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Anthony Zinno makes history on WPT

3/9/2015
World Poker Tour

Anthony Zinno made history by winning the World Poker Tour’s Los Angeles Poker Classic.

With the victory, Zinno joined an elite club in WPT history:

  • He joins Carlos Mortensen and Gus Hansen as the only players with three WPT titles.

  • He joins Marvin Rettenmaier and Darren Elias as the only players to win back-to-back WPT titles.

  • With his seventh cash this season, he ties Byron Kaverman for the most cashes in a single season.

How Zinno got here

Zinno, who has recorded live tournament cashes dating back to 2007, burst onto the scene in 2013.

After an 11th place finish in the WPT Borgata Winter Open in January for just under $40,000, he added an 11th place finish in a $3,000 pot-limit Omaha event at the WSOP for $23,000 and a fourth place finish for just under $87,000 in the Palazzo Main Event in July.

In September, Zinno won the WPT Borgata Poker Open for $825,000, defeating Vanessa Selbst heads up.

Making history

Zinno had plenty of cashes in 2014, but all of them were less than $40,000. On February 16, Zinno won his second WPT title at the Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls, Canada for just over $300,000. Less than three weeks later, Zinno joined Mortensen and Hansen in an illustrious three-man club of three-time WPT winners. This time, he cashed for over $1 million.

Zinno and Elias are the only players to win back-to-back titles in the same season. Rettenmaier’s back-to-back titles came in overlapping seasons.

Comparing the feats

Zinno is the only player to win three WPT titles in his first three WPT final tables.

Mortensen and Hansen each won their third title at their fourth final table. Zinno and Hansen are the only ones to win three titles in a two-season span. Mortensen’s three titles spanned five seasons.

The odds

Zinno defeated a field of 419 at Fallsview at 538 at LAPC.

If all players were equal (which they of course are not), the odds of the average player winning those events back-to-back would be 1 in 225,422.

The back-to-back wins by Elias were against fields of 1,226 and 118. If all players were equal, the odds of the average player winning those events back-to-back would be 1 in 144,668, not quite as unlikely as Zinno’s feat.

Can Zinno make it a three-peat at Bay 101 next week? Assuming the same field of 718 from last year, the odds of an average player (which Zinno is clearly nowhere near) winning at Fallsview, LAPC and Bay 101 consecutively would be 1 in 161,852,996.