Winter Open Headlines
There was a tremendous amount of action over the weekend at the city’s poker tables as we had a hit on the Caesars Entertainment combined bad beat jackpot and The Borgata Winter Open crowned a couple of champions.
On Sunday, The Borgata Winter Open Championship got underway with Day 1A attracting 273 players in the $3,300 + $200 event. Last year’s winter open drew 766 players, so it’ll take a solid turnout for today’s second opening day, Day 1B, to keep pace.
Dwyte Pilgrim, winner of the Borgata Open in September was an early bust Sunday, so there’ll be no back to back Borgata wins for him. Another pro who hit the rail early was Matt Glantz.
Others in the field included Matt Affleck, Gavin Smith, Gordon Eng and A.C’s own Sheree Bykofsky.
Event 18 of the Open, an $1,850 buy-in No Limit, was won by Daniel Cai of Brooklyn, who had about $40K in tournament cashes before pulling down a $113,556 cash.
The event drew 226 entrants and a total buy-in of $418,000.
Cai took down the win when a queen, eight filled out on a board with queens and nines paired. Second went to Edward Pham of Lansdale PA, who wins $66,917.
The Open’s heads-up championship went to Brandon Zaucha of Chicago, who wins $34,920. It looks to be Zaucha’s first live cash. Not a bad place to start.
“It feels good to finally cash in a live tournament,” the Arizona State student, told the Borgata.
Zaucha just managed to make the tournament as the start was delayed by bad weather. He was the last player to register and was at a table 15 minutes later.
Second went to Timothy Tuveson of Berwyn PA, who wins $21,825.
As for the Caesars bad beat, we’re still trying to get the info, but the jackpot had climbed to $335,000. As we said in the weekend update post, whenever we mention it, the jackpot tends to hit.