The Borgata Winter Poker Open is coming to a close as the Main Event is heading into Day 3, with the L.A. Poker Classic starting, the EPT in Dortmund looming, as well as the World Series of Poker Circuit stop in Rincon just beginning.
Despite having a great structure, the WPO (Winter Poker Open) is down to 99 players heading into day 3, tomorrow. Held at the extremely popular Borgata casino, this WPT tourney holds a 1.4 million dollar payday for whomever can make it to the bitter end of this tournament. From the looks of it, they’re in for a helluva ride. At the very top of the list is Gavin Griffin, an extremely prolific live and online player. A WSOP bracelet winner, he took down his biggest score last year when he won the EPT Monte Carlo event for nearly 2.5 million dollars. He’s got a simply enormous stack in this tournament, nearly 100k more than his closest competitor. Behind him however is an extremely strong cast, with Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo, Lee Watkinson, and Jared “TheWacoKidd” Hamby all with extremely large, 100+ BB stacks. With many extremely strong players left with only 99 left out of the starting 507, this almost guarantees to be a tournament to watch in the coming days.
From preliminary action in the WPO, the $5k event saw two strong online players duke it out for a $399k first prize. James Sowers, known simply as Sowerss online, took down Tom “Durr” Dwan, who was fresh off a strong Aussie Millions. Dwan collected $226k. Erick Lindgen also made the final table, busting in 5th for almost $80k.
Also just starting up is another tournament series that culminates with a $10k buy in WPT event. The L.A. Poker Classic is an extremely large festival, lasting 29 events, and finishing with the standard $10k WPT Main Event, and a Celebrity Invitational, which features pros and famous entertainers alike. Last year saw Eric Hershler beat J.C. Tran heads up for a nearly $2.5 million dollar first place prize. This guarantees to get close to the 791 entrants it got last year, if not more. Always a popular series, it will attract a great deal of players.
Also just getting underway is the WSOP Circuit Event at Harrah’s Rincon. A much shorter series than the series in Los Angeles, this particular series will have side events until February 5th when the $5k Main Event begins.
Another one to keep your eyes peeled for is the EPT event in Dortmund, Germany. Sponsored by PokerStars.net, this one is sure to attract a great deal of online pros, which will surely make for an exciting field. That one begins on January, 29th, and will hold one event – the Main Event.