The Garden State’s own Myroslaw Woroch converted 1 loyalty point into $1 million dollars in cash and tournament entries.
Myroslaw Woroch’s journey in some ways mimics Chris Moneymaker’s historic 2003 Main Event run. That year, MoneyMaker won his way into the Main Event via a $40 satellite on the then largely unknown online poker site PokerStars. In one fell swoop, Moneymaker proved that anyone with a little bit of luck and the drive to succeed could navigate their way through poker’s living legends. His victory is one of the primary reasons why poker, particularly of the online variety, has become so popular today.
On Saturday, Woroch carved out his own place in poker history by winning PartyPoker’s New Jersey’s Next Poker Millionaire. Part of Party’s welcome promotion rollout, the Next Millionaire promo consisted of a series of eight semi-finals, with the winners entered into an exclusive live freeroll to be played at the Borgata’s brick and mortar casino.
Woroch anted up a solitary loyalty point, and placed high enough to qualify for the semi-final. He then overcame an online field of nearly 2,200 runners – one of the largest tournament turnouts in NJ’s brief online history – en route to a $1,300 cash prize and entry into the grand finale.
There, he would face the other seven finalists in a one table SNG, with the winner receiving over $850,000 in cash, and entries into a WPT Alpha8 Super High Roller, the upcoming WPT Championship, two $3,500 WPT events and more than 50 other online and live events.
The culminating event of Borgata’s recently concluded Winter Open, Woroch and the other finalists found themselves seated beneath the bright lights of poker’s center stage. WPT and PartyPoker ambassador Mike Sexton would provide commentary for the tournament, which began at 3 pm on Saturday, and didn’t end until nearly 10 pm – despite its relatively short stacked format.
Tension was high, especially when Woroch and eventual second place finisher Steven “ChipsJammed” Edawards went heads up. That could have something to do with the $975,000 pay jump from second to first – undoubtedly one of the largest in live tournament poker history.
On the final hand, the 40-year old from Cedar Knolls would flop a straight holding what is known by North Jersey locals as
pot roast 8♦4♠. The two would get it all-in with Edwards drawing to a chop (Edwards held K♠4♥). Woroch’s hand held up and within mere moments confetti began falling from the ceiling. Woroch had achieved what thousands of New Jersey poker players dream of – becoming a poker millionaire.
It goes without saying that Party’s New Jersey’s Next Poker Millionaire promotion was the biggest in the Garden State’s infant iGaming market to date. PartyPoker, along with its partner site BorgataPoker.com are currently the market share leader, according to revenue reports released by NJ’s Division of Gaming Enforcement in January.