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Caruso Beyond Ecstatic with Borgata Omaha Victory

Anthony Caruso said that he was “beyond ecstatic” after winning the Borgata PL Omaha Event #11, collecting his prize money and lifting the winner´s trophy.

Caruso Beyond Ecstatic with Borgata Omaha VictoryAnthony Caruso said that he was “beyond ecstatic” after winning the Borgata PL Omaha Event #11, collecting his prize money and lifting the winner´s trophy.

Caruso´s ecstasy was primarily due to recovering from being down to his last three big blinds when the tournament went five-handed after a roller-coaster day in which he had held the lead mid-way through the tournament, had seen his Aces cracked to just survive the money bubble, been beaten up by Eddie Blumenthal (not literally) at the final table and then doubled up in two consecutive hands before reaching the heads-up climax of the tournament.

On his journey to the final table Anthony Caruso had been on fire – busting out two players in one hand to take the chip lead with just twenty-three players remaining – but he suffered a setback when doubling up Larry Wolf as the field was reduced to fifteen. With only nine players cashing in the event, Anthony Caruso survived a nervous level until the money bubble broke.

Everything Goes Caruso´s Way in the End

Once on the final table, Anthony Caruso found it difficult to get bets past massive chip leader Eddie Blumenthal, and was reduced to just 70,000 chips when the game went five-handed and the blinds increased to 10,000/20,000. However two consecutive double ups against Blumenthal enable Caruso to work with a usable stack and, after Jiaqi Xu had turned a Flush to bust Blumenthal in fourth, Caruso eliminated Larry Wolf in third to take a narrow advantage into the heads-up.

The heads-up was to last only one hand – which unfortunately was not recorded – but Anthony Caruso´s hand of A K♣ Q♣ 10♠ was good enough to take down the PL Omaha event and first prize of $9,778 – Caruso´s second victory in a Borgata Poker Open tournament after victory in the 6-Max NL Hold´em Event in the Summer Series of 2010. Incredibly all of Anthony Caruso´s live poker cashes have been at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.

No wonder he said at the end of his victory interview I love it here!

Borgata Fall Poker Open Event #11 – Facts and Figures

Event #11 of the Borgata Fall Poker Open series fell on the Friday prior to the big $1 million guaranteed Championship Event taking place and was subsequently sparsely attended. Just 64 players ponied up the $500.00 buy-in for the event, creating a prize pool of $28,800. Nine of the ten players who made it to the final table cashed in the event, but for winner Anthony Caruso “the trophy is way more important than the first place money.”

# Borgata Poker Open Event #11 Prize
1 Anthony Caruso $9,778
2 Jiaqi Xu $5,308
3 Larry Wolf $3,352
4 Eddie Blumenthal $2,514
5 Sardor Gaziev $1,956
6 Tim Schneider $1,676
7 Jermaine Reid $1,397
8 Michael Clark $1,117
9 Lisa Lisberger $838