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David Williams Prevails at Borgata, Where it Began

Level 5: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Monster Invitational Champion David Williams
David Williams has always said Borgata holds a special place in his heart, as it was the site of his first WPT final table all the way back in Season III. Now, it is the site of his second WPT-related victory, as he defeated a stacked table of the unique Monster Invitational event to win a prize package worth more than $80,000.

When play began, it was Phil Laak who jumped out to a fast start though, taking a chunk of Williams' stack and several other players. Laak maanged to basically double his starting stack, but was on the wrong end of a set over set situation that sent him to near the bottom of the counts.

Phil Laak
From that point, Selbst was cruising, even after Antonio Esfandiari knocked out Scotty Nguyen in sixth place.

Scotty Nguyen
Selbst picked up a KO of her own, dispatching with the WPT's own Tony Dunst in fifth place.

Tony Dunst
She flirted with a million-chip stack when she eliminated Esfandiari in a coinflip, but Laak was waiting to exact his revenge.

During three-handed play, the chips evened out and, at one point, Williams surpassed Selbst for the chip lead in a very close race.

Vanessa Selbst
The very next hand though, Laak managed to double thru Selbst to make her the short stack. Just a few hands later, Laak sent her to the rail, flopping a straight to her two pair to send action into heads-up play.

Vanessa Selbst
It was Laak who drew first blood from Williams, but it would be Williams who finished on top, but not without a crazy back-and-forth heads-up battle that saw Williams double up, Laak double back, then Williams double up once again, leaving Laak running on fumes.

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Laak wasn't going down without a fight though, doubling twice to keep the match going.

Heads Up_Phil Laak_David Williams
The third time would be the charm for Williams, whose Aclub5heart bested Laak's Qheart9diamond to bring the tournament to its close.

Monster Invitational Champion David Williams

Williams wins $20,000 and a prize package that includes gold Monster 24K Headphones, a Hublot King Power Unico Watch, and entry into three upcoming WPT events — the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, and the WPT World Championship.

Monster Invitational Champion David Williams
This was the first-ever Monster Invitational, a made-for-TV single table event featuring six monsters of the game.

WPT TV Final Table Set
Thanks to Joe Giron for all of the wonderful photos you saw in the updates today. And the bad ones, too. You can see more of his work here.

Here are the final results for the Monster Invitational:

1st: David Williams
2nd: Phil Laak
3rd: Vanessa Selbst
4th: Antonio Esfandiari
5th: Tony Dunst
6th: Scotty Nguyen

Sorted In: Featured Blog, David Williams, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
10:17 PM, 09/21/14

Hand #115: David Williams Defeats Phil Laak to Win Monster Invitational!

Level 5: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Phil Laak moves all in for 460,000, and David Williams snap-calls wtih Aclub5heart. Laak turns over Qheart9diamond, and he needs to improve to stay alive.

Heads Up_Phil Laak_David Williams

The board comes Jheart10diamond6heartJspade5spade, and David Williams wins the pot — and the WPT Monster Invitational — with two pair, jacks and fives.

Monster Invitational Champion David Williams

Phil Laak finishes as the runner-up. Unfortunately, in this event, that means he earns $0.

Phil Laak

David Williams wins the WPT Monster Invitational, earning $20,000 and a prize package that includes gold Monster 24K Headphones, a Hublot King Power Unico Watch, and entry into three upcoming WPT events — the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, and the WPT World Championship.

Monster Invitational Champion David Williams

Congratulations to David Williams!

Sorted In: Featured Blog, David Williams, Phil Laak, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:56 PM, 09/21/14

Hand #114: David Williams

Level 5: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

David Williams moves all in, and Phil Laak folds.

Phil Laak  -  465,000
David Williams  -  1,035,000

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:51 PM, 09/21/14

Hand #113: Phil Laak Doubles Thru David Williams

Level 5: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Phil Laak moves all in for 250,000, and David Williams snap-calls wtih Jheart9spade. Laak turns over Aclub3club, and he needs it to hold to stay alive.

The board comes AspadeQheart8spade9diamond6club, and Laak pairs his ace on the flop to win the pot and double up in chips.

Phil Laak  -  510,000
David Williams  -  990,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, David Williams, Phil Laak, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:50 PM, 09/21/14

Hand #112: David Williams

Level 5: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

David Williams moves all in, and Phil Laak folds.

Phil Laak  -  255,000
David Williams  -  1,245,000

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:48 PM, 09/21/14

Hand #111: Phil Laak Doubles Thru David Williams

Level 5: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Phil Laak moves all in for 145,000, and David Williams snap-calls with the powerful 6heart4spade. Laak turns over 7diamond6diamond, and he needs it to hold to stay alive.

The board comes AheartKdiamond9spade9diamond2diamond, and Laak wins the pot with a diamond flush to double up in chips.

Phil Laak  -  300,000
David Williams  -  1,200,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, David Williams, Phil Laak, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:47 PM, 09/21/14

Hand #110: David Williams Doubles Thru Phil Laak

Level 5: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

David Williams min-raises to 80,000, and Phil Laak calls.

The flop comes 10spade9heart6club, Laak checks, Williams bets 80,000, and Laak raises to an unknown amount.

Williams moves all in for about 590,000, and Laak snap-calls with 10heart9spade for top two pair, tens and nines. Williams turns over 9club9diamond for a set of nines, and he needs it to hold to stay alive.

The turn card paris the board with the 6diamond, the river is the 6heart, and Williams wins the pot with a full house, nines full of sixes, to double up in chips.

Phil Laak  -  150,000
David Williams  -  1,350,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, David Williams, Phil Laak, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:44 PM, 09/21/14

Hand #109: David Williams

Level 5: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Phil Laak folds, giving David Williams a walk.

Phil Laak  -  825,000
David Williams  -  675,000

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:40 PM, 09/21/14

Hand #108: David Williams

Level 5: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

David Williams limps for 40,000, and Phil Laak checks his option.

The flop comes 9heart6club2club, Laak checks, Williams bets 40,000, and Laack folds. Williams takes the pot.

Phil Laak  -  850,000
David Williams  -  650,000

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:40 PM, 09/21/14

Hand #107: Phil Laak

Level 5: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Phil Laak limps for 40,000, and David Williams checks his option.

The flop comes Kclub9spade4diamond, Williams checks, Laak bets 60,000, and Williams folds. Laak takes the pot.

Phil Laak  -  895,000
David Williams  -  605,000

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:39 PM, 09/21/14
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