While last weekend was technically “championship weekend” in the NFL as the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots punched their tickets to the Super Bowl, this is championship weekend here at the Borgata, as the $3,000,000 GTD WPT WPO Championship starts tomorrow.
But, before the excitement and bright lights of the World Poker Tour takes center stage, one of the biggest days on the WPO schedule is going to see three players take home WPO titles and a “live streamed” Final Table play down to a $1,000,000 GTD Event 15 champion.
That “live stream” will begin at 3 PM and the build up to that Final Table will follow the same structure that we did for the $2,000,000 GTD Event 1 earlier in the series, as we’ll introduce the players, the commentators and set the stage with everything you need to know to get you prepared for another tremendous broadcast.
But, there is even more action on the WPO docket today, as the $100,000 GTD ‘Saturday Series’ makes it’s weekend return and will begin play at 11 AM.
Following that will be the Day 2 restart of the $150,000 GTD $1,000 Six Max Event 16, which will start at 12 PM, with player chip counts and table redraws being posted to the blog shortly.
Lastly, we have one of the newest additions to the WPO schedule, as the $1,500 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty Event 18 will also begin at 12 PM.
“Bounty” events always draw a big crowd and even bigger action, so a $500 reward for every knockout could make this one of the more exciting events of the series in terms of pure “gamble”.
There are also two WPT WPO Championship qualifiers running throughout the day, with those starting at 4 PM and 7 PM, boasting $750 (1 in 5) and $400 (1 in 10) buy-ins respectfully.
Information about all the events will be posted throughout the early afternoon, with the main focus of the early blog coverage on the build up to the $1,000,000 GTD Event 15 “live streaming” Final Table, which will headline this busy Winter Poker Open Saturday.
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“Step 1 & 2” qualifiers have been running online at BorgataPoker.com non-stop for the first half of the Borgata Winter Open, but tonight is the final “Step 3” qualifier that will award 1 in 10 players a seat into the WPT Winter Poker Open Championship.
These “Step 3” qualifiers are able to be bought into directly for $375 and will award 10% of the field a $3,500 entry into the WPT WPO Championship, which boasts a $3,000,000 Guaranteed prize pool.
Live qualifiers will be running through much of the weekend, but this is your last chance to qualify from your couch, as we mentioned on the WPO blog earlier this week, and to turn a small fraction of the buy-in into a massive, championship score.
On top of the WPO “Steps” Qualifiers, the Garden State Super Series is in full swing, with some of it’s biggest guaranteed events running this weekend.
Information about the online series and a full GSSS schedule can be found HERE.
Before Day 1A of the $2,000,000 GTD opening Event 1 got underway, players were seen huddled around the informational booth, looking at not only the structure sheet for Event 1, but also at the complete Winter Poker Open schedule.
Players were pleasantly surprised to see some “new” events, like a $500 Bounty event, a semi-turbo event and a two day Shoot-Out event, added to the schedule on top of some Borgata “staples”, $100,000 GTD Saturday Series, the “Borgata Million” and of course, the $3,000,000 GTD WPT WPO Championship.
The schedule also includes multiple “mix game” events, including an Omaha 8B event, a HORSE event, a PLO/NLH mix event and a PLO H event.
With buy-ins ranging from $230 to $3,500, three “live streamed” Final Tables, a WPT Championship Event and over 40 tournaments throughout the series, there is truly something for everyone at the Winter Poker Open.
A full schedule of the main events can be found HERE.
A full schedule of qualifiers and side events can be found HERE.
On top of the “live” schedule, the GSSS II, on BorgataPoker.com, will run parallel to the Borgata Winter Poker Open land-based tournament series, and features improved payout structures providing participants with a unique opportunity to maximize their poker experience between live and online tournament action.
Buy-ins for the GSSS II events range from $5 to $1,000 and a full list of the entire GSSS II series schedule can be found HERE.
With the Winter Poker Open just a few days away, some players will be descending on the East Coast’s preeminent poker destination over the next few hours, with many getting in more than a day early to settle in before the two and a half week long series.
Well, the Borgata Poker Room and BorgataPoker.com has added an extra incentive for players to arrive early, as there are two live qualifiers to be held on Monday January 12th, for two of the biggest WPO events of the series, the $2,000,000 GTD opening Event 1 and the Winter Poker Open WPT Championship, as well as additional online qualifiers for WPO events.
The first online qualifier offered will start today at 5:15 PM, with players able to qualify for Event 1 for just $60. Two seats are guaranteed for the $2,000,0000 event.
Furthermore, “step” qualifiers will be running daily until the WPT Championship, with more information about all online qualifiers at BorgataPoker.com.
The first live qualifier, for Event 1, will start at 12 PM and will boast a $110 + $20 entry fee, meaning close to 1 in 5 players will qualify for the opening WPO event.
The next qualifier, for the WPO WPT Championship, will start at 4 PM and will sport a $350 + $50 entry fee, putting 1 in 10 players into the $3,000,000 GTD Championship event.
Information about both live qualifiers can be found HERE.
All of these qualifiers offer players a chance to play in two of the biggest WPO events for a fraction of the price, perhaps parlaying a small buy-in qualifier into a piece of a multi-milllion dollar prize pool.