Brooklyn’s Own Asher Conniff Wins the Season XIII WPT® World Championship presented by and Atlantic City, NJ (April 29, 2015) – Asher Conniff kicked off the 2015 Borgata Spring Open with a victory in a $1 million guaranteed tournament, booking a $203,241 win and more than doubling his career lifetime earnings. Little did he know that a few weeks later at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa,…

Matt Clark
May 5, 2015


Atlantic City, NJ (April 29, 2015) – Asher Conniff kicked off the 2015 Borgata Spring Open with a victory in a $1 million guaranteed tournament, booking a $203,241 win and more than doubling his career lifetime earnings. Little did he know that a few weeks later at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, he would outlast one of the toughest fields in all of poker in the season-ending WPT® World Championship presented by and, and become a millionaire.

“The last month of my life has been the craziest month of my life,” Conniff said after his win. “The last week of my life has been the craziest week of my life. Today has been the craziest day. Everything is just so surreal, I’m happy my dad got to be here. I couldn’t have ever imagined this.”

Conniff, a native of Brooklyn, New York, qualified for the $15,400 buy-in event in a satellite on in New Jersey. He parlayed his $1,600 investment into $973,683, and also earned a seat into the Season XIV WPT World Championship, a Hublot® Oceanographic 4000 watch, and a pair of Monster® 24K headphones.

Conniff bested a field of 239 WPT Champions and world-class players to win the WPT World Championship, presented by and Conniff defeated Season XIII champion Alexander Lakhov heads up on Hand #93 when Lakhov re-raised all in holding ten-six suited. Conniff made a very quick call with ace-queen off-suit, and Lakhov failed to connect with the board. Lakhov, who won the Season XIII partypoker WPT Merit North Cyprus Classic, entered the final table with the chip lead, and took home $573,779 for his efforts.

Four very tough players joined Conniff and Lakhov at the final table: Brian Yoon, Ray Qartomy, Carlos Mortensen, and Raw Deal host Tony Dunst. Dunst, who is celebrating his fifth year as a member of the WPT family, was crippled with pocket kings against the pocket tens of Mortensen. The flop produced a ten, leaving Dunst with a very short stack, and he was eliminated shortly thereafter.

Ray Qartomy was all in and at risk 40 hands later with jack-nine off-suit, looking to steal the blinds and antes, and Conniff looked him up with ace-ten. The flop, turn, and river all produced blanks, and Qartomy was off to the cage to collect his $208,647 fifth-place prize.

Carlos Mortensen, who was in search of his fourth WPT title, was the next player to hit the rail, holding pocket tens once again. Unlike in his previous encounter against Dunst, Mortensen was the favorite against Lakhov’s ace-six off-suit, but this time he suffered the bad beat. Lakhov flopped a pair of sixes, and improved to aces and sixes on the river, sending Mortensen home in fourth place. With nearly $6.7 million to his name, Mortensen remains the all-time money leader in World Poker Tour history.

Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Yoon was unable to add another title to his trophy case at Borgata, busting out in third place. Yoon wagered the remainder of his short stack on Hand #80 with jack-three suited, and Conniff called him with a dominating king-jack off-suit. Conniff’s hand held up, and he was crowned champion 13 short hands later.

WPT World Championship presented by and

Positions and Prize Money

1st Asher Conniff – $973,683
2nd Alexander Lakhov – $573,779
3rd Brian Yoon – $330,358
4th Carlos Mortensen – $267,764
5th Ray Qartomy – $208,647
6th Tony Dunst – $173,873

The Season XIII WPT World Championship featured some of the greatest players in the world, including Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Scott Clements, Matt Salsberg, Darren Elias, and Anthony Zinno. While he failed to cash, Zinno faded a deep run from Elias, and was crowned the Season XIII Hublot WPT Player of the Year. Zinno receives a custom, one-of-a-kind timepiece from Hublot, complimentary accommodation and ground transportation to and from the closest airport at any Season XIV WPT Main Tour stop, and food and beverage credits for the duration of his stay at select Season XIV WPT Main Tour stops.

New Jersey Championship of Online Poker II

The second installment of the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOP) concluded on and last weekend, featuring $470,000 in guaranteed prize pools during the WPT World Championship. Several top pros participated in the big buy-in events, including WPT commentator Mike Sexton, Season XIII Ones to Watch Daniel Strelitz, and super high-roller regular Jason Koon. The $150,000 guaranteed NJCOP II Main Event attracted a field of 659 players, and “MattLoFan89” captured the top prize of $25,612.50.

Season XIV of the World Poker Tour kicks off on Friday May 1 with the WPT Canadian Spring Championship at Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The CAD $3,500 Main Tour event features two starting flights with next day re-entry, and a live-streamed final table on Wednesday, May 6.

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