Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Event 7 Recap

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)

After two days of poker and a fast and furious final two tables, local Borgata regular Jared Solomon (Brigantine, NJ) won the tournament, the $43,112 first prize and the trophy, just ahead of 13 other players.  Solomon not only picked up a nice chunk of change, but more importantly he used his time at the tables to study for the bar exam.

"Honestly, the only way I can listen to my bar exam lectures is if I'm forced to at the (poker) table," said the 26 year old Columbia Law School student, "it's the main reason I played."

Solomon said one of the key plays he made came with 90 seconds left in Level 6 of the Day 1B re-entry period.  He shoved with K2 for his last 6k and spiked a king for a double-up that kept him from having to register for a third time.

As play wrapped up Monday night, Solomon said he used a 5-bet all-in bluff with 2♠ 4♠ against a player who laid down pocket queens.  The play helped him bag 190k as 83 total players returned (out of 510) for Day 2 looking for a payday in the top 54.

It didn't take long to hit the money and that's when the flood gates opened. Chalie Hook (Philadelphia, PA), the 2009 Borgata Summer Poker Open Heads Up champion, was one of the first players to hit the rail in 51st place ($693).

The bustouts continued and the casualties included the top 2 chip stacks to begin play. Chip leader Benjamin Walterick (Levittown, PA) was 33rd/$779, while Patricia Barsanti-Chou (Metuchen, NJ), a Borgata Spring Poker Open Event Champion, finished 19th ($952).

As play was grinding on two tables, it was clear the final dash for the cash of the $178,500 buy-in was going to be hectic.  2nd Place ($24,239) eventually went to Joe Bovino (Westmont, NJ), while Alan Goodman finished 3rd ($15,582).

A complete list of the final 14 is listed here and the top 10 featured two former Borgata Event winners. Phil Neiman (Flushing, NY), who won an event in the 2009 Borgata Summer Poker Open and Taemee Feuer (Westbury, NY), who took down a tournament in September 2009 during the Borgata Poker Open, finished 9th and 8th respectively.

The irony of Solomon winning this poker tournament while studying for the bar exam is that he has no plans of practicing law, but will take his talents to Wall St.

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