$2,500+$200 Championship NLH
The 2016 Fall Poker Open wrapped up in the early hours of Thanksgiving Day when the final trophy was awarded. Over 16 days of play, sixteen Borgata trophies were won. Eighteen main events and more than $2.2 million in guarantees brought out the crowds and all guarantees were covered easily. More than $3.6 million in prize money was paid out as well.Travis Hartshorn
2016 Fall Poker Open Champion
This series was noteworthy for several reasons. The $1,000,000 Guaranteed Championship event was won by Travis Hartshorn, a 29-year-old from Pennsylvania. His heads-up battle with Borgata regular David Johnston was record-setting, taking six hours to determine a winner. Third-place finisher Gloria Jackson also carved her name in the Borgata history books just by making it to the final table. Her 3rd place finish ties Kathy Liebert’s finish in the 2005 WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship. (Vanessa Selbst is the only woman to finish higher — she finished 2nd in the 2013 WPT BPO Championship and still holds the record as the highest finishing female in Borgata Open Championship history.)
It’s unusual to see any women at the big event final tables and this one had two. Valerie Novak lost a flip to finish 9th in the Championship, making her the 5th-highest finishing female in a Borgata Open Championship. The only other woman to make a Championship final table was Esther Taylor, who finished 5th in the 2015 WPT BPO Championship.
Other history-making events during this series:
- Two trophy events during the series had three women make it to the final table!
- Zhaoxing Wang added his name to the very short list of players who have won two trophy events during a single series.
- Howard Wolper added another notch to his record number of cashes at a single venue.
A complete list of Main Event winners is below. On behalf of Borgata, we would like to thank all the participants for making the 2016 Fall Poker Open a historic series and congratulate all the winners. From the Fall Poker Open bloggers, @TKbluffs, @Kaelaine, @out_of_position and players, thanks to Borgata tournament staff for another excellent tournament series!