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Posted on 27 Nov, 2018
By GS Admin
On 27 Nov, 2018
By GS Admin
On 27 Nov, 2018

Wenhao Ying lifts the final trophy at Borgata

The 2018 Borgata Fall Poker Open ended on a happy note on Nov 21, the eve of Thanksgiving, at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa situated in one of the top gambling destinations of the world – Atlantic City, New Jersey. The series featured many exciting tournaments throughout its 16-day period, kicking off with the $600 Borgata Deepstack Kick-Off event.

The highlight of the series was undoubtedly the $2,700 Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship, having a guaranteed prize pool of a whopping $1 million (INR 7.08 Crores). The six-player final table gameplay of the Championship was also live streamed on Borgata’s Twitch account, giving poker aficionados all over the world a chance to witness the high-stakes affair in real-time.

The crowned champion of this event was the 24- year old underdog Wenhao Ying, who rose up to defeat experienced poker players like Paul VolpeBrian Altman, and Matt Wantman at the final table. Ying bagged $200,000(~INR 1.41 Crores) for finishing first at this event. This makes Ying’s first tournament win on record and more than doubles his previous live earnings. Winning high-stakes tournaments this early in life surely gives a big boost to the player’s career.

Altman didn’t see much success at the final table, finishing 6th and taking home $50,337. Wantman and Volpe stayed with Ying till the end. Volpe is an established poker player himself and the winner of a total three WSOP bracelets, bagging the latest in early 2018, and has total live earnings of nearly $8 million. After a long grind, the three agreed on adjusted pay-outs based on their chip rankings, bringing the 4-day Championship to a successful finish.

In the final hand of the tournament, before the deal happened, the blinds were 30,000/60,000/60,000 when Dat Vu went all-in on the turn, holding Jh10h on a Js 7s 3c 5c board against Wantman’s 109s. The river of 5s gave Wantman the flush to eliminate Vu, making him settle for 4th place with $76,830 prize money.

The 11-day festival also saw another young gun, 22-year old Frank Lagodich, come first in the Kick-Off event of $500,000 GTD, taking home $128,359. This was Lagodich’s first ever trip to Borgata.

Final Table Pay-outs:

  1. Wenhao Ying – $200,000
  2. Matt Wantman – $172,449
  3. Paul Volpe – $150,000
  4. Dat Vu – $76,830
  5. Mike Glick – $60,404
  6. Brian Altman – $50,337

Keep reading GutshotMagazine.com for more international tournament results, updates, announcements and much more.

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