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Bodog players find live-event success
Some of Bodog Poker's most prominent online players took on events at the Borgata Winter Open in Atlantic City as well as at the World Series of Poker Circuit at the Grand Casino in Tunica, Miss., and proved their game was just as good in the live tournament arena.
Jose "head2782" Severino, Johnathan "UFPokerStar" Westra, Smith "nevertilt22" Collins and Jose "papadelpoker" de la Guardia all saw some margin of success in live events at both locations. Severino was the most successful, raking in a $47,008 win in Event 8 of the Borgata Winter Open.
The $350 No-Limit Hold'em Modified Shootout event saw 550 entrants take seats at the poker table to fight over a $165,000 prize pool.
In the modified shootout format, rather than just the winner from each table moving on to the next level, the top three players from each table move on to a regular multi-table tournament for the second round.
The Bodog Poker player was able to make the necessary adjustments to his strategy for both rounds to end up in the winner's circle. The Top 10 players in the event were:
Johnathan Westra was no slouch in Tunica either. While he didn't pocket as much cheddar - $26,742 - he did take down a win at the World Series of Poker Circuit at the Grand Casino.
Event 6, $500 Short-Handed No-Limit Hold'em, turned out to be Westra's game at the WSOPC. The event drew 205 players to create a $98,400 prize pool.
When play got down to the final six, Westra put on a display of his poker talent, taking out four of the players at the table to get it to heads-up action. Then he and Jim Sears played an epic 50-hand battle.
The pace of the heads-up action showed off the skill of both players, and even the tournament director and announcer was impressed enough to call the crowd to watch the action between the two.
In the end Westra came up the winner.
Smith Collins and Jose de La Guardia were also both in Atlantic City for the Borgata Winter Open events preceding the WPT Borgata Classic. They weren't as successful as Severino or Westra, but both cashed in events.
The Borgata Poker Classic gets under way on Sunday, and poker fans can check out reports in the PokerListings.com Live Tournament Section to perhaps spot how the Bodog players - or any of their favorite pros - are doing at the event.