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Borgata Poker Open
WPT Season 7

Borgata Hotel and Casino
September 14 - 18, 2008

WPT Borgata Poker Open -- Day 1

Interestingly enough, the 516 players began this year with 40,000 chips verses the 30,000 received last year. And this tournament event is guaranteed a $5 million dollar prize pool minimum which meant there needed be 521 players to break even. In the field were last year's champion Roy Winston, Victor Ramdin, David Singer, Maria Ho, Lee Watkinson, Dan and Beth Shak, Ted Lawson, John Gale, Nick Frangos, J.C. Tran, Ted Forrest, Chris Reslock, Steve Sung, John Spadavecchia, Svetlana Gromenkova, Toto Leonidas, Mark Seif, Eric Froelich and Rhynie Campbell just to name a few.

With the big stacks in play, it took a while for bustouts to begin but David Singer was among the first to go when his set of 3's lost to the full house of another player(3's/A's). Following David were Anna Wroblewski, Michael Mizrachi, Theo Tran, Abe Mosseri, David "Chino" Rheem who is a WSOP Main Event final table player, Dennis Phillips who is the WSOP Main Event chip leader and Erik Seidel.

There will be payouts for the top 54 finishers. Here is the payscale for the 6 who make the televised final table:

  1. $1,425,500
  2. $750,000
  3. $387,500
  4. $337,500
  5. $287,500
  6. $237,500
Play finished at 8:30 pm and had 287 left for Day 2 action. Here are the top 6 with chip counts:
  1. Jose Torres -- 263,775
  2. Onofrio Reina -- 259,225
  3. Lee Kim -- 252,675
  4. Steve Dannenmann -- 249,150
  5. Kyle Burnside -- 206,500
  6. Steven Vanauken -- 189,500
WPT Borgata Poker Open -- Day 2

Players continued action at level 9 with blinds of $500/$1,000 and a $100 ante. Some of the early busts include John D'Agostino, Michael Gracz, Ted Lawson, John Racener, Dan Shak and Ari Engel. In fact, the field really thinned out fast in the first 90 min with 80 players being eliminated from the event. Top player J.C. Tran was among the last busted out in the days action.

By the end of the night, there were 68 that are going to move on to Day 3. Here are the top 6 with chip counts:
  1. Thayer Rasmussen -- 904,500
  2. Ryan Young -- 837,700
  3. Andrew Knee -- 697,900
  4. Adam Gerber -- 610,000
  5. Sang Kim -- 570,800
  6. Mike Binger -- 521,000
WPT Borgata Poker Open -- Day 3

Day 3 began with the 68 players left having blinds at 3000/6000 and a 500 ante. Eliminations continued with Robert Mizrachi going to the rail when his A K lost to Brandon Cantu with A 5 after another 5 hit the felt. He was followed by Steve Brecher, Jonathan Little, Cliff Josephy, Lee Markholt and Joe Sebok after his all in with pocket A's was broken by a set of Jacks. The money bubble broke soon afterwards. There was still some hurt looks on players that busted out, but at least they took home some money.

When there were 27 players left, tournament directors decided that the number was a good cutoff point so those who made Day 3 and were still alive in the tournament, will come back tomorrrow to see if they can get a seat for the televised WPT final table. Here are the top 6 with chip counts:
  1. Vivek Rajkumar -- 1,756,000
  2. Thayer Rasmussen -- 1,413,000
  3. Stevem Levy -- 1,317,000
  4. Jason Strochak -- 1,266,000
  5. Nick Frangos -- 1,140,000
  6. Andrew Knee -- 1,009,000
WPT Borgata Poker Open -- Day 4

All 27 players began action at 8:15 am EST with blinds at 10,000/20,000 and a 2,000 ante. First to go was Ted Forrest in 27th who had his pocket A's busted by the set of 8's made by Thayer Rasumussen. Nam Le went out in 24th place after his A 8 by another player pairing his A 4 cards. Chris Bell fell in 23rd after meeting the full house made by Mark Seif. Seif also took out Vinh Nguyen after the pocket A's of Seif overcame the pocket Q's of Nguyen. Nick Frangos left in 13th after his K Q lost to another player holding A K. Steve Dannenmann also left in 11th after losing to Vivek Rajkumar.

With only 10 players left it was time to see who would move on to the televised final table from the official final table of the event. Michael Binger was gone in 10th after his pocket 9's lost to the pocket J's of Vivek Rajkumar. Steven Vanakuen busted in 9th, Chris Arvanitis was 8th and John Myung was 7th. The rest of the players listed below will come back tomorrow to see who becomes champion.
  1. Vivek Rajkumar -- 6,480,000
  2. Mark Seif -- 4,665,000
  3. Dan Heimiller -- 3,360,000
  4. Sang Kim -- 3,085,000
  5. Jason Strochak -- 1,650,000
  6. Andrew Knee -- 1,475,000
WPT Borgata Poker Open -- Final Table

The remaining 6 players sat down at 1:15 pm with blinds at 60,000/120,000 and an ante of 10,000. Within less that 10 minutes into play, Andrew Knee was eliminated in 6th place. Andrew was under the gun when he moved all-in with A 4, but he was met with pocket 10's of Jason Strochak from which he never recovered. Mark Seif left in 5th place when his all-in with K Q lost to an Ace kicker of Vivek Rajkumar. Jason Strochak joined everyone on the sidelines in 4th place when Vivek Rajkumar paired his Queen card. Dan Heimiller claimed the cash to 3rd place after becoming victim of the quad 5's made by Vivek Rajkumar.

Maybe both players were tired but right after the money presentation, there was only 1 hand. The final hand went as follows, both parties go all in preflop with Vivek Rajkumar having A J and Sang Kim with A Q. What the flop showed was J 10 7, turn card an A and the river an 8. That gave two pair to Vivek (A's and J's) and the championship.
  1. Vivek Rajkumar -- $1,425,500
  2. Sang Kim -- $750,000
  3. Dan Heimiller -- $387,500
  4. Jason Strochak -- $337,500
  5. Mark Seif -- $287,500
  6. Andrew Knee -- $237,500

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