$2,500+$200 BSPO Championship NLH Re-Entry
The spotlight event on the 2017 Borgata Spring Poker Open was the $1,000,000 Guaranteed Championship event. The tournament drew some of the best players in the game and when everything was complete, New York’s Sam Taylor was the last player standing for the $390,103 top prize along with the Borgata glass trophy.
The tournament drew 670 entries over two starting flights and two levels of late registration on Day 2. We had WSOP bracelet winners and members of the WPT Champions Club. Borgata trophy winners and some of our familiar regulars. They tried to work their way through eight levels in their opening flight for a chance to make it through to Day 2 to make some money.
They created a prize pool over $1.6 million with the last 63 players set to take home a piece of it. Only 293 players survived to make Day 2, plus those who chose to hop in the game in the first two levels of the day, and it was a long grind to get into the money. The bubble burst late in the evening and we had 53 return for Day 3.
The Championship was scheduled to play down to the live-stream final table nine on Day 3 and Jeremy Meacham returned with the chip lead. He was unable to carry it through to the final table but his brother Wade finished the day with the chip lead heading into the final table on Day 4. But he wasn’t the only successful player making the final nine.
We had 2015 WSOP Main Event champ Joe McKeehen, 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener, high-stakes player and 2014 Borgata Poker Open runner-up Kane Kalas, and 2016 WPT Borgata Poker Open fourth place finisher Simon Lam to name a handful.
The stacks were deep and the structure slow. With 90-minute levels at the final table, they had plenty of room to make moves. It took more than two hours to lose the first player and it was a big hand. Erick But and Kane Kalas were both eliminated on the same hand when McKeehen woke up with aces in the small blind.
Racener followed in seventh place with Ricky Guan and Eric Fields not far behind. Meacham could not run his final table chip lead into a title and dropped out in fourth place. McKeehen was eliminated a few hands later to set up a long heads up battle between Lam and Taylor. After several lead changes, Lam put all his chips in the middle and Taylor called correctly with ace-high to win the match, the Championship, and $390,103.
Taylor immediately celebrated with his family and friends in attendance and they practically pulled him off his feet. Lam earned $219,341 for his runner-up result and both players crossed over the $1 million mark in career earnings.
Congrats to Taylor, the entire final table, and everyone who took home some money for their efforts.
Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship final table results:
1st: Sam Taylor – $390,103
2nd: Simon Lam – $219,341
3rd: Joe McKeehen – $138,104
4th: Wade Meachem – $112,108
5th: Eric Fields – $89,361
6th: Ricky Guan – $73,926
7th: John Racener – $59,303
8th: Kane Kalas – $44,681
9th: Erick But – $30,870