After Yearlong Delay Veerab Zakarian Wins WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open ($674,840)


The $3,500 World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Winter Poker Open ultimate desk was initially set to play out for April 1, 2020, however because of the pandemic, it was delayed for over a yr. On Sunday, the ultimate six gamers from a 1,290-entry area congregated at PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas to play to a winner.

Toronto’s Veerab Zakarian, 25, started the ultimate desk because the chip chief and he rode all of it the best way to victory to seize a $674,840 prime prize and etch his title on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions cup.

“Ready this lengthy, you didn’t know what to anticipate. You don’t know, you retain ready for it,” Zakarian stated after the win. “Most individuals, after the pandemic, they didn’t have something to sit up for so I used to be glad to have one thing to sit up for.”

He continued: “Everybody at all times desires the bracelet however nowadays it appears to be like just like the WPT is what everyone seems to be chasing. As a result of the bracelets, there’s so lots of them. However the WPT is particular, particularly Borgata. While you consider poker on the East Coast, the very first thing you consider is Borgata. Profitable one thing like this.”

Previous to the win, Zakarian had $496,610 in reside lifetime earnings in line with The Hendon Mob. His earlier greatest money was $63,340 for profitable the 2018 MSPT Seneca Niagara Important Occasion.

WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Closing Desk Outcomes

Place Participant Prize
1 Veerab Zakarian $674,840
2 James Anderson $449,904
3 Brian Altman $333,012
4 Nathan Russler $248,913
5 Bin Weng $187,900
6 Andrew Hanna $143,264

Brian Altman, who just lately received the Season XVIII Hublot WPT Participant of the 12 months, was seeking to declare a WPT title, however his run fell brief in third place. Based on updates from the occasion, three gamers stay in Degree 33 (100,000/200,000/200,000) on Hand #58 of the ultimate desk.

Altman raised the button to 400,000 and Zakarian referred to as earlier than each gamers checked the {q-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{3-Hearts} flop. On the {a-Spades} flip, Zakarian check-called a wager of 1 million and the {9-Diamonds} accomplished the board on the river. Zakarian checked, Altman wager 2.8 million, and Zakarian check-jammed. Altman referred to as off his final 1.25 million with the {a-Clubs}{3-Clubs} for 2 pair however it was no good as Zakarian rolled over the {4-Hearts}{2-Clubs} for a profitable wheel.

To shut issues out, Zakarian needed to deal with James Anderson in heads-up play. Anderson had completed runner-up in the identical event again in Season XI (2013), and sadly for him, he needed to as soon as once more accept second place.

The duo started heads-up play practically even in chips, and their match would final greater than 80 fingers through which each gamers took turns holding the chip lead.

James Anderson
James Anderson

In what could be the ultimate hand of the event, which happened in Degree 38 (300,000/600,000/600,000), Zakarian moved all in from the button holding the {10-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and Anderson, who had misplaced most of his stack with king-five towards pocket sixes all in preflop, referred to as off his final 2 million with the {j-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}. Anderson flopped a pair to take the lead, however the flip hit Zakarian by giving him an eight-high straight. Anderson earned $449,904 for his second-place end.

“With the cash, poker is beginning to decide up so many extra tournaments and money video games round Vegas for the subsequent month or two,” Zakarian stated. “Possibly the WPT right here in July at Venetian or Tampa. I hope the WPT will return to Borgata or Fallsview since I’m near Canada. I’ll strive my luck once more and see what occurs.”

Two extra delayed WPT ultimate tables are set to play out within the coming days together with the Seminole Arduous Rock Poker Showdown and LAPC. PokerNews will publish recaps from each as soon as winners are decided.

Photos courtesy of WPT.

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