Bobby Oboodi Wins WPT Borgata 2011

Bobby Oboodi has won the WPT Borgata Poker Open, after overcoming a record field of 1,313 players over 6 days to lift the title, and collect the $922,441 first place prize.
As the final table of the $3,500 buy-in event in Atlantic City got underway, Bobby Oboodi was lying just behind the chip leader in second spot. He then quickly gained the lead and only ever released it again briefly while heads-up in an otherwise smooth ride for the 24 year-old US pro.
First player to leave the final table was short-stacked Ricky Hale in 6th ($186,585) eliminated by Oboodi, whose A-K dominated his opponent’s A-10.
He was then followed a while later by Darren Elias in 5th ($230,610), who had been reduced to a short-stack before then pushing his pocket Jacks into Oboodi’s pocket kings.
Next was the turn of Fred Goldberg to bid farewell to his tournament chances, after his flopped top pair on a nine-high board was still way behind Oboodi’s A-9. Goldberg collected $280,925 for his 4th place finish.
It was then the time for Jin Hwang (Ah-Kh) to score a knockout at the expense of Daniel Buzgon with pocket sevens, whose departure in 3rd place ($335,433) heralded in the heads-up phase of the competition.
As the battle commenced, Bobby Oboodi had  23.19 million chips (57 BBs) to Jin Hwang’s 17.125 million (42 BBs) and it wasn’t until an hour later that the deciding hand was played.
Bobby Oboodi was dealt Qs-2s to his opponent’s Kc-Jh, with both players going all-in on a 7s-6s-6c-Js board. With no help on the river, Jin Hwang finished the runner-up and collected $554,303 for his deep-run in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Bobby Oboodi picked-up $922,441 in prize money, was awarded the WPT Champions trophy, and also won a $25,500 ticket to the WPT Championship at Bellagio in May.

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