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Merulla Wins the 2014 World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open

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Anthony Merulla won the 2014 World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open’s Main event and earned $842,379.

The 39 year old financial specialist beat the enormous crowd of 1,229 entrants at the $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event, which was held according to all American gambling laws. In addition to the money prize, he earned 1,440 Card Player “Player of the Year” points for his win and is currently occupying the 6th place in the overall race standing.

The event’s $3 million guarantee was blown away thanks to the impressive turnout, which added to the final prize pool and it became $4,055,700.

Merulla grabbed the biggest share of the prize, after he managed to get through a tough final table, where the other players were professionals like Jared Jaffe (finished 4th – $258,590) and the runner-up David Paredes (2nd place winning $499,549).

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Paredes, poker professional from New York City, who practice seriously in different US online poker rooms, entered the final table as the chip leader. He had the lead for quite some time, but then he lost in the course of the game and Merulla’s triumphed with the big prize. The second place put Parades in the 11th place in the 2014 POY standings.

The overall payouts and points after the tournament are:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Anthony Merulla $842,379 1440
2 David Paredes $499,549 1200
3 Anthony Maio $307,565 960
4 Jared Jaffee $258,590 720
5 Vladislav Mezheritsky $213,650 600
6 Farid Jattin $174,352 480
7 Kunal Patel $135,172 360
8 Justin Luninpack $99,910 240
9 Whangkyung Choi $71,504 120

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