Local players finally got in gear at the Borgata Spring Open over the weekend. After watching New York and North Jersey players dominate through the first half of the tournament series, South Jersey came roaring back, especially Mickey Woll, of Manahawkin, N.J.
Woll outlasted Mike Leah, of Las Vegas, early Monday morning to win $42,373 in a $1,090 six-max no-limit hold’em tournament, Event No. 16 of 21 in the spring series. That followed Woll’s sixth-place finish earlier in the weekend for $5,373 in a $400 deep stack no-limit hold’em tournament, Event No. 15.
The $1,090 six-max tournament had some star power at the final table where Steve Dannenmann, the 2005 WSOP Main Event runner-up from Severn, Md., finished sixth for $6,431. According to the Borgata’s official blog, Dannenmann was cruising until his pair of 10s were cracked by Leah’s pair of 8s.
Brian Schmidt, of Philadelphia, finished seventh in the six-max for $6,431. Joseph Cappuccio, of Hammonton, N.J., finished 14th for $1,513. And Jamie Kerstetter, of Bensalem, finished 17th for $1,513.
In Event No. 15, won by Brian Ballentine, of Liverpool, N.Y., for $29,610, besides Woll’s sixth-place showing, other local players to cash included …
7. Frank Dire, Columbus, N.J., $4,332
13. Paul Sleeper, Cherry Hill, N.J., $1,097
20. William Dugan, Ventnor, N.J., $822
21. Thomas Pomponio, Tuckerton, N.J., $822
27. Kevin Sheetz, Lancaster, Pa., $822
Special acknowledgement to PhillyGambles.com follower Paul Sleeper for keeping us informed about tournament results.
Photo: Mickey & Stacey Woll, courtesy the Borgata and Shurilla Guerilla.