Donald Maloney Wins WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship for $487,874

Former hockey player Donald Maloney took down the WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship, scooping $487,874 to go with his first WPT trophy.

By: Andrew Burnett

The $3500 buy-in tournament saw 1156 entries battling across five days for a share of the $3,700,356 prizepool, among them the familiar face of Vanessa Selbst.

The all-time winningest female player retired a couple of years ago, moving into the slightly steadier world of finance, but showed she had lost none of her poker skills by fighting her way to 14th place and a $39,950 cash.

Cliff Josephy, Tony Dunst and Jonathan Little were among the other well-known names who made it to the money, but the final table featured only one previous WPT winner, Viktor Ramdin.

Bronx pro Ramdin was first to bust, however, a rather unlucky runner-runner cracking his kings to send him to the rail, a $130,000 cash to ease the pain.

It took a while to whittle things down further, but once Jerry Maher and Dave Farah departed it was deal time – unscheduled and apparently officially not an option, but it went ahead anyway.

What followed was somewhat farcical, the three players going all-in blind, Maloney hitting a runner-runner straight to take the title, explaining afterwards: “The guys had decided that they were exhausted and really didn’t want to play anymore, so we decided to do a flip."

Although he hopes to get back into ice hockey, perhaps on the management side, Maloney admitted: “Poker is great and I love playing tournaments, I plan to be back and hope to be back in the winner’s circle.”

Final results

1 Donald Maloney $487,784*
2 Uke Dauti $464,338*
3 Kevin Albers $378,664*
4 Dave Farah $227,077
5 Jerry Maher $171,386
6 Victor Ramdin $130,000

*after three-way deal.

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