Mike Linster (Island Park, NY) built a huge stack early on day one, then lost a really tough hand to a two outer, sending him back to grind mode. The professional poker player finished day one seventh out of the ten remaining players and was short-stacked most of day two, but he didn't let that deter him. He held on and caught some hands when he needed them. His patience paid off with a win, $28,225, and his first Borgata Poker Open trophy.
Runner-up was Ken Ruderman, (New York, NY) who was playing in his second live tournament ever. Ken makes his living from real estate, but proved he can hold his own on the green felt. He began day two as chip leader and came close to a win, finishing second for $15,525.
Including re-entries, a total of 194 entries built total buy-ins to $97,000. The final 18 players earned a payday of at least $1,411.
Bruce Yamron (Naples, FL) won this event during the 2012 Borgata Fall Poker Open and was trying to repeat the win, but was left short after Ken Ruderman picked off a bluff. Bruce wound up finishing 9th for $2,117.
Some big names gave this event a try, including WSOP bracelet holders Miami John Cernuto and Chris Reslock, but there were eliminated on day one short of the money.
When not playing poker, Mike Linster is after another kind of fish. He's an avid fisherman and says "I use my poker money to buy boats". When asked which event will be his next, he says he's going to play "all of them...This will pay for the rest of my buy-ins."
Final Table Results
1. Mike Linster (Island Park, NY) $28,225
2. Ken Ruderman (New York, NY) $15,525
3. Shaun Bennani (Ridgefield, NJ) $8,939
4. Joseph Mancuso (Staten Island, NY) $7,527
5. Greg Donatelli (Glenside, PA) $5,645
6. Marvin Rosen (Woodbury, NY) $4,705
7. Ray Brennan (Verona, PA) $3,764
8. Anthony Zinno (Cranston, RI) $2,823
9. Bruce Yamron (Naples, FL) $2,117
10. Patrick Halter (Narberth, PA) $1,882