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Phil Hellmuth Along With Indian-Origin Raj Desai & Soheb Porbandarwala Win Side Events at the 2019 Borgata Winter Poker Open

Phil Hellmuth, Raj Desai & Soheb Porbandarwala
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  • Attreyee K. Ganguly January 28, 2019
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Seven more events have culminated at the ongoing 2019 Borgata Winter Poker Open and among them were Indian-origin players Raj Desai and Soheb Porbandarwala. While Desai took down the Almighty Stack NLH for $175,429 (₹1.24 Crores), Porbandarwala juggernauted his way to the top in the Saturday Series NLH and collected $52,081 (₹37.05 Lakhs).

One of the most recognizable faces in the global poker community, 15-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, also showed up at the series. This world-renowned pro, who is known for both his on-and-off-the-felts antics, added yet another accolade to his long list of achievements by taking down the Heads-Up NLH for $37,248. Hellmuth surely seems to be making the most of his time at the series as he jumped straight into Day 1A of the $3 Million GTD WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open (WPO) Championship where he made Day 2 with a workable stack of 88,500.

Daniel Hofer (HORSE for $13,000), Josh Bergman (Six Max NLH for $77,946), Alida Veliu (Ladies Deep Stack NLH for $3,325) and Kujdes Gagliardi (CSOP Charity NLH Tournament) were among the other side event winners.

The major attraction at the stop, the $3,500 buy-in $3 Million GTD WPT Borgata WPO Championship kicked off yesterday with Day 1A of the event registering 424 entries. 219 among them made it to Day 2 with Daniel Wellborn bagging the chip lead with a stack of 308,600.

Team PokerStars pro Aditya Agarwal is expected to join the action on Day 1B of the Championship event that begins later today.

Recap of Completed Events

$450 Almighty Stack NLH

The Almighty Stack NLH attracted a massive player pool of 3,508 entries, but only three players survived till the end, Indian-origin Raj Desai, Thomas Larson and Chris Tryba.

Raj Desai
Raj Desai

The final three players decided to opt for a deal. Desai, who was the chip leader at the time, was declared the champion and took home $175,429 (₹1,24,82,650) along with his very first Borgata Winter Poker Open trophy. Larson became the runner-up for $163,101, while Tryba received $145,822 for his third-place finish.

Final Table Results (USD)

1. Raj Desai – $175,429*

2. Thomas Larson – $163,101*

3. Chris Tryba – $145,822*

4. Maor Cohen – $83,766

5. Shuntak Yeung – $68,055

6. Tony Najjar – $52,403

7. Keith Molinaro – $37,430

8. Ryan Hohner – $25,861

9. Joe Gay – $17,014

*denotes three-way deal

$560 HORSE

89 runners joined the fray in the $560 buy-in HORSE event and following a three-way deal agreed upon between the last three players, Daniel Hofer bagged $13,000 for finishing in the pole position. Michael Fishman was runner-up for $9,500, while Joel Gumbiner finished third for $8,578.

Daniel Hofer
Daniel Hofer

Final Table Results (USD)

1. Daniel Hofer – $13,000*

2. Michael Fishman – $9,500*

3. Joel Gumbiner – $8,578*

4. Wendy Freedman – $3,453

5. Chris Reslock – $3,022

6. Ross Hoffman – $2,590

7. Jeff Jerome – $1,727

8. David Christ – $1,295

*denotes three-way deal

$1,090 Six Max NLH

Outlasting 328 entries, Josh Bergman took down the Six Max NLH for $77,946. He defeated Philadelphia’s Gary Bowker in the heads-up play and the latter walked away with $47,724 for his runner-up finish.

Josh Bergman
Josh Bergman

The final table finishes and payouts have not been made available yet.

$400 Saturday Series NLH

The Saturday Series NLH was the 14th event of the series and drew in a toal of 639 entries creating a prize pool of over $216,000. Indian-origin player Soheb Porbandarwala dominated the field and captured the title for a payday of $52,081 (₹37,05,823), along with his third Borgata Poker Open trophy.

Soheb Porbandarwala
Soheb Porbandarwala

Final Table Results (USD)

1. Soheb Porbandarwala – $52,081

2. Andrew Kim – $29,287

3. Ricky Lee – $18,440

4. Kyle Len – $14,969

5. Mike Galteri – $11,932

6. Andrew Lauer – $9,871

7. Brittney Billian – $7,918

8. Mark Perry – $5,966

9. Vahagn Margaryan – $4,122

10. Mike McKinney – $2,820

$120 Ladies Deep Stack NLH

The Ladies Deep Stack NLH pulled in 154 entries and saw the four finalists strike an adjusted payouts deal, following which Alida Veliu claimed the trophy and paycheque of $3,325. Katay Good took second place for $2,439, Debbie Drum third for $1,935, and Elizabeth Santos fourth for $1,862.

Alida Veliu, Katay Good, Debbie Drum & Elizabeth Santos
Alida Veliu, Katay Good, Debbie Drum & Elizabeth Santos

The final table finishes and payouts have not been made available yet.

$1,590 Heads-Up NLH

Even though the Heads-Up NLH drew in 64 entrants, arguably one of the most famous players present at the event was none other than the 15-time WSOP champion Phil Hellmuth. He once again proved why he is one of the best poker professionals in the world by obliterating the playing field and banking $37,248 for his win, along with the trophy.

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Hellmuth squared off with Wenhao Ying in round one. He faced Tim Reilly in round two, Travis Greenawalt in round three and Steven Sarmiento in round four. His final showdown was against Joey Cappello whom he bested to claim the title.

“The man played amazing and certainly did not give his chips away,” Hellmuth stated after he defeated Cappello following a nearly three-hour long heads-up battle.

CSOP Charity NLH Tournament

The Charity Series of Poker tournament brought in 126 entries, all of whom were playing for a good cause. While the event was full of fun and frolic, when the dust settled, Kujdes Gagliardi was the last player standing.

Kujdes Gagliardi
Kujdes Gagliardi

Gagliardi defeated Jefferson Choi heads-up to win a $500 CSOP St. Jude Seat, a $300 Reception ticket and her entry into the $3,500 BWPO $3,000,000 Guaranteed NLH event.

Seven of the 10 finalists received a $500 St. Jude seat which included Philip Luesdorff (4th), Albert Destade (5th), Aaron Mermelstein (6th), David Fuss (7th), Thomas Paul (8th), Lisa Pickell (9th) and Brian Wilson (10th).

Third-place finisher Tiffany Lee received a $500 St. Jude seat and $300 Reception Ticket, while runner-up Choi was awarded a $1,260 Borgata Bounty NLH seat, a $500 CSOP St. Jude Seat and a $300 Reception ticket.

Ongoing Events

420 participants were seen in action in the Super Survivor NLH and after 13 levels of play, only 120 remain. The final 42 players will each be taking home $5,000 in prize money. At present, there are many well-known faces in the hunt including Everton Taylor, David Chang, Judi Bielan, Alberto Sabogali and Aleksei Vandyshev.

The $3,500 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open (WPO) Championship is also currently underway and attracted 424 entries on it’s first starting flight, i.e. Day 1A. After eight gruelling levels of play, only 219 runners bagged chips for Day 2 with Daniel Wellborn leading the way with a stack of 308,600. Rounding up the top three stacks are Upeshka DeSilva (292,400) and Ping Liu (221,400).

Daniel Wellborn
Daniel Wellborn

Other notable stacks include Asher Conniff (131,800), Phil Hellmuth (88,500), Brian Yoon (70,200) and Matt Stout (63,500).

India’s pioneering poker pro Aditya Agarwal is expected to join Day 1B of the event which will take place later today.

Top 10 Chip Counts At The End of Day 1A

1. Daniel Wellbron- 308,600

2. Upeshka DeSilva- 292,400

3. Ping Liu- 221,400

4. Mark Dube- 215,000

5. David Mock- 200,400

6. Eikret Kovac- 186,9000

7. Todd Rebello- 153,500

8. Loni Harwood- 138,400

9. Brian Altman- 138,400

10. Tony Sinishtaj- 134,700

Content & Images courtesy: theborgata.com

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