Franco Bonacci Leads Borgata Poker Open Event #8

Franco Bonacci Leads Borgata Poker Open Event #8After two opening flights of Event #8 in the Borgata Poker Open series, Franco Bonacci heads a well-stack field in pursuit of his third Borgata title.

When the chip stacks were counted at the close of play of Event #8 on Tuesday morning, Franco Bonacci held a narrow advantage over Day 1A chip leader John DiBella, with the runner up in this year´s opening event – Dan Wach – handily placed in fourth.

Bonacci´s two previous victories at the Borgata have both come in deepstack events, and the “Deeper Stack No Limit Hold´em Event” (to give the tournament its full title) is scheduled to be played to a conclusion today. However, with 129 players still remaining on the event – and only 100 due to cash – the start of proceedings on Day 2 could be a slow affair.

Event #8 Beats Guarantee

Event #8 of the Borgata Poker Open offered a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000, but 1,056 players either entered or re-entered the $500.00 + $60.00 tournament to create a total prize pool of $528,000. After deductions and bonuses for the players who were the chip leaders at the close of play on Day 1A and Day 1B, $506,160 will be shared out among those who cash in the event – with the winner due to collect $111,360.

When the surviving players take their seats at the Borgata Casino, they will be entering Level 19 (blinds 4,000/8,000 – ante 1,000). Levels remain at 40 minutes until Level 21 – when they increase to 50 minutes – and the average chip stack at the start of play will be 246,000 chips. Those with more important things to worry about than surviving the bubble include:-

# Borgata Open #8 Chips
1 Frank Bonacci 736,000
2 John DiBella 713,000
3 Orson Young 697,000
4 Dan Wach 587,000
5 Johnson Nguyen 520,000
6 Paul Griem 512,000
7 Sead Duraku 487,000
8 Ricardo Franco 461,000
9 Miguel Borrero 447,000
10 Jonathan Seltzer 422,000


Point of Interest: Orson Young is sat immediately to the right of Dan Wach on Table 15

Borgata Poker Open Event #9 and Event #10 Results

With the “Deeper Stack” Event #8 being a two-day event, two other tournaments have finished ahead of it in the schedule.

Borgata Open #9

Borgata Poker Open Event #9 was a $400.00 + $50.00 buy-in PL Omaha Hi tournament won by cash game player Jason Rosenberg. Rosenberg recovered from being the shortest stack player on the ten handed final table to collect the $12,222 first prize and Borgata Open trophy.

# Borgata Open #9 Prize
1 Jason Rosenberg $12,222
2 Gabriel Ohana $6,635
3 Michael Clark $4,190
4 Daniel Jones $3,143


Borgata Open #10

Event #10 was the $350.00 + $50.00 buy-in Ladies NL Hold´em, won by another final table short-stack – Alyson Parker. Parker won her first event after nine previous Borgata Open cashes, and after she overcame a massive chip disadvantage in the heads-up against Grace Sun.

# Borgata Open #10 Prize
1 Alyson Parker $8,793
2 Grace Sun $4,773
3 Dawn Santoli $3,015
4 Leanne Rosenblatt $2,261