Thursday, June 20, 2013

Event 17 Recap

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Congratulations to Ben Butler (Williamsport, PA) who just made the big leagues by taking down event 17 of the 2013 Borgata Summer Poker Open and $29,861 after defeating Billy Vogel (Stockport, NY) heads up.  Butler's winning hand was 6-9 off-suit.  He dedicates his largest Borgata cash to his wife Emily and three kids, Levi, Judah, & Eden.  What a great (late) Father's Day Present for Ben and the Butler family.

"The key hand I remember came early on when my nut flush held up against my opponent's top set for 150,000" said Ben.  "With those chips, I gradually progressed and continued to move up".

As the Championship event played down to their final table, our deepstackers battled it out, all vying for a piece of their $128,200 prize-pool-pie.

The tournament kicked off at 11am with 641 Borgata ballers taking to the felt.  Many familiar faces bought in to the $230 no limit hold'em event and each entrant received 25,000 in starting chips.  Heavy hitters like Howard Wolper, Don Brown, Josh Supsak, Gloria LoRusso, Tiffany Williamson, Gregg Miller, and Larry Wolf mixed it up in the Borgata poker room.

Big stacks were colliding like 1950's movie monsters.  The biggest blow-up came when Antonio Cuio knocked out Bart Dowling to earn 1,600,000, only to lose it all in two key hands moments later.

Currently holding first place in the Borgata Tournament Leaderboard, Mike Hahn - who won event 16 a day earlier - tried to pad his lead in event 17, but failed to be one of the 63 to made the money.

Once again, kudos to our big winner Ben Butler who captured all 16,025,000 chips, gets the 2013 Borgata Summer Poker Open event 17 trophy, a framed print from Image Masters, and $29,861.

"After two 3rd place Borgata finishes, it feels great to finally get 1st!" said Ben after his big win.

It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy!  Safe travels back to Williamsport and we'll see you next time as you try to repeat.

Final Table:
Position - Name - City - Amount Won
1. Ben Butler (Williamsport, PA) - $29,861
2. Billy Vogel (Stockport, NY) - $16,788
3. Anthony Macchia (Garnet Valley, PA) - $10,570
4. Benjamin Nissim (Brooklyn, NY) - $8,580
5. Pasquale Destefano (Brooklyn, NY) - $6,839
6. Charles Welsh (Bensalem, PA) - $5,658
7. Billy Hall (Hoboken, NJ) - $4,539
8. Edouard Petrouski (Staten Island, NY) - $3,420
9. David Hurwitz (W. Berlin, NJ) - $2,363
10. Antonino Schiro - $1,617


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