2019 World Series of Poker PokerStars APPT Jeju

$440 Mini Main Event

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 80,000
$440 Mini Main Event
Day 2 Completed

John Boriolo Wins RIU Reno VIII Mini Main Event for $26,073

Chad_Holloway • Level 28: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
John Boriolo - Champion
John Boriolo - Champion

The Run It Up Reno VIII Event #1: $440 Mini Main Event started with 285 entrants, but on Sunday just one remained as John Boriolo came out on top to win a $26,073 first-place prize.

He did so by besting a final table that included poker grinders Jesse Capps, Michael Trivett, and recent World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Ashley Sleeth.

Prior to the win, Boriolo had a single tournament cash on his HendonMob résumé, a 23rd-place finish in the RIU Reno VII $125 Taiwanese Poker for $235.

Final Table Results

1John Boriolo$26,073
2Scott Stewart$15,392
3Ashley Sleeth$9,685
4Michael Trivett$6,631
5Jesse Capps$4,905
6Joel Danforth$3,841
7Ivan Zarate$3,109
8Jason Pease$2,544
9Alan Mastic$2,040

At the start of the day, 64 players returned to the Peppermill Casino, but with only 46 of them slated to get paid 18 of them left emptyhanded. They included Cott Hoffer, Adam Owen, the recently bald Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg, and bubble boy Steven Dorval.

Once the bubble burst the in-the-money finishes came quick and included former RIU Reno Main Event champ DJ Fenton (42nd - $720), Big Brother Canada winner Kevin Martin (38th - $720), 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia (26th - $880), Ricky “RatedGTO” Guan (24th - $1,080), Andy Pokrivnak (13th - $1,320), and Patrick “IREgption” Tardif (11th - $1,640).

Final Table Action

Day 1a chip leader Alan Mastic was the first to fall at the final table after his pocket queens were cracked by a river ace against Joel Danforth’s ace-four suited all in preflop. A short-stacked Jason Pease followed him out the door a short time later after losing a race with pocket sevens to Trivett’s Big Slick.

Day 1b chip leader Ivan Zarate bowed out in seventh place when his ace-king failed to get there against Trivett, From there, six-handed play lasted several hours before Danforth busted holding ace-four to Boriolo’s ace-king.

Capps hit the rail in fifth place after losing a flip with king-jack to Scott Stewart’s pocket tens, and then Trivett fell to Boriolo after a nasty turn. It happened when Trivett got his chips all in preflop holding ace-queen against Boriolo’s ace-nine. A nine spiked on the turn and Trivett had to settle for fourth place and $6,631 in prize money.

Sleeth, the fiancé of 2012 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia, exited in third place after her ace-ten failed to get there against Boriolo’s pocket queens, and that set up a heads-up match with Boriolo holding 3.4 million to Stewart’s 2.3 million.

The two talked about working a deal but ultimately couldn’t come to agreeable terms. They played it out, and in the final hand of the tournament, Stewart got it in good holding ace-six but fell when Boriolo, who had king-queen, flopped a pair of queens.

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Scott Stewart Eliminated in 2nd Place ($15,392)

Chad_Holloway • Level 28: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Scott Stewart - 2nd Place
Scott Stewart - 2nd Place

In the last hand of the tournament, John Boriolo raised to 175,000 and Scott Stewart three-bet all in for 870,000. Boriolo paused for a few beats and then made the call.

Boriolo: {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Stewart: {a-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}

Stewart got it in good but fell behind on the {7-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{q-Spades} flop. Neither the {9-Clubs} turn nor {2-Diamonds} river helped Stewart and he had to settle for second place and a $15,392 consolation prize.

John Boriolo 5,700,000 1,200,000
Scott Stewart us Busted

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Boriolo Gets There on the River

Chad_Holloway • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

John Boriolo raised the button to 150,000 holding the {k-Spades}{10-Spades} and Scott Stewart defended with the {q-Spades}{j-Clubs}.

Stewart check-called a bet of 210,000 on the {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop and then both players checked the {8-Hearts} turn.

Stewart checked for the third time on the {k-Clubs} river and Boriolo, who rivered the best hand, bet 275,000. Stewart called only to muck when Boriolo rolled over his hand.

John Boriolo 4,500,000 700,000
Scott Stewart us 1,200,000 -700,000

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Ashley Sleeth Eliminated in 3rd Place ($9,685)

Chad_Holloway • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Ashley Sleeth - 3rd Place
Ashley Sleeth - 3rd Place

Ashley Sleeth moved all in for 600,000 from the button and John Boriolo three-bet all in over the top from the small blind.

Scott Stewart folded from the big and the hands were turned up.

Sleeth: {a-Spades}{10-Diamonds}
Boriolo: {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}

Sleeth's best chance at staying alive was to find an ace, but that didn't happen as the board ran out {k-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{3-Spades}.

John Boriolo 3,400,000 500,000
Scott Stewart us 2,300,000 800,000
Ashley Sleeth us Busted

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Michael Trivett Eliminated in 4th Place ($6,631)

Chad_Holloway • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Michael Trivett - 4th Place
Michael Trivett - 4th Place

John Boriolo opened with a raise and Michael Trivett three-bet all in for 660,000.

Boriolo thought for a bit and then made the call.

Trivett: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}
Boriolo: {a-Hearts}{9-Clubs}

The {6-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} flop kept Trivett firmly in the lead, but then disaster struck when the {9-Spades} spiked on the turn to pair Boriolo.

The {k-Spades} river was no help to Trivett and he took his leave in fourth place.

John Boriolo 2,900,000 1,100,000
Michael Trivett us Busted

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