An improbable winner emerges at the inaugural WPT Tournament of Champions. Another bicycle prop bet… when will it end. eSports is big business. And more.

Farid Yachou wins the WPT Tournament of Champions

The tournament was open to all former World Poker Tour champions, and considering the names on that list one expected a Mike Mizrachi, or a Daniel Negreanu, or an Anthony Zinno to walk away with the trophy and cash and prizes. Instead it was a little known former WPT winner, Farid Yachou, who will go down as the first WPT TOC Champion after a brilliant display of poker from the 2015 WPT Amsterdam winner – which was the Dutch player’s only live cash before his TOC win.

With just two entries, Yachou has one of the most impressive Hendon Mob pages in poker, as both cashes are six-figure WPT victories.

Making it even more improbable, this was Yachou’s first trip to the United States, and if his buy-in wasn’t already paid for he likely would never have shown up, as he’s scared to fly.

You can read more on the improbable victory from EIC Lance Bradley, who was on hand at the tournament.

Quick Hitters

– Yesterday’s H&R detailed how the World Poker Tour’s unveiling of the Action Clock went over really well with the poker community, and today I offered up my thoughts on how the clock could be improved.

– Brian Rast will be the next poker player to bike from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, only Rast will have to make the journey with zero training, although he is getting 6-1 odds. Interestingly, both Bill Perkins and Dan Bilzerian have bet against him, due to the different rules in place:

– Carl Carodenuto has defended his MSPT Canterbury Park title, and in the process he became the seventh player in MSPT history to win multiple titles. Carodenuto pocketed just over $90k for his latest win.

– Dustin Gouker outlines each of the four active bills in New York, Pennsylvania, California, and Michigan that would legalize online gambling.

– Gambling Insider’s David Cook talked to GVC CEO Kenny Alexander, who spoke glowingly about the company’s recently acquired asset,

– eSports is a hot topic in the gaming industry, and considering a new report puts eSports revenue at over $460 million in CY2016, one can see why.