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WPT Borgata Within Pilgrim's Reach
2009 WSOP Circuit Player of the Year Dwyte Pilgrim has hit the big time.
The Brooklyn, New York native made the final table at WPT Borgata Wednesday and now has a chance to add to an already stellar past two years on the live tournament scene.
Pilgrim ran up $332,244 in tournament cashes last year and has already surpassed that in 2010 with $433,319 in earnings and a chance to add a major score to that Thursday in front of the WPT cameras.
Now with a shot at his biggest score lifetime, Pilgrim is looking forward to the opportunity.
“I’m going to try to shock the world tomorrow,” Pilgrim told the WPT’s Matt Savage. “The WPT is the big stage, we all know that.
“I’m going to play my best, that’s what I can guarantee you. I’m going to play great poker, it’s going to be like Brazilian Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, it’s going to be crazy out there, you are going to see some stuff you’ve never seen and you’re going to be asking yourself questions about poker when you see the way I play.”
The final six at WPT Borgata are guaranteed a minimum of $148,427 with $733,802 for first.
Pilgrim will come in to the final table fourth in chips, but within striking distance of chip leader Ofir Mor, who made 27th at Borgata last year.
The rest of the final table includes three-time 2009 WSOP final tablist Daniel Makowsky and veteran rounder Kia Mohajeri, with a chance to add to his $538,330 in career tournament earnings.
Benjamin Klier brings a host of small East Coast tournament cashes to the table and Brandon Novena has just one cash from the Indiana State Poker Championship earlier this year on his resume.
2010 WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Papola bubbled the final table while 2007 WSOP Main Event finalist Lee Childs busted ninth and last year’s winner Olivier Busquet fell 25th.
WPT Borgata 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 they’ll stack up coming into the 4 p.m. ET final table in Atlantic City Thursday:
1 Ofir Mor - 7,300,000
2 Benjamin Klier - 6,125,000
3 Brandon Novena - 5,125,000
4 Dwyte Pilgrim - 4,800,000
5 Kia Mohajeri - 4,225,000
6 Daniel Makowsky - 3,300,000