The 2009 Borgata Winter Open has just kicked off at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This is the fourth annual running of the Winter Open and the event will last for 14 days with 46 tournaments being held during this time. Some of the tourneys include H.O.R.S.E., ladies-only events, a Seniors tournament, Omaha, and deep stack events. The main event of the Borgata Winter Open is a No Limit Texas Hold’em Freezeout tournament that will run from January 25th to January 29th. 

Last year’s Borgata Winter Open saw 507 players buy into the main event; among the 507 entrants were notables such as Barry Greenstein, Phil Ivey, TJ Cloutier, Erick Lindgren, Gavin Griffin, David Tran, John Phan, Joe Sebok, and JC Tran. Of the 507 players who originally entered the main event of the Borgata Winter Open, 54 cashed.

In the end, it was Gavin Griffin and David Tran battling for $1,401,109 in cash, a $25,000 WPT Championship buy-in, and a Tag Heuer watch.David Tran went all-in while holding Ks-8s and Griffin held Js-Qs. With the board reading 9d-Ac-8d-Qd-10d, Gavin Griffin was able to make a straight and defeat Tran for the top prize; Tran earned $737,685 for taking second place.

Here are the top 10 finishers at the Borgata Winter Open and the prize money they earned:

1st place: Gavin Griffin – $1,401,109
2nd place: David Tran – $737,685
3rd place: Thomas Hare – $381,137
4th place: Noah Schwartz – $331,958
5th place: Lee Watkinson – $282,779
6th place: Ervin Prifti – $233,600
7th place: Shane LaBounty – $184,421
8th place: Justin Bonomo – $135,243
9th place: Scott Blackman – $98,359
10th place: Men Nguyen – $63,932

The Borgata Winter Open began back in 2006 and has always been held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. The first annual Winter Open saw 381 people enter it and Michael Mizrachi won the tournament and the $1,173,373 first place prize. In addition to being one of the biggest land-based tournaments in the world, the Borgata Winter Open is also one of the biggest stops on the World Poker Tour.

The World Poker Tour started back in 2002 and is currently in its seventh season and will be aired on Fox Sports Net for the first time. The winner of the Borgata Winter Open main event, as well as the top finishers, will earn points towards the WPT Player of the Year title.

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