Viny Lima Wins WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open For $728,430

Vinicius Viny Lima can thank a lucky meeting with 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Scott Blumstein for his epic victory in the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open yesterday, the friendship spawned on a basketball court eventually helping Lima to the biggest win of his career…

By: Andrew Burnett

The third of the big WPT finals to be held back for the final tables to be played out in the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas’ saw the 24-year old Brazilian come back from January’s Atlantic City ‘qualifier’ as the short-stack, but as a man with a plan…

“Step one was planning on never going broke today,” said Lima after his huge win. “I was very fortunate to have good energy with me and ran good at good times, and when I was all in, I held up. I just battled and was very fortunate to have won this thing. It’s surreal and unbelievable.”

Of his friendship with Blumstein, Lima explained: “We just talked about hands and stuff. I’m very comfortable about where my game is at now, but he definitely gave me some good advice. We met a few months back playing basketball and talked a lot about cards, and he convinced me to fly out to Borgata.”

That trip paid off in spades, taking down the trophy and backed by an immensely vocal rail of friends and family who came to Vegas to support him during the 10 hour, 236 hand, final table battle.

“It was the loudest thing I’ve ever witnessed live,” said Lime. “My friends and family came out and everybody was great. Every hand I won, they were making noise. The hands I wasn’t in, they were making noise. It made the whole experience a thousand times better.”

With prior lifetime earnings of a modest, by pro standards, $263,186, Lima’s victory has catapulted him within spitting distance of the $1million milestone – and with friends like Blumstein in the background he’ll almost certainly go on to crack that very soon.

Final results:

1 Viny Lima $728,430
2 Dave Farah $485,611
3 Joseph Di Rosa Rojas $359,555
4 Brandon Hall $268,810
5 Daniel Buzgon $202,942
6 Ian O’Hara $154,734

 

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