David Paredes has a brand new notch in his belt after topping a massive pool of over 1,200 entrants and winning his first ever World Poker Tour (WPT) title. In addition to the bragging rights that came with winning the WPT Borgata Poker Open $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event, Paredes also claimed the first-place prize of $723,227.
After coming in second at the event the year before, Paredes will almost certainly be back in 2016, looking to add to his $2,253,258 all-time tournament winnings .
All the players in this year’s main event, which created a $3,287,427 prize pool, deserved to be there and it took 43 hands before the first player at the final table, Roman Verstein, was eliminated.
Verstein went all in before the flop on a K♧, 10♧ and was called by James Gilbert, the eventual second-place finisher, who held a Q♧, A♡. The board showed 8♤, 7♢, 6♤, 4♧, J♧ and Gilbert’s A-high hung on, sending Verstein home with $146,291.
Paredes eliminated Joe Kuether in third-place when Kuether went all in on with A♡, K♢. The board – 9♧, 5♧, 5,♢ K♧, Q♡ – wasn’t enough to pull out a win and the most accomplished player at the table walked away with $262,994.
By the time it came down to Gilbert and Paredes, the eventual winner was boasting a chip lead almost double his opponent.
Eighteen hands later, Gilbert went all in with J♤, J♢ and Paredes quickly called with K♤, K♡. The board (8♤, 8♢, 2♢, A♤, 5♡) didn’t do anything for either player, leaving Paredes kings ahead.
2015 WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event final results:
The Borgata Poker Open has ended but the WPT Maryland Live Main Event will be held through Sept. 29.
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