$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
Two internet pros brought their live game to the Borgata Winter Poker Open and in the end it's Dan Wach (Boonton, NJ) coming from behind to beat Brian England (Hazlet, NJ) to win the title and trophy.
"He out played me heads up," says Wach who won $40,873, the biggest live cash of his career, "but I ran pretty hot." Wach got multiple double-ups to overcome a 9 to 1 chip deficit and took the final hand with a full house while holding 10♣ 10♦.
"I got it in good twice and that's all you can do," says England who takes home $25,026 as runner-up in a game format he really likes. "It's what I played the most online and feel comfortable with. It favors aggression which is really my biggest edge."
England was the chip leader to start the day, but only had an average stack at the final table. Wach, Orson Young and Scott Baumstein were all even at the top of the chip counts, and even though the stacks were 70 BB deep, the action was fast and furious.
Baumstein felt the sting of the six max volatility, going from chip lead to a seventh place finish after losing four all ins at the final table. Michael DiChiaro was 6th followed by Young (5th), Adam Hui (4th) and Andrew Klein (3rd).
Day two featured 26 returning players and some big name Borgata regulars made it deep into the money including John Hinds (22nd) Josh Brikis (15th), Dan Buzgone (13th) and Dave Inselberg (9th).
Thirty-six players made the money out of the 344 players who put up a total buy-in of $172,000. The last woman standing was Cherish Andrews who finished 23rd.
Wach, who was formerly an on-line cash player that earned PokerStars Supernova Elite Status, continues to adjust to the live format after the Department of Justice shutdown United States internet poker. He says six max isn't his game of choice, but is happy with the win.
"I made very few mistakes, but late in the tournament you have to get lucky and things turned out for the best."
Final Table Results
1 Dan Wach (Boonton, NJ) $40,873
2 Brian England (Hazlet, NJ) $25,026
3 Andrew Klein (Ocean, NJ) $19,020
4 Adam Hui (Markham, Canada) $15,433
5 Orson Young (Oceanport, NJ) $11,929
6 Michael DiChiaro (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) $8,592
7 Scott Baumstein (New York, NY) $6,257