Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Event 11 Recap

$350 + $50 Deepest Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

When you hit quads twice in one tournament, it's probably a good sign that it's going to be your day. Larry Franks doesn't play poker that much... maybe once or twice a year... but he made his one time this year a worthwhile one as he bested a field of 482 players in a one day poker marathon to take home a Borgata Poker Open trophy and the first place prize of $41,808. Larry's key hand was when he flopped two pair and then got it all in against runner-up Brian Poliva's turned two pair that was one notch smaller then his. A miracle 6 on the river on the final hand would deliver the knockout to Poliva to give Franks the win.

Larry got his start playing charity poker tournaments in Toronto nearly 23 years ago. Larry mentioned that he played with Daniel Negreanu before Negreanu was a household name. This is his first tournament win ever and when asked how he felt Larry said "pretty excited." Larry, who is an anesthesiologist, tries to come to Borgata every September to play in a couple of tournaments. Larry said "I just redid my house and the money is going to be used to pay that off. And I'm going to give some to my wife."

Larry Franks (Long Island, NY) - Winner, Event 11 - $41,808

Larry bested a field that saw notable names like Will Failla (33rd place) and Amanda Musumeci (9th place) make deep runs. Brian Poliva dominated most of the action at the final table winning numerous races, having the best hand countless times, and even hitting a runner runner miracle full house. However, in the end he would let Larry Franks back into it and by the time Poliva got it in with the best hand (A-K) against Franks lesser hand (K-6) it was too late and when the miracle 6 hit the river, Franks was our champion.

When final table play got started, the players and approximate chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: Abraham Faroni, Philadelphia, PA 1.05 million
Seat 2: Daniel Marcus, Merrick, NY 1.65 million
Seat 3: Brian Poliva, Nutley, NJ 5.35 million
Seat 4: Amanda Musumeci, Philadelphia, PA 1.4 million
Seat 5: Fabio Buonaguro, Toronto, Canada 1.2 million
Seat 6: Michael Buttacavoli, Ventnor, NJ 1.7 million
Seat 7: Andrew Klein, Ocean, NJ 4.7 million
Seat 8: Eddie Bou, West Palm, FL 1.25 million
Seat 9: Larry Franks, Long Island, NY 2.6 million
Seat 10: Jason Yniguez, Brooklyn, NY 2.55 million

When play concluded the order of finish and payouts were as follows:

1st place - Larry Franks (Long Island, NY) $41,808
2nd place - Brian Poliva (Nutley, NJ) $24,137
3rd place - Jason Yniguez (Brooklyn, NY) $14,728
4th place - Daniel Marcus (Merrick, NY) $11,864
5th place - Andrew Klein (Ocean, NJ) $9,327
6th place - Eddie Bou (West Palm, FL) $7,773
7th place - Michael Buttacavoli (Ventnor, NJ) $6,218
8th place - Abraham Faroni (Philadelphia, PA) $4,746
9th place - Amanda Musumeci (Philadelphia, PA) $3,273
10th place - Fabrio Buonaguro (Toronto, Canada) $2,127


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