9/26/09 – Big money attracts big players, and that was certainly in evidence at the World Poker Tour Borgata Open this week when 1 018 entrants signed up to compete for a main prize of $925 514.
The televised tournament finally came down to a six man final table tussle that involved Oliver Busquet in the chip lead, followed by Jeremy Brown, Ivan Mamuzic, Yanick Brodeur, Keith Crowder and Kenny Nguyen, all of whom eventually went home with six-figure payouts.
Busquet was to hold on to his chip lead for much of the action despite some strong challenges and changes during final table play, mainly against Jeremy Brown, who demolished much of the opposition.
It all ended in a tense and competitive 153 hand heads up facing Jeremy Brown, who at that stage had taken a 3 to 1 chip dominance into the game, and at one stage had built on that to a significant degree. But what at one point looked like a Brown win for sure turned around as Busquet's aggressive play won several key hands and he staged an impressive comeback to finally triumph and collect the $925 514 first prize and the title.
Brown took home a well earned $453 519 second prize.