Saturday, September 18, 2010

Event 16 Recap

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6-Hand Max No Limit Hold'em

The final preliminary event of the Borgata Poker Open turned out to be an almost 23-hour marathon tournament, which began at 11am Friday and finally concluded just before 10am Saturday morning. 297 players ponied up the $1000 + $90 to participate in the 6-max format No Limit Hold'em event.

The total buy-ins of $297,000 would be shared among the final 27 players. Quite a few notable pros did not make the cut.

Most notable in the field was Olivier Busquet, who won the Borgata Poker Open WPT Championship here last year, along with $925k. He's played a couple of other preliminary events, but has yet to cash in this series. That streak continued as he busted out of this tournament early in the day.

Matt Brady was not able to add to his more than $2.3 million in accumulated tournament earnings. He reported to the rail along with Will 'the Thrill' Failla, poker author Matt Matros, WSOP Circuit rounder Dwyte Pilgrim, NAPT champion Tom Marchese, and WSOP bracelet holders Mike "Little Man" Sica, Andre Boyer and Jason Young.

It was more than 12 hours into play when the money bubble burst and players started collecting their payouts. Sirous Jamshidi was among the first to get paid, busting in 25th place ($2,593). John Myung held on a bit longer, but after doubling up a couple of short-stacks, he became the short-stack and then hit the rail in 16th place ($2,881). WSOP bracelet holder Chris Bell fared better. He finished 12th for $3,745.

The final three players battled for nearly three hours before the end. Steve Wiggins of Douglas, GA, had just had enough and shoved with 87 offsuit. Steven Levy of Peabody, MA, had him beat with AT suited. Levy took the pot, leaving Wiggins with 3rd place and $27,368.

Dan Spirer of New Hope, PA, is a cash game regular here at Borgata and doesn't usually play tournaments. Steven Levy (Peabody, MA) is a tournament specialist and would be the favorite in this matchup, but Dan had him out-chipped. Levy lost a key race with AK against pocket 9s that would have given him the tournament. Instead, he was continually fighting back from behind.

Shortly before 10am Saturday morning is was over, almost 23 hours after it began. Dan Spirer had all the chips and the win. He takes home $80,665 and the beautiful Borgata trophy. Stephen Levy took 2nd place and $47,534.

Spirer considers himself an "experienced recreational player" rather than a pro, but he frequents the $5/$10 No Limit Hold'em cash games here at Borgata. He's been playing poker since he was a kid and credits his father for teaching him the game.

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