Chris Leong wins and McKeehen falls short in Borgata Winter Open Main Event. DraftKings launches in the UK. The return of Jamie Gold to the poker world. And more.

Leong wins the Borgata Winter Open

Chris Leong managed to do the impossible: He beat Joe McKeehen in a poker tournament.

Leong won the 2016 Borgata Winter Open Main Event, defeating a field of over 1,100 players to walk away with the $816,246 first-place payday. McKeehen, the 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion and king of the run-good finished in 4th place, while former WPT Champion and 2014 Aussie Millions $100k winner Yevgeniy Timoshenko finished in 5th place.

  1. Chris Leong – $816,246
  2. Rafael Yaraliyev – $487,288
  3. Liam He – $297,288
  4. Joe McKeehen – $249,267
  5. Yevgeniy Timoshenko – $206,160
  6. Matthew Wantman – $166,803

Quick Hitters

– Are you an amateur poker player looking to play against top flight talent? Do you like to win money? If you answered yes to these two questions than you might be interested in 888 New Jersey’s Poker Night in America qualifiers, where amateurs have a pretty impressive track record.

– The Internet Pokers Wall of Fame has three new inductees, as Patrik Antonius, Mason Malmuth, and Vikrant Bhargava have been added to the list of honorees.

– Jamie Gold has once again landed a sponsorship deal with a periphery player in the poker world, the World Poker Fund – not to be confused with George Costanza’s fictional charity, the Human Fund. Gold has had a string of small potato sponsorships over the years, ranging from the short-lived Jamie Gold Room at the Tropicana in Las Vegas to poker cruises.

– Welcome to the UK DraftKings!  The company’s UK arm launched last week, and while DFS is not quite as popular in Europe as it is in the U.S., CEO Jason Robins seemed genuinely happy with the early turnout.

– Poker Central will be added to the Buckeye Cable System, making residents in some parts of Ohio and Michigan the first to have the 24/7 Poker Network offered in their cable package. While a small market, this is a good first step for Poker Central.