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HEADLINE: 2,000 Players Enter Borgata Summer
Poker Open Over the Weekend
As Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa approaches the first anniversary
of the opening of its 85-table Poker Room -- the largest poker
room in Atlantic City --- the Summer Poker Open continues
to sizzle with action. With over 350 entries in Saturday's $1,000
+ $80 No Limit Hold 'Em Event, topping off the weekend entries
for the Summer Poker Open to 2,000, one would never know the World
Series of Poker (WSOP) was underway in Las Vegas. In the first
four days of Borgata's Summer Poker Open, over one million dollars
in prize money was awarded, solidifying Borgata's position as
the East Coast's premier poker
Ray Stefanelli, Director of Poker Marketing for Borgata, commented,
"This weekend has been an overwhelming success, culminating
in great endings to the main events. Our room was filled with
poker pros, local players, and people checking out what Borgata
poker is all about."
Saturday's $1000 + 80 buy-in event saw fierce competition with
352 players vying for their share of the $352,000 prize pool.
The richest event to date at the 2007 Summer Open featured great
players from all over. Seen amongst the field, was former WSOP
Main Event Champion, Robert Varkonyi, who took down $2 million
in 2002. Robert was not the only famous face in the field; making
the final table in this event was Joe Simmons, former manager
of the groundbreaking hip-hop group, The Roots. In the poker world,
Joe is best known for making the final table of Borgata's Winter
Poker Open Main Event, taking home nearly half a million dollars
for his fourth place finish in January.
Simmons controlled the chip lead for much of the final table,
but Daniel Apicella slowly gained control of the tournament. Simmons
then went all in against the short stack, John "JJ"
Hurley, and lost. Simmons took home $28,688 in third place prize
money. Hurley was at a significant disadvantage in head's up play,
but kept chipping away at Apicella's stack. Just as Hurley seemed
poised to make a move, he went all-in and lost. Hurley took home
$59,136 for second place. The champion, Apicella won $107,350
for first place. "It is a great feeling to win in my home
poker room. We are heading out to celebrate at B Bar and will
be back for next week's Main Event."
On Thursday nearly 400 players took to the tables for the $500
buy-in event #2. Joe Cutler, an amateur player from Long Island,
NY, captured the championship and $58,713 in first place prize
money. Mike Matrone of Marlboro, NJ, finished second with $32,340
in second place prize money. The third place finisher was Robert
Zarzycki, who took home $15,689. A vocal Matrone was disappointed
with losing, but ready for more poker action during the Borgata
Summer Poker Open.
"I will be back for more at the Summer Open," said
Matrone. "I already have Bobby Flay (Steak) reservations
for this weekend!"
The Main Event on Friday (Event #3) was the $750 + 60 No Limit
Hold 'Em Event. There were 309 entries, creating a $231,750 prize
pool. Marc Lunenfield of Virginia Beach, VA, finished first, taking
home $70,683 in prize money. Ronnie Kevin of Richland, NJ, finished
in second place, taking home $38,934. Mark Tomasko finished third
with $8,887 in prize money.
Sunday's action featured the fan favorite, Ladies Event- $260
+ $40 No Limit Hold 'Em at 11:00 AM. The 7-Card Stud Main Event
begins at noon. The 2007 Borgata Summer Open offers players a
chance to participate in some of Atlantic City's richest tournaments
Hold 'Em No Limit, Texas
Hold 'Em Limit, 7-Card
Stud, and the Ladies-Only Tournament.
In addition, each day of the tournament features, super satellites,
second chance cash, and sit-and-go tournaments. The Championship
Event is a four-day event, starting on Saturday, June 23rd, concluding
on Tuesday, June 26th. Players will start with $50,000 in tournament
chips and play in one of the best-structured tournaments around.
Players and fans can follow the action on the ACTV Blog available
at http://www.theborgata.com/ and http://www.cityatlantic.com/.
The blog features live updates and commentary on notable hands.
There are regular video updates available on the blog from poker
commentator "Iron" Mike Hofeld.
On-Site Registration for all Borgata Summer Open events is in
the Poker Room, where all tournaments will take place. To view
the event schedule visit http://www.theborgata.com/.
About Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Borgata is a joint venture of Boyd Gaming Corporation and MGM
MIRAGE . Located at Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City, it features
2,000 guest rooms and suites, 161,000 square feet of gaming, 200
gaming tables, 4,100 slot machines, 12 destination restaurants,
12 retail boutiques, a 54,000 square foot spa, 70,000 square feet
of event space, and parking for 7,100 cars. For more information
on Borgata or to obtain a copy of this press release, please visit
http://www.theborgata.com/ or use AOL keyword: borgata. Additional
news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at http://www.boydgaming.com/;
additional information on MGM MIRAGE can be found at http://www.mgmmirage.com/.
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