New Jersey player wins Winter Poker Open.
The Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa on January, 18th saw forty remaining players from Event 1 ($500 buy-in event) resume the battle after a field starting with 1,370 players had been whittled down to three. Tae Baik of Leonia, NJ, knocked out the remaining two players to capture the first title of the 2007 Winter Poker Open and the $152,960 in first place prize money.
David Zhu of Scarbourough, Canada, took the second place and a prize of $95,900. The third place finisher, Emad Alabsi of Wickliffe, Ohio took home $58,225. Alabsi, who called himself the "The Beast" at the table, had a dominating table personality often singing for the table or laughing it up with the growing crowd. ‘I always have fun when I'm playing poker here; Borgata offers a great atmosphere to play in.’
Baik, with his perfect "poker face" throughout the tournament, couldn’t stop smiling when he received his prize money and Tag Heuer purchased from Bernie Robbins Fine Jewelry, given to all main event winners throughout the Winter Poker Open. ‘I have played tournaments in Borgata's new poker room before, but this is my first victory in a tournament of this magnitude,’ said Baik.
The $750 buy-in event featured juicy poker action from the aggressive field. Players included Men "The Master" and Joseph Brooks, a winner at the 2006 Borgata Poker Open. The remaining 18 players return to Borgata Event Center on the 19th to play for the championship and their piece of the $464,250 prize pool.
There are 28 Super Satellites and Second Chance Tournaments remaining -- 28 opportunities to take as little as $120 and turn it into thousands.