WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Title Goes to Andy Hwang

February 6, 2013

Beating out a field of 1,041 other players, Texan poker pro Andy Hwang was victorious at the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open, earning himself a hefty payout totaling $730,053. Twenty-seven-year-old Hwang was already leading by the time the game reached the $3,500 re-entry table of six. It was only six hours remaining for Andy to conquer his opponent and his most prestigious score to date. The first poker player to exit the arena was Matt Salsberg, champion of the 2012 WPT Grand Prix de Paris, who finished Borgata in 6th place ($147,671). Salsberg defeated James Anderson with his pocket sixes against Anderson’s A/9.

Anderson’s K/K followed Salsberg, defeating Jeremy Druckman’s A/10, who finished in 5th ($182,514), just before Anderson was dealt a K/Q, calling Matt Haugen’s Q/J all-in shove. The River showed 8-5-2-2-8 declaring Anderson the winner and eliminating Haugen in 4th ($222,336). Anderson continued with his roll and defeated Mike Gogliarmella, 3rd ($265,475), leaving him to go heads up against Hwang.

At the beginning of the heads-up action, Anderson had an upper hand, but Hwang took him over twenty hands later and bullied him out of his chip lead before playing the defining hand. Anderson, in frustration, moved in pre-flop with 10/8. Hwang called with As/6s.

The River showed Kh/Js/6c/5s/4s to declare Hwang the winner and grant him the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open title.

The WPT moves on to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Florida, as the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open prepares for a February 8th start date, just in time for Valentine’s Day.


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