The Week That Was: Borgata Chip Scandal & PCA Results

Dominik Panka won the 2014 PCA Main Event

Dominik Panka won the 2014 PCA Main Event

The Week That Was takes a look back on the biggest stories in the poker world. Though January has been freezing for most of the country the poker world basked on the warm Bahamian beaches for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

But Event 1 for the Borgata Winter Open gave way to one the worst live poker cheating scandals seen in years. But not all the news coming out of New Jersey was bad.

Chip Scandal Forces Cancellation of Borgata Winter Poker Open Event

The New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement officially cancelled the opening event of the 2014 Borgata Winter Poker Openafter determining that a “significant number of counterfeit chips” had been introduced during the first two days of play. The tournament, which had a $2 million guaranteed prize pool, was suspended prior to play beginning on Friday with 27 players remaining.

Pictures of the counterfeit chips surfaced on social media on January 17th. 

“Thus far, investigators have found that one or more tournament entrants improperly introduced a significant number of counterfeit chips into the tournament, gaining an unfair advantage and compromising the integrity of play for the event,” said Tom Ballance, Borgata President and COO.

The remaining prize pool, a total of $1,433,145, will be held in a trust until the investigation is completed.

Dominik Panka Wins 2014 PCA Main Event and Denies Mike McDonald 2nd EPT Title

The 2014 Caribbean Adventure Main Event busted the advertised $10 million guarantee with 1,031 entrants. The event featured two starting flights and spread over six days in the Bahamas. Dominik Panka navigated a stacked final table to win $1.4 million and denied Mike McDonald a second EPT title.

McDonald was looking to add a second EPT title in his career – and would have been the first to do so. Isaac Baron, Pascal Lefrancois and Fabian Ortiz rounded out the final table. Antoine Saout, Vanessa Selbst, Matt Stout, Loni Harwood and Jennifer Shahade also made deep runs in the event.

Fabian Quoss Wins $100,000 Super High Roller for $1.6 Million

The 2014 Caribbean Adventure kicked off the $100,000 Super High Roller Final Table with seven players returning to play for the first prestigious title of 2014. After an up and down day Fabian Quosswalked away with the title and $1.6 million.

Dan Shak finished runner-up, Vanessa Selbst took  third place and Antonio Esfandiari finished fourth. The final table was rounded out by Matt Glantz, Anthony Gregg, Ole Schemion and Mike McDonald.

Quoss is the most recent German player to win a six-figure buy-in event from a very competitive group that includes Philipp Gruissem, Martin Finger and Tobias Reinkemeier.

Jake Schindler Navigates Star-Studded Final Table to Win $25,000 High Roller

The third and final day of the 2014 Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller returned 14 players to action. After a ten hour day Jake Schindler bested an all-star field was the final player standing to win the title and $1,192,624.

Vanessa Selbst topped out an amazing week at the PCA and finished third in the event – just shy of defending her title from last year. Greg Merson, Robert Mizrachi and Ole Schemion also made the final table.

New Jersey Reports $8.4 Million in Internet Gaming Revenue in 2013

With slightly more than a month of legal online gambling in the books within the state of New Jersey in 2013, operators took in just under $8.4 million, according to a report released Tuesday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

The biggest winner in the New Jersey online gambling market so far is the Borgata, which covers partyoker, BorgataPoker and BorgataCasino. They recorded over $3.75 million in earnings over the period of soft play in November and full operation in December, $1.9 million of which came from online poker.

PartyPoker Signs Landmark Sponsorship Agreement with 76ers and Devils

The new online poker industry in the United States will undoubtedly be hitting milestones throughout 2014 and beyond, but partypoker took a big step into the mainstream Wednesday with the announcement of a sponsorship deal with two top-level American sports franchises.

The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have reached an agreement with to make them the official gaming partners of both teams. Both teams are owned by private equity investors Josh Harris and David Blitzer.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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