Monday, September 9, 2013

Event 9 Recap

2013 Borgata Poker Open $400 Buy-In + $50 Entry Pot Limit Omaha High Only (Re-Entry)
Entrants: 90
Prize pool: $34,920

Jason Rosenberg is a high stakes Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) cash game player who routinely plays at stakes of $25/$50 and above. It was no surprise then that he was able to translate his cash game skill into his first ever tournament win. Short stacked with ten remaining, and with only nine getting paid, Rosenberg battled back from last place to the point that he had a commanding chip lead with four players left. He fought off a valiant effort from his heads up challenger, Gabriel Ohana, in order to win the $12,222 first place prize and a beautiful Borgata Poker Open trophy.

Jason Rosenberg (Raleigh, NC) - 1st place - $12,222

When the final table started, our final ten looked like this:

Seat One: Jason Rosenberg, Raleigh, NC 120K
Seat Two: Robert Melo, Queens, NY 140K
Seat Three: Gil Sacks, Bala Cynwyd, PA 130K
Seat Four: Daniel Jones, Columbus, OH 165K
Seat Five: Gabriel Ohana, Baltimore, MD 420K
Seat Six: Mike Zuniga, Frederick, MD 275K
Seat Seven: Glenn Engelbert, Erial, NJ 165K
Seat Eight: Kori Hunter, Columbia, MD 100K
Seat Nine: Oliver Entine, New York, NY 70K
Seat Ten: Michael Clark, Kearney, NJ 220K

Only nine of the ten players would make the money and it would take over three hours until we would reach that point. The unlucky bubble boy would be Kori Hunter from Columbia, MD. It would take another hour to eliminate another player, three time Borgata Poker Open winner Glenn Engelbert, in 9th place but once that elimination took place the flood gates opened and it would only be a couple of hours before we would crown our winner.

The order of finish and payouts were as follows:

1st place - Jason Rosenberg $12,222
2nd place - Gabriel Ohana 6,635
3rd place - Michael Clark $4,190
4th place - Daniel Jones $3,143
5th place - Mike Zuniga $2,444
6th place - Oliver Entine $2,095
7th place - Robert Melo $1,746
8th place - Gil Sacks $1,397
9th place - Glenn Engelbert $ 1,048

After the win, Rosenberg explained how he wasn't even going to play the tournament but a friend convinced him too. "It's my first tournament win ever," an excited Rosenberg said. Even though he routinely plays pots that equal how much he won in this event, the challenge of besting 89 other players was more than enough to satisfy Rosenberg. "It feels nice," he said. "It's hard to get all the chips in play." Jason loves the Borgata and isn't done playing here. "I plan on playing Day 1B tomorrow and will also play in the WPT Main Event," Jason said. With his win in this tournament, he'll be able to do so without worrying too much about the hit on his pocketbook.

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