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Borgata Winter Open -- Poker Championship Draws 766 Players

Two Preliminary Events Drew More Than 1,000 Players in Atlantic City during the Borgata’s Winter Tournament Poker Series

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Jeff MadsenThe $2 million-guaranteed Borgata Winter Open no-limit hold’em championship is currently in progress at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The tournament has attracted a large field of 766 players, and 135 were still in the tournament when day 2 began. The total prize pool for the event is $2,527,800, and the first-place finisher will take home $625,006. The top 72 players will all walk away with at least $6,130. The current chip leader in the championship event is Jeff Madsen (pictured right) with 940,000.

The no-limit hold’em championship event is the 20th event on the schedule of the Borgata Winter Open tournament series (you can check out full preliminary event results below). Early highlights from the tournament series included a field of 1,563 players in event No. 1 ($400 no-limit hold’em deep stack) and a field of 1,100 players in event No. 14 ($200 no-limit hold’em with rebuys — $200,000 guaranteed). Professionals who won preliminary events at the Borgata Winter Open include Chris Reslock, who won event No. 15 ($350 pot-limit Omaha) and took home $9,370 for topping a field of 92 players, and Allen Kessler, who won event No. 19 ($400 Omaha eight-or-better/seven-card stud eight-or-better) and took home $14,744 for beating out 140 opponents.

Check back at CardPlayer.com on Friday for a recap of the final table in the $2 million-guaranteed Borgata Winter Open no-limit hold’em championship. You can check out live updates daily from the event, which are being provided by Borgata.

Here is a look at the results for the Borgata Winter Open preliminary events:

Event No. 1 ($400 no-limit hold’em deep stack): Brian Woods — $99,919 (1,563 entries)
Event No. 2 ($560 no-limit hold’em): Robert Perry — $51,759 (368 entries)
Event No. 3 ($400 pot-limit Omaha): John Binns — $13,698 (156 entries)
Event No. 4 ($770 no-limit hold’em): Daniel Mulhall — $63,996 (325 entries)
Event No. 5 ($500 H.O.R.S.E.): Bart Fooden — $18,613 (178 entries)
Event No. 6 ($1,090 no-limit hold’em): William Beasley — $125,482 (452 entries)
Event No. 7 ($400 Omaha eight-or-better): William Hine — $22,407 (220 entries)
Event No. 8 ($350 no-limit hold’em w/rebuys): Anthony Bruschi — $22,785 (261 entries)
Event No. 9 ($300 ladies no-limit hold’em): Kim Findura — $15,359 (203 entries)
Event No. 10 ($560 no-limit hold’em deep stack): Joseph Cutler — $89,876 (727 entries)
Event No. 11 ($350 limit hold’em): Ahmed Mohamed — $8,453 (83 entries)
Event No. 12 ($450 six-handed no-limit hold’em): Taylor Shpur — $23,422 (196 entries)
Event No. 13 ($400 seniors no-limit hold’em): Henry Olszewski — $26,583 (261 entries)
Event No. 14 ($200 no-limit hold’em w/rebuys): Alex Lindh — $39,144 (1,100 entries)
Event No. 15 ($350 pot-limit Omaha): Chris Reslock — $9,370 (92 entries)
Event No. 16 ($2,150 heads-up no-limit hold’em): Farzad Najafabadi — $49,664 (64 entries)
Event No. 17 ($350 no-limit hold’em): James Lee — $29,452 (349 entries)
Event No. 18 ($1,625 no-limit hold’em): Daniel Garon — $143,041 (339 entries)
Event No. 19 ($400 Omaha 8OB/seven-card stud 8OB): Allen Kessler — $14,744 (141 entries)
Event No. 20: ($3,500 no-limit hold’em championship): In Progress
Event No. 21 ($450 no-limit hold’em): Michael McCarty — $24,328 (209 entries)
Event No. 22 ($400 no-limit hold’em): Steven Curtin — $26,175 (257 entries)
Event No. 23 ($350 no-limit hold’em): In Progress
Event No. 24 ($230 no-limit hold’em w/rebuys): Starts Tomorrow