Mike Cutro is the winner of the $260 Modified Shoot Out, taking home $11, 649 and his second Borgata Open trophy. The runner-up was Hoa Minh Nguyen, who just missed winning his second Borgata Open title while earning $6,408. Third place went to Las Vegas cash game pro Alik Sitnyakovsky, along with $3,690
This new twist on the traditional No Limit Hold'em Shootout has been developed which tests a player's ability to play and succeed in a tournament where they first must survive in a Sit'n Go format and then transition to multi-table tournament play.
Three flights were run on day one for a total of 154 entrants, producing total buy-ins of $40,040. With three survivors advancing from each table, a total of 48 players made the cut and returned for day two. Only the final 18 would earn a payday.
Taya Kuznetsova (Brooklyn, NY) was the only woman to make it through to Round Two but was not able to hang on long enough to make the money.
Most notable among those cashing out early was Mike 'Little Man' Sica, who finished 17th ($583).
Gordon Eng, who finished 2nd in this event in January, played all three round one flights, but failed to advance to the final round.
This is Mike Cutro's second win in a Borgata Open series. His first was during the 2009 Borgata Winter Poker Open in the $500 No Limit Hold'em event ($36,750).
"It was a grind" Mike said about today. He played flight A yesterday and advanced, so had the afternoon off to relax. "Discipline -- it's all about discipline and that comes with age...but getting lucky is good, too." He was nearly eliminated in fourth place, but caught a three-outer to survive.
This is Mike's second cash of the series. He finished 46th in event 1 ($2,120).
Final Table Results
1 - Mike Cutro (Mantua, NJ) $11,649
2 - Hoa Minh Nguyen (Fairfax, VA) $6,408
3 - Alik Sitnyakovsky (Las Vegas, NV) $3,690
4 - William Braden (Toms River, NJ) $3,107
5 - Michael Purcher (Mt Sinai, NY) $2,330
6 - Mitchell Mantin (Ventnor City, NJ) $1,942
7 - Jason Rivkin (Eatontown, NJ) $1,554
8 - Tarcisio Ferreira (Long Branch, NJ) $1,165
9 - Don Huang (Leesburg, VA) $874
10 - Charles Carriker (Arlington, VA) $777