Cameron Cornell (Asbury Park, NJ)
Poker is a crazy game and that's why we all love it. Anything can happen and every hand is unique. Here's the hand that gave Cameron Cornell a glimmer of hope and some Borgata excitement when the players were down to three.
After antes, Cameron is down to his last three 1000 orange chips and must put them in as he's big blind. Robert Israeli and Robert Romanowski both call the full bb creating a side pot.
Cameron doesn't look at his cards and sees a flop of 8♦ Q♦ 10♦ .
Israeli bets 25,000 and Romanowski calls.
Turn: 5 .
Israeli bets 25,000 and Romanowski goes all in putting his tournament life at risk for 662,000.
Israeli snap calls and tables A♦K♥ for the nut-flush draw and a Broadway gutshot draw.
Romanowski announces, "straight" and rolls over J♥ 9♠ . He flopped a straight and still has to sweat a diamond and a Queen.
But wait, let's not forget about Cameron Cornell who finally looks at his cards and tables - wait for it - wait for it.....a straight flush.
He had J♦ 9♦ and flopped the joint - a straight flush.
So now if Israeli hits his man, Romanowski takes third and Cameron moves up to second after starting the hand with basically a chip and a chair.
Turn and river run clean: 2♠ 7♠.
Cameron triples his short stack winning the main and Romanowski takes a commanding chip lead scooping the monster side of 1.3 million.
Cameron hung in there for a couple more hands then couldn't hold on any longer.
Cornell runs a retail store and designs clothes when he's not playing poker. He's primarily an on-line player so this is his largest Borgata cash.
Wanted to say hello to buddies Jake and Alexis who also play poker.
Cameron Cornell finished in 3rd Place earning $5,382.