Earl King came from behind on the final hand to beat Mitchell Mantin, winning $39,735 and his first Borgata Open trophy. Heads-up play began with stacks nearly even, but King had the advantage when all the chips went in with A4 suited against Mantin's AJ. A 4 on the flop was all King needed to take it down.
Mitchell Mantin earned $22,936 for second place and just missed claiming his second Borgata Open trophy. Mantin won the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open $200 Deep Stack NLH event for $23,391. He has numerous other final tables and cashes here at Borgata, part of his lifetime earnings of over $213,000.
Third place and $13,994 went to Eric Suarez, who is a bartender by trade. Eric is planning to be back Wednesday for event 9, which starts less than ten hours from his departure in this event.
Over two starting days a total of 458 entries combined to create total buy-ins of $160,300, surpassing the published $100,000 guarantee. To date, this is the fourth of four guarantees of the Borgata Summer Poker Open series that has been smashed by the crowds. The final 45 players earned a cut of the prize pool.
Some other Borgata regulars who cashed, but missed the final table are: Ilya Vasserman (Huntingdon Vally, PA) 14th - $1,555; Frank Reina (Elizabeth, NJ) 19th - $964; Matthew Burnitz (Bear, DE) 29th - $855; Alan Kraut (Doylestown, PA) 39th - $777; and Robert Melo (Howard Beach, NY) 42nd - $777.
Earl King fired three bullets to win this event and it payed of nicely. He played day 1A and went deep, but busted out before the end of the night. He came back on day 1B and busted out very quickly, so he was on his third entry which finally turned the corner for him. "I made three monster calls late on day 1 and was right each time." he said. He finished day 1B as the chip leader and was the overall chip leader coming into day two today.
"Without a lot of luck, you're not going to win" King said. He admits he got very lucky several times, but he also played well. He credits the final table players as all being solid players. "Especially [Joe Wertz]. He was very aggro and kept raising my blinds."
King is in the advertising business, but went through two years of training for his 'hobby' job as a paramedic. He's got a shift on Thursday, so he needs to get home for some rest, but hopes to be back to play some more tournaments during this series.
Final Table Results
1 - Earl King (Colts Neck, NJ) $39,735
2 - Mitchell Mantin (Atlantic City, NJ) $13,994
3 - Eric Suarez (Glen Mills, PA) $13,994
4 - Joe Wertz (Montoursville, PA) $11,273
5 - Ken Silberstein (Edison, NJ) $8,863
6 - Gene Mazza (Elizabeth, NJ) $7,386
7 - Neville Darrell (Sarasota, FL) $5,909
8 - Julie Zelman (New York, NY) $4,509
9 - John Mahoney (Summit, NJ) $3,110
10 - Eric Miller (Hicksville, NY) $2,021