A long day for James Morgan (Buffalo, NY) who just beat out 990 other entries and will take home the $36,731 first place prize along with the Borgata 2011 Spring Poker Open trophy.
This was a (2 Re-Entry tournament) with 20,000 starting chips, that kicked off at 11am in The Signature Room and concluded at 6:30 am in Borgata Poker Room.
The affordable $170 + $30 had the line of deepstackers all the way down to the Amphora Lounge all hopeful to win part of the $168,300 prize pool.
Alas, only 90 would make it to the money and poor Michael Bernstein (Brooklyn, NY) found himself on the bubble after a rowdy 45 minute hand-for-hand battle.
Some familiar faces who entered and most likely re-entered once or twice included: Adel Shakerian, Mickey Woll, Howard Wolper, Rosa Lee Klaneski, Demetrios Georgous, Martha Patella,Vinny Pahuja, Mike 'Little Man' Sica, Gordon Eng, Frank Reina, Barbara Rogers, Jason Young, Steve Dannennman, Barry Leventhal, and Gil Sacks.
Matt Mazzeo made an appearance to defend his deepstack title from last year but did not cash.
A heartfelt story we covered included Joshua Cranfill and his father Allen who traveled all the way from Burlington, North Carolina, to play poker here at Borgata. Joshua told us at 14 months old... he was diagnosed with Werdnig-Hoffman, which is a form of Spinal Muscular Atrophy and what the world knows as Muscular Dystrophy. ...doctors gave him until 18 months to live." Joshua is now 27 years old and graduated from college.
Your top five were impressive.
Julian Miranda had a bunch of friends celebrating his 25th birthday from the rail. He predicted a win early on, held the chiplead for several levels, then finished 5th for $8,979.
Grace Sun & May Siu each wanted to become “Last Woman Standing” but it was poker reality TV star May Siu won that title and went on to the final table where she finished 4th for $10,937.
Amine Chabane ran a key bluff to keep him in the game then dominated. He finished 3rd for $13,060.
Evan Sober, a CPA from Columbia, MD admitted this was his first live poker tournament ever. His wife Andrea watched him takedown second place and $21,630.
But the big winner again was James Morgan who planned a Borgata hit and run. James was only working on 2 hours of sleep when he entered Event12 then quickly busted out. He only re-bought because his wife Stephanie was still playing in the tournament.
Morgan played three 2010 WSOP events and cashed in two of them. This represents his first ever Borgata tournament. He's 1 for 1.
As luck would have it James was short stacked when 30 players remained. He then went on a sic run and never really looked back.
Congratulations to our Event 12 deepstack winner James Morgan who played for 19 hours straight on two hours of sleep.