Jun 28 11:09 am

Event 19 Winner: Allen Simon ($16,136)

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           Event 19 winner – Allen Simon

In a field full of poker pros and Borgata regulars, it was the nurse practitioner from Lakewood, Ohio who outlasted a field of 308 entrants to win the final event of the 2014 Borgata Summer Poker Open.

Allen Simon wasn’t even planning on playing in the event until his wife talked him into it. Now that he has a little bit of a bankroll, he said he might try to talk himself into playing in the WSOP Main Event next week.

As is often the case, Simon was up and down and back again over the course of the final two tables, but he got the cards when he needed them the most – particularly that river on the 16th hand of heads up play.

He takes home $16,136 for the 1st-place finish.

One final congratulations to all of our winners during this tournament series. From Erick But in Event 1 to Debbie Troncone in Event 7, Denis Gnidash in the Main Event and Allen Simon in the 19th and final tournament, good and prosperous times were had by all.

On behalf of the entire crew, we hope you enjoyed the coverage of the 2014 Borgata Summer Poker Open as much as we have.

Be sure to check back in for coverage of the Deepstacks tournaments from July 7-12 (information for which can be found here.) And definitely look us up again for coverage of the 2014 Borgata Poker Open in September.

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Jun 28 11:02 am

Event 19 Gallery

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Jun 28 10:55 am

Event 19: 2nd Place – John Robinson ($8,965)

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              2nd place – John Robinson

Level 33 (Blinds 120,000/240,000/30,000)
Total Entries: 308
Players Remaining: 1
Chip Average: 15,400,000

During the 2014 Borgata Summer Poker Open, John Robinson had a first-place finish for $17,606 in Event 3 and a 2nd-place finish for $8,965 in the final event of the series.

Not a bad couple of weeks for the 22-year-old.

Heck, it has been an incredible 7 months for him.

This is only Robinson’s 6th career tournament cash, but all six have occurred since December 2013, and he finished in the top 5 in all six of those tournaments.

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Jun 28 10:40 am

Robinson Gives It Right Back

Level 33 (Blinds 120,000/240,000/30,000)
Total Entries: 308
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 7,700,000

On hand #16 of heads up play, Robinson had big slick for the second time in three hands and had his opponent dominated, with both players all-in pre-flop.

Robinson:     Simon:

Flop:
Turn:
River:

With Robinson getting a flush draw on the turn, Simon only had 2 outs going to the river and got one of them to stay alive.

After nearly 20 straight hours of poker, that’s a pretty brutal bad beat for Robinson.

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Jun 28 10:35 am

Robinson Doubles Up

Level 33 (Blinds 120,000/240,000/30,000)
Total Entries: 308
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 7,700,000

On hand #14, Simon pre-flop raised to 520,000, which Robinson re-raised to 1.25 million. Simon announced he was all-in and Robinson instantly called and flipped up the better hand.

Robinson:    Simon:

Flop:
Turn:
River:

Robinson now has a slightly better than 2-to-1 chip advantage.

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Jun 28 10:31 am

Allen Takes 6,000,000 Pot

Level 33 (Blinds 120,000/240,000/30,000)
Total Entries: 308
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 7,700,000

On the 11th hand of heads up play, nearly half the chips were in the pot without either player going all-in

Allen Simon raised to 480,000 pre-flop. John Robinson re-raised to 1,000,000. Simon flat-called.

Flop:

Robinson bet 800,000 and Simon called.

Turn:

Check. Check.

River:

Robinson bet 1.25 million. Simon called and Robinson immediately announced “You win.”

Simon had a which made two pair, but Robinson had nothing.

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Jun 28 10:16 am

Event 19: 3rd Place – Joe Cutler ($5,577)

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                 3rd place – Joe Cutler

Level 32 (Blinds 100,000/200,000/30,000)
Total Entries: 308
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 7,700,000

Roughly two seconds after the hand was dealt, Joe Cutler (Bay Shore, NY) announced all-in and Allen Simon snap-called.

Simon:    Cutler:

Flop:
Turn:
River:

Cutler made a set on the turn, but it simultaneously gave Simon a flush. When the board failed to pair on the river, Cutler went to the rail in 3rd place with $5,577.

Cutler has more than $665,000 in career earnings and 5 career tournament wins – 2 here at Borgata.

John Robinson and Allen Simon are now heads up for the trophy.

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Jun 28 10:02 am

Three-Handed Chip Update

Level 32 (Blinds 100,000/200,000/30,000)
Total Entries: 308
Players Remaining: 3
Chip Average: 5,133,333

Joe Cutler – 2.0 million

Allen Simon – 6.5 million

John Robinson – 6.9 million

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Jun 28 9:58 am

Event 19: 4th Place – Michael Digiacomo ($4,481)

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         4th place – Michael Digiacomo

Level 32 (Blinds 100,000/200,000/30,000)
Total Entries: 308
Players Remaining: 3
Chip Average: 5,133,333

The hand started out innocently enough as both John Robinson and Michael Digiacomo (Hazlet, NJ) limped to the flop.

Flop:

Both players checked

Turn:

Robinson put out a bet of 200,000 and Digiacomo almost folded before changing his mind and raising to 500,000. Robinson re-raised to 1 million and Michael called

River:

Robinson pushed all-in, having Digiacomo covered by a long shot. Pretty clearly ready for some sleep, Digiacomo called with a pair of ’s and Robinson showed two pair.

Digiacomo takes home $4,481 for the 4th-place finish – his first recorded cash since April 2010.

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Jun 28 9:48 am

250,000 Chips In Play

Level 32 (Blinds 100,000/200,000/30,000)
Total Entries: 308
Players Remaining: 4
Chip Average: 3,850,000

While most normal people are wrestling with whether to wake up and go on a nice morning jog, we’re about to enter into the 19th hour of Event 19 at the Borgata Summer Poker Open.

In honor of the symmetry, Kenneth Cheung has broken out 20 of the rarely seen 250,000 chips.

With the average stack just a hair shy of 4 million, those 25,000 and 100,000 chips just weren’t cutting it anymore.

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