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WPT Borgata Poker Open

, 2005-09-24, by TwoGun

Submitted by: Ozone

Season 4 of the World Poker Tour (WPT) rolled on this week in Atlantic City at the Borgata Hotel and Casino. The Borgata Poker Open is one of the most popular stops on the WPT Circuit. The tournament is known for having a structure that rivals the Main Event of the WSOP, so it is no surprise that 515 players showed up in New Jersey to do battle.

New Jersey local Al Ardebili worked a final table short stack like a genius and went on to win the $1,500,000 first place prize. Al's mission was not easy; well-known poker pros John D'Agostino and Kathy Liebert were also at the final table taking a shot at the cash.

The 22 year old D'Agostino finished 4th to win $350,000. Kathy Liebert set a record for the highest finish by a female in an open-WPT event. Kathy earned $427,000 for 3rd.

One-time WSOP Main Event final table participant David Singer finished 6th. Another New Jersey local Ricardo Festejo lost heads up to Ardebili but won $800,000 for the strong finish. Robert "ActionBob" Hwang also made the TV cut with a 5th place finish good for $300,000.

Defending champion Daniel Negreanu continued his cold streak and busted out on Day One. Well-knowns in the money include: Evelyn Ng 11th, David "the Dragon" Pham 16th, Erick Lindgren 29th, Barry Greenstein 38th, and Josh Arieh 41st.


The next WPT event is the Ultimate Poker Classic hosted by Ultimate Bet on the island of Aruba. The tournament begins September 26th.

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