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

Gary Wong Busts Two People to Build a Huge Stack

Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Gary Wong recently eliminated two players on the same hand with his pocket aces, with one of them losing with pocket kings. Wong went up to 660,000 on the hand, but has built his stack a little bit higher since then.

Gary Wong  -  720,000  (180 bb)

Sorted In: Gary Wong, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
12:05 AM, 01/28/15

Aaron Steury Chipping Up

Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Aaron Steury opens from under the gun, the player in the hijack three-bets to 20,000, Steury four-bets to 47,000, the player in the hijack five-bets all in for about 125,000, and Steury calls with KdiamondKheart, leading his opponent's AheartQclub.

The board runs out Qspade4diamond3heart4heartJspade, safe for Steury to score the elimination.

Aaron Steury - 380,000 (95 bb)

Sorted In: Aaron Steury, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
11:45 PM, 01/27/15

Mike Dentale and Chance Kornuth Eliminated

Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Chance Kornuth raises from under the gun, Weisong Xia calls from the next seat over, and Mike Dentale calls from the big blind.

The flop falls AspadeKclub9spade and Dentale checks to Kornuth who bets 12,500. Both Xia and Dentale call to see the 2club turn where Dentale shoves for 35,000. Kornuth reshoves and Xia calls all in for 108,500.

Kornuth: Kheart9club
Xia: KdiamondKspade
Dentale: Aclub3club

Xia leads with a set of kings and holds up through the Qspade river to eliminate Dentale.

Kornuth is eliminated shortly thereafter.

Weisong Xia - 330,000 (82 bb)
Chance Kornuth - Eliminated
Mike Dentale - Eliminated

Sorted In: Mike Dentale, Weisong Xia, Chance Kornuth, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
11:33 PM, 01/27/15

Shaun Deeb Doubles Up

Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

The player in the hijack raises to 8,500 and Shaun Deeb moves all-in for around 28,000 from the cutoff. The intiial raiser calls with Kclub10heart and Deeb leads with Adiamond5heart.

Deeb's hand stays out front as the board runs out 9heart8spade2spade3spade5club and he takes the pot with a pair of fives to double up.

Shaun Deeb - 65,000 

Sorted In: Shaun Deeb, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
11:32 PM, 01/27/15

Mike Gagliano Eliminated

Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Sorted In: Mike Gagliano, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
11:31 PM, 01/27/15

Racener and Sexton Clash Again

Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Mike Sexton raises to 9,000 from early position, John Racener calls from middle position, the player in the hijack calls, and the player in the big blind calls as well.

The flop comes Jheart10club8club and Sexton bets 18,000. Racener moves all-in for 74,000, prompting the players in the hijack and big blind to fold. Action gets back to Sexton and he thinks for a couple of minutes before eventually giving up.

John Racener - 137,000
Mike Sexton - 145,000 

Sorted In: John Racener, Mike Sexton, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
11:30 PM, 01/27/15

David Eldridge Crosses 700K

Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

After a flop of 7spade5heart3spade, a player gets it in for about 190,000 with 7diamond6heart and David Eldridge looks him up with Aspade7club.

The 6spade turn give Eldridge's opponent two pair, but the 2spade river gives Eldridge an ace-high flush to score the elimination.

David Eldridge - 705,000 (176 bb)

Sorted In: David Eldridge, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
11:05 PM, 01/27/15

Level 16 Begins (162 Players Left)

Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

The players return from break to begin Level 16, with increased blinds of 2,000-4,000 and a 500 ante. This will be the last level of the night, and action should end around 12:15 am.

With 162 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 183,000 (45 big blinds).

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
11:02 PM, 01/27/15

Tim Reilly Eliminated

Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Sorted In: Tim Reilly, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
11:02 PM, 01/27/15

John Racener Doubles Thru Mike Sexton

Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

The WPT's own Mike Sexton raises to 8,000 from under the gun and John Racener moves all-in from middle position for 44,300 total. When action gets back on Sexton, he thinks a minute then calls, telling Racener, "Well, we might be racing."

Sexton holds 9spade9diamond and he actually has Racener and his 7spade7diamond dominated, that is, until the flop comes Jclub7heart6spade, giving Racener middle set.

The turn brings the 8club, giving Sexton an open-ended straight draw and some added hope. The river is the 3diamond though. Racener's hand holds and he takes the pot to double up.

John Racener - 100,000
Mike Sexton - 170,000

Sorted In: John Racener, Mike Sexton, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
10:53 PM, 01/27/15

 

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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