Saturday September 21, 2019 at 2:51 pm

The 2019 WPT Borgata Poker Open attracted 1,156 runners and a prize pool worth over $3 million. Donald Maloney, Jr., an ex-hockey player and son of Don Maloney from the New York Rangers, won his first WPT title after defeating Uke Dauti heads-up at the Borgata. Victor Ramdin finished in sixth place. Vanessa Selbst made a cameo at this WPT event and she went deep at the Borgata with a finish in 14th place.

Pic by @WPTLive

Ship it to Don Maloney. If the name sounds familiar, it is. Maloney is the surname of several notable hockey players. Donald Maloney is also a former hockey player. Injuries prevented him from making a career out of it in the NHL, but his father and uncle were notable pros. Don Maloney played ofr the New York Rangers and made a name for himself by playing hardnosed hockey. His son Donald Maloney brought the same mental toughness to the tables en route to his first major victory on the World Poker Tour.

Every September, the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey is the epicenter of poker on the East Coast with their big series that also includes a stop on the World Poker Tour.

The 2019 Borgata Poker Open attracted a massive field of 1,156 runners. The total prize pool ballooned to over $3 million. The Borgata takes care of their regulars and tries to spread the love a little more than the average tournament. The top 145 places paid out with the majority of the money going to the final table.

The final six at the WPT Borgata Poker Open included Victor Rambin, Dave Farah, Uke Dauti, Don Maloney, Kevin Albers, and Jerry Maher.

Dave Farah went into the final table with the chip lead and a big stack with 14.3 million. Uke Dauti was second with 8.7M and Kevin Albers, the token Brit at the final table, was third with a shade under 8M. Don Maloney and Jerry Maher are stuck in the middle. Victor Ramdin heads into the finale as the short stack with 3.5M.

Victor Ramdin, a gregarious pro from the Bronx and former ex-PokerStars sponsored player, went on a sensational run. Ramdin final tabled the WPT Borgata but he could not get anything going at the final table. Ramdin busted in sixth place, which paid out $130,672.

Jerry Maher was the next player to hit the bricks when he busted in fifth place. Dave Farah blew the chip lead and he fizzled out in fourth place. Kevin Albers bust out in third place, which paid out $304K. Albers' elimination set up a finale between Uke Dauti and Donald Maloney.

When the dust settled, Dauti could not prevent Maloney from going the distance. Dauti got picked off in second place, which paid out $410K for a runner-up share. Not too shabby, eh?

Donald Maloney won the title, the glory, and $616,186 in cash. He also won a freeroll intot he season-ending Tournament of Champions to be hosted at the end of May at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas.

Nick Pupillo bubbled off the final table in seventh place. Vanessa Selbst banked nearly $40K for 14th place.

Notables who went deep and cashed included... Vanessa Selbst, Ryan D'Angelo, Mike Linster, Aaron Mermelstein, Jon Little, Aaron Massey, Scott Baumstein, Derek Bowers, Asher Conniff, Dong Ji, David Paredes, Alex Rocha, Jon Jaffe, Jean Gaspard, Johnny Bax, Tony DUnst, Ryan Hughes, Guo Chen, Andy Frankenberger, Jonas Wexler, Bryan Piccioli, DJ Alexander, Maurice Hawkins, Brock Parker, Arianna Son, Matt Marafioti, Curt Kohlberg, Scott Stewart and Michael Wang.

2019 WPT Borgata Poker Open

Buy-in: $3,500

Entrants: 1,156

Prize Pool: $3,700,356

Payouts: 145


Final Table Results:

1. Donald Maloney $616,186

2. Uke Dauti $410,787

3. Kevin Albers$303,903

4. Dave Farah $227,077

5. Jerry Maher $171,386

6. Victor Ramdin $130,672

Latest news
Friday January 17, 2020 at 9:38 pm
2020 Aussie Millions: Farid Jattin wins 25K Challenge for $983,646 AUD

Farid Jattin outlasted 169 runners to win the $25K Challenge at the 2020 Aussie Millions hosted at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. Jattin chopped heads up with George Wolff to win $983,646 AUD or approximately $679K USD. The final table also included Steve O'Dwyer, Sam Greenwood, Masato Yokosawa, Jack Sinclair, and Kenny Hallaert.

Thursday January 16, 2020 at 2:00 am
WSOP announces 'Value Menu' bracelet events for 2020 WSOP

The World Series of Poker announced a special round of value menu events at the 2020 WSOP that include buy-ins of $1,000 or less. A total of 25 bracelet events will be hosted at the Rio Casino this summer that have a modest and affordable buy-in. A baker's dozen of events, 13 in total, at the 2020 WSOP will have buy-ins $888 or less including the $400 Colossus and numerous $500 buy-in deepstacked bracelet events.

Wednesday January 15, 2020 at 3:53 am
Dustin Schoonover wins WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant and first ring

The World Series of Poker Circuit's latest stop hit up the Oklahoma/Dallas area for the 2020 WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant. Dustin Schoonover outlasted 1,065 runners in the $1,700 buy-in Main Event to win $272,846. The Choctaw Durant final table also included John Skrovan, Brant Jolly, Mark Newton, Christopher Staats, Allen Brivic, Montana Bills, Austin Lewis, and Trung Pham.

Tuesday January 14, 2020 at 4:48 am
Chance Kornuth leads final table at 2020 WPT Gardens Poker Championship

Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour continued with the 2020 WPT Gardens Poker Championship that attracted 257 runners for their annual big tournament every January at the Hawaiian Gardens just outside Los Angeles. The 2020 WPT Gardens final table of six is set to resume on March 31, 2020 at the HyperX eSports Arena at the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas. Chance Kornuth bagged up the lead at the final table that also included Tuan Phan, Qing Liu, Straton Wilhelm, Jonathan Cohen, and Markus Gonsalves.

Friday January 10, 2020 at 2:09 pm
Interview: Martin Harris, Author of Poker and Pop Culture

D and B Poker published "Poker and Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America's Favorite Card Game" by Martin Harris. During the poker boom, Harris authored a popular blog titled Hard-Boiled Poker. Harris quit his job as an English professor and went to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker for numerous outlets. Over the last 15 years, Harris compiled a collection of essays that became the genesis of Poker and Pop Culture. We're fortunate that Harris sat down with us for a fun interview.

Friday January 10, 2020 at 3:00 am
2020 WSOP releases $10,000 Championship events schedule

A total of 17 championship caliber events with at least a buy-in of $10,000 are on the schedule for the 2020 World Series of Poker at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The WSOP released the dates for all $10K championships including the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, $10,000 Main Event, and the $10,000 Online NL Championship, which is the online $10K event hosted online.

Thursday January 2, 2020 at 2:15 pm
Brazilian pro Felipe 'Mojave' Ramos joins GGPoker

The new calendar year of 2020 was barely a day old when Felipe 'Mojave' Ramos announced the news on his social media feed that he will be joining GGPoker as their latest ambassador. Mojave joins the likes of Daniel Negreanu and Bryn Kenney as ambassadors. Mojave spent time as the top ranked Brazilian and Latin American online player with over $2.6 million in career tournament earnings.

Friday December 27, 2019 at 10:36 pm
2019: The Big Stories, Part 2

The year in review for 2019 continues with the second part that covers June through December. The World Series of Poker celebrated its 50th anniversary with a blowout at the Rio in Las Vegas. Hossein Ensan from Germany won the second-largest Main Event in WSOP history and he banked $10 million. PokerStars also announced the 2020 PSPC, which will take place in Barcelona in August 2020. PokerStars was also sold to Flutter (aka Paddy Power/Betfair). The Mike Postle cheating scandal also broke after he got caught cheating on the Stones Gambling Hall live stream.

Thursday December 26, 2019 at 5:49 pm
2019: The Big Stories, Part 1

We're quickly approaching the end of 2019 and the end of the decade. So much happened in 2019, we have a special two-part series highlighting the best and most interesting stories of 2019. In the first half of 2019, some of the big stories involved Chino Rheem winning the 2019 PCA and Spain's Roman Colillas taking down the inaugural PSPC in the Bahamas for $5.1 million. Bryn Kenney shipped the largest Aussie Millions in history. Just before the WSOP, Daniel Negreanu stepped down after 12 years as a sponsored pro and ambassador for PokerStars. Gianluca 'Tankanza' Speranza won the SCOOP Main Event in back-to-back years.

Wednesday December 25, 2019 at 1:28 pm
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidaze!

From everyone here at Club Poker, we want to wish you a joyful and bountiful holiday season. Merry Christmas and do not forget that the Winter Series kicks off today on PokerStars with 242 tournaments and $50 million in guaranteed prize pools. The new year is just around the corner, so start thinking about your 2020 poker resolutions.

Tuesday December 24, 2019 at 10:32 pm
Oklahoma Johnny Hale passes away at 92

Oklahoma Johnny Hale -- an old school poker player, author, and gambler -- passed away at the age of 92. Oklahoma Johnny worked diligently to bring players into the game of poker over the last several decades. He's also the author of the 1999 book "The Life and Times of a Gentleman Gambler: Oklahoma Johnny Hale on Poker and Las Vegas".

Wednesday December 18, 2019 at 12:13 am
Mikalai Pobal wins 2019 EPT Prague for €1,005,600

Belarus' Mikalai Pobal picked off Hungarian pro, Norbert Szecsi, to win the 2019 EPT Prague. Pobal faded a field of 1,154 runners to win €1 million and become the latest champion on the European Poker Tour. Pobal joined Vicky Coren as the only dual winner on the EPT. Pobal shipped the 2012 EPT Barcelona and waited seven years to take down his second EPT crown.

Saturday December 14, 2019 at 11:08 pm
PokerStars Winter Series begins on December 25

PokerStars will host their third-largest online series of the year with their annual PokerStars Winter Series, which begins on December 25 and lasts nearly three weeks with over 242 tournaments with $50 million in guaranteed prize pools including a special Sunday Million with a $3 million guarantee. At least 34 events have a modest buy-in of $5.50, while 47 events are catered for high-stakes players with buy-ins costing $1,000 or higher. The Main Event has three tiers with $55, $530, and $5,300 price points.

Thursday December 12, 2019 at 11:43 pm
2020 WSOP will run May 26 to July 15

The World Series of Poker announced the overall dates for the 51st installment of the WSOP at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The 2020 WSOP will begin on May 26 and run through July 15. The prestigious $10,000 buy-in Main Event kicks off with four opening flights starting on Day 1A and concluding with Day 1B on July 4. Despite the rumors, the WSOP will remain at the Rio Casino for at least one more running.

Free tournaments and added prizes

The Club Poker organizes freerolls and special tournaments with added prizes.
To qualify for free, register on our poker partners websites: