The pinnacle of the 2015 Borgata Poker Open — the World Poker Tour Main Event — is happening now, but prior to the cornerstone tournament, numerous side events played out at Borgata in Atlantic City.
Jonathan Duhamel, who, of course, won the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event — the only Canadian to have ever won that event — topped a field of 287 entrants to win Event #14: $1,000 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em for $70,990. The five-figure score is small by Duhamel's standards — it's his 17th-biggest cash — but it does mark his third win of the year. The first came back in January when he won the $5,000 Eight-Handed Event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $116,738, and the other was for nearly $4 million when he took down the WSOP $111,111 One Drop High Roller for his second gold bracelet.
According to updates from the event, Carl Leckner and George Medrano were the first to go in ninth and eighth place respectively, and then 2015 WSOP November Niner Patrick Chan followed them out the door in seventh. It happened in Level 22 (10,000/20,000/3,000) when Chan shoved his last 211,000 from the small blind with the and was called by chip leader Tanner Millen, who held the in the big. The flop hit Millen, and Chan watched helplessly as the peeled off on the turn followed by the on the river. Chan took home $11,136 for his seventh-place finish.
After William Kakon exited in sixth, Millen met his demise after a brutal run out after he got it in with the against the of Denis Gnidash. The flop looked as if the hand was destined to end in a chop, but the running turn and river ended up giving Gnidash a flush to send Millen out the door in fifth for $20,183.
Gnidash, who won the 2014 Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship for $153,726, then eliminated Evan Shaughnessy in fourth place followed by Allen Summerville in third. That set up a heads-up match with Gnidash holding a more than 3-1 chip lead over Duhamel, but the former World Champ held strong and wrested away the chip lead.
Then, in Level 28 (40,000/80,000/10,000), a short-stacked Gnidash shoved all in for his last 850,000 with the and Duhamel called with the . It was a flip, but not after the flop came down to give Duhamel two pair. Neither the turn nor river helped Gnidash, and he had to settle for runner-up and $42,176.
Congratulations to Jonathan Duhamel, winner of the 2015 BPO Event #14: $1,000 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em.
As previously mentioned, the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open Main Event is happening now. PokerNews will bring you a recap of the action upon the tournament's completion.
*Lead photo and data courtesy of BPO.