Hamnett Claims 2012 WPT Borgata Open Title

Ben Hamnett (Photo: WPT)

Pennsylvania native Ben Hamnett is the 2012 WPT Borgata Open champion after he defeated Matthew Burnitz heads-up in Atlantic City tonight.

Hamnett, who's previous biggest cash was a 274th-place finish at this year's WSOP Main Event for $38,000, earned $818,847 and a $25,500 seat into next year's WPT World Championship for the win.

Key Pot Early Changes Tide

Coming into the final table second-last in chips, Hamnett grabbed the chip lead on just the third hand of the day in a key pot with incoming chip leader Burnitz.

Starting the hand with around 9 million in chips to Hamnett's 4.7 million, Burnitz raised under the gun to 325,000 with A 9.

Hamnett reraised from the button to 525,000 and Burnitz called. When the flop flop came J 8 4, Burnitz checked. Hamnett bet 445,000 and Burnitz called.

The turn card came the critical A. Burnitz checked, Hamnett bet 1,210,000 and Burnitz called.

The 7 river card drew another check from Burnitz before Hamnett shoved for 2,780,000.

After tanking for a minute-and-a-half, Burnitz called only to see Hamnett flip the A Q.

Steve Brecher
Back to the jet for Brecher.

The tide was swung to Hamnett then and there and he rode his new lead all the way to victory 125 hands later.

Burnitz earned $488,850 for his runner-up finish, also by far his largest career cash.

Diaz, Brecher Bust First

The two biggest names at the final table - veteran pro Steve Brecher and 2011 WSOP bracelet winner David Diaz - were actually first to make their exits.

Diaz, second in chips coming in, lots of couple of big pots and busted first in sixth place for $167,337.

Brecher, 2009 WPT Bay 101 Champ, went next in fifith to earn $206,065.

Ofir Mor and Tyler Patterson went out in fourth and third respectively.

For a recap of all the final-table action, check the WPT Live Updates. 

The final six players and their offical payouts, courtesy of WPT.com:

  • 1. Ben Hamnett - $818,847
  • 2. Matthew Burnitz - $488,850
  • 3. yler Patterson - $298,950
  • 4. Ofir Mor - $250,065
  • 5. Steve Brecher - $206,821
  • 6. David Diaz - $167,337

Next stop on the World Poker Tour is the Emperors Palace Poker Classic in Johannesburg, South Africa, from Oct. 22-26. For more details, check WPT.com.

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