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The tournament was the first WPT Main Event at Maryland Live!

The ascension of Aaron Mermelstein, who was recently profiled in a PokerNews feature titled Aaron Mermelstein Battles Whirlwind of Adversity En Route To Becoming a WPT Champ, continues as he just etched his name on the World Poker Tour Champions' Cup for the second time.

For most players, shipping a WPT Main Event is the pinnacle of poker success. Mermelstein, who won the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open back in January, has now reached that summit twice in one calendar year after taking down the $3,500 WPT Maryland Live! For $250,222. That sum includes a $15,400 seat into the season-ending WPT Championship. He topped a field of 337 runners, including an official final table headlined by former WSOP Main Event champion Greg Merson.

The tournament was the first WPT Main Event at Maryland Live!