Borgata Update – Snow Stops Play

A second event in the Borgata Winter Poker Open Series has had to be cancelled, but this time because of foul weather rather than because of foul play.

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Borgata Update - Snow Stops PlayA second event in the Borgata Winter Poker Open Series has had to be cancelled, but this time because of foul weather rather than because of foul play.

The 2014 Borgata Winter Poker Open Series has already endured more than its fair share of upset with the discovery of counterfeit chips in the opening event; but now more natural forces are preparing to add turmoil to the series as a massive snow storm heads towards Atlantic City.

Winter storm “Janus” has already been responsible for the cancellation of 2,700 flights in and out of New Jersey and, with the storm expected to drop as much as twelve inches of snow on Atlantic City, organisers at the Borgata Winter Poker Open have taken the precautionary measure of cancelling tonight´s scheduled $150,000 guaranteed Big Stack NL Hold´em Event #12.

TD Goes to Twitter to Share the News

With temperatures already down as low as -10ºF, and warnings being issued against travelers suffering from frostbite and hypothermia, Tournament Series Director Tab Duchateau advised players already in the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa of the cancellation, and then asked for his followers to re-tweet the message on Twitter

Tab Duchateau @TabDuchateau

Due to the impending snow storm, tomorrow’s (Wed) BWO Event 12 $260 + $40 NLH RE has been cancelled.

According to NBC New York weather forecaster Janice Huff, the winter storm could last up until the weekend – which could affect the start of the $3 million guaranteed WPT Borgata Championship Event which is schedule to start on Sunday, certainly in terms of the numbers expected to take part if they are unable to travel to the venue.

Winter Poker Open Results Update

Meanwhile, the cold temperatures in Atlantic City have not prevented the earlier scheduled tournaments from completing. Our update on Monday covered the results from over the weekend, and this is what happened since:

Event #7 was the $340.00 buy-in Seniors Event which attracted 271 players including 2002 WSOP Main Event winner Robert Varkonyi. Varkonyi failed to finish in the money, and the event was won by local recreational player Robert Gargel, who bust the final three players to collect the $22,080 first prize.

# Borgata Seniors Event #7 Prize
1 Richard Gargel $ 22,080
2 Natale Kuey $ 13,012
3 Alan Sansone $ 7,492


Event #8 is a four-day $250,000 guaranteed deeper stack event which is still ongoing.

Event #9 attracted 133 females and one male for the $260.00 + $40.00 buy-in Ladies Event. The lone male (Chad Lepes) failed to cash in the event, as did wife of 2002 WSOP Main Event winner Robert Varkonyi, with victory coming at 5.00am in the morning for local player Pat Knoll.

# Borgata Ladies Event #9 Prize
1 Pat Knoll $ 10,138
2 Megan Milburn $ 5,576
3 Teresa Sexton $ 3,211


Event #10 is a two-day event for which Day 2 is scheduled for tonight – subject to the weather. Nicolas Markatos leads the 35 players who made it through Day 1 of the $400.00 + $50.00 “Deepest” Stack NL Hold´em re-entry event, ahead of last year´s Winter Championship winner Andy Hwang.

Event #11 was the $400.00 + $50.00 PLO Event which saw the re-appearance of Fall Open PLO winner Anthony Caruso among the small field for the tournament. Caruso managed a fourth-place finish to add to his victory last November, with the event eventually being won by Michael Fiorito.

# Borgata PLO Event #11 Prize
1 Michael Fiorito $ 11,699
2 Joseph Stiers $ 6,352
3 Helder Martins $ 4,012


Event #12, as reported above, has been cancelled.