$400+$50 40 Big Blinds NLH Re-Entry
Event 12 was a unique tournament on the 2017 Borgata Spring Poker Open Schedule. The structure was extra slow at the beginning, giving plenty of play for the first three hours before the blinds began to increase. The tournament drew 85 entries with a lot of talent and it was Evan Cutler outlasting them all to earning the biggest career score of his career with the Event 12 title.
Those 85 players created a prize pool of nearly $33,000 with the last nine players set to take some of it home. The smaller field was stacked with some top players including WSOP bracelet winners Joe McKeehen, Jack Duong, Chance Kornuth, and Svetlana Gromenkova. Action concluded for Day 1 with 18 players remaining including 2015 WSOP Main Event winner McKeehen.
The two tables quickly played down to one in less than 90 minutes with 2015 WSOP bracelet winner Duong dropping out in tenth place to burst the money bubble. Robert Miller, John Myers, Phong Nguyen, and Victor Paulino were eliminated soon after to set up a long stretch of play with a five-handed table.
Borgata regular Craig Rubinstein went out courtesy of an unlucky river against Cutler to drop in fifth place and Concetta Rinaldi fell to Ricky Guan with a second best flush draw. Andrew Kloc hit the rail in third place and the last two remaining players agreed to an adjusted payout deal. Guan and Cutler each locked up $8,000 to leave $1,809 behind for the winner along with the trophy.
Each player took a turn with the lead but Cutler took a huge lead when he won a race and the match was over soon after. Guan took his $8,000 home but left without the trophy he really wanted. For his part, Cutler earned $9,809 plus the 2017 Borgata Spring Poker Open trophy.
Event 12 results:
1st: Evan Cutler (Hoboken, NJ) – $9,809 *
2nd: Ricky Guan (Brooklyn, NY) – $8,000 *
3rd: Andrew Kloc (Naugatuck, CT) – $3,958
4th: Concetta Rinaldi (Lynbrook, NY) – $2,968
5th: Craig Rubinstein (West Caldwell, NJ) – $2,309
6th: Victor Paulino (Hyde Park, MA) – $1,979
7th: Phong Nguyen (Bristow, VA) – $1,649
8th: John Myers (Carmel, NY) – $1,319
9th: Robert Miller (Nanuet, NY) – $989
* – Denotes heads up adjusted payout deal