On January 30th, 2016 the Borgata hosted their second Charity Series of Poker event and the CSOP’s sixth event overall. The tournament drew 105 entries which generated a prize pool of $18,370 and, more importantly, raised a grand total of $13,275 for Habitat for Humanity of Atlantic County and Community FoodBank of New Jersey. That’s a 74% increase over the $7,638 we raised for the same charities at our first CSOP Borgata event!
The CSOP would like to thank The Doc’s Place restaurant, ProCaliber Poker, and Great Shot Golf for their generous support along with the featured pros and celebrities who took the time to promote and attend the event. We were joined by film critic and Good Day Chicago host Richard Roeper, WSOP bracelet winners Jeff Madsen and Vanessa Selbst, 3-time WPT champion Anthony Zinno, One Drop champion Tony Gregg, and 2015 Borgata WPT champion Asher Conniff. We’d also like to thank all of the other players who came out for an evening of poker for a good cause and of course the Borgata for agreeing to host the event as well as making their own donation to the charities!
Recent November Niner and fedora aficionado Neil Blumenfield earned a $1,000 bonus for holding the chip lead when registration closed and Borgata favorite Esther Taylor-Brady grabbed the other $1,000 bonus for the most re-entries. New Jersey poker pro Jamie Kerstetter was the last player to arrive but was also the last player standing and earned a CSOP Borgata title! She picked the first place prize of $5,512, the glass Borgata trophy, and a $500 gift certificate from our sponsorProCaliber Poker Tables.
1st place: Jamie Kerstetter – $5,512 + a $500 ProCaliber Poker gift certificate
2nd place – Neil Blumenfield – $3,031
3rd Place – Matthew Stout – $1,745
4th Place – Raviteja Kondrakunta – $1,470
5th Place – Ranson Nelson – $1,102
6th Place – Anthony Derasmo – $919
7th Place – David Wheeler – $735
8th Place – Robert Raphael – $551
9th Place – Jorge Stella = $413
Missed the event, but want to support the charities? Click these links to go directly to the charities’ donations pages.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is a member of Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization. They provide more than 40 million pounds of food annually to over 1000 non-profit programs including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, senior feeding programs, shelters, and after-school programs.
Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. They strive to achieve this vision by using donated materials and labor to build new homes and repair existing ones. Then they help hard-working but low-paid families who donate 250+ hours of work on Habitat homes get mortgages on their new affordable homes.