Borgata Summer Open Champ
The Borgata summer open wrapped up its championship event Tuesday with the win going to a regular Borgata player, Billy O’Neil of College Park Md. O’Neil win $180,595.
“It’s fantastic,” O’Neil tells the Borgata. “I got real lucky, what can I say.”
Second place goes to Mirza Nagji, who wins $104,620.
On the final hand, Nagji bet 550K on a board of 2 of hearts, 4 and 7 of clubs and 6 and 8 of diamonds. O’Neil re-raised to 2 million, putting Nagji all-in. After a short pause, Nagji called only to see O’Neil’s King and 5 of clubs gave him the straight and the championship.
“I wouldn’t have called that last bet,” Nagji said, saying he had Jack, seven on the last hand. “Either he had the straight or he didn’t. Up until the eight came out, I had top pair.”
Nagji, it should be noted, has a cash at The World Series of Poker main event. He finished 339th in 2008, good for about $32,000.
The $2,000 buy-in championship tournament began with 321 players and had a total prize pool of $642,000.
We’ve noted several times that with the WSOP underway in Vegas, the summer open was left wide open for local players. O’Neil’s win brought a lot of congratulations from the Borgata staff that knows him well.
“It’s great, fantastic,” said O’Neil. “It’s nice when somebody who plays here regularly wins any of these tournaments, ever.”
Here’s the final table results:
1. Billy O’Neil,$ 180,595
2. Mirza Nagji, $ 104,620
3. Todd Geddis, $ 51,687
4. Mike Melkersen $ 43,592
5. Steven Curtin $ 37,364
6. John Borzio $ 31,137
7. Frank Dellaria $ 24,910
8. Dean Potashner $ 18,683
9. Ed Corrado $ 12,456
10. Joshua Hakakian $ 8,096
For a full rundown on the open, which wraps up today, go here.
And here’s O’Neil on his win