With a full house on the final hand of the tournament, Ventnor, New Jersey native Abraham Korotki captured the 2014 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship on Friday at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Korotki defeated Laurence Wolf heads up, winning $256,508 and the trophy.
Korotki, who outlasted 414 entries, now has over $1 million in career live tournament earnings, and four victories at Borgata, including the 2009 Borgata Poker Open Ladies Event. According to him, only Will Failla (five) has more wins at Borgata than him.
"I'm very happy to win this tournament," Korotki said after the victory. "This is the world's best casino, because players from all over the world come to play."
Korotki plans to parlay his winning in the upcoming $15,000 buy-in World Poker Tour World Championship.
Wolf, who pocketed $148,083 for second place, nearly doubled his career live tournament earnings in the process. He too has had previous success at Borgata, winning a $500 buy-in event during the 2007 Borgata Winter Poker Open.
Despite started the final table last in chips with just over 11 big blinds, Robson Barbosa was able to climb the ladder and finish the event in third place. Barbosa won a race against Korotki on one of the first hands of the day, and never looked back from there, assuming the chip lead during five-handed play.
Chalie Hook entered the day with the largest stack at the final table, but hit a wall during the middle stages of play and ultimately fell in fourth place. He attempted a few unsuccessful bluffs, including one in a three-handed pot during Level 25 that left him with the shortest stack at the table.
Also reaching the final table but ultimately falling short were Frank Toscano, Andy Spears, Jewook Oh, Paul Spitzberg, and Jake Toole, who all fell from ninth to fifth respectively.
The 2014 Borgata Spring Poker Open rolls on throughout next weekend, and PokerNews will bring you continuous coverage of all of the main events, including the WPT World Championship!