Day 1 Completed
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Day 1 Completed
In roughly an hour, the final table in Event 12: $400 Saturday Series $100,000 Guarantee went from 10 players to one. In the last 15 minutes of play, six players were eliminated, and the last five all fell at the hands of champion John Meyer.
In total, Meyer, who earned $41,977 and the trophy for winning the event, eliminated seven of his nine competitors. He won two three-way all ins, the first to eliminate Irwin Reiter in ninth place, and the second to knock out Joe Rodriguez and Mark Cleverly in sixth and fifth places respectively.
"I need to get a room now," Meyer said after the win.
Gene Mulroy survived long enough to finish runner-up, earning $24,237 for his efforts. Mulroy started the final table seventh in chips, but quickly doubled through Dave Elliot. While Meyer was annihilating his fellow tablemates Mulroy avoided the crosshairs, and entered heads-up play at a 17-to-1 disadvantage. Meyer made quick work of him, eliminating Mulroy with two queens in five minutes or so.
Paul Spitzberg was the first player to exit the final table, earning $2,136 for tenth place. This is Spitzberg's second final table at the 2014 Borgata Spring Poker Open, and he will be looking for his third appearance next week in the Season XII World Poker Tour World Championship.
Meyer outlasted 484 entries in this one-day reentry tournament on Easter Eve, which generated a total prize pool of $164,318. Among the players who busted in the money, but weren't fortunate enough to reach the final table, were Armando Then, Tommy Flanagan, Kevin McGee, and Yuri Takhalov. Then won Event 2: $550 Black-Chip Bounty NLHE Reentry, earning $28,420.
Not every player was fortunate enough to cash, including Robert "Uncle Krunk" Panitch, Ralph Massey, Amanda Musumeci, Olga Petrovskaya, and Katya Grishakova. Musumeci lost a race with against Danny Lala's - the latter made a straight on a board of .
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John Meyer doubled the big blind on the button, Gene Mulroy defended his big blind, and the dealer fanned . Mulroy pushed all in, and Meyer instantly called.
"I'm drawing dead," Mulroy chuckled.
This wasn't true - he could still win the hand with a five on the turn or river - but perhaps he was simply foreshadowing, because the turn was the , giving Meyer a full house and a mortal lock on the hand.
The completed the hand, and the tournament was over. Just like that.
Every remaining person in the Signature Room was truly stunned, offering their congratulations to the newest 2014 Borgata Spring Poker Open champion. Even Mulroy had to clap him on his back and shake his hand.
Mulroy avoided Meyer's crosshairs just long enough to finish runner-up for $24,237. According to Hendon Mob, this is his second career cash.
Make that four eliminations in under 10 minutes for John Meyer.
Atesa Pacelli raised to 200,000 out of the small blind, Meyer set here all in from the big blind, and Pacelli anguished for around a minute before calling.
Meyer fist-pumped with authority when the appeared in the window of the flop, and Pacelli was unable to hit a ten or running straight cards as the board completed , respectively.
We are inexplicably heads up after being seven-handed around 15 minutes ago, and Meyer commands a discernible lead.
Dick Galarza was first to act, and moved all in. John Meyer re-shoved on the button, and the two players in the blinds folded.
Meyer increased his lead on the flop, removing Galarza's outs, and the on the turn left Galarza one card away from elimination.
Only a king would save him, and his tournament officially ended when the completed the board. Meyer has now eliminated three players in around five minutes, and has over five million chips.
Well, that escalated quickly.
While we were just finishing up Roland Israelashvili's elimination post, there was another three-way preflop all in.
Meyer had both parties covered, and held as the flop, turn, and river produced . Rodriguez and Cleverly busted in sixth and fifth places respectively, while Meyer now has a mountain of chips.
Roland Israelashvili open-shoved in early position, Gene Mulroy re-shoved in middle position, and the rest of the players folded.
The 2012 $50,000 Poker Players Championship finalist failed to improve as the board rolled out , and was eliminated in seventh place.
Dave Elliott limped in from the cutoff, John Meyer raised to 140,000 on the button, and Atesa Pacelli cold-called in the big blind. Elliott called as well.
The dealer fanned , Pacelli and Elliott both checked, and Meyer cut out 400,000. Pacelli folded, Elliott moved all in, and Meyer shrugged, then called.
Meyer held top pair, but Elliott could double through with a diamond or running straight cards. The on the turn kept one of Elliott's straight draws alive - a jack would give him Broadway - but the bricked off on the river.
Meyer exited in eighth place, while Meyer is up over two million chips.
After a series of preflop raises, three players were all in - Irwin Reiter, John Meyer, and Joe Rodriguez - and they all had an ace.
The flop fell , and the case ace gave everyone top pair. The turn was the , giving Reiter and Rodriguez two outs to chip, but the river was a meaningless .
Meyer shipped the main pot, more than doubling to 1.795 million, and Rodriguez shipped a small, 450,000-chip side pot. Reiter was eliminated in ninth place, earning $3,286.