David Williams, winner of a World Poker Tour (WPT) championship title, was among the six poker players who were invited by Monster Products, a company that develops official WPT headphones, and the WPT, to Atlantic City to take part in a special televised poker event called Monster Invitational that will be broadcast on Fox Sports later this season.
The other players who were invited to take part in the Monster Invitational are Antonio Esfandiari, Tony Dunst, and Scotty Nguyen, members of the WPT Champions Club, and Vanessa Selbst.
The WPT Monster Invitational ended in a heads-up match between Phil Laak and David Williams, in which the latter won a cash prize of $20,000 and entries worth $35,000 to the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, the World Championship, and the LA Poker Classic.
Sharing his feelings after emerging victorious in the Monster Invitation, Williams said: “It feels good to win, the last invitational I was at was the Young Guns Invitational and that was like ten years ago. Going into it I was cocky and brash but now ten years later against these great players and two people I really look up to, I wasn’t just getting lucky on the all ins. When the broadcast airs and you see my hole cards out you’ll see I really put it all on the line and made some gutsy moves.”
Each participant started playing with a chip stack of 250,000. Ninety minutes later, Scotty Nguyen was eliminated from the table, and a few hands after that, Tony Dunst busted in the fifth place. Vanessa Selbst became the chip leader after Dunst’s elimination, and less than half an hour later, she defeated Antonio Esfandiari.
When Vanessa Selbst herself was eliminated in the third place, the heads-up match between Laak and Williams began. When Laak bet all-in with a Queen of Hearts and Nine of Diamonds, Williams responded with a call bet. The board, which showed Jack of Hearts, Ten of Diamonds, Six of Hearts, Jack of Spades, and Five of Spades, favoured Williams and he won the match.
This weekend, Atlantic City’s Borgata not only hosted the Monster Invitational, but also the WPT Borgata Poker Open, which attracted a field of more than 1,200 players. The champion turned out to be Darren Elias, who took home the top prize of $843,744. This was Elias’ first major victory in the live poker circuit although he has been very successful in the past.