Josh Mancuso (New Orleans, LA)
On the final hand of the Borgata Winter Poker Open, Josh Mancuso held AK suited and needed help from the board to claim the title. He got it with a king in the door of the flop.
His pair of Kings beat Jeff Papola's pocket 6s and Josh had all 22 million chips in play.
"It definitely wasn't easy. I had to run good and hit hands at the right times," he said.
Mancuso has been playing professionally for about 4 years, but is better known for his on-line play under the screen name "DahJinerat," and happy to get the win.
"It validates my on-line results," said Mancuso, who has more than $900,00 in online results. "Many players haven't made the transition to live play, so to win a live main event is great."
Two years ago, Josh was here for the Winter Poker Open and doing well, but busted out in 17th place ($14,712) at the hands of Tom Marchese, who went on to finish 3rd. Jeff Madsen was the Champion that year.