The World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open championship came to a conclusion as the final six players returned to the televised set to see which player would drag the first-place prize of $925,514. In the end, the day’s starting chip leader, Oliver Busquet, rallied to take the Poker Open title and the first-place cash after he beat Jeremy Brown heads up for the win.
Despite having a commanding chip lead going into the day’s play, it wasn’t an easy road for Busquet. After eliminating the day’s sixth finisher, Kenny “Super Tuan” Nguyen, Busquet’s day got a lot rougher as Brown eliminated the next three players as Keith Crowder hit the rail in fifth place, Yanick Brodeur in fourth and Ivan Mamuzic in third. They collected $188,216, $216,681 and $251,955 respectively for their play.
After taking out the majority of the remaining players, Brown found himself locked in a struggle with Busquet that saw the chip lead change a number of times as they battled down to a winner. Despite holding a 3-to-1 chip lead at the start of heads-up play and almost a 20-to-1 chip lead at one point, Brown simply could not withstand the aggressive play of Busquet who managed to nail several hands that enabled him to climb back from the dead.
In the end, it took 153 hands before a winner was declared. On the final hand, the action moved so fast that tournament reporters on the floor missed the action as both players moved all-in within several seconds of seeing a flop. Brown held for an open-ended straight draw while Busquet held for trip fours. The turn card brought the , giving Brown a straight and flush draw, but it was to no avail as a fell on the river giving Busquet the win.
1st : Olivier Busquet - $925,514
2nd: Jeremy Brown - $453,519
3rd: Ivan Mamuzic - $251,955
4th: Yanick Brodeur - $216,681
5th: Keith Crowder - $188,126
6th: Kenny Nguyen - $156,212
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