Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Man wins ladies poker tournament at the Borgata

A 65-year-old man beat out a field of 260 women to win the Borgata Poker Open's Ladies No Limit Hold 'Em tournament on Saturday.

Abraham Korotki of Ventnor City, N.J., took down the $20,982 first place prize and Nicole Rowe, 40, took second.

She isn't happy about it, according to this story on Philly.com.

"When you're a woman and you play poker, 99 percent of the time you're at a table with nine men," Rowe told Philly.com. "Why he have to ruin it for us? Why would he do this?"

Korotki said he was donating the winnings to three charities and the reason he played was because he was bounced from an earlier tournament too quickly.

By law, Korotki has a right to play in the tournament. 'Ladies only' is merely a suggestion, not a requirement.

Rowe also suggested to chop the pot when it went heads up, but Korotki didn't want to. According to the article, he wanted to win the tournament, it wasn't about the money. The proposal would have split the money down the middle, but Korotki had a chip lead at that point.

Should have Korotki played? Probably not.

Should have Borgata officials reminded him they wanted it to be a ladies-only event? Probably.

Rowe was diagnosed with breast cancer and will have a mastectomy at the end of the month. She plans to use the money from her winnings to support herself at home following the operation.

I wish Rowe all the best, but I'm rather annoyed with her victim attitude. Korotki didn't ruin it for anyone. Apparently, the Borgata didn't receive any complaints from the other women in the tournament.

Additionally, the outcome would have been different if Kortoki was not in tournament, meaning Rowe might not have even cashed.

I say this all as a woman.

Play your game and knock everyone else out of the way.

She should be proud of the fact she did so well instead of complaining.

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