Ravi Raghavan has recorded a stunning comeback to win the 2012 World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic.
Raghavan overcame a final table that included poker superstar Antonio Esfandiari to win the WPT Trophy as well as the first place prize of $1,268,571.
Raghavan was overwhelmed to have won such a prestigious tournament.
“I can’t even put it into words,” Raghavan said.
“It hasn’t hit me yet.”
Raghavan has been a regular on the World Poker Tour in recent seasons and was clearly emotional to score a breakthrough victory.
“I’ve been playing this game for a long time and this is what you play for so it fills amazing to actually do it,” Raghavan said.
The Illinois native was short stacked for the majority of the tournament and played superb poker to keep himself in the event.
“I think I play pretty well short stacked and I was very patient,” he said.
The turning point of the final table came when Raghavan busted Esfandiari who had dominated the early proceedings of the tournament.
“[Busting Esfandiari] was huge,” Raghavan said.
“He is tough as nails and one of the best in the world.”
Despite eliminating The Big One For One Drop champion Raghvan was still up against it heading into the heads up battle with Shawn Buchanan who he rates as a very tricky opponent.
“Buchanan is really good and he plays with really interesting heads-up style so I had to adjust to it,” Raghavan said.
“I hit a lot of flops so I guess I picked a really good day to run amazing.”
Raghavan has achieved a great deal of tournament success in recent years but this is easily the biggest victory of his career.
His previously biggest score was also in a World Poker Tour event when he won $105,234 for finishing fifth in the 2010 Hollywood Poker Open.
The World Poker Tour takes a break for Christmas but resumes on January 27th for the Borgata Winter Poker Open.
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