The 2018 Summer Poker Open wrapped up in the early hours of Saturday morning when Carlos Alvarado won the final event at about 6:30am, taking home more than $21,000. That’s after earning an even $100,000* for his runner-up finish in the $500,000 Guaranteed Almighty Stack. Alvarado was not the only player having a good summer.
Greg Nerenberg won the record-setting $1 Million Guaranteed Summer Poker Open Championship event and $365,062. The 627 entries in the Championship topped the numbers from last July and the final 63 players earned a piece of the $1,520,475 prize pool. The tournament drew some top poker pros including Brian Altman, Andy Frankenberg, David Paredes, Joe McKeehen, and four-time WPT champ Darren Elias.
Nerenberg was facing more than a two-to-one chip disadvantage at the start of heads-up play against Kane Kalas, who had been on a heater since the start of the final table. One double-up, however, reversed their positions and the match was over soon after. Kalas earned $205,264 for his second place finish. In an impressive performance, 2017 Borgata Poker Open Championship winner Guo Liang Chen made a repeat appearance at the Championship final table, finishing 6th for $69,182.
The $1 Million Guaranteed Kick-Off event saw 2,201 runners build a prize pool in excess of $1.1 million and the final three players made a deal that resulted in chip leader Gary Tavella taking 1st place and $143,730*. This was the first Borgata title for the high-stakes cash game player.
The first Saturday Series event was also the Cabot Creamery “Put a Bad Beat On Hunger” charity tournament. They drew 349 total entries and raised $3,490 for the New Jersey Food Bank – Southern Branch. Larry Connor got 1st place, $18,468* and the Borgata Open trophy. Cabot Creamery provided two $3,500 2018 BPO Championship seats for the 1st and 2nd place finishers, so Connor and runner-up Carlos Figueroa will both be free-rolling the Championship in September.
To celebrate their 15th Birthday, Borgata hosted a Tournament of Champions which was an invitation-only event open to winners of all 15 years of Championship events. The winner-take-all $25,000 championship was won by 2013 Summer Poker Open Champion Chalie Hook, who agreed to split the prize with the final three players. The final six also got seats in the Summer Open Championship event.
Two other accomplishments of note occurred during this series. Barry Leventhal won the Seniors event for the third time and claimed his seventh Borgata title. Michael Kemeter took 1st in the SixMax for the third time in four years. He’s made the final table of this event five of the last seven years.
All guarantees were covered and millions in prize money was paid out to hundreds of participants! A complete list of Main Event winners and their winnings is below.
This concludes our coverage of the 2018 Borgata Summer Poker Open! On behalf of the Borgata Poker family and our blog team, @Kaelaine, @AlCantHang, and @TKBluffs, Thank You! Make plans now to join us for the WPT/Borgata Poker Open, September 4th – 21st.
This Saturday, July 14th, is the 10th Annual “Put a Bad Beat on Hunger” Saturday Series Deep Stack NLH event, sponsored by Cabot Creamery (Event 4). Each entrant will donate $10 to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey — Southern Branch. The event has a $100,000 Guarantee on total buy-ins. As an added incentive for players, Cabot is providing $3,500 entries into the WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship Event, September 16-21, 2018, to the first and second place finishers!
Cabot and Borgata are also sponsoring a Poker Tournament Training Camp, led by Lee Childs, Friday, July 13th, from 1pm to 5pm. Cost to attend is only $100 and 100% of the proceeds go to the charity to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey — Southern Branch (@CFBNJ).
During the training camp, Lee will use a combination of lecture and hands-on analysis to help you develop the core strategies, proper mindset, and discipline needed to excel in large-field poker tournaments. He will also focus specifically on Saturday’s charity tournament and help you develop a personal game plan for success.
• Developing a Solid Poker Foundation
• Understanding & Capitalizing on Tournament Dynamics
• Cabot Bad Beat on Hunger Game Plan – Strategies for this speciﬁc tournament.
• Hands-On Analysis
• Review/Q & A
RSVP before July 12 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One month ago, Borgata officially renamed their Race Book to the Race & Sports Book, remodeling the room to accommodate newly legalized sports betting in Atlantic City! The first bet was placed by Julius “Dr. J” Erving at 11am on June 14th — he bet $5 that the Eagles will repeat as Super Bowl Champions.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa made history in Atlanta City as the first casino to offer legal sports betting. It’s been running for a month now and with the Race & Sports Book immediately adjacent to the Poker Room, players can easily pop over to place their bets on the World Cup, the four major sports (football, basketball, hockey and baseball) along with NASCAR, boxing, MMA, soccer, championship golf, championship tennis and more!
Betting windows open at 11am daily (subject to change based on sports programming).
- 100 seats with individual flat screen monitors for comfortable live sports events viewing
- 10 betting windows
- Kiosks available for horse racing bets
- Video wall with screens to view live events from all major international athletic and race events
- A completely non-smoking atmosphere to provide a more welcoming environment to our guests
- Boot & Whip – an in-venue bar offering a variety of cold beers and cocktails so you don’t miss any of the action
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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It’s the first day of Summer, the sun is shining outside, and it’s time to start thinking about the Summer Poker Open! The schedule is official and you can view it here. There are some exciting changes and new events taking place this July during the Summer Open and you don’t want to miss out.
Borgata is celebrating their 15th Birthday this year in a big way. During the Summer Open, there will be an Invitation Only Tournament of Champions Free-Roll with a winner-take-all prize of $25,000! Winners of all Borgata Open Series Championships over the last 15 years will be invited to participate, including names like Daniel Negreanu, who won the 2004 Borgata Poker Open Championship. In addition, the top six finishers will receive $2,700 entries into the 2018 Summer Poker Open Championship, which takes place July 22-26, culminating with a Live Streamed Final Table.
For the first time ever, Ladies Go First! The Ladies No Limit Hold’em event will be the first event, taking place Sunday, July 8th. Then the $1 Million Guaranteed Kickoff event has five starting flights spread over three days, July 10-12, and for every buy-in and re-entry, players will receive one entry in a random drawing to win a seat in the Tournament of Champions. That means if you fire four bullets, you will get four entries in the drawing. One name will be drawn and that player will get an invitation to join the Borgata Champions in the $25,000 TOC Free-Roll taking place on July 21st.
The July 14th Saturday Series event will also be the 10th Annual Cabot Creamery “Put a Bad Beat on Hunger” Charity event with a $100,000 Guarantee on total buy-ins. $10 from each entrant will go toward the Community Food Bank of New Jersey – Southern Branch, fighting to end childhood hunger. Since it’s inception, they have raised more than half a million dollars for the cause. In addition to the prize money, the 1st and 2nd place finishers in this event will receive $3,500 entries into the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open Championship in September. Cabot will also put out a sampling of their products for the players to enjoy.
All your favorite tournaments are back as well, with a $150,000 Guarantee on the Black Chip Bounty, a $500,000 Guarantee on the Almighty Stack, and a $100,000 Guarantee on the $1,000 buy-in Six Max. Seniors NLH, Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha/Stud High/Low, and the Purple Chip Bounty are all back on the Summer Open schedule.
Online registration is open now for all Main Events, so reserve your seats early! Online registration closes on Friday, July 6th.
With more than $3.3 million in total guarantees plus the $25,000 Tournament of Champions, this Summer Open series is sure to be huge and a great way to celebrate Borgata’s 15 years in Atlantic City.