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WPT: Borgata Poker Open Main Event Begins Sunday

Deeper Starting Stacks For Championship Event


Roy Winston - Winner of the 2007 Borgata Poker OpenPoker players spending their time this week in the north east are looking forward to Sunday's World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open. The tournament is boasting a $5,000,000 guarantee for its main event and satellites are running around the clock in an effort to meet that mark.

This $10,000 buy-in tournament has always been a tour favorite among the players for its incredibly slow-moving blind structure and starting stacks of 30,000 in chips. This year, tournament director Tab Duchateau has implented even deeper stacks and players will begin with 40,000 in chips, a staggering 800 big blinds.

Last year, Roy Winston bested a field of 560 en route to a $1,575,280 payday. Winston finished on top of a stacked final table that included Mike Matusow, Mark Weitzman, Haralabos Voulgaris and Eugene Todd.

John Phan - Sits In First Place For POYThe Borgata Poker Open has been running for most of the month of September and has already crowned 12 champions in their preliminary events. Saturday night's penultimate $5,000 event had a total prize pool of $1,140,000 and featured some of the game's best at the final table. John Phan continued his hot streak, finishing in 7th place and earning $45,600. In addition to his winnings, Phan also collected another 198 points to extend his Card Player (POY) Player of the Year lead over Erik Seidel to more than 2,000 points. To put that in perspective, it will take more than the average WPT victory for Seidel or anybody else to catch Phan.

All the action will start at 11 a.m. EST Sunday morning and Card Player will be there with the tournament team bringing you all the live updates, chip counts, videos, photos and interviews from your favorite players.