$2,500+$200 Championship NLH
The ladies have made a strong showing during this Fall Poker Open Series, starting out with Anna Antmony taking second in the $500,000 Guaranteed kickoff event. It is rare to see any ladies at the final tables, so seeing more than one is unheard of — but it happened twice during this series!
Three ladies made the final table of Event 3, the Super Stack Elevator NLH event, finishing 4th, 6th and 8th. Event 4, the Black Chip Bounty Deep Stack NLH event also saw three ladies at the final table, finishing 4th, 6th, and 7th.
Borgata regular Alyson Parker made the final table of the Seniors event, for the second series in a row. Deborah Yannicelli finished 8th in Event 9, the Deeper Stack NLH. Stephanie Johnston was the chip leader of event 16 when an Adjusted Payout agreement was made giving her 3rd place.
Open Series Championship events have traditionally been all male, with very few exceptions. In the very first WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship in 2003, Jennifer Harman made the final table, finishing 7th and just missing out on the televised table which including the top six finishers. Two years later in 2005, Kathy Liebert made it to the televised final table of the WPT BPO Championship, finishing 3rd.
Then followed a seven-year drought with not a single woman appearing at a Championship final table. Vanessa Selbst broke that streak in 2013 when she not only made the televised final table, she almost won it all. Her 2nd place finish is still the best finish by a woman in a Borgata Open Championship event. In 2015, Ester Taylor broke the glass ceiling again, making the WPT BPO TV table and finishing 5th.
Today’s Championship final table is history-making because two women made it to the final table. This has never happened in a Championship event at Borgata.
Valerie Novak lost a coin-flip and finished 9th, but Gloria Jackson** is in the final six and still has a shot at being the first woman to ever win a Championship event at Borgata. She’s got her work cut out for her as she will return from dinner with only 20 big blinds. Regardless of how she finishes, history has been made by the Ladies in this event and in this entire Fall Poker Open Series at Borgata!
** Gloria Jackson went on to finish 3rd in the Championship event, becoming only the third woman to ever finish 3rd or better in a Borgata Open Championship event, putting her in rare company with Kathy Libert (3rd) and Vanessa Selbest (2nd).