Wed, Nov 20, 5:51pm by Mia Chapman
The Borgata Fall Poker Open is underway, with last year’s $1 million championship event seeing 437 entrants and a prize pool of more than $1,059,725.
Wenhao Ying took first place, earning $200,000 in an adjusted payout agreement with some of the best in the game, according to Poker News.
Matt Wantman earned $172,449 for second place and Paul Volpe claimed third place and $150,000.
The 2019 championship trophy will be handed out later this week when the final table takes place.
Some of the world’s best poker players are currently sunning themselves in The Bahamas where the 2019 partypoker Live Caribbean Poker Party is taking place.
The $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl is Poker Central’s first foray into The Bahamas and has reached its final table of eight.
The eight-handed final table of the $250,000 event has been reached after the 51 entrants were whittled down over the course of two days.
With only eight places paid and the min-cash weighing in at $510,000, nobody wanted to be the unfortunate soul who burst the money bubble, with Wai Kin Yong the unlucky one who finished in ninth place.
Yong raised to 55,000 with ace-seven of spades and Seth Davies called from the big blind.
He moved all in on the six of spades turn, after checking a four-three-ace flip that showed two diamonds.
Davies showed jack-five of diamonds before the nine of diamonds on the river completed the flush as Yong went all in.
That hand gave Davies the chip lead going into last Monday’s final table.
A fifth-place finish or higher would net Davies his first seven-figure prize.
Joining Davies at the final table is partypoker’s Jason Koon who is less than 200,000 chips behind Davies in the chip counts.
They’ll battle it out with Daniel Dvoress, Justin Bonomo, Steve O’Dwyer, Kathy Lehne, Wai Leong Chan and Erik Seidel.
Lehne is looking to become the first female champion of a Super High Roller Bowl event.
The payout for first place is $4,080,000, with second place paying $2,677,500 and third place $1,785,000.
The eighth placed finisher will receive $510,000.
— BorgataPoker (@BorgataPoker) November 21, 2018
The partypoker Millions $10,300 High Roller is another tournament that will crown its champion today.
The 102-strong field has been reduced to just 22 and only 17 of those returning players will see a return on their investment.
A min-cash is worth $25,000, a final table appearance boosts this to $45,000 with the winner walking away with $280,000.
British superstar Michael Zhang is the man on course for the top prize right now, courtesy of his 11,560,000 stack.
Zhang won’t have it easy when he returns to the fray as his table is also home to Kahle Burns, Chris Hunichen, Ema Zajmovic, Joni Johkimainen, Norbert Szeci and Alex Foxen.
If Zhang managed to emerge from that table unscathed, he will be a worthy winner.
660 entries came out to Milwaukee’s Potawatomi Hotel and Casino over its three starting days, with 78 returning for day two action, which took more than 18 levels for a winner to be determined in the 2019 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship.
Gerald Heath was that winner, coming out on top for a first-place prize of $130,935.
Heath agreed after the tournament that it was a long weekend, but had more commentary to add saying: “Best ever for me, man. No doubt.”
When the final table was reached, Heath was seventh in chips with just under 1 million.
Play continued to progress slowly with small pots being the norm and stacks evened out as the blinds continued to escalate.
Some back and forth action went on between the now-three small stack, with players starting to bust.
When asked about what he is going to do with the money, Heath said he is going to pay a few bills and help his kinds.
The win was Heath’s second victory of the year, saying he took down a tournament recently for around $16,000.
“It’s been a good year.”
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