Manh Nguyen (Munhall, PA) was denied his second Borgata main event title, despite holding a big chip lead for most of the final table. In the end it was Brock Parker (Silver Spring, MD) who claimed the title, $76,387, and the custom Borgata trophy.
Nguyen took the chip lead into heads-up play, but the key hand that caused him to surrender the lead was pocket 8s versus the pocket Tens of Parker. The bigger pair held up and sent the majority of chips across the felt to Parker's stack.
Josh Brikis (3rd) made a good run at the title, more than doubling up with pocket Kings against two opponents when they were still six-handed. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps had turned up to sweat his friend Brikis and caught the big hand.
Jamie Kerstetter (4th) was the last woman in this event and she made it all the way to 4th place before surrendering the last of her chips to chip leader Nguyen.
175 players entered the event, which put $87,500 in bounties up for grabs in addition to the $262,500 total buy-ins. Only the final 18 would get a piece of the prize pool, but many more than that collected bounties along the way.
Many WPT and/or WSOP title holders were in the field, including Kevin Saul, Matt Matros, Cornell Cimpan, and Jason Young. None of them made it to the money, though they may have picked up some bounties.
"I was actually down to 10,000 chips yesterday then won a lot of my all-in races" explained Parker. From that point on he collected a total of seven $500 bounty chips for $3,500. He will add the Borgata trophy to his case to go with the two WSOP bracelets he won in 2009. With this win, Parker's lifetime tournament earnings are approaching the $2 million mark.
Final Table Results
1. Brock Parker (Silver Spring, MD) $76,387
2. Manh Nguyen (Munhall, PA) $42,013
3. Josh Brikis (Murrysville, PA) $24,189
4. Jamie Kerstetter (Monroe Twp, NJ) $20,370
5. Jason Loehrs (Springfield, PA) $15,278
6. Roman Valerstein (Newtown, PA) $12,731
7. Jason Deutsch (Staten Island, NY) $10,185
8. George Leandrou (Glen Cove, NY) $7,639
9. Matt Ezrol (Coconut Creek, FL) $5,729
10. Robert Link (Jenkintown, PA) $5,093