The 2018 Spring Poker Open concluded in the early hours of Saturday morning with the final trophy event. Over the previous 18 days, 19 coveted Borgata Hotel replica trophies were awarded and more than $4.6 million was paid out to players participating in the 22 scheduled Main Events.
Rafael Reis won the $1 Million GTD Kickoff Deep Stack NLH event, earning more than $216,010 and his first Borgata Open title. There were 2,370 entrants over five starting flights and the guarantee was well covered with the final prize pool exceeding $1.2 million.
Barry Leventhal added his name to the short-list of players to win two events during a single Open series. He took 1st Place and $10,000* in the Seniors event, a tournament he also won back in the 2015 Winter Poker Open, then a couple of days later won the Pot Limit Omaha event for $9,676. These were his fifth and sixth Borgata Open series titles and with six wins, he’s now third on the list of most reported wins at Borgata, trailing only Abraham Korotki (9) and Will ‘the Thrill’ Failla (7).
The $1 Million GTD Spring Poker Open Championship pulled 519 entrants, covering its guarantee and paying out more than $1.25 million in prize money. The final table of six was Live Streamed and can still be watched on YouTube.
It came down to a heads-up match between two established pros and coincidentally, both were Day 2 entrants. Farid Jattin held the chip lead for the entirety of Day 3 and a couple of hours into the final table before Almedin ‘Ali’ Imsirovic picked off a turn semi-bluff-shove to double-up and claim the chip lead, which he held until the end.
Heads-up play began with Ali holding more than a 5:1 chip lead over Farid, but Farid managed to double-up twice, pulling close to even with Ali. Once the stacks evened out, the final two agreed on adjusted payouts. Ali took 1st place and $246,066*. Farid finished 2nd for $243,521*.
A complete list of Main Event winners is below and that wraps up the 2018 Spring Poker Open! Mark your calendars now and make plans to join us for the Summer Poker Open, to be held July 10-27. Follow @BorgataPoker on Twitter for updates on the tournament schedule when it is released.
*indicates adjusted payout
$500+$60 Super Survivor NLH
Total Entries: 202
Total Buy-In: $101,000
Total Prize Pool: $97,970
|1||MICHAEL FORCA||BABYLON, NY||$5,000 CASH|
|1||ANTHONY WEISS||BOURBONNAIS, IL||$5,000 CASH|
|1||BRANDON HIMES||ALTOONA, PA||$5,000 CASH|
|1||SPENCER SALIS||BRIGANTINE, NJ||$5,000 CASH|
|1||TRAVIS HARTSHORN||SARVER, PA||$5,000 CASH|
|1||STEPHEN SILVERMAN||MILLWOOD, NY||$5,000 CASH|
|1||RICCARDO FIGUEROA||STATEN ISLD, NY||$5,000 CASH|
|1||ROBERT EVANS||TENAFLY, NJ||$5,000 CASH|
|1||SOHEB PORBANDARWALA||STAMFORD, CT||$5,000 CASH|
|1||KAMEEL JUMAN||RICHMOND HILL, NY||$5,000 CASH|
|1||VINOD MOORJANI||LANSDOWNE, VA||$5,000 CASH|
|1||ERIC DOERR||NEWARK, DE||$5,000 CASH|
|1||BILL KONTARATOS||LAVAL,||$5,000 CASH|
|1||SEMSETTIN ILYAS||FAIRFAX, VA||$5,000 CASH|
|1||MARK PISAENO||BETHLEHEM, PA||$5,000 CASH|
|1||TODD BEARDSWORTH||TRUMBULL, CT||$5,000 CASH|
|1||EVERTON TAYLOR||BRIDGEPORT, CT||$5,000 CASH|
|1||CHASE STEFFY||WASHINGTON, DC||$5,000 CASH|
|1||RICHARD LARDNER||MASSAPEQUA, NY||$5,000 CASH|
|20||BRANDON CUFF||NAZARETH, PA||$2,970 CASH|
$560 Super Survivor NLH
Level 11: 800/1,600/1,600 BB Ante
Total Entries: 202
Players Remaining: 70
While the $400 Deep Stack Saturday NLH event is on the money bubble in the Signature Room the $560 Super Survivor is moving right along in the poker room.
There are now 70 players remaining and there are plenty of familiar faces in the field including Shaotong Chang, Mike Nye, Joe Gola, Travis Hartshorn and Lyle Diamond just to name a few.
Shaotong Chang just got her stack of about 50,000 all in preflop holding and to her surprise her opponent held the other two . They chopped the pot but not before her opponent go a sweat when a third spade hit the turn.
The players are all looking to survive and the final 20 will be taking home $5,000 in cold hard cash.
$500 + $60 Super Survivor NLH
Level 1: Blinds 50/100
The $500 Super Survivor has just started and all players get 20,000 chips with which to play. Levels 1-10 last 30 minutes, then levels 11+ last 40 minutes.
Approximately 1 in 10 players will earn $5,000 each and play will continue until only 10% of the field remains. They will be our ‘Super Survivors’!
During last year’s Spring Open, the $500 Super Survivor drew 224 entrants and 22 players walked away with $5,000 in cash!
It’s officially the first day of Spring, (despite the weather forecast calling for snow) so it’s time to make plans for the 2018 Borgata Spring Poker Open! The Kickoff begins in just under three weeks and it will launch a terrific series. With more than $3.2 million in total guarantees and 19 trophy events spread across 18 action-packed days, this series should bring out some huge fields. Room rates starting at $95 are available now. Reserve your room by calling 609.317.1000. Click here for the schedule of Main Events.
As always, the series begins with a big bang. The $1 million guaranteed $540+$60 NLH Deep Stack Kickoff tournament begins Tuesday April 10th at 11am with the first of five starting flights. With unlimited re-entries, this best stack forward event will surely see more than enough entrants to crush the guarantee. Last year, Borgata regular Soukha Kachittavong came out on top of the field of nearly 3,000 entrants to take home $127,637 in a nine-way adjusted payout agreement.
All your favorite tournaments will be returning including the Seniors, Ladies, SixMax, Almighty Stack, and the $150,000 GTD Black Chip Bounty. A couple of newer events which are sure to become player favorites are back as well. The 40/40 Monster Stack leads off the second week of the series, giving players 40,000 chips and 40 minute levels. The $200 Frenzy Re-Entry makes its second appearance in a Open Series as well, with re-entries at half the price of the first buy-in. Of course the highlight of the series is the $2,500 + $200 NLH Championship, which carries a $1 million guarantee on total buy-ins.
Last year Sam Taylor bested the field of 670 entrants to take down the Championship and collect more than $390,000. That star-studded final table included WSOP Main Event Winner Joe McKeehen, John Racener, Kane Kalas, Ricky Guan, Wade Meacham, and Simon Lam. The finale will be Live Streamed again this year, letting the poker world watch as a new Spring Poker Open Champion is crowned.
Get the Spring Poker Open dates on your calendar and don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a FREE seat in the Championship event. Just click here and complete the form. All the details and links you need for this series can be found on the Spring Poker Open Micro-site, so bookmark it now and we’ll see you next month!