Norristown’s Brian Lemke won the first event of the Borgata Spring Poker Open and more than $111,000 in dominating fashion.
Lemke, a World Series of Poker bracelet winner, bested a huge field of 1,041 players at the Borgata in a $560 buy-in no-limit hold’em event when his pocket 10s crushed the pocket 3s of runner-up Joe Daddario from Hauppage, N.Y.
While most poker players would count such a windfall as the highlight of their careers, Lemke won more than $690,000 at the 2009 WSOP in a $5,000 no-limit hold’em event. His career earnings, both live and online, are over the $1 million mark, according to the Borgata Poker Blog.
After running over the field, Lemke went into heads-up play with a 6-to-1 chip advantage and used it to cruise home.
The Borgata Poker Blog had this to say about Lemke’s tournament.
Throughout the tournament, Lemke was catching cards, winning the races when he needed to, and drawing out on the short-stacks when he was behind. He used his big stack to intimidate and push his opponents around, relentlessly accumulating chips.
The Borgata Spring Open runs through April 20 with a $1 million guaranteed main event, April 15-19, with a total buy-in of $2,700.
Photo: Courtesy the Borgata and Shurilla Guerilla