When only ten finalist were left in the $3,500 World Poker Tour (WPT) Poker Showdown held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel&Casino (Hollywood, Florida), Cate Hall found herself in a very interesting situation. He had a wonderful future in front of her to become the first woman who will win an open WPT main event or take the third or even better place, beating Mike Shariati and winning the 2016 WPT Player of the Year. However, these expectations were not realized, and Cate Hall had to settle for the 9th place in the final standings. This position brought her 65,404 dollars. The desired title was won by Shariati.
The Shariati’s triumph brought him a custom-made, unique Hublot brand wristwatch. This manufacturer was a sponsor of the WPT Player of the Year award. He also received hotel accommodation and ground transport for all WPT events, in which he will participate in the next season.
In addition, taking part in tournaments of the fourteenth WPT season, Shariati succeeded in winning one of the tournaments, becoming a prize-winner in the other one, and having a 21st-place finish and $30,228 in the above-mentioned WPT Poker Showdown Championship held at Seminole Hard Rock. He managed to win roughly 1.36 million in these tournaments.
In September 2015, Shariati won the $3,700 Legends of Poker Main Event, preventing his opponent in the heads-up round Freddy Deeb from getting his third WPT title. Shariati won 675,942 dollars in that tournament. Six months later, Shariati succeeded in reaching the final round of the $10,000 L.A. Poker Classic Main Event in March 2016. However, he was not able to beat Dietrich Fast, a player from Germany, in the heads-up and missed the opportunity to win his 2nd WPT title. The 2nd place brought him 656,540 dollars.
Having won the WPT Player of the Year title, Shariati joins such famous poker players as Daniel Negreanu (Season 3), Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (Season 7), Faraz Jaka (Season 8), and Anthony Zinno (Season 13)