Mike Hahn's pocket 5s rivered a set to crack pocket Kings and take 1st place, earning $36,264. Hahn held the chip lead for most of the final table, but the lead changed several times as play got short-handed.
Payam Eftekhar Jahromi took the bad beat in stride, happy with his second place finish and $21,367. The PhD student was down to only 2 big blinds on day one during level 5 (150/300/25 ante) but tripled up twice in a row to begin a comeback that got him all the way to heads-up.
Third place went to Philip Rinaldi, along with $12,302. This was Rinaldi's second final table and second cash of the Summer Open series.
The only woman to cash in this event was Borgata regular Christine Brewer (Port Monmouth, NJ). She made it to day two and just missed the final table, busting in 11th place for $1,683.
267 entries in this event generated total buy-ins of $133,500. The final 27 players earned a piece of the prize pool. The bubble burst without fanfare near the end of day one when two players were eliminated on the same hand, propelling the final 27 into the money. Play continued until only 20 were left and they bagged their chips for the night.
Mike Hahn jumped out to an early lead on day one and quietly built his stack over the 15 hours of play. At the end of day one, he had more than double the chips of the second place player. "I was getting a lot of cards" Hahn said. "I had Aces like four times".
The 27-year-old professional poker player has only been pro for 2-3 years, but has amassed about a quarter-million dollars in tournament earnings. After taking a day off to go to the beach, He'll be back at Borgata for another event. "They have good structures," he said.
In addition to the prize money and shiny Borgata Summer Poker Open trophy, Hahn will also receive a 16x20 framed photo of himself, taken by professional photographer Eric Harkins of Image Masters (IMPDI).
Final Table Results
1 - Mike Hahn (Indianapolis, IN) $36,264
2 - Payam Eftekhar Jahromi (Pittsburgh, PA) $21,367
3 - Philip Rinaldi (Silver Spring, MD) $12,302
4 - Jim McKeon (Lattingtown, NY) $9,971
5 - Carmen DiMaria (Westfield, NJ) $7,7706 - Rafael Menkes (Bethesda, MD) $6,475
7 - Brian Reardon (Vorhees, NJ) $5,180
8 - Justin Cosentino (Park Ridge, NJ) $3,885
9 - Jason Gardner (Brick, NJ) $2,590
10 - Paul Gileno (Middletown, CT) $1,683