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.
WINTER POKER OPEN DEEPSTACK KICK-OFF QUALIFIERS
BorgataPoker.com is offering daily online satellites at 7:30 pm Eastern Time for the $2 Million Guaranteed DeepStack Kickoff. Since the satellites began on January 1, more than 20 people have earned their $500+$60 buy-in at a steep discount. Online qualifiers start at as little as $5 for people with small bankrolls and determination.
The first LIVE satellite runs at 3pm today (Monday, January 16th) in Borgata’s Poker Room. The buy-in is $120+$20 and approximately 1 out of every 5 entrants will earn their entry into Event 1 of the Winter Poker Open. Click here to view the satellite structure sheet.
The same satellite will run again Tuesday evening at 7pm giving players another opportunity to earn their buy-in. This event will run in the Event Center alongside the first two starting flights of Event 1.
Don’t miss out on the 2017 Winter Poker Open action, which gets underway Tuesday morning at 11am with Flight A of the $2 Million Guaranteed Kickoff event!
Next Tuesday marks the beginning of the 2017 Winter Poker Open and this series will be huge! There are 25 main events with a total of $6.4 million in guarantees. The kickoff event guarantees $2 million in total buy-ins and only costs $500+$60 to enter! There are six starting flights over the first three days of the series providing plenty of opportunities to enter.
The pinnacle of the Open is the $3 million guaranteed World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship event, which will begin with two starting flights on Sunday, January 29th and Monday, January 30th. The finale of this five-day event will be live-streamed Friday, February 3rd.
Last year, Chris Leong bested the field of 1,171 entrants to claim the top prize of more than $816,000 and permanently etched his name on the WPT Champions Cup. That final table was star-studded with the likes of 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen and 2009 WPT World Champion Yevgeniy Timoshenko.
Between and during these two big events, there are 20 other trophy events running including player-favorites Almighty Stack, Super Stack Elevator, and Six Max NLH tournaments. Click here for the full main-event schedule. Satellites will be running both live and online for the big events, so check out the Winter Poker Open Microsite for links and additional details.
Borgata’s Event Center will play host to the 18-day-long tournament series again this year. Online registration is currently available for all main events here. On-site registration will be open from 12 noon to 12 midnight on Monday, January 16th, then will re-open at 8am Tuesday in the lobby of the Event Center.
The Borgata Blog team of Kaelaine Minton (@Kaelaine), Tim Kelliher (@TKbluffs), Matt Clark (@MattClarkPoker), and Chris Murray (@out_of_position) will be bringing you the action right here from the first “Shuffle Up and Deal!” until the final trophy is awarded. Follow @BorgataPoker for Twitter updates throughout the series.