It was shortly after midnight on the final day of the 2017 Borgata Poker Open when a relative unknown became the newest World Poker Tour Champions Club member. Guo Liang Chen came out on top of a field of 1,132 entrants to take the top prize of $789,058 ($15,000 will go toward his entry in the WPT Tournament of Champions, which takes place next year at the end of Season XVI). In addition to both WPT and BPO trophies, he took home a luxurious Hublot Big Bang Steel watch and a $5,000 membership to JetSmarter, the official private jet partner of the World Poker Tour.
The Championship event was the culmination of 18 days of tournaments during which 19 trophies found new homes. Another record was set in this department as well. For the first time ever, three open trophy events were won by women! After picking up her first Borgata Open title in July during the Summer Poker Open, Anna Antimony earned her second during this series, winning the very tough $1,000 SixMax NLH event.
Esther Taylor won her first Borgata Open trophy when she became the first woman to ever win the Heads-Up Championship at Borgata. After making the final table of the Bounty Deep Stack the night before and finishing 8th, Shaotong Chang came back the next day and won the Deep Stack NLH Post-Lim and her first Borgata Open title.
Chang’s performance should come as no surprise, given that she is the girlfriend of Zhaoxing Wang. Wang won the Super Stack Elevator NLH event, taking home his third Borgata Open title in less than one year. Poker pro Dan Buzgon picked up his second Borgata Open title in the Almighty Million, beating a final table that was stacked with poker talent including Jon Borenstein and Kevin Saul.
Vincent Basilicata took home his third Borgata Open trophy after a six-year absence from the winner’s circle. Matt Zimmerman also recorded his third Borgata win, all of which came in the last 14 months. Congratulations to all these winners and all the other trophy winners who earned their first Borgata Hotel replica trophy during this series! A complete list of main event winners is below.
On behalf of Borgata, we would like to thank all the participants for making the 2017 Borgata Poker Open a great success! From the BPO bloggers, @AlCantHang, @MattClarkPoker, @TKBluffs, and myself, thanks to Borgata tournament staff and the World Poker Tour for another excellent tournament series!
The next series is the Fall Poker Open, which runs November 7-22. Stay tuned to the Fall Poker Open information site and the Fall Poker Open Blog for details on that upcoming series. Hope to see you there!
Registration for all Borgata Poker Open events is officially open at the window in the Poker Room! Players can pre-register here for events until midnight Monday.
All events will be held in the Event Center and registration will open in the Event Center lobby at 8am Tuesday morning. The Kickoff $2 Million Guaranteed event begins with Flight A at 11am Tuesday, followed by Flight B at 5pm.
It’s just one week until the 15th Annual Borgata Poker Open tournament series kicks off in the Event Center with the $2 Million Guaranteed Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em event! Long lines are expected at registration, so take advantage of online registration, which remains open until Friday, September 1st. On-site registration will be available beginning Monday, September 4th from 12 noon until midnight, in the Poker Room. Registration will re-open Tuesday morning in the Event Center Lobby at 8am and remain open until midnight daily throughout the series.
There are six starting flights for this event, spread out over the first three days of the series. Flights A & B will run Tuesday at 11am and 5pm, respectively. Wednesday will see flights C & D take off at the same times. Thursday, which is expected to be the busiest, will run flights E & F at 10am and 7pm. Seating is limited, so register early!
Last year, Noel Martinez emerged triumphant over the field of 3,869 entrants for 1st place prize money of more than $286,000*! His victory earned him one of 19 trophies awarded during last year’s series.
*Indicates player-adjusted payout.
This year the BPO will see the return of all the favorite No Limit Hold’em tournaments along with a couple of non-Hold’em events. The 4th Annual Mike ‘Little Man’ Sica Memorial Seniors No Limit Hold’em event will run on Sunday, September 10th. Other returning favorites include the Almighty Million and the Super Stack Elevator NLH event, along with the $1,000 Six Max NLH event, which carries a $200,000 Guarantee. This year’s Heads-Up NLH event has a $1,500 buy-in and is limited to 64 entrants. The two non-Hold’em Main Events are Event 7, Pot Limit Omaha, and Event 10, Omaha/Stud High/Low Mix.
A new post-lim event has been added, running alongside Day 2 of the Championship. This year’s Second Chance event is a $1,000+$60+$500 Eight-Max Turbo Super KO Bounty NLH tournament. Event 17 will put a Purple Chip Bounty on each player’s head. They’ll play at eight-handed tables until they reach the final nine.
Of course the pinnacle of the series is the $3 Million Guaranteed World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open Championship, which has two starting flights running Sunday, September 17th and Monday, September 18th. The final table will take place Friday the 22nd and will be live-streamed and filmed for later broadcast by the WPT.
Last year’s Championship drew 1,179 entrants and was won by Las Vegas pro Jesse Sylvia, along with nearly $822,000!The Borgata Blog will bring you all the action for 18 days, starting Tuesday, September 5th at 11am with Flight A of the kickoff event. You can follow the tournament action right here and follow @BorgataPoker on Twitter for important announcements throughout the series.