Level 30: Blinds 75,000/125,000/125,000 BB Ante
Total Entries: 514
After four long days of play, professional poker player Jackob Datashvili has come out on top of a tough field of 514 entrants to take 1st place in the 2019 Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship. He will collect $276,129* for 1st place and his first Borgata trophy — his first trophy of any kind, in fact.
He’s been playing tournaments for about three years and this is his first win. It’s also by far his best live cash and about four times his previously reported total tournament earnings.
It was never a given that he would come out on top. Starting the day fifth in chips out of six remaining players meant that the odds were against him coming out with the victory. In the first level of play, he picked off a river bluff from chip leader Philip Chin, calling with just second pair. His read was right, Chin had missed a flush draw, and Datashvili’s stack was starting it’s climb.
He had a slight chip lead at the first break and his stack continued to grow. He made a flush in a blind versus blind hand with Ken Neri to collect another pot and extend his lead. He got another big boost when he turned the nut straight in the big blind against Kenny Huynh, who paid off his 1+ million chip river bet.
When Datashvili made quad Aces holding against the pocket Kings of Philip Chin, check-raised him on the river and got paid, there was no stopping him. He had more than half of all the chips in play with four players remaining. After a while, it became evident that the other players were playing for second place. That honor went to Matthew Cohen, who started the day third in chips, then took out 5th place finisher Kenny Huynh and 3rd place finisher Ken Neri. When he got heads-up with Datashvili, he made the deal that netted him $208,744* for 2nd place.
Final Table Results
*Indicates Adjusted Payout