Monday April 22, 2019 at 3:56 pm

The Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey hosted their annual Spring Poker Open. The $2,700 buy-in BSPO Championship Main Event was a re-entry tournament that attracted 505 total entries. David Jackson picked off Shannon Shorr heads-up to win the title and $304,929 in cash.

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Pic by Kaelaine M. (Borgata Poker Blog)

Ship it to David Jackson! Jackson, who used to live in New Jersey but now resides in Jacksonville, Florida returned to the Garden State for a little poker. Jackson headed over to the Borgata Casino for their seasonal poker fiesta down in the Atlantic City marina area.

This time of year, none of the poker players hang out at the infamous AC boardwalk, because the Borgata is the place to be in AC and the east coast for the Borgata Spring Poker Open.

The BSPO Main Event had only a $2,700 buy-in, but it had a $1 million guarantee. The suits at the Borgata didn't have to sweat the guarantee/overlay because the event attracted 505 total entries in this re-entry event. The prize pool topped $1.26 million and the actual players share was around $1.22 million. Only the top 64 places paid out with approximately $305,000 set aside to the champion.

Out of 505 runners, David Jackson emerged as the last player standing. And it wasn't a pushover final table either. The final table included Shannon Shorr, Jake Toole, Vladimir Alexandrov, Michael Cohen, and Andrew Dudley.

Brandon Mueller bubbled off the final table in seventh place.

Jake Toole came into the final table with the big stack worth over 4M in chips. David Jackson was not far behind. Jackson found himself second overall with 3.9M. Shannon Shorr was the other big stack at the final table with 3.1M. Vladimir Alexandrov was fourth with 2.2M. The two shorties at the final table both had under 1M in chips, with Dudley (835K) and Cohen (780K) coming into the final table with a lot less ammo than their opponents.

Before anyone busted, local player Vladimir Alexandrov seized the lead. Short-stacked Dudley busted in sixth place, which paid out $56,333. The other shorty, Michael Cohen, hit the road in fifth place.

Jake Toole went from the penthouse to the outhouse rather quickly. Toole, who had over $1 million in tournament winnings, bounced in fourth place when his Mrs. Slick lost to Shorr's pocket Ochos. Toole won a little more than $87K.

With three remaining, Vladimir Alexandrov was the next player to hit the bricks. Alexandrov could not hold onto the lead and Shorr emerged as the big stack while Jackson slipped to third overall. Alexandrov got it all in with A-Q against Shorr's Carte As de trèfleCarte 3 de trèfle. Shorr flopped a flush draw and got there on the river. Alexandrov took home $110K for third place.

With two remaining, Shorr held a significant edge against Jackson. Shorr rocketed over 10M mark and held over 13M, compared to Jackson 2.2M. That was exactly where Jackson wanated him! Jackson would pull off a sensational comeback against a top-notch player.

Jackson chipped away at the lead. He doubled up with King-Queen versus Queen-Jack when he flopped trip Kings and rivered a boat. Jackson continue to alligator blood his way back into contention. Shorr's big lead became a small one.

Jackson gain the lead and didn't give Shorr a chance to mount a comeback. Jackson sniffed out a bluff to win the biggest hand of the tournament. Shorr whiffed on a gutterball draw. Meanwhile

Jackson also had a missed gutshot, but he flopped top pair. His Carte 8 de piqueCarte 6 de carreau held up against Shorr's Carte Dame de piqueCarte 5 de trèfle. Shorr got his hand caught in the cookie jar and he busted in second place.

Shorr, who had over $7 million in craeer earnings coming into the final table, won $171,448 for the runner-up's share. Not too shabby, eh?

David Jackson banked $304,929 for first place in the Borgata Spring Poker Open. Jackson amassed over $1 million in earnings in the last few years. He's been winning a little something in Vegas the last few summers with a couple of DeepStacks titles to push his career earnings over seven figures. His biggest previous cash occured at the 2014 World Series of Poker when he final tabled a $1,500 donkament, but busted in fourth place with a $183K score.

Borgata Spring Poker Open - Main Event

Buy-in: $2,500

Entrants: 505

Prize Pool: $1,224,625

Payouts: 64

 

BSPO Final Table Results:

1. David Jackson $304,929

2. Shannon Shorr $171,448

3. Vladimir Alexandrov $110,216

4. Jake Toole $87,561

5. Michael Cohen $68,579

6. Andrew Dudley $56,333

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