Sunday, April 7, 2013

Event 6 Recap

$500 + $60 + $100 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Xiaofeng "Sean" Hu (Doylestown, PA) dominated Day 2 to earn his second Borgata trophy, but had to overcome a husband-wife duo to take the title. Hu finished just ahead of Jose Cayetano De La (Woodbridge, VA) to earn the win.

After an early Day 1 double-up, Hu said "I was never all in and at risk." He earned $33,407 for first place and another $1,500 in $100 bounties as he dominated the day from start to finish.

Third place went to Cathy Dever (Ephrata, PA) who finished just ahead of her husband John as they played their first final table together.

Hu began Day 2 began as the chip leader and briefly lost the top spot to Cathy Dever with 10 players remaining. It took 90 minutes to get a final table elimination, but once Hu knocked out John Almanzar in 10th place he blitzed the table.

Hu had five straight knockouts and quickly built his stack to 2.5 million which as more than half the chips in play.  Almanzar's knockout was followed by the exits of Dan Cohen (9th), Jerry Maher (8th), Chin Nguyen (7th) and Ed Walsh (6th) as Hu's big stack controlled the action.

Robert "Rizzi" Aronowitz was next to go in 5th place as he picked up his third cash of the series. John Dever was short stacked the entire final table and nursed it to a fourth place finish.

Both Devers were knocked out by Jose Cayetano De La at a final table they'll remember for a long time. "I thought it was going to be (uncomfortable), but it was fine actually," said Cathy, "It was fun."

The tournament began with 246 entries for a total buy-in of $123,000. Recognizable names to make the money include Tom Dobrilovic (16th), Hend Matthews (19th), Anthony Caruso (20th) and Tony Behbahani (24th).

Hu earned his first trophy during the 2012 Borgata Fall Poker Open. "I said this last time in the blog, 'even a blind donkey finds a carrot sometimes," said Hu who hustled back to his job in New York City.
Final Table Results

1st Xiaofeng "Sean" Hu (Doylestown, PA)  $33,407
2nd Jose Cayetano De La (Woodbridge, VA) $19,686
3rd Cathy Dever (Ephrata, PA) $11,334
4th John Dever (Ephrata, PA) $9,187
5th Robert "Rizzi" Aronowitz (N. Merrick, NY) $7,159
6th Ed Walsh (Langhorne, PA) $5,966
7th Chin Nguyen (Silver Spring, MD) $4,772
8th Jerry Maher (Warren, NJ) $3,579
9th Dan Cohen (Lutherville, MD) $2,386
10th John Almanzar (North Bergen, NJ) $1,551


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