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Wenhai Ying Wins 2018 Borgata Fall Poker Open for $200K; Paul Volpe Finishes Third

Wenhao Ying

The day before Thanksgiving, the 2018 Borgata Fall Poker Open wrapped up with its $2,500+$200 Championship Event, a tournament that drew 437 entries. The field was comprised of a long list of notable East Coast grinders, but in the end, it was 24-year-old Wenhao Ying earning his first tournament win for $200,000.

To do so, he had to cut a three-way deal with poker heavyweights Matt Wantman and Paul Volpe, who finished in second and third place for $172,499 and $150,000 respectively. According to the updates from the event, Ying held the chip lead for most of Day 3 and followed it up by going wire to wire on Day 4.

Prior to the win, Ying’s best tournament cash was $60,577 for placing third in the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open back in January. In April 2017, he finished 10th in the Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship Event for $21,122.

Championship Final Results

1Wenhao Ying$200,000*
2Matt Wantman$172,449*
3Paul Volpe$150,000*
4Dat Vu$76,830
5Mike Glick$60,404
6Brian Altman$50,337
7Dan DiZenzo$40,270
8Andrew Ostapchenko$30,732
9Chris Kennedy$21,195

*Denotes three-way deal

At the six-handed final table, Brian Altman was the first to fall after getting his stack all in preflop holding pocket tens only to run them smack dab into the jacks of Ying. The board ran out clean and Altman was sent packing in sixth place for $50,337.

Not long after, Mike Glick shoved his short stack from the cutoff holding the {q-Spades}{6-Spades} and was called by Ying, who looked down at the {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} in the big blind. The board ran out {8-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and Glick was ousted in fifth place for $60,404.

In the final elimination of the tournament before the deal was struck, the blinds were 30,000/60,000/60,000 when Dat Vu got his stack in on the turn holding the {j-Hearts}{10-Hearts} on a {j-Spades}{7-Spades}{3-Clubs}{5-Clubs} board against the [109s] of Wantman. The {5-Spades} river gave Wantman the flush and Dat Vu, who earned his first recorded tournament cash, had to settle for fourth place and $76,830 in prize money.

Paul Volpe in the 2018 Borgata Fall Poker Open
Paul Volpe finished third in the 2018 Borgata Fall Poker Open.

Others to cash the Championship Event were Lexy Gavin (14th - $10,597), Dan Buzgon (18th - $8,372), Asher Conniff (21st - $6,570), Anna Antimony (28th - $5,828), Ari Engel (40th - $5,299), and Andrew Fegan (45th - $5,299).

Here’s a look at all those who won titles during the 2018 Borgata Fall Poker Open, which awarded more than $3.4 million in prize money over 20 events.

#1: $540+60 DeepStack NLH1,474Frank Lagodich$128,359
#2: $300+40 Omaha/Stud High/Low FO54Bob Camano$3,772
#3: $350+50+100 Bounty Deepstack NLH416Sam Lopes$31,912
#4: $400+50 HORSE FO47Harry Armstrong$8,206
#5: $350+50 Sat Series Deepstack455John Wilson$23,760
#6: $500+60 Super Survivor11811 players won$5,000 each
#7: $300+40 Seniors NLH135Paul Dellauniversita$7,422
#8: $200+30+10 DAV Deeper Stack NLH117Sal Anastasio$3,244
#9: $260+40 Deepest Stack745Katie Stone$19,337
#10: $400+50 Old School NLH FO103Andrew Klein$14,385
#11: $300+40 PLO49Eddie Espino$4,204
#12: $400+50 Almighty Stack1,073Anna Antimony$91,586
#13: $1,000+90 Six Max NLH112Stephen Gerber$28,000
#14: $500+60 Super Survivor16415 players won$5,000 each
#15: $350+50 Sat Series DeepStack334Tom McMillan$17,433
#16: $2,500+200 BFPO Championship437Wenhao Ying$200,000
#17: $200+30 DeepStack NLH182John Kuzmech$8,121
#18: $1,000+60+200 Bounty Semi-Turbo71Brock Wilson$24,105
#19: $260+40 Deeper Stack NLH199Carlos Matos$14,000
#20: $200+30 Deepest Stack NLH274Andrew Zhu$11,301

*Photos courtesy of Borgata

  • Wenhai Ying closed out the 2018 @BorgataPoker Fall Open with a $200K win in the Championship Event.

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