Jia Liu (Broolyn, NY)
On the final hand Jia Liu puts Larry Abrams all in for his last 750k.
Liu: K♣ 4♦
Abrams: A♠ J♣
Flop: 7♠ 2♣ K♦ (pair of kings for Liu)
Liu dodges the last three aces in the deck and is the Borgata Spring Poker Open Champion. "It's still not sinking in," says the 25 year-old, who takes down his biggest poker score. "I'm numb right now."
Liu doesn't consider himself a poker professional, but will now look to play in more tournaments. He considers this win redemption for the 2010 Borgata Spring Open when he cashed in 18th place ($4,000) after holding the chip lead at the bubble.
Liu says two pivotal hands helped win the title. The first was not going broke with pocket aces against Abrams pocket 10s.
"I was supposed to be out with aces," he says acknowledging that had all the chips gone in preflop, Abrams would have hit a full house on the river to take the title. Instead a scary board made it easy for him to fold to Abrams' river bet.
The other key hand came when Abrams slow played pocket kings and Liu flopped a flush to take all but 750k of Abrams' chips.
"This is my biggest accomplishment," says Liu, who wins the trophy and $312,483 as the Spring Open champion.