Dwyte Pilgrim Wins 2010 WPT Borgata Open

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Dwyte Pilgrim fought his way through the largest field ever assembled in World Poker Tour history to win the 2010 WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship. Pilgrim beat Kia Mohajeri in the final heads up match to emerge victorious from the original 1,042 players who started almost six days prior.

“It feels surreal right now, a lifetime of hard work was set in stone today,” said the 28 year-old Brooklyn, NY native, who earned $733,802 for the win. “I felt I was in a good spot at all times. Even when I was behind, I felt this guy was going to have to get lucky to beat me.”     

After 193 hands played in the final table, on the final hand, a the board of offered up crazy action with 4 million chips going into the pot. The turn came and Pilgrim bets 2 million. Mohajeri pushed all-in and Pilgrim snap called.     

Mohajeri turned over for two pairs Kings and 9’s. Pilgrim showed for the nut straight as both players hit the flop hard. When the the hit the river, it was all over and Pilgrim had the win.     

Pilgrim ran off the stage and dropped to his knees and then fell to the floor face down crying with joy. After a couple of minutes Pilgrim slowly stood up and wipes tears from his eyes as he received a standing ovation.
“There was nothing I could do,” said Mohajeri, the retired electrical engineer from Florida, “I have two pair and he had a straight, all the chips were going in. I was very tired at the end and I couldn’t concentrate, but I did the best I could.”     

  The Super Six final table was televised. Here were the Final Table standings:

  

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1 - Dwyte Pilgrim $733,802

  

  

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2 - Kia Mohajeri $440,945

  

  

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3 - Ofir Mor $266,835

  

  

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4 - Brandon Novena $223,475

 

  

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5 - Daniel Makowsky $183,449

 

  
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6 - Ben Klier $148,427

 

    

The event began with a strong field that featured two former WSOP Main Event Champions in Jerry Yang (2007) and Robert Varkonyi (2002), a WSOP Runner-up, Steve Dannenmann (2005), and the 3rd place finisher from 2006 in Michael Binger. Other competitors included WSOP Bracelet winners Gavin Smith, Steve Zolotow and Jason Young, and actor James Woods played as well, though none of them made the bubble.       

“I feel like Babe Ruth,” said Pilgrim, who fell to the floor in tears after he clinched the title. “He struck out a lot, but he also hit a lot of home runs.       

“Up to bat, bottom of the 9th, two outs, two strikes, two balls. This next pitch meant a lot. I kept my eye on the ball and took it out of the park.”       

As he celebrated with friend and family he added, “this is the first day of the rest of my life.”       

Congratulations Dwyte.       

Here is a list of Canadian players who made the money in this event.       

13. RICK BORDIAN (living in MAPLE GROVE, MN): $28,351
32. FRANCIS LAMOTHE (MONTREAL, QC): $13,008
52. TAHER ALISHEIK (TORONTO, ON): $10,340
54. CHRISTOPHER BACK (VANCOUVER, BC): $10,340
60. DAVE SALVADOR (NIAGARA FALLS, ON): $9,339
89. THOMAS TAYLOR (MEDICINE HAT, AB): $7,004
94. FRED DEGUZMAN (OTTAWA, CAN): $6,671

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