Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Event 11 Recap

$350 + $50 Seniors NLH

It may be past their bedtime but the Seniors still played well past midnight into the wee hours of the morning. One thing that can't be denied is that each Senior playing in Event 11 had the most fun one can have playing poker. Tons of jokes and laughs and friendships forged.

149 players hit the felt at high noon all battling for the $52,150 Total Buy-In. But the Senior who took down every one of the 1,490,000 tournament chips along with $15,175 was retired Civil Engineer, Arthur Bressler.

Arthur had to beat out some old-school Borgata regulars such as James Boyd, Bill Seymore, and Sheree Bykofsky - none of whom made the cash.

Final table of ten included, Kevin Smith, Alan Moon, Padraic Bradley, Joseph Pellicone, Jim Paluszek, William Halpern, Dean Potashner, Henry Porcaro, John Whitworth, and Arthur Bressler.

Quad Aces made an appearance at the final table as did the phrase "Bada Bing". Kevin Smith would say it every time he won a hand - usually against Arthur. But Arthur had the last laugh as his K-Q won the final all-in race against Kevin "Bada Bing" Smith.

Third place prize money of $4,806 went to Henry Porcaro (Warwick, NY) while 2nd place went to Jim "Mailman" Paluszek (Philadelphia, PA). Jim enjoyed the chip lead from dinner break thru most of the final table but fell to Arthur in a quick heads up match.

Once again the big winner of the $15,175 and the trophy was 911 survivor, Arthur Bressler from Manalapan, NJ. His stack was up, down, up, down, and finally up.

It's been five years since Arthur took down a major Borgata tournament. Does that mean I'll be blogging again about Bressler in 2016? He's been on a rush lately so I think more winning is projected in his more immediate future.

Congratulations again on being the best Senior NLH player on the East Coast.

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