Adam Goldberg, Anna Antimony Chop 1,659-Entry Borgata Event
The always well-attended Borgata Fall Open kicked off last week with a $500,000 Guaranteed $560 Deepstack event that featured four starting flights and ended Friday.
When the dust settled, Adam Goldberg and Anna Antimony were the final two players remaining in a 1,659-player field and they elected to chop the remaining prize pool for six figures apiece based on independent chip model (ICM) numbers. Goldberg was the official winner and claimed $129,319, while Antimony got $126,146.
Final Table Results
Reflects final table deal
According to the live updates, after the first player went down at the final table. Goldberg was sitting atop the chip counts when the one-hour levels began with eight players left.
Jinghao Xu then moved into the lead, but found himself on the wrong end of variance. First, he lost with sixes against the ace-king of Phong Nguyen. Then, his ace-ten was cracked by the ace-nine of Tom Dobrilovic. Xu still had a pulse though and got his last 23 big blinds in with against the queens of Antimony. A flop of improved both players, and though Xu nailed his flush on the turn, Antimony filled up on the river to bust him.
Probably the most recognizable player at the table was Jesse Cohen, who made a top 100 run at this year's World Series of Poker Main Event and has more than $1 million in cashes. He was down to six blinds and got them in with only to find out Nguyen had queens and Jeff Izes behind him. An ace on the river sent the pot to Izes and he took Nguyen's remaining chips shortly thereafter.
Goldberg then opened with and was forced to call the shove of a very short Samir Desai. Desai's eights couldn't hold as Goldberg flopped two pair to bust him. That left Goldberg pushing toward half of the chips in play four-handed.
It was another short stack going bust when Dobrilovic got his last 14 big blinds in first to act with ace-jack and found himself at risk against Antimony's fives. A five on the flop meant he was done for in fourth.
Izes was the shortest of the final three with just over 20 big blinds heading to three-handed play. He got in a raising war with Goldberg but found himself dominated with ace-ten against ace-king, and although Izes paired his ace, he was unable to find a ten to double up.
A deal didn't look to be in the cards at first as Goldberg held a 2-1 lead, but Antimony doubled through on a flop holding queen-jack against ten-six. Goldberg battled back into a slight lead, and with the chip average hovering near 40 big blinds, the two decided to discuss a deal. The agreement was reached and Goldberg became the official winner with his slightly bigger payout and the trophy.
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