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  1. It has been three long months, but we have a resolution in a tournament marred by fake chips at Borgatain Atlantic City. New Jersey gaming officials and Borgata announced on Monday that each of the final 27 players, who have watched the prize pool sit frozen since January, will receive $19,323. Read the ruling. First place was scheduled to make $372,000 and the top four players would have received over $100,000 had the tournament, the opening event of the Borgata Poker Open, played out like normal. The $19,323 payout is about what 10th place would have made. In late January, Christian Lusardi was charged with introducing fake chips into the tournament, which was cancelled when 27 players remained after casino staff found "a significant number" of fake 5,000-unit chips. A total of 2,143 players in the event will receive $560 back, which represents the tournament's $500 buy-in plus $60 in juice paid to Borgata. They include, according to PokerNews: 1. All entrants who played Tuesday, January 14 on Day 1A beginning at 10:00am, with the exception of those entrants who played in the Event Center and busted out prior to 4:30pm (those entrants could not have come into contact with Lusardi). 2. All entrants who played Wednesday, January 15 on Day 1B beginning at 10:00am, with the exception of those entrants who played in the Signature Room and Poker Room on that day and were eliminated (those entrants could not have come into contact with Lusardi). 3. All entrants who played Thursday, January 16 on Day 2. 4. Entrants who re-entered any Day 1 after busting out may also be eligible for a refund of $560 per entry, depending on the above criteria. Players in the above four groups, according to Borgata, "may have been impacted by the counterfeit chips," but did not make the top 450. As we mentioned, the top 27 players will each receive $19,323 and, as Borgata explained, "Entrants who finished in 28th to 450th place who have already received their prize money will not receive any further disbursements. Borgata has paid a total of $892,690 to this group to date. All entrants in this group who have not yet been paid will receive the amount they would have been entitled to according to their order of finish." There's already a class-action lawsuit filed against Borgata and several posters on Two Plus Two who were irate with Monday's ruling were frenetically looking up information about it. Borgata is distributing $1.7 million, which according to PokerNews includes the $1.4 million in remaining prize money that should have been paid to the top 27 plus $60 in juice for 2,143 entrants added by Borgata. Players will be paid by check within 10 business days. Lusardi(pictured) was picked up after he flushed many of the fake chips down the toilet of his Harrah's Atlantic City hotel room. That prompted plumbing issues and Lusardi's plot was quickly unearthed. So far, he is the only person who has been arrested in connection with the misgiving. Lusardi also faces charges of a bootlegging DVDs. Stay tuned for more on this still-developing story. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. [caption width="640"] Jesse Sylvia finally got the monkey off his back Friday night, winning his first ever live title (WPT Photo)[/caption] When the final table of the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open began Friday afternoon, former World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia was the shortest stack at the table and seemed to have little hope of winning the title. But over the course of nearly seven hours of play Friday night in Atlantic City, Sylvia went from short stack to chip leader to champion as he captured the Borgata Poker Open for the first live win of his career and second biggest score. Sylvia tripled up on the seventh hand of the final table when his [poker card="4c"][poker card="4s"] held against Farid Jattin’s [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"] and Simon Lam’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"] in an all in preflop confrontation. That took Sylvia from the short stack to second in chips and set up another confrontation with Jattin. Chris Limo raised to 275,000 from middle position before Jattin re-raised from the small blind to 880,000. Sylvia then made it 2,375,000, forcing Limo to fold and sending Jattin into the tank before announcing all in. Sylvia called and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"] while Jattin showed [poker card="4c"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Sylvia top pair and a gutshot draw to Jattin. The [poker card="qs"] turn and [poker card="js"] river were no help for Jattin and Sylvia vaulted into the chip lead with Jattin dropping to just 11 big blinds. Jattin, who started the final day with a stack three times the size of his closest competitor, was out in sixth place just 15 minutes later when he ran his [poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"] into the [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"] of Zach Gruneberg. While Sylvia wasn’t directly responsible for eliminating Jattin, he did take care of the next one. Sylvia raised to 280,000 from the cutoff only to have Limo three-bet to 655,000 from the small blind. Sylvia called and the flop came [poker card="9c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4s"]. Limo fired 680,000 and Sylvia tank-called to see the [poker card="3h"] turn. Limo announced he was all in for 2,075,000 and Sylvia called. Limo showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="5d"] for a gutshot straight draw and Sylvia was way ahead with [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"] for a flopped set. The [poker card="9d"] river changed nothing and Sylvia increased his chip lead. Just three hands later Lam, who started with the second shortest stack behind only Sylvia, saw his run end. Lam moved all in from UTG for 870,000 and Gruneberg called from the big blind. Lam had [poker card="jc"][poker card="6c"] and was dominated by Gruneberg’s [poker card="kc"][poker card="jd"]. The board ran out [poker card="ts"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="ks"] giving Gruneberg an unnecessary rivered pair to send Lam home in fourth place. It only took another 30 minutes for the next elimination and Gruneberg was involved again. Gruneberg moved all in from the small blind and Taha Maruf called from the big blind for 2,695,000 with his tournament life on the line. Gruneberg showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="8h"] while Maruf happily turned over [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"][poker card="3d"] flop put Gruneberg ahead and the [poker card="th"] turn and [poker card="kc"] river kept him there, eliminating Maruf in third place. Sylvia and Gruneberg began heads-up play nearly dead even in chips with Sylvia holding just one more big blind than his opponent. Over the course of the first two hours of heads-up action, Sylvia increased his lead to 3-2 over Gruneberg. Sylvia briefly relinquished the chip lead only to get it back for the final time just 30 minutes later. Sylvia eventually built up his lead to 5-1 over Gruneberg. On the final hand of the tournament, Sylvia moved all in and Gruneberg called off the last of his 5,800,000 chips. Sylvia had [poker card="jh"][poker card="4h"] and Grunberg tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="2c"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"] flop gave Sylvia top pair and a flush draw to Gruneberg. The [poker card="qs"] turn and [poker card="kd"] river were good enough to give Sylvia the title and the $821,811 first place prize money. Final Table Payouts Jesse Sylvia - $821,811 Zach Gruneberg - $490,617 Taha Maruf - $300,031 Simon Lam - $250,970 Chris Limo - $207,569 Farid Jattin - $167,942
  3. [caption width="640"] Guo Liang Chen won 9,058 for taking down the WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event Friday in Atlantic City (WPT Photo)[/caption] In yet another exciting final table in Season XVI of the World Poker Tour, Guo Liang Chen outlasted a final table that included Cliff Josephy and 2017 Winter Poker Open WPT final tablist Jia Liu. Final table play lasted for 10 hours and when the dust settled, it was Chen who earned the title after a hard fought battle. In Hand #50 of the final table, Thomas Paul was the first player eliminated of the six. Paul was short after doubling up Chen in a previous hand, and was eliminated by Chen a few hands later. Chen opened to 260,000 and Paul defended out of the big blind. Paul checked the [poker card="7h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2c"] flop and Chen went all in. Paul called for a few blinds more with [poker card="qd"][poker card="7c"] for a pair against the [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"] of Chen. The [poker card="js"] turn was clean but the [poker card="kc"] sent Paul out the door. In the first hand of 75,000/150,000, Josephy was eliminated by Greg Weber. Josephy started the final table as the shortest stack in play. Weber shoved with [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"] in the small blind and Josephy called of with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3h"] in the big blind for 2,175,000. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="9h"] flop put Weber in the lead and although Josephy picked up flush outs on the [poker card="jh"] turn, he was dead on the [poker card="3s"] river. It was 36 more hands before Matt Parry, who came into the final table as chip leader, was sent out by Weber. Parry opened the button to 450,000 and Weber three-bet from the big blind to 1,200,000. Parry jammed for 5,225,000 total and Weber called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"] and the [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"] of Parry was in huge trouble. A king hit the flop and Parry was dead on the turn. Three-handed play lasted for over 60 hands as Weber, Chen, and Liu traded the chip lead before Liu finally succumbed. With the blinds up to 150,000/300,000, Liu shoved the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"] for 4,175,000 and Chen called with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="9d"] board proved no good and Chen was heads up for the title against Weber. Chen started heads up with a deficit but battled back after calling for his tournament life on the river. Weber opened the button to 1,000,000 and Chen defended. Chen checked the [poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3s"] flop and then called the bet of 1,000,000 from Weber. Chen bet 1,500,000 on the [poker card="3d"] turn and Weber called to the [poker card="as"] river. Chen checked and Weber put him all in for 5,750,000. It took a moment, but Chen called with [poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"] to pick off the bluff of Weber [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"]. Only a dozen hands later, Chen sealed the title. Weber shoved for 5,050,000 holding [poker card="kh"][poker card="9s"] and Chen looked him up with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="7d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="qh"] board gave Chen the title and the $789,058 first place prize and a seat in April’s WPT Tournament of Champions. Final Table Payouts Guo Liang Chen - $789,058 Greg Weber - $471,059 Jia Liu - $288,071 Matt Parry - $240,965 Cliff Josephy - $199,294 Thomas Paul-$161,247
  4. [caption width="640"] Asher Conniff is hoping to turn winning moments like this into tens of thousands of dollars for Hurricane Harvey relief. (WPT photo)[/caption] The tragedy left behind by Hurricane Harvey in the greater Houston area has brought people from all walks of life together to give back to those in need. The rebuilding process will take years and led by Asher Conniff, over two dozen poker players are doing what they can to help by donating to the devastated region. On August 28, Conniff announced over Twitter that he was auctioning 10 percent of his action to next week’s Borgata Poker Open Event 1 with all proceeds coupled with the $600 entry fee going toward Harvey relief. The winning bid was $225, made by Victor Ramdin, but Conniff’s charitable contributions didn’t stop there. The BPO ends with the World Poker Tour Main Event and a $3,000,000 guarantee that is likely to bring in over 1,000 entrants. With any luck, a player part of Conniff’s pledge team will walk away with a final table appearance that will bring them and more importantly, the people of Houston, a huge windfall. For anyone in the poker community looking to get involved, Conniff suggests they reach out to him directly so he can ensure their money goes to those in need. “I just suggest that anyone do anything they can within reason to help those suffering from the hurricane. Whether it’s $1, $10,000, one percent of your cashes, five percent or 50 percent, do something. These humanitarian crises should bring out the best in all of us. If anyone wants to commit to #BPOHarveyPledge, even while playing other, non-Borgata tournaments, online or otherwise, please contact me.”
  5. 42-year-old Erkut Yilmaz started the final table of the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open with the chip lead and over the course of six hours of play fought off TK Miles to add his name to the WPT Champions Cup while picking up a $575,112 payday. Anthony Maio, the top-ranked online poker player in Pennsylvania, made the final table with just nine big blinds and got the chance to play just 11 hands. Down to just six big blinds, Maio moved all in from UTG with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"] only to have Austin Wentling wake up in the big blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"]. Maio got no assistance from the [poker card="ts"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="th"] runout and was eliminated in sixth for $121,697. Liam He had the second shortest stack when the final table began on Friday night and managed to outlast just Maio. Action folded to Aleg Shnaider in the small blind and he raised to 400,000 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="9d"] before He moved all in from the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"] and Shnaider called. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"][poker card="js"] flop put Shnaider way ahead and he stayed there through the [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="3h"] river to elimiante He in fifth place. From UTG, Miles raised to 500,000 before Wentling moved all in for 1,725,00 from the button. Yilmaz defended his big blind and Miles called. Yilmaz and Miles then checked through the [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="as"] runout before Miles tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"] to force Yilmaz to muck his hand. Wentling turned over [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] and was eliminated in fourth place for $211,562. Shnaider and Yilmaz battled 15 hands later in a blind vs. blind spot that spelled the end for Shnaider. Miles raised to 500,000 from the button, Shnaider moved all in for 6,000,000 from the small blind and Yilmaz called from the big blind. Miles folded and Shnaider got bad news when he showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"] and found himself up against Yilmaz's [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="5h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"] flop gave Shnaider some outs to a chop but the [poker card="6c"] turn and [poker card="5c"] river both fialed to help him out and he was eliminated in third place. Yilmaz began heads up play with almost 60% of the chips in play but he and Miles traded the chip lead back and forth over the next 55 hands before Yilmaz finally eliminated Miles. Miles completed his bet and Yilmaz checked to go to a flop of [poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3s"]. Yilmaz checked to Miles who bet 800,000 and Yilmaz check-raised all in forcing Miles to a decision for his tournament life. Miles called and showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="5s"] for top pair while Yilmaz tabled [poker card="6d"][poker card="3d"] for bottom pair and an open-ended straight draw. The [poker card="6h"] turn gave Yilmaz two pair and Miles was eliminated in second when the [poker card="4h"] river failed to improve his hand. Final Table Payouts Erkut Yilmaz - $575,112 TK Miles - $383,399 Oleg Shnaider - $283,341 Austin Wentling - $211,562 Liam He - $159,616 Anthony Maio - $121,697 Notable finishers Just days after winning the 2018 Poker Masters Purple Jacket, Ali Imsirovic finished ninth ($57,510) while PokerStars Ambassador Maria Konnikova finished 20th ($24,695). Other well known players to finish in the money include Alex Fitzgerald (39th - $14,769), Jared Griener (84th - $7,309), Joe McKeehen (89th - $7,309), Daniel Weinman (100th - $6,393), Ryan D'Angelo (101st - $6,393), Jared Jaffee (117th - $6,097), Anthony Zinno (130th - $6,097) and Darren Elias (131st - $6,097). Next WPT Stop The next World Poker Tour stop actually began on Friday in Hanover, MD. The WPT Maryland At LIVE! Casino runs September 21 - 25 and has a $3,500 buy-in.

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