Day 2 Completed
|Blinds||15,000 / 30,000|
Day 2 Completed
The 2019 Borgata Poker Open (BPO) Event #12: $1,090 Six-Max NLH began with 244 runners including some heavy hitters in the world of poker. On Saturday, just 18 returned to action and it was 24-year-old Canadian IT networking student Kevin Javier coming out on top to win it outright for $62,718.
“I feel good. This is my biggest score by far,” said Javier, who came to the Borgata for the first time to play poker with a friend. “I think I played great. Heads up was against a really good player. I just got lucky. The field was full of people with big scores, it was very intimidating.”
Prior to the win, Javier had $58,971 in live tournament earnings with a prior career-best of $26,344, which came last month when he finished seventh in the World Series of Poker Circuit Playground Poker Club Main Event.
One huge hand that helped propel Javier to the win came against three-time Borgata 6-max champ Michael Kemeter with four players remaining. Both men rivered a spade flush using both their down cards but Javier’s was slightly better.
“That was definitely the biggest hand of the tournament,” Javier reflected. “It was just a cooler. He couldn’t do much for his part.”
What’s next for Javier?
“[The WPT] Main Event, looking forward to it,” he said with a big smile.
Final Table Results
Others to cash the tournament were Olivier Busquet (8th - $7,100), Jessica Dawley (9th - $4,142), Justin Liberto (11th - $2,959), Greg Fishberg (14th - $2,367), Joey Couden (17th - $2,367), and Frank Brannan (18th - $2,367).
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Six-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Jeff Trudeau made a little headway in the heads-up match but his comeback just came up short in a big hand.
It began when Trudeau raised the button to 75,000 and Javier defended to see a flop. Javier led out for 60,000, Trudeau called, and the appeared on the turn.
Javier bet again, this time 180,000, and Trudeau called to see the river. Javier bet for the third time making it 740,000 and then snap-called when Trudeau jammed for what looked like 1.5 million.
Javier had the flush that Trudeau looked to be representing and locked up his first major title. Trudeau exited in second place for $37,277.
|35||Sat. 9/14||7 p.m.||$700+$50||WPT Borgata Championship Qualifier Re-Entry (1 in 5 wins entry to Event 18)|
|36||Sun. 9/15||1 p.m.||$350+$50||WPT Borgata Championship Qualifier Re-Entry (1 in 10 wins entry to Event 18)|
|37||Sun. 9/15||4 p.m.||$700+$50||WPT Borgata Championship Qualifier Re-Entry (1 in 5 wins entry to Event 18)|
|38||Sun. 9/15||7 p.m.||$350+$50||WPT Borgata Championship Qualifier Re-Entry (1 in 10 wins entry to Event 18)|
|40||Mon. 9/16||6 p.m.||$350+$50||Last Chance WPT Borgata Championship Qualifier Re-Entry (1 in 10 wins entry to Event 18 - Day 2 entry)|
Start-of-the-day chip leader Chris O'Neil open-jammed for around 500,000 from the button and Jeff Trudeau shoved over the top from the small blind. Kevin Javier got out of the way and O'Neil was in bad shape.
O'Neil was looking for some major help but didn't even get a sweat as the board ran out a dry .
Michael Kemeter is a 6-max master here at Borgata with three titles to his name and a couple of other final table appearances. He had high hopes of capturing his fourth 6-max title but those dreams were just flushed down the drain.
With around 500,000 in the pot and a board reading , Kemeter bet 325,000 from the big blind and left himself around 500,000 back.
Kevin Javier raised all in from the button and Kemeter wasted little time in calling off.
Both players had rivered a spade flush but Javier's was slightly better to give him the monster pot.
Jeff Trudeau raised to 55,000 under the gun and Michael Kemeter defended the big blind to see a flop.
Kemeter check-called a bet of 55,000 and then both players checked the turn as well as the river.
"One pair," Kemeter said and showed his . It was good as Trudeau sent his hand to the muck.
Kevin Javier limped the small blind and Chris O'Neil checked his option from the big. The flop saw Javier bet 25,000 and O'Neil called to see the turn.
Javier proceeded to check-call a bet of 35,000 before both players checked the river.
Javier tabled the for aces and nines, which was good as O'Neil sent his hand to the muck.