The largest World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open fielded 1,312 entrants for a massive prize pool of $4.2 million. The final table saw three seasoned pros square off with Nathan Bjerno carrying a massive chip lead to the final table. But the Daniel Weinman celebrated his 29th birthday, largest cash of his career and first WPT title worth $892,433.
Weinman spoke with WPT after the win and said, “It’s huge (the win), I don’t play a ton of tournaments outside of the World Series, so to come here and win a field this big and a prestigious tournament is great.”
“I turned 29 today, so this is a pretty awesome birthday present,” he added. “My girlfriend flew in last minute; you couldn’t have scripted it any better.”
Weinman eclipsed the $2 million mark in career earnings and more than tripled his previous largest cash – a WSOP Circuit Cherokee Main Event win in 2015.
The first two eliminations came rather quickly with Nicholas Immekus and Richard Foster hitting the payout desk in the first 25 hands. Then Jia Liu was eliminated in fourth place when he held third pair and Tyler Kenney had pocket queens to earn the knockout.
Kenney was eliminated in third place in the hand of the night, and what is sure to be YouTube gold, when Weinman called down Kenney with only a pair of fives. The board was 8d 5s 4c Th 3s, Kenney moved all in and after a lengthy tank Weinman called holding 9c 5d. Kenney showed king high and was eliminated.
Weinman and Bjerno played around 50 hands before Weinman coolered Bjerno on the river for his tournament life. They got the chips in with Bjerno holding Ac 4h and Weinman had him out-pipped with Ad 5s. The board ran As 8d 6c 7h 4d and Weinman rivered a straight to win.
Final Table Payouts
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