Jeff Papola (New York, NY)
The final two traded jabs for a little while, but Josh Mancuso never surrendered the chip lead.
On the final hand:
Jeff Papola opened for 240k (min-raise). Josh raised to 610k.
Jeff moved all-in. Josh called.
Jeff held pocket 6s. Josh held A♣ K♣ suited. The flop came with a King in the window.
The final board was K J 8 9 T and sent all 22 million chips to Josh.
Jeff Papola finished in 2nd place, earning $315,837.
Jeff finished 7th in the 2010 Borgata Poker Open ($118k) the year that Dwyte Pilgim won it all. He has a WSOP bracelet he won in the $5k Six Max event in 2010 and a Borgata trophy he won during the 2011 Fall Poker Open ($700 Six Max NL). He was hoping to add a second Borgata trophy to his collection, but came up short.
"I got lucky a number of times," he commented about this tournament. Jeff played on day 1A and busted out, then entered again on day 1B. During the last level of the re-entry period, he was all-in with pocket Queens against pocket Kings. He thought he would be entering for a third time, but hit a Queen on the board to stay alive. That hand propelled him to day two.
On the second day, he was all-in with AQ against pocket Queens. This time he caught an Ace to survive. Day three was a roller-coaster for him. He started with ~300k chips, got up to 1.2 million, then was back down around 300k to end the day.
His stack went through the same kind of variance today. Papola started at 2.4 million, was up to 6 million, then back down to 1 million, and back up again. He added that while the table was stacked with recognizable names, that third place finisher Marc Goldman caused him some problems.
"Marc made it difficult to adjust with him on my right," he said. "I wasn't having a lot of fun because I had to be more selective with my hands. He made it tough, but I think I adjusted right."
Papola expects to be back at Borgata in April for the Spring Poker Open, to take another shot at the title.
Papola & Alex "Jedi" Nepomnyaschiy