Saturday, February 5, 2011

Event 26 Recap

$200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em (1 Re-entry)

He, arguably, played in the most events during the Borgata Winter Poker Open, and in his last attempt to earn a trophy, James Boyle (Havre de Grace, MD) won the final event of the series.

"People were joking with me that I thought I'm still playing for points," said the two year pro, who during the series earned enough PPI Play for the Main points to earn a free entry into the Championship Event. "Since I was here playing, I might as well win it," he added after securing the $12,873 first prize.

Boyle negotiated his way through 237 entries as the field chased the $47,400 total buy-in. In the end it was his favorite hand, K♠ 8♠, that secured the victory.

"I played my heart out and to walk away with the final trophy means a lot," said Boyle, who picked up his 4th cash of the series. "In the end this was a great way to finish another great Borgata series."

Boyle was joined at the final table by Hamilton Dimaya (Saddle Brooke, NJ) who won Event 22 earlier this week ($19,993) and Jesse Dara (New York, NY) who the 2009 Borgata Summer Open $1k event for $73,000. Other Borgata regulars who cashed included Howard Wolper (Atlantic City, NJ) and Joanne Leban (New York, NY).

For Leban it was another frustrating finish as it was the second straight tournament that she finished 11th ($598), and just missed playing at the final table.

But in the end it was Boyle who was the last man standing after playing in what he estimates was a total of 20 events during the 17 day Borgata Poker Open.