Joseph Marttine (Ridgefield, NJ) may be on disability, but his Stud-ability is working quite well. He mowed down the final table, which included two previous Borgata Open Stud champions. The professional poker player earned $6,809 for his first place finish.
William Ray (Harrisburg, PA) was the runner-up today, finishing second for $3,783. He works full time for the government, supplying all branches of the military with the stuff they need. He's one of the dwindling breed of pure Stud players, but stays true to the game.
Third place and $2,270 went to Vinny Condina (Egg Harbor City, NJ). He's also a professional poker player, but this was his first tournament in a long time.
Jay Zimmet (Manalapan, NJ) won this event one year ago during the inaugural Borgata Fall Poker Open ($7,225) but fell short of defending his title today. His fourth place finish was good for $1,513.
Fitfh place and $757 went to Borgata tournament regular Peter Ippolito (E Meadow, NY).
Also at the final table was Bill 'Bumpereno' Munley (Throop, PA). He won the Stud event during the 2012 Borgata Poker Open, under extreme circumstances. He was hoping for a repeat performance today, but came up short, busting out in 7th place.
Seven card stud brought out 39 contenders today, generating total buy-ins of $15,600. Only the final five players earned a piece of the pie.
On his way to winning today, Joseph Marttine recalled a key hand against WSOP bracelet holder Chris Reslock (Atlantic City, NJ). Chris had rolled-up Aces, but Joseph made Kings-full to crack them. Reslock was left short-stacked and busted out soon after. That was the beginning of Marttine's heater that carried him to the win.
1 - Joseph Marttine (Ridgefield, NJ) $6,809
2 - William Ray (Harrisburg, PA) $3,783
3 - Vinny Condina (Egg Harbor City, NJ) $2,270
4 - 'Grandpa' Jay Zimmet (Manalapan, NJ) $1,513
5 - Peter Ippolito (E Meadow, NY) $757