Written 5.22.11 :

SEIVER IS TOPS AS NINTH WPT CHAMPIONSHIP ENDS
 
Twenty-six-year old pockets $1.6 million main prize
 
26-year-old Scott Seiver was all smiles at the Bellagio over the weekend after trouncing a star-studded entry field in the $25 000 buy-in ninth World Poker Tour Championship, taking home the $1 618 344 main prize, along with a sponsored seat at next year's event and a WPT bracelet.
 
It is the young poker pro's biggest career win yet, bringing his total earnings to over $4.5 million, and adding a WPT winner's bracelet to the World Series of Poker band he already holds, dating back to 2008.
 
Seiver, who had accumulated a significant chip lead, faced a final table that included Farzad Bonyadi, Galen Hall, Roger Teska, Tony Gargano and Justin Young.
 
When Galen Hall was knocked out in third place the head to head came down to Seiver and Farzad Bonyadi, with Seiver holding a 3 to 1 advantage in chips that translated into a win after 41 hands.
 
Bonyadi's second placing gave him a check for $1 061 900, but the generous prize pool meant that even the first elimination, Justin Young, took home $225 654.