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!
Event 14 of the Borgata Poker Open was the $1,000+$90 Six Max NLH with a $150,000 guarantee. There were a total of 239 entries and when the dust settled Shaun O’Donnell was the last man standing.
O’Donnell had his work cut out for him coming into heads up play with more than a 2-1 chip deficit. He was also up against a tough opponent facing Roland Israelashvili who holds 6 WSOP Circuit rings and over $3,250,000 in live career tournament earnings.
O’Donnell was able to double up in one of the first hands of heads up play and he never looked back.
This win marks O’Donnell’s first major victory and he will take home $61,434 along with the Borgata Poker Open trophy.
Below is a full look at the Event 14 Six Max NLH final table results.
- Shaun O’Donnell- $61,434+BPO Trophy
- Roland Israelashvili- $36,513
- Brock Wilson- $27,820
- Ryan Jones- $22,024
- Joseph Cappello- $17,387
- Michael Gagliano- $12,751
Shaun O’Donnell raised to 90,000 and Roland Israelashvili moved all in for 1,800,000. Shaun O’Donnell called and the hands were revealed.
The board ran out and O’Donnell’s pocket sevens held up.
Israelashvili is our Event 14 Six Max NLH runner up and will add another $36,513 to his more than $3,250,000 in live career tournament earnings.
In one of the first hands of heads up play Roland Israelashvili moved all in and Shaun O’Donnell called for 1,180,000. Israelashvili showed but he was dominated by the of O’Donnell.
The board ran out and O’Donnell’s ace jack held up to earn him the double up.
Shaun O’Donnell- 2,400,000
Roland Israelashvili- 2,380,000
With the elimination of Brock Wilson in third we are now heads up here in the Six Max NLH event. Roland Israelashvili is holding more than a 2-1 chip lead with 3,100,000 to the 1,3780,000 of Shaun O’Donnell.
One of these players will be taking home $61,434 and the BPO trophy and the runner up will earn $36,513.
Roland Israelashvili and Brock Wilson went heads up to the flop. Wilson continued with a bet of 175,000 and Israelashvili raised to 500,000.
With the action back on Wilson he moved all in for around 1,600,000 and Israelashvili nearly beat him into the pot with the call for his last 1,478,000.
Wilson turned over for top pair but Israelashvili showed for top two pair. The turn and river were no help to Wilson.
Israelashvili doubled up and Wilson was left severely short and eliminated just a few hands later in third place earning $27,820 for his efforts.
Roland Israelashvili- 3,200,000
Roland Israelashvili moved all in from the small blind and Shaun O’Donnell called from the big for his last 757,000. Israelashvili showed and would need to improve against the of O’Donnell.
The dealer fanned the flop and Israelashvili picked up an open ended straight draw. The turn and river were no help to Israelashvili and O’Donnell’s ace high was enough to earn him the double up.
Shaun O’Donnell- 1,526,000
Roland Israelashvili- 1,950,000
Roland Israelashvili raised to 75,000 and Shaun O’Donnell called from the small blind. Brock Wilson called from the big blind and they saw a flop of .
O’Donnell led out with a bet of 135,000 and Wilson called. With the action on Israelashvili he slid out a stack of black chips covering both players.
O’Donnell immediately folded and Wilson went deep into the tank for more than a minute. He eventually folded and Israelashvili showed as he scooped the pot.
Roland Israelashvili- 3,200,000
Brock Wilson- 850,000
Shaun O’Donnel- 725,000
Level 25: Blinds 15,000/30,000/4,000 ante
Total Entries: 239
Players Remaining: 3
On a final board reading with around 250,000 in the pot, Roland Israelashvili checks from the small blind. Shaun O’Donnell bets 210,000 from the big blind.
Israelashvili goes into the tank for a while before eventually deciding to call. O’Donnell tables but is no good against Israelashvili’s pair of sixes.
Roland Israelashvili – 2,500,000 (83 bb)
Shaun O’Donnell – 480,000 (16 bb)