A 22-year-old from Seattle playing in his first "live" poker tournament has won the World Poker Tour portion of the 2008 Borgata Poker Open. It took Vivek Rajkumar just six heads-up hands to claim the Atlantic City-record cash prize by being the last player out of 516 standing.
Prior to this week, Rajkumar---whose nickname is "Psyduck"--had confined his poker playing to the online realm. But he beat out such superstars as Mark Seif, Gavin Smith, Roy Winston and 2006 World Series of Poker champ Jamie Gold to claim the top spot.
His final opponent was Sang Kim of Virginia, who took home $750,000 for his second-place finish. The other final table contestants were Dan Heimiller ($387,500), Jason Strochak ($337,500), Seif ($287,500), and Andrew Knee ($237,500).
WEEKEND PREVIEW: Things may have been kind of slow in AyCee showrooms last week, but that sure isn't the case this weekend.
For instance, Frankie Valli returns to Borgata for another set of sold-out shows in the Big B's Music Box tonight through Sunday, while Celine Dion will pack Boardwalk Hall for Harrah's Entertainment tonight.
There's also plenty for Motown fans as The Temptations open a three-night stand at Tropicana while their comrades-in-larynx, The Four Tops make with the hits at the A.C. Hilton tonight and Saturday.
On a more contemporary note, the hot country act Sugarland hits the Taj Mahal Saturday. And if you're looking for laughs, Robert Klein yuks it up at Trump Plaza Saturday.
On a purely personal note, the coolest gig is that of Connie Stevens, who on Sunday, opens a five-night run at the Hilton. When I was a little (and I mean little) boy, Stevens was my first crush when she starred as nightclub photog Cricket Blake on "Hawaiian Eye."