The Borgata Spring Poker Open is in full swing with 19 events on the schedule and eight of them already in the books. The opening event, a $560 Deep Stack tournament with $1 million guaranteed, attracted more than 2,500 entries! One of them was Elena ”The Groupie” Stover, who was just one player away from becoming the new “Borgata Million” champion, when she played Matt Mendez heads up for the title and the $213,192 up top. After an incredible run Stover had to “settle for” second place and the largest payday of her poker career so far: $138,247.
After her runner-up finish Stover took to Twitter to share her emotions:
So.. I came second @BorgataAC for $138K! So fucking crazy, what an insane FT!! I'm just seeing everyone's msgs now. I love you guys! ❤️❤️❤️
— thegroupie (@thegroupie) April 17, 2016
But Stover was not the only woman to go deep in the first week. In Event 4, the $400 Deep Stack Saturday Series NLH, Lydia Waltonbaugh went all the way and defeated 574 players to win the title, the trophy and the $48,608 first place money. This is only Waltonbaugh’s third tournament cash according to the Hendon Mob; the first was recorded in August last year.
In Event 7, the $230 Ladies NLH, Insurance Claims Manager Miriam DuBois was crowned the new ladies champion after besting Nancy “The Reader23” Martin heads up. DuBois took home $3,802 for the win. Even though Martin’s A10 lost to DuBois’ A5 in the final hand of the night, Martin tweeted that she was “pleased with second”.
If the first week sets the standard for the rest of the Borgata Spring Poker Open, we can look forward to crown at least one or two more female winners before the tournament series wrap up.
Photo: Elena Stover, Borgata Spring Poker Open