World Poker Tour (WPT) Articles 2006 Legends of Poker Tournament Report Event #19 E.O. World Championship
Reza Payvar Scoops E.O. World Championship
Tonight’s World Championship E.O. mixed game event drew a field of 174 players which created a prize pool of $87,000. The E.O. format will change from Stud Hi-Lo to Omaha Hi-Lo at each level. The winner will have to demonstrate skills in both split games and will take on the title of World Champion at the end of the event.
Play had slowed as we approached the final table bubble. Play was hand-for- hand for over an hour and eventually the final table of 8 players was set at 3am. There were 10 minutes left playing Stud Hi-Lo with three very short stacks.
The first hand had the short stack, Paul Hickok all-in for his last $3,500. He had two callers. Eddie Ngo had the high with two pair 4-5-8 5-6-6-K and Matthew Mortensen showed the 6-high low A-2-T T-3-4-6. Paul showed a pair of deuces and mucked his hand. Paul Hickok finished in 8th place for $1,740.
Amir Vahedi, a pro player from Las Vegas, said he has 7th place locked up and no one can take that away from him. Amir found himself all-in for his last few chips on hand #5 against Matthew Mortensen. Matthew showed his rolled-up 10s and he filled up on the river. Amir had a pair of deuces showing but had only 4 cards to the low (A-2-3-8). Matthew scooped the pot and Amir Vahedi was eliminated in 7th place for $2,610.
On the very next hand, Terry Jenkins, the last of the short stacks, was all-in against Daniel Woloszym, a dealer from San Diego and high stakes cash game player. Daniel made the 6-high straight and scooped the pot away from Terry with an 8-high low. Terry finished in 6th place and earned $3,480.
They would play 5 handed for the next 50 hands. The entire Omaha Hi-Lo level had no eliminations and only a few scooped pots on the river. The players were back to Stud Hi-Lo with limits of $2,000/$4,000 ($1,000 ante). Daniel Woloszym, no stranger to final tables, raised all-in against Matthew Mortensen with split Kings. After the dust settled, Matthew showed Kings-Up and Daniel missed his low and was eliminated in 5th place for $4,350. $150 of this prize money went to seat #8, Reza Payvar, for a last longer bet that the two had made about 7 hours earlier when both players were at the same table. One condition to the bet was that the winner had to make it to the final table—which both players accomplished.
The last elimination occurred on hand #78 when former chip leader, Matthew Mortensen, found himself all-in against Reza Payvar. Matthew took a couple of tough beats which brought his stack down when he found A-3-K-2-5 but could not complete his low. Reza made Aces-up (As & 8s) and scooped the pot. Matthew, the pro from Tempe, AZ, was eliminated from his second final table in 4th place and a bankroll boost of $5,220.
The final 3 players requested a chip count calculation and all three were close in chip counts. The numbers were returned and all 3 players agreed without further negotiation. Reza Payvar had the slight chip lead and was crowed the 2006 E.O. World Champion. He can store his “Legends of Poker” champion ring along side his WSOP bracelet.
- Jay “Bugsy” Siegel
Reza Payvar, a local professional player, has been playing “serious” poker for over 10 years. He was introduced to poker when he was 9 years old as he was growing up in Iran. Reza is a tournament specialist with a WSOP Bracelet in a 2005 Limit Hold’em event. He cashed twice at the 2006 WSOP. No Limit Hold’em is his best game but he enjoys the split games and especially the E.O. format. Reza was short stacked at one time during the final table but fought back hard to take the chip lead and sealed a chip count deal 3-ways at about 5am.