Bodog player Johnathan Westra captured the $1,500 preliminary event at the Bellagio Cup III.
Bodog regular online poker player Johnathan Westra captured the $1,500 No Limit Holdâ€™em preliminary event at the Bellagio Cup III on Tuesday. After battling through a field of 145 players he found himself heads-up against Adam Geyer for the win and hit quad twos on the river to take it down. For the win, Westra gets $94,125, a bracelet and a $25,500 buy-in to the WPT World Championship at the Bellagio in April 2008.
The successful online poker tournament player first burst into the spotlight when he took down Bodog pro Josh Arieh in one of the weekly TLB heads-up matches. He broke Josh and David Williamsâ€˜ 13-week winning streak bringing him $14,000 for the win. From there he started to make a name for himself on the poker tournament circuit taking second in a $1,500 preliminary event at the 2006 Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $131,335. He also finished fourth in the $1,000 preliminary event at the WSOP Circuit event at Caesarâ€™s Palace.
Westra will be here at the WSOP for some of the preliminary events and we will catch up with him and bring you live updates on his progress. So stay tuned here for more action from the 2007 World Series of Poker.