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