Randal Flowers becomes youngest double WPT winner

Randal Flowers becomes youngest double WPT winner

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Randal Flowers has won the World Poker Tour Festa al Lago event at The Bellagio and in doing so has pocketed $830,500 and his second WPT title. At the age of 22, he is the youngest double WPT title-holder in history.

Flowers won his first WPT title at Barcelona last summer, pocketing another six-figure prize. This time around though he beat one of the biggest events in WPT history and surviving the likes of Allen Kessler, Barry Greenstein, Gavin Smith and Annette Obrestad.

Flowers first made his presence known by eliminating Andy Frankenberger, also attempting a second WPT win. Flowers raised and instantly called Frankenberger’s 3-bet all-in. Flowers’s T-T was in good shape against 5-5 and held up to take the chip lead from Noah Schwartz by a wide margin before reinforcing that by eliminating Jason Koon.

Schwartz himself then fell at the hands of Flowers who held A-Q to his K-Q all-in before the flop. He was then heads-up against Michael Benvenuti who was on the wrong side of a 2-1 chip deficit. In the last hand, Benvenuti check-raised all-in on a 9-6-5 flop. Flowers held 9-3 for top pair and Benvenuti had half the deck on his side holding Q-7 for a gutshot and a flush draw. Benvenuti missed all his outs on a four turn and ace river, meaning Flowers takes home a second WPT title at the age of just 22. Benvenuti received over half a million dollars for his efforts; the full payouts were as follows:

1. Randal Flowers - $831,500
2. Michael Benvenuti - $564,200
3. Noah Schwartz - $344,968
4. Jason Koon - $225,680
5. Andy Frankenberger - $161,200
6. Skip Wilson - $112,840

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