Friday, June 25, 2010

Torpedo Firing Again

$2000 + $200 Championship Event
$500,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool (Day 1A)

Every Borgata Poker Open a new "notable" player is born, and without question this is the Summer of Torpekay "Torpedo" Habashzada. The Broomall, PA native made headlines for winning the $560 Deep Stack with her aggressive and at times haphazard play. Now she's wreaking havoc in the Championship Event.

During the first 3o minutes Habashzada has the table on its heels as she repeatedly shoves all-in. Usually after the turn, usually into 8k pots. George Antonakos (Baltimore, MD) is one of her targets as his 30k stack is cut down by one third.

With blinds at 50/100 a player in middle position opens to 600 and Antonakas makes the call. The Torpedo raises to 3500 from the button and gets a call from the initial raiser. Antonakos shoves all-in for 16k. Habashzada tanks, counts out the chips and makes the call.

Antonakos: A A
Torpedo: K 9

Flop: J 6 5
Turn: 7
River 10

"I thought the 8 was coming," says Antonakos, who dodges the Torpedo's straight draw on the river.

Antonakos is relieved to finally get his chips back, while Habashzada is back to mortal status with roughly her 30k starting stack.

Dan Spanton (North Plainfield, NJ) pulls me aside and says the Torpedo's been all-in "14 times, no joke, she's sick."

Level 1 winding down.

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