Event 15 (Day 1A)
$2,500+$200 Championship NLH
Level 1: Blinds 100/100
The order to “shuffle up and deal” has been given and cards are in the air!
This event, like all Borgata Open Championship events, will see players start with 30,000 in tournament chips and play hour long levels to start (1-10). Levels 11+ will increase to 75 minutes.
Last Summer, the Championship event saw a total of 600 entrants ply the green felt for a chance at glory. At the end it was Abraham Korotki who found himself heads up with two time WSOP bracelet winner and 2015 WSOP main event winner Joe McKeehen. They each held the chip lead for a time but at the end, it was Abraham Korotki who had all the chips. He won his second Borgata Open Championship and $349,329.
$2,500+$200 Championship NLH
As the first major tournament series on the East Coast after the World Series of Poker has wrapped up, we’re seeing plenty of big name players trickle in slowly, trying to either continue or jumpstart their summer runs through the first two weeks of the series. Those big name players and many others will be on hand for this Championship and a chance to take home a piece of that $1 million guarantee.
Flight A begins this morning at 11am. Flight B, the second starting flight for this event, begins tomorrow at 11am. Both starting flights will play eight levels, then bag up for the night at about 7:45pm.
Re-entries are allowed and unlimited until registration closes at the start of level 11. That will be two levels into Day 2 on Tuesday, about 2:15pm. Late registration is also allowed until then, which means players can register on Day 2 and stack with a full 30,000 chip stack.
This is also a Best Stack Forward event, which means that players who bag up chips at the end of Flight A can still play again in Flight B, without automatically forfeiting their bagged chips. If they manage to get a second bag, they will take only the largest stack into Day 2.
The start of the 2017 Borgata Summer Poker Open is just a few days away with the Ladies Go First NLH event on Sunday, starting at 11am. Onsite registration opens two hours before the start of the tournament (9am). Then it’s the $1 Million Guaranteed Kick-Off event starting Tuesday at 11am with the first of five starting flights. Online registration is available for all Main Events through Friday, July 6th. Onsite registration begins Monday, July 9th, at 12 noon and will remain open daily from 8am to midnight throughout the series.
The kickoff event and it’s $1 Million Guarantee will bring out big crowds, so there are five starting flights spread across three days. Flight A begins Tuesday, July 10th, at 11am. Flight B runs Wednesday at 11am, overlapping Flight C starting at 4pm. Flights D & E are Thursday at 10am and 5pm, respectively. This event is a Best Stack Forward and Unlimited Re-Entry event, so players are encouraged to register early and register often!
Last year it was Zachary Schwartz who bested the field of 2,268 entrants to claim 1st place and just over $160,000 in an adjusted payout agreement following a five-hour heads-up battle with Larry Abrams.
The first Saturday Series event is also the Cabot Creamery “Put a Bad Beat On Hunger” charity tournament, raising money for the New Jersey Food Bank – Southern Branch. Last year they drew 421 total entries and raised $4,210 for the New Jersey Food Bank – Southern Branch. Last year they drew 421 total entries to create a prize pool of $142,930. In addition, $4,210 was raised for a great cause. An adjusted payout agreement resulted in Jeremey Barnett taking home $11,915 and the trophy. The $3,500 WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship seat went to Mike Machalani. This year, both the 1st AND 2nd place finishers will earn a $3,500 entry in the 2018 WPT BPO Championship, courtesy of Cabot Creamery!
To celebrate Borgata’s 15th Birthday, the Tournament of Champions will highlight the second Saturday of the series, with previous Borgata Open Champions invited to battle for a winner-take-all prize of $25,000.
Of course the $1 Million Guaranteed Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship begins Sunday and Monday, July 22nd and 23rd, with starting flights A and B. Registration for the Best Stack Forward and Unlimited Re-Entry event remains open until the start of Level 11 on Day 2 (July 24th) about 2:15pm.
Last year saw a record 600 entrants and the Live-Streamed Championship final table was historic with three World Series of Poker bracelet winners doing battle with Borgata’s winningest regular, Abraham Korotki. 2015 WSOP Main Event winner Joe McKeehen got heads-up with Korotki, but came up short of the win. Korotki claimed his record ninth Borgata title and more than $359,000.
All the information you need can be found on the Summer Poker Open site, so bookmark it and check back often. We’ll be seeing you next week for the start of the 2018 Summer Poker Open and you can follow the action right here in the BSPO blog!
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