Alexander Kuzmin Wins WPT Southern Poker Championship

WPT Southern Poker ChampionshipAlexander Kuzmin came out on top in the first WPT event of the year 2011. Last year’s winner of this event, Allen Carter, reached the final table of the 2011 WPT Southern Poker Championship and it started to look as though a record win was on the cards.  If Allen Carter had been successful, it would have been the first time that a player had won the same WPT event for a second time. However, this was not to be the case as there were other fine players vying for the top position and in the end, Alexander Kuzmin became the winner of the 2011 WPT Southern Poker Championship.

This year’s WPT Southern Poker Championship took place at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Mississippi and involved 214 contestants, all competing for a prize pool of more than $2,000,000.  The six players at the final table were Alexander Kuzmin, Leif Force, Allen Carter, Shannon Shorr, Pat Mahoney and Ryan Hughes.  This table of formidable players included a former WPT champion and the winner of a WSOP bracelet. For the majority of the proceedings at the final table, the game was controlled by Allen Carter however he lost his lead and finished the event in third place.

The first to leave the table was Ryan Hughes and he completed the event with $89,375 in prize winnings.  Fifth place in this contest went to Patrick Mahoney who won $113,208. Shannon Shorr finished in fourth place and with winnings of $144,985 while, as already mentioned, Allen Carter came third and won $218,471. The runner up in this WPT event was Leif Force who won $315,790.

Alexander Kuzmin managed to come out on top and win his first WPT bracelet and a prize of $601,469. In addition, Kuzmin earned himself 1,200 Player of the Year (POY) points.  Although it is still early in the year, thanks to this win, Kuzmin is now ranked in joint fifth place in the POY standings.

The World Poker Tour (WPT) was introduced in 2002 and has since become known in different places around the world and has become renowned for the broadcasting of land-based poker tournaments. WPT boasts global recognition and broadcasts that have been shown in more than 150 different countries.