Jesse Sylvia wins WPT Borgata Poker Open

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Former WSOP Main Event runner-up, Jesse Sylvia, took down recently the WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event for $821,811.

Jesse Sylvia had his breaktrough in poker in 2012, when he finished second in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event for over $5 million. While the money he won was life changing, Sylvia failed to win his first major tournament title. After his deep Main Event run, Sylvia has also had a couple of third-place finishes at the WSOP, but now he was able to go all the way and take down his first major live tournament title.

According to, Sylvia started the televised final table with the smallest stack, but won a big, three-way all-in hand to triple up early on and then managed to double up against Farid Jattin, who held close to half the chips in play when the final six began.

The heads-up play between Sylvia and Zachary Grunberg lasted for 80 hands. In the final hand Sylvia moved all-in from the the button with  and Gruneberg called for his last 15 BB chip stack with the . Sylvia paired his jack on the flop and Grunberg's failed to improve his hand on turn or the river, finishing in second place for $490,617.  

WPT Borgata Poker Open Final Table Results (buy-in $3,500, 1,179 entries)

1st:  Jesse Sylvia  –  $821,811
2nd:  Zach Gruneberg  –  $490,617
3rd:  Taha Maruf  –  $300,031
4th:  Simon Lam  –  $250,970
5th:  Chris Limo  –  $207,569
6th:  Farid Jattin  –  $167,942

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