Thursday, November 17, 2011

Event 13 Recap

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

Post-time for the HORSE event was pushed back an hour due to the massive field in the 11am tournament, but the HORSEs were off and running in good form, just an hour late.  There were 104 entries for this event, making the total purse $41,600.  The final 18 would get a peice of the pie with the eventual winner taking $12,107.

Among the notables entering this event were Chris Reslock, Larry Gold, Glenn Engelbert, Bill "Bumperino" Munley, Charlie Brahmi, Lonnie Heimowitz, Bill Blanda, Guy Tull, and Miami John Cernuto.   Also in the field was Omaha H/L, Event 9 winner Barry Levy ($13,153).

Thirty-five players survived day one and returned to continue play on Thursday.  Louis Russo (Brooklyn, NY) was the chip leader coming into day two, with Barry Levy (Brooklyn, NY) in second with 124,800.  

Russo ended up finishing in 4th place earning $3,228.  Guy Tull (Annapolis, MD) was in the middle of the pack coming into day two and at one point was down to a single blue 5,000 chip, but he held on and came back to finish 3rd ($3,833) and book his third cash during this Open series.

Lonnie Heimowitz (Monticello, NY) was also in the middle of the pack at the start of day two, but became the chip leader with 9 players remaining. He dropped down to third place three-handed but started the heads-up battle with Hi/Lo specialist Barry Levy with a 2 to 1 chip advantage.

Despite starting the day second in chips, Barry Levy was the short-stack for a while and at one point was down to only 18,000 chips.  "I knew I was going to win it. I wasn't happy with my chip count but knew I was gonna win" said Levy.  He came all the way back and beat Heimowitz heads-up to take the title, his second of this series.

Levy took home his second engraved Borgata trophy along with $12,107 for first place (the first time a single player has won two main events during one Open tournament series).  Lonnie Heimowitz finished in 2nd Place earning $6,658.

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