winter poker open
The $3 Million Guaranteed WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship event gets underway this Sunday, January 31st at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. Seated among a large field of would-be champions, you’ll find New Jersey resident Vinny Pahuja proudly wearing a BorgataPoker.com patch. If Vinny looks familiar to you, it’s not just because you might have dined next to him at Fornelletto, one of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s exceptional restaurants. Most likely, it’s because you’ve seen him stacking his way to victory in countless Borgata Poker Open events for the good part of a decade.
“I’ve been coming to Borgata for live events since 2008,” says Vinny from the tournament floor of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “I don’t think I’ve missed a major tournament in seven or eight years. I’ve always loved the product. I spend so much time here throughout the year that everyone from the floor staff to the dealers are like family. Everyone is so welcoming that there’s a nice comfort level every time I play at Borgata.”
If describing an Atlantic City casino and the people behind the poker room as family sounds a bit bizarre, take a look at Vinny’s tournament success list and his sentiments start to make a whole lot of sense.
Most recently, Vinny, who has won nearly $2 million playing live poker, finished 60th in Borgata Winter Poker Open’s event #1, a $2 Million Guaranteed Deep Stack NLH tournament that saw 5,101 entries compete for a $2,550,500 prize pool. But that’s just one notch on Vinny’s Borgata bedpost.
Vinny’s top tournament win came back in the 2008 Borgata Summer Poker Open when he finished 2nd for $289,000. He also notched a first place victory in September 2014 in the Borgata Poker Open’s $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament for $58,491. That win followed his April 2014 first place finishing the Borgata Spring Poker Open’s $1,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament for $43,648.
I’ve been playing poker full-time for a decade now and am truly blessed to make my living doing something I genuinely love to do. When I go more than a few days without playing I often start to crave the action even after all these years. It also gives me a level of freedom that just can’t be found with most jobs, something that I’m constantly reminded of as I watch my fiancée work long hours with little vacation time as a new attorney.
The only thing that was missing for me after I had settled into my career as a professional poker player was a sense that what I was doing was important and that it was serving a real purpose in society. I’m not claiming that I was going to be a Nobel Prize winner had I not chosen poker, but I’d like to fancy myself as someone who’s smart enough that I was going to have some impact on the world.
And so the Charity Series of Poker (CSOP) was born.
When I was Vice President of my collegiate chapter of Habitat for Humanity, I talked a company into donating a television and a few other prizes for the $10 re-buy fundraiser poker tournament we established. We raised almost $1,000 and had a great time doing it. Fast forward several years to today, where we are doing the same thing on the poker tour with the help of some of the biggest names: poker pros, celebrities, and the finest poker venues in the country.
Looking forward to the Borgata Winter Poker Open being held at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa January 19 – February 5? Need a little information on what the schedule is, what to expect and reports on the live action?
Then we have the site for you at our Borgata Winter Poker Open information page.
Get tournament schedules, special offers for players and link directly to Borgata’s live action blog. There will also be four events that are live streamed including the $3 million guaranteed Borgata WPT Championship January 31 – February 5.
The open begins January 19 with a $2 million guaranteed, $500 + $60 buy-in, Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em event with six opening sessions.
All events this year will be held in Borgata’s Event Center.
During the Winter Poker Open, four events will have live-streamed final tables:
It’s no secret that BorgataPoker.com enters 2016 as the #1 online poker site in New Jersey. Ongoing promotions like The Grind coupled with frequent leaderboard competitions and contests have made choosing BorgataPoker.com over the competition a no-brainer.
But as impressive as Borgata’s online offering is, it’s what’s happening at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City that’s pushing more and more players to shuffle up and deal on their Macs, PCs, smartphones, and tablets.
New Jersey’s top live casino is home to five Borgata Poker Open events each year that have attracted players from all over the world — including big names like Daniel Negreanu, Anthony Zinno, and Jason Mercier.
There’s the Borgata Spring Poker Open (April), Borgata Summer Poker Open (June/July), Borgata Poker Open (September), and the Borgata Fall Poker Open (November). Kicking off each year is the Borgata Winter Poker Open (January 19 – February 5, 2016).
The 18-day live tournament series features millions of dollars in prize money, including the live-streamed $3 Million Guaranteed WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship, live streamed $2 Million Borgata Winter Poker Open Deep Stack kick-off event, a $1 Million Borgata Winter Poker Open Deep Stack event, and more. It’s arguably one of the most anticipated live poker series of the season and BorgataPoker.com has tickets to all three big events.
Starting January 4th, online poker players can snowball a $5 online poker entry into a seat in a live tournament with multi-million dollar prize pools this month. Or perhaps seats — multiple seats — just like Asher Connif, a poker player who won his Borgata Spring Poker Open seats online and conquered not one but two tournaments at Borgata in Atlantic City. More on that in a minute.
First, let’s talk about the future — one that’s going to include a record number of online poker players from BorgataPoker.com seated in several events at this year’s Borgata Winter Poker Open. BorgataPoker.com has put together a daily qualifying schedule to help funnel more players into the live series:
Original Post by Will OC on the Winter Poker Open blog: http://winterpokeropen.blogtheborgata.wpengine.com/2015/01/16/wpo-a-regular-that-were-certainly-missing/
Borgata “regulars” are the lifeblood of the Borgata Poker Room; the players that play in every series, grind the cash game tables daily and are constantly following the action, even when they’re not playing.
We’ve seen plenty of them throughout the first few days of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, but one player we have yet to see and won’t throughout the rest of the series, is Pasquale Boffice of Manahawkin, NJ.
The 82-year-old former restaurateur, who owned and operated two family establishments in Toms River and Manahawkin/LBI, has been ill over the last few months and earlier this week, while most players on the East Coast were preparing for their trip to the Borgata, he was getting ready to go into surgery.
Thankfully, it was a successful procedure, but he’ll need to remain in the hospital for a few more days and then go through an extensive rehab regimen before he can get back to full health and the place he loves, the Borgata Poker Room.
Pasquale’s biggest tournament score at the Borgata came three years ago in this exact series, when he finished as the runner up in the WPO Senior’s Event, making just under $10,000.
His most recent “big” score came during the 2013 Fall Poker Open Championship event, as Pasquale battled through a field of close to 650 of the best players this region has to offer, to post a top 30 finish, making close to $8,000 for his deep championship run.
In other words its January and time for the Borgata Winter Poker Open where grinders can immerse themselves in the toasty confines of the Event Center from January 13-30 for 23 main events and 43 events overall.
The 2015 Winter Poker Open offers $6.7 million in prize pool guarantees including:
Tuesday, January 13 – Friday, January 16
Big Stack No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$500 Buy-in + $60 Entry
Wednesday, January 21 – Saturday, January 24
Big Stack No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$400 Buy-In + $50 Entry
$3 Million Guaranteed
Sunday, January 25 – Friday, January 30
$3,300 Buy-In + $200 Entry
Event 1 of the Borgata Winter Open was canceled by order of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (the “Division”) on January 18, 2014, and Borgata was ordered to hold all remaining prize pool funds pending the final order of the Division. On April 14, 2014, the Division entered its final order, fully resolving […]