Jul 30 7:18 pm

2016 Summer Poker Open Recap

After eighteen long days, 20 Main Events and 18 side events have wrapped up and the 2016 Spring Poker Open has come to an end.  All involved agreed it was a rousing success.  The series had nearly $3 million in guarantees and ended up paying out more than $4.2 million in prize money just to the Main Events.  All guarantees were well covered and the final two events nearly doubled their guarantees!

Joshua Gordon - 2016 Spring Poker Open Championship winner

Joshua Gordon – 2016 Spring Poker Open Championship winner

The highlight of the series was the Championship event, which Paul Volpe (West Chester, PA) came very close to winning for the second series in a row. Following his win of the 2016 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship in April, Volpe picked up his second WSOP bracelet in June.  He brought that hot-streak back to Borgata and battled his way through a field of 557 entrants to get heads-up against Joshua Gordon (Silver Spring, MD).

Although he held the chip lead at the start of heads-up play, Volpe watched that lead slip away and after nearly four hours of heads-up play, Gordon came out on top, taking the title and $336,331.  It’s the first reported win of any kind for Gordon, who is primarily a cash game player.  Volpe collected $189,102 for 2nd place, which pushed the professional’s career earnings over $5.5 million.

Michael Kemeter - $1,000 SixMax NLH winner, second year running.

Michael Kemeter – $1,000 SixMax NLH winner, second year running.

Although Volpe failed to repeat, Michael Kemeter was successful in his title defense.  After winning the $1,000 Six Max NLH event during the 2015 Summer Poker Open, Kemeter returned this year determined to repeat that feat.  It took an epic five-hour heads-up battle against John Kostelac, but Kemeter finally collected all the chips and $34,920 for 1st place.  He now has a second Summer Poker Open $1,000 Six Max NLH trophy to go with his first.

Early in the series, the Cabot Creamery ‘Put a Bad Beat on Hunger’ Charity tournament to benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey – Southern Branch was a big success.  Jason Rivkin (Bensalem, PA) claimed the top prize of $7,045 plus a $3,500 entry in the WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship in September.  The participants had lots of fun during the casual event and Cabot Creamery provided lots of cheese samples for the entire Borgata Poker Room!

Scott Blumstein - $1 Million GTD kickoff event winner

Scott Blumstein – $1 Million GTD kickoff event winner

The kickoff event carried a $1 Million Guarantee on total buy-ins and drew 2,368 entrants over five starting flights. Scott Blumstein (Morristown, NJ) emerged victorious, collecting just under $200,000 for the win and his first major title.

Bricks to Bits

The ‘Bricks to Bits’ promotion continues at BorgataPoker.com and all players who entered any 2016 Summer Poker Open event will receive an entry in the ‘Brick to Bits’ online freeroll scheduled for August 7th.  The winner of that freeroll will get a $3,500 entry into the September 2016 WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship event!  The top 50 finishers will earn prizes and all participants will receive a $25 Matchplay offer.  Cick here for details or go to BorgataPoker.com.

A complete list of Main Event winners is below and that wraps up the 2016 Summer Poker Open!  Join us again in September when the Borgata Poker Open kicks off the day after Labor Day!  Click here for the preliminary BPO Main Event schedule.  Hope to see you there!

2016 SPO Winners

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Jul 30 6:49 am

Event 20: John McGuinness Wins Deepest Stack for $23,391

Event 20: $200 + $30 WFAN Deepest Stack NLH
Level 31: (100,000/200,000/30,000)
Total Entrants: 472
Remaining Players: 0

John McGuinness (Bayville, NJ) 1st Place

John McGuinness (Bayville, NJ) 1st Place

The final event of the 2016 Borgata Summer Open Series was the WFAN Deepest Stack event, where players begin with a 50,000 stack. The event drew 472 entrants and at 7 am – some 20 hours after the tournament began – wrapped up with John McGuinness winning the trophy and $23,391.

“I feel great about the win,” McGuinness said. “It was a great tournament series overall. With this win my brother, Mike McGuinness, has to recognize that I’m the better player in the family.”

“Every player at the final table was pretty good. I made some hands, had a little luck and maybe I played pretty well too to get the trophy,” he added. “The Borgata always does an amazing job with their tournament series – it’s my favorite place to play poker in the Northeast.”

That wraps the 20 events in the 2016 Borgata Summer Open, coming up in August is the Summer Heater Series and then in September the Borgata Poker Open.

Final Table Payouts

  1. John McGuinness – $23,391
  2. Elan Chabi – $13,506
  3. Michael Salvietti – $8,241
  4. Marcello Calabrese – $6,639
  5. Robert Pincentino – $5,219
  6. Seans Sisco – $4,349
  7. Omar Ocampo – $3,480
  8. Saif Uddin – $2,655
  9. Steve Pitcherello – $1,831
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Jul 30 5:57 am

Event 20: John McGuinness Pressures from Big Blind

Event 20: $200 + $30 WFAN Deepest Stack NLH
Level 31: (80,000/160,000/20,000)
Total Entrants: 472
Remaining Players: 8

John McGuinness shoved from the big blind.

John McGuinness shoved from the big blind.

Elan Chabi opened the action from under the gun to 375,000, Saifi called, Robert Piacentino called from the small blind and then John McGuiness moved all-in for 3.96 million out of the big blind.

Chabi mucked quickly, Saifi went deep into the tank and counted his stack. Then he counted out a call but ultimately he folded. Piacentino mucked as well and McGuiness added a million to his stack and has about 5 million.

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Jul 30 5:39 am

Event 20: Steve Pitcherello Eliminated in 9th Place ($1,831)

Event 20: $200 + $30 WFAN Deepest Stack NLH
Level 31: (80,000/160,000/20,000)
Total Entrants: 472
Remaining Players: 8

Steve Pitcherello (Ranney, NJ) 9th Place

Steve Pitcherello (Ranney, NJ) 9th Place

Elan Chabi opened to 400,000, Steve Pitcherello moved all-in for around 480,000 and Saifi moved in over the op. Chabi folded and the cards were turned on their backs.

Pitcherello:
Saifi:

The board ran , Pitcherello’s hand never improved and he was out in ninth place.

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Jul 30 5:07 am

Event 20: Final Table Seats and Chips

Event 20: $200 + $30 WFAN Deepest Stack NLH
Level 30: (60,000/120,000/20,000)
Total Entrants: 472
Remaining Players: 10

BSPO_Chips

Here’s how the final table stacks up:

  1. Robert Piacentino – 2,600,000
  2. John McGuinness – 1,500,000
  3. Elan Chabi – 5,600,000
  4. Steve Pitcherello – 260,000
  5. Marcello Calabrese – 3,200,000
  6. Sean Sisco – 1,350,000
  7. Armando Than – 1,400,000
  8. Saifi – 2,300,000
  9. Michael Salvietti – 1,550,000
  10. Omar Ocampo – 850,000
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Jul 30 5:03 am

Event 20: Anonymous Bubbles Final Table

Event 20: $200 + $30 WFAN Deepest Stack NLH
Level 30: (60,000/120,000/20,000)
Total Entrants: 472
Remaining Players: 10

Anonymous bubbled the final table.

Anonymous bubbled the final table.

Anonymous got all-in preflop holding and Marcello Calabrese called holding pocket kings. The board ran , Anonymous didn’t improve and was eliminated short of the final table.

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