Level 36 (500,000/1,000,000/200,000)
Total Entries: 1,857
Players Remaining: 1
Chip Average: 185,700,000
The Almighty Stack event has seen an eclectic group of winners in its short run as a BPO Event. From online pro Steve Madara winning it in September 2016 to the colorful Chris Limo winning the September before that, the event always seems to capture a certain moment in a player’s career.
Andy Spears is no stranger to Borgata success. The 28-year-old Spears has finished in the money numerous times in Word Poker Tour events and in 2015, he finished second to Brian Lemke in the Spring Poker Open Main Event. The only thing missing from Spears’s resume was a Mini-Borgata Trophy but that changed today.
Always quick out of the gate in tournaments, Spears took the overall chip lead into Day 2 and from there began to grow his stack even higher. Spears navigated his way through the moving day minefield and started right in the middle of the pack on Day 3. In what was the pivotal moment for him and Bryan Neira with 15 players left, Spears won a 30,000,000 chip pot when his queens held over Neira’s ace-king to send the latter to the rail and give Spears the chip lead.
Once at the final table, Spears used his many years of tournament experience to navigate and dissect the many different playing styles of his opponents. In addition to that, Spears won the necessary flips to send two separate players to the rail to put himself into the chip lead. A deal was made shortly thereafter and Spears will leave the Event Center $94,800 richer along with possession of the “Almighty 500” trophy.
Victory certainly is sweet for Spears and we look forward to seeing him play once again in next week’s WPT event.