The World Poker Tour announce plans to hold a televised European Championships in Germany, and Jon Borenstein beats 3,541 entrants to win the WPT500 at the ARIA.
The World Poker Tour (WPT) needs a bigger rucksack after announcing plans to host a televised WPT Main Event in Europe for the first time in four years.
The Season XVI WPT European Championship is scheduled to take place Jan 5-15, 2018, with the Spielbank Casino in Berlin, Germany acting as hosts.
It will be the first time the WPT has held a tournament in Germany, and the first time a European Main Event has been te
levised since Mohsin Charania won the second leg of his Triple Crown in the Season XII Grand Prix de Paris.
The €1,500 buy-in WPT Deepstacks event opens proceedings before the €1m GTD €3,300 Main Event grabs the megaphone, Jan 10-15. Not only will the final table be screened for television broadcast, but the WPT will also stream the entire final table live, globally.
The press release didn’t stress how long the partnership with the Spielbank Casino runs for, but the name of the event suggests it could become a regular in the WPT schedule like the Grand Prix de Paris was back in the day.
Bruno Fitoussi, the man who did more than most to bring the WPT to a European audience, many moons ago, was recently inducted into the WPT Honours List for that very reason.
Jon Borenstein Wins WPT500 ARIA
Jon Borenstein has warmed up for the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event by winning the WPT500 at ARIA Resort & Casino. The annual free for all saw 3,541 entrants create a $1.7m prize pool, easily surpassing the $1m guarantee.
Borenstein is becoming the master of picking up large scores for a relatively small investment, after also finishing eighth in the $565 buy-in Colossus II last year.
There were two standout players at the final table.
Scott Montgomery, who finished 18th in the recent WSOP Monster Stack, finished fourth, and the two-time WSOP bracelet winner, Nipun Java, maintained his incredible heat by finishing fifth.
Borenstein’s win was all the more impressive when you learn he was reduced to only five big blinds after losing JJ<AA on the very first hand of the final table. Had he earned $3k more he would have passed the $1m in live tournament earnings barrier.
Final Table Results
1. Jon Boresnstein – $230,000
2. Joep Raemaekers – $160,000
3. Aleksandr Gofman – $115,000
4. Scott Montgomery – $85,000
5. Nikita Luther – $65,000
6. Brian Gorman – $50,000
7. Nipun Java – $35,000
8. Antonio Scalzi – $26,100
9. Chris Bonita – $21,000
Other notables who roasted for a long time on this particular barbeque included Matt Glantz (20th), Mitchell Johnson (23rd), and Georgios Zisimopoulos (47th).