It's difficult to not go back to the horse racing terms when talking about this tournament, so it's situational to say that Khalen Alwan (Wayne, NJ) won this event "wire to wire." He bagged more chips than any of the other players at the end of day one, and after play resumed he continued his upward trend. William "Bumpereno" Munley (Throop, PA) took home a trophy in the last Borgata event he played, but it would be Alwan's trophy to hold in the winner's circle. The "purse" for winning this event was $9,643, and the title of H.O.R.S.E. champion.
"It was an excellent field, and I'm excited to hold the trophy after two days of solid play," said Alwan. This was the sixth time he has cashed in a Borgata series, but the first in the non no-limit variety.
Bo Toft (Yardley, PA) took home sixth place for $1,653, adding some more to his career earnings, and he was a tough out for everyone at the final table. "Bumpereno" was trying to achieve something only a few have at the Borgata, falling short of winning his third Borgata event. The field was full of quality players, including WSOP bracelet winners "Doc" Arsht, "Miami" John Cernuto, and Atlantic City's own Chris Reslock.
The $400 + 50 buy in for this event attracted 71 players, which carried a min cash of $826 for the final nine players.
Khalen Alwan may not consider himself a mixed game specialist, but he will be back to defend his title in this event, and we will sure see him as the Borgata Fall Poker Open continues.
Final Table Results:
- Khaled Alwan (Wayne, NJ) $9,643
- William Munley (Throop, PA) $5,234
- Behrooz Shahrzad (Kensington, MD) $3,306
- Ronald Wilson (Hanover Twp, PA) $2,479
- David Saposnik (Rockaway, NY) $1,928
- Bo Toft (Yardley, PA) $1,653
- Russell Salzer (Hollywood, FL) $1,377
- Edward Fishman (New York, NY) $1,102
- Bart Fooden (Point Lookout, NY) $826