland’s Joep van den Bijgaart was the next player who hit the rail. Joep has been travelling the poker live tournament circle for many years but he has never cashed in WPT until now. He got eliminated by Steve Warburton who has entered the final table as the chip leader. Joep won the fifth place prize of $56,826.

Fredrik Anderson from Sweden got eliminated in fourth place and took home prize of $75,768. After Anderson left the final table, Kees Van Burge from Holland moved out of the way to set up the stage for the heads up action between Yachou and Warburton. Van Burge pocketed $100,281 for his third place finish.

The heads up action was quite interesting as professional poker player Steve Warburton found himself up against the cafeteria owner Yachou. In the final hand of WPT Amsterdam Main event Yachau held 66 against Steve’s a8 . After the board failed to help Warburton, Farid Yachou won the flip and became the WPT Amsterdam champion.

In his first live tournament appearance, Yachou managed to claim $239,559 despite of his lack of experience in these type of situation. The win will probably encourage Yachou to take some more shots at the live tournaments and perhaps we see him at some more final tables of major events.


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