The inaugural World Poker Tour Heads Up Championship is over. And the WPT could not have chosen a more iconic winner for its debut edition.
Phil Ivey—one of the best-known, best loved, and longest-serving legends of the game—bested 32 runners to claim the crown. He overcame Patrick Antonius in the final to secure a $400,000 payday.
On route to the title, Ivey saw off Manig Loeser, Anthony Zinno, Stephen Chidwick and Christopher Kruk. Antonius had defeated Gakuto “GACKT” Oshiro, Doug Polk, Stefan ‘Stefan11222’ Burakov, and Sam Greenwood to set up a fairy-tale final between two titans of the game.
The old-skool pro rolled back the years and made headlines around the world. Poker players everywhere were quick to offer their congratulations.
Fans who want to relive the contest, can watch a full replay of the final, with commentary for Jamie Kerstetter and Doug Polk.