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Borgata Poker Open: Failla Collects Fifth Title; Nguyen Wins Re-Entry Event for $111K

Will Failla

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)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Will "The Thrill" Failla$46,269
2Jonas Wexler$25,448
3Anthony Zinno$14,652
4Michael Sneideman$12,338
5Ryan Feldman$9,254
6Glen Minxolli$7,712
7Cary Marshall$6,169
8William Jennings$4,627
9Xin Jin$3,470

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 {7-}{5-}{2-} and Jeffrey led out for 2 million. Nguyen moved all in and Jeffrey snap-called, having Nguyen covered. Nguyen tabled {6-}{4-} 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.

Photo c/o Borgata Poker Blog
Photo c/o Borgata Poker Blog

2013 Borgata Poker Open Event #8 ($500K Guaranteed)

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Johnson Nguyen$111,360
2Andrew Jeffrey$66,914
3Frank Bonacci$40,493
4Joseph Grodowski$33,913
5Tony Sinishtaj$27,839
6Aleksander Sirota$22,524
7Matt Maccaroni$17,969
8Pierce McKellar$13,666
9John Caltagirone$9,364

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.

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