Ben Hamnett Wins First WPT Title at Borgata Poker Open
Level 38: 250,000-500,000, 75,000 ante
Ben Hamnett, Matthew Burnitz, Tyler Patterson, Ofir Mor, Steve Brecher, David Diaz, Borgata, Season XI, Featured Blog
By Diana Cox
Ben Hamnett became the latest winner of a WPT title when he outlasted a 1,181 player field at the Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City. Hamnett took his seat at the final table as the second shortest stack in play, 4,720,000, but quickly got to work fighting for the chips.
The tournament would come down to Hamnett and Matthew Burnitz, who started the final table as the chipleader with just over 8.8 million. The two men tangled early on with Hamnett scooping a massive pot off Burnitz on just the third hand of the day, reducing the chipleader's stack to 3,26 million and increasing his own to 10.14 million.
Four eliminations later, Hamnett and Burntiz were at it again in a heads up battle. After the elimination of Tyler Patterson in third place, Hamnett was seated with just over 24 million while Patterson was down to just under 11.4 million.
The end of the tournament began when Burntiz, down to under 5,575,000, raised to 1,050,000 and Hamnett moved all in for about 29,500,000. The short-stacked Burnitz quickly called and flipped over J10. Hamnett opened up KQ and all eyes moved to the dealer who fanned a flop of Q82 to give Hamnett a pair of queens. The 3 on the turn left Burnitz drawing to a nine to avoid elimination, but the river was the 5 and Hamnett's queens held for his first major career title and $818,847 in prize money. Burnitz left with $488,850 for his run.
The first elimination of the final table was David Diaz, who finished in sixth for $167,337. Steve Brecher moved all in from the small blind for about 3 million and Diaz snapped called for less from the big blind. Brecher held K8 and Diaz had A9. The board was dealt 75348 and Diaz was sent to the rail.
Brecher, who won the Bay 101 Shooting Star during Season VII, became the fifth place finisher and added $206,821 to his lifetime WPT winnings. Brecher completed from the small blind only to have Hamnett raise to 580,000 from the big blind. Brecher called to see a flop of 987. Brecher checked, Hamnett made it 565,000 to go, Brecher pushed his stack to the middle of the table and Hamnett called. Brecher flipped over 109 and Hamnett revealed K10. Hamnett hit the king-high flush when the turn was the 8 and left Brecher drawing to an eight or nine for a full house to stay alive. But the A on the river ended Brecher's run at a second WPT title.
Ofir Mor was next to go as the fourth place finisher for $250,065 shortly after Brecher made his exit. Mor was severely crippled when he ran his pocket nines into Patterson's pocket kings on a A32J4 board. After that hand Mor was down to just 225,000 and was all in for his last 165,000 from under the gun two hands later. Mor mucked his final hand after Patterson showed A6 on a KQ1045 board.
After surviving two previous all ins, Patterson was able to hang on long enough to become the third place finisher and take home $298,950. Hamnett min-raised from the button to 600,000 and Patterson moved all in for about 3.1 million with A6. Hamnett went into the tank before making the call with A4. Patterson stayed ahead after a flop of J52 but the 4 on the turn gave Hanmett a pair of fours and the K on the river sealed Patterson's fate as the third place finisher.
Borgata Poker Open final table results
1. Ben Hamnett - $818,847
2. Matthew Burnitz - $488,850
3. Tyler Patterson - $298,950
4. Ofir Mor - $250,065
5. Steve Brecher - $206,065
6. David Diaz - $167,337
12:15 AM, 09/22/12
Hand #48: David Diaz Eliminated in 6th Place ($167,337)
Level 34: 100,000-200,000, 20,000 ante
Steve Brecher moves all in from the small blind for about 3 million, and David Diaz quickly calls all in from the big blind with A9. Brecher turns over K8, and he'll need to improve to stay alive.
Featured Blog, Steve Brecher, David Diaz, Borgata, Season XI
The board comes 75348, and Brecher pairs his eight on the river to win the pot, eliminating David Diaz in sixth place.
Seat 1. Matthew Burnitz - 7,065,000
Seat 2. Steve Brecher - 5,985,000
Seat 3. David Diaz - Out in 6th Place ($167,337)
Seat 4. Ben Hamnett - 8,645,000
Seat 5. Ofir Mor - 5,390,000
Seat 6. Tyler Patterson - 8,365,000
06:27 PM, 09/21/12
Hands #81-83: Matthew Burnitz Wins a Pot Worth 5.3M
Level 31: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
Hand #81 - Matthew Burnitz raises from the cutoff to 230,000, winning the blinds and antes.
Featured Blog, Matthew Burnitz, David Diaz, Borgata, Season XI
Hand #82 - David Diaz limps from the button for 100,000, and Ben Hamnett checks his option in the big blind. The flop comes Q1010, Hamnett checks, Diaz min-bets 100,000, and Hamnett folds. Diaz takes the pot.
Hand #83 - Matthew Burnitz raises from late position to 230,000, David Diaz reraises from the cutoff to 450,000, and Burnitz calls. The flop comes J105, Burnitz checks, Diaz bets 400,000, and Burnitz calls.
The turn card is the K, Burnitz checks, Diaz bets 600,000, Burnitz check-raises to 1,700,000, and Diaz tanks for a while before he calls.
The river card is the 7, putting four diamonds on the board. Both players check. Burnitz shows QJ to win the pot with a queen-high flush, and Diaz mucks.
Pot Size: 5,320,000
Matthew Burnitz - 9,825,000 (98 bb)
David Diaz - 6,300,000 (63 bb)
11:03 PM, 09/20/12
Hand #42: Matt Brady Doubles Thru David Diaz
Level 30: 40,000-80,000, 5,000 ante
Featured Blog, Matt Brady, David Diaz, Borgata, Season XI
Hand #42 - David Diaz (left) min-raises from the button to 160,000, Matt Brady (right) moves all in from the small blind for 1,105,000, and Diaz calls with AJ. Brady turns over AQ, and he'll need it to hold to stay alive.
The board comes 1073106, and Matt Brady wins the pot with his queen kicker to double up in chips.
Matt Brady - 2,320,000 (29 bb)
David Diaz - 9,240,000 (115 bb)
09:30 PM, 09/20/12
Hand #23: Scott Schwalich Eliminated in 10th Place ($44,937)
Level 30: 40,000-80,000, 5,000 ante
Hand #23 - Scott Schwalich moves all in from the small blind for about 1,600,000, and David Diaz quickly calls from the big blind with AQ. Schwalich turns over K7, and he'll need to improve to stay alive.
Featured Blog, David Diaz, Scott Schwalich, Borgata, Season XI
The board comes AJ23Q, and David Diaz wins the pot to eliminate Scott Schwalich from the tournament in 10th place.
David Diaz - 10,990,000
Scott Schwalich - Out in 10th Place ($44,937)
08:37 PM, 09/20/12
Hand #3: David Diaz Doubles Thru Steve Brecher
Level 29: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante
Hand #3 - Ofir Mor raises from middle position to 130,000, Steve Brecher calls from the button, and David Diaz calls from the big blind.
Featured Blog, David Diaz, Steve Brecher, Borgata, Season XI
The flop comes J85, Diaz and Mor both check, and Brecher bets 275,000. Diaz check-raises to 750,000, and Mor folds. Brecher calls.
The turn card is the 2. Diaz bets 1,075,000, and Brecher thinks for a while before he moves all in. Diaz quickly calls all in for 4,115,000 with J8 for top two pair, jacks and eights. Brecher turns over 97 for a double-gutshot straight draw with a diamond flush draw.
The river card is the 9, and David Diaz wins the pot with his two pair to double up into the massive chip lead.
Amazingly, even though Brecher lost this pot worth 10.1 million, he is still second in chips with nearly 5 million.
David Diaz - 10,100,000 (168 bb)
Steve Brecher - 4,975,000 (82 bb)
06:27 PM, 09/20/12
Gaspard First Casualty of Day 4 at Hands of Diaz
Level 25: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
David Diaz, Jean Max Gaspard, Borgata, Season XI
Jean Max Gaspard (pictured) limps from UTG, Jeremy Brown calls from middle position, Steve Brecher completes from the small blind and David Diaz raises to 150,000 from the big blind. Gaspard asnwers by moving all in for less than 500,000, Brown and Brecher fold and Diaz calls.
Gaspard shows 1010 and Diaz turns over QQ. The board is K834A and Gaspard becomes the first elimination of day 4. Diaz is now up to about 2,035,000.
David Diaz - 2,035,000 (84 bb)
Jean Max Gaspard - Eliminated in 27th Place ($16,922)
12:34 PM, 09/20/12