The World Poker Tour Borgata Online Series in cooperation with partypoker New Jersey finished up on September 21 with 10 events completed. The series was a great success for the WPT as well as for the partypoker US network. Overall, the series saw almost 2500 entries and only one event had an overlay and it was quite small. After it was all said and done, players were happy with the events and the operators managed to score records for the series.
The big tournament on the schedule was the Main Event. It took place on the 21st and offered a pretty expensive buy-in of $1,060. There was no prize pool guarantee. With 440 players competing, the prize pool ended up at $432,700.
With this prize money amount, partypoker US scored its largest prize pool for a single tournament ever to take place on the network. Funnily enough, around 44% of the playing field were able to compete in the event after earning a seat from satellite gaming.
The winner of the main event was Tony Sinishtaj, known as ToNiSiNzz online. he earned $77,349 after outlasting the field and hanging on for over three and a half hours at the final table to win the event. He defeated Kenny Huynh in the heads-up round to claim the first-place prize.
For the WPT Borgata Online Poker Series, almost all of the events were able to exceed their prize pool guarantees. It seemed that partypoker and Borgata were being cautious in their approach of the online series, as they were unsure about how many players would compete. However, once the series was completed, there was a solid turnout of players and almost every one of the events met the guarantee or went over.
The only event to miss its guarantee was the first tournament. It had a guaranteed prize pool of $100,0000 and fell just short, needing a $1,000 overlay. In the end, the tournament saw 495 players competing.
As far as player size was concerned, it was the Kickoff tournament and the Main Event that saw the largest turnouts. The Kickoff had 495 players competing, as mentioned and the Main Event had 440. This is a solid turnout and shows that the series is one that could be repeated in New Jersey and see success.
One of the largest prize money jumps went to the $535 PLO Event. This tournament was supposed to offer $25,000 in guaranteed prize money. It ended up with so many players competing that the prize pool jumped to $48,500. This was almost double the guarantee!
Overall, the series was a success and it will not be surprising to see the Borgata, partypoker and the WPT team up again to offer tournament gaming for online players. The online poker industry has been booming as of late due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus continues to be a threat, we should see even more online action from these online poker operators in New Jersey as well as in other states where iGaming is legalized.