Tournament Tracker: Big Names at Biloxi and Borgata

Dolan won big in Biloxi

This year the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi may not have had the strength of the World Poker Tour to bolster attendance, but the Southern stop fared just fine and produced a number of big name winners.  We’ve got the results from the biggest events of the Beau’s Million Dollar Heater, plus results from the nearby Isle Classic in Florida and more Aussie Millions results in this edition of Tournament Tracker.

Thanks to a $1 million guarantee on its $5,000 buy-in with re-entries Main Event, the Beau Rivage drew 210 runners and generated a seven-figure prize pool, not to mention a stacked final table.  November Niner John Dolan defeated a line-up that included Ryan Welch (5th), Matt Stout (6th), and Randal Flower (9th) to earn the win and pick up over $330,000.

Dolan wasn’t the only big name in the winner’s circle in Biloxi either.  Fellow Florida native Jonathan Little earned the W in the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em side event, picking up over $42,000.  Joe Tehan won not one, but two separate events, including the $1,580 No Limit Hold’em event for over $30,000.

One state over, the Isle Casino in Pompano Beach is running is Isle Classic.  The big buy-in events are coming up in the next couple of days, but the action is already going strong, including a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Event with bounties that drew 192 runners.  Steven Frankel topped that field, pocketing $40,000.

Down the coast, the latest big series at Borgata in Atlantic City is underway and it certainly kicked off with a bang as hometown hero Will Failla won the $500 buy-in opening event.  The buy-in may have been relatively small, but the prize pool was enormous.  Thanks to more than 1,800 entries, the prize pool exceeded more than $935,000, the lion’s share of which went to Failla.  Failla picked up over $160,000 for the win, not to mention continued his hot streak dating back to the Legends of Poker Main Event at the Bike back in August.

Another big winner from Borgata is Matthew Weiss, who won the $1,500 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em event.  Failla also made the money in that tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals.  Other notables in the money in the tournament include Josh Brikis and semi finalists Darren Elias and Ryan Hall.

Down under, the Aussie Millions side event action is really heating up, with the bigger buy-in events keeping players occupied.  Ross Parkhill defeated a crop of more than 300 players in the AUD$1,500 event to pick up an AUD $140,000 payday.  Aussie sensation James Obst made the final table of that event, finishing ninth.

We’ll have more Australia results next week, not to mention some of the LA Poker Classic action and more from the Borgata Winter Poker Open.  Until then, here are the latest results from around the tournament world:

Beau Rivage Million Dollar Heater $5,000 Main Event
Prize Pool: $1,018,500
Entrants: 210

1st: John Dolan – $336,105
2nd: Glenn Poole – $185,367
3rd: Kirill Kruglov – $101,850
4th: Mark Rose – $81,480
5th: Ryan Welch – $61,110
6th: Matt Stout – $50,925
7th: Dan Clemente – $40,740
8th: Habib Jahangard – $30,555
9th: Randal Flowers – $20,370

Beau Rivage Million Dollar Heater $2,100 No Limit Hold’em Event
Prize Pool: $95,060
Entrants: 49

1st: Jonathan Little – $42,777
2nd: Richard Marshall – $23,765
3rd: Chris Bell – $14,259
4th: Jerry Milanos – $9,506
5th: Blake Purvis – $4,753

Beau Rivage Million Dollar Heater $1,580 No Limit Hold’em Event
Prize Pool: $68,385
Entrants: 47

1st: Joe Tehan – $30,773
2nd: Dean Donahue – $17,096
3rd: Donald Matthews – $10,258
4th: Jeremy Gaubert – $6,839
5th: Amir Lehavot – $3,419

Borgata Winter Poker Open $500+$60 No Limit Hold’em
Prize Pool: $936,500
Entrants: 1,836

1st: Will Failla – $165,053
2nd: Adan Faherty – $104,463
3rd: Ryan Dion – $69,311
4th: Mark Borges – $58,773
5th: Mark Hopkins – $48,600
6th: Eugene Fouksman – $39,061
7th: Matthew Leon – $30,432
8th: Williams Watchman – $22,256
9th: Ragavan Thiagarajah – $15,897

Borgata Winter Poker Open $1,500 + $100 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em
Prize Pool: $64,500
Entrants: 43

1st: Matthew Weiss – $25,026
2nd: Scott Lazewski – $12,513
T-3rd: Ryan Hall – $6,257
T-3rd: Darren Elias – $6,257
T-5th: Josh Brikis – $3,128
T-5th: Thomas Ross – $3,128
T-5th: Will Failla – $3,128
T-5th: Joseph Stiers – $3,128

Isle Classic $1,500 No Limit Hold’em w/ Bounties
Prize Pool: $192,000
Entrants: 192

1st: Steven Frankel – $40,000
2nd: Salman Jaddi – $37,280
3rd: Jordan Wunder – $19,680
4th: Randall Cohen – $14,112
5th: Scott Wyler – $11,136
6th: Joseph Couden – $9,024
7th: Dale Poynter – $7,296
8th: Ken Raborn – $5,568
9th: Nigel Murray – $4,416

Aussie Millions AUD$1,500 No Limit Hold’em
Prize Pool: AUD$472,500
Entrants: 315

1st: Ross Parkhill – AUD$119,500
2nd: Michal Polchlopek – AUD$73,000
3rd: Sam Capra – AUD$50,000
4th: Mark Betts – AUD$34,000
5th: Jamie Pickering – AUD$24,000
6th: Oliver Speidel – AUD$16,000
7th: Adam Cusenza – AUD$13,000
8th: James Obst – AUD$7,500

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