Rhode Island Poker Pro Anthony Zinno Wins WPT 2013 Borgata Poker Open

The six finalists of the World Poker Tour (WPT) 2013 Borgata Poker Open, an event that attracted a field as large as 1,189 poker players, returned to play for the pot on Friday. Anthony Zinno, a 32-year-old poker pro from Rhode Island, beat female poker pro Vanessa Selbst of Team PokerStars in the heads-up match and won the first-place prize of $825,099 along with a free seat worth $25k to the WPT Championship.

The final table results of the WPT 2013 Borgata Poker Open are as follows. Anthony Zinno collected the first-place prize of $825,099 while runner-up Vanessa Selbst returned home with $492,569. The players who finished third and fourth were Cong Pham and Jeremy Kottler, who won $301,225 and $251,968, respectively. The players who finished fifth and sixth were David Randall and Eric Fields, who won $208,394 and $168,610, respectively.

The WPT live blog reported that the day’s first elimination took place when the fifteenth hand was being played. Fields, a professional poker player based in North Carolina, was the first to bust. The player, who had got a business management degree from the Alabama University this May, returned home with a six-figure prize of $168,610.

Randall was the next player to go bust. He had a Jack of Diamonds and a Jack of Spades before Kottler’s Ace of Hearts and Nine of Hearts, but the flop presented an Ace of Hearts, a King of Clubs, and an Eight of Hearts, giving Kottler his second ace and forcing Randall to fold and collect his fifth-place prize of $208,394.

During the four-handed play, Vanessa Selbst, who was the player with the short stack, skillfully became the player with the second largest stack. When the 84th hand was being player, Kottler, a poker pro from Ohio, had a Five of Spades and a Five of Clubs against Selbst’s Ace of Hearts and Six of Clubs. But on the flop, Selbst got a second ace, and Kottler hoped to get a five on the river in order to hang on to the game. Unfortunately, a Seven of Spades turned up and Kottler had to leave with the fourth-place prize of $251,968.

When the three-handed play was going on, Zinno succeeded in grabbing over 50 percent of the chips in the game, but after a few hands, Selbst regained all that she had lost. During the 111th hand, Zinno bet 500,000 on the button and Pham responded with a three-bet to 1.3 million on the big blind. Zinno responded with a four bet and later a call. Pham’s Ace of Spades and Queen of Hearts, however, proved no match for Zinno’s Ace of Diamonds and King of Spaces, especially when the flop showed the King of Clubs, Five of Hearts, and Six of Hearts. And when the river showed a Ten of Clubs, Pham found himself out of the game.

The heads-up match lasted just for a few hands, but Selbst could not become the first woman to win an open WPT event. Instead, it was Zinno who returned home victorious.

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