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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Part of Borgata’s massive upgrade earlier this year is a 3,200-square-foot, Roman-style pool featuring more than 300 chaise lounges, daybeds and cabanas. If you’re looking to take a break from the poker action or catch some sun, the pool is now open to guests of the Borgata and Water club hotels.
In addition, there is a new outdoor bar that offers a food and drink menu including more than 15 craft and domestic beers and cocktails. The Borgata Beer Garden also features a stage for live entertainment, lawn games and fire pits.
The decks were cleared (pun intended) Saturday night (or rather in the wee hours of Sunday morning) with the conclusion of the first five events. Event 3, the Cabot Creamery Charity tournament benefitting the Community Food Bank of New Jersey – Southern Branch was the first to reach a conclusion. 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. Lots of fun was had and lots of cheese was consumed!
After five starting flights over three days, then two more days of grinding on the felt, Event 1, the $1 Million GTD Summer Open kickoff event, finally brought the field of 2,368 entries down to a winner Saturday evening. Scott Blumstein (Morristown, NJ) claimed $199,854 for 1st place and his first Borgata Open title. At the same time across the Poker Room, the $100,000 GTD Event 2 Black Chip Bounty event’s final table was underway. It took a few more hours for them to reach a conclusion with Paul Cucchiara (New York, NY) getting the win and $36,612.
Two one-day events also ran on Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday morning. The traditional $100,000 GTD Saturday Series event drew 469 entrants and saw Rich Milo (Franklin Square, NY) take $40,682 for 1st place. The Super Survivor (Event 5) gives us a little twist with the top ~10% of the entrants each collecting the same amount — $5,000. Out of 170 entrants, 16 of them collected the full prize for surviving and residual cash was paid to 17th place. Click here for all the winners.
With the first five events in the books, it’s time to start the second week of the 2016 Summer Poker Open. Playing today are the Seniors (Event 6), the Ladies (Event 7), and Day 1 of the 40 Big Blinds NLH (Event 8). They will be followed later in the week by the Almighty Stack, the Super Stack Elevator, Pot Limit Omaha, and the SixMax. As usual, the Saturday Series will wrap up week two of the Summer Open, when we’ll once again clear the decks in preparation for the start of the Championship event.
Although online registration is no longer available for the Summer Poker Open, onsite registration is open — and at a new location! Registration for all Summer Poker Open events will be at the cage across from Bobby Flay rather than at the Poker Room cage.
Registration hours will be the same as in the past, open from 8am until midnight daily throughout the series.
Re-entries will also be handled at the new location and as usual will have a separate line.
The kickoff event begins Tuesday at 11am with flight A, which is the first of five starting flights for this $1 million guarantee event. Check out the full schedule of events here.
We’ll be there covering the action from the first riffle to the last river card so come on out to Borgata for the Summer Poker Open!
The start of the 2016 Borgata Summer Poker Open and it’s $1 Million Guaranteed kick-off event are just one month away! Online registration is now available for all 20 Main Events (Events number 1 through 20).
When registering online, you pay the entry-fee (non-refundable) by credit card. The buy-in is paid when you arrive on-site to pick up your registration.
Click here to go to the online registration form and begin your Summer Poker Open quest!
We hope to see you at Borgata for the Summer Open, July 12-29!
Borgata has finalized the tournament schedule for next month’s 2016 Summer Poker Open! The series runs from July 12 through July 29 and there will be 19 trophy events with buy-ins as low as $200 + $30 all the way up to the Championship Event with a buy-in of $2,500 + $200.
Both the Championship event and the $500+$60 Summer Open NLH Kick-Off event carry $1 Million Guarantees on total buy-ins. Guarantees through the series total nearly $3 Million! All your favorite events are back, including the Almighty Stack ($300K GTD) and Super Stack Elevator events, 40 Big Blinds, Ladies and Seniors tournaments.
As usual, there will be two $100,000 Guaranteed Saturday Series Deep Stack NLH events, Pot Limit Omaha, $1K SixMax NLH and a $1K Semi-Turbo NLH, plus two Deep Stack Black Chip Bounty tournaments — all of which are trophy events. There is also a $500 + $60 Super Survivor.
In addition to those crowd favorites, something new has been added: a $260 + $40 “Unique Stacks” No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry event. “Unique Stacks” means that when calculating the prize pool, only initial entries will be counted — not re-entries — which means paying fewer places with bigger payouts!
There will also be a full slate of secondary cash tournaments and qualifiers, beginning Tuesday, July 12. Click here for the full Summer Open schedule.
Last Summer Will ‘The Thrill’ Failla took down the Championship event, topping a field of 497 entrants to claim more than $283,000. He also extended his record as ‘the winningest Borgata player ever’ to 7 titles!
Mark your calendars now for the 2016 Borgata Summer Poker Open and we hope to see you there!