Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Champion - Habashzada

$500 +60 NL Deep Stack Final

Torpekay Habashzada (Broomall, PA)
1st Place, $67,877

Torpekay "The Torpedo" Habashzada completely dominates the final table to take down the Deep Stack tournament. On the final hand, like she did all tournament long, Habashzada finishes with a bang by flopping a king high flush. Habashzada finishes ahead of Jerry Brown and Mike Murphy.

"It's so good, my first real tournament and I can't believe I did this well," says Habashzada who takes home nearly $68,000 for first place.

Habashzada, who we highlighted early during Day 1B play as the wife of successful Borgata regular Sirous Jamshidi, mixes in a good run of cards with aggressive play.

"I've never seen a lady play so ferociously aggressive," says Jerry Brown (Philadelphia, PA), who takes home more than $36,000 for second place, "that when she did get it in, she was either ahead or she hit, which is why she had 95% of the chips towards the end of the tournament."

Habashzada's big hand comes early at the final table when she won a 4 million chip pot against Jennifer So (Galloway, NJ), who was the chip leader at the time. With all the money in preflop, the Torpedo is behind with K 10♣ against So's Q Q, but a 10 on the flop, followed by a 10 on the turn, gives Habashzada trip 10s and a commanding chip lead.

"You have to play your hands and sometimes you get lucky," says the mother of three, who's originally from Afghanistan. Habashzad continued to get hit by the deck as he torpedoed most of the final table, knocking out 6 of the final 8 players.

"You play two full days, your happy just to win something,"says Brown, who began the final table with less than 400k, "and being as short stacked as I was the whole final table, I'm ecstatic to come in the place I did."

Mike Murphy (Wilkes Barre, PA), who's a full-time player and Villanova graduate, finished third good for almost $19,000. "I play a lot of these (tournaments) and this is my best finish, so it's great," says Murphy. "I've gotten to the last two or three tables, but never a final table."

But in the end, the table belonged to the Torpedo, who says her husband is thrilled. "He's very proud of me," she says while clutching the crystal trophy for winning Event 12 of the Borgata Summer Poker Open.

Jerry Brown (Philadelphia, PA)
2nd Place, $36,761

Mike Murphy (Wilkes Barre, PA)
3rd Place, $18,973

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