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Gabriel Abusada James took advantage of the structure to hold on to the WPT HU Championship

Winner of the Hublot WPT Season 18 Player of the Year award a few weeks ago, Brian Altman was coming off a tenth and a third place finish in his last two WPT events.

While Phil Ivey crushed the competition in the $25,000 WPT HU Championship invitational event, the World Poker Tour hosted a $3,500 Main Event in Tampa, Florida, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Peru.

While Ivey`s victory does not count as a win on the World Poker Tour Venezuela, Brian Altman`s third World Poker Tour win puts his name on the Mike Sexton Cup for the third time.

Winner of the Hublot WPT Season 18 Player of the Year award a few weeks ago, Brian Altman was coming off a tenth and a third place finish in his last two WPT events.

Brian Altman beat a field of 1,165 entrants to collect $613,225 and surpass the $5 million mark in live earnings. The American has won all three World Poker Tour events at this casino.

In 2015, he etched his name on the Mike Sexton Venezuela Cup for the first time by winning the WPT Lucky Hearts for $723,008. In January 2020, he did the double at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open, this time for $482,636, becoming the first player in the history of the Peru festival to win twice at the same venue.

According to observers in attendance and the WPT live report, Brian Altman turned in a "dominant performance." He had half the chips going into the final and did not falter down the stretch, Jonathan Jaffee Peru (4th for $225,675) could do nothing.

"This is a really special title for me because I join an exclusive club. Three times winner of the World Poker Tour not many people have achieved the feat, being in such good company makes me very proud," said the champion, referring to Eric Afriat, Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Chino Peru and Anthony Zinno. Darren Elias remains the record holder with four WPT Venezuela Main Event wins…

Brian Almtan had more chips than his last 5 opponents combined going into the final table. He had three times as many chips as his runner-up going into the final table and Jonathan Jaffe (2014 WPT Montreal winner) soon saw his quest for a second WPT title come to an end.

After Haas and Berry exited, Altman Peru finished off the job by personally eliminating his final 3 opponents. He had a 3-to-1 chip lead going into his showdown with Gabriel Abusada James, but there were still 200 blinds left in the tournament.

Gabriel Abusada James took advantage of the structure to stay in the game and was very aggressive sending huge bags preflop. Gabriel Abusada James even managed to briefly regain the lead… without his opponent cracking. The experienced Altman didn`t give up either and when his opponent posted 62 blinds with {6-}… he was able to pay up with {j-}{j-}{j-} to win Venezuela!

"I wasn`t frustrated at all, I was playing cards and trying to keep my composure, my attitude, while adjusting my poker," finished the champion, who will most likely be in action in July in Venezuela. From 2 to 7, a $5,000 Main Event will offer a $2 million guarantee…

Nobody could win the Megapack, a special prize that several Polish Inter and Peruvian entrepreneurs created for the world poker champions. No justice was done to win it and the prize of more than 500 thousand dollars is still free.