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New Jersey Man takes the Borgata Poker Open.

Event eight of Borgata's 2006 Poker Open drew to a close as Joseph Brooks, of Egg Harbour Township, NJ, defeated poker great Lars Bonding for the title. The 317 players in the $2,500 buy-in event included some of the biggest names in poker, including former World Poker Tour Player of the Year, Eric ‘E-Dog’ Lingren and Barry Greenstein.

The jubilant crown celebrated Brooks’ win as he overcame a dangerously short chip stack to defeat Bonding in head's up action. ‘Borgata is my 'home turf,' said Brookes. ‘I was the underdog at a final table of poker greats and it is difficult to explain how great it feels to win my first major championship at the Borgata Poker Open. I really appreciate all the fans and staff at the Event Center.’

Brooks took home the biggest prize of the 2006 Borgata Poker Open to date, collecting $241,713, and the Champion's Rolex watch from Bernie Robbins Fine Jewellery.

Bonding collected $133,140 and third-place finisher Mike Gracz won $64,589 as payouts sky-rocketed for this high buy-in event. Bonding said after the event, ‘I am happy for Joey. I had most of the chips when we began head's up, but he played great and won. I am happy with my finish and look forward to coming back to Borgata.’

Fourth-placer, Padraig Parkinson of Ireland, collected $55,475. ‘Amongst Europeans, Borgata is known as the gold standard, the best,’ said Parkinson. ‘I skipped a major European tournament to come to the Borgata Poker Open and now I am sure it was a good decision. They treat people right at Borgata.’

Stephen Holder.
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