Monday, September 20, 2010

Event 18 Recap

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em

In one 24 hour period Roslyn Quarto (Edison, NJ) goes from devastation to celebration as she wins Event 18 of the Borgata Poker Open, taking home $27,354. "I've made a lot of final tables and have a lot of second places," says, Quarto who beat Don Caldarazzo II (Port Richey, FL) heads-up to win the title, "so I'm really excited."

Early Sunday morning Quarto was crushed in a Championship Event satellite qualifier when her pocket aces were beaten by K 6 and she was eliminated 6 places from winning a seat into the main event. 10 hours later she was back in the Event Center playing in the 12 pm tournament, just a few feet away from the sea of tables in Day 2A of the Championship Event.

After dropping her 15k starting stack to 6k before the dinner break, Quarto rallied throughout the rest of the night and admitted she had, "main event envy."

"I played well yesterday (Saturday)" she said,"But you can't decide when you're going to run well and when you're going to be lucky. Today it's luck and I'll take it."

When the final table began, Everton Taylor had a commanding chip lead, but when he was eliminated in third place, Quarto and Caldarazzo II were nearly dead even in chips. On the first hand of head-up play, Quarto moved all-in with pocket 3s, while Caldarazzo had AK. The classic coin flip was over when Quarto flopped a set and rivered a full house.

When they were done counting out the chips, Caldarazzo II had only 28k left and with blinds at 20k/40k was all-in blind on the next hand and eliminated by Quarto's 8-2 when a two hit the board.

For those who didn't survive Saturday's Day 1A, the noon tournament was a shot at redemption. "I came all the way from Florida and busted in three hours flat," said Caldarazzo II, about his short stay in the Championship Event. "I was going to go back home, but decided to stay and play and wound up in second place. It's great."

Also taking advantage of another big buy-in tournament was Miguel Borrero (Jersey City, NJ), who was at the final table. "I busted yesterday (Saturday)," says Borrero. "I had monster hands but couldn't hit any flops. I figured I'm still here (at Borgata), play this and take it down," he said before finishing in 9th place.

Other Borgata regulars in the field of 188 players included Peter Mavro (Queens, NY), who finished 7th and Michael Woll (Manahawkin, NJ) who has multiple Borgata cashes, including a second place finish in the 6-max tournament during the Borgata Summer Open.

The field also included local rounders, Jamie Kerstetter, Abraham Korotki and Scott Strubel, who where all knocked out before getting a piece of the $94,000 worth of total buy-ins.

In the end it's Quarto's day, even thought it started with early morning disappointment. If her aces weren't cracked and she played in the Championship Event, Quarto would've needed a top 20 finish to equal the money she earned in this tournament and would've taken three more days of play.

"Not too bad for a half a day of work," said Quarto, "take a picture now with all the empty tables behind me. "24 hours makes a big difference."

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