For the first time in several weeks, there were no final tables on any of the major tours. There were still sizable tournament fields in several parts of the world, including the conclusion of a series at the Borgata, which has very much become the center of the East Coast tournament poker scene.
The biggest beneficiary from the Borgata Fall Poker Open Main Event was Brock Parker. He beat out a field of 644 players in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament to claim the title and a first place prize of $372,568, the second largest live cash of his career. Parker also moved up more than 30 spots in the BLUFF Player of the Year race, overtaking a host of top players to take the number 10 spot this week, the only new player in the top 20 this week.
Sam Razavi made his move into the top 20 several weeks ago, but he continues to make his way up the list because of tournaments held in Southeast Asia. After three cashes at the APPT Macau ACOP, including a win in a side event, Razavi headed to Cambodia for the APT Asian series there. The majority of the tournaments featured very small buy-ins and fields, but Razavi managed six separate cashes during that series, including a win and a second place finish in side events to go along with a fifth place showing in the Main Event. The Main Event was the only tournament of the six to qualify for BLUFF POY points, but those points were enough to move him up six spots this week to 13th.
With Parker’s jump into the top 20, another worthy competitor had to slip from that mantle, and it was a surprising one. Antonio Esfandiari has two World Series of Poker bracelets, including a win in the biggest tournament in poker history, but even that isn’t enough to keep him close to BLUFF POY. That should give you some perspective as to how big a year that each of the 20 players ahead of him are having.
- Dan Smith – 1,288.51 (-)
- Greg Merson – 1,157.55 (-)
- Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,090.52 (-)
- Joseph Cheong – 961.42 (-)
- Phil Hellmuth – 915.64 (-)
- Phil Ivey – 904.17 (-)
- Michael Mizrachi – 850.82 (-)
- Ole Schemion – 848.05 (-)
- Jonathan Duhamel – 800.50 (-)
- Brock Parker – 759.56 (NR)
- Kyle Julius – 738.00 (-1)
- John Juanda – 724.11 (-1)
- Sam Razavi – 713.15 (+6)
- Matt Salsberg – 712.95 (-2)
- Vanessa Selbst – 706.50 (-2)
- Joe Kuether – 702.48 (-2)
- Keven Stammen – 699.02 (-2)
- Mohsin Charania – 694.18 (-2)
- Dominik Nitsche – 692.45 (-2)
- Oliver Speidel – 689.81 (-2)