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The World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Winter Open final table finally came to an end after a two-month delay. As expected, the $3,500 buy-in tournament event was just as action packed as we had hoped with Viny Lima emerging the winner and walking away with the $728,430 cash prize. The tournament initially kicked off on January 27 in Atlantic City but it was halted just four days later after the final table was achieved leaving the players and poker enthusiasts in a bit of suspense. Fortunately, this was all fixed when, last Wednesday, the players were made it to the final table got to return for the final showdown that was held at the Esports Arena on the Las Vegas Strip.

The three-day World Poker Tour final table events were hosted at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. The first Monday went down on Monday and it saw David “ODB” Baker take down the L.A. Poker Classic for a whopping $1,015,000. On Tuesday, Frank Stepuchin, another great poker player, took down the Gardens Pokers Championship for $548,825, which while quite small especially when compared to the other winners, is still very impressive. Viny Lima capped off the three-day poker festival with his $728,430 event.

The turn of events at the poker festival was quite unexpected and goes to prove that experience in the game might be too overrated after all. When the poker tournament resumed following the two-month delay, Dave Farah was in the lead with close to 19 million chips with the player coming closest to that number being Brandon Hall with 14 million chips. Lima, who eventually won, only had 24 big blinds and 3.5 million chips.

Weirdly, none of the players who got to the final tables had ever won a World Poker Tour (WPT) title before which makes their wins even more impressive. In fact, of all the players, only Daniel Buzgon had ever made it to a final table.

Game Highlights

It took 11 whole hours to complete the final table. The game officially kicked off at 3:30 pm Pacific Time from HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor in Las Vegas and over four hours later, there were still five players going head-to-head against each other. To achieve his win, Lima chipped away the lead when the heads-up play began at around 1:00 pm – he eventually pulled away after two traded leads back-and-forth for quite a while.

The win earned Viny a spot in the World Poker Tour Champions Club as well as an entry into the Tournament of the Champions that is scheduled for May.

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