Saturday, June 15, 2013

Event 12 Recap

$600 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)      

Abraham Korotki took a massive chip lead when he busted third place finisher Anthony An.  Runner-up Anthony Caruso was not able to overcome the chip deficit heads-up and had to settle for second place.  Korotki will collect $22,698, his third Borgata Open trophy, and a 16x20 framed photo of himself, taken by professional photographer Eric Harkins of Image Masters (IMPDI).

Anthony An jumped out to an early chip lead on day one and held on to that chip lead most of the day.  When they reached the money at the final 12, there were moments when other players took the lead, but when they reached the final six, An was on top again.  His penultimate hand was an ill-timed bluff in a battle of the blinds with Abraham Korotki.  An shoved on an innocuous T 9 6 flop and got snap-called by Korotki, who held pocket Aces.  An had no pair and no draw and was left with less than four big blinds.  Korotki got the rest of his chips on the next hand, sending An to the rail in third place ($10,403).

Anthony Caruso won a Six Max event here during the 2010 Borgata Summer Poker Open and was shooting for his second title, but Korotki's chips and experience were too much to overcome.  Caruso picked up $13,997 for his second place finish.

A total of 130 entries accounted for total buy-ins of $78,000.  The final 12 players got paid.  At the end of day one, they had played to the final table of six, who returned for day two today.

Ironically, Anthony Caruso was the shortest stack of the six players starting the final table and Abraham Korotki was the second-shortest stack.  The fact that these two players wound up heads-up is a testament to their poker skill (and a bit of luck).

"It was a fun tournament." Korotki said.  When asked about the Six Max format, he replied "I didn't [like it] until about 6-8 months ago.  Then I realized at this buy-in level, it brings the best players out".

Korotki went on to say "Borgata tournaments are the best.  It's safe, clean, and the management and poker room people are fabulous".  He's going to celebrate his win tonight and probably take tomorrow off, then start his Championship venture on Monday, day 1B.
Today Abraham Korotki became the eighth member of an elite group of players who have each won three Borgata Open titles, joining Bill Blanda, Howard Wolper, Patricia Barsanti-Chou, Chris Reslock, Yuebin Guo, Allen Kessler, and Jeff Papola. Will 'the Thrill' Failla still stands alone as the only four-time Borgata Open titleist.

Final Results
1 - Abraham Korotki (Oceanview, DE)  $22,698
2 - Anthony Caruso (Medford, NJ)  $13,997
3 - Anthony An (Juneau, AK)  $10,403
4 - Steven Tabb (Newtown, MA)  $7,755
5 - Gary Bowker (E Landowne, PA)  $5,864
6 - Ireneusz Jozwiak (Frederick, MD)  $4,161
7 -  David Corazza (Honesdale, PA) $3,216
8 -  Brian Meola (New York, NY)  $2,459
9 -  Alex Tores (Union City, NJ)  $1,702
10 -  Albert Alimena (Garden City, NY)  $1,135
11 -  Joe Lapinta (Toms River, NJ)  $1,135
12 -  Kevin Lutz (Bellmawr, NJ)  $1,135


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