The Saturday Series Deep Stack NLH event, which carries a $100,000 guarantee on total buy-ins, it a very popular event and this year it is also a charity event sponsored by Cabot Creamery. Each entry will include a $10 donation to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Southern Branch.
Event 4 of the Deepstacks Challenge series the $200+$30 Deepest Stack NLH (Re-Entry) had a total of 188 entries creating a prize pool of $36,472. Damon Ferrante was the last man standing after starting the final table in the middle of the pack.
The other day I was playing a huge buy-in poker tournament where the majority of players have spent years working on their playing style and studying the game from many different angles. But given the behavior of the players at the table, it was evident that the simplest way to increase your edge was going unnoticed. Get your notepad ready, because here is the one simple trick that is going to undoubtedly increase your hourly rate:
As many of you know, over the past few years I’ve gone from just strictly playing poker as a career to dividing my efforts between playing poker, coaching poker students, working with poker rooms to promote and improve their products, and most importantly doing more charity work. In 2014 I founded the Charity Series of Poker (CSOP) and over the past three years we’ve raised $150,000 for Habitat for Humanity, food banks and Brad Garrett’s Maximum Hope Foundation which provides financial assistance to the families of terminally ill children.
With the incredibly popular $560 buy-in, $2 million guaranteed opening event of the 2017 Borgata Winter Poker Open upon us, I figured now would be a good time to give the readers of the Borgata Blog a few pointers on how to approach tournaments with fields so large they almost seem insurmountable. You’ll frequently hear players refer to big field tournaments as lotteries, luck fests, and other names that imply that skill somehow isn’t a factor like it is in tournaments with smaller fields.
The third annual Bar Poker Open begins in just a few days at Borgata! The $100,000 East Coast Championship will take place December 2-6 and the daily events are open to the public. Click here for the schedule of open events. Buy-ins range from $100+$20 for the Super Stack Semi-Turbo to $260+$40 for the Monster Stack and all ten open events carry a guarantee on total buy-ins!
On a few different occasions I’ve heard players wonder what all of the backpack-toting poker pros are carrying in their bag. Cash game players have the luxury of getting up and leaving the table any time they get hungry, have a headache, start to lose focus or go on tilt but with tournament days often lasting 12-14 hours or more it’s important to stay prepared in order to remain focused and avoid distractions at the table. Here’s a list of what I consider the essentials when I pack my bag for a tournament.
All eyes might be focused on Las Vegas for the big series going on in the heart of the desert, but the spotlight is about to shift to Atlantic City as the Borgata Summer Poker Open gets underway this July at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
This is the big series you’ve been waiting for, right here in New Jersey. And BorgataPoker.com is your best bet for grabbing seats in these three big tourneys:
- $1 million Guaranteed Kick-off event
- $300,000 Almighty Stack Tournament
- $1 million Guaranteed Summer Poker Open Championship
In recent years there has been a huge shift in the format of tournament poker. In the beginning tournament poker was always played with a freezeout format, meaning that once you were eliminated you could not get back into the tournament. You were required to lumber away from the table, defeated, and find something else to do with the remainder of your day.
Then, several years ago, casinos and online poker sites began offering players the opportunity to buy back into the tournament if they were eliminated early enough in the event. This enabled operators to boast gigantic payouts for a small buy-in. When you can offer a person the opportunity to win a life-changing sum of money for a relatively small buy-in it’s obviously a huge selling point. That’s one reason why you see Borgata packed to the brim with poker players every time they host the $560 buy-in opening event.