Viny Lima Wins Marathon WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

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Viny Lima went from short stack to champ over the course of 10 hours Wednesday night in Las Vegas (Joe Giron photo / WPT)

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 QcQs and action folded to O’Hara in the big blind and he moved all in for 5,125,000 with Ah9h. Hall called instantly and then watched the board run out 5d4d3cTd9d 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 Kc8c and Daniel Buzgon called all in for 5,400,000 from the big blind with Ad9h. The KdJh7c flop put Lima comfortably ahead and after the 5s turn and 8d river failed to save him, Buzgon was eliminated in fifth place.

The BorgataPoker.com ambassador tweeted following his elimination.

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 JdJs and Hall called from the big blind with 2c2h. The board ran out Ah6s5sKd7s 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 Qd4c and Lima called from the big blind with Ah6c. The AsQs6s flop gave Lima two pair and neither the 3d turn or Th 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 9d5d and Lima called with KhJh. The AsJs5h flop gave both players a pair but kept Lima ahead. The 2c was no help and the Ks river gave Lima an unneeded second pair to eliminate Farah, who started the day with the chip lead, in second place.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Viny Lima – $728,430
  2. Dave Farah – $485,611
  3. Joseph Di Rosa Rojas – $359,555
  4. Brandon Hall – $268,810
  5. Daniel Buzgon – $202,942
  6. Ian O’Hara – $154,734