Andy Hwang Leads WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Final Table

Andy Hwang Leads WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Final Table

Feb 1, 2013 | No Comments

Day 4 of WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open wrapped up late last night with the 6 players set for the WPT final table, which will kick off at 1pm ET today with WPT Live Stream coverage beginning at 1:30pm ET.

Yesterday saw quite a few notable players hit the rail, including Jamie Kerstetter (22nd), WPT Player of the Year Joe Serock (14th), and Taylor Paur (12th). The WPT final table bubble boy was Cuong Phung, who was very expressive throughout the night when he would win or lose a hand. On every break he looked over the payout schedule and on his final 10-minute,  he looked them over once again and once play resumed, made a move and was eliminated in 7th place.

There is one WPT Champions Club member at the final table tomorrow, Matt Salsberg, the WPT Season XI Grand Prix de Paris winner (also known as the producer of the Showtime hit show Weeds). Matt will be gunning for his 2nd WPT title this afternoon but has an uphill battle ahead of himself as he enters the final table as the short stack.

The chip leader going into the final table is Andy Hwang with 9,550,000. He had a massive chip lead most of the day, but was not making many moves on the short stacks at the table. He was more interested in playing open face chinese poker and scrabble on his iPad. He said he has serious ADD and can’t concentrate for long periods of time, so he has to keep himself busy with other things.

Here are the WPT final table participants with their chip counts:

Andy Hwang: 9,550,000
Andy has played two WPT tournaments, but has many results in other tournaments. He finished 5th in this year’s WSOP National Championship and also has results in HORSE, Omaha, and PLO. He is an experienced player and has results dating back to 2007.

Jim Anderson: 7,830,000
Jim has played one WPT prior to this, and has 2 cashes in his career: One in a $60 Ace-to-Five Lowball and a 187th-place finish in a WSOP 1500 No Limit Hold’em event.

Jeremy Druckman: 6,170,000
Jeremy has a very interesting dynamic at the table. He takes a very long time to make a move and keeps a complete blank stare at his opponent or at the flop. He moves using the same motion every time, but it’s so slow that it definitely has an impact on the game and the opponents he is in the hands with. This is his 1st WPT event but he has two previous cashes here at Borgata.

Matt Haugen: 3,235,000
Matt has also never played in a WPT before, but he has a few cashes at the WSOP and in WSOP Circuit events. His biggest cash was at the PCA Main Event in 2010 for $150,000.

Mike Gogllormella: 2,255,000
Mike also has never played a WPT event, and this is the biggest accomplishment of his poker career so far. Mike hails from the Bronx and his biggest cash to date is $3,500.

Matt Salsberg: 1,920,000
The WPT Season XI Grand Prix de Paris winner has a day job as the produceer of the show Weeds. The show wrapped production in August and he has now been spending a lot of time at the tables but says he definitely needs to try to focus a little more on his Hollywood life.

The average chipstack at the final table is 5,120,000. Once again, play kicks off at 1pm ET today with WPT Live Stream coverage beginning at 1:30pm ET. WPT Raw Deal analyst Tony Dunst will be joined by poker pro Jonathan Little in the commentary booth for the live stream, so make sure to tune in and catch all of the action live from the Borgata in Atlantic City.

WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Bursts Marathon Money Bubble

WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Bursts Marathon Money Bubble

Jan 31, 2013 | No Comments

At about 3am ET this morning, Day 3 of WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open finally wrapped for the night with 28 players remaining. The day started with around 160 players and quickly began its inexorable march toward the money bubble. However, once that bubble arrived with 100 players remaining, it took over 2 hours to send the bubble boy home. That unfortunate player was Paul Volpe, who finished 22nd at WPT Parx Open Poker Classic back in August.

Once that bubble had burst, the bust-outs ramped back up and the day rapidly came to a close with 28 left standing. The official chip leader going into tomorrow is Yung Hwang, who crossed the 3 million chip mark right at the end of the night. Sam Taylor also won a huge hand at the end of the night with Aces vs Kings to put himself in 2nd with 2,589,000 chips.

WPT Player of the Year Joe Serock stayed atop the leaderboard for most of the day and will be heading into Day 4 in 6th place with 1,578,000 in chips. The only WPT Champions Club member remaining in the field is Matt Salsberg, who is one of the shorter stacks with 567,000.

Other notables remaining in the field include the Season XI WPT Borgata Poker Open 12th place finisher, Jamie Kerstetter (754,000), and Taylor Paur in 4th with 2,080,000.

WPT Season XI One to Watch Jason Koon came up just short of the money and was joined at the rail by David Paredes, Christian Harder, Dave Inselberg, Todd Terry, and Dave Inselberg.

Notable players who made the money but didn’t last the day include Cherish Andrews, Ryan D’Angelo, Andrew Badecker, WPT Champions Club members Jonathan Roy and Jonathan Little, Tim Reilly, Daniel Buzgon, and Matt Glantz.

Day 4 kicks off at Noon in the poker room while the Borgata events center is being prepped for the final table. Make sure to check out the WPT Live Updates to follow all of the action.

WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Day Closes With 160 Players Remaining

WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Day Closes With 160 Players Remaining

Jan 30, 2013 | No Comments

Day 2 has come to a close at WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City with 171 players remaining. Day 3 will kick off today at Noon hoping to get to the money fairly quickly. Scott Hertz ended the night as our chip leader with 519,300 chips. He is joined at the top by Joe DiMartino (517,100), Yung Hwang (498,900), and Patrick Chan (494,900). Other notables with a lot of chips to work with include Matt Glantz (384,000), Fall 2012 Borgata Poker Open runner-up Matthew Burnitz (349,600), and Keven Stammen (345,800).

The day started with 19 WPT Champions Club members in the field, but only 5 remain going into Day 3 – Jonathan Little, Matt Salsberg, Jonathan Roy, Soi Nguyen and Ravi Raghavan will all return to make a run for another title. Champs that did not make it through include Mike Scarborough, Nam Le, Kevin Saul, JC Tran, Matt Giannetti, Matt Waxman, Noah Schwartz, Tony Ruberto, Anthony Gregg, Ben Hamnett, and Yevgeniy Timoshenko.

We also lost our ClubWPT Qualifier, Charlie Hill. He made almost made it to the dinner break but, unfortunately, could not hang on. Other notable eliminations included Orson Young, Steve Dannemann, Scott Baumstein, Shannon Shorr, Dan O’Brien, Amnon Fillippi, John Racener, and John Dolan.

Check back in at Noon ET on Wednesday to see which players will make the money when 100 remain, and who will bust on the bubble. The field is scheduled to play down to the final 27 players tomorrow, but that might be adjusted at the discretion of the tournament staff. Either way, we will be here to bring you all of the poker action from the Borgata Hotel and Casino.

Win Your Way to a Live WPT Tournament Just Like Charlie Hill Did

Win Your Way to a Live WPT Tournament Just Like Charlie Hill Did

Jan 29, 2013 | No Comments

Day 2 of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open is in full swing with more than 300 of the 1,042 event entrants still in contention for the title.

One player who, unfortunately, didn’t survive today’s action is Charlie Hill, who won his $3,500 tournament entry by playing online at Jeanine Deeb caught up with Charlie during Day 1B at Borgata and talked with him about what it’s like to sit down with some of the best-known pros in poker.

If you’d like to experience playing in a live WPT event for yourself, then sign up for a VIP membership at where you can play for your share of $100,000 in real cash and prizes every month, including entries into live WPT events around the world.

Borgata Casino Draws Yet Another Huge Field for WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

Borgata Casino Draws Yet Another Huge Field for WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

Jan 29, 2013 | No Comments

Day 1B of WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open wrapped up with 645 entries, making for a total of 1,042 entries between both starting days. This huge starting fields means that this iteration of WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open will go down in history as the largest Winter Poker Open field and gives the Borgata five of the six largest fields in WPT history, all with over 1,000 players (the recent WPT Montreal is the other member of that club).

What does this mean for the roughly 600 players who will return at Noon today for the start of Day 2? The total prizepool stands at $3,335,442 and the eventual champion will walk away with $730,053 on Friday, February 1, which includes a $25,500 seat in the season-ending WPT World Championship. The top 100 players will be guaranteed at least $6,637, and the six final tablists at the WPT Final Table are guaranteed at least $147,671. Here’s the breakdown for those final table payouts:

1. $730,053
2. $438,698
3. $265,475
4. $222,336
5. $182,514
6. $147,671

Approximately 396 players made it through Day 1B and they will join the 209 survivors from Day 1A for Day 2 action on Tuesday. The chip leader at the end of play was Mark Ketteringham with 193,775. He will take home $5,000 from the Borgata as the Day 1B chip leader. Other big stacks near the top include Chris Barnes (189,500), Filippo Bonura (172,275), Jonathan Little (128,800), and Jamie Kerstetter (122,725).

Little was awarded WPT Player of the Day honors, see below for his interview with Jeanine Deeb:

Once registration closed after the end of Level 6 some big names busted before the night ended. Players who made their final exit today include Jeff Madsen, Vinny Pahuja, Shawn Cunix, Robert Varkonyi, Andy Philachack, Bernard Lee, Ebony Kenney, and David Williams.

Today also saw ClubWPT qualifier Charlie Hill out in the field, and he persevered through the day to finish with about 60,000 in chips. For most of the day he had poker pro Matt Glantz on his left and Glantz told the WPT Live Updates team that Charlie completely schooled him in a hand. Charlie was having a great time and they had great table talk. So, good luck to Charlie on Day 2, hopefully he can keep his run good going.

Check back in at Noon ET tomorrow for eight more 75-minute levels of poker action from the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Day 1A Draws 397 Entrants

WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Day 1A Draws 397 Entrants

Jan 28, 2013 | No Comments

When WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Day 1A play came to an end last night 209 players were left standing out of the 397 that ponied up their $3,500 to enter, or re-enter, the tournament. As this event features unlimited re-entry through the end of level 6 on each Day 1, there is expected to a large number of entries by the time all is said and done today.

Out in the field for Day 1A were 15 WPT Champions Club members, including Matt Giannetti, Kevin Saul, Jonathan Roy, Dwyte Pilgrim, Nam Le, Ravi Raghavan, Matt Salsberg, Matt Waxman, Ben Hamnett, Andy Frankenberger, Will Failla and Tony Gregg. All who made it through to Day 2. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Noah Schwartz, Shawn Cunix, and Jonathan Little.

Also featured were several members of the WPT Family, the WPT’s very own Raw Deal analyst Tony Dunst along with Season XI Ones to Watch Amanda Musumeci and Jason Koon.

Other notables in the field included Eric Baldwin, James St. Hilaire, Dan Buzgon, Lee Childs, Christian Harder, Ryan Eriquezzo, Orson Young, Dan O’Brien and many others.

Part way through the day, Mike Sexton took part in a $390 Sit ‘n’ Go, in which the winner took home a seat into Day 1B of this WPT Main Event and a WPT chip set. The WPT Royal Flush Girls were railing Mike and rooting him on along with the other players at the table. The lone female at the table took down the package; so congrats to her and we’ll all be seeing her out in the field for Day 1B.

Away from the action, WPT Royal Flush Girls Jeannie Duffy and Danielle Ruiz sat down for a radio interview with Mark Hoke of Fifth Street Radio. WPT host Mike Sexton was also a guest on the show, and you can hear the episode by visiting

Luis Vasquez ended the night as the official chip leader with 182,075 chips and also took home $5,000 for being end of Day 1A chip leader. WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open returns at 11am today for Day 1B and the survivors will return for Day 2 at Noon on Tuesday.

Here’s a look at the top of the leaderboard:

1. Luis Vazquez – 182,075 (303 bb)
2. Martin Matranca – 166,350 (277 bb)
3. Ray Qartomy – 160,500 (267 bb)
4. Jason Koon – 130,000 (216 bb)
5. Matt Matros – 128,350 (213 bb)
6. Jared Jaffee – 123,400 (205 bb)
7. Stan Jablonski – 123,275 (205 bb)
8. Lee Childs – 122,875 (204 bb)
9. Mohsin Charania – 122,400 (204 bb)
10. Ruslan Dykshteyn – 122,200 (203 bb)

World Poker Tour Announces Return to Jacksonville for WPT bestbet Open
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World Poker Tour Announces Return to Jacksonville for WPT bestbet Open

Jan 25, 2013 | No Comments

Thanks to the popularity of poker in Florida and successful previous stops in the Sunshine State, World Poker Tour is excited to announce the return of Jacksonville to the Spring tour schedule with WPT bestbet Open.

The $3,500 buy-in World Poker Tour Main Event will take place April 26-30, 2013, and feature a $500,000 guarantee. Two Day 1s will start the tournament with one re-entry allowed per day. Registration and re-entry will be open through the end of Level 5 on each of those days.

WPT bestbet Open will culminate with a WPT Live Stream final table hosted by WPT Raw Deal analyst Tony Dunst.

The last event held at bestbet Jacksonville took place back in November and attracted 477 entrants and generated a prizepool of $1,526,400. Eventual WPT Champion Noah Schwarz walked away with $402,972 for his efforts against a tough final table that included Byron Kaverman and Lee Markholt.

More details of this new event will be announced as we get closer to the dates, so make sure to stay tuned to the WPT Blog for more information.

Living the Nightlife at WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

Living the Nightlife at WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

Jan 24, 2013 | No Comments

Whether you are coming to Atlantic City to play in the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open or just to spectate, there will come a time when the action at the tables is over, either permanently or just for the day, and you’ll be looking for something to fill the rest of your time at the Borgata. Fortunately for you, you won’t have to go far to find world-class entertainment as the Borgata has some of the best nightlife on the east coast.

Below are three of the top offerings that the Borgata has for your nighttime adventures:


The nightclub with a personality all to itself-one that keeps your curiosity aroused, even if it means keeping you up all night. Sexy and sensual, with signature bottle service, the subtle innuendo is the standard M.O at this rich yet cozy advance in the culture of nightlife. Sexy, sensual and sometimes sizzling, mur.mur welcomes some of the world’s foremost DJs to take the controls of its state of the art sound system.


MIXX the nightclub offers guests a city-inspired party vibe orchestrated by the world’s top DJs. The bi-level lounge provides an intimate experience with plush seating and private table service areas. Lights go down, music comes up and inhibitions disappear. A cool vibe and an energy that’s off the charts. Dance your heart out every Saturday and Sunday with the world’s top DJs.

Gypsy Bar

From the eclectic beer selection to the dizzying array of live music and tequila in all its myriad forms, there are plenty of ways to discover freedom from your inhibitions. Complement your choice of fiery liquid with loud and live music.

Confirmed Poker Pros for WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

Confirmed Poker Pros for WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

Jan 22, 2013 | No Comments

In just five days, the eyes of the poker world will turn toward Atlantic City for WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. The $3,500 Deep Stack Double Play No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) event kicks off at the Borgata Hotel & Casino on January 27 and will feature some of the biggest names in poker, as is usually the case for a World Poker Tour at Borgata. Among the poker pros who have confirmed their presence at the event are multiple WPT Champions Club members, WPT Ones to Watch – both past and present – and some of pokers up and coming stars.

Below is a list of the players who are currently confirmed. Let us know in the comments if you’re going or if we missed anyone.

  • Amanda Musumeci
  • Daniel Buzgon
  • James St. Hilaire
  • Ebony Kenney
  • Chris Klodnicki
  • Kevin Saul
  • Christian Harder
  • Victor Ramdin
  • Lee Childs
  • Josh Brikis
  • Jonathan Little
  • Joe Serock
  • David Diaz
  • Jamie Kerstetter
  • Kyle Bowker
  • Vinny Pahuja
  • Muk Pahuja
  • Nick Schulman
  • Orson Young
  • Justin Zaki
  • Dwyte Pilgrim