Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa is the location hosting one of the long-anticipated poker festivals in Atlantic City, drawing some of the most prominent participants to action. This Monday witnessed the official start of the Deepstacks Challenge congregation with its first event Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em which granted Sal Anastasio with the first-place prize amounting to $3,259 following the deal arranged among the top seven players.
Over the span of six days this poker festival would aim to bring the best to its participants and elevate their experience to a whole new level. Monday brought the first event of the progressively more exciting festival. Starting with three Deep events, going through one Deeper tournament, and ultimately reaching the two Deepest ones, players at the Borgata are in for a treat. This first single-day event featured a non-refundable buy-in amounting to $120, providing easy access to all players interested in participating in it.
The guaranteed prize pool officially announced before the beginning of the event reached $15,000, guaranteeing generous prizes for the top 27 players on the rank list. Each participant entering the field received some 25,000 in chips giving them a chance to operate freely throughout the 25-minute levels of the event. What should be taken into account is that only MLife Card holders coming with significant benefits had the permission to enter the field.
The official start of poker action was given at 11 a.m. which drew some 225 entries ready to give their luck a try on the felt. With their joint efforts, the overall prize pool reached more than $20,000, proving the high interest towards the tournament. As action progressed, the dinner break saw only 34 participants surviving and preparing for the next stage of the first Event.
First Event Amps Up Interest towards Deepstacks Festival
Chip leader among them was Richard Prussian and he further proved his potential on the poker scene as he reached the 10th position on the official leader table and claimed his $284 for the deep run and his featuring on the Final Table. Another accomplished player, Joseph Cappuccio who is a regular at the Borgata also made an appearance during this event.
His last cash prize from this venue came in July as he finished 31st at the $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deep Stack event and bagged $4,254 for his performance. This time around he reached the 17th spot which brought him only $219 but proved to be a motivation enough for him to make his way into some of the upcoming tournaments. The eight spot taken by Omoro Colvin was the last one to claim a cash prize in the usual manner, pocketing $655.
After that, the remaining seven players came to the conclusion it would be best to arrange a deal among themselves and adjust the payouts accordingly. The first one to cash out was John Paoloca, claiming some $1,375 for his seventh position, more than double the amount won by Colvin. The third spot was taken by Steve Benz claiming a total of $2,731, whereas the runner-up position on the rank list was occupied by Thomas Savitsky with a consolation prize of $3,172.
The big winner Anastasio is also among the regular names to be seen at the Borgata, generally cashing considerable prizes, which further increase his total live earnings of $18,925. Tuesday is set to bring another Deep Stack event, this time with a larger buy-in amounting to $150, commencing once again at 11 a.m.
However, this week-long festival is amping up the tension for the two Deepest Stack events on Friday and Saturday featuring guaranteed prize pools of respectively $40,000 and $50,000 which would be shared among the best participants.