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Anthony Zinno Wins WPT Borgata and $825,099

Anthony Zinno defeated Vanessa Selbst heads up to capture the 2013 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open for $825,099. The tournament had an impressive field attracting 1,189 entries at $3,500 apiece, creating a prize pool of over $3.8 million. Some of the biggest names in poker bought in despite PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) being hosted at the same time, which has also seen massive fields with big names going deep in many events.

The $825k cash is the largest ever for Zinno, who has had numerous cashes for around $10k and a high of $41k back in 2011 at a Deep Stack Extravaganza in Las Vegas. For the newly-married Selbst, it marks another impressive showing overall and another impressive run on the East Coast where she makes her home. She won the only NAPT Event at the Borgata and has numerous wins and other deep runs throughout the world over the past three years. Selbst also now has almost $2 million more in cashes than the next closest female poker player, which begs the question if that gender distinction is even needed. She has an impressive enough resume to rival almost any player, including men, especially in recent years.

As part of the prize for winning a World Poker Tour event, the winner receives an entry into the WPT Championship event at the end of the year. This is significant because the WPT announced early in the tournament that the world championship will be moving to the Borgata away from the Bellagio for the first time in the 12-year history of the series. The effect that this will have on attendance is unknown, but considering that attendance of the seminal event for the WPT had been on the sharp decline in recent years, anything is bound to be a good result.

If this is seen as a sign of what is to come for the future of the WPT, then it was a very good result considering a large name at the final table, a good story winning the event, a large field, and an overall well-run tournament. With the exception of the overlay at the WPT Cyprus, the year has been very successful for the WPT as they move to more reentries, but also to smaller buy-ins that seem to attract the recreational player at a much higher rate. Since Matt Savage has been brought on board to help the once thought to be struggling series, things have been getting bigger and better for the World Poker Tour, which hopes to reestablish its dominance as the premiere poker tour in the world.

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