Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Event 13 Recap

$350 + $50 NLH

What a great day of Borgata poker with a full field of good, entertaining players. After 16 hours of play, Event 13 ends with tournament poker veteran Mike Holm (Chicago, IL) as your first place winner outlasting 374 other youngsters winning 7.48 million chips and taking home $34,284.

A ton of familiar faces found the felt including Fritz Stoner, Al Riccobono, Kelly Armentrout, Eric Miller, Denver Toth, Odette Tremblay, Andre Boyer, James 'Smiley' Chin, Gordon Eng, 'Hollywood' Dave Stann, David Zeitlin, Paul Spitzberg,, Allan Lubin, Sean Lango, Adam Lippert, Ryan Eriquezzo, and May Siu.

No real surprises in today's tournament. No re-entries, no bounties, nothing but straight-up No Limit Hold'em.

Russell Crane (Howell, NJ) doubled thrice with aces early on then rode a huge stack most of the day building up to 500,000. The 2011 Spring Poker Open Champion finished in 26th place for $952. In addition to winning $277,000 in the spring, Crane also won the Borgata Deep Stack Double Play in August for another $149,000.

Top 36 got paid. Jason Ginex and Justin Friedman gave the bubble a one-two pop.

Deal or No Deal contestant winner Mary Beth Salmieri (Los Angeles, CA) found $952 in her case for a 21st place finish. She ousted Nancy Martin who was the second to last woman standing.

Then there was Alek Givotovsky (New York, NY) who was the chip leader throughout my entire shift. From dinner on it was Alek’s tournament to lose.

The final table took forever to form but once it did, heads started rolling. Your final ten included: Trevor Deeter, Frank Gangemi, Ryan Meyers, John Campbell, Mike Holm, Jim Welsh, Ari Buchman, Jim Morton, James English, and Alek Givotovsky. Everyone wanted and received a slice of the $130,900 Borgata Pie.

3rd place of $11,808 went to James English whose aces were cracked by Mike Holm’s ace rag of clubs turning a flush.

Alek just couldn’t survive Mike’s lucky day where in the final heads-up hand Mike’s 3-4 off-suit finds a straight for the win. Alek Givotovsky (New York, NY) earned $19,046 for 2nd place.

But it was Chicago High Tech AV store-owner Mike Holm who turned his first trip to Borgata into a $34,284 payday. Everyone liked Mike’s poker persona and we’ll look for him to make a run during Borgata Poker Open WPT Championship. Congratulations again!

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