PokerNews will be exclusively covering the Borgata Winter Poker Open, which will begin in just one week at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.
The Borgata Winter Poker Open will last from January 14 – 31 and will comprise 23 events. The highlight will be the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship, which will be held from Jan 26 – 31. The tournament will have three starting flights, a guaranteed prize pool of $3 million, and a $3,500 buy-in.
Eight tournaments in the Borgata Winter Poker Open schedule offer guaranteed prize pools of $100k or more.
The Borgata Winter Poker Open has an interesting history. The WPT first stopped at the Borgata Casino in its second season, from September 20 – 22 in 2003, a few months after Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Even. The Borgata leg of WPT 2003 attracted a field of 235 players, who generated a prize pool as large as $1,175,000. Noli Francisco emerged as the champion of the event.
Ever since, the WPT has stopped at the Borgata at least once per year. In its third season, the buy-in of the Borgata Poker Open was increased to $10,000. In its fourth season, the WPT stopped at the Borgata twice and introduced the Borgata Winter Poker Open, in which Michael Mizrachi won the second WPT championship title of his career. After the sixth season, the Borgata Winter Poker Open was cancelled for a period of five years.
Last year, the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open was re-introduced, and poker pro Andy Hwang won the championship title and took home the first-place prize of $730,053 after beating a large field of 1,042 players.
A list of Borgata Winter Poker Open and Borgata Poker Open champions includes the names of Noli Francisco, Daniel Negreanu, Al Arbedili, Michael Mizrachi, Mark Newhouse, John Hennigan, Roy Winston, Gavin Griffin, Vivek Rajkumar, Olivier Busquet, Dwyte Pilgrim, Bobby Oboodi, Ben Hamnett, Andy Hwang, and Anthony Zinno. And one will soon know the name of the champion of the next Borgata Winter Poker Open.
PokerNews will exclusively cover the event live when the action begins on the 14th of January. Players who plan to take part in the event can update their chip stacks whenever they wish through the PokerNews My Stack App.
Players who need more information about the Borgata Casino and Span only have to visit theborgata.com.