The final trophy event of the 2017 Fall Poker Open concluded in the early hours of Thanksgiving Day with the final four players agreeing on adjusted payouts, concluding the FPO series and sending the last players home to enjoy their holiday.Darren Elias – 1st Place – 2017 Fall Poker Open Championship
The highlight of the series was the $2500+$200 Championship event and it was Darren Elias who once again etched his name in the poker history books. The 2014 WPT Borgata Poker Open Champion won the event along with more than $293,000, becoming only the fourth player in history to win two Borgata Open Championships. His journey was not an easy one, although he held the chip lead wire-to-wire on Day 4 after building a huge lead late on Day 3. He had 2014 WPT World Champion Keven Stammen on his right at the final table, but Keven was never able to gain any traction and departed in 3rd place.
Elias’ heads-up battle with Mark Kaganovsky began with a 2.5:1 chip lead and it looked like it would be a quick ending, but Kaganovsky, who is a Hedge Fund Trader, proved he knows a little something about poker as well. They battled for nearly three hours with Kaganovsky pulling close to even in chips. Experience won out, however, and Darren Elias took home his second Borgata Open Championship trophy. This score will push his career earnings up to $5.2 million.
The Ladies did not make a very strong showing during this series and it wasn’t until the final event that we had a female win an event. Katie Stone Cappuccio took 1st place in the Deepest Stack with Jaye Morris taking 2nd and the trophy, in an adjusted payout agreement. This is the first time in recent memory when we had two Ladies finish in the top two spots.John Lytle – 1st Place – 2017 FPO Kickoff
The Kickoff event was won by John Lytle, who outlasted a field of 1,619 entrants to claim 1st place and $114,833 (in a 4-way adjusted payout agreement). That was John’s 2nd Borgata Open trophy and was a nice payday for the owner of a tree service who was on the bench all summer, rehabbing a broken leg.
A couple of other high points during this series was BorgataPoker.com Ambassador Michael Gagliano winning the SixMax NLH event and Zhaoxing Wang winning his 4th Borgata Open title in less than 13 months. All guarantees were covered and more than $3.5 million was paid out in prize money in these 19 main events alone, not including satellites and secondary events. A complete list of main event winners is below.(*AP indicates Adjusted Payouts)
On behalf of Borgata Poker Staff and bloggers Tim Kelliher, Chris Murray, and myself, thank you to all the players who participated and make Borgata tournament poker great. And thank you to the staff for the best-run events on the east coast!
Level 23: Limits 40,000/80,000
Players Remaining: 1
Average Chips: 870,000
Chris and Nate returned from break with the limits high, and very quickly the money got in with Chris holding about three big bets.
In the very first hand, Nate made quads again in , but this time the nature of the game saved Chris – his weak low on was all he needed to survive the nut high.
Only a few hands later, Nate’s board read , and Chris decided to pay off the last bet. Running well, Nate found an ace on seventh to give him the best pair possible. Chris had paired his hole card six, but all that was good for was 2nd place in the hand, and our tourney.Chris Reslock, Atlantic City, NJ ($3,713) Our final two, Parenti and Reslock. The High Low Champ, Nate Parenti, Brooklyn, NY, 1st ($6,415), with his ace on the riv.
Playing great, relexed, and running well, it was going to be hard to be Nate today. He ran the table and wins the trophy, heads up against a legend.
Meanwhile, the Main Event flights are underway. See you at the tables.
Level 20: Limits 12000/24000
Players Remaining: 5
Average Chips: 145,000
Peter M. brings in the , Nate completes, and Peter defends.
They check fourth and bets go in on 5th with Peter’s board reading and Nate’s , but it yields a chop after Nate calls the river bullet.
Victor Montilla – 320,000
Nate Parenti – 290,000
Chris Reslock – 120,000
Peter M. – 130,000
Victor takes one from Peter in position, getting a fold on .
Peter, who has been very swingy of late, nearly doubles again as money goes in all street in one hand, except the river where Parenti can’t call. Peter had only 3,000 back, not even a small bet, after the river bet.Again, a comeback for Peter Mondrosch, who holds his last three orange chips in his hand.
Nate is slightly amused at the situation and we move to the next level.
End of Level 22: Limits 20,000/40,000
Players Remaining: 2
Average Chips: 435,000
It’s Nate Parenti who takes out Peter Mondrosch in Stud H/L. For at least the second time this tournament, a player has been dealt out quad aces, and with no low for Peter, his last few bets are lost. However, it was simply a terrific latter for Peter, who came from dust at the start of the table, surged to second, and now takes $2,025 for a great run to third.Peter Mondrosch, Philadelphia, PA 3rd ($2,025)
The heads up players, Parenti and Reslock are taking a dinner break until 7:20 PM.
Parenti, big stacked from the very beginning of this tournament, has the lead, 650,000 to 220,000.Earlier: Reslock with Parenti, left, and Mondrosch, right.
Level 21: Limits 20,000/40,000
Players Remaining: 3
Average Chips: 290,000
Reslock hits miracle deuce on river against Parenti, wins key 150,000 pot when he makes wheel for the scoop. He declares just a seven after firing thin on the river, not realizing he has hit a monster with in his hand against top and bottom pair for Parenti.
Peter M. now on fumes, he chops for his tournament life.
Then suddenly Montilla is out! He goes with XX but Parenti, running well, makes a straight. Victor takes 4th for $1,350.Victor Montilla gets run down by Parenti.
Parenti has 500,000, Reslock 220,000, and Mondrosch 150,000.
Level 21: Limits 15,000/30,000
Players Remaining: 4
Average Chips: 217,500
We’re tentatively back after technical difficulties. Assuming the blog stays up, we’ll begin filling in today’s action.The final table from left to right, Parenti, Reslock, Mondrosch, Montilla.
Final Table Estimated Chips as of 4:50 PM
Victor Montilla – 220,000
Nate Parenti – 300,000
Chris Reslock – 100,000
Peter Mondrosch 340,000
Level 19: Limits 10000/20000
Players Remaining: 5
Average Chips: 145,000
Nate Parenti just knocked out Todd Pollack, who had been fading all-ins and escaping with chops. He got the money in, tentatively ahead with queens, but Parenti rivered jacks up to knock out the short stack in 7th. Pollack takes $675.
Craig gets all in with Hallee, Parenti and Hallee chop him up, he takes 6th for $1013
Parenti at 310,00 now.Fleischman awaits his fate.
Next, Reslock cripples Hallee LoGrasso with a quartering, then Parenti finishes her off in 5th, with queens up over jacks up in omaha.Great run for LoGrasso, $1,181.
Level 18: Limits 8000/16000
Players Remaining: 8
Average Chips: 108,750
H37: Parenti raises CO, Peter 3bets, it’s b/c on , x/x on , and then Peter finds a river bet of uncalled on
H38: Todd raises, takes it.
H39: Craig and Peter chop.Parenti tosses in his cards – no quads this hand.
Thea is out in 8th for 506. Parenti did the damage, this time with another Kings Up .Thea Byock Chris Reslock gets all of it back – the wheel is good in this game. All those overs in Todd’s hand? Not so much. Parenti looks on – how is that glass always empty?
Peter takes 60,000 pot from Parenti with two pair. He’s climbing and has done well since the initial double.
Todd and Craig now chop, both very short
Todd is damaged again vs Craig, both all in. Both stacks are just a few big bets.Todd Pollack, center, in danger. Craig Fleischman on his right is also short.
$300+$40 Omaha/Stud H/L
Level 15: Limits 4,000/8,000
Players Remaining: 9
Average Chips: 109,000
These seven players returned for Day 2, but departed short of the money.
Level 17: Limits 6000/12000
Players Remaining: 8
Average Chips: 108,750
H18: Thea open limps, Craig in the small completes, Todd checks option. On it is checked but action begins on turn where Craig lead calls a raise from Thea, Todd folds.
They chop when Thea turns over set of deuces and Craig makes the nut low.
H19: Parenti gets a walk
H21: Big hand for Parenti wounds Thea. He opens, she calls from BB. On it goes x/b/c, x/b/r/c and on a x/b/c. Parenti tables for a full house, while Thea mucks what she claims is trips.
H22: Now Reslock gets chip, showing down “the worst full house” for 60,000 against Victor. No value bet on the end, as it would be for his tournament life.Multiway in stud after Todd brings in.
H29: Todd now short, moves in over the bring in Victor and somehow gets a fold.
H30: Three way, Hallee and Todd end up both all in. They chop up Parenti to survive. He looks amused but clearly hoped to gamble and knock them out.Hallee indicates her last chip is going in.
H31: Todd brings in the , Parenti raise and takes it, showing a nice wheel hand.
H34: Thea bets and takes it on the flop.
H36: On , Hallee is able to get all the money in for a key scoop. Nate thinks it may be a chop but she has a better aces up.
The players quickly corrected him, but overall it’s been a contentious table, with the floor coming over mulitiple times for ruling and assistance with the betting.