Vinicius Lima won last night the monster field of the WPT Borgata Poker Open to join the elite club of WPT winners and add $728,430 to his poker bankroll
The tournament was played back in January at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City until the official six-handed final table was determined. That closing stage of the event was played yesterday at HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor Las Vegas. The new eSports venue has become the permanent home to all televised WPT final tables.
Lima entered the final table short-stacked, but his dangerous position at the start of action yesterday did not discourage him to show his best play and eventually emerge victorious, outlasting the record-smashing 1,415-person field of the prestigious tournament.
Lima previously worked in medical sales, but quit his daily job a few years ago and moved to Las Vegas to pursue a career in poker. Last night’s triumph was the result of hard work and persistence, and support from great friends.
Lima had the loudest and merriest rail yesterday. The player’s friends and family were at the host venue to support him, cheering him all the way through the tough final table that spanned into the wee hours of Thursday morning.
A Long Day of Poker
The six-handed final table of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open lasted 236 hands and more than ten hours. Lima and his fellow final tablists had two months to prepare for the big finale at HyperX Esports Arena.
The eventual champion told WPT staff that he used that time to take care of his physical wellness and mental stamina. He pointed out that this helped him survive the long session of poker the final table of the tournament turned out to be.
As mentioned above, Lima’s stack stood at the bottom of the temporary leaderboard at the start of play yesterday. However, he was one of just two survivors 190 hands later. Lima faced Dave Farah heads-up. Their duel began with Farah holding the chip leader.
Lima managed to narrow the gap between him and his final opponent and take the lead in the span of several hands. From that point on, he worked hard to extend his advantage and weaken Farah’s defense. That proved a difficult task, though.
The two players battled it out for hours. While Farah never really managed to regain the chip lead, he fought fiercely for the title, doubling up on several occasions and ringing Lima’s alarm that he was playing against a tough opponent.
The moment of victory came on Hand #236. Farah moved all in for his last 6.3 million and Lima snap-called. Farah tabled [9d][5d], while Lima turned over [Kh][Jh]. The [5h][Js][As] flop helped both players connect with a pair, but Farah stayed at disadvantage. The blank [2c] turn and [Ks] river were of no help to the player and he had to settle for the consolation prize of $485,611 for his runner-up finish.
As for Lima, his rail exploded in celebration of his biggest triumph so far. The player ballooned his bankroll to just under $1 million by adding the first-place prize of $728,430 to it. His prize also included a $15,000 seat into the season-ending Baccarat Crystal Tournament of Champions.
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