Aaron Mermelstein Wins Winter Open

Aaron Mermelstein Wins Winter Open

Sunday, 1 February 2015

America's grinders showed they're a hardy bunch as not even a massive snowfall would get in the way of them chasing the opportunity to bag a bumper tournament score.

989 players braved the elements to reach Atlantic City for the $3m WPT Borgata Winter Open and after four days of hard-fought action at the felt it was Aaron Mermelstein who was the last man standing.

The 27-year-old pocketed a career best payday of $712,305 after topping a final table that included long-time chip leader and former WPT Jacksonville winner Justin Liberto, Esther Taylor-Brady, Shawn Cunix and Randy Pfeifer.

Mermelstein pipped Eugene Todd to the title, sealing victory when his AQ prevailed against Todd's Q8 on a queen high board.

"It's like a dream come true," Mermelstein said after the win who secured a place in April's $15,400 WPT Championship event as well asa Hublot King Power Unico Watch, and a pair of 24K® Monster Headphones.

WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open presented by partypoker Final Table

1st Aaron Mermelstein - $712,305
2nd Eugene Todd - $419,467
3rd Randy Pfeifer - $253,263
4th Shawn Cunix - $212,108
5th Esther Taylor-Brady - $174,118
6th Justin Liberto - $140,878

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