SOURCE: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

September 19, 2006 17:48 ET

Six Players Remain in the Battle for $1.5 Million First Place Prize at 2006 Borgata Poker Open

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2006 -- For the past four days, players battled. Over 500 players entered the Borgata Poker Open final tournament with the same goal and dream -- to be one of the final six with a seat at the televised World Poker Tour final table. On Monday, twenty-seven players remained all focused on making it to the final table and winning the $1.5 million dollar first place prize purse.

With the WPT television crews building the set for today's Final Table in the Events Center, yesterday's action moved to Borgata's luxurious 85-table poker room. The action started quickly with several players making quick exits before the play tightened. Bette Carswell, an amateur who was one of two remaining females in the field, was the first to exit the tournament.

Carswell had never played a tournament before winning her way to the Main Event by playing in the $1,000 buy-in satellite. Carswell commented after the tournament, "This is like a dream. I never expected to make it this far and can't be believe I finished 27th out of 540. The $26,000 prize money is more than I make as a teacher, so that is great for me. I'm taking my parents to Bobby Flay's to celebrate."

With Carswell's exit, Jennifer Tilly was the only female remaining. Tilly, now a seasoned poker player, was not intimated by the likes of Barry Greenstein, John Phan, and other poker greats sitting around the final three tables. Tilly took advantage of John Phan's aggressive play, knocking him from the tournament. Barry Greenstein was not far behind, finishing in 23rd place.

Tilly was fighting for the chip lead looking unstoppable at times, but she was stopped. Mark Newhouse, the current chip leader, sent Tilly packing from this premiere tournament. The Academy Award nominated actress finished in 15th place taking home $52,000.

Six players remained as action came to a close at 9:00PM on Monday. The remaining players are:

1.  Mark Newhouse - $7,025,000
2.  Chris McCormack - $3,000,000
3.  Chris Bell - $1,200,000
4.  Blaise Ingoglia - $840,000
5.  Anthony Argila - $700,000
6.  David Sklansky - $665,000

The final table begins today at 5 p.m. and the action will air on the Travel Channel in the coming months.

About Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Borgata is a joint venture of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) and MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM). Located at Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City, it features 2,000 guest rooms and suites, 161,000 square feet of gaming, 200 gaming tables, 4,100 slot machines, 14 destination restaurants, 11 retail boutiques, a 54,000 square foot spa, 70,000 square feet of event space, and parking for 7,100 cars. For more information on Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, visit

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