WPT Borgata Poker Open $3,500 Championship
Day 5 Completed
WPT Borgata Poker Open $3,500 Championship
Day 5 Completed
The WPT Borgata Poker Open $3,500 Championship came to an end after five grueling days of play and when the last chance saloon had closed for business it was Donald Maloney claiming the first-place prize of $487,874, along with his first WPT title.
Maloney is a Glendale, Arizona native who is a former hockey player. He talked about his previous career as well as plans for his future.
“I feel like hockey and poker are my two greatest talents,” he said. “I still skate all the time and they are pretty much my two biggest hobbies. I’d like to get back into hockey at some point if I can. I’ve got to not be injured to start a year one time, that would be fun. Other than that, I’d like to get into management potentially just like my dad did.”
The final day of the tournament began with just six players and when only three remained a deal was struck. After the adjusted payouts were determined the players decided that five days was long enough and all moved in blind for the title.
“The last hand was pretty interesting,” he said. “The guys had decided that they were exhausted and really didn’t want to play anymore, so we decided to do a flip. It went runner-runner straight, so it was definitely meant for me to get the title and I’ll always remember it, I guarantee.”
When asked if Maloney had any final words he said, “Poker is great and I love playing tournaments, I plan to be back and hope to be back in the winner’s circle.”
|Stanhope, New Jersey
|Fairfield, New Jersey
|Warren, New Jersey
|Bronx, New York
*Denotes three-way deal.
The fifth and final day of the WPT Borgata Poker Open saw just six of the original 1,156 entries return to play with first-place originally slated to be $616,186. The day began with Victor Ramdin drawing first blood as he fought back from a large chip deficit between him and his remaining foes. Albers was next to take a stab at shifting the leader board when he turned three fives against Dave Farah and moved all in. Farah called and Albers double early in the day, moving Farah down to fourth on the totem pole.
It was just after the first break when Farah opened blind from under the gun and Albers three-bet light because of this, holding jack-eight of diamonds in the cutoff. Ramdin woke up in the big blind with two kings and moved it all in. Farah folded instantly but Albers took his time, ultimately he elected to call after already having so much invested and the two tabled their hands. A dry nine-high flop rolled out and Ramdin was in a great spot to double up. The turn peeled off a seven, giving Albers two different straight possibilities and the ten on the river was one of them. The room was shocked as well-known WPT champ Ramdin exited in sixth place.
Albers continued to roll soon after and took down a couple more pots within the next few hands. In one, he had pocket nines against the king-jack of Uke Dauti and the flop came down nine-high. Dauti three-barrelled all the way to the river and Albers called down with his set of nines, pulling in another massive pot as he then took over the chip lead. Almost two hours went by before Borgata regular Jerry Maher found himself on the shorter side of things. Maher opened with four-three of clubs from the cutoff and Dauti defended his big blind, holding ace-seven. The flop came down ace-seven-five with two clubs and both players put all of their chips in the middle on what was essentially a flip. Unfortunately for Maher, the turn shut down all of them when a seven peeled off, leaving him drawing dead to the river as he took an exit in fifth place.
Farah was on a rollercoaster of a day and the final four was no different. Farah instantly took down a large pot from Dauti to climb back up to almost what he started the day with but Dauti took it all back and then some in the very next hand. Dauti opened with jacks and fired on every street thereafter. Farah called down the whole way with just a pair of tens on a board showing three overs to his pair. Dauti tabled a turned straight and Farah was then left short once more.
This time Farah wouldn't bounce back as Maloney limped from the small with a pair of nickels and Farah checked behind, holding queen-seven. The dealer fanned out queen-seven-five on the flop and the two put it all in on what was the biggest cooler of the day. Farah failed to catch up, sending the pot to Maloney Farah was eliminated in fourth for a respectable $227,077.
The tournament then went on an unscheduled break where the remaining three worked out a deal and decided on adjusted payouts. Maloney took home the lion's share for $487,784 with Dauti pulling in $464,338 for his second-place finish and Albers taking $378,664 for third. The three then moved all in blind for the title and Maloney found himself taking that down as well thanks to a runner-runner straight.
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The three remaining players struck an ICM deal, with Donald Maloney taking home the biggest piece of the pie for a $487,874 payday. Uke Duita claimed second place for $464,338 and Kevin Albers took home $378,664 for his efforts.
The players then flipped for the Trophy, along with a $15,000 entry into the season-ending Tournament of Champions.
The flop came down and Dauti took the lead with his two pair. A peeled off on the turn, giving Maloney some open-ender and the river completed it. Maloney's runner-runner straight took down the pot, claiming his first WPT title, along with a seat worth $15,000.
A full recap of the tournament day will be posted shortly.
Uke Dauti opened to 700,000 from the button with and Kevin Albers called in the big blind, holding . Donald Maloney defended his big blind with a and the flop rolled out .
Action checked to Dauti, he bet 600,000 and Albers called. Maloney check-raised to 1,600,000 and both of his opponents quickly mucked.
Kevin Albers opened to 600,000 from the button with and Donald Maloney three-bet to 2,600,000 from the small blind with . Albers folded and Maloney pulled in an easy pot.
The three players returned and have now decided to have an unscheduled break.
The remaining three players will now be taking a 30-minute break.
Donald Maloney limped from the small blind with and Uke Dauti raised to 950,000, holding . The dealer spread out , Maloney check-called a bet of 1,100,000 from Dauti and the landed as a turn card.
Both players checked to the river card, Maloney fired in 2,500,000 and Dauti instantly let go of his cards, shipping the pot to Maloney.
Uke Dauti limped from the small blind with and Kevin Albers raised to 850,000 from the big blind with .
The dealer spread out , Albers bet 600,000 and Dauti called. The landed on the turn and both players checked.
A completed the board and Dauti bet 2,000,000. Albers folded and Dauti took down the pot.