Ben Hamnett Wins First WPT Title at Borgata Poker Open
Level 38: 250,000-500,000, 75,000 ante
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
Matthew Burnitz raises from the small blind to 775,000, and Ben Hamnett calls from the big blind. The flop comes 854, Burnitz checks, Hamnett bets 475,000, and Burnitz check-raises to 1,300,000. Hamnett calls.
The turn card is the 6, Burnitz checks, Hamnett bets 1,675,000, and Burnitz check-raises to 4,000,000. Hamnett thinks for a minute before he calls.
The river card pairs the board with the 8, Burnitz checks, and Hamnett thinks for about 30 seconds before he moves all in. Burnitz folds, and Hamnett takes the pot.
Pot Size: 12,300,000
Seat 1. Matthew Burnitz - 10,100,000
Seat 4. Ben Hamnett - 21,200,000
Seat 6. Tyler Patterson - 4,150,000
Steve Brecher raises under the gun to 260,000, David Diaz calls from middle position, and Matthew Burnitz calls from the big blind. The flop comes JJ6, Burnitz checks, Brecher bets 475,000, and Diaz raises to 975,000.
Burnitz thinks for about 30 seconds before he moves all in. Brecher thinks for more than two minutes before he folds, and Diaz quickly folds behind. Matthew Burnitz takes the pot.
Pot Size: 3,325,000
Seat 1. Matthew Burnitz - 4,435,000
Seat 2. Steve Brecher - 5,930,000
Seat 3. David Diaz - 7,050,000
Seat 4. Ben Hamnett - 9,605,000
Seat 5. Ofir Mor - 3,120,000
Seat 6. Tyler Patterson - 5,310,000
Matthew Burnitz limps from the cutoff for 120,000, David Diaz completes the small blind, and Ben Hamnett checks his option in the big blind. The flop comes Q108, Diaz and Hamnett both check, and Burnitz bets 250,000. Diaz quickly folds, and Hamnett calls.
The turn card is the 6, and both players check. The river card is the 6, Hamnett checks, Burnitz bets 300,000, and Hamnett thinks for a bit before he calls.
Burnitz shows K6 for trip sixes, but Hamnett turns over Q2 to win the pot with the lowly deuce of spades for a flush.
Seat 1. Matthew Burnitz - 3,595,000
Seat 2. Steve Brecher - 5,505,000
Seat 3. David Diaz - 8,315,000
Seat 4. Ben Hamnett - 9,695,000
Seat 5. Ofir Mor - 3,330,000
Seat 6. Tyler Patterson - 5,010,000
Hand #5: Matthew Burnitz Takes a 2.7M Pot vs. Ben Hamnett
Level 32: 60,000-120,000, 10,000 ante
Ben Hamnett min-raises from middle position to 240,000, and Matthew Burnitz calls from the small blind. Both players check to the turn on a board of 6438, Burnitz bets 350,000, and Hamnett thinks for about 30 seconds before raising to 1,025,000.
Burnitz thinks for a moment before moving all in for 2,910,000, and Hamnett tanks for about two minutes before he folds. Matthew Burnitz takes the pot to regain some of the chips he lost to Hamnett two hands ago.
Pot Size: 2,710,000
Seat 1. Matthew Burnitz - 4,595,000
Seat 2. Steve Brecher - 5,045,000
Seat 3. David Diaz - 8,575,000
Seat 4. Ben Hamnett - 8,855,000
Seat 5. Ofir Mor - 3,350,000
Seat 6. Tyler Patterson - 5,030,000
Matthew Burnitz raises under the gun to 325,000, Ben Hamnett reraises from the button to 525,000, and Burnitz calls. The flop comes J84, Burnitz checks, Hamnett bets 445,000, and Burnitz calls.
The turn card is the A, Burnitz checks, Hamnett bets 1,210,000, and Burnitz thinks for nearly a minute before he calls.
The river card its he 7, Burnitz thinks for a bit before he checks, and Hamnett thinks for about 30 seconds before moving all in for 2,780,000. Burnitz asks for an exact count before he goes to into the tank.
Burnitz thinks for a minute and a half before he calls. Hamnett shows AQ for a pair of aces with a queen kicker, and Burnitz turns over A9 for a pair of aces with a nine kicker. Ben Hamnett wins the pot to double up into the chip lead.
Seat 1. Matthew Burnitz - 3,290,000
Seat 2. Steve Brecher - 5,455,000
Seat 3. David Diaz - 8,085,000
Seat 4. Ben Hamnett - 10,140,000
Seat 5. Ofir Mor - 3,370,000
Seat 6. Tyler Patterson - 5,110,000
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.
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)