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  1. Another new champion has been crowned on the World Poker Tour. The Season XVIII WPT Borgata Poker Open found a winner on Friday, with Donald Maloney topping the 1,156-entry field to win $616,186 in prize money. The final hand of the tournament was a doozy, after the last three players agreed to go all in blind before the flop and that’s how the tournament was decided. On the button, Uke Dauti moved all in for 13.025 million, then Kevin Albers called all in from the small blind for 11.775 million, and then Maloney called from the big blind having both of his opponents covered. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Maloney had the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="4h"], Albers had the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="3d"], and Dauti had the [poker card="5d"][poker card="3h"]. Dauti flopped two pair and took the lead on the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3c"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="6c"] and then the river completed the board with the [poker card="2d"] to give Maloney a winning straight. Having both Dauti and Albers covered, Maloney not only won the pot, he won the tournament. Dauti was awarded second place for $410,787, and Albers scored third place for $303,903. For Maloney, the win was his first WPT title and largest live tournament score. It also pushed him to more than $1 million in live tournament earnings. Reports from PokerNews, who was also on site for live coverage of the event, stated that a deal was struck between the final three players, such that Maloney earned $487,784, Dauti earned $464,338, and Albers earned $378,664. Official reporting from WPT.com listed the results based on the original payouts. WPT Borgata Poker Open Final Table Results 1st: Donald Maloney - $616,186* 2nd: Uke Dauti - $410,787 3rd: Kevin Albers - $303,903 4th: Dave Farah - $227,077 5th: Jerry Maher - $171,386 6th: Victor Ramdin - $130,672 *First place includes a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. The final table of six started with Dave Farah in the lead. Farah had been in a similar position before. Last season on the World Poker Tour, Farah reached the final table of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open and finished second for $485,611. This time, Farah finished fourth and added $227,077 to his bankroll. Before Farah busted, Victor Ramdin had busted in sixth place and Jerry Maher went out in fifth. Ramdin was busted by Albers when his pocket kings got cracked by the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="8d"], and Maher got knocked out by Dauti. Maloney then knocked out Farah in fourth, and he did so with pocket fives. The two got the money in on the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="9c"] board. Farah had flopped top two pair with the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="7h"], but Maloney had the [poker card="5d"][poker card="5c"] for a set. The river was the [poker card="3h"] and Farah was out. It was after Farah went out in fourth that the final three players competed for more than 60 hands before they finally decided to flip for the title. Maloney Moves Into Takes WPT Player of the Year Lead That’s now three events in the books in Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour. With the victory, Maloney has moved to the top of the Hublot WPT Player of the Year leaderboard with 1,200 points. Although that’s the same amount of points as WPT Legends of Poker champion Aaron Van Blarcum has, Maloney holds the tiebreaker with more money won. Dauti, who took second in this Borgata event, is third in the race, and then WPT Gardens Poker Festival winner Roger Teska is in fourth. 1st: Donald Maloney - 1,200 points 2nd: Aaron Van Blarcum - 1,200 points 3rd: Uke Dauti - 1,000 points 4th: Roger Teska - 1,000 points 5th: Gueorgui Gantchev - 1,000 points 6th: Kevin Albers - 900 points 7th: Jared Griener - 900 points 8th: Laszlo Molnar - 800 points 9th: Dave Farah - 800 points 10th: Vahan Sudzhyan - 800 points WPT Maryland Next Up The World Poker Tour stays on the East Coast for its next stop, heading to Live! Casino & Hotel in Maryland for WPT Maryland at Live! Casino. The buy-in is $3,500 and the prize pool has a $1.5 million guarantee. The event starts September 28 and runs through October 2.
  2. Another televised World Poker Tour final table is set. This time, it’s the Season XVIII WPT L.A. Poker Classic. The event drew 490 entries to Commerce Casino and generated a prize pool of $4.727 million. Just six players remain and they’ll be on hiatus until action resumes at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 2. Leading the way in the chase for the $1.015 million top prize is Balakrishna Patur. Patur brings 6.32 million in chips to the final table. He’ll be joined by two WPT Champions Club members in Matas Cimbolas and James Carroll, Ka Kwan Lau, Scott Hempel, and WPTDeepStacks champion Upeshka De Silva. De Silva will be the short stack with 930,000 when action resumes in April. WPT LAPC Final Table Seat 1: Scott Hempel - 1,670,000 Seat 2: James Carroll - 4,125,000 Seat 3: Matas Cimbolas - 4,310,000 Seat 4: Ka Kwan Lau - 2,250,000 Seat 5: Upeshka De Silva- 930,000 Seat 6: Balakrishna Patur - 6,320,000 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Each of the six is guaranteed a minimum payday of $185,330. Included in the event’s first-place prize is a $15,000 seat to the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions presented by Baccarat Crystal. How the Final Table Was Reached Day 1 saw Demo Kiriopoulos emerge as the event’s chip leader when the first day of play was in the books. Then it was Isaac Baron atop the field at the end of Day 2. Entering Day 3, 104 players remained and the top 62 were set to reach the money. With 63 players left, WPT Champions Club member Jordan Cristos was all in against fellow WPT champion Daniel Strelitz. According to the WPT Live Updates team, Cristos was all in with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8c"] on the [poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] flop. Strelitz had made the call with the [poker card="Td"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="Jh"] on the turn and 8h on the river allowed Cristos to double up, but that would be the last time he doubled up this tournament. Shortly thereafter, still on the money bubble with 63 players remaining, Cristos was all in on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"] flop with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"]. His opponent, Claude Codru, had the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Ts"]. Once again, it was Cristos needing to fade a draw. This time, the [poker card="Qs"] came right out on the turn and gave Codru an unbeatable flush. The river completed the board with the [poker card="2d"] and Cristos was sent home as the "bubble boy." Once in the money, the eliminations began to stack up, including Barry Greenstein (61st - $16,905), Jesse Sylvia (55th - $18,845), and Lee Markholt (41st - $21,290). To close out Day 3, 39 players remained with Patur on top of the pack. Day 4 saw the field whittled down to 11 players. Baron remained in contention and finished Day 4 as the chip leader, with Hempel sitting second and Patur sitting third. Donald Maloney (37th - $24,375), John Hennigan (34th - $24,375), JC Tran (29th - $28,275), and Dylan Linde (14th - $58,215) were among the casualties on Day 4. Baron couldn’t get anything going on Day 5, though, and he fell in 11th place for $71,950. Charles Kassin and Lau both scored early double ups through Baron, and then De Silva picked off a bluff from Baron. On his final hand, Baron held pocket eights against Hempel’s pocket tens but could not come from behind. Hempel also knocked out WPT Champions Club member Kevin Eyster in 10th place. Strelitz went bust in eighth, and his elimination came in a three-way clash of WPT champions involving Carroll and Cimbolas. Strelitz was all in preflop with side action between Carroll and Cimbolas. On the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8c"] flop, Cimbolas bet 300,000 and Carroll shoved for more than 5 million. Cimbolas called all in for 1.56 million total with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"]. Carroll had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="2c"] and then Strelitz had the [poker card="Td"][poker card="9d"]. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and the river was the [poker card="3s"], keeping Cimbolas’ aces in front and eliminating Strelitz. After Strelitz busted, Shi Chen was sent packing in seventh place to set the official TV final table. Play Resumes in April Guaranteed $185,330 each with the chance to win $1.015 million, the final six players in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic will resume action on Thursday, April 2, at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. The WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table is the third delayed final table during Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour. Taking place in the days before it are the finales to the WPT Gardens Poker Championship and WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. Chance Kornuth leads the WPT Gardens Poker Championship final table, with action set to resume on Tuesday, March 31. Veerab Zakarian leads the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open final table, with action set to resume on Wednesday, April 1. All three of these final tables - the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, and WPT L.A. Poker Classic - will play out at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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