World Poker Tour Borgata Open begins this weekend

World Poker Tour Borgata Open begins this weekend

Thursday, 16 September 2010

This Saturday sees the World Poker Tour go back to the US after Jake Cody’s London win for the hugely successful Borgata Open. Last year the prize pool had a hefty seven-figure guarantee and a reduced buy-in of $3,500; for 2010 the model is being repeated with a $2,000,000 guarantee.

If you read Matt Perry’s blogMatt Perry’s blog about WCOOP guarantees yesterday then you know that means that this year they are after 572 players. In 2009 Oliver Busquet took his first WPT title at Borgata as well as $925,514 for beating a field of 1,018. We predict a similar turnout to last year for this five-day main event with two opening flights that caps off a 21 event tournament series underway right now.

Unfortunately the star power of the field for the tournament will be diminished by the fact that the £5,250 ($8,185) Pot-Limit Omaha event and the £10,300 ($15,750) Heads-Up High Roller event at the WSOPE will clash with it; both those are sure to draw the pros. However, the WPT Borgata will give players 30,000 stacks with 25/50 blinds and 75 minute levels. Such a slow and deep structure is sure to draw in the sharks.

Day 1a is this Saturday, September 18 with Day 1b following on Sunday. The field will condense down and play down to a final table over three days with the last six players returning on Thursday, September 23.

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