ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- One man's life was changed forever Saturday night as the first ever New Jersey's Next Poker Millionaire was crowned in a momentous online tournament that culminated in a televised championship event played live at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Myroslaw Woroch (online screen name "onetime99") had never won more than $7,000 playing poker before this past weekend, however that all changed when he flopped a straight in the definitive hand against his heads-up opponent, Steven Edwards, effectively making Myros the Garden State's newest millionaire.
"It was truly a surreal experience when I knew that I had him beat," said Woroch. "When that final card came out my emotions were just running wild; I have to thank BorgataPoker.com for putting on this awesome tournament and the Poker Players Alliance for bringing poker back to the United States."
The 40-year old Cedar Knolls, NJ native won his way into the Next Poker Millionaire Semi-Final through a BorgataPoker.com 1 Point Entry Tournament on December 19th, and then outlasted a field of 2,177 players on January 5th to secure his seat at the final table at Borgata. Woroch bested four other participants who qualified through BorgataPoker.com, and an additional three from its partner site, PartyPoker.com to win a once-in-a-lifetime dream poker package that includes a WPT Alpha 8 super high roller seat, a WPT World Championship seat, two entries into $3,500 WPT events held at Borgata, 52 tournament entries into the online Sunday $50K and $8,000 in live tournament entries at Borgata.
"New Jersey's Next Poker Millionaire signifies a historic event in the evolution of internet gaming," said Borgata Director of Poker Operations Vince Alonge. "We are ecstatic to be able to offer our online community the opportunity to compete for a million dollar prize package here at Borgata, especially in a tournament of this magnitude.
New Jersey's Next Poker Millionaire followed the $3 Million Guaranteed WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship which saw a record 1,229 players generate an astounding $4,055.700 in prize money. When the smoke had cleared, Anthony Merulla emerged victorious, taking home $842,379 and adding his name to the prestigious list of Borgata Winter Poker Open champions.
About Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Located at Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa features 2,000 guest rooms and suites; 161,000 square feet of gaming; 182 gaming tables; 3,475 slot machines; an 80+ table poker room; 10 retail boutiques; 5 acclaimed fine dining restaurants by renowned chefs; 6 casual dining options; a 54,000 square foot spa; 70,000 square feet of event space; 4 signature nightlife experiences; and parking for 7,100 cars. The resort also features Atlantic City's first cosmopolitan hotel experience, The Water Club at Borgata, with 800 guest rooms and suites; a 36,000 square foot spa; 18,000 square feet of meeting space; 6 designer retail boutiques; and 5 heated indoor and outdoor pools.
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