Day 1 Completed
|Blinds||60,000 / 120,000|
Day 1 Completed
The last event of the Borgata Spring Poker Open was a star-studded affair, with National Hockey League legend and local hero of New Jersey Devils fame Ken Daneyko playing for real money after finishing as the runner up in last night's charity event.
Daneyko is a winner though, pure and simple. So he showed up here today looking to add yet another trophy to the mantle. And he did just that, taking down top honors after playing an absurd 19 hours of poker in one day.
A total of 271 entries and reentries were recorded over the first six levels, generating a $52,574 prize pool with $14,723 waiting up top. The one-day tournament was long and grueling, running for more than 18 hours, something which surprised the recreational players who comprised most of the field. There were a few pros in the field though, as we spotted Eric Baldwin mixing it up during the early levels.
With the WPT World Championship being played in the same room, PokerNews' coverage was diverted to one of the most prestigious poker tournaments in the world, but for many of the players in Event 17 today was their Main Event.
Ken Daneyko knows how to close out wins when he reaches the grand stage, as the three Stanley Cup championships he captured for the New Jersey Devils prove.
Daneyko is on the cusp of another victory here this morning at the Borgata Spring Poker Open, as he currently sits with 5.5 million chips - with Adrian Naggy in ownership of 1.275 million.
A recent hand saw Daneyko check the flop, prompting a bet of 300,000 from Naggy. Daneyko simply shoved all in over the top to force the fold, showing he knows how to make moves on the blue line and the green felt as well.
The tournament is now paused for a quick chop discussion, because playing poker for 19 hours in a row is not enjoyable for real people.
Mark Leviton's last hand of the night just went down, after he called a 300,000 open from Ken Daneyko.
The flop fell , and with his stack depleted and the tournament quickly devolving into a turbo shove-fest, Leviton shoved holding . His bet was snapped off by the Stanley Cup champion though, as Daneyko tabled with a flourish.
The turn () and river () changed nothing and Leviton hit the rail after building a big chip lead just a level before.
Adrian Naggy opened to 240,000 from the button and Ken Daneyko flatted to defend his big blind.
On the flop Daneyko check-folded to a 300,000 c-bet by Naggy.
Take a look at the score...