The Borgata Fall Poker Open (BFPO) will kick off on Election Day, Nov. 6, and run until Nov. 21. During those two weeks, players will compete for over $3 million in guaranteed prize pools. The tournament series will feature 20 events and 17 secondary tournaments, and online qualifiers are now underway.
The main course has plenty of meat
The BFPO Main Event itself is a whopper of a tournament.
Day 1A will begin on Nov. 17. The second flight will run the next day.
The event is a five-day clash. Borgata will crown a champion on Nov. 21, the last day of the series. The Championship winner will take home the lion’s share of a $1 million guaranteed prize pool.
With two starting flights, it’s possible that the total prizepool could jump over that number. New Jersey casinos have seen increased volume and traffic since sports betting debuted in June 2018, and that might send the attendance through the roof.
Long story short, there will be quite a few people who pay the $2700 entry fee. $2500 of that fee will go straight towards the pot.
There will also be unlimited re-entry in the early stages of both Day 1 flights. Players can play both Day 1s if they choose. They can take the higher of their two stacks forward if they are still alive at the end of both flights.
If you can afford to play, the tournament structure looks to be outstanding. Players will begin with 30,000 in tournament chips, and blind levels are at least 60 minutes long.
In fact, levels after 11 will jump to 75 minutes until the final table. Blinds begin at 100 – 100, and the big blind won’t exceed 1,000 until level 8.
The final table will live-stream on PokerGO. The broadcast will run with a 30-minute delay.
How to enter the Championship
Most poker players should find their mouths watering about this tournament. However, $2700 may be a bit steep for some.
Players can begin their journey towards the BFPO Championship for as little as $5. There are daily $5 qualifiers that feed into $45 satellites.
Those $45 satellites also run daily and feed into $400 Super Satellites. From these Super Satellites, one in eight players will receive a seat at the big table.
The Super Satellites will run on Nov. 10, 11, 17, and 18. All Super Satellites begin at 7:40 p.m. EST.
Other options besides the Main Event
Even if you can’t make it for the Main Event, the BFPO has several fine tournaments on its schedule. One of the very best of the entire series is the first one on the slate.
The Deepstack Kick-off is a no-limit hold’em clash that begins on Nov. 6. This $540+$60 tournament features a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool right off the bat.
There are a whopping five opening flights for this tournament over the first three days. In theory, a player could enter, finish each flight, and select the best stack of the five to continue the tournament.
Another tournament of note is the Almighty Stack tournament. Entrants to this NLHE event will start the tournament with a massive stack of 100,000 in chips, and blinds begin at 100-100.
This three-day event costs $400+50 to enter. There is a guarantee on its prize pool of $300,000.
Aside from these three tournaments, five others have guarantees on their prize pools that exceed $100,000. None of the primary events features a guarantee lower than $25,000.
The series features several events beyond standard no-limit hold’em tournaments. There is an Omaha Hi-Lo clash, a H.O.R.S.E. event, and several variations like six-max to keep players fresh.
Since the structures for Borgata tournaments are so gradual, the skilled players are most likely to find success here. For as little as $240, a skillful card player could advance his or her bankroll by thousands of dollars.
The secondary tournaments have buy-ins even lower than that. Most of the larger tournaments also offer satellites for entry.
All in all, the BFPO is shaping up to be an excellent edition of poker on the Jersey Shore. Don’t miss it!
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