As most of the poker world convened for the draw party at the National Heads-Up Poker Championships, it was all business for the final six at the LA Poker Classic playing for a $1.6 million top prize. The focus of many at that final table was Carlos Mortensen, who was looking for his fourth WPT title, but Greg "MYNAMEIZGREG" Brooks would deny the three-time champ that historic accomplishment and win his first major title.
Greg Brooks earned $1.6 million and his first WPT title early Friday morning.
Brooks surged to the chip lead on the third hand of the final table, when his pocket aces held against Vivek Rajkumar's pocket queens. Rajkumar, a previous WPT champion, went from second to fourth in the chip count as Brooks barely jumped over Mortensen. With the blinds relatively high compared to the difference in stacks, the chip lead exchanged hands repeatedly until Brooks grabbed nearly half of Mortensen's stack to separate him from the field.
It took 31 hands until the first elimination, when Darryll Fish got caught on a re-shove with Q-10 against Mortensen's Q-Q. Still, even with the elimination, Mortensen was nearly 2 million chips behind Brooks with the blinds at 30,000/60,000. Brooks extended that gap after crippling Amir Lehavot turning a set against Lehavot's two pair, and as the overwhelming chip leader, he turned up the pressure and began to bully the five-handed table, which had two very short stacks.
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