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The World Poker Tour (WPT) Maryland Live! $3,500 buy-in Main Event attracted a massive field of 495 entries to create a prize pool upwards of $1.5 Million, and the top 62 places found themselves in the money.
American poker pro Nitis Udornpim (cover image) championed the event and walked away with a hefty $319,415 in prize money. Along with the title, Udornpim also got the honor of having his name carved on the coveted WPT Champions Club cup and won a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.
The other big story to follow at the event was that of Anthony Zinno, who was inches away from tying the record of four WPT titles with Darren Elias. Zinno, who was making his seventh WPT final table at the event, fell in fourth place for $111,415.
Several Indian-origin players did well at the event with Rajasekar Govindan (16th for $16,125), Shankar Pillai (22nd for $11,235), and Sachin Chopra (26th for $9,560) all posting deep runs.
Other familiar faces who finished in-the-money were Joe McKeehen (35th for $8,240), Lara Eisenberg (38th for $8,240), Adam Hendrix (47th for $7,200), and Timothy Little (61st for $5,715).
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Stephen Deutsch – 7,975,000
2. Brian Altman – 5,760,000
3. Robert McLaughlin – 2,935,000
4. Nitis Udornpim – 1,220,000
5. Anthony Zinno – 1,025,000
6. Jeffrey Colpitts – 860,000
Final Table Recap
The first elimination was witnessed on hand 49, and unsurprisingly, it was the short-stacked Jeffrey Colpitts who hit the rail. The hand in question saw Deutsch opening with , and a call here was enough to put Colpitts all-in. With queen high () in his hand, Colpitts called and received the bad news as the board gave Deutsch the superior flush.
Four hands later, Deutsch axed Robert McLaughlin in fifth place when the former rivered a straight busting the latter’s flopped two pairs.
The four-handed play continued for almost fifty hands, during which time the dynamics shifted substantially. Bringing a spanner on things was the elimination of the most feared player on the final table – Anthony Zinno. Brian Altman opened the action, and Zinno pushed all-in holding pocket eights. Stephen Deutsch re-shoved with , and that got Altman to fold. Unfortunately for Zinno, an ace in the window ended his Main Event run in fourth place.
Udornpim was juggling between survival and the sizeable pay jumps at this point, and a massive double up got him up to 5 Million in chips. The chips came in handy as he soon dispatched Altman off in third place in what can best be described as a cooler with his pocket aces holding on against Altman’s queens.
The heads-up match between Stephen Deutsch (11,350,000 chips – 189 bbs) and Udornpim (8,425,000 chips – 140 bbs) turned out to be an intense affair, and the roller-coaster match lasted almost 150 hands. Eventually, Udornpim pulled ahead to take a 4:1 chip lead against Deutsch, and on the final hand, Udornpim jammed with . Deutsch looked him up tabling . The board ran and just like that Udornpim won his first-ever WPT title!
Final Table Results
1. Nitis Udornpim – $319,415*
2. Stephen Deutsch – $202,905
3. Brian Altman – $149,515
4. Anthony Zinno – $111,415
5. Robert McLaughlin – $83,970
6. Jeffrey Colpitts – $64,020
*includes a seat into WPT Tournament of Champions
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