The 2012 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main event has ended and it was Ravi Raghavan who was able to come back from the shortest stack at the final table to win the first place prize. The main event was a No-Limit Hold’em re-entry tournament with a $10,300 buy-in and 368 players registered to compete with 135 re-entries taking place. This built a prize pool of $4,879,100 and Raghaven earned $1,268,571 for his efforts.
Raghaven is a 26 year old pro from Illinois and he was able to outlast the field to be the last player standing in the competition. Raghaven commented on his win by stating: “It is the biggest achievement of my life, and it’s amazing. Just winning is amazing, regardless of the stage. I should expect to win, but I didn’t.”
When final table play began, Raghavan was the short stack up against stiff competition. Antonio Esfandiari, Andrew Lichtenberger, Jeremy Kottler, Thomas Winters and Shawn Buchanan all had a seat at the final table. The first to be eliminated was Kottler who saw his A-K defeated by Winters pocket sevens. Next to go would be Lichtenberger whose A-9 didn’t hold up against the Q-4 of Raghavan.
Esfandiari would leave the table next as his A-K would do nothing against Raghavan’s pocket Aces. After Winters was eliminated by Buchanan in third, the heads up round would begin between Buchanan and Raghaven. Raghaven had built his chip stack by this point and it would not be long before he had a 4 to 1 lead over Buchanan.
In the end, Buchanan would go all-in pre-flop with K-7 and Raghavan would call with pocket 7s. the board would fall J-9-9-8-4 and Raghavan would claim the title win. Below is a list of the final table payouts:
1. Ravi Raghavan – $1,268,571
2. Shawn Buchanan – $746,502
3. Thomas Winters – $483,031
4. Antonio Esfandiari – $329,339
5. Andrew Lichtenberger – $234,197
6. Jeremy Kottler – $187,845