Fresh off his victory in WPT Legends of Poker, Art Papazyan put in a spectacular performance to nail the WPT Maryland Live, making this his second WPT title of the year. This makes him the eighth player in history to win two World Poker Tour (WPT) Main Event titles in a single season.

The event, with 2 starting flights, had an aggressive target of $2 million in guarantees and the 561 entries led to the prize pool falling $150,000 short of the amount meaning players got some added value for their money.

With this victory, Papazyan stormed to a commanding lead in the WPT Player of the Year race with more than double the points of his nearest competitor.

Some of the big names who failed to make make the final table of the event included Darren Elias, Sam Grafton, Dan Heimiller, Aaron Mermelstein, Andrew Brokos, Ari Engel and Christian Harder.

Art Papazyan on the table

After having a couple of failed bluffs on the final table, Papazyan found himself under 15 big blinds and finally shoved all in with {k-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds} from the button. Grigoriy Shvarts held  {a-Spades} {q-Hearts} in the blinds. Papazyan luck was in though as he managed a flush to survive.

The heads up battle ran for almost two hours between Papazyan and Zachary Donovan. In an early hand, Donovan shoved with deuces and Papazyan called with  {q-Hearts} {10-Diamonds}. Papazyan bricked to ensure a long fight ahead. Papazyan, however, wore his foe down before looking up at   . Donovan shoved with about 18 big blinds from the button with {a-Hearts} {4-Spades} making it an easy call for Papazyan.  A jack-high board locked up a second WPT win in less than two months for a whopping sum $389,405 for Papazyan while Donovan walked off with $262,930.

 Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Art Papazyan $389,405
2 Zachary Donovan $262,930
3 Tom Reynolds $168,990
4 Randal Heeb $120,165
5 Grigoriy Shvarts $92,015
6 Timothy Chang $76,620

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