The Borgata Hotel and Spa in Atlantic City is playing host to the Borgata Winter Poker Open 2019 with the action well underway since 15th January. The series will conclude on 1st February comprising of 23 events. The series opener, Borgata Deepstack Kickoff NLHE attracted a total of 5,130 entrants across six starting flights. It ensured $2 million guarantee was shattered with the final prize pool of $2.7 million. Pascal Zaklama reached a three-way deal with the other two contenders to seal the title and $328,695 in prize money. The runner up who remain anonymous banked an equal payday $328,695 and Vladimir Alexandrov finishes third place and collected $216,000.
Among top pros at the series is Team PokerStars pro Aditya Agarwal. He is back as he has two prior cashes at Borgata with his best score being 35th place finish in the WPT Borgata Championship re-entry for ₹10,69,127 in September 2014. He is expected to play in the NLHE WPT Main Event $3,500. Agarwal will be looking to better his score at the series.
Indian origin players Raj Desai took down the Almighty Stack NLH for ₹1.24 Crores. While Soheb Porbandarwala juggernauted his way to the top in the Saturday Series NLH and collected ₹37.05 Lakhs. Phil Hellmuth, one of the most recognizable faces in the global poker community and 15time WSOP bracelet winner also showed up at the series. He is known for on and off the felt antics added another accolade to his list of achievements by taking down the Heads-Up NLH for $37,248. He made Day2 with a workable stack of 88,500.
Daniel Hofer (HORSE for $13,000), Josh Bergman (Six Max NLH for $77,946), Alida Veliu (Ladies Deep Stack NLH for $3,325) and Kujdes Gagliardi (CSOP Charity NLH Tournament) were among the other side event winners.
The second day of the $3million GTD WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship gathered a massive field of 780 entries. Now, the player pool has reached 1,204 entries falling short of the record 1,313 entries that was set up at the WPT Borgata Poker Open 2011.
Aditya Agarwal, the poker icon had a great start in the event and made it through Day2 with a workable stack of 89,600. Recently, Joey Couden finished fourth at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $251,523, emerged as the chip leader with 321,600 in chips. He is trailed by Michael Smith (254,000) and Alex Aqel (246,700) who finishes sin second and third position on Day 1B leaderboard.
Couden with a total of 665 survivors will lead Day2 that takes place later today. The next few days the event will play down to final six players and televised final table will be held on 13th March in Las Vegas at the HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor.