The Borgata The Return Mystery Bounty event ends with a nine-way deal


Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ Welcomed Poker Players Back in Early 2023 with The return poker championship, a four-event festival with over $4 million in guaranteed prize money.

The first event on the schedule was the $2,200 buy-in mystery bounty no-limit hold’em event. The tournament attracted a large field of 1,361 entrants, creating a final prize pool of $2,670,340.

The final day of the tournament lasted around 18 hours before a nine-way deal between the entire final table brought the event to an unusual conclusion at 5am local time. The remaining nine contenders had batting averages of ICM cut of the main prize pool, resulting in Sam Laskowitz securing the title and the largest payout of $146,609. This was the second-highest mark ever for the New York state resident, trailing only the $256,170 he earned as a runner-up in 2022 World Series of Poker Colossus event.

Anthony Maio took home $142,054 as runner-up, while bracelet winner Ryan Eriquezzo earned $132,093 for his third-place finish.

The bottom nine also eventually agreed that each remaining player would receive one of nine bounties still up for grabs, which included a $250,000 grand prize bounty. The bounties would be drawn in a random order decided by the high cards. The shortest stack at the table when the deal was done belonged to Ryan Dodd. He was second in line to collect a bounty and managed to collect the quarter million dollar bounty.

Watch a video of his lucky shot via PokerNews live event coverage:

Here’s a look at the final table payouts from the main prize pool after the nine-handed deal:

Place Player Earnings POY extension Points
1 Sam Laskowitz $146,609 960
2 Antonio Maio $142,054 800
3 Ryan Eriquezzo $132,093 640
4 Baruch forest $123,817 480
5 Maxim Urvantsev $122,844 400
6 White Benedict $116,700 320
7 Constantine Bogiatzis $116,249 240
8 Francis Anderson $104,084 160
9 Ryan Dodd $92,098 80

And here are the bounties that have been retired from the bottom nine (in order from first to last):

BaruchForst – $500
Ryan Dodd – $250,000
Francis Anderson – $25,000
Constantine Bogiatzis – $500
Antonio Maio – $500
Samuel Laskowitz – $25,000
Maxim Urvantsev – $500
Ryan Eriquezzo – $500
White Benedict – $500

Winner photo: PokerNews / Rachel Kay Miller.

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