Pennsylvania cleans up at the Borgata



Pennsylvanians dominated the Borgata Summer Poker Open, grabbing seven of 22 titles, including Gilbert Sacks of Bala Cynwyd, who won the first tournament of the series on June 11, the $230 no-limit hold’em event. Sacks pocketed a whopping $28,077 for first place.

• Daniel Hill of State College, Pa., won Event 7, a $230 deepstack turbo on June 17. He earned $20,421 for his victory, edging fellow Keystoner Lewis Saxon of Philadelphia (second, $11,831). There were 363 entries in this event, which saw Doug Blackburn of New Berlin, N.C., (third, $5,845) and Gene Below of Mechanicsburg, Pa., (fifth, $4,225) also make the final table.

• Greg Fishberg of Willow Grove, Pa., won Event 3, a $560 deepstack event that drew 626 players. He earned $84,221. Brandon Alcorn of Philadelphia (sixth, $14,421) and William Patterson of New Kensington, Pa., (seventh, $11,385) also made the final table.

• Event 5 was a $200 NLHE rebuy event that Callen Wallace of Indiana, Pa., captured, pocketing $26,731. Four Pennsylvania players made the final table, including Rob Noel of Johnstown (fourth, $6,333), Dave Cericola of Linwood (sixth, $4,457) and Graeson Burnette-Peake of Philadelphia (ninth, $1,877).

• Three Penn players made a final table in Event 8, a $350 NLHE tournament (251 entries) on June 18 with Eric O’Connor of North Wales winning $21,912 for first. Mark Devitis of Eagleville was third ($6,829) and David Arsht of Radnor grabbed ninth ($1,461).

• Event 12 ($560 NLHE, 489 entries, $244,500 prize pool) saw Torpekay Habashzada of Broomall, Pa., win first ($67,877) as the top three spots went to Keystoners. Jerry Brown of Philadelphia was runner-up ($36,761) and Mike Murphy of Wilkes-Barre was third ($18,973).

• Brandon Guss of Warminster, Pa. won Event 20 ($350 NLHE, 170 entries, $51K prize pool) for $15,235. Ben Coren of Lansdale, Pa., was sixth ($2,474) and Dennis Summers of Charlottesville, Va., was eighth ($1,484).

• Gary Brudner of University Park, Fla., captured the $350 senior event on June 17, besting 140 players for a $12,638 payday. Joining him at the final table was fellow Floridian Robert Branham of Cape Coral (sixth, $2,052).

Though no Ante Up Nationals won the $2,200 main event (321 entries) we did have four players at the final table: Mike Melkersen of New Market, Va., was fourth ($43,592), Steve Curtin of Indian Trail, N.C., finished fifth ($37,364), followed by Frank Dellaria of Burgettstown, Pa., (seventh, $24,910) and Ed Corrado of Naples, Fla., (ninth, $12,456).

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