$1,000+$90+$1,000 Super Knockout Bounty NLH Re-Entry
Leading up to the $1 Million Guarantee 2017 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship, there was a nice $1,000+$90+$1,000 Super Knockout Bounty tournament in the poker room with a lot of money on the line for sending an opponent out. The tournament drew a tough field of 63 entries and it was Borgata favorite Barry Leventhal posing with the trophy after the end of a long grind.
The tournament put more than $80,000 in the regular prize pool and players also had a $1,000 bounty on their heads. Many players were already showing a profit long before hitting the money at the final table, including two-time WPT champ Sam Panzica who banked $8,500 in bounties during his day. Among the talent in the field were Chance Kornuth, Jack Duong, Wade and Jeremy Meacham, Ari Engel, and 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Joe McKeehen.
Only the last nine players were set to get paid out from the regular prize pool and the tournament played much faster than expected with the slow structure. There were only 17 players remaining when registration closed and they were down to the final table ten soon after. WSOP Circuit winner (and 16th in the 2015 WSOP Main Event) Dave Stefanski went on in tenth place to put the rest in the money.
The brothers Brobyn both made the money and final table together, in adjoining seats, but Robert lost most of his chips in a flush versus full house hand against his brother John. Six players were still around when they paused play for Day 1 and they were deep for the six-handed restart.
Panzica returned to the Signature Room as the chip leader and he was joined by fellow WPT Champions Club member Aaron Mermelstein along with John Brobyn, Joe Brand, Ryan Tamanini, and Leventhal. Panzica lost an early hand to double up Brand while Mermelstein hit the exit in sixth place as the shortest coming back. Panzica followed him shortly after and the remaining four settled into a long grind.
Brobyn ran his big slick into Ryan Tamanini’s kings to lose most of his stack and drop in fourth place. Brand and Leventhal had the two big stacks with Tamanini trying to run up his short stack when Brand ran his two-pair into Leventhal’s flush to hit the payout desk in third place. Leventhal had a nearly 4-to-1 chip lead at the start of heads up play then found big slick to end the match.
The Super Knockout Bounty title is the fourth Borgata title of Leventhal’s career with his most recent coming last year during the 2016 Borgata Spring Poker Open $1,000+$60 Semi-Turbo event. Congrats to Barry and everyone else who made some money in the Super Knockout Bounty tournament.
Event 16 results:
1st: Barry Leventhal – $21,388
2nd: Ryan Tamanini – $11,611
3rd: Joe Brand – $7,333
4th: John Brobyn – $5,500
5th: Sam Panzica – $4,278
6th: Aaron Mermelstein – $3,667
7th: Peter Vitantonio – $3,056
8th: Robert Brobyn – $2,444
9th: Abdelilah Elboukili – $1,833