[toc]The $340 buy-in PokerStars Cup came to New Jersey for the first time last week, with New Yorker Je Wook Oh, 39, taking home the inaugural title and $6,250 for his efforts.
Oh bested a field of 107 players, defeating Timothy Cipoletti in a heads-up duel to take home the top prize from a $31,137 prize pool.
Oh is no stranger to major tournament final tables, having recently won $108,651 for a runner-up finish in the Foxwoods World Poker Finals earlier in October. In September, he won the $560 WPT Maryland Live! event in Hanover.
The road to the final table
From a field of 107 players, 21 returned for Day 2 of the event.
There was stiff competition in the run-up to the final table, as the returning players included Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin and fellow PokerStars-sponsored pro, former WSOP champion Chris Moneymaker.
Moneymaker had already made headlines in New Jersey for winning the $565 Omaha Hi/Lo event over the weekend, but couldn’t make back-to-back final tables as he fell short in eleventh place, just missing out on the final table of eight alongside Ramdin, who busted in tenth.
Final table results
- 1st: Je Wook Oh, USA, $6,520
- 2nd: Timothy Cipoletti, USA, $4,900
- 3rd: Erik Rivkin, USA, $3,750
- 4th: David Kuder, USA, $2,800
- 5th: Samir Benjamin, USA, $2,150
- 6th: Andrew Irwin, USA, $1,600
- 7th: Jason Martin Velasco, USA, $1,237
- 8th: David Johnson, USA, $920
More on PokerStars Festival New Jersey
The inaugural PokerStars Festival, which ended on Nov. 6, is the first of PokerStars’ new tournament series.
Replacing and enhancing the European Poker Tour and PokerStars Caribbean Adventure series, PokerStars Festivals unite all of PokerStars’ live events under one banner.
Many of PokerStars’ best and brightest joined Moneymaker and Ramdin in New Jersey, with the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst and Jason Somerville making appearances in the tournament series.
The live event coincided with the conclusion of PokerStars’ first ever online tournament series in New Jersey, the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker, which wrapped up last week.
NJCOOP is the richest ever online poker tournament series in New Jersey online gambling history, with a $1.2 million guarantee.
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