Brian Lemke Wins Borgata Spring Poker OpenApril 12, 2012 11:34 am
Brian Lemke has won the Borgata Spring Poker Open in Atlantic City, after overcoming a field of 1,041 players over two days on his way to collecting the $111,076 first place prize.
The poker pro from Norristown, Pennsylvania dominated the $560 re-buy tournament right from the start and after making the final table, eventually got heads-up holding a 6 to 1 chip advantage over New York’s Joe Daddario. Lemke with pocket tens then defeated Daddario with pocket threes to claim the title, and record his second biggest score ever.
Commenting on Brian Lemke’s impressive tournament win, The Borgata Poker Blog stated:
“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. He completed day one as the only player with more than 1 million chips (1.33 million) and 464,000 more than the second-largest stack.”
With his latest victory, Brian Lemke has now taken his live career earnings to a healthy $1,117,784 to go with the $516,199 he has earned online playing under the screen name “ship_the_perc.”
Famously, at the 2009 WSOP Lemke won the $5k NL Event for $692,690 after defeating Fabian Quoss heads-up for the title. Lemke is also the cousin of poker media figure Justin Shronk, who was a radio producer for Poker Road with credits also associated at Bluff, CardPlayer and PokerNews. Justin Shronk died the same year Lemke won his WSOP bracelet, after which his cousin commented:
“He was with me the whole time – the entire time..I miss him and that bracelet is dedicated to him, my family, my grandma, and his mom.”