Sunday, September 16, 2012

Event 20 Recap

$1,000 + 90 + 500 Purple Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em

In one of the of the most friendly final tables we've seen at the Borgata Poker Open, Michael Brown (Corbyville, Canada) eventually wore down Tom Morgenstern (Crosswicks, NJ) to win the tournament.

On the final hand, Morgenstern check-raised all in on the river with a pair of 8s, only to see Brown's J♠ 6 for trip 6s. "It feels great," says Brown, who won $67,358 and the trophy, "but, I'm tired and hope to get some sleep."

Brown will certainly need it as he was headed to the car to ride back to Ontario, Canada to play more poker. He was schedule to play in another tournament that was beginning 8 hours away and Brown was expected to arrive just in time for the 10 am start.

Morgenstern began heads up play trailing in chips 3 million to 2 million after he knocked out Terry Grimes (New Rochelle, NY) in third place.  But Morgenstern's effort to bring home the family's second trophy of the series came up short.

"I didn't do as well as my son," beamed the runner-up while talking about Charles Morgenstern who won the PLO tournament (Event 9) for ~$15,000. "But the payday was alright," he said while he waited to collect his $39,692.

The day began with the remaining 27 players in the money as they chased down the $248,000 in total buy-ins from the 248 entries.

Chip leader Martui Yarlapati (Parsippanny, NJ) finished a disappointing 18th, but three of the top five returning big stacks all reached the final table including Brown who was second overall.  He was joined by Terry Grimes and Shawn Busse (Maasapequa, NY) who finished third and fifth respectively.

Fourth place went to one of the short stacks as Jesse Cohen (Ardmore, PA) returned 25th of 27 players and only had 10 big blinds, while Steve Dannenmann (Severn, MD), the 2005 WSOP Main Event runner up, finished sixth.

The camaraderie between the final three was evident when Grimes returned to watch the heads up match and genuinely rooted for both players.

As Brown accepted congratulations for his 9th and final bounty (good for another $4,500), Grimes added, "I look forward to playing with you again Monday."  That's when Day 1B of the WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship event is being held, and yes, Brown will be playing.

"I got the money and was planning on it, so I might as well," said the poker pro who earned his largest career tournament payday.  "I'll be back," he said about making the return eight hour trip.

Final Table Results

1st Michael Brown (Corbyville, Canada) $67,358
2nd Tom Morgenstern (Crosswicks, NJ) $39,692
3rd Terry Grimes (New Rochelle, NY) $22,853
4th Jesse Cohen (Ardomore, PA) $18,523
5th Shawn Busse (Massapequa, NY) $14,434
6th Steve Dannenmann (Severn, MD) $12,028
7th Harrison Gimble (Jupiter, FL) $9,622
8th Place Joe Gibbons (Tarpon Springs, FL) $7,217
9th  David Stefanski (E Lyme, CT) $4,811
10th  Chun Chen (Seattle, WA) $3,127

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