Borgata Winter Poker Open Day 8: Nicholas Immekus Wins Event #8 for $99,144
The 2014 Borgata Winter Poker Open continued on Tuesday with action from three events inside Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. Two more winners were crowned, as Nicholas "Frenzuh" Immekus (pictured) took down Event #8: $400 $250,000 Guaranteed Deeper Stack NLHE Re-Entry, and Michael Fiorito won Event #11: $450 Big Stack Pot-Limit Omaha Re-Entry.
Meanwhile, the two-day Event #10: $450 buy-in Deepest Stack No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry kicked off and played down to the final 35 players. A winner will be determined on Wednesday.
Here's a look at the highlights from the three tournaments:
After more than 18 hours on the felt on the final day, Nicholas "Frenzuh" Immekus accumulated every chip in play, defeating Allyn Marshall to cap off a marathon final table. Immekus, who plays under the screen name "Frenzuh" online, pocketed $99,144 for the victory, along with the pride which comes after navigating the minefield of a re-entry event spread out over three starting flights.
Immekus prevailed after an epic head-up match with Marshall, as the two players chipped away at each other for hour after hour, trading the chip lead several times.
A total of 1,392 entries were recorded over Days 1a, 1b and 1c, and just 313 players bagged up a stack to bring back for Day 2. As always at the Borgata Winter Poker Open, a number of notable names and professionals joined the legions of local grinders, including Andy Hwang, Men Nguyen, James Woods, Amanda Musumeci, Cotton Snuffer, Raj Patel, Dan Heimiller, Matt Lin and Joe McKeehen. Whether firing multiple bullets but falling short, or making Day 2 and sneaking into a min-cash, these players came and went, but the story of the day was Immekus capturing the biggest haul of Borgata's ongoing tournament series in his first live tournament triumph.
FINAL TABLE RESULTS
A total of 327 entries created a prize pool of $126,426 in Event #10. After a 16-hour session on Day 1, only 35 players survived, with Nicolas Markatos leading the way with 2.15 million. Andy Hwang, last year's main event champion at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, bagged 1.62 million. The only other player near seven figures was Bruce Secor, who finished with 930,000. World Series of Poker Circuit winner Steve Gill bagged 740,000.
The survivors will return on Wednesday and play down to a winner with a top prize of $34,130 up for grabs.
Michael Fiorito topped the 85-person field to win the $450 Pot-Limit Omaha event at Borgata Winter Poker Open. Though it was contested by the smallest field we've seen yet this series, the tournament still lasted more than 15 hours. Player for player, it was one of the more star-studded fields, as well-known players such as Allen Kessler, Dan Heimiller, Chris Reslock, and Roland Israelashvili participated. Fiorito added a second win to his PLO resume, which also features an $8,793 first-place finish in a $500 Pot-Limit Omaha Black Chip Bounty at the Borgata Summer Poker Open 2013.
FINAL TABLE RESULTS
Event #12 of the Borgata Winter Poker Open was schedule to begin Wednesday, but the event was cancelled due to inclement weather in the Northeast. Event #10: $450 buy-in Deepest Stack No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry will still play down to a winner, so be sure to follow the PokerNews Live Reporting page for up-to-the-minute coverage!