Daniel Weinman, a poker pro from Alphratetta, Georgia, gave himself the perfect present for his 29th birthday on February 3. He won the Borgata Winter Poker Open for a payday of $892,433 and his first World Poker Tour title.

A record-setting field descended on the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey for the event. A total of 1,312 entries bought in for $3,500 each, the most in the tournament’s history and the fourth-largest WPT event ever.

Only 130 players would finish in the money, which was reached on Day 3. Notables who would cash included WPT Champions Club members Eric Afriat (98th), Kevin Eyster (55th), Olivier Busquet (33rd), Asher Conniff (21st), Anthony Gregg (14th), and Tony Ruberto (9th). After five days of play the massive field was reduced to the final table of six. Chip counts at the start of the final table were:

Nathan Bjerno- 12,415,000

Jia Liu- 6,815,000

Tyler Kenney- 6,030,000

Daniel Weinman- 5,410,000

Richard Foster- 5,130,000

Nicholas Immekus- 3,550,000

Bjerno came into the final day of play with nearly double the amount of chips as his nearest competitor. Kenney, the only one of the six with a previous WPT final table on his resume, closed the gap on the second hand of the day, winning a nearly five million chip pot off Liu with an ace-high straight. Immekus, who entered as the short stack at the table, was the first to fall on hand #10, losing a race with A-K to Kenney’s pocket queens which gave Kenney the chip lead.

Foster, who worked in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 20 years, was knocked out in fifth place on hand #26. He picked up kings in the big blind and three-bet an under the gun raise by Weinman, who flat called. On a flop of Js-Jd-5d, Foster jammed only to find that Weinman had slow-played his pocket aces. The cooler sent the New Jersey native home with a payday of $228,884, a nice consolation prize for the amateur with less than $4,000 in career earnings before the tournament.

It took just six hands for the field to be whittled down to three. On hand #32, Kenney raised under the gun with Qs-Qc and Liu defended his big blind with Qh-9d. The flop of Jh-10c-9c gave both players a straight draw, and Liu check-called Kenney’s continuation bet. The 3c on the turn put a potential flush on the board, and after Kenney bet again Liu raised all-in with his pair of nines and draw. Kenney called with his overpair and identical straight draw, leaving Liu drawing to only a nine for the win or a chop. The 4s on the river was harmless, and Liu was sent home in fourth place.

Kenney led the final three with a stack of 16,555,000, while Weinman had 12,240,000 and Bjerno 10,555,000. On the first hand of three-handed play Kenney increased his stack to nearly 18 million after hitting quad fives against Bjerno. Weinman took the lead after hand #58, winning a seven million chip pot off Kenney with As-2s and calling a bet of 1.9 million on the turn with just a pair of deuces. While Bjerno got short, it was the two big stacks who would clash in the largest pot of the tournament. On hand #65 Kenney raised from the button with Kh-9h and Weinman three-bet with 9c-5d. Kenney called, and they saw a flop of 8d-5s-4c. Weinman checked his pair of fives, and Kenney took a stab at the pot with a bet of 1.4 million which was called. Weinman checked again on the 10h turn, and Kenney bet another 3 million. Weinman again called to see the 3s hit the river. This time Kenney put the pressure on Weinman by moving all-in for more than 10 million. With only his fives and with two overcards on the board, Weinman went into the tank for two minutes before making the big hero call. Kenney was knocked out in third place, and Weinman carried a huge chip lead (33.8 million to 5.5 million) over Bjerno into heads-up.

Bjerno quickly doubled up, besting Weinman’s two pair with a set of jacks, but still faced an uphill battle. He would double up another two times but would continue to bleed chips until being left with under ten big blinds. Finally, on hand #116 of the final table, Weinman jammed with Ad-5s and Bjerno called off his last 3.4 million with Ac-4h. Despite hitting a four on the river, the same card gave Weinman an eight-high straight and the victory.

Weinman, who calls himself the best open-faced Chinese Poker player in the world, collected $892,433 for his win. It was the largest tournament cash of his career, besting his previous high of $280,000 for winning a World Series of Poker Circuit event back in 2015. He also adds his name to the WPT Champions Cup, and earns entry into the $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions.

The next event on the WPT schedule is the partypoker.net WPT Playground tournament in Quebec, which begins on February 10.

Final Results:

  1. Daniel Weinman- $892,433
  2. Nathan Bjerno- $524,964
  3. Tyler Kenney- $327,578
  4. Jia Liu- $275,081
  5. Richard Foster- $228,884
  6. Nicholas Immekus- $184,787

 

  1. Thomas Penza- $142,748
  2. Blake Bohn- $104,993
  3. Tony Ruberto- $75,595
  4. Charles Coates- $49,767
  5. Jon Hoellein- $49,767
  6. Jiqiang Tong- $49,767
  7. Millard Hale- $33,598
  8. Anthony Gregg- $33,598
  9. Casey Yontz- $33,598
  10. Matt Brady- $22,468
  11. Bart Dowling- $22,468
  12. Shankar Pillai- $22,468
  13. Adnan Mohammad- $18,605
  14. Mohammad Farah- $18,605
  15. Asher Conniff- $18,605
  16. Mike Comisso- $18,605
  17. Mike Liang- $18,605
  18. Mike Delvecchio- $18,605
  19. Daniel Lim- $18,605
  20. Said Qartomy- $18,605
  21. Shaun Deeb- $18,605
  22. David Stefanski- $15,749
  23. Ryan Smith- $15,749
  24. Eugene Fouksman- $15,749
  25. Joshua Weizer- $15,749
  26. Marsel Backa- $15,749
  27. Olivier Busquet- $15,749
  28. Jack Duong- $15,749
  29. Kunal Patel- $15,749
  30. Gaurav Raina- $15,749
  31. Ian Searing- $13,607
  32. Justin Liberto- $13,607
  33. Theodore Forbes- $13,607
  34. Mike Dentale- $13,607
  35. David Farah- $13,607
  36. Harry Korotki- $13,607
  37. Michael Childers- $13,607
  38. Arash Oboodi- $13,607
  39. Ryan Tamanini- $13,607
  40. John Racener- $11,927
  41. David Williams- $11,927
  42. Farhad Jamasi- $11,927
  43. Matt Glantz- $11,927
  44. Loni Harwood- $11,927
  45. Daniel Wellborn- $11,927
  46. Tony Tran- $11,927
  47. Aram Zobian- $11,927
  48. Stephen Deutsch- $11,927
  49. Kevin Eyster- $10,289
  50. David Valcourt- $10,289
  51. Nilesh Choudhary- $10,289
  52. David Novak- $10,289
  53. Aaron Massey- $10,289
  54. Matt Stout- $10,289
  55. Dean Baranowski- $10,289
  56. Gintautas Putinas- $10,289
  57. David Zemel- $10,289
  58. Matt Sedgeman- $8,819
  59. Amanda Musumeci- $8,819
  60. Phillip Hui- $8,819
  61. Jeff Esterling- $8,819
  62. Daniel Aharoni- $8,819
  63. Joseph Cappello- $8,819
  64. Omar Sider- $8,819
  65. Matthew Mazzeo- $8,819
  66. Jeffrey Chang- $8,819
  67. Ivan Fazal Karim- $7,979
  68. Jason Dreibelbis- $7,979
  69. Michael DiChiaro- $7,979
  70. Ariel Albilia- $7,979
  71. Thomas Brinley- $7,979
  72. Eric Siegel- $7,979
  73. Josias Cardoso Dos Santos- $7,979
  74. James Hughes- $7,979
  75. Seth Berger- $7,979
  76. Matthew Burnitz- $7,475
  77. Tim Reilly- $7,475
  78. Cliff Goldkind- $7,475
  79. Peter Hong- $7,475
  80. Byron Kaverman- $7,475
  81. Rob Wazwaz- $7,475
  82. David Albis- $7,475
  83. James Dorrance- $7,475
  84. Anthony Hartmann- $7,475
  85. Nicholas Pupillo- $7,098
  86. Henry Lu- $7,098
  87. Phuoc Nguyen- $7,098
  88. Ricky Guan- $7,098
  89. Joey Weissman- $7,098
  90. Frank Calderone- $7,098
  91. Sam Rashid- $7,098
  92. Eric Afriat- $7,098
  93. Lily Kiletto- $7,098
  94. Matthew Wantman- $7,098
  95. Daniel Daconti- $6,930
  96. Howard Charyn- $6,930
  97. Samuel Bernstein- $6,930
  98. Jayaram Kovoor-Chathoth- $6,930
  99. John Pappas- $6,930
  100. Ryan McKnight- $6,930
  101. Kainalu McCue-Unciano- $6,930
  102. Craig Mason- $6,930
  103. Timothy Pirraglia- $6,930
  104. Anthony Spinella- $6,930
  105. Lexy Gavin- $6,804
  106. Joel Salman- $6,804
  107. Aaron Overton- $6,804
  108. Michael Morton- $6,804
  109. Katayon Khaterzai- $6,804
  110. Mark Bailey- $6,804
  111. Johannsy Joseph- $6,804
  112. Vinny Dang- $6,804
  113. Toby Joyce- $6,804
  114. Arman Nugmanov- $6,804
  115. Tony Cousineau- $6,678
  116. Anna Antimony- $6,678
  117. Michael Lavenberg- $6,678
  118. Christian Soto- $6,678
  119. Alan Wong- $6,678
  120. Jon Borenstein- $6,678
  121. John Derose- $6,678
  122. Mark Herm- $6,678
  123. Michael Rocco- $6,678
  124. Michael Maresca- $6,678
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