Sylvia Wins First Major WPT Title

There is a new champion crowned at the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City, New Jersey and this is Jesse Sylvia.

He has confronted all odds and won the first major championship title of his career coming from the short stack. His last best performance at a major tournament was way back in 2012 when he was runner up at the World Series of Poker Championship event in 2012. He had lost to Greg Merson then.

Sylvia arrived at the final table at the eponymous casino in Atlantic City without a major tournament win and it also did not look likely that he would win this title. Farid Jattin entered the final table with more chips than all the five other challengers combined. The other players in the fray were: Chris Limo, Zach Gruneberg, Simon Lam and Taha Maruf. Sylvia has been the short stack with just 3.035 million. Jattin by virtue of a rush was in the lead on the penultimate day and this rush did not help him on the final day.

Jattin along with Lam tried to get rid of Sylvia on Hand 7, but they could not get the better of Sylvia’s pocket fours and thereby Sylvia got a triple up that took him to over 7 million chips. Jattin took another severe blow when he three-bet the action of a Limo raise and Sylvia came with a four-bet push of 2.375 million. Limo pulled out of the way, but Jattin pushed everything in to put Sylvia under the risk of elimination.

Sylvia was bold enough to show off an off suit A-K and Jattin could only make an off-suit 5-4 for this duel. Sylvia was in the lead without any domination over the 43 hands of play.
Greenberg gave a tough fight to Sylvia towards the end, but did not have better cards to show and thereby Sylvia won the tournament in $821,811.