Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Event 17 Recap

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Event 17 is in the books and your champion is Maksim Rozenfeld who takes home the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open trophy along with $28,246.

260 entries began with 15,000 chips and juiced the prize pool up to $104,000 where the top 27 got cash.

Some familiar faces included: Eric Miller, Vincent Basilicata, Joe Boatwright, Angel 'Pinky' Modica, Adam Ross, Marguerite Spagnuolo, Matt Kalinowski, Chris Edwards, Pete Scaturro, Tony Sinishtaj, James Boyle, Rick Austin, Dan Spirer, Jeff Fell, Paul Fayngersh, Matt Deluca, and Leanne Rosenblatt.

The tournament kicked off at 11:00AM and had a unique twist. In addition to the ability to re-buy, each player started with a $100 bounty knock-out chip. Felt a player and take his/her $100 Borgata chip.

Maksim had the most knock-outs with ten. Many players were able to knock enough players out to cover their buy-in. Everyone loved the bounty and the structure that allowed players to play more poker with extended levels towards the end of the tournament.

Action got good when we were at two tables of six players.

Final 12 included, Table 1: Robert Melo, Travis Greenawalt, Allan Lubin, Maksim Rozenfeld, Raj Patel, Randy Itwaru, Adam Shuvall, Ido Ashkenazi, Michael DiChiaro, John Ciofalo, Steven Cho, and Dennis Thurman.

Three handed, Steven Cho and John Ciofalo traded chips and positions all in the shadow of Maksim's two million chip lead.

Steven Cho fought to the end but finished 3rd place for $9,584.
John Ciofalo won back to back all-in's against Rozenfeld but fell short during heads-up play and settled for 2nd place - 16,644.

Once again, the big winner of Event 17 was Maksim Rozenfeld who refused to tell me his name unless or until he took down first place in the tournament so we called him "Mr. X". Sure enough his confidence and prediction was correct as he did win first place and did reveal his name.

Friend Anna was there at the conclusion to congratulate.

Enjoy your trophy and first place prize of $28,246.

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