The 2018 Borgata Poker Open came to a close in the early morning hours of Saturday morning when the 21st BPO trophy found a new home.
About eight hours earlier, Erkut Yilmaz took 1st place in the Championship event, along with $575,112 and both BPO and WPT Champions Cup trophies. Yilmaz took a huge lead into the final day of the Championship and held that lead until heads-up with poker pro Timothy ‘TK’ Miles. They proceeded to battle for more than two hours, with the lead changing several times, before Yilmaz finally collected all the chips and the title. Miles added another $383,399 to his career earnings, pushing the total past $3.2 million.
This series saw a lot of firsts. For the first time, the BPO was not held in the Event Center, but in a temporary Tournament Area between the Poker Room and Signature Room. This was a one-time occurence and this area will now he turned into the new Borgata Sports Book. The Winter Poker Open in January will be back in the Event Center as usual.
Another first was buy-in guarantees on the non-No Limit Hold’em events. The Omaha/Stud High/Low, HORSE, and PLO tournaments all had guarantees for the first time ever. There was also an “Old School” Freeze-out NLH tournament with no re-entries, and a Double Black Chip Bounty tournament added to this year’s schedule.
Justin Leeds claimed the top spot in the $1 Million GTD Kick-Off event, which saw 3,106 entrants. The final four players all took home more than $170,000 for their efforts in the three-day event.
Altogether, the series had $7.6 million in guarantees and paid out more than $8.3 million in prize money in Main Events alone, not including secondary and satellite events. A complete list of Main Event winners and their winnings is below.
The next major tournament series is the Fall Poker Open, which runs November 6th through the 21st, so start making plans now. The tournament schedule has not yet been released. Follow @BorgataPoker on Twitter to catch the announcement when it is. Until then, Borgata’s regular schedule of Daily Tournaments will resume. For those of you in New Jersey, there’s alway another tournament coming up on BorgataPoker.com. October 14th – 21st, the Garden State Super Series (GSSS) will be running with more than $450,000 in guarantees.
For now, it’s farewell from the Borgata Blogging team of Tim Kelliher, Chris Murray, Al Rash, Brittany Paige, and myself. Hope to see you in November during the Fall Poker Open!
When the final three Event 10 players returned from break they began to discuss an adjusted payout deal. The stacks were counted down and it didn’t take long for them to come to an agreement.
Eric Rowen who held the chip lead will take first place for $40,387 and the trophy. This is Rowen’s largest career score and his first Borgata Poker Open title.
Jeff Cole earns $33,500 for his second place finish and Mikhail Mironenko will take home $28,722 for his third place finish.
Below is a look at the chip stacks at the time of the adjusted payout agreement and the full Event 10 final table results.
1. Eric Rowen- 20,000,000 ($40,387)
2. Jeff Cole- 9,800,000 ($33,500)
3. Mikhail Mironenko- ($28,722)
4. Kym Lim ($15,715)
5. Soukha Kachittavong ($12,900)
6. Zuri Kornfald ($10,437)
7. Noel Alicea ($8,326)
8. Carlos Figueora-Fernandez ($6,333)
9. Pavlo Kudelya ($4,339)
10. Eric Siegel ($2,815)
The final three Event 10 players continue to battle it out for the $52,768 and the BPO trophy. Eric Rowen is holding strong at the top with 20,000,000 and is closing in his first Borgata Poker Open title.
Jeff Cole sits in second with 9,800,000 and Mikhail Mironenko is playing 7,500,000.
The players are now on a 15-minute color up break and we will pick right back up on the action when play resumes.
1. $52,768+BPO Trophy
Eric Rowen raised to 800,000 from the button and Kym Lim moved all in from the small blind for 8,050,000. Jeff Cole folded his big blind and Rowen snap called.
Lim tabled her but was dominated by the of Rowen. The dealer fanned the flop and Rowen paired his ace to put a hammerlock on the hand.
The turn was the improving Rowen to trip aces leaving Lim drawing dead. The meaningless hit the river and Lim was eliminated in 4th place earning $15,715 for her efforts.
Eric Rowen- 23,550,000
Soukha Kachittavong moved all in from under the gun for his last 775,000. Eric Rowen called from the big blind and the cards were shown.
Soukha was in great shape to double up and the flop was no help to Rowen. The dealer burned and turned the and Rowen paired his six to take the lead.
The river card was no help to Kachittavong and he was eliminated in 5th place earning $12,900 for his efforts.
Eric Rowen- 17,000,000
Kym Lim raised to 600,000 from under the gun and it folded to Eric Rowen in the small blind. Rowen re-raised to 1,600,000 and Lim moved all in for 4,415,000.
Rowen quickly called turning over but he was dominated by Lim’s . The dealer fanned the flop and Rowen picked up a gutshot straight draw to go along with his over card.
The turn and river were no help to Rowen and Lim earned the double up.
Eric Rowen raised to 700,000 from the button and Soukha Kachittavong moved all in for about 3,400,000 from the small blind. Zuri Kornald put his lasat 565,000 in the middle from the big blind and Rowen folded.
Kachittavong turned over and was dominating the of Kornfald. The board ran out and Kornald was eliminated in 6th place earning $10,437 for his efforts.
Soukha Kachittavong- 5,800,000
In the very last hand before the break Mikhael Mironenko and Jeff Cole were involved in a battle of the blinds. All of Mironenko’s 4,020,000 chips ended up in the middle pre-flop holding from the big blind.
It was a cooler for Cole who showed from the small blind and the runout sealed the deal for Mironenko who earned the massive double up.
Mikhael Mironenko- 8,240,000
Jeff Cole- 2,850,000
Noel Alicea moved all in for 570,000 from the cutoff and Eric Rowen called from the small blind. Soukha Kachittavong called from the big and they checked down the runout.
“Ace high” announced Rowen turning over and Soukha mucked. Alicea doubled checked his hole cards and flashed his before tossing his hand into the muck.
Alicea was eliminated in 7th place earning $8,326 and Rowen moves into the chip lead with 11,000,000 and just six players remaining.
The action folded to Carlos Figueora-Fernandez in the cutoff and he moved all in for 730,000. Kym Lim called from the big blind and they turned over the cards.
The board ran out and Lym improved to nines full of aces to earn the pot and the elimination.
Figueora-Fernandez is our 8th place Event 10 finisher earning $6,333 and Lym extends her lead to over 8,000,000 with 7 players remaining.