During the global pandemic, the World Poker Tour did not run as many events as some other tours, but with a tight structure, great prizepool and historic prestige, the WPT Online Poker Open was yet another example of how much kudos a win on the WPT still brings.
The WPT Online Poker Open posted strong numbers from the outset, and by the time the partypoker-hosted event closed its late registration with 868 entries in the books for the $365+$35 event. Which meant a $317,540 prizepool, a decent deal above the $300,000 offer that the tournament had set up for.
This had also been a very memorable experience. Exclusive to players physically playing from the Garden State, the most heavily populated state in the U.S.A. could participate, and many did, playing on either the partypoker platform of New Jersey, BorgataPoker.com or BetMGMPoker.com.
All the action took place on Sunday, with the trophy being joined by partypoker’s $11,000 VIP package to play in the next WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic taking place for the winner at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, which is a $10,400 buy-in and $600 for travel and other expenses.
The eventual winner Coleman was second in chips of the nine remaining players by the time the final table was reached. It was the man known as ‘A.Jackson1767’ who would be defeated first, his all-in move with Kevin Durant ‘s call for ace-jack, whose pocket fives kept on to limit the field to eight.
That number was further trimmed when ‘anthonely’ was all-in and ahead, but with pocket kings in danger of losing his tournament life. It was ‘jbg82’ who made the call with ace-jack and when an as landed on the river, there were just seven players still hoping to take the title.
A few brief bustouts followed. Next, ‘BV511’ went all-in with ace-seven for next to nothing and bumped into David Coleman (a.k.a. his presumptuous ‘TheKing411’ screen name) who kept an ace-queen that continued its dominance across five group cards.
Next to go was Josh Rothberg, who was all-in and at risk with ace-queen but called by ‘jbg82″s pocket sixes, the little pair holding again comfortably through the board.
It was ‘jbg82’ again, with five players remaining, who did the busting, with a dominant ace-queen against Kevin Durant, who had ace-jack. Two queens on the table ended hopes for Durant. If that wasn’t enough, ‘jbg82’ would end the chances of another player, hot-stepping ‘ShutUPnDANCE’ from the table after running ace-eight into the ‘jbg82’ ace-king. The player known as ‘lucky’ was not able to live up to their name and the game passed into the realm of heads up.
‘jbg82’ wouldn’t win the heads-up battle despite this domination. It was also a case of being flushed out as both players had one but in the final hand Coleman’s was higher. That valuable pot going Coleman ‘s way ended the ‘jbg82’ challenge, and secured a runner-up score of $42,233, not so far shy of Coleman’s top prize of $56,586.
This was a stunning achievement, for David Coleman, in more ways than one. He downed the U.S. partypoker last month. Network Online Series Main Event for $21,233 and in April of this year took down the Borgata Spring Poker Open Online Series Main Event for $28,605.
WPT Online Poker Open Final Table Results
|1||David “TheKing411” Coleman||$56,586|
|6||Josh “layitdown08” Rothberg||$13,019|