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21-Year Old Wins Borgata Title.

The marquee event of the 2006 Borgata Poker Open, at the Borgata Event Center, proved to be an exciting competition, providing spectators with some of the most intriguing and exciting poker play on the World Poker Tour to date.

Mark Newhouse (21), from North Carolina, took the title and a $1,5 million prize, beating Chris McCormack (22) in head's-up action. McCormack won a handsome $802,985 for his second place finish. These two were the youngest players at the table and Newhouse is the second youngest player to ever win a WPT Championship.

‘On Monday (the final 27) I used my monster chip stack to push the players around and knock them out; I came to the final table with the same strategy,’ said Newhouse. ‘Chris (McCormack) played so well and matched my aggressive play, so I adjusted. I started to lose some confidence as he took the chip lead in head's-up action, but I played my game and won the championship.’

McCormack, disappointed with his second place finish said, ‘I have come close in past WPT tournaments, but this was the first televised final table and I expected to win. I rebuilt my chip stack during the early rounds at the final table and put myself in the position to win, but this was Mark's night. It is still great to take home over $800,000 and I will definitely be back at Borgata and other WPT events.’

‘Borgata is the perfect fit for the WPT because it's a very classy and elegant casino property,’ said Mike Sexton, WPT announcer and star player. ‘It's the finest property in Atlantic City, and the WPT truly has the greatest venues in the game and it is only fitting that our east coast stop, here in Atlantic City is Borgata.’

Stephen Holder.
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