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This Week's Big Winner: Jesse Sylvia Wins WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Oct 26, 2016


When the underdog beats the favorite, a common reaction from the sports punditry is, “That’s why we play out the games.” One team may be higher-rated, with the superior record and home court advantage, but they still have to go out and convert those advantages into a win. Like sports contests, poker tournaments aren’t decided on paper, either. Jesse Sylvia came into the final table of the 2016 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event as the shortest stack, while Farid Jattin held roughly 45 percent of the chips in play and nearly three times as many chips as the next largest stack. When all was said and done, however, Jattin finished sixth and Sylvia emerged victorious with his first WPT title and the $821,811 first-place prize. Sylvia finished as the runner-up to Greg Merson in the 2012 World Series of Poker main event for $5,292,889. With this latest win he increased his career live tournament earnings ...

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