WPT BORGATA WINTER POKER OPEN (TV)

January 25-30 | Borgata | Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Photo Recap: Aaron Mermelstein Wins the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

07:46 AM, 01/31/15

Hand #181: Aaron Mermelstein Wins the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

12:39 AM, 01/31/15

Hand #166: Aaron Mermelstein Regains a 2-to-1 Lead

11:51 PM, 01/30/15

WPT Video: Super Bowl Picks

11:03 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #153: Randy Pfeifer Out in 3rd Place ($253,263)

10:52 PM, 01/30/15

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10:36 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #142: Aaron Mermelstein Takes a 5.6M Pot

10:32 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #140: Aaron Mermelstein Wins 10.7M Pot vs. Todd

10:24 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #136: Randy Pfeifer Doubles Thru Aaron Mermelstein

10:12 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #120: Shawn Cunix Out in 4th Place ($212,108)

09:32 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #118: Aaron Mermelstein Doubles Thru Eugene Todd

09:26 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #112: Randy Pfeifer Doubles Thru Aaron Mermelstein

09:00 PM, 01/30/15

A Royal Congratulations to Brittany Bell

08:56 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #97: Shawn Cunix Doubles Thru Eugene Todd

08:18 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #94: Shawn Cunix Triples Up

08:12 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #92: Eugene Todd Doubles Thru Shawn Cunix

08:04 PM, 01/30/15

WPTDeepstacks Heads To Malta Feb. 5-8

07:28 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #68: Randy Pfeifer Takes the Chip Lead

07:07 PM, 01/30/15

Pizza Break

06:50 PM, 01/30/15

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06:36 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #37: Esther Taylor-Brady Out in 5th Place ($174,118)

05:21 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #35: Aaron Mermelstein Takes the Lead From Cunix

05:12 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #17: Randy Pfeifer Doubles Thru Eugene Todd (Again)

04:17 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #16: Randy Pfeifer Doubles Thru Eugene Todd

04:12 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #14: Justin Liberto Out in 6th Place ($140,878)

04:04 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #13: Justin Liberto Doubles Thru Esther Taylor-Brady

03:58 PM, 01/30/15

Photo Recap, Day 4: Shawn Cunix Was Unstoppable

03:44 AM, 01/30/15

Shawn Cunix Goes Wire to Wire on Day 4 of the Winter Open

12:34 AM, 01/30/15

Hand #114: Casey Yontz Out in 7th Place ($112,386)

12:21 AM, 01/30/15

Hand #106: Philippe Belley Out in 8th Place ($85,476)

12:05 AM, 01/30/15

Official Chip Counts: Final Eight Players

11:45 PM, 01/29/15

Hands #86-87: Eugene Todd Doubles Thru Aaron Mermelstein

11:22 PM, 01/29/15

Hand #68: Randy Pfeifer Doubles Thru Phillippe Belley

10:51 PM, 01/29/15

Hand #57: Michael Wang Out in 9th Place ($58,567)

10:29 PM, 01/29/15

Official Chip Counts: Final Nine Players

10:12 PM, 01/29/15

Hand #46: Sheriff Cunix Has 8.56 Million in Chips

10:04 PM, 01/29/15

Hands #37-39: Esther Taylor-Brady Over 4 Million

09:34 PM, 01/29/15

Hands #34-36: Randy Pfeifer Doubles Thru Philippe Belley

09:32 PM, 01/29/15

Hands #32-33: Barry Leventhal Out in 10th Place ($37,989)

09:25 PM, 01/29/15

Hand #28: Aaron Mermelstein Wins 2.3M Pot vs. Leventhal

09:11 PM, 01/29/15

Hand #22: Philippe Belley Wins 3.3M Pot vs. Shawn Cunix

08:46 PM, 01/29/15

Check Out the Live Updates For WPTDeepstacks

07:22 PM, 01/29/15

Dinner Break Until 8:15 pm; Official Chip Counts

07:13 PM, 01/29/15

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06:34 PM, 01/29/15

Updated Chip Counts: Final 10 Players

06:34 PM, 01/29/15

Kevin Calenzo Out in 11th Place ($37,989)

06:32 PM, 01/29/15

Updated Chip Counts: Final 12 Players

05:36 PM, 01/29/15

Skrill Last-Longer Update: Final Three Players

03:42 PM, 01/29/15

Updated Chip Counts: Final 17 Players

03:37 PM, 01/29/15

Aaron Massey Out in 18th Place ($18,045)

02:52 PM, 01/29/15

Official Seating & Chip Counts: Final 18 Players

02:51 PM, 01/29/15

Official Chip Counts: Final 21 Players

01:56 PM, 01/29/15

James Calderaro Out in 22nd Place ($14,879)

01:29 PM, 01/29/15

Esther Taylor-Brady Doubles Thru Matthew Alexander

12:23 PM, 01/29/15

Final 27 Players: Official Seating & Chip Counts

10:09 AM, 01/29/15

Day 3 Ends with Prospect of Calderaro-Cunix Rematch

01:45 AM, 01/29/15

Final 34 Players: Updated Chip Counts

11:55 PM, 01/28/15

Andy Frankenberger Out in 40th Place ($11,713)

10:21 PM, 01/28/15

Skrill Last-Longer Update: Four Players Remain

09:04 PM, 01/28/15

Next Month: WPT Fallsview Poker Classic

05:51 PM, 01/28/15

Maruti Yarlapati Bursts the Bubble in 91st Place

03:13 PM, 01/28/15

Andy Hwang Eliminated by Tim Bishop in 92nd Place

03:05 PM, 01/28/15

ClubWPT is Giving Away 3 VIP Packages in February

02:31 PM, 01/28/15

Jared Jaffee Impresses His Table

02:13 PM, 01/28/15

Last Night's VIP Dinner for partypoker Qualifiers

12:51 PM, 01/28/15

The Skrill Last-Longer Bonus Prize: 17 Players Left

12:47 PM, 01/28/15

Start of Day 3 Chip Counts

10:50 AM, 01/28/15

Justin Lunin-Pack and Tim Bishop Finish Day 2 on Top

12:51 AM, 01/28/15

Tim Bishop Doubles Thru Matt Itkin

12:17 AM, 01/28/15

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12:12 AM, 01/28/15

Shawn Cunix Makes a Billy Goat Puke

10:26 PM, 01/27/15

Next Month: WPT Fallsview Poker Classic

09:48 PM, 01/27/15

Snow Day for the Royal Flush Girls

09:02 PM, 01/27/15

Coming Up Next: WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open

06:55 PM, 01/27/15

Video Update: Day 2 of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

05:54 PM, 01/27/15

The Skrill Last-Longer Bonus Prize

05:37 PM, 01/27/15

DraftKings Qualifiers Chip Update

03:40 PM, 01/27/15

Official Prizepool Released; First Prize is $712,305

03:31 PM, 01/27/15

Interview with ClubWPT Qualifier Edward Auh

03:26 PM, 01/27/15

Last-Minute, Single-Hand, Single-Table Satellite

01:55 PM, 01/27/15

partypoker Qualifiers on Day 2

01:13 PM, 01/27/15

Winter Arrives at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

12:57 PM, 01/27/15

Not Tony Dunst's Turn

12:49 PM, 01/27/15

Interview with partypoker Qualifier Joey "Mush" Galazzo

12:35 PM, 01/27/15

Nine DraftKings Qualifiers in the Field

12:32 PM, 01/27/15

Day 2 Chip Counts

10:29 AM, 01/27/15

Day 1B Reaches the Guarantee Despite the Storm

11:43 PM, 01/26/15

Interview With partypoker Qualifier Dan Leddy

11:23 PM, 01/26/15

New Jersey Shutting Down All Roads at 11:00 pm

10:17 PM, 01/26/15

Eight partypoker Qualifiers in the Field

10:09 PM, 01/26/15

Interview with partypoker Qualifier Thomas Reitveld

09:34 PM, 01/26/15

Interview with partypoker Qualifier Ernie Zambri

07:00 PM, 01/26/15

DraftKings Wants to Send You to the L.A. Poker Classic

06:51 PM, 01/26/15

ClubWPT.com Qualifier Edward Auh

06:46 PM, 01/26/15

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05:40 PM, 01/26/15

Interview with Actor James Woods

05:01 PM, 01/26/15

Charity Winner Roger Lehman Won His Way Here

04:52 PM, 01/26/15

The Name Game

03:59 PM, 01/26/15

The Skrill Last-Longer Bonus Prize

03:10 PM, 01/26/15

Interview with partypoker Qualifier Jimmy Ross

01:24 PM, 01/26/15

ClubWPT.com Offering Two Seats to WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

12:40 PM, 01/26/15

End of Day 1A Chip Counts

09:55 AM, 01/26/15

Day 1A Ends with Past Champ Andy Hwang Leading

11:31 PM, 01/25/15

jude4 wins a FIAT 500 Abarth Automatic on ClubWPT

11:14 PM, 01/25/15

Melissa Castello Intros the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

10:59 PM, 01/25/15

Next Month: WPT Fallsview Poker Classic

09:46 PM, 01/25/15

Unofficially 360 Entries on Day 1A

09:00 PM, 01/25/15

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07:14 PM, 01/25/15

They Came. They Played. They Were Conquered!

06:42 PM, 01/25/15

Coming Up Next: WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open

05:41 PM, 01/25/15

Royal Flush Girls Bounty Tourney at 6 pm on ClubWPT

04:00 PM, 01/25/15

DraftKings Wants to Send You to the WPT L.A. Poker Classic

01:49 PM, 01/25/15

How Early Is Too Early? You Be the Judge

01:37 PM, 01/25/15

Photo: Shuffle Up and Deal

12:17 PM, 01/25/15

The Skrill Last-Longer Bonus Prize: $3,500

11:37 AM, 01/25/15

Darren Elias Eliminated, Ready to Re-Enter

11:28 AM, 01/25/15

Live Tournament Updates

Matt Juttelstad Wins the 2012 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Matt Juttelstad, Jessica Welman, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
05:09 PM, 02/15/12

No Student Loan Debt for WPT Champ Matt Juttelstad

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

4877 Matt Juttelstad w RFGs Jeannie Duffy n Brittney Bell
Matt Juttelstad may still have to sweat the result of his grad school admissions interview, but he certainly won't have to sweat how to pay for grad school.

The Florida native came back from a nearly year-long hiatus from poker to play in the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open only because he was going to be in the Miami area for his interview at Florida Atlantic University.  He even busted on Day 1A and only re-entered on Day 1B after his interview ended earlier than expected. That decision was a profitable one for Juttelstad. He is now a WPT title holder and has $268,444.

When the Lucky Hearts final table began, it was Gigi Gagne who was in pole postion with a big chip lead over the field and a chance to become the first female winner of a WPT open event.  She took a hit to her stack early though when she flopped two pair holding Aclub4heart on an Aheart5heart4spade board and got it all-in against Ferrera's Aspade10heart.  Ferrera spiked a ten on the turn to make a better two pair and double, then put another dent in Gagne's stack a few hands later.

Though it was Ferrera who got off to the fastest start at the final table, he was the player who exited first when he aggressively four-bet all-in preflop with Q-J and Juttelstad called with 9club9spade.  Ferrera flopped a jack and looked in good shape to double, but the river brought the 9heart to give Juttelstad a set and the pot, sending Ferrera home in sixth place.

Then it was Juttelstad's turn to hold the chip lead, but he had to weather a storm of rough hands, including short stack Todd Jacobson doubling thru him on two separate occassions.  Jacobson came in as the smallest stack, but refused to give up and lasted through 192 hands of action before busting in fifth place when his pocket tens couldn't hold against Sharon Levin's [Abut asd4d] after the two got it all-in preflop.

Busting Jacobson added some chips to Levin's dwindling stack, but with both Juttelstad and Uri Kadosh sitting on big stacks, it was tough for Levin to keep up with the pack.  Levin tried to pick up some chips by shoving all-in from the button with Aclub3spade, but Gagne woke up with a bigger ace, Aspade10club, in the big blind.  Her hand held and Levin exited in fourth place.

When three-handed play began, the trio of players were closely packed together in the counts, but then Juttelstad took command of the table and started amassing quite a pile of chips.  Juttelstad doubled thru Kadosh to take the chip lead, then picked off even more of Kadosh's stack.  Juttelstad dealt the final blow to Kadosh when Kadosh reraised all-in preflop holding Jclub8diamond and Juttelstad called him with a dominant AheartJspade.

Juttelstad's hand held to eliminate Kadosh in third place and give him a more than 3-1 advantage over Gagne going into heads-up play.  Juttelstad may have had the chip advantage, but Gagne proved she could play with patience and wouldn't go down without a fight.

Over the course of roughly 30 hands of heads-up action, the two sparred in relatively small pots before the match abruptly screeched to a halt.  On the final hand of play, the two limped in preflop and a saw the board fall 5club3spade2heart.  Gagne bet and Juttelstad called.  The turn brought the Aspade and Gagne, who had made the wheel with 4-8, moved all-in.  Juttelstad called immediately and showed 4club6heart for a bigger straight, leaving Gagne drawing dead to a chop.

The river 8spade ended Gagne's hopes of becoming the first female open event winner and, in a flash, the frenetically paced final table, which plowed through 303 hands of action in less than nine hours, was over.

After the hand concluded and WPT's own Mike Sexton interviewed Juttelstad about his victory, Juttelstad said he needed to "decompress."  That is certainly expected when you consider that in for the past four days Juttelstad played some impressive poker, staying near the top of the chip counts from Day 1 all the way to Day 4 en route to a WPT title, a seat in the WPT World Championship, and a quarter of a million dollars.  

Juttelstad deserves some time to relax...until he has to start worrying about how that grad school interview went.

Here are the final table results from the Lucky Hearts Poker Open:

1st: Matt Juttelstad - $268,444
2nd: Gigi Gagne - $158,194
3rd: Uri Kadosh - $105,463
4th: Sharon Levin - $73,344
5th: Todd Jacobson - $54,649
6th: Keith Ferrera - $42,185

Sorted In: Matt Juttelstad, Gigi Gagne, Uri Kadosh, Sharon Levin, Todd Jacobson, Keith Ferrera, Featured Blog, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
10:33 PM, 02/14/12

Hand #303: Matt Juttelstad Wins! ($268,444)

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Matt Juttelstad limps for 80,000, and Gagne checks. The flop comes 5club3spade2heart, Gagne bets 300,000, and Juttelstad calls.

The turn is the Aspade, Gagne moves all in, and Juttelstad immediately calls with 6heart4club for a six-high straight. Gagne turns over 10-4 for a five-high straight, but she's drawing dead to a chop. Gagne needs a six on the river to stay alive.

The river card is the 8spade, and Matt Juttelstad wins the pot -- and the tournament -- with a six-high straight.

Gigi Gagne finishes as the runner-up, earning $158,194.

Matt Juttelstad wins the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open, earning $268,444, a WPT Champions Trophy, and a trophy from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. His prize money includes a $25,500 seat in the WPT World Championship this May at the Bellagio.

Congratulations to Matt Juttelstad!

1st:  Matt Juttelstad  -  $268,444
2nd:  Gigi Gagne  -  $158,194
3rd:  Uri Kadosh  -  $105,463
4th:  Sharon Levin  -  $73,344
5th:  Todd Jacobson  -  $54,649
6th:  Keith Ferrera  -  $42,185

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Matt Juttelstad, Gigi Gagne, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
09:55 PM, 02/14/12

Hand #302: Gigi Gagne

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Gigi Gagne raises to 250,000, and Matt Juttelstad folds.

Matt Juttelstad  -  6,655,000
Gigi Gagne  -  2,195,000

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
09:48 PM, 02/14/12

Hand #301: Matt Juttelstad

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Matt Juttelstad limps for 80,000, and Gigi Gagne checks her option. Both players check to the river on a board of Aspade7spade6spade9heart9diamond. Juttelstad shows 10-6 to win the pot with two pair, nines and sixes, and Gagne mucks.

Matt Juttelstad  -  6,745,000
Gigi Gagne  -  2,105,000

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
09:48 PM, 02/14/12

Hand #300: Gigi Gagne

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Gigi Gagne limps for 80,000, and Matt Juttelstad checks his option. The flop comes JclubJdiamond6spade, Juttelstad checks, Gagne bets 400,000, and Juttelstad folds. Gagne takes the pot.

Matt Juttelstad  -  6,655,000
Gigi Gagne  -  2,195,000

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
09:47 PM, 02/14/12

Hand #299: Gigi Gagne

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Matt Juttelstad limps for 80,000, and Gigi Gagne checks her option. The flop comes 9heart7spade2spade, Gagne checks, Juttelstad bets, and Gagne folds.

Matt Juttelstad  -  6,745,000
Gigi Gagne  -  2,105,000

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
09:46 PM, 02/14/12

Level 29 Begins

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Level 29 begins with increased blinds of 40,000-80,000 and a 10,000 ante. Play continues without a break.

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
09:45 PM, 02/14/12

Hand #298: Matt Juttelstad

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Gigi Gagne limps for 60,000, and Matt Juttelstad checks his option. The flop comes AclubJspade8spade, Gagne checks, Juttelstad bets 80,000, and Gagne folds. Juttelstad takes the pot.

Matt Juttelstad  -  6,655,000
Gigi Gagne  -  2,195,000

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
09:44 PM, 02/14/12

Hand #297: Gigi Gagne

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Matt Juttelstad raises to 120,000, Gigi Gagne reraises to 360,000, and Juttelstad calls. The flop comes Aclub10spade3heart, Gagne bets 250,000, and Juttelstad calls.

The turn card pairs the board with the 10club, and Gagne moves all in for about 1 million. Juttelstad thinks for 20 seconds before he folds, and Gigi Gagne takes the pot.

Matt Juttelstad  -  6,585,000
Gigi Gagne  -  2,265,000

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
09:43 PM, 02/14/12

 

RANKING

1
Aaron Mermelstein
$712,305
2
Eugene Todd
$419,467
3
Randy Pfeifer
$253,263
4
Shawn Cunix
$212,108
5
Esther Taylor-Brady
$174,118
6
Justin Liberto
$140,878

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Payout Structure

Place Prize
1 $712,305
2 $419,467
3 $253,263
4 $212,108
5 $174,118
6 $140,878
7 $112,386
8 $85,476
9 $58,567
10 - 12 $37,989
13 - 15 $28,492
16 - 18 $18,045
19 - 27 $14,879
28 - 36 $12,980
37 - 45 $11,713
46 - 54 $10,447
55 - 63 $9,497
64 - 72 $8,548
73 - 81 $7,598
82 - 90 $6,965

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 50-100 0
2 75-150 0
3 75-150 25
4 100-200 25
5 150-300 50
6 200-400 50
7 250-500 75
8 300-600 75
9 400-800 100
10 500-1,000 100
11 600-1,200 200
12 800-1,600 200
13 1,000-2,000 300
14 1,200-2,400 400
15 1,500-3,000 500
16 2,000-4,000 500
17 2,500-5,000 500
18 3,000-6,000 1,000
19 4,000-8,000 1,000
20 5,000-10,000 1,000
21 6,000-12,000 2,000
22 8,000-16,000 2,000
23 10,000-20,000 3,000
24 12,000-24,000 4,000
25 15,000-30,000 5,000
26 20,000-40,000 5,000
27 25,000-50,000 5,000
28 30,000-60,000 10,000
29 40,000-80,000 10,000
30 50,000-100,000 15,000
31 60,000-120,000 20,000
32 75,000-150,000 25,000
33 100,000-200,000 25,000
34 125,000-250,000 25,000
35 150,000-300,000 50,000
36 200,000-400,000 50,000
37 250,000-500,000 75,000
38 300,000-600,000 100,000
39 400,000-800,000 100,000
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