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Amateurs, Pros Battle at Borgata

12 Sep 2006

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Event five of the 2006 Borgata Poker Open concluded late Sunday night with New Yorker Jeremy Shor coming from behind to defeat an accomplished field and capture the championship. The final table included one Shannon Shorr, ranked second best poker player in the world by Card Player magazine.

Jeremy Shor and James English of South Florida began their head's up duel at 9:00 p.m. and battled late into the night. The duel combined the strategy of a chess match with the intensity that only comes from high stakes poker. English, the second place finisher in the $2,500 event at the 2005 Borgata Poker Open, seemed to have the advantage much of the night before going "card dead." Shor seized the opportunity and gained control eventually ousting English to capture the championship Rolex and $188,000 in first place prize money.

After the tournament ended, a drained but ecstatic Shor was very blunt in describing his victory: "I got lucky. I knew I was playing against better players so I had to take more risks and get lucky; it worked."

English, who watched his significant chip lead evaporate over the last hour of competition, was in shock after the event. After the shock wore off, English admitted he was happy to be taking home $98,000 in prize money -- finishing in second place, for the second consecutive year. A regular on the WPT circuit, English commented after the event, "Borgata is my favorite hotel and casino on the Tour. The tournaments feature the best structure, the best staff, the best hotel rooms; it has everything I want as a poker player."

Another notable player at the final table was eighth place finisher Kirk Acevedo, who took home $19,000 in prize money. Acevedo is a regular on both the big and small screens having starred in HBO's "Oz" and appeared as a guest star on "Law and Order." Acevedo can currently be seen in "Invincible" starring Mark Walberg.

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