Yesterday was really an incredible day, with four Borgata Poker trophies handed out over the course of (24) hours. Now we may say it was yesterday, but really only of of those players were crowned the winner before the clock struck midnight, and that was Kevin Nettles (Pottstown, PA). Nettles came in the short stack at the Event 16 ($450 H.O.R.S.E) table, but managed to make it to heads up play with Nicholas Scafidi. Once again Kevin would have to overcome adversity, entering play with Nicholas as a 2-1 dog in chips. It took one critical hand during Razz to turn things around, and Nettles ended up almost matching his career earnings with this one win, earning himself $14,514, and a new trophy for his mantle.
Next it would be Marshall White (Garner, NC) besting Jacob Ostrander heads up to win Event 15 ($1,000 + 90 NLH Six-Max), picking up his largest tournament cash to date ($79,134). It was said days ago, that whoever ended up winning Event 15 was going to have to earn it, and White did just that. He best not only a field that will only be matched by the WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship, but a final table consisting of players like Mike Linster (3rd Place), Christian Harder (4th Place), Danny Lee (5th Place), and Cornel Andrew Cimpan (6th Place). While Marshall gains the recognition for winning the event, one of the stories to note would be Cornel Andrew Cimpan’s arrival over an hour late to Day 2. He was blinded down to 8,000 in chips (three big blinds), but managed to build it back and reach the final table.
The crowning would continue, as Will Givens (Aurora, CO) took down Event 17 ($350 Deep Stack Saturday Series NLH $100,000 Guaranteed), basically hitting cruise control once her reached the final table. This event attracted a huge field once again, with the announcement of 612 total entries once registration was closed. The Borgata title only adds to the incredible year Givens is already having, making this his 3rd largest cash of the year. He finished 1st and 4th in No Limit events this summer at the WSOP for $306,634 and $84,680. Givens took home $49,894 for his 1st place finish and a Borgata Poker Open trophy.
And lastly, just hours ago, it was Jim Collopy (Washington D.C.) likely eating breakfast before bed after winning Event 18 ($500 + 60 PLO Hi/Lo 8B). Jim is no stranger to the limelight, with over $1,300,000 in lifetime earnings. Collopy was one of the more experienced players at the table despite the fact he’s still just a college student. He will take home $15,787 for his win, as well as his first poker trophy.
And now it’s time to look forward, as the $3,300 + 200 WPT Borgata Championship NLH Re-Entry ($3,000,000 Guaranteed) begins in less than (30) minutes. It’s a tournament that players mark on their calendar each and every year, and one of the most popular stops on the WPT each season. There will be no other main events going on in the Event Center, with all eyes focused on what will be one of the strongest fields you’ll see of any tournament…anywhere. All of the day’s action will be updated live, here on the Borgata Poker Blog, so make sure to keep up with it all!!!