By The Numbers: Borgata Poker Open

The poker world is full of facts, figures, stats and records. With so many numbers being crunched day in and day out, sometimes it is tough to see what they all add up to. That is why BLUFF brings you some of the more interesting numbers related to the big tournaments, big stories, and big personalities in the poker world. Some are factual, some are fun, some are both. In this edition, we take a look at the biggest event in World Poker Tour history, Season X’s Borgata Poker Open by the numbers:

1 Number of WPT cashes for Vanessa Selbst.  The two-time NAPT winner earned her first-ever WPT cash at last week’s Borgata Poker Open.  She was also the highest female finisher in the field, exiting in 23rd place.

2 Number of WPT events running at the same time.  With an expanded European schedule, WPT Malta and the Borgata Poker Open were running concurrently.  Less than a day after Bobby Oboodi claimed the Borgata Poker Open title, November Niner Matt Giannetti won the WPT Malta event for €200,000.

3 Highest finishing position of a player who re-entered into the tournament.  After none of the players who re-entered the Legends of Poker final table, Daniel Buzgon became the first Season X player to final table a WPT event after re-entering.

7 Finishing position for Doug Kim in this year’s Borgata Poker Open.  Coincidentally, this is also the same finishing position he posted in the 2006 WSOP Main Event.  He and Fred Goldberg both finished in the top ten of the biggest WSOP event ever and the biggest WPT event ever.  Kim also finished in 19th place in last year’s Borgata Poker Open, which previously held the record for biggest WPT event.

9 Number of tweets from Bobby Oboodi’s friend James St Hilaire (@JamesStHilaire) regarding his eviction from the Borgata midway through the final table.  St. Hilaire was one of  two railbirds who got into a heated altercation with final table participant, Fred Goldberg.  According to St. Hilaire’s Twitter feed, after security escorted him off the set, he was banned from the Borgata for life.

1,313 Number of entries in this year’s Borgata Poker Open.  That field size makes it the largest field WPT event in history, besting last year’s Borgata field of 1,042 entrants.  While the 143 re-entries did help to boost the total number of players, that number comprises slightly less than 11% of the field. Even without re-entries, the tournament still drew 1,170 unique players.

1,600 Number of Season X WPT Player of the Year points for Will Failla.  Failla followed up his win at Legends of Poker with an 11th place showing in his home casino and is currently leading the early stages of the WPT race.  Once his cashes from Partouche Poker Tour Cannes and Borgata are added to the BLUFF Player of the Year totals, he should be top ten in that race as well.

4,130 Approximate number of miles travel between Cannes, France and Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Will Failla almost immediately boarded a plane from Cannes after busting in 14th place at the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event on Saturday.  He arrived in Atlantic City on Sunday just minutes before Day 1A registration closed.  Failla was not the only player to make the big trek in order to play.  Olivier Busquet, Vanessa Selbst, and Chino Rheem also hurried back to the States in time to play the Borgata event.

1,363,802 Dollars in online tournament winnings for Bobby “bigredAK” Oboodi.  While a glance at his live tournament results may suggest that the 24 year-old Oboodi is lacking tournament experience, but prior to Black Friday, he was a highly reputable online poker pro.

2,061,810 Career earnings in dollars of Fred Goldberg prior to the final table.  Over half of those earnings come from his 10th place finish in the 2006 WSOP Main Event, but he also has a WPT final table at Foxwoods and a WSOP bracelet on his poker resume.

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