Level 4: Blinds 100/200/25 ante
Total Event 1 Entries: 523
Cards are flying again after the break.
John Gale is making a big splash in his return to poker after a three-year hiatus. He’s been away from poker while battling a brain tumor and having open-heart surgery. Nine years after winning his first WSOP bracelet in the $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em event (good for $374,849), he returned to Vegas last summer and claimed his second bracelet in the $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em event (good for $298,290).
Despite the three-year gap, John has career earnings of more than $3.7 million going back to 2005 and even has one Borgata Open title from 2008. His largest single career cash was in January 2005 in the WPT/PCA Championship. That $7,800 + $200 NLH event earned him a spot on the WPT Champions Cup and more than $890,000.
Displaying his wry sense of humor, he said the following in a interview with Poker News after his bracelet win at the 2015 WSOP:
“The last three years I’ve spent in and out of hospitals having all sorts of surgeries. I’ve missed the last three WSOPs, and I’ve been miserable as hell every time. I’m just so thrilled to be back here even though my doctor told me I shouldn’t fly. I said I’d compromise, I’ll take a plane.
“All unsuccessful on the brain tumor, which surprise, I thought you had to have a brain before you got a tumor on it.”
End of Level 3: Blinds 100/200
Total Event 1 Entries: 490
After three levels, players were sent on a ten minute break. They’ll get breaks after levels six, nine, and twelve, then play the last four levels straight through at the end of the flight.
Registration for this flight will close when they return from the break after level 9.
The bag & tag for Flight A should take place around 8:30pm.
Level 3: Blinds 100/200
Total Event 1 Entries: 425
Level 2: Blinds 75/150
Total Event 1 Entries: 368
Players continue to fill the empty seats here in the Event Center. Blinds are up for the second level and we’ve already heard the call of “Seat Open!” several times.
Level 1: Blinds 50/100
Total Entries: 312
The 2016 Winter Poker Open kickoff event is underway! Tournament Director Tab Duchateau has issued the directive to “Shuffle Up and Deal!”
Players will sit down with 25,000 chips to start and all levels on Day 1 are 30 minutes long. Late registration and re-entry are available until the start of level 10 (about 4pm). Players who bust out may choose to re-enter this or any other starting flights as many times as they like.
This is a “Best Stack Forward” event, which means that if a player bags chips at the end of a flight, they may register and play another flight. If they bag chips more than once, they will take their biggest stack into Day 2 and the other chips will be forfeit (no combining!).
This is a four day tournament and the final table, which takes place on Sunday January 24th at 12 noon, will be streamed online with hole cards and commentary (30-minute delay).
The finishing touches are underway in the Event Center in preparation for the start of the 2016 Winter Poker Open! In just a few minutes the doors will open and the now-quiet ballroom will begin to fill with the first flight of players hoping to capture a piece of Event 1’s $2 Million Guaranteed prize pool.
Flight A begins at 11:00 am and is the first of six starting flights taking place over the next three days:
Flight A: 11am Today
Flight B: 5pm Today
Flight C: 11am Wednesday
Flighr D: 5pm Wednesday
Flighr E: 10am Thursday
Flight F: 7pm Thursday
All flights will play sixteen 30-minute levels before bagging up for the night The survivors of all six flights will return at 12 noon Friday for Day 2 with their eyes on the monster prize pool!
Online registration for the 2016 Winter Poker Open tournaments has closed. Players will now have to wait until 12 noon Monday, January 18th, to register onsite in Borgata’s Poker Room.
The registration window at the Poker Room cage will open at 12 pm Monday and remain open until 12 midnight. Once registration opens, players can register in advance for any of the WPO events. Beginning Tuesday, January 19th, at 8am, registration will re-open in the Event Center lobby, where it will remain through the close of registration for the final event of the 2016 WPO series. Hours will be 8am to 12 midnight daily.
There’s still time to register to win a seat in the Winter Poker Open WPT Championship! Just go to https://www.theborgata.com/casino/poker/tournaments/winter-poker-open-2016/contest and complete the form to be entered in a random drawing for a $3,500 entry in the Championship event. The winner may choose to start Day 1A – Sunday, January 31, 2016 OR Day 1B – Monday, February 1, 2016. The event runs through Friday, February 5th, when the final table will be live streamed by the World Poker Tour!
The 2016 Borgata Winter Poker Open is just one week away and the excitement is mounting! The series is starting about a week later than in previous years and many players are chomping at the bit to hit the felt. This series is going to be a monster with $6.7 million in guarantees! The WPO series will take place in Borgata’s Event Center as usual, but this year ALL events will play out in the Event Center, rather than relocating to the Poker Room for the last few days.
Online registration is still available for all 22 Main Events. In addition, online qualifiers are currently running on BorgataPoker.com and they will continue through the end of January. Click here for more details.
On-site registration will be open Monday, January 18 from noon to midnight in the Borgata Poker Room. Starting Tuesday, January 19, on-site registration will move to the Event Center lobby and will be open daily from 8am to 12 midnight throughout the series.
During the Winter Poker Open, FOUR events will have live-streamed final tables:
Tournament Director Tab Duchateau has already released the names of the commentators for the $2 Million GTD Event 1 final table. Michael Gagliano (@Gags30Poker), Tyler Patterson (@TylerPoker), and Joe Stapelton (@Stapes) will be handling the play-by-play and all three have lots of experience sharing their excellent poker insights from the booth. Anyone interested in providing commentary for the other finales should contact @TabDuchateau.
In addition to the events previously mentioned, there are 18 additional trophy events, including two $100,000 GTD Saturday Series events, two Pot Limit Omaha events, an Omaha/Stud High/Low event, both Ladies and Seniors events, a $1,000 buy-in Six Max NLH event with a $200,000 Guarantee, and a $1,000 buy-in Turbo NLH event. Both the Super Stack Elevator and 40 Big Blinds tournaments, which joined the Borgata Open series lineup in 2015, will take place during the Winter Open.
For the first time ever, this series will feature a Charity Series of Poker (CSOP) tournament as a trophy event (Event 16). The fund-raising tournament takes place Saturday, January 30, at 5pm. For more details on the charity and it’s mission, check out www.charityseriesofpoker.org.
Live qualifiers kick off Tuesday, January 19th and run through the start of the Championship event. Click here for the schedule of live qualifiers and secondary cash events. Satellites, Survivors, and Bounty events will be running in the evenings alongside the main events with buy-ins ranging from $100+$20 up to $700+$50, giving players plenty of opportunities to get in the action.
All the information you need for this series can be reached online at WinterPokerOpen.TheBorgata.com. Live coverage of the 22 main events will appear here at WinterPokerOpen.Blog.TheBorgata.com, so bookmark this site for future reference. The Borgata blog team consisting of Will O’Connor (@WOCPoker), Steve Horton (@TropicalSteve), and myself (@Kaelaine), with cameo appearances by Matthew Clark (@mattclark345), will be bringing you all the action from the first “Shuffle Up and Deal!” to the final river card over this 18-day series.
Last year, Aaron Mermelstein came out on top of a field of 989 entrants in the WPO Championship event, taking home $712,305. Who will claim top honors this year? Stay tuned to the Winter Poker Open blog for all the news as we make our way through what should be a record-setting series!