The United State Poker Championship crowned its first event champ Tuesday as Wooyang Lin of Morristown NJ took home an $18,879 cash in a $360 Buy-in No limit Hold’em event.
Lin’s record was a little hard to find, but he appears to have close to $300,000 in tournament winnings and has been a regular at Atlantic City tournaments since at least 2004.
Second place goes to Albert Roh, ($9,440) another guy who has popped up occasionally at A.C. tournaments.
Here’s a rundown from the Taj of the final hand:
Lin raises pre-flop from the button. Roh calls. Flop comes 8♥K♦8♣. Both players check. Turn is the J♣. Roh bets out around $200k. Lin just smooth calls. The 4♠ comes on the river. Roh checks. Lin then bets approximately 400k. Roh then raises all-in and Lin excitedly calls and turns over the A♠K♣ for top pair, top kicker. Roh throws his cards into the muck, and after 2 long days of play, Woo Yang Lin becomes champion of the first event of the 2010 United States Poker Championship.
The event drew 159 entries and a prize pool of $55,523.
Event two of the championship, a $300 + $40 No Limit game, went to Dennis Zannoni of Bordentown NJ. Zannoni is another amateur who plays A.C. He wins $10,057.
So far the championship events have drawn low turnouts — about 69 players for today’s $360 + $40 Deepstack No Limit game, for example — but we say again that for early November, with the championship’s big buy-in events not scheduled to begin until next week, the turnout is to be expected.
Still, we bet the Taj was wishing for a little more action early on. Hopefully, the weekend events will turn things around.