Twice is nice for Jeffrey Gurfinkel (Hollandale Beach, FL) who wins the final event of the Borgata Spring Poker Open, the second Borgata title of his career.
Gurfinkel, who earned $14,505 for the win, edged out Flavio De Oliveria, Nick Guinto, Al Frampton, Ken Mezaros and Anthony Glante at the final table, who finished in 2nd through 6th places respectively.
"Team Brooklyn wins another," says Gurfinkel while beaming with his New York pride. "It feels great."
Gurfinkel was a force through most of the tournament and continuously had a top five chip stack.
"I always had chips," says Gurfinkel, who won his first Borgata title in the 2010 Summer Open. "I was running over the table and there was only one time that I got my chips in bad."
That key hand came just before the final table when he was behind with J J vs the Q Q of Brian McKane (Holmdel, NJ). But a jack on the flop knocked out McKane in 12th place and gave Gurfinkel a commanding chip lead.
After the elimination of Stephen Moy (New York, NY) in 11th place, the final table was set and the action was fast and furious. Thomas Confrey (10th), Tom Squerra (9th) and John Womack (8th) were the first to go before the tournament's quick ending.
The day began with 267 players putting up a total buy-in of $53,400. The recognizable faces included Joe Liberta, John Del Rossi, Jimmy Wong and Grace Sun, the highest finishing woman (22nd/$6,903) in the Championship Event.
But they all failed to make the money.
The Borgata regulars who did cash included Howard Wolper (22nd), 5th place finisher Mezaros and runner-up De Oliveira who took home $8,547 for second place.
Even though Gurfinkel is a Florida resident, he loves his New York roots and loves winning at Borgata.
Final Table Results
1st Jeffrey Gurfinkel (Hollandale Beach, FL) $14,505
2nd Flavio De Oliveira (Long Branch, NJ) $8,547
3rd Nick Guinto (Brigantine, NJ) $4,921
4th Al Frampton (Maple Shade, NJ) $3,988
5th Ken Mezaros (Freehold, NJ) $3,108
6th Anthony Galante (Bronx, NY) $2,590
7th Mark Becker (New York, NY) $2,072
8th John "JW" Womack (Lauderhill, FL) $1,554
9th Tom Squerra (Old Bridge, NJ)$1,036
10th Thomas Confrey (New Windsor, NY) $673