Eugene Borokhov (Washington, DC)
Going into heads up play with more than a 5 to 1 chip lead wasn't enough to make it a lock for this Washington DC native... Eugene Borokhov's impressive 2nd place finish may be deemed even more respectable once you learn that this was the first live tournament he's ever played.
Mr. Borokhov has not-too-shabby online results, but never played live. He said he's always heard great things about the Borgata Poker Open, and wanted to see how'd he fare.
Eugene seemed fairly confident during heads up, but eventually allowed his opponent, Dwyte Pilgrim, to get in his head. Pilgrim's relentless alpha behavior and large fan base on the rail was intimidating enough to throw Eugene's focus off, and once Pilgrim regained the cL, it was pretty much over.
Eugene, a political science major, says he chose this tournament as his first because of all the great things he's heard about the Borgata Poker Open. (We're sure gald to hear that, and hope you come back for EVERY series!!)
The $10.8K he's taking home should buy lots of textbooks and Top Ramen.