And we have a winner of The Borgata Summer Open Championship as Tyng Low, 27, of Flushing N.Y. claims the crown and $211,484.
“Good, great, tremendous, fabulous,” Low told The Borgata’s tournament blog. “It means a lot. I’ve been trying to hit one like this for five years.”
Haven’t we all.
The final heads up play came between Low and Farid Jattin of Miami, who has racked up about $155,000 in tournament wins in Florida .
Low played a seven and three of hearts and actually flopped a straight when five, six, four came out. Jattin was playing six, two of clubs, which gave him top pair, but went down to Low after failing to hit a straight flush draw. He wins $117,481.
Low finished 19th at last year’s open championship (and spent some time as chip leader), winning about $3700, but took the the trophy this time.
It’s hard to get an exact handle on the turnout for Day 1A of the Borgata Summer Championship event, but apparently, it wasn’t huge.
Only 31 players survived the day.
Woods at the Summer Open
Traditionally, Day 1B today, should draw better as most players keep their Sunday free, but the tournament will be hard pressed to match the 321 players it drew last year. That tournament was $2,000 + $200 buy-in,$500 cheaper than this year’s.
One player that didn’t survive Day 1 was actor James Woods, who actually is a regular at the casino. Woods player three tournaments at the open, two $1k buy-ins and the championship, but finished out of the money for all three.
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The Borgata Summer Open kicks into high gear this weekend starting with a $1,000 + $90, Six Max No limit Tournament on Saturday at 11am. A $400 + $50 Six Max Tournament on Thursday drew 142 entries, so who can say with the Saturday tournament? It’s a higher buy-in, but on a better day.
Fortunately, it’s a one-day tournament because Sunday kicks off Day 1A of the Summer Open Championship.
The $2,500 + $200 event carries a $500,000 guarantee.
Last year’s championship event was only a $2,000 + $200 buy-in which attracted 321 players. We’ll have to see how that extra $500 kick affects things.
The tournament has a Day 1B Monday and plays until Wednesday.
As for the bad beat jackpots, they’re beginning to climb again. The Caesars combined bad beat jackpot is up to $241,562, while the Taj Mahal’s bad beat is up to $282,935. The highest jackpot in the city is at the Tropicana at $289,931.
Just a hunch, the Trop is probably due for a hit, even with a quad eights minimum.
Finally, coming off a hit this week of its small bad beat, The Borgata’s full jackpot is at $158,287.
Here’s hoping everyone, especially me, feels a lot better after the weekend. (And takes a lot less cold medicine.)
The Borgata Summer Open is rolling along and is the obvious poker hot spot in the city this weekend.
Main event action includes a two-day, $500 + $60 No Limit tournament starting at 11am Saturday and a $350 + $50 H.O.S.E. tournament at noon Sunday.
A Deep Stack Double Play tournament also starts Sunday at 11am and runs to Tuesday. Double Play’s are re-buy tournaments with two day ones. Those busting out Sunday (day 1A) can re-buy in for day 1B Monday.
Add to that four secondary tournaments, including a $200 + $30 + $20 (Yellow Chip) Bounty Turbo No Limit tournament at 4pm Sunday, and you can expect the Borgata’s poker room to be hectic and packed all weekend.
I took a spin by The Borgata Thursday to get a feel for the summer open and I have to report, things are looking pretty good.
The room was packed, the casino’s first experiment with a bounty tournament seemed to be a big hit with players and there was just a lot of excitement in the room. All on a sweltering early June day that made the Borgata’s air conditioning system the most popular factor in the tournament
Again, the summer open isn’t one of the casino’s really big events as the World Series of Poker is underway in Vegas, but it’s astonishing how consistent the player’s name are in the results boards for the Borgata’s seasonal opens.
The casino really has the knack of breeding player loyalty and the summer open seems to be specifically aimed at the casino’s regulars.
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The Borgata Summer Open started off fairly well Wednesday as 829 players (including re-buys) turned out for the first event, a $350 buy-in Deepstack event.
Undoubtedly, some of those players were looking to take advantage of the casino’s air conditioning as well, because man it’s hot here in A.C. right now. Yesterday set a record for the date in the city at 98 degrees.
The event has a total buy-in of $290,150 .
The chip leader going into today’s second day is Kenneth Smaron of Philly with 1,214,000 in chips.
Some notables in the field include Sheree Bykofsky of A.C., still alive with 94K and Gordon Eng, of Clifside Park, with 105K in chips.
The bubble was broken at the tournament at 81 players and the remaining 48 are all in the money.
Today, the casino launches the first of its “bounty” games, where each player puts up an extra $25 as a bounty. Whenever a player is sent to the rail, that $25 chip goes to the player that took them out. The $200 + $30 + $25 (the bounty) No Limit Hold’em tournament starts at 11am.
Quick note: The Borgata’s blog is saying the bounty is $20, but previous schedules say $25. So it’s one or the other.
The Borgata has released the schedule for the main tournaments in its Summer Open, June 8-24, and they’ve sprinkled in some exciting twists to keep things interesting.
The open competes directly with the World Series of Poker in Vegas and is probably the most regional in its player draw of the casino’s four opens. So to spice things up, The Borgata is introducing a new twist on bounty tournaments.
Three of the main events will include bounties. The twist is that everybody who plays will be a bounty.
The Borgata hasn’t even finished up its spring open — looks like they got better than 200 players for today’s main event finale, a $250 + $30 Deepstack No Limit event — and the casino is announcing dates for its summer open.
This year’s summer open will run from June 8 to 24 with the championship event to run June 19 to 22. The championship will be a $2,500 + $200 No Limit tournament with a $500,000 guarantee.
While an exact event schedule hasn’t been released, that sounds suspiciously like the schedule for the spring open. Both are 17 days long and have the same buy-in for the championship event.
Still, the summer championship has a $500 bump from last year’s summer open championship (that $2,000 buy-in No Limit tournament drew 361 players in 2010).
The summer open, of course, competes with the World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas, which starts May 30, but does avoid the WSOP main event, which starts July 7.
And if you want to nitpick, only the last four days of the Borgata event actually happen in the summer.
The Borgata summer open wrapped up its championship event Tuesday with the win going to a regular Borgata player, Billy O’Neil of College Park Md. O’Neil win $180,595.
“It’s fantastic,” O’Neil tells the Borgata. “I got real lucky, what can I say.”
Second place goes to Mirza Nagji, who wins $104,620.
On the final hand, Nagji bet 550K on a board of 2 of hearts, 4 and 7 of clubs and 6 and 8 of diamonds. O’Neil re-raised to 2 million, putting Nagji all-in. After a short pause, Nagji called only to see O’Neil’s King and 5 of clubs gave him the straight and the championship.
“I wouldn’t have called that last bet,” Nagji said, saying he had Jack, seven on the last hand. “Either he had the straight or he didn’t. Up until the eight came out, I had top pair.”
Nagji, it should be noted, has a cash at The World Series of Poker main event. He finished 339th in 2008, good for about $32,000.
The $2,000 buy-in championship tournament began with 321 players and had a total prize pool of $642,000.
We’ve noted several times that with the WSOP underway in Vegas, the summer open was left wide open for local players. O’Neil’s win brought a lot of congratulations from the Borgata staff that knows him well.
“It’s great, fantastic,” said O’Neil. “It’s nice when somebody who plays here regularly wins any of these tournaments, ever.”
O'Neil and trophy
Here’s the final table results:
1. Billy O’Neil,$ 180,595
2. Mirza Nagji, $ 104,620
3. Todd Geddis, $ 51,687
4. Mike Melkersen $ 43,592
5. Steven Curtin $ 37,364
6. John Borzio $ 31,137
7. Frank Dellaria $ 24,910
8. Dean Potashner $ 18,683
9. Ed Corrado $ 12,456
10. Joshua Hakakian $ 8,096
For a full rundown on the open, which wraps up today, go here.
The Borgata Summer Open Championship event has made it to a final table, with play resuming today (June 29) at 11am. Ten players are left competing for the $180,595 top cash.
Steven Curtin of Charlotte, NC is the chip leader going into today’s action with nearly $1.5 million in chips. Curtin also had a first place finish at the Borgata Winter Open in a No Limit Tournament, making about $26,000.
Chip leader Curtin
Here’s the final table:
1. Frank Dellaria 756k
2. Dean Potashner 1.09 million
3. Joshua Hakakian 243k
4. Mirza Nagji 1.136 million
5. Ed Corrado 1.349 million
6. Billy O’Neil 1.247 million
7. Michael Melkersen 429k
8. John Borzio 686k
9. Todd Geddis 1.324 million
10. Steven Curtin 1.459 million