Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Event 9 Recap

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)       

Dan Maisano (Arlington, VA) claimed his first win in a major tournament today, taking the top prize in the Pot Limit Omaha event.  His victory over runner-up Mark Wahba (Cleveland, OH) earned him $8,511 and the Borgta Spring Poker Open Trophy.  Wahba had to settle for second place and $4,682.

Wahba won event 4, the $400 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em just a few days ago, earning $32,267.  He's already atop the Spring Poker Open Leaderboard, and today's second place finish will extend his lead.

The field of 117 players generated total buy-ins of $29,250 and included many familiar faces.  Among them were WSOP bracelet holder and three-time Borgata Open trophy winner Chris Reslock; Joe Liberta (one Borgata Open title); and Manh Nguyen (two Borgata Open titles).  None of these made it to the cash, however.

Maisano actually got all-in during the re-entry period holding two pair with nut-flush-draw against a straight wrap and busted out.  He opted to re-enter and this time held on to the end.  Referring to the final table, he said "These guys were pretty tough -- all good players". 

Dan 'Megatron' Maisano has been playing poker since college, but this is his first win in a major event.  "Freshman year...we had a game every single night, from 10pm to 5am."  He's self-employed in marketing and plays poker when he can work it into his schedule.

Final Table Results
1.  Dan Maisano (Arlington, VA)  $8,511
2.  Mark Wahba (Cleveland, OH)  $4,682
3.  Anthony Zinno (Cranston, RI)  $2,695
4.  Kevin Wolbach (Macungie, PA)  $2,270
5.  Ravi Dalsania (Middletown, DE)  $1,702
6.  James Weaver (Coraopolis, PA)  $1,419
7.  Aaron Pinson (Baltimore, MD)  $1,135
8.  Michael Geddes (New York, NY)  $851
9.  John Del Rossi (Mantua, NJ)  $638
10.  Bill Ricciardelli (Poughkeepsie, NY)  $567

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