Friday, June 10, 2011

Event 2 Recap

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Congratulations to our 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Event #2 Champion Mike Stein from Valley Stream, NY. Mike outlasted all 432 entrants and will take home $21,412 along with $450 in green knock-out bounty chips. For the first time at the Summer Poker Open, at the start of the tournament each player was given a $25 green chip and when they lost their tournament, they had to relinquish that chip to the opponent who knocked them out. Mike collected 18 knock-outs, the most of the day.

It wasn’t easy though as Event 2 kicked off at 11am and finished up around 4:30 am.

Noteables such as Patricia Barsanti-Chou & Allen Chou, James Boyle, Cathy Dever, Abe Korotki, Rob Nguyen, and Steve Ryan all played in Event 2 but failed to cash.

Early action also included Joe Altomonte who won the $250 event ($12,000) a year ago in the 2010 Summer Poker Open.

Total prize pool came in at $86,400 with top 45 making the cash including two ladies, Judy Urban (Philadelphia, PA) and Marcelia "Peachez" Keene (Maplewood, NJ).

Marcelia Keene was our Last Woman Standing and went on to finish an impressive 6th place for $3,981 when her A-K suited fell to Mike Stein's QQ.

Good friends, Daniel Duckett and Emmett Rutkowski (both 23) drove up together from Culpeper, VA and ended up sitting next to each other with three tables to go. Daniel was the last Culpeper standing as he finished 9th whereas Emmett finished 11th.

The final 8 held strong for over two hours. With 4.32 million chips in play it seemed like Mike Stein had most of them most of the time. He steamrolled over opponent after opponent.

Tom Ieronimo made an impressive comeback all the way to heads up with Mike the madman. Finally Mike’s A-2 found a 2 on the flop and felted Tom’s Ace with a better kicker. Tom adds $12,361 to his bank for second.

Anthony Lobue rounded out the top three finishing third for $7,542 with 12 knock-outs under his belt.

But once again the big winner of the $21,412 and the Borgata trophy was Michael Stein who actually hit a straight flush very early on then dropped down to 5,000 in chips before building and building and never looking back.

Mike said his key hand was when AA held up against two other all ins for a 300,000 pot.

Retired from the air freight industry, after playing poker for 17 hours straight, Mike Stein can happily retire for the night. Well done and congratulations. He's also bringing his son back next week for more Borgata fun!

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