The Borgata Poker Room saw one of its most amazing weekends ever as two grinders were crowned first-time Borgata Champions, collecting better than $1.7 million in cash and a total of about $1.85 million in cash and prizes between them.
Anthony Murella was crowned 2014 Borgata Winter PokerChampion on Friday and Myroslaw Woroch won BorgataPoker.com’s first ever New Jersey’s Next Poker Millionaire tournament Saturday, by far the biggest online poker tournament in New Jersey since online gambling went live in the state in November.
Woroch, 40 of Cedar Knoll NJ and who goes by the online screen name onetime99, won his way into the Next Poker Millionaire Semi-Final through a BorgataPoker.com 1-Point Entry Tournament on December 19th, and then outlasted a field of 2,177 players on January 5th to secure his seat at the final table played live in the Borgata Poker Room.
Woroch competed in an eight-seat final table with four other participants who qualified through BorgataPoker.com, and an additional three from its partner site, PartyPoker.com.
He ended up in a heads-up battle with player Steven Edwards that ended relatively quickly when he flopped a nut straight. You can get a rundown from Poker News here.
He wins a dream poker package that includes a WPT Alpha 8 super high roller seat, a WPT World Championship seat, two entries into $3,500 WPT events held at Borgata, 52 tournament entries into the online Sunday $50K and $8,000 in live tournament entries at Borgata. That leaves about $860,000 added to his online account.
“It was truly a surreal experience when I knew that I had him beat,” Woroch told us. “When that final card came out my emotions were just running wild; I have to thank BorgataPoker.com for putting on this awesome tournament.”
The tournament was a milestone for Woroch, who said he’s never won more than $7,000 in a poker tournament before, but also for BorgataPoker.com, the leader in online poker play in New Jersey.
“New Jersey’s Next Poker Millionaire signifies a historic event in the evolution of internet gaming,” said Borgata Director of Poker Operations Vince Alonge. “We are ecstatic to be able to offer our online community the opportunity to compete for a million dollar prize package here at Borgata, especially in a tournament of this magnitude.
As for Murella, he takes the more conventional way to winning $842,370 by taking the 2014 Borgata Poker Open Championship. A Winter Poker Open record 1,229 players turned out for the event generating $4,055.700 in prize money. Here’s more on Murella’s win.
There’s only one place in Atlantic City crowning poker champions like these.