Everything Clicks for Conniff in WPT Championship Victory

Everything Clicks for Conniff in WPT Championship VictoryAsher Conniff won the WPT World Championship at the Borgata Casino in New Jersey last night after qualifying for the $15,400 buy-in event by mistake.

Asher “Misclick” Conniff lived up to screen name a few Sundays ago by mis-clicking into an online qualifier for the WPT Championship when attempting to enter one of Party Poker´s Sunday Majors. Conniff went on to win the qualifier, and a seat in the $15,400 buy-in target event, and he cancelled a family holiday so that he could play in it.

After four days of action, Conniff – who, two weeks ago took down the opening event of the Borgata Spring Poker Open for $203,000 – lay second in the chip counts as the 6-handed final table approached. However, he faced a significant challenge from four previous WPT event winners and a dual WSOP bracelet holder:

# WPT World Championship Chips
1 Alexander Lakhov 4,110,000
2 Asher Conniff 2,360,000
3 Brian Yoon 1,970,000
4 Ray Qartomy 1,390,000
5 Tony Dunst 1,256,000
6 Carlos Mortensen 880,000

 

Dunst Done – Qartomy Gutted

The early action saw Carlos Mortensen swap places at the foot of the chip counts with Tony Dunst by doubling-up K K > 10 10♣. Reduced to his last ten big blinds, Dunst shoved from the button with 10 9♣ and ran into Asher Conniff´s A♠ K♠ – which improved to an Ace-high Flush.

Conniff was also responsible for the elimination of Ray Qartomy in fifth place – Qartomy missing his gutshot draw with J♠ 9 on the board of Q 8 7 / 8♣ / 4 and failing to improve past Conniff´s A♠ 10♣. Conniff now had more than 50% of the chips in play.

Mortensen Falls – Yoon Kicked Out

The remainder of the action was over pretty quickly. Carlos Mortensen was unlucky to be bust in fourth place – his 10 10 looking good for a double-up until Alexander Lakhov (A 6) spiked the A♣ on the river.

Lakhov was also lucky to double up against Asher Conniff (K♠ 6 > 7♣ 7♠) when turning trip Sixes; but Conniff maintained his advantage with the elimination of Brian Yoon in third place (K J > J♠ 3♠) – Yoon being out-kicked when two small pairs showed on the table.

Conniff Takes WPT Title with Ace-Queen

Going into the heads-up, Asher Conniff held a 9,845,000 -v- 2,120,000 chip advantage over Alexander Lakhov – equivalent to 123 -v- 26 Big Blinds. Conniff increased his advantage by taking eight of the first tens hands of heads-up play uncontested, and eventually Lakhov shoved with 10 6. Conniff snap-called with A♠ Q.

Conniff had to endure a bit of a sweat when the flop and turn of 7 5 2 / 4♠ gave Lakhov a double open-ended straight draw, but the K♠ fell safely on the river to give Asher Conniff victory in the WPT World Championship and an incredible ROI for his online satellite buy-in.

# WPT World Championship Prize
1 Asher Conniff $973,683
2 Alexander Lakhov $573,779
3 Brian Yoon $330,358
4 Carlos Mortensen $267,764
5 Ray Qartomy $208,647
6 Tony Dunst $173,873