Bin Weng wins Borgata return championship for $1 million
The first seven-figure poker tournament of 2023 has been awarded. Bin Weng defeated a field of 1,142 innings The championship back $5,300 buy-in no-limit hold’em event on January 8 at The Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ. The Philadelphia resident earned a career-high $1,000,000 payday for the win.
With this highlight win under his belt, Weng now has over $2.9 million in recorded tournament scores. This run of titles also saw Weng awarded 1,920 Card player Player of the year points As a result, he has taken an early lead in 2023 POY race, sponsored by Global Poker
This event featured two departure flights and three more days of action. The first flight out saw 562 entries, with another 580 entries on Day 1B. The strong turnout saw the $3 million guarantee easily exceeded, with $5,538,700 in prize money eventually paid out to the top 110 finishers.
Big names that went deep included World Series of Poker bracelet winner Joey Weissman (85th), bracelet winner Mike Jukich (52nd), bracelet winner Jesse Lonis (48th), bracelet winner and recent WPT World Championship finalist Frank Funaro (46th), three-time bracelet winner Dan Zack (44th) and Mukul Pahuja (14th).
The final day began with eight players remaining and 2015 WSOP main event champion Joe McKeehen in the lead and Weng in the middle of the group. An early coin toss before the flop saw Weng’s AQ beat the pocket eights of recent The return Mystery Bounty Event Winner Sam Laskowitz (8th – $144,006). Weng found himself in a similar situation soon after, with AQ fighting against the pocket hacks of Christopher Ng (7th – $193,855). Weng lost an ace and held from there to cut the field to six.
McKeehen added some distance between himself and Weng when his pockets held up against Lanny Vaysman’s pocket tens. McKeehen finished with full jacks to send Vaysman to sixth place ($246,472).
Winner of two bracelets Justin Saliba’s The run in this event concluded in fifth place when he ran AQ into McKeehen’s pocket aces. Saliba earned $304,629, the second-highest score of his career. He now has over $2.5 million in recorded earnings.
Weng added to his stack in a big way when he flopped two pair with 6-4 out of play against a pair of pocket kings for Jonathan Borenstein. The chips came on the flop and Borenstein couldn’t improve, winning $368,324 in fourth place.
A key coin toss before the flop dramatically altered the leaderboard early in the three-handed action. Weng raised from the button and then four-bet jammed over McKeehen’s small blind three-bet with AK. McKeehen called with JJ. The board ran out of AA974 and Weng made trips to win the pot and take a big lead.
McKeehen’s stack took another of his own when his pocket kings were broken by Sundiata Devore’s pocket jacks. He soon found himself all-in and at risk with AJ leading Devore’s A-5, but a five on the river sent the three-time bracelet winner home with $440,327 for his third-place finish.
With that, it started the game up with Weng in the lead and Devore not too far behind. In a break, the bottom two reached an agreement that redistributed the remaining prize money, with the runner-up securing $926,128 and $1,000,000 for the champion.
The final hand saw Weng raise from the button and check when Devore three-bet. Weng held AKwhich had the A de DevoreQ dominated The board lowered K74A3 to seal the pot and the title for Weng. Devore earned the payday he bargained for as runner-up, which was by far the biggest payday to date on his tournament resume.
Here’s a look at payments and POY points awarded in the final table:
Winner photo credit: Pokernews / Rachel Kay Miller.
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