The World Poker Tour Poker Classic’s South African leg wrapped up this weekend at the Emperors Palace Casino in Gauteng, with poker pro Dylan Wikerson being declared the winner. Wilkerson emerged the victor after three intense days of final table play, grabbing himself nearly R1.5 million in prize money from the multi million rand prize pool that was up for grabs.
A total of 166 players entered the final table event, which had a buy in of R35,000.
The entire WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic ran for over 10 days, kicking off on November 6th with a three-day Open to All event with a R2,500 buy in. Other events included a three day Turbo Accumulator, a Maxi-Stack event, Higher Roller events, Pot Limit Omaha , 5 Max Shootout in a winner-takes-all format, a Ladies Day and a Turbo Bounty.
The WPT Poker Classic Main Event began on Friday, November 13th and ended on Sunday, November 16th.
It was the third major event that Dylan Wilkerson reached top ranks. He was the runner up in the Season XII World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic, as well as the Bay 101 Shooting Star. The Emperors Palace Classic, however, is the first time that he has won a top competition. In addition to having his name etched on the WPT Champions Cup, Wilkerson also went home with a pair of Monster DNA headphones and a R156,000 entry into the WPT World Championships.
Wilkerson went heads up against Richard Barnard who failed to catch up to the winner and came in at runner up with a prize of R850,000.
The final table looked like this (prizes are approximate as they were based in US Dollars):
1st place – Dylan Wilkerson – R1,500,000.
2nd place – Richard Barnard – R850,000
3rd place – Diane Crous – R540,000
4th place – Chris Convery – R380,000
5th place – Aaron Overton – R300,000
6th place – Darryn Lipman -R220,600
7th place – Seth Berger – R176,000
8th place – Cape Connexion – R130,000
9th place – Hendrick Appel – R92,000
Emperors Palace is a popular destination for South African poker fans, especially due to the regular tournaments held. The casino is owned by the Peermont group, which also holds poker events at some of its other locations. The Rio Casino in Klerksdorp, for example, runs regular Texas Hold ’em tournaments every Sunday, with the prize money based on the pot. Buy in is just R5,000 per person.