Almedin Imsirovic Wins 2018 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship

Almedin ‘Ali’ Imsirovic topped last night the 519-strong field of this year’s Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship event to collect a first-place prize of $246,066 and a shiny Borgata Open trophy.

This was a first Borgata Open trophy for the player who only began playing poker professionally a year and a half ago. Prior to turning the game into his profession, Imsirovic was a criminal justice student at the University of Washington.

The Championship event was played over four days, including two starting flights. Interested players were able to register into the event by paying a buy-in fee of $2,700. The tournament featured a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million. However, the great interest and the rather large field resulted in the guarantee being cracked and the prize pool eventually reaching $1,280,000.

The event allowed players to enter on any of the two starting flights or before the start of Day 2. Imsirovic took advantage of the late registration opportunity, thus skipping the starting flight stage.

The player demonstrated great performance and composure at the poker tables of the Borgata, which helped him to build a solid stack. Eventually, he set the heads-up duel by eliminating Nick Salimbene in third place.

Farid Jattin was the only other player left at the final table of the Championship at that point. Hailing from Colombia, Jattin boasts a live tournament bankroll of over $2.5 million and is his home country’s most profitable player. Late last year, he took down the 2017 Winter Poker Open $1,650 Main Event at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida for $241,651, which was his best live cash until last night.

Heads-Up Action

Heads-up between Imsirovic and Jattin began with the former holding a massive chip lead over his final opponent. The eventual champion had a total of 17.66 million at that stage of the game to Jattin’s 3.1 million.

Despite his initial disadvantage, Jattin was not ready to give up on the title that easily. The player put quite some pressure on his opponent and doubled on several occasions over the course of heads-up play. He nearly evened the chip stacks on one of those occasions.

However, Imsirovic eventually regained control over the action at the table to scoop the title and the first-place prize. On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Imsirovic shoved pre-flop and Jattin called.

Imsirovic tabled [8d][5c] to his opponent’s [Kd][10h]. The board ran out [10c][4s][5h][Qs][5d], giving Imsirovic a set and the victory. Jattin collected $243,521 for running that deep into the tournament.

Imsirovic secured his career’s largest cash by winning the Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship. The player’s live tournament earnings now exceed $700,000. Earlier this year, he took down a $10,150 No-Limit Hold’em event during the PCA, which secured him with his first six-figure payout of $160,050.

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