Hometown hero turns tables on poker pros

Sep 19, 2005 2:25 AM

Borgata poker tables have seen plenty of action with the playing of the Borgata Poker Open, and last week the $1,500 buy-in event proved to be a real barn-burner as players elevated their games to match the increasingly tougher field.

The event’s winner, Robert Hwang, otherwise known as "Action Bob," of Clark, N.J., took home the largest cash prize of the Open, $129,600, and the coveted championship bracelet.

In the end, Hwang bested Brooklyn’s Eugene Todd, who collected $72,900 for placing second in a strategic head-to-head chess match. But in the end, "Action Bob" could not be denied.

Hwang, who calls Borgata his "home casino," was adamant about the event’s classiness and quality.

"This is definitely the nicest casino in New Jersey," Hwang said. "They really improved on the tournament from last year. They really did a tremendous job. I love playing here."