It’s been quite a year for Bin Weng. The poker pro from Mineola, Pa., cashed in for his third $1 million-plus score and fourth title of the year on Friday after winning the World Poker Tour’s $10,000 Everyone for One Drop event for $2.2 million.
A proud moment for tournament and Pennsylvania online poker players.
The charity tournament at Wynn Las Vegas had the tour team up with the One Drop Foundation, which provides access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for communities in need around the globe. The event had 1,676 entries for a $16.3 million prize pool.
For Weng, the win comes after also winning the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in April for $1.1 million. He entered the final table of six as chip leader and rode that to victory.
“I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t sleep all that well last night because I was too excited,” he said afterward. “I don’t know what to say right now. I’m really, really happy for sure, and I’m really grateful right now for being this far in a short period of time.”
Another Huge Win for Weng
The win didn’t come without some ups and downs. WPTDeepStacks champion Scott Baumstein moved all in early in the day with pocket Queens to Weng’s Ace-King. Baumstein caught another Queen to take a huge pot and the chip lead. That climbed to 31.6 million after he eliminated Tom Cannuli.
However, Weng continued battling and later eliminated Dominik Nitsche. Baumstein’s lead then evaporated with Niko Koop taking the lead three-handed. The three players negotiated an ICM (independent chip model) deal to even out the remaining payouts, but still competed for the title, trophy, and $400,000.
After extended three-handed play, Koop hit the rail and Weng and Baumstein faced off for the title, both with about 33 million chips. Weng then surged ahead after taking several pots. The final hand came with some interesting fireworks. With blinds at 250,000/500,000, Weng called on the small blind and Baumstein checked the big blind.
The flop brought 9d7h4d and Baumstein bet 500,000 with the 8c6d and an open-end straight draw. With 7d7c, Weng raised that to 1.5 million. That brought a call and the 5h fell on the turn, giving Baumstein the straight. He moved all in for 11.5 million and Weng called with his set of sevens.
Baumstein looked to be in good shape to double up, but the 4s on the river gave Weng a full house and the title. For runner-up, Baumstein collected $1.5 million. Weng now has $7 million in live tournament winnings.
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Raising Money for Charity; Jaffe WIns High Roller
After years of working with the World Series of Poker, the WPT announced a partnership this year with One Drop. The tournament raised $335,200 for the organization.
“We are delighted to have raised over $300,000 for the One Drop Foundation and their noble mission. We see this as a sign of good things to come in our charity endeavors together,” WPT CEO Adam Pliska said. “Thank you to the Wynn Las Vegas staff for putting on such a spectacular event, and to the players for making a difference in people’s lives.”
The WPT also held a $111,000 Alpha8 high roller event for the charity as well. That saw Jonathan Jaffe, of Longmeadow, Mass., top a field of 45 entries for $1.5 million.
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