$1,000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em
Six players per table, $284,000 at stake, and one winner - Michael Ferrell. After two days of solid poker, high stakes internet pro Michael Ferrell knocks out good-guy amateur Carlos Avalos for the $70,234 top prize.
"I thought I played well and made the best out of whatever was thrown my way" said Ferrell.
The hand that propelled the Ohio native ironically came at the very end of Day-1 against his heads-up opponent, Carlos. Michael held K-J and flopped a diamond flush. He went all in and was called by Carlos holding the Queen of diamonds. With that scoop Ferrell flew up to 360,000 and was able to take control in Day-2.
Michael and his railbirds rooting him on, including his younger brother James, should be proud of this victory as it's one of the toughest fields and formats Borgata offers. In total, 284 of the best poker players on the East Coast stood in Michael's way including familiar faces such as Gene Castro, Kevin Saul, Matt Stout, Bob Hwang, and John Racener.
Will "The Thrill" Failla continues to make his mark on Borgata and the poker world earning his 4th cash of the series with a 10th place finish for $3,444.
As for the final table, Michael hit his share of miracle suck-outs but in between he managed the short stack brilliantly. Once he became the tournament chip leader he took care of business against the amateur in a heads-up that took just over an hour. Michael also gave props to Carlos' poker skills and fun personality.
Congrats again to our winner Michael Ferrell who is off to the bars and restaurants at Borgata to celebrate this win and blow some of the $70,234 1st place prize money with his brother and friends.
Final Table Results
1st - Jerry Maher (Warren, NJ) - $70,234
2nd - Julian Schulman (Suffern, NY) - $41,735
3rd - Carlos Avalos (woodbridge, VA) - $31,680
4th - Travis Greenawalt (Landisville, PA) - 25,482
5th - Michael Ferrell (Cleveland Heights, OH) - 19,972
6th - Justin Schwartz (Milford, CT) - $14,474
7th - Thomas Hoglund (New Bedford, MA) $11,019