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
WPT Foundation: Bid and Win an Autographed Real Madrid Jersey

WPT Foundation: Bid and Win an Autographed Real Madrid Jersey

Jan 21, 2013 | No Comments

WPT Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is expanding its philanthropic efforts in support of non-profit programs of excellence through a new, year-round series of online auctions at leading online charity auction house,

If you love soccer and poker, and some of the best players to ever play the beautiful game, you don’t want to miss this WPT Foundation auction. The package includes an authentic bwin soccer jersey signed by 20 members of Real Madrid, including Christiano Ronaldo, Pepe, as well as a dozen more Real Madrid players.

Worn by one of the WPT Royal Flush Girls at a Real Madrid match, you’ll literally be bidding to win the shirt off their backs. If that’s not enough, you’ll also receive an autographed photograph of the WPT Royal Flush Girls proudly wearing their signed jerseys.

Here’s a full lit of all 20 Real Madrid players who signed the jersey:

  • Christiano Ronaldo
  • Pepe
  • Fabio Coentrão
  • Kaka
  • Sergio Ramos
  • Medut Ozil
  • Jose Callejon
  • Gonzalo Higuain
  • Karim Benzema
  • Rafeal Varane
  • Angel Di Maria
  • Xabi Alonso
  • Sami Khedira
  • Antonio Adan
  • Alvaro Arbeloa
  • Esteban Granero WPT National Mauritius offers ‘Poker in Paradise’ on March 5 WPT National Mauritius offers ‘Poker in Paradise’ on March 5

Jan 18, 2013 | No Comments

In March 2012, World Poker Tour hosted its inaugural tournament in the Indian Ocean with WPT National Mauritius setting the record of the biggest field for a poker tournament ever organized in that region with 290 runners. In 2013 ‘Poker in Paradise’ in the form of WPT National Mauritius is back with many more surprises and add-ons to its second edition.

This year’s schedule offers a festival of 16 tournaments, including a €1,500 (re-entry) Main Event running March 5-10 presented by The full event schedule with action getting underway on March 3 can be found here: WPT National Mauritius.

Players in WPT National Mauritius Main Event will start with a 25,000 starting stack and follow the new payment structure revised by Matt Savage, WPT’s Executive Tour Director.

To provide the best game experience and make sure this is also a poker holiday, players will enjoy shorter days of play which will allow them to also enjoy off the felts activities in the beautiful island of Mauritius and spend more vacation time simply chilling!

With a €3,300 high roller event, the international crowd will be pleased to find action at higher stakes. Notable names who already confirmed their attendance are WPT Champions Club member Guillaume Darcourt, WPT National Cannes Champion Bruno Lopes aka Kool Shen (co-founder of Rap band NTM), Jean Paul Pasqualini, the entire Pro Team including WPT World Championship runner-up Phillippe Ktorza and more than 30 qualifiers.

Online qualifiers are now available on For a chance to win a $5,000 package to this idyllic destination see: WPT National Mauritius packages.

Players eager to register now can find multiple booking options ranging from luxurious resorts with VIP deluxe service with helicopter transfer to apartment and basic hotel accommodation.

The standard offer includes 7 nights stay in a 4 star hotel incl. breakfast, airport transfers and casino shuttle for a competitive €1,290. Details can be found at

World Poker Tour Returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open

World Poker Tour Returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open

Jan 17, 2013 | No Comments

Championship Event Final Table Will be Live Streamed on

After kicking off 2013 at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City, NJ, World Poker Tour heads south for the first of two scheduled trips to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL for the popular WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open, beginning February 8th.

Added to the WPT schedule in Season X, this $3,500 buy-in tournament quickly proved to be not only a popular event, but also a favorite destination for players seeking a relaxing, tropical getaway in the dead of winter. Matt Juttlestad, the Season X tournament winner, had a particularly enjoyable time at the event, claiming nearly $270,000 in first-place winnings and adding his name to the prestigious WPT Champions Cup.

“Florida has clearly become a poker hotbed,” said WPT CEO, Steve Heller. “Seminole Hard Rock’s amazing property and the fact that so many world-class players call Florida their home should combine to produce an incredible turnout and some thrilling action – both on and off the felt – as players compete for this prestigious title.”

This season’s tournament features a prize pool guaranteed to be worth at least $750,000 and two Day 1s with the opportunity for re-entry through Level 4 of each day. The tournament’s final table will start at 1:30pm ET with a live stream hosted by Tony Dunst starting at 2pm ET on

The WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship event is the highlight of the Seminole Hard Rock’s WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Series, which features a total of 26 events running from January 23 – February 12.

WPT Host Mike Sexton to Play NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship

WPT Host Mike Sexton to Play NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship

Jan 16, 2013 | No Comments

As one of the premiere poker events held during the year, invitees to NBC’s National Heads-Up Poker Championship always represent the cream of the crop from the poker world. So, it only makes sense that Poker Hall of Famer, all-around poker legend and WPT’s own Mike Sexton would receive one of the coveted invites to participate in this unique event.

NBC’s National Heads-Up Poker Championship will be filmed on January 24-26 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, in the tournament poker room. All three sessions are scheduled to begin at 1:30pm and are open to the public. There will be a draw party (“Selection Wednesday”) for the event the evening of January 23rd at 9:00 PM at Cleopatra’s Barge (located in Caesars Palace).

So far, half of the list of the 64 invited players has been confirmed by NBC. Here are those 32 confirmed players:

1. Doyle Brunson
2. Erik Seidel
3. Andy Bloch
4. Daniel Negreanu
5. Brian Hastings
6. Bertrand (Elky)Grospellier
7. Andrew Frankenberger
8. Phil Galfond
9. Antonio Esfandiari
10. Will Failla
11. Matt Glantz
12. Barry Greenstein
13. Maria Ho
14. Vanessa Rousso
15. Phil Ivey
16. Mike Matusow
17. John Hennigan
18. Faraz Jaka
19. Ben Lamb
20. David Williams
21. Jonathan Duhamel
22. Tom Dwan
23. Greg Merson
24. John Monnette
25. Mike Sexton
26. Mohsin Charania
27. Olivier Busquet
28. Jennifer Tilly
29. Yevgeniy Timoshenko
30. Scott Seiver
31. Eugene Katchalov
32. Greg Raymer