Aaron Mermelstein has defeated Eugene Todd heads up to capture the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Winter Poker Open title and a top prize of $712,305 in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Friday. With the win, Mermelstein was also awarded a Hublot King Power Unico Titanium watch, a pair of 24K gold Monster headphones, a seat in the $15,000 WPT Championship, and, of course, his name forever engraved on the WPT Champion’s Cup.
On hand #181 of the final table, Todd limped in for 500,000. Mermelstein raised to 1.6M and Todd made the call. The flop was dealt , Mermelstein led out with a bet of 2.7M, Todd raised all in for just over 12M, and Mermelstein snap-called. Todd tabled but was behind the of Mermelstein. The turn and river were of no help to Todd, eliminating him in second place for $419,467.
Justin Liberto was the first player eliminated from the final table. He was awarded $140,878 for his sixth-place run. Esther Taylor-Brady missed her chance to become the first female WPT Champion in an open event, busting fifth for $174,118. Start-of-day chip leader Shawn Cunix was the next to get evicted. A fourth-place prize of $212,108 was his consolation. Randy Pfeifer was the last to depart before heads-up play could begin. Pfeifer received $253,263 for his efforts.
Congratulations to Aaron Mermelstein for becoming the latest WPT Champion. Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada as the Aussie Millions action heats up and the PokerStars European Poker Tour Deauville festival just around the corner.
Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.