On Friday night Jesse Sylvia won the WPT Borgata Open Main Event. In 2012, he finished second in the WSOP Main Event.
The US pro took home the top prize of $821,811 after outlasting a field of 1,197 other and fellow pro American Zachary Gruneberg heads-up. It’s his first major first-place finish and biggest score since his appearance in the November 9.
The 30-year-old will see the major win as a relief as he is perhaps most best known for his second-place on poker’s biggest stage after apparently “mis-clicking”. Since 2012 the results have been good for Sylvia.
In 2012, Sylvia started the final hand against Merson with around 35 big blinds. With just Q♣J♣, he called Merson’s all-in 4 bet.
Merson found himself ahead as he turned K♦5♦ and this to his own surprise. Although Sylvia sensed the weakness right, he sensed the wrong kind of weakness.
Exit for Chipleader Jattin
There was no hint of a meltdown on Friday from Sylvia before making a back-firing call.
“That dubious honor went to Colombian Farid Jattin, who began the final table as a dominant chip leader, holding almost half the chips in play, but managed to implode his stack and headed to the exit first”.
The opposite was done by Sylvia. He tripled through both Jattin and Simon Lam after starting the table as the short stack. He did this with against two sets of A-K with holding pocket fours. Before Gruneberg put an end to Jattin’s misery with pocket aces against Jattin’s pocket eights, Jattin already lost pot after pot.
Heads-up Sylvia vs. Gruneberg
The players were almost even, by the time Sylvia faced Gruneberg heads-up. Sylvia slowly started to pull out in front after the chip lead was traded back and forth twice.
Gruneberg called of Sylvia’s remaining chips with A♠2♣ after Sylvia shoved with J♥5♥, being at that point the sizeable chip leader. A jack on the flop put three clubs out there and also put Syvia ahead. With his deuce of clubs another one would have been enough to double Gruneberg. However, the run and river sealed the deal with two blanks.