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First time player wins New Jersey poker tournament

Fri, Sep 6, 12:28pm by Staff Writer

In his first-ever reported tournament win, Rolf Andersen of Galloway, New Jersey earned $8404 and the hefty Borgata Poker Open trophy for taking first place in the $340 Omaha/Stud High/Low tournament.

Originally from Denmark, Andersen has been living in New Jersey for the last eight years.

Andersen is primarily a cash game player, but the mixed cash games are a little “too rich” for his bankroll, so he decided to try his luck in this tournament, according to Poker News.

He got a bit unlucky on day one, when his pocket kings ran into the rolled-up jacks of Sandra Demasky and he was left with just 1,200 chips.

He had one big bet remaining.

“You only have to get lucky once,” he said, as he described his comeback from that near-fatal hand.

By the end of Day 1, he was fourth in chips out of the remaining 16 players and in good shape starting fresh on Day 2.

The second day of action say half the players that returned leave empty handed and that included some very experienced players and Borgata regulars.

Michael Gabarick, Gary Kosakowski, Ilya Dyment and Bill Munley all reported to the rail short of the redraw for the final table.

The bubble took a while to burst as no one wanted to lose out on a payday.

It took a double-elimination to finally break through, leaving murder-mystery novelist Matthew Stevens as the bubble boy, finishing ninth and Lonnie Heimowitz cashing out in eighth place for $663.

Andersen claimed the chip lead for the first time with that pot and continued pushing the action.

The most experienced player at the table by far was Roland Israelashvili, with more than $3.3m in career tournament earnings and 15 titles, including six WSOP circuit wins and two Borgata trophies.

All that couldn’t save him, however, when his last chips went in playing Omaha 8.

After flopping middle pair and a low draw, he whiffed all his possibilities and was eliminated in seventh place.

Four-time Borgata title winner Barry Levy started day two as the chip leader, but saw his hopes for a fifth title dashed by three-time Borgata tite winner Vincent Basilicata.

Levy’s two pair was no good against Basilicata’s trips on fifth street.

Levy finished fifth for $1,548.

The last woman remaining in this event, Sandra Demaskey, held her own in a tough field, but her trip fives were run down by the juggernaut of Andersen, who had a straight.

She finished fourth for $1.769 and was followed to the rail by Basilicata.

His stack was halved by Andersen who made Broadway to beat Basilicata’s lower straight, then the last of his chips went to Kyle Sparks.

Basilicata earned $2,654 for his third-place finish.

Andersen had a more than 2:1 chip lead over Sparks when the heads-up play began and it didn’t take long with the growing blinds and limits before Sparks was extinguished and Andersen had all the chips.

Sparks took home $4,866 for second place in what appears to be his first reported tournament cash.

Event 2 final table results

Place Player Earnings
1 Rolf Andersen $8,404
2 Kyle Sparks $4,856
3 Vincent Basilicata $2,654
4 Sandra Demaskey $1,769
5 Barry Levy $1,548
6 Andrew Dudley $1,327
7 Roland Israelashvili $886
8 Lonnie Heimowitz $663


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