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Pilgrim Lands on WPT Borgata
Like he said he would a day earlier, Dwyte Pilgrim shocked the world in Atlantic City Thursday.
Coming into the WPT Borgata final six fourth in chips, the 2009 World Series of Poker Circuit Player of the Year won the title, getting the better of the largest field in World Poker Tour history.
“I felt like I was the best player at the table,” said Pilgrim, who fell to his knees and was moved to tears after beating veteran pro Kia Mohajeri heads-up to book the $733,802 win.
“I felt like I could counter and play off of these guys’ mistakes and when I got to heads up, I told myself I wasn’t going to give myself any chance at losing. If he wins this, he has to beat me.”
But no one could beat Pilgrim on this day as the Brooklyn, New York native pushed his career tournament earnings up to $1,549,649 and, after killing it on the WSOP Circuit the past two years, he’s now stepped into the spotlight with a win at his first major televised final table.
When it does air on Fox Sports, the WPT broadcast should be something to watch as well, with the brash and outspoken Pilgrim chattering away throughout the final.
After making the final six, a confident Pilgrim claimed anyone who watches the final table was going to see the kind of poker they never have before.
“I’m going to try to shock the world tomorrow,” he pronounced. "You’re going to be asking yourself questions about poker when you see the way I play.”
After capturing the title, it appeared he had accomplished his goal.
“That was my whole point – to show everyone what I’m bringing to the table,” he said. “That’s what I tried to do today.”
The $3,500 WPT Borgata main event drew 1,042 players creating a $3,438,600 prize pool and breaking the record for the largest field in World Poker Tour history.
Here’s how the final table finished up:
1 Dwyte Pilgrim $733,802
2 Kia Mohajeri $440,945
3 Ofir Mor $266,835
4 Brandon Novena $223,475
5 Daniel Makowsky $183,449
6 Ben Klier $148,427