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2014 Borgata Spring Poker Open Schedule Released

by | Published: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The schedule for the 2014 Borgata Spring Open has been released. Taking place at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, the 51-event series will run from April 8 through 26. The series will be highlighted by the $15,400 World Poker Tour Championship with a guaranteed $5 million prize pool.

The WPT Championship joins the Jersey Shore event for the first time ever after spending its first 11 seasons at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. In another first, the buy-in for the tournament will be lowered from $25,000 to $15,400 and re-entries will be permitted on the second Day 1 flight if a player busts on Day 1a.

“With Borgata’s well-deserved reputation for running world-class tournaments and providing unparalleled service to its players, we believe this venue is perfectly suited to host our season-culminating event,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “We look forward to working with the team at Borgata to bring the WPT World Championship to new heights.”

The Poker Spring Open kicks off April 8 with a huge $560 event with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. The series-opening tournament will offer re-entries during the three starting flights. Last month’s $560 opening event at the Borgata Winter Poker Open attracted nearly 5,000 runners before it was canceled due to the discovery of counterfeit chips.

Other high-profile events on the Spring Open schedule include: a $2,700 BSO Championship Event ($1 million guaranteed), a $1,090 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry ($100,000 guaranteed), and a $300 Big Stack No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry ($100,000 guaranteed).

There are also more than a dozen qualifying events to the BSO Championship and WPT Championship on offer. Players have the chance to win a seat into the WPT Championship for as little as $360 and compete against the very best poker players in the world.

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Hamnett and Kerignard Claim World Poker Tour Victories

by | Published: Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

It has been a busy week for the World Poker Tour with tournaments running in Malta and Atlantic City simultaneously.

Ben Hamnett conquered a field of 1180 other players to win the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City.

Hamnett went into the final table as the short stack but won a massive pot against chip leader Matthew Burnitz in just the third pot of the day.

From that point forward Hamnett was able to dominate the final table and faced off against Burnitz in a heads-up battle.

Hamnett slowly ground Burnitz’s chip stack into the ground and claimed the victory when his King-Queen held up against Burnitz’s Jack-Ten.

The $ 818,847 prize was easily the biggest of the American Professionals poker career with his previous highest cash being $38,453 earlier this year in the World Series of Poker Main Event.

On another continent Yorane Kerignard also won his maiden World Poker Tour tournament in the World Poker Tour Malta Main Event.

The Frenchmen need a slice of luck to claim the tournament when it got down to the heads-up battle.

He pushed with ace high and was called by Jackson Genovesi who held a pair of tens.

Kerignard hit two pair on the turn and the river to leave an emotional Genovesi distraught.

Kerignard has been a regular on the European Poker Tour in the last few years and has had a number of strong results.

He finished fourth in the 2010 Copenhagen Main Event, sixth in the 2011 San Remo Main Event and fourth in the 2012 Deauville Main Event but this was his first tournament victory.

Kerignard will head back to France with $182,292 and a seat worth $25,500 in the season-ending World Poker Tour World Championship.

The World Poker Tour now heads to South Africa for the Emperors Palace Poker Classic.

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