With the completion of the Deeper Stack NLH event in the wee hours of this morning, the decks have been cleared, completing the first week of the 2017 Winter Poker Open. Several records were broken this week including the largest ever single field, which was in the Deep Stack Kickoff event. Six starting flights generated 5,512 entrants, beating last year’s attendance by more than 400 entries.
Aristoteles Neto is the official winner, but the final seven players agreed on Adjusted Payouts that resulted in them all cashing out for six figures. The massive opener was followed by another large field in the Black Chip Bounty event. There were 749 entrants, beating the previous year by more than 100. Stephen Gerber took more than $40,000 and 1st place in a three-way deal, wrapping the event after 5am on Day 2.
The first Saturday Series event of the WPO also ended in a three-way deal shortly before 7am. Gordon Eng earned his second lifetime Borgata Open trophy and $50,000, topping the massive 778 entrant field. The event’s $100,000 guarantee was beat by more than $170,000!
Matt Emmel started off strong in his attempt to defend his Heads Up title from last year, but washed out one round short of the money. In the end it was Eric Schwartz, who won the 2016 BPO Event Center/Online Heads-Up tournament last September who repeated as champion, beating two-time Borgata Open titleist Zhaoxing Wang in the finals and collecting more than $24,000 along with his second Borgata trophy.
On Sunday, the Seniors turned out a 173 entrants, another field that was larger than in 2016. James Kinney came out on top of a seven-way Adjusted Payout, earning $8,100 and the hefty Borgata Hotel replica trophy.
The Deeper Stack NLH event was running alongside the Seniors on Sunday. It’s $25,000 guarantee turned out a field of 313, more than doubling the guarantee. The large field took until 4am to find a winner, which was Victor Paulino, in a heads-up deal with David Jackson. Victor claimed more than $14,000 and his first Borgata trophy.
That wraps up the first eight events and the first week of the series. The second week fires up with the Deepest Stack $150,000 Guaranteed event, which has two starting flights today. Another record field is expected to kick off the second week of the Winter Poker Open. That will be followed by the hugely popular Almighty Stack, which carries a $500,000 guarantee. It has three starting flights running Tuesday & Wednesday, with the final two days on Thursday and Friday.
The Super Stack Elevator, Pot Limit Omaha H/L, HORSE, Six Max, and another Super Survivor will round out the second week, taking us to another very busy Saturday at the end of the week. Stay tuned to the Winter Poker Open blog for all the action and follow @BorgataPoker on Twitter for the latest updates.