January 29, 2012 -
Bensalem’s Jamie Kerstetter, whose poker nickname is Jambox, finished fourth for $20,370 and added $2,500 in bounties on Saturday in the $1,650 buy-in plus $500 bounty no-limit hold’em Event No. 20 at the Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City.
The Borgata’s winter poker series includes 28 events and runs through Feb. 3. The championship, a $3,500 buy-in, began Sunday and runs for six days.
Kerstetter, an attorney who grew up in Monroe Township, N.J. before moving to Bucks County, attracted attention late last year when she had a record-tying five cashes at a World Series of Poker Circuit tournament at Harrah’s Atlantic City.
The fourth-place showing at the Borgata plus knocking out five other players – she collected $500 for each one – gave Kerstetter her highest single-event cash. Her biggest so far had been her No. 590 finish in the 2011 WSOP Main Event that earned her more than $21,000.
Kerstetter was eliminated from the Borgata’s Event No. 20 when she was forced to go all-in with K-10 suited and was called by Manh Nguyen, from suburban Pittsburgh, with an A-Q that held up.
The hand that hurt Kerstetter occurred about 15 minutes earlier when Maryland’s two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brock Parker, who went on to win the event and more than $76,000, had J-J on an all-in and beat Kerstetter’s 8-8.
Event No. 20 saw at least three other Philly-area players go to the final table. Jason Loehrs, from Springfield in Delaware County, finished fifth for $15,278, Roman Valerstein, from Newtown in Bucks County, was sixth for $10,185 and Robert Link, of Jenkintown in Montgomery, County was 10th for $5,093. Matthew Brady, of Havertown in Delaware County, was 14th for $4,456.
Valerstein had a celebrity sweating his final hand, but for his opponent. Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Michael Phelps was there watching friend Josh Brikis who had pocket K-K to knock out Valerstein who started with Q-10 and failed to complete an open-ended straight.
The Borgata Winter Open continues through Feb. 3 with the championship, Jan. 29-Feb. 3. Follow the Borgoata poker action as it happens at both www.BorgataPokerBlog.com and at http://www.borgatawinterpokerblog.blogspot.com.
Photo: Jamie Kerstetter finishes fourth in Event No. 20 at Borgata Winter Poker Open. Courtesy of Borgata and Shurilla Guerrilla.