Friday, February 3, 2012

8th Place - Zoldak

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em     

John Zoldak (Staten Island, NY)

John Zoldak got his chips in holding pocket Queens, but ran into Christian Iacobellis' pocket Kings.

The board ran out A 9 9 4 J and Christian's Kings were good.  He chipped up to over 5 million.

John Zoldak finished in 8th place, earning $64,337.

At 54 years young, John Zoldak was the elder statesman at this final table.  Born and raised in New York he plays here at Borgata frequently. 

He finished 6th in a $175 + $25 satellite for the main event, earning $3,400, which was nearly enough to buy his entry.  He used that to enter a $700 + $50 satellite, where he won his seat.   He basically turned $200 into over $64,000!

His proudest accomplishment outside of poker is earning a Staten Island Service Award for building baseball fields for Youth Baseball.

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