2017 Borgata Poker Open
$350+$50 Omaha/Stud High/Low Mix
Prize Pool: $32,900
September 12-13, 2017
The second non-Hold’em event on the 2017 Borgata Poker Open schedule drew a nice crowd of players. The Omaha/Stud Hi/Low Mix game drew 94 players to the two-day event and it was Vincent Basilicata outlasting them over two long days to earn his third Borgata trophy for more than $12,000.
Those 94 players nearly doubled the number from last year’s series and they created a prize pool worth $32,900 with the last eight players set to earn a piece. Such notables as Allen Kessler, Chris Reslock, Will “The Thrill” Failla, and Chris Tryba took a shot at the title with only Kessler making it through the first day. The long opening day came to a close with 16 players remaining at two tables for Day 2.
Kessler dropped early and they quickly made their way down to the final table with nine players and eight getting paid. They traded chips for an hour before the money bubble burst and the pace was deliberate throughout. Tim D’Alessandro, Roneil Balani, Howard Koval, and Ilya Dyment dropped along the way and the last four players settled in for the long haul.
Borgata regular Tim Frazin made a rare royal flush late but it wasn’t enough to keep him from falling in fourth place. One time chip leader Peter Mondrosch dropped out in third place and Basilicata was in a heads up dead heat with Justin Finberg. The heads up match did not take long, ending in less than one level, when Basilicata took command to quickly dispatch Finberg in second place.
This is Basilicata’s third Borgata trophy but his first since 2011 Borgata Winter Poker Open. He also owns a WSOP Circuit ring from that same year and this result puts him over $100,000 in career earnings.
Event 10 results:
1st: Vincent Basilicata – $12,126
2nd: Justin Finberg – $7,021
3rd: Peter Mondrosch – $3,830
4th: Tim Frazin – $2,553
5th: Ilya Dyment – $2,234
6th: Howard Koval – $1,915
7th: Roneil Balani – $1,277
8th: Tim D’Alessandro – $957