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Erkut Yilmaz Wins His Second WPT Title at Thunder Valley

Several months after winning his first WPT title, Erkut Yilmaz joined the exclusive club of two-time WPT champions

Winning a WPT title is a great accomplishment, but winning two WPT titles in the span of several months indicates that the winner of said titles certainly has an ace or two up their sleeve.

Erkut Yilmaz took down last night the field of the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event for his second WPT title of the current WPT season. Yilmaz scooped $303,920 in prize money for his deep run in the tournament. His prize included a $15,000 seat into the season-ending Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions.

However, it should be said that the player already secured his entry into the season-ending event earlier this season. Yilmaz won the WPT Borgata Poker Open in September for his first title from the popular poker series.

Commenting on his latest poker achievement, the player said last night that he could not believe “it happened again, and so soon.” Yilmaz also praised his fellow final tablists, saying that the closing stage of the tournament was extremely tough. The player captured the WPT Rolling Thunder title after a lengthy heads-up against Jim Callopy. The brand-new two-time WPT champ said that his final opponent was playing great and if he had not got lucky in a couple of sports, he might have not won the Main Event.

But here is more of how action unfolded on Tuesday at the host casino.

Final Day of Action

The final day of the WPT Rolling Thunder kicked off with the six final tablists heading into the casino to battle it out for the title. Action unfolded rapidly and it took only 12 hands of play before a first player hit the rail.

It was Jerry Robinson who exited the tournament in sixth place for a payout of $50,720. Anthony Zinno was the next to leave. The player vied for a fourth WPT title that would have tied him with Darren Elias, but had to settle for a fifth-place finish and $68,860 in prize money. Dylan Linde then busted in fourth place, good for $95,530.

While the first three eliminations occurred relatively quickly after the start of the official six-handed final table, three-handed action was a completely different ordeal. It took quite a while before another player busted. That player was Ajay Chabra, but he put up quite some fight, doubling up on several occasions, before departing in third place for $130,345 in prize money.

Three-handed play was just the prelude to an even lengthier heads-up duel between Yilmaz and Jim Callopy. The match kicked off with the eventual champion as the chip leader, but Callopy quickly bulldozed his way to the chip lead and held it for a while. Yilmaz eventually doubled up twice to regain control of the majority of chips in play.

However, Callopy kept on putting up great resistance to his opponent’s effort to end the tournament. The penultimate hand of the tournament turned out to be the one that determined whom the title would go to. The two finalists were almost even in chips at that point. Yilmaz won that confrontation, leaving his opponent with just three big blinds.

The next hand just sealed it all for Yilmaz and sent Callopy to the rail. The WPT Rolling Thunder runner-up claimed $200,780 for his deep run in the tournament.

The event drew 280 entries to the host casino – Thunder Valley Casino Resort – to generate a prize pool of $1.302 million. The money was split in payouts for the top 35 finishers.

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