Former Nov. 9er Sylvia Surges to WPT Borgata Title, $821k

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Jesse Sylvia (Photo: WPT)

When you've won $5.2m and finished runner-up in the WSOP Main Event before, it's hard to imagine ever being able to top it.

Winning a WPT title over a massive field of 1,179 entries and pocketing another $821,811 might be a close second.

2012 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia claimed his first career tournament title earlier this weekend at the WPT Borgata Poker Open with an impressive final-table performance.

Not only did he beat talented pro Zach Gruneberg heads-up, he overcame the enormous chip lead of Farid Jattin who headed into the final six with almost 50% of the chips in play.

Nothing went Jattin's way, however, and Sylvia capitalized, earning his second-biggest career score and putting his name back up on the poker marquee four years after his turn in the November Nine.

Jattin Fizzles Fast

Narrowly missing becoming poker's world champion in 2012 when he finished runner-up to Greg Merson, Sylvia made no mistake in this one.

Jesse Sylvia
Been there before.

He started the final table by tripling up in a big, three-way all-in before doubling again through Jattin shortly after to grab the chip lead. 

Check this cool 360 degree video from the WPT of the big three-way all-in with Sylvia's 44 holding against two AKs.

Just 46 hands into the final table he found himself heads-up with Gruneberg and about even in chips.

It took him another 80 or so hands to put him away, losing momentum once around hand 91 before finally seizing control and wearing Gruneberg down until his J4 could outrun A2.

With no deal in place Sylvia collected the whole enchilada for first-place which included the $821k, an entry into the $15k WPT Tournament of Champions, a WPT Champions Trophy, a Hublot watch and gold Monster 24K headphones.

Gruneberg still took home an impressive $490,617 for second. Taha Maruf eanred $300,031 for third. Check the full results and payouts for the final table below:

WPT Borgata Poker Open Final Table Results

  • 1. Jesse Sylvia – $821,811
  • 2. Zach Gruneberg – $490,617
  • 3. Taha Maruf – $300,031
  • 4. Simon Lam – $250,970
  • 5. Chris Limo – $207,569
  • 6. Farid Jattin – $167,942

Check the WPT Live Updates for a full rundown of the action.

Season XV of the World Poker Tour continues unabated with a quick turnaround this week and WPT Maryland Live! at Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, MD. from Oct. 1-5.

The prize pool is $1.5 million guaranteed and the main event buy-in is $3,500.

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