Steve Wolansky Wins Borgata Fall Poker Open For $330k

This is turning out to be quite a year for Steve Wolansky, who after winning a WSOP bracelet this summer has followed up by taking down the 2014 Borgata Fall Poker Open $1 Million Guaranteed Championship for $330,887. Not only does that sum represent the Wolansky’s biggest score to date, but the 26 year-old Florida resident has now earned $880,494 from live tournaments, $469,520 of which has been won in 2014 alone.
The $2,500 buy-in event was held at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, and attracted 548 players to create a prize pool worth $1,370,000. Amongst the notable pros then seeing a return on their investment was Vineet Pahuja in 41st ($5,980), Matthew Stout in 32nd ($6,645), Christian Harder in 29th ($6,645), and Alan Engel in 20th ($7,309).
On Day 4, the remaining 10 players took up their places at the final table and after Lawrence Abrams eventually exited in 3rd ($119,601), it was left to Steven Wolansky and Taylor von Kriegenbergh to duke it out for the title. As the final battle commenced, Wolansky enjoyed a slight lead, which he was subsequently able to maintain until the deciding hand was played with Von Kriegenbergh dealt Ac-4c to his opponent’s 10s-8s.
The 9s-7c-5c then saw a raising war breakout in which both players committed all their chips, and with an As and Ks coming on turn and river, Von Kriegenbergh was consigned to a runnner-up finish worth $186,046, while Steven Wolansky claimed the title.
Final Table Results:
1st Steven Wolansky     $330,887
2nd T. Kriegenbergh     $186,046
3rd Lawrence Abrams     $119,601
4th Paul Volpe             $95,016
5th Brian Altman     $74,418
6th Josh Spiegleman     $61,129
7th Daniel Buzgon     $48,505
8th Daniel Chan     $37,874
9th Jackduyph Duong     $26,578
10th Mark Sykes     $17,276
In June, Wolansky also won a bracelet at the WSOP $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event, after which he commented: “I’ve played this micro stakes online a few years ago and then I played it last year in the 10-Game. I cashed in the 10-game somewhere around 20th place so I got to play about 30 hands of it there. Then I just started Day 1 and got 15 hours of practice and sort of figure it out as you go. It’s just a pure form of poker.”

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