Joe Melo (Staten Island, NY)
Joe Melo came out on top of the field of 251 enrants to claim the final trophy of the 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open, along with $11,588 in prize money.
Joe Melo had the largest (and only) rooting section at the final table when play wrapped up at about 4:30am. His brother and mother were here rooting him on the whole way.
His younger brother, Nick Melo, also played in this event. Nick finished in 24th place for $373. When I asked who was the better poker player, Joe replied "Look who's got the trophy."