The $2,700 Borgata Summer Poker Championship NLH event drew a total of 600 entries. This created a prize pool of $1,455,000 soaring past the $1,000,000 guarantee. To say it was a stacked field may be an understatement and when the field started to thin down it was loaded with plenty of high level poker pros and WSOP bracelet winners.
Abraham Korotki began to build momentum at the perfect time late last night at the final table of ten players. Korotki started to change gears and it paid off. He eliminated Paul Volpe in 7th place and our BSPO Championship final table was set. Three of the final six players were WSOP bracelet winners (Justin Liberto, Joe McKeehen and Calvin Lee) but it was Korotki who would be bringing the chip lead of 6,145,000 into Day 4.
Justin Liberto was the first player to fall in 6th and Wen Zhang was eliminated in 5th shortly after. Abe Faroni went out in 4th and then just three players remained. It was at this time that Calvin Lee picked up but unfortunately for Lee he ran right into the of Korotki.
Korotki now found himself heads up with two time WSOP bracelet winner and 2015 WSOP main event winner Joe McKeehen. Korotki was holding a nearly 2-1 chip lead to start the heads up match but it didn’t take long for the tables to turn. On a board of McKeehen bombed the river and Korotki called only to see McKeehen’s straight.
It was now McKeehen in the lead with 11,475,000 to the 6,525,000 of Korotki but he maintained his composure and was able to battle back. In the final hand of heads up play the board read and Korotki moved all in covering McKeehen who had 6,100,000. McKeehen made the call with but Korotki turned over for a rivered straight and shot out of his seat in excitement.
The two players shook hands in a show of sportsmanship and Korotki wins the Borgata Poker Championship. After winning the WSOP circuit Main Event at Harrah’s in Atlantic City in March defeating Alex Rocha heads up to earn over $117,000 Korotki adds $349,329 and another Borgata title to his poker resume. This is Korotki’s 11th major title and his 9th Borgata title bringing his career earnings over $1,800,000.