Saturday, February 5, 2011

2nd Place - LJ Sande

Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship

LJ Sande (New Haven, CT)

LJ Sande's run is over when on the final hand his K♠ 7♠ loses to the A♠ 8of Vadim Shlez.

"I definitely wanted first, obviously, but I also didn't want to fall short of second for sure," says Shlez, who at 25 years old was the youngest player at the final table. "I played the best I could, but the chip deficit was too much to overcome."

Sande, who was out chipped 4 to 1 in heads, has been playing professionally for five years and $310,273 is his largest career cash. Twice during the short heads up play, Sande had big hands, pocket kings and pocket aces, but couldn't get a call when he moved all-in.

Prior to the Championship Event, Sande's biggest score was a $38,000 win in 2009. Earlier in the Borgata Winter Poker Open, Sande finished 19th in Event 1 ($3,213).