Anthony Zinno Wins Borgata Poker Open for $825,099

Anthony Zinno defeated Vanessa Selbst for the WPT Borgata Poker Open. (Photo c/o WPT)

Anthony Zinno defeated Vanessa Selbst for the WPT Borgata Poker Open. (Photo c/o WPT)

Day 5 of the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open saw six players return to play for the championship and the right to have their name on the Champions Cup. Anthony Zinno defeated one of the best tournament players in the world, Vanessa Selbst, heads-up for the largest win of his career for $825,099.

Zinno entered the final table third in chips, avoided huge situations and denied Selbst the opportunity to become the first woman to win an open WPT Championship. However, she did further her lead as the all-time female money earner with $7.88 million with the $492,596 she earned for her runner-up finish.

The first casualty of the final table came 15 hands in when Jeremy Kottler opened, Cong Pham called from the small bind and Eric Fields moved his short stack all in from the big blind. Kottler called, Pham re-shoved, covering Kottler and Kottler tossed away a king face up. Fields tabled pocket jacks and Pham turned up A K. The board ran 9 7 5 6 A and Fields was eliminated on the river.

A little more than an hour later David Randall and Kottler were all in preflop in a blind vs. blind situation. Randall turned up pocket jacks, Kottler showed A 9 and the board ran A K 8 T T and jacks were outran a second time to send Randall home in fifth place.

The four-handed table passed chips around for an hour before Selbst put Kottler all in from the small blind and Kottler called from the big with pocket fives. Selbst turned up A 6 and hit the board when it ran A 8 4 A 7. Kottler was out if fourth place and Selbst took the chip lead.

Another 90 minutes passed before Anthony Zinno opened for 500,000, Pham made it 1.3 million to play and Zinno put in a four-bet. Pham moved all in, Zinno called with A K and was ahead of Pham’s A Q. Zinno hit his pair when the board ran K 6 5 4 T, Pham was eliminated and play was paused for the TV heads-up presentation.

The early goings of the heads-up match saw Selbst take control and began to open a gap over 20 hands. Then Zinno won a key pot to turn tables and hold the chip lead. Selbst opened with a min-raise, Zinno made it 2.1 million and Selbst put him all in. Zinno called with A T and was ahead of Selbst’s A 8. The board ran A 7 3 2 T, Zinno doubled up and took the lead stacking 22.7 million to Selbst’s 12.9 million.

Zinno kept the pressure on Selbst until she made a stand and moved all in after Zinno opened. After a short tank Zinno called with A 6 and Selbst tabled K T for her tournament life. The Q 9 7 flop gave her a gutshot straight draw but she missed when it fell 5 4. Zinno won the hand and won almost ten times the amount of his previous largest cash of his career.

Borgata Poker Open Final Table Payouts

  1. Anthony Zinno – $825,099
  2. Vanessa Selbst – $492,569
  3. Cong Pham – $301,225
  4. Jeremy Kottler – $251,968
  5. David Randall – $208,394
  6. Eric Fields – $168,610
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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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