Michael Dentale beat a strong field of 557 players to win the $2,700 buy-in Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship $336,331. Playing solid poker through the course of four days, Dentale took his career earnings to $1,246,138.
His previous best was a runner-up finish at the 2013 Parx Casino Big Stax II for $101,800.
The 2015 Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship drew a decent crowd to create a prize pool of a cool $1.3 million. Some of the notable names that managed to earn a return on their investment included Will “The Thrill” Failla in 36th ($6,754), Vinny Pahuja in 30th ($6,754), Aaron Mermelstein in 19th ($7,429), Joe McKeehen in 15th ($13,507), and Orson Young in 12th ($17,559).
Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, it was left between Dentale and Jason Paster to fight it out for the title. However, in an anticlimax of sorts, Dentale ended his opponents challenge in the heads-up in matter of just two hands.
With that crushing win, Dentale was crowned Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship winner, while Paster had to settle for a second place finish for $189,102.
Final Table Results:
1 Mike Dentale $336,331
2 Jason Paster $189,102
3 Henry Lu $121,656
4 Scott Matte $96,577
5 Chris Tryba $75,641
6 Sang Kim $62,133
7 Taylor Von Kriegenberg $49,301
8 Richie Tenenbaum $38,496
9 Theo Nerantzinis $27,015
The Borgata Fall Poker Open, now in its 5th year, was conducted from November 10-25. The 16-day event comprised of 20 events with buy-ins ranging from $230 up to the $2,700. Residents of the state of New Jersey were also given a chance to win their seats via the BorgataPoker.com website through online qualifiers as low as $5.
Poker legend Phil Ivey, playing under his “RaiseOnce” screen name, dropped $417,602 this past week on PokerStars
The American logged 6,100 hands during that period, as per HighstakesDB’s data.
Ivey wasn’t that only big name to perform badly, as the likes of Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$282,040), “ClockWyze” (-$134,579) and Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies (-$104,440) too didn’t have a good week.
However, “Crazy Elior” ($346,429), Ben “Ben86” Tollerene ($166,108), “BERRI SWEET” ($154,714), “CrownUpGuy” ($132,546) and “Colisea” ($122,436) were the big winners.
Even Patrik “Fake Love888” Antonius ($82,481), Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky ($66,206), Dan “w00ki3z” Cates ($52,130) and Ronny “1-ronnyr3” Kaiser ($50,744) posted profits this past week,
The 10-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, BERRI SWEET and PokerStars account “fjutekk” were on Monday involved in one of the biggest hands during the week.
It was a $158,000 pot at $200-$400 pot-limit Omaha. BERRI SWEET got things going with a raise to $1,700 that prompted Kaiser to fold on the button. Fjutekk three-bet to $5,900 from the small blind and that was followed by a call by Ivey from the big blind.
BERRI SWEET four-bet to $23,000 and the dup called without having much behind. The flop was Qs, 10s, 2d.
Fjutekk and Ivey went all in for $24,000 and $32,000 respectively. BERRI SWEET made the call.
The turn and river were 7d and 7c respectively.
Fjutekk flopped mid-set, while Ivey had a second-nut-flush draw and gut-shot straight draw. BERRI SWEET was drawing just one ace in the deck to give him a better set.
Ivey is now down $1,250,806 and $2,381,013 on Full Tilt and PokerStars respectively in 2015.
With the imminent launch of its play money poker app, Full Tilt Poker is set to become the first major player to make its mark on the Steam market.
With Steam’s approximately 125 millions players, Full Tilt will be looking to make a big impact in this market.
It has been reported earlier that the company sought approval from authorities for its app to be launched on the gaming platform.
Steam makes use of a “Greenlight” process to ascertain which games are going to be disseminated via its services. In order to get the green signal, Full Tilt needed a vote of confidence from Steam users.
Speaking about this latest development, Dominic Mansour, Managing Director at Full Tilt said:
“The opportunity to introduce our game to the millions of players who make up the Steam gaming community is really important to us.
“We will be the first major online poker brand on the platform and the move underlines our strategic intentions to explore new avenues for our games,” he added, saying that the “Greenlight qualification process has been very interesting and has provided us with some excellent insights into the wider gaming community.”
The company is pretty certain of its app being distributed to Steam users come the end of 2015.
After being greenlit by Steam, one can understand that Full Tilt could be looking to diversify and make an attempt to reach out to a newer audience.
The alterations to its product as well as changes to the VIP program appear to be in line with a new direction that the company is set to take in the New Year.