When the final table of the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open started on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, Viny Lima was the shortest stack of the six players remaining. Over the course of the next 10 hours, Lima refused to go into the night quietly and eliminated his final four opponents to take home $728,430 and his first World Poker Tour title.
Ian O’Hara waited 41 days for his shot at WPT title but only managed to get to play for a little over 30 minutes on Wednesday night before busting. Brandon Hall raised to 350,000 from the cutoff with and action folded to O’Hara in the big blind and he moved all in for 5,125,000 with . Hall called instantly and then watched the board run out to eliminate O’Hara in sixth place.
While the first elimination of the night came quickly, fans inside the HyperX Esports Arena had to wait another six hours for the next one. Action folded to Lima in the small blind and he moved all in for 11,500,000 with and Daniel Buzgon called all in for 5,400,000 from the big blind with . The flop put Lima comfortably ahead and after the turn and river failed to save him, Buzgon was eliminated in fifth place.
The BorgataPoker.com ambassador tweeted following his elimination.
5th for $200k. Thanks for the support everyone. Way more upset about a few hands I played earlier than the last few all ins. It happens. Life goes on. Best of luck to the 4 guys left. All awesome guys. Had a great experience. #borgatapartner #ihateyoudave #jkyouretheman
— Daniel Buzgon (@DBuzgon) March 14, 2019
Brandon Hall spent some time at the top of the chip counts on Wednesday but ultimately couldn’t stay there. From UTG, Lima raised to 1,500,000 with and Hall called from the big blind with . The board ran out to send Hall packing in fourth place.
Down to just eight big blinds, Joseph Di Rosa Rojas moved all in from the small blind with and Lima called from the big blind with . The flop gave Lima two pair and neither the turn or river improved Rojas and he was eliminated in third.
Farah started heads up play with a 5-3 chip lead over Lima, but the early stages of heads up play saw Lima flip the script and eventually take a 4.5-1 lead of his own. After an hour of play, Lima and Farah clashed one final time.
Farah moved all in from the button with and Lima called with . The flop gave both players a pair but kept Lima ahead. The was no help and the river gave Lima an unneeded second pair to eliminate Farah, who started the day with the chip lead, in second place.
Final Table Payouts
- Viny Lima – $728,430
- Dave Farah – $485,611
- Joseph Di Rosa Rojas – $359,555
- Brandon Hall – $268,810
- Daniel Buzgon – $202,942
- Ian O’Hara – $154,734