East Coast poker players are marking their territory at the Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City, with strong final table showings so far. Players from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York are all over the results pages, with New Yorkers managing to squeak out wins in the last two events.
Local Tae Baik of Leonia, N.J., started it all off with a win in the record-breaking opening event, a $500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em showdown, and kept the $152,960 in first-place prize money in-state.
Pro player Jose Gomez of New York, N.Y., kept the local flavour on top, taking the $750 buy-in No-Limit event the next day and $129,386 for his first championship at the Borgata Winter Open.
The $1000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em event wrapped yesterday, and it was another New Yorker, Louie Esposito from Glen Dale, N.Y., outlasting Jonathan Chehanske and two players from Philadelphia to take the top spot and $174,466.
The $1,500 buy-in event wraps today and yet another New Yorker, Evangelo Sideras of Historia, N.Y., was holding the chip lead at last report, but the local stranglehold may be loosening, with veteran Vegas pro James Van Alstyne right behind him looking to make a move.
Also going today is the start of the popular Ladies No-Limit event. The big finale, the World Poker Tour Season 5 Borgata Poker Classic Championship, starts Friday.
You can follow all of the live action of the finale on PokerListings.com's Live Tournaments Section.