Curveball time on the World Poker Tour. A total of 1,415 players took a shot at the 43,500 buy-in 2019 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open hosted at the super-swanky Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Only six players remain, but the final table will not be completed until March 13... in Las Vegas. Yes, that's right! A final table from AC will be played out across the country in Vegas at a sensational eSports arena. The final six have to wait to figure out who will win $728K in cash.
The Borgata Winter Poker Open is a popular annual festival of poker every January at the Borgata Casino in AC. Phil Hellmuth made headlines last weekend when he took down a heads-up event down in Atlanta City. The Poker Brat shipped Event #16 $1,590 at the Borgata Winter Poker Open fr a $37K score.
The Borgata's WPO is anchored by its Main Event, which doubles as a stop on the World Poker Tour. This year's Main Event attracted 1,415 runners. The total prize pool topped $4.5 million. Everyone at the final table locked up at least $155K with $728K set aside to the champion. The top 177 places paid out in this Borgata event.
Among the notable locals and familiar faces who cashed in this event included... Matt Brady, Jessica Dawley, Paul Volpe, Matt Waxman, Phil Hellmuth, Chris Reslock, Jared Griener, Bobby Oboodi, Brian Altman, Chase Bianchi, Steve Sung, Katie Stone, Sang Kim, Ryan D'Angelo, Cherish Andrews, Blair Hink;e, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, TK Miles, David Paredes, Jonas Wexler, Adam Hendrix, Olivier Busquet, Thomas Paul, Victor Ramdin, Mike Linster, Mike Dentale, Arianna Son, Brian Yoon, Jeff Hakim, Ryan Yu, Dan Strelitz, Joe McKeehen, Taykor Paur, Porter Lambert, and Anthony Zinno.
Steven Sarmiento bubbled off the final table, which set up the final six. Dave Farah bagged up the lead with 18.8M. Brandon Hall is second with 14.1M, while Daniel Buzgon is third with 9.1M. Joseph Di Rosa Rojas and Ian O'Hara have around 5M each. Vinicius Lima is the short stock with 3.5M.
First place pays out $728,430 plus a seat in the Tournament of Champions at the Aria Casino at the end of the WPT season.
This season, the WPT is doing something a little different by delaying a couple of final tables that will be played out in Las Vegas. The WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open will be one of those delayed final tables. The finale will go down six weeks from now on March 13, 2019 in Las Vegas at a swanky venue that is currently utilized for eSports tournaments.
The WPT Gardens at Hawaiian Gardens outside of Las Angles played down to a final table a couple of weeks ago. The $10K event attracted 253 runners. The final six will slug it out at the Luxor's HyperX eSports Arena to determine the WPT Gardens champion. Frank Stepuchin is the chip leader with Shannon Shorr, Brent Roberts, Steve Sung, Ray Qartomy, and Jon Abdellatif still left in the hunt. The WPT Gardens final table tables place on March 12, 2019.
WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open
Prize Pool: $4,529,415
Final Table Payouts:
1. Dave Farah 18,850,000
2. Brandon Hall 14,100,000
3. Daniel Buzgon 9,100,000
4. Joseph Di Rosa Rojas 5,800,000
5. Ian O'Hara 5,100,000
6. Vinicius Lima 3,550,000