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Shlez Comes Back to Win Borgata Winter Open

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The Ukranian Born poker pro took home the $533,210 first-place prize beating New Haven, Connecticut's LJ Sande heads-up.

"I don't know how I'm talking right now, I'm kind of speechless," Shlez told the Borgata Blog. "It means a lot, but I don't know what it means yet because it hasn't sunk in yet."

At one point Shlez was down to just 11 big blinds at the final table, but managed a miraculous comeback.

It all started when he picked up pocket kings and picked off an ill-timed shove by third-place finisher Trevor Savage.

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2009 WPT Southern Poker Championship runner-up and high-stakes circuit regular Bobby Suer was the best know player at the final table, but failed to finish better than fourth.

The $3,500 event began Sunday drawing 718 players to the Borgata Hotel & Casino to create a $2,369,400 prize pool.

Here's how the final table finished up:

1 Vadim Shlez $533,210

2 LJ Sande $310,273

3 Trevor Savage $189,611

4 Bobby Suer $156,286

5 Gil Sacks $126,407

6 Patrick Carney $103,425

7 Steve Ryan $82,740

8 Osagyefo Greene $63,204

9 Allan Vrooman $43,669

10 Tom Hu $28,729

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