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Guo Liang Chen Wins 2017 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open Main Event

New Jersey Resident Defeats Field of 1,132 Entries To Earn $789,058

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Guo Liang Chen has won the 2017 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open $3,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event, outlasting a field of 1,132 total entries to capture the title and the $789,058 first-place prize. This was by far the largest score of his life, with his biggest previous cash being for only $13,858.

“I was too excited to sleep last night,” Chen told WPT reporters after coming out on top. “I’m going to fall asleep tonight with cash in hand!”

Chen came into the final day of this event in fifth chip position with six players remaining. The only player who began the day with fewer chips than Chen was none other than two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Cliff Josephy. The former online poker superstar and 2016 WSOP main event third-place finisher was able to outlast one player at the final table, but was eliminated in fifth place when his ADiamond Suit3Heart Suit failed to stand up against the QSpade SuitJSpade Suit of Gregory Weber. Jospehy earned $199,294 for his deep run in this event.

Weber, a 27-year-old firefighter from New Jersey, took a chip lead into four-handed play. He knocked out Matthew Parry in fourth place ($240,965) to further his advantage, but Chen busted Jia Liu in third ($288,071) to close the gap somewhat. Heading into heads-up play Weber held just shy of a 2-to-1 chip advantage.

Chen was able to find an early double up to overtake the lead and from there was able to keep up the pressure until Weber was left on a short stack. Weber got his last chips in with the KHeart Suit9Spade Suit, moving all-in from the button for around ten big blinds. Chen called with the AHeart SuitKDiamond Suit and the board ran out 7Diamond Suit5Heart Suit4Spade Suit3Club SuitQHeart Suit. Chen’s ace-high was good enough to secure him the pot and the title, sending Weber to the rail with $471,059.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Guo Chen $789,058 1440
2 Gregory Weber $471,059 1200
3 Jia Liu $288,071 960
4 Matthew Parry $240,965 720
5 Cliff Josephy $199,294 600
6 Thomas Paul $161,247 480

Winner photo courtesy of WPT / Joe Giron.