Ben Hamnett nets WPT Borgata Win
It was a classic WPT heads-up match, pro versus amateur, the guy who’d run over the final table versus the start of final table chip leader. This time it was the pro who won the pugilistic duel as Ben Hamnett defeated Matthew Burnitz heads-up to win WPT Borgata and $818,847.
Coming to final table Hamnett was fifth in chips, but just three hands in he doubled through Burnitz to take the chip lead. However, Burnitz regrouped, winning a big pot from Hamnett just two hands later to get back on track.
It took 48 hands for a player to be eliminated, Steve Brecher moved in from the small blind with Kc-8s, David Diaz called all-in with Ac-9d, an eight on the river sent Diaz to the rail. He was soon followed by Brecher (5th), Ofir Moir (4th) and Tyler Patterson (3rd).
This left Hamnett and Burnitz, the two of them had traded the chip-lead throughout but it was Hamnett, a professional player from Pittsburgh, who started heads-up with just over a 2:1 chip lead. Over the first 10 hands of heads-up play Burnitz was in charge and he reduced the deficit to 19,950,000 against 15,500,000. But that was as close as he got, over the next 17 hands Hamnett ground down Burnitz and the first all-in and call would be the last. Down to around 12 big blinds, Burnitz raised, then called all-in with Jh-10h and was up against Hamnett’s Kc-Qh. The board ran Qd-8c-2d-3d-5d to give the title to Hamnett.
Final table payouts:
1st: Ben Hamnett - $818,847
2nd: Matthew Burnitz - $488,850
3rd: Tyler Patterson - $298,950
4th: Ofir Mor - $250,065
5th: Steve Brecher - $206,821
6th: David Diaz - $167,337