MrElPaso reigns supreme at Bodog Open IV

Ari Engel
'Bodog' Ari Engel lived up to his nickname at the Bodog Poker Open VI main event.

With all eyes on the 2009 Main Event, online player MrElPaso made a huge score at the Bodog Poker Open IV Championship event this weekend.

MrElPaso outlasted a field of 256 players and a tough final table that included "Bodog Ari" Engel to take down a first place prize of $36,337.

"With the Bodog Poker Open IV, has given online poker players of all stripes the chance to win big while garnering the exposure they deserve," said Bodog poker pro David Williams.

"I'd like to personally congratulate MrElPaso for his impressive victory in the Bodog Poker Open IV. His win cements his status as one of online poker's newest stars, and I'm confident we'll be seeing him at plenty of final tables to come."

It isn't the first time that MrElPaso has had success on Bodog. In 2008, he final tabled the $100,000 guaranteed on the site and made $9,100 for coming in third.

The final table of the $500 buy-in Bodog Open VI main event was no cakewalk with notable players UFpokerStar, nevertilt22 and the aforementioned Engel. The smart money was likely on Engel who has $359,835 in live tournament earnings, but he eventually bowed out in third for $16,182.

The fourth installment of the Bodog Open drew several notable pros including Williams and Evelyn Ng. Bodog threw in an extra $25,000 to pump the overall prize pool up to $145,790.

As part of winning the Bodog Open VI championship, MrElPaso will also receive a guaranteed spread in an International poker magazine.

Here are the complete payouts for the Bodog Open VI main event:

1. MrElPaso - $36,448
2. dvbronco - $24,420
3. ari - $16,182
4. JazzyFace - $11,663
5. bklynzto81 - $8,456
6. naskoxx - $6,561
7. ello - $5,103
8. ShuMoneyTonite - $3,645
9. LIVIN LOUD - $2,478


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