Jesse Sylvia Wins 2016 WPT Borgata for $821,811

Jesse Sylvia has won the 2016 WPT Borgata main event, after overcoming a field of 1,179 over six days in Atlantic City to claim the coveted title, as well as $821,811 in prize money.
Sylvia is best known for finishing the 2012 WSOP Main Event in second place, with Greg Merson the ultimate champion. Sylvia still walked away with a huge $5,295,149 payday for his efforts, and following his latest victory now boosts his career earnings to $6,820,468. Interestingly, the win also represents his first major tournament title to date.
The $3,500 WPT Borgata main event featured a $3,773,979 prize pool, and amongst the notable pros finishing in the money was Blair Hinkle in 47th ($10,945), Eli Elezra in 38th ($12,832), Alan Engel in 31st ($14,719), Matt Waxman in 11th ($45,099), and John Racener in 9th ($69,253).
Colombian pro Farid Jattin then entered the final table in pole position with 45% of the chips in play and three times the chips of his nearest rival, while at the other end of the counts was a short-stacked Sylvia. Poker is a topsy-turvy game, though, and after losing a series of hands Jattin was ultimately eliminated by Sylvia in 6th, with Sylvia subsequently doing likewise to Chris Limo in 5th. In the meantime, Zach Gruneberg took care of Simon Lam in 4th, and Taha Maruf in 3rd to force heads-up against Sylvia for the title.
It had taken just 46 hands to reach the final stage of the competition, but with the two players starting fairly even in chips, it would take a further 80 hands before the deciding hand was played after Sylvia moved all-in preflop holding Jh-4h. Gruneberg (As-2c) made the call with his last 15bbs, and after the board ran out Jc-9c-8c-Qs-Kd, Gruneberg finished the runner-up for $490,617, while the coveted WPT title went to Sylvia.
Final Table Results:
1: Jesse Sylvia $821,811
2: Zach Gruneberg $490,617
3: Taha Maruf $300,031
4: Simon Lam $250,970
5: Chris Limo $207,569
6: Farid Jattin $167,942

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