David Paredes Triumphs At 2015 WPT Borgata Poker Open

David Paredes Triumphs At 2015 WPT Borgata Poker Open David Paredes has just recorded the biggest score of his professional career after taking down the WPT Borgata Poker Open main event for $723,227. Following an impressive performance, which saw him outlast 1,027 entrants over five days, the 36-year old pro now boosts his live tournament earnings to $2,253,258.
The $3,500 WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event was held in Atlantic City and attracted a huge field to create a prize pool worth $3,287,427. Amongst the notable pros subsequently seeing a return on their buy-ins was Shannon Shorr in 39th ($11,506), Jonathan Duhamel in 34th ($12,821), Jonathan Little in 25th ($14,793), Darren Elias in 17th ($18,081), Matt Affleck in 15th ($27,943), and Jean Gaspard in 9th ($60,817).
After the final table of six had been reached, Jim Gilbert (A-Q) eliminated a short-stacked Roman Valerstein (K-10) from the competition in 6th ($146,291), before being dealt J-J and doing likewise to another short-stacked player, Jerry Payne (K-9), in 5th for $180,808.
Next, David Paredes (A-A) took care of Maurice Hawkins (10-10) in 4th ($220,258), and soon after was dealt pocket aces once again to take care of Joe Kuether (A-K) in 3rd ($262,994), and in so doing set-up the final battle against Jim Gilbert for the title.
As heads-up commenced, Paredes held an almost 2:1 chip advantage over Gilbert, and eighteen hands is all it would then take before the deciding hand was played with both Paredes (K-K) and Gilbert (J-J) going all-in preflop.The dealer subsequently laid out an 8-8-2-A-5 board to consign Jim Gilbert to a runner-up finish worth $434,598, while David Paredes was awarded the WPT Champions Cup. Paredes later tweeted a tribute to presumably his favorite rap artists, writing:
“Biggie, Puffy, Busta…Victory @WPTlive @BorgataPoker”
Final Table Results:
1 David Paredes $723,227
2 Jim Gilbert $434,598
3 Joe Kuether $262,994
4 Maurice Hawkins $220,258
5 Jerry Payne $180,808
6 Roman Valerstein $146,291


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