Yuebin Guo (Brooklyn, NY) was in the middle of the pack at the start of day two, with slightly more than an average stack. Just over eight hours later, he had all 1.2 million chips in play, $10,863, and a shiny Borgata Spring Open trophy. Al Navid, the "Persian Diversian" (Fairfax, VA) had to settle for second place and $5,898 in his first ever live mixed-games tournament.
Guo had a 2-to-1 chip lead at the start of heads-up play and Navid gave it his best shot, but he couldn't overcome Guo's advantage.
"You always have to get lucky to win one of these" Guo said. He was impressed to be playing with legendary poker players like Miami John Cernuto and Chris Reslock.
Chris Reslock, (Atlantic City, NJ) who has one WSOP bracelet and one WSOP Circuit Championship ring, departed in 4th place, earning $2,794. Not bad, considering the fact that he started day two next-to-last in chips out of the 27 returning players. He was hoping to repeat his win from the 2012 Borgata Winter Open, where he won this same event and $14,085.
Miami John Cernuto (Las Vegas, NV) was short-stacked most of day two and almost bubbled this event, but kept fighting back. He made the final table before busting out in 8th place ($1,242). The owner of three WSOP bracelets, Cernuto frequents the high-stakes mixed games here at Borgata, in addition to being a tournament regular.
The $400 + $50 buy-in for this event attracted 80 players and generated total buy-ins of $32,000. The final nine players shared the wealth with a min-cash good for $931.
Yuebin Guo won the $350 Omaha Hi/Lo event during the 2011 Borgata Poker Open ($19,252) and now has a second Borgata Open title to add to his resume. He has almost $300,000 in reported tournament earnings, most of which come from mixed games or non Hold'em (Stud & Omaha) events.
He doesn't consider himself a mixed-games specialist, however, and likes to play all the games equally. He used to work in the computer industry, but has quit his 'day-job' to play poker. He's hoping to play a few other events before the Spring Open Championship.
Final Table Results:
1. Yuebin Guo (Brooklyn, NY) $10,863
2. Al Navid (Fairfax, VA) $5,898
3. Dan Barlin (New York, NY) $3,725
4. Chris Reslock (Atlantic City, NJ) $2,794
5. Jeff Paitchell (Clifton, NJ) $2,173
6. Tom Savitsky (Absecon, NJ) $1,862
7. Lance Brown (Robbinsville, NJ) $1,552
8. Miami John Cernuto (Las Vegas, NV) $1,242
9. Vinny Basilicata (Little Neck, NY) $931