And think, he wasn’t even supposed to play in it.
James Dempsey came to Las Vegas as a favor to his friend Chris Moorman. The Brit was asked by Moorman to pick up some money owed to him.
A week later, Dempsey gets to pad his own pockets with $821,612 and his first World Poker Tour title.
Dempsey captured the 2011 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic on Sunday, defeating Soi Nguyen ($517,478) heads-up for the title.
Vanessa Selbst, a woman, finished third ($338,351), just as Vanessa Rousso, a woman, did in this event last year.
Antonio Esfandiari went out quickly in sixth place ($119,418).
Get full results and recaps here.
* Photo courtesy World Poker Tour.