The stakes weren't so high, but the final prize certainly was for the $500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em event this week during the Borgata Winter Poker Open. On Tuesday, 661 entrants showed up to play creating a $330,500 prize pool, with more than $92,000 of that going to the winner.
Though a Canadian and a Frenchman both gave him a run for his money, an East Coast native won the tournament. Mark Latorre, from Elizabeth, Penn., toppled them all to take home the $92,110.
Canadian Christopher McClug came in second for $50,731, with Francis Mahiout of France following for $26,440.
With one more event out of the way, the $5,000 buy-in event has also kicked off now with 242 entrees vying for the $1.2 million prize pool. The bigger buy-in has also attracted a few more pros who've made it into town for the World Poker Tour event starting Friday.
Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi is already making his presence known in the event as he sat near the top of the leader board at the end of the first day.
Friday will see the start of the main event of the tournament, the WPT $10,000 main event. Check out the PokerListings.com Live Tournament Section for live updates, photos, interviews and more when the event begins.