Jesse Sylvia Wins 2016 WPT Borgata Poker Open $3,500 Main Event

Jesse Sylvia, a runner-up finisher in the 2012 WSOP $10,000 Main Event, last night won one of the most exciting tournaments to take place within the WPT Season. The player topped the field of this year’s edition of the WPT Borgata Poker Open $3,500 Main Event after an hours-long heads-up battle with Zachary Gruneberg for his career second largest cash of $821,811, a handful of non-monetary prizes, a seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions, and the prestige that goes with his accomplishment.

This year, the WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event attracted as many as 1,179 entries, with some of them being well-known WPT regulars. A prize pool of $3,773,979 was distributed among the top 110 finishers. As already mentioned, the winner took home $821,811. Each of the six players who made it to the official final table collected a minimum payout of $167,942.

Speaking of the final table, it was played at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on Friday, September 23. Farid Jattin led the final six with a substantial chip advantage. Apart from holding the chip lead, the player was also much more experienced when it came to WPT final tables than his remaining opponents. Each of the six finalists, excluding Jattin, had made it to a WPT final table for the very first time. The WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event Final Table was Jattin’s third such appearance.

Despite his advantage and experience, the player was the first to be eliminated. He left on Hand #26 of final table action, taking home the amount of $167,942. Generally speaking, the WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event Final Table was an extremely short one up until there were only two players left.

As already mentioned, Jattin was busted on Hand #26, and it took precisely twenty more hands for the heads-up duel to be set. Chris Limo followed Jattin in 5th place, good for $207,569. Simon Lam was eliminated in 4th place for a payout of $250,970. Taha Maruf took 3rd place in the tournament for $300,031.

Two-handed match between Sylvia and Gruneberg started with the two players being almost even in chips. Yet, Sylvia was just slightly ahead of his last remaining opponent. The two players needed hours to battle it out. They played a total of 80 hands before the name of the winner became known.

Hand #126 was the last one to be played within the tournament. Sylvia, holding an overwhelming advantage over Gruneberg at that point, moved all in and his opponent called for his last 5,800,000. Gruneberg turned over [As][2c] against Sylvia’s [Jh][4h]. The board ran out [Jc][9c][8c][Qs][Kd], thus securing Sylvia with the final pot and the title. Gruneber received $490,617 for his runner-up finish.

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