Weekend Hit and Run: Zarko Mandic Wins at Borgata, JC Tran Gets Third Ring, and Igor Tells All

Tournament poker was out in full force this week with big events in Australia, Borgata, Thunder Valley and more! Zarko Mandic won the huge re-entry event at the Borgata for $342,967. JC Tran won his third circuit ring in the Thunder Valley high roller, and Igor Kurganov is the latest guest on ‘I Am High Stakes Poker.’ We have all those stories and more in the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.

Zarko Mandic Wins 2020 Borgata Deepstack for 343k!

Wow, that’s a lot of cheese for a $600 buy-in! A whopping 4,375 entries took their shot at all the glory in Atlantic City, but only Zarko Mandic was left standing with the trophy when all was said and done.

Only 31 players returned for Day 3, but they were down to the final table of 10 in under four hours. From there Zarko’s aggression was the key difference. “I was going up and down on the final table then bluffed their brains out. I bluffed the chip leader and then the Canadian in seat ten, so I went from six to fourteen million. I just played aggressively, played all-in and that’s why he was getting angry at me.”

Aggression as always is key. Here are the official final table payouts courtesy of PokerNews. Congrats to all the big winners!

The final table playing for big bucks


JC Tran Wins Third Circuit Ring in Thunder Valley

Only 47 total entries plopped down the $3,250 for the WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley, and it would come down to two big names playing heads-up for all the sherbet. Two-time WPT bracelet winner JC Tran would emerge victorious over WPT Host Tony Dunst and score the ring and over $49k for the victory.

“These – I kind of pop in and out. I consider myself a washed-up pro. I still got it a little bit here and there. Every now and then I pull a little nice, close run,” he said after the win.

Here once again are the final table payouts courtesy of PokerNews:

Tran vs Dunst

Congrats to all the big winners!


Quick Hitters

-Much ado has been made about the new WSOP schedule, and all the cheaper “Value Menu” events. And Sean Chaffin has got you covered with a complete rundown of all the WSOP events listed thus far.

-Meanwhile over at PokerCentral, we have the exciting third installment from Paul Seaton where he discusses the world’s most famous poker players. Parts one and two carried with it big names like Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan. Now in Part 3 Paul discusses heavy hitters like Mike Matusow, Jamie Gold, and one Dan Bilzerian.

-And as usual, we check in with our pal Robbie Strazynski over at Of the many high quality articles to come out this week, one of our favorites was from Sarah Thomas. In her latest she answers the question “Has Online Poker Changed in the Last Decade?” Cliff notes: yes, it has.

-Meanwhile over at the OG CardPlayer, Steve Schult has the latest on a new online poker bill. Online poker has been slowly, but surely gaining traction in legislation. And now Nebraska is the latest state to introduce an online poker bill.

-And finally, while the Main Event is the Main attraction Down under, there was still another huge event that finished up, and that was the 50k Challenge. After the dust settled and the smoke cleared, it was Michael Addamo shining clean with all the chips and the cash. He was able to beat PokerCentral founder Cary Katz heads-up. PokerNews has the full story on all these high stakes crushers.

Best Poker Videos on the Internet

-The GPI has revamped their Global Poker Awards and Eric Danis went on the pokernews pod to discuss all the new awards and the way the new voting system will work:


-Poker vlogger Matt Vaughan is back with another juicy vlog. In this one he takes us through his adventures in the 2/5 streets:


-He dates Liv Boeree, he has lot of money, and he’s very good at poker. Here’s the full story of Igor Kurganov on the latest episode of “I Am High Stakes Poker” :


That’s all for this week! Keep coming back every day to PartTimePoker for your daily updates on all the action in the poker world.


Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker.


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