Borgata Poker Classic

Dates

Season Six – 27 – 31 January 2008

Buy-in

$10 000

Prize Pool

$4 892 400

Entrants

507

Venue

One of Atlantic City’s pride and joys, the fantastic Borgata resort is much more than just a place to sleep and play poker – it is virtually a self sustainable village with over 2000 guest rooms, thirteen restaurants and its estimated daily turnover is around $2 million! The Borgata casino has become a trend setter and leads the pack as far as revenue is concerned – it has been the top grossing casino for all but one month since it opened its doors to gaming in 2003. The casino floor is over 160 000 square foot and incorporates over 4 000 slots and 200 table games.

Getting there

Contact Details

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Telephone – +1 609 317 1000

Email – customercare@theborgata.com

Results

World Poker Tour history was made in January 2008 when one of the brightest young stars on the international poker circuit won the triple crown of pro poker – holding titles in all three of the major tours, the WSOP, the WPT and the EPT.

Gavin Griffin had to work extremely hard for his latest triumph, the Borgata Poker Classic, and the $1.4 million in prize money, to realise his dream of three championship titles. He can now add the WPT title to his WSOP gold bracelet which he won in the 2004 Pot Limit Hold ‘Em event and the EPT Grand Final in 2007.

At the start of the heads-up David Tran had 8 695 000 to Griffin’s 6 520 000 but it only took the budding poker maestro three hands to grapple the chip lead away from him.

In the last hand both players go it all-in preflop and Griffin found himself behind with the Queen of Spades and the Jack of Clubs. Tran held the King and eight of Spades for the lead, but the board dealt out an Ace of Clubs and a 9, 8, Queen and 10 of Diamonds, leaving Griffin with the winning hand, the title and the hard-fought moola!

Final Table

  1. Gavin Griffin
  2. David Tran
  3. Thomas Hare
  4. Noah Schwartz
  5. Lee Watkinson
  6. Ervin Prifti