Prahlad Friedman Wins WPT Legends of Poker
Professional poker player Prahlad Friedman has become the World Poker Tour’s latest Legend of Poker after defeating November Nine finalist Kevin Schaffel heads-up in his home town of California.
The Richmond, CA, native powered his way to victory over an accomplished field at Bell Gardens Bicycle Casino to bag himself over $1 million in prize money, a WPT bracelet and entry into the WPT World Championship at the end of the season.
His vanquished opponent meanwhile, collected $471,670 for his runner-up finish, with the cash putting Schaffel in good form ahead of the final table of this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event, where he will compete for a prize of $8.5 million.
The final hand of heads-up play between the two resulted in an all-in and a call pre-flop, with Schaffel four-bet shoving over a Friedman re-raise before the Californian eventually matched him. With the cards on their backs, Schaffel’s K-J was behind the A-Q of Friedman, and so it remained as the board ran out a blank 10-3-2-4-9 – ensuring that Friedman’s ace-high was good enough to win the title.
The win was a fitting result for Friedman, who had largely bossed a table that included WSOP bracelet winner Toto Leonidas, tournament veterans Todd Terry and Mike Krescanko and amateur player Sam Stein. The first place pay-out now takes Friedman’s live tournament winnings to well over $2 million.