Jamie Kerstetter Reflects on a Strong GSS Finish, WPO & More

Jamie Kerstetter chopped the final event of the Garden State Super Series Sunday night, and hopes to carry that momentum with her into the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event.

Jamie Kerstetter chopped the final event of the Garden State Super Series Sunday night, and hopes to carry that momentum with her into the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event.

It’s been a busy few weeks for poker players in the state of New Jersey and, more specifically, those who headed down to Atlantic City. With over $6.5 million in guarantees during the Borgata Winter Poker Open and another $1 million-plus online in partypoker’s Garden State Super Series, there was quite a bit to get excited about.

The GSSS wrapped up Sunday night with six major tournaments, and one of the day’s biggest winners was Team partypoker pro Jamie Kerstetter.

“I was in the $500 High Roller, and I ended up making the final table,” said Kerstetter. “I got short after a two-outer seven-handed but still managed to get a bunch of shoves through and chop three-handed.”

That deal earned Kerstetter $9,107 – her best online result in New Jersey since becoming a Team partypoker pro. It may have been her biggest cash of the series, but it certainly wasn’t Kerstetter’s only result.

“It was good. I had probably eight or nine cashes,” said Kerstetter. “Nothing too major, $1,000 here, $1,500 there until this last one. It was nice to end the night at 2 am with a win and be able to play this today.”

Kerstetter actually managed 10 cashes in the series, including four final tables and one other close call. What makes that even more impressive is that she was splitting time between the GSSS and the Borgata Winter Poker Open prelims.

“What I would do was just bring my laptop every day, and if I got out of the live tournaments on time I’d go play in the living room downstairs.”

Making a few live runs cut into her online hours, and made the race for bragging rights with her fellow Team pros that much harder.

“We did a bunch of prop bets for the Garden State Series, team competitions, and I ended up missing three or four days of it because of being deep in the live ones. I guess that’s a complaint/brag.”

After cashing in the opening event of the series, Kerstetter made a very deep run in the $1 million guaranteed event only to narrowly miss out on the final table. It all turned out pretty well, and now she hopes to carry over some of that momentum into the Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event.

The first few levels were a bit swingy, but a bit of good fortune has Kerstetter rolling midway through Day 1B.

While most of the players in the field Monday have to sweat out the potential of a long trip home in a major winter storm or getting stuck at the Borgata, but Kerstetter has a winter rental just south of Atlantic City. That’s still not enough to keep her mother from worrying about the weather getting out of hand and threatening Kerstetter’s chances in the Main Event.

“It’s funny – I talked to my Mom on the phone on the way back home yesterday,” said Kerstetter. “She said ‘Pack a bag!’ She’s so funny, she’s finally getting into poker and she kind of understands. ‘You don’t want to bag a bunch of chips on Day 1 and not be able to play Day 2.’ Thanks, mom. So I have my overnight bag in case I get stuck.”

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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