Eric Afriat Wins Second WPT Title at Borgata Winter Poker Open

Eric Afriat

The World Poker Tour (WPT) set up camp in Atlantic City last week for the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open.

The $3,500 Main Event received 1,244 entries, creating a prize pool of just under $4 million. When the last card hit the felt, Canada’s own Eric Afriat won the title and $651,928. This is the second time to have his name etched on the WPT Champions trophy. He won his first WPT title just about four years ago in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.

On the first of two starting days, Canadians Mike Smith (114,500), Mike Leah (99,600), and Eric Afriat (53,400) were among those to survive for Day 2. The second starting flight was less successful for Canadian contenders, with no further notable players making it through.

Once play was in the money, Afriat was the only aforementioned Canadian to still hold chips. But two others (Patrick Quinn: 154th — $6,129 and Veerab Zakarian: 40th — $16,426) were able to collect a piece of the prize pool.

The final table also included World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen, who ultimately fell in fourth place for $240,251. Eric Afriat went on to defeat Justin Zaki heads up to collect the victory and the accompanying $651,928.

The tour now moves to our side of the border for the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

* Photo courtesy of the World Poker Tour.

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