Brian Lemke (Norristown, PA) bested a field of 277 entrants to claim the top prize of $37,619 and his second Borgata Open Trophy. Ryan D'Angelo (Brooklyn, NY) finished second, earning $22,167.
Lemke began day two second in chips and claimed the chip lead when they got to the final table of ten. Ryan D'Angelo overtook Lemke for the chip lead when he busted Kevin McColgan (Douglasville, PA) in 5th place (McColgan started the day as chip leader).
Heads up play began with D'Angelo holding a slight lead over Lemke. D'Angelo was growing his stack, then Lemke turned the tables on him. Lemke reclaimed the lead and didn't stop until he had all 3.3 million chips in play.
This event turned out 277 entries and piled up $138,500 in total buy-ins. Only the final 27 players earned a payday and only 13 of those made it to day two.
One notable player cashing on day one was Steve Dannenmann (Severn, MD) who finished 16th for $1,343. Dannenmann was runner-up in the WSOP Main Event in 2005 ($4.25 million).
Brian Lemke is best known for the WSOP bracelet he won in 2009, along with over $692,000, in the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event. He's amassed more than $1.1 million in career tournament earnings and now has two Borgata titles and trophies to go with his bracelet.
Final Table Results
1. Brian Lemke (Norristown, PA) $37,619
2. Ryan D'Angelo (Brooklyn, NY) $22,167
3. Mike Garaufis (Bayside, NY) $12,763
4. Bob Panitch (Northbrook, IL) $10,345
5. Kevin McColgan (Douglasville, PA) $8,061
6. Travis Williams (Reading, PA) $6,717
7. Kyle Bowker (Walton, NY) $5,374
8. Sam Taylor (New York, NY) $4,030
9. Tony Sinishtaj (Flushing, NY) $2,687
10. Ira 'Jay' Mensh (Ocean City, MD) $1,746