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‘The Thrill’ bags first WPT title

American grinder Will ‘The Thrill’ Failla turned ten years’ worth of effort into $758,085 this week after claiming his first WPT in a long and sometimes frustrating career.

Despite clocking up just over $2 million in career earnings, Failla had never won a major championship prior to this week’s WPT Legends of Poker in Los Angeles.

The Thrill came into the $3,500 + $200 event off the back of some solid form at this year’s WSOP, cashing five times for a little over $100,000. And he saw off a stacked field, which included former Main Event winners Phil Hellmuth and J.C Tran, to bag the career best cash.

Failla came into the final table clutching the chip lead, and despite a few early wobbles, held on to see off Ken Aldridge heads-up. After busting Aldrige’s Aces with a rivered flush in the penultimate hand, Failla got his hands on the trophy when his J-6 held over Aldrige’s 4-6.

The next stop on the WPT calendar is the Grand Prix de Paris at the Aviation Club in Paris from September 4-12. Check back with PokerPlayer next week for all the action.

Here’s how the WPT Legends of Poker finished up:

1: Will Failla: $758,085
Ken Aldridge: $365,800
Jeff Vertes: $186,400
Joshua Pollock: $128,500
Adam Aronson: $102,800
Owais Ahmed: $77,100

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