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The 2020 Borgata Winter Poker Open (BWPO) currently underway at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City saw it’s $5,100 High Roller pull in a star-studded lineup of 77 runners (including re-entries). After two days of intense action, Jonathan Dokler (cover image) was the last player left standing in the event and he pocketed $100,892 in cash prize along with his first Borgata trophy.
For Dokler, this was the most significant score of his career by a large margin.
Canadian born, Qi Hu came close to win his second Borgata trophy of the series but eventually finished second for $70,956. Hu had won the $3,125 Heads-Up event earlier in this series for $67,512. This was Hu’s third-biggest cash to date and one that boosted his lifetime winnings over $600K.
The event collected a prize pool of $373,450. The top eleven places got paid with a min-cash worth $9,336, and $100,829 set aside for the winner along with the Borgata Trophy.
The first day ended after 14 action-packed levels of play, reducing the starting field of 77 contenders to just 14.
Arian Stolt, James Romero, Raul Martinez, Faraz Jaka, Nick Pupillo, and WSOP bracelet winners Alan Sternberg, Paul Volpe, Byron Kaverman, and Upeshka De Silva were among the notable eliminations on Day 1.
Leading the way heading into the final day was Anton Wigg with a stack of 1,200,000. His closest competitor was Jonathan Dokler, with 918,000 in chips while Robert Brobyn rounded off the top three stacks with 784,000.
Day 2 Recap
Ian O’Hara and Anthony Hartmann fell out empty-handed before Jerry Wong was eliminated on the money bubble when his failed to improve against Qi Hu’s .
The eliminations of Omar Saeed (11th for $9,336) and Brent Roberts (10th for $11,204) decided the finalists.
Eyeing his second title at the series, the $3,125 heads-up winner Qi Hu started off as the final table captain with 1,195,000 in chips. Hot on his trail was Justin Liberto (1,000,000) and the eventual winner Jonathan Dokler (1,000,000).
Elia Ahmadian (450,000), Christopher Sparks (300,000) were the two shortest stacks at the start of the final table.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
Short-stacked Christopher Sparks and Elia Ahmadian were the first two eliminations on the final table, going out in ninth and eighth place, respectively.
Within the next twenty minutes, WSOP bracelet winner Justin Liberto got knocked out in seventh place when his lost the flip to Anton Wigg`s .
Next up, short-stacked Jonathan Gilliam was relegated to the rail in sixth place with Robert Brobyn following him out in fifth place. With the board open , Brobyn check-raised all-in with and was surprised to see Jonathan Dokler turn over the .
Within the next 5 minutes, Anton Wigg was sent packing in fourth place. His busting to Jonathan Dokler’s .
Shortly after Wigg, Nitis Udornpim hit the rail in third place. With open on the board, Jonathan Dokler moved all-in. Udornpim made the call with for a straight, but it was no match for Dokler`s .
Dokler entered the heads-up play with a dominating 7:1 chip lead over Qi Hu. Hu was not one to give up quickly, and he made a comeback and held on to the lead for a bit before Dokler promptly took back over with a pair of queens. It was all Dokler after that. On the final hand of the day, Dokler’s won the flip against Hu’s .
Final Table Results
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