The $600 NLH Borgata Spring Poker Open $1,000,000 Guaranteed opening event drew a massive field of 2,370 entries to create a prize pool of over $1,200,000.
When the smoked cleared Rafael Reis was the last man standing and he was certainly confident he was going to win. With 22 players remaining on Day 2 Reis was sitting with 13 big blinds and I was walking by he called his shot.
“I finally did It” said to Reis with all the confidence in the world to which I asked “what did you do?” He replied “I won my first Borgata trophy right here in this event I already know it.”
He went right back to playing his game and when the day ended he sat in 11th on the chip counts with 18 players remaining.
Reis caught fire early on Day 3 and entered the final table second in chips trailing only Joe Liberta. It didn’t take long for Reis to take the chip and once he did he never looked back.
Reis adds to his first Borgata Poker title along with his largest career score of $216,010 to his poker resume which now boasts over $800,000 in live career tournament earnings.
“I prayed, I mediated and I had a clear dream of me with the trophy and everything” Reis tells us from the winners circle and he dedicates his Event 1 victory to his father.
Final Table Results (Click here for full results)
|1||RAFAEL MARCONDES REIS||KENT, WA||$216,010|
|2||ANTHONY TONZELLI||PHILADELPHIA, PA||$140,279|
|3||TIMOTHY CONROW||FREDERICKSBURG, VA||$91,864|
|4||BRANDON HALL||JERSEY CITY, NJ||$78,209|
|5||CHI YO YIM||BIRMINGHAM, AL||$65,174|
|6||TYLOR ROGERS||MANAHAWKIN, NJ||$52,760|
|7||DUSTIN RYAN||YORK, PA||$40,966|
|8||NACHMAN BERLIN||BROOKLYN, NY||$29,794|
|9||JOSEPH LIBERTA||BERLIN, NJ||$21,725|
|10||DANIEL BUZGON||MARLTON, NJ||$14,276|