Borgata Poker Open: Failla Collects Fifth Title; Nguyen Wins Re-Entry Event for $111K
When the Borgata in Atlantic City holds one of its popular tournament series, Will "The Thrill" Failla shows up. And Failla usually leaves with a trophy.
This week, Failla won his fifth career Borgata Open title, taking down the $1,090 buy-in no-limit hold'em re-entry event. According to the Borgata Poker Blog, Failla now holds the record for the most trophies in a Borgata Open series. With this victory he added $46,269 to his career earnings which exceed $4 million.
After reaching the final table on Monday, Failla eventually found himself three-handed with Jonas Wexler and Anthony Zinno at 6:15 p.m. ET. It took nearly eight more hours for Failla to close it out, when he bested Wexler heads-up for the title. Failla now has three titles at Borgata in the past year, the biggest coming in a $1,000 six-max re-entry last November for $58,865.
2013 Borgata Poker Open Event #6 ($150K Guaranteed)
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The biggest event thus far on the 2013 Borgata Poker Open slate was the Deeper Stack No-Limit Hold'em Event, a $560 re-entry tournament with $500,000 guaranteed. The 1,056 entries created a prize pool of $528,000 — barely surpassing the guarantee — and walking away with the biggest chunk of it was Johnson Nguyen. The Philadelphia native collected a top prize of $111,360 after defeating Andrew Jeffrey heads-up early Wednesday morning.
On the key hand of the heads-up match, Nguyen and Jeffrey saw aflop of and Jeffrey led out for 2 million. Nguyen moved all in and Jeffrey snap-called, having Nguyen covered. Nguyen tabled and needed help against Jeffrey's pocket kings, and he got there when the river brought an eight to give Nguyen a winning straight. Jeffrey was eliminated a few hands later.
2013 Borgata Poker Open Event #8 ($500K Guaranteed)
The Borgata Poker Open will conclude next week with the $3,500 World Poker Tour event which boasts a $3 million guaranteed prize pool. The five-day tournament will finish on Friday, Sept. 20, and PokerNews will provide daily updates for the duration.
*Data courtesy of Borgata Poker Blog.