Level 13 (1,200/2,400/300)
Total Entrants: 397
Players Remaining: 158
Average Stack: 100,500
The Event 21 field is on another break and will return to play two more levels before the dinner break. The field is below 160 players and the average stack is going to be under 35 big blinds once play resumes. There will likely be around 100 players left once the dinner break hits and the march forward to the money bubble will continue from there.
There will likely be around 100 players left once the dinner break hits and the march forward to the money bubble will continue from there. We saw a long bubble last night in Event 20 and that should hold to form tonight with many hours spent without cashing not the way players want to end their Borgata Poker Open.
Level 12 (1,000/2,000/200)
Total Entrants: 397
Players Remaining: 180
Average Stack: 88,200
Already in the field, there are multiple players over 200,000. Leading the pack at this time is Mitchell Mantin. Earlier in the Borgata Poker Open, Mantin final tabled and was part of the six-way deal in Event 6. The Deeper Stack structure saw Mantin do well and he is doing well thus far today with 275,000 in front of him.
Mantin earned $7,200 for his finish a few weeks ago, and he could surpass that today. As the blinds increase, Mantin will look to push his stack up further as the money bubble gradually approaches.
Level 11 (800/1,600/200)
Total Entrants: 397
Players Remaining: 195
Average Stack: 81,400
The registration period is at an end for Event 21 and the total prize pool is $77,018. The $50,000 guarantee was easily surpassed and a total of 36 players will earn a cash of at least $478. The first place prize of $20,791 will be decided later tonight and the BPO blog will return shortly with some players making their way toward that point. A look at the full list of payouts is below.
Level 10 (600/1,200/200)
Total Entrants: 386
The registration period in Event 21 is almost at an end as Level 10 winds to a close. Players are about to head out on a break and the cage will close once Level 11 starts.
The $50,000 guarantee is long gone and we should see the field size creep toward 400 before play resumes. Once the final payouts are available, they will be posted on the BPO blog.
Level 9 (500/1,000/100)
Total Entrants: 372
Borgata’s all-time leader in tournament cashes Howard Wolper has yet to get on track this series but perhaps that will change in Event 21. Wolper made a lot of noise during the recent DeepStacks Challenge, making two final tables and earning almost $7,000 in the process.
These Deep Stack events play to Wolper’s strength and it will be interesting to see if he can put together a run after some time on the sideline.
Level 8 (400/800/75)
Total Entrants: 362
Before he won the Colossus event at this summer’s World Series of Poker, Thomas Pomponio grinded Borgata events on a regular basis. In fact, most of Pomponio’s non-Colossus winnings have come at the Borgata.
During the 2016 Winter Poker Open, Pomponio won the Deeper Stack event for a solid $23,000 score. That obviously pales in comparison the $1,000,000 Pomponio won this summer and he will try to make another run in today’s one-day event.
The prize pool will be announced shortly and Pomponio and the rest of the field will found out just how much they are playing for.
Level 7 (300/600/75)
Total Entrants: 330
The $50,000 guarantee set for Event 21 was hit in the early levels of today and heading into the second break of the day, the field has produced a prize pool of $66,000. That number will grow larger with registration open until the start of Level 11.
Once the final prize pool figures are announced, the totals will be posted on the Borgata Poker Open blog.
With so many players in the field, there are quite a few Borgata regulars making their run at the BPO finale. When the field returns from break, the BPO blog will continue to take a look at the field along with some of the early chip leaders.
Level 6 (200/400/50)
Total Entrants: 268
Everyone who entered this week’s BPO Championship has a story of how they made it in but none are like Jim McLaughlin’s. By qualifying through ClubWPT, McLaughlin through a freeroll and played for the second time in this event. Midway through Day 2, McLaughlin was among the chip leaders and eventually finished in the money, earning $6,993.
Although he has a WPT cash on his poker resume, McLaughlin is more familiar with events like today’s Deepest Stack. As part of his ClubWPT experience, McLaughlin has the option to attend the live taping of today’s final table should he bust in Event 21. For now, though, McLaughlin is grinding away in an attempt to make another BPO cash before he returns home to Pennsylvania.
Level 5 (150/300/25)
Total Entrants: 242
The BPO Championship final table is playing out this afternoon and yesterday, 24 players returned for Day 4 play. One of those players was Veselin Katrandzhiev, who finished in 18th place, earning $19,386.
That result is the largest career cash for Katrandzhiev, whose best score before this was in a DeepStacks Challenge event in August. Katrandzhiev earned $4,000 for taking second place and parlayed that into his BPO Championship run.
There is only one event left on the BPO schedule and if momentum is any indication, we should see Katrandzhiev deep in this event later tonight.
Level 4 (100/200/25)
Total Entrants: 225
In only four levels of play, the Event 21 field is already approaching the $50,000 guarantee set for today’s Deepest Stack tournament. Players are soon to head out on their first break of the day and will return shortly to resume their quest to claim the final mini-Borgata trophy of the BPO.
Any new entrants to the field will have over 100 big blinds to work with thanks to the 40,000 starting stack in this event. Once play resumes, the BPO blog will return with a look at some of the player’s in the field.