Thursday, June 9, 2011

Event 2: Pakow Sent Packing

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Scott Pakow - 13th Place - $838

Scott Pakow (Long Island, NY) shipped his last 47,000 on a flop of 8-6-4 and announced, "nice playing with you all".

Tom Ieronimo (Naples, FL) quickly called and tabled 4-7 of hearts for bottom pair and a gutter.

No help for Pakow who will return to Long Island tonight.

"I knew he had nothing. He got lucky." said Pakow.

Event 1: Champion - Austen Johnson

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)    

Austen Johnson - 1st Place


Austen Johnson (Woodsboro, MD) will collect $64,734 for his win in the opening event of the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open.

He battled for two long days and managed to come out on top, collecting his biggest cash ever in a live tournament.

Event 1: 2nd Place - Chiu

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)    

With Michael Chiu down to about 2.5 million chips, Austen Johnson open-shoved from the button.  Michael called all-in and rolled over pocket 4s.

Austen held A9 offsuit and it was basically a coin-flip for all the marbles.

 Michael Chiu with his lucky card protector, 
a keychain with photos of him and his girlfriend in Macau

The flop came Q J 6 and Michael was still in the lead with his pocket pair.  Then an Ace hit the turn and it was all but over.

Only a 4 on the river would save Michael.  It was an 8, however, and it was over.

Michael Chiu (NY, NY) will collect $37,715 for his work over the last two days and his second place finish.

Event 2: Three All In, Four Flush

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Big hand between Matt Damon and Emmett Rutkowski. After three all-in pre-flop an opponent at the table correctly folds pocket 88's.

Another player flips over 77's vs. Emmett's JJ's vs. Matt's 88's. You heard me, Damon's other two eights are already in the muck. Drawing extremely thin, it would take a miracle for Matt to pull this one out. Then again, would I be blogging it, if he didn't?

Board runs: 2-10-3-6-9 with four spades.

Matt holds the only spade on the felt and scoops the pot.

Emmett loses half his stack and Matt leaps up to 440,000.

Guys are currently on a break.

Event 1: Chiu's Chips Dwindling

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)   

Blinds increased to 150k/300k with 40k antes.

Austen opened for 650k and Michael called.  The flop came 9 4 3 rainbow.  Michael checked, Austen bet 600k, and Michael called.  Turn was an 8.  Michael checked, Austen bet 1 million, and Michael called.  River was a 5.  Michael again checked.  Austen bet 1.75 million.  Michael folded.

With that hand, Michael was down to only ~3.4 million.  Austen had all the rest -- over 16 million.

Michael's chips continued to slide across the felt into Austen's stack and Michael would call Austen's pre-flop raises, then surrender to a bet on the flop.  

Event 2: Culpeper Pals Shaking Things Up

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Daniel & Emmett - both age 23

Two good friends who drove up together have been sitting next to each other at the same table for the past 90 minutes.

Daniel Duckett and Emmett Rutkowski are having too much fun. They're both from a town called Culpeper, VA and both admit there's not much to do down there.

Daniel has just under 400,000 while Emmett has 350,000.

"I hit runner, runner for a nut flush against him earlier" bragged Emmett.
"We chopped another pot" explained Daniel.

Right as I snapped their photo, the floor announced a re-draw for the final two tables. Our boys are no longer sitting side by side but who knows, maybe they'll be heads up a couple hours from now.

Event 2: Ricardo Gets Card...Oh!

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

David DeNoon takes a rough beat and runs out of steam.
He's out in 20th place for $520.

DeNoon shoved 107,000 in the cut-off with A-8. Ricardo Velasco (Puerto Rico) isolated all-in on top from the button and tabled 10-10.

Ace in the window followed by a Jack and a King.
DeNoon's hand improved further as an 8 hit the turn giving him two pair.

Velasco was calling for a Queen and sure enough it landed for Broadway.

With that pot Velasco is up to 486,000 and is amongst the chip leaders.

Ricardo currently resides in New York City.

The Velasco River

Event 1: Johnson Extends Lead

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)  

The dynamic duo continue to battle over pots.  The blinds increased to 120k/240k with 30k antes.

Austen Johnson opened for 500k, Michael Chiu raised to 1 million, Austen made it 1.5 million straight, and Michael called.  The flop came A 5 3 with two hearts.  Austen fired 650k and Michael let it go.

With that pot, Austen was up to ~13 million and Michael was down to ~7 million.

Again Austen opened for 500k.  Michael called.  The flop came K T 3 and Michael checked.  Austen bet 350k and Michael called.  Turn was a 7 and both checked.  River was an Ace and Michael checked.  Austen bet 650k.  After a little thought, Michael called.  Austen showed A2 suited for a pair of Aces.  Michael mucked.

After that hand Michael was down to ~5.5 million.  Austen had over 14.5 million.

The level expired and the final two took off for a short break.

Event 2: 22 Strong

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Players are standing firm. Saw a forced all in big blind survive with 4-6 of hearts. Hit a six on the flop then rivered a straight to beat K-J off.

Not too many other exciting hands to mention.

Neil Kelleher was moved to a different table but that hasn't slowed him down. Neil is the chip leader with 540,000.

Second in chips, seated at a different table, is Mike Stein holding 440,000.

Blinds are 3,000 / 6,000 with 500 antes.

Average chip stack is 196,364

Event 1: Lead Change

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)

The final two traded pots back and forth, not making much headway, until...

Michael Chiu opened for 600k on the button and Austen Johnson called from the big blind.  The flop came Q T 7 with two hearts.  Austen checked, Michael bet 600k, then Austen check-raised another 650k on top.  Michael called.

Turn was a 9 and the third heart.  Austen led out for 1.4 million.  Michael folded and when he did, one of his cards accidentally flipped over -- the Ace of Spades.

With that pot, Austen has taken the chip lead with about 11 million to Michael's ~9 million.

Event 1: 3rd Place - Fayngersh

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry) 

After Michael Chiu raised on the button, Paul Fayngersh (Brooklyn, NY) moved all-in for 1.7 million more.  Michael counted out the chips, which barely dented his ~9 million chip stack, and opted to call.

 Paul Fayngersh

Paul held A2 off and was ahead of Michael's KJ offsuit.  The door-card was a Jack, however, and the board ran out J 8 3 4 4.  Michael added Paul's chips to his own.

Paul Fayngersh finished in 3rd place, picking up $23,080.

At the start of heads-up play, Michael Chiu led with ~12 million to Austen Johnson's ~8 million.

Event 2: Toothpick Snapped

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Anthony Lobue picked his teeth clean after eating a full meal of ace-crackers.

Lobue held A-K and shoved all in after seeing a flop of K-Q-6.

Arkado Gadelov snap called proudly flipping over pocket Aces.

Brick on the turn followed by a miracle King on the river.

Lobue knocked out two players on the hand, including Gadelov.

Gadelov's pocket Queens got cracked earlier by a baby straight that he didn't put his opponent on.

Lobue is up around 300,000, still grinning after the monster pot.

Event 1: 4th Place - Cristea

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)

Soren Cristea moved all-in utg for ~800k.  Action folded to Austen Johnson in the big blind, who called the extra ~600k.

 Soren Cristea

Soren held K4 suited and was actually ahead of Austen's Q9.

The board ran out 6 5 5 5 Q and although Soren rivered a flush, Austen rivered the full house to take the pot.

Soren Cristea finished in 4th place, earning $18,999.

Event 2: Menacing Matt Damon

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

The Real Matt Damon

Borgata regular, Matt Damon is back for the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open, at least for a few events before jetting off to Vegas.

I didn't recognize Damon without his oversized furry hat - guess that's too hot for the Summer.

Matt just tripled up as his pocket 44's felted A-Q and A-J when a sneaky straight formulated on the turn. "I was last to act, shipped it, and got two callers" said Matt.

Board: 6-2-3-5-10.

As he scooped the pot, I could hear Matt yell out, "Sailboats". He told me "it wasn't pretty but I'll take it".

27 players remain.
Average stack: 154,286.

Event 1: Final Four

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry) 

At the end of the level, the final four took a break.  Here are the approximate chip counts:

Michael Chiu - 9 million
Austen Johnson - 6 million
Paul Fayngersh - 3.5 million
Soren Cristea - 2.2 million

Average stack is ~5.1 million.  Here's what's at stake:

Place - Payout
1 $64,734
2 $37,715
3 $23,080
4 $18,999

Following the break, play resumed with blinds of 100k/200k and 30k antes.

Event 2: Last Peach Standing

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

It's all pits for Judy Urban as Marcelia "PeacheZ" Keene (Maplewood, NJ) outlasted her and is Event #2's Last Woman Standing.

Marcelia was ecstatic when I pointed this out to her but told me she wants to do an official interview after she wins the whole tournament and is the last "person" standing.

33 players remain on four tables.

We're finishing this tournament tonight and we'll be covering it until the end.

Event 1: 5th Place - Lafferty

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry) 

Benjamin Lafferty moved in utg for over 1.3 million.  Michael Chiu (sb) them moved all-in for much more, folding Austen Johnson in the big blind.

 Benjamin Lafferty

Benjamin held pocket 5s and was racing against Michael's AK.  The board came K T 9 A 9 and Michael collected another pot.  He's now up to ~9 million.

Benjamin Lafferty finished 5th, taking home $15,480.

Four players remain.  Average stack is over 5 million.

Event 1: 6th Place - Magun

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry) 

Joel Magun moved in from the big blind, over the top of Michael Chiu's utg opening raise.  It was 905k more to Michael and after a little thought, he made the call.

 Joel Magun

Michael held AJ suited and was ahead.  Joel's KT offsuit would have to improve for him to survive. 

The board came Q 8 4 6 5 and Michael's Ace-high was good.

Joel Magun finished 6th and will pick up $12,665 in spending money.  With his departure, the Voorhees contingent is done.

Event 2: DeNoon KaBoom

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

David DeNoon Runs Over Seven

A lot of players equate a long poker tournament to a marathon. Well David DeNoon who works for NBC and is from Jersey City can actually compare the two first hand.

"I just ran well in a 5K" said DeNoon, who is currently running well in Event 2. "There are endurance factors in both and you have to pace yourself" said the long distance runner.

DeNoon has already knocked out 7, count em, 7 players. "I'm getting close to covering my buy-in...Everything else is just gravy" laughed David. Friends Brad & Jeff, along with his sister, are following the blog from home and rooting him in.

Players are taking a ten minute break to splash tiny cups of water on their faces.

100 black chips are off the tables.

39 players remain.

2,500 / 5,000 blinds with 500 antes

Event 1: 7th Place - Schuricht

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)

Kyle Schuricht got his last chips in with A2 off, getting action from Michael Chiu, who held QT off.

The flop came T 9 6 with two hearts and Michael took the lead with a pair of Tens.

 Kyle Schuricht

Two more hearts fell and Michael made a flush with his Queen of hearts.  (Kyle's hand was heart-less.)  Michael chipped up to ~4.8 million.

Kyle Schuricht finished in 7th place, earning $10,132.

With Kyle's departure, it is up to Joel Magun to represent the Voorhees, NJ, contingent.  Kyle and Joel are both from Voorhees and friends.  Quite an accomplishment for them both to make this final table.

Event 2: The Toothpick Picks Em Clean

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Much Love For Gadelov

One of the more animated characters in Event 2 has been Arkado Gadelov from New York City.

Right before the bubble burst Gadelov doubled up with his tournament life on the line after his A-J saw a Jack in the window up against opponent's open ended straight draw. Jack on the turn and a six on the river sealed the deal giving Gadelov the boat.

Looks like he's putting those chips to good use after recently pushing out a player on a flop of J-10-J. After the turn card 6 fell and his opponent checked, Gadelov shoved all in and got his nemesis to fold.

As he gnawed on his toothpick, he showed a ten, scooped the pot and yelled out, "Yeah baby, that's what I'm talking about".

I asked if he always chews on a toothpick while playing and he said, "Always".

We'll keep watching to see if he ends up choking - on risky play, not the pick.

Event 1: 8th Place - Dorenkamp

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)

Joel Magun opened for 280k from the middle, then Monica Dorenkamp moved all-in from the small blind.  Soren Cristea then called all-in from the big blind for 1.04 million.  Joel opted out and Monica showed pocket 8s.  Soren was racing with AK suited.  The board came A Q 5 7 4 and Soren more than doubled.  Monica was left with less than 400k.

 Monica Dorenkamp

A short while later, Joel opened for 280k utg.  Michael Chiu called utg+1.  Monica moved all-in for 360k, and it folded to Paul Fayngersh in the big blind.  Paul confirmed with the floor that since Monica's all-in did not constitute a full raise, neither Joel nor Michael could re-raise if Paul just called.  (Of course if Paul were to raise, that would re-open the action.)  He was correct and opted to call.  Both Joel and Michael called the extra 80k of Monica's all-in.

The flop came K Q 9 with two spades.  Paul led out for 400k.  Joel folded.  Michael called.  Turn was an offsuit 3.  Paul announced he was all-in and Michael folded.

Paul collected the side pot and showed KQ suited for top two pair.  Monica held A3 of spades and was drawing live to a spade, but the river was an offsuit 4.  Paul took the pot, chipping up to over 4 million.

Monica Dorenkamp finished in 8th place.  She'll collect $7,599 for her efforts.

Event 2: Kelleher Kills Bubble - In The Money

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Tournament Kneels Down To Neil In Thanks

All 45 remaining players applauded Neil Kelleher as he single-handedly knocked out the last two players propelling the field into the money.

47th player fell when Neil's A-5 ran down pocket queens. "I flopped two pair then boated the river" exclaimed Kelleher.

Ten minutes later after hand for hand action, Kelleher looked down at KK and went all in on a flop of 7-7-6. His opponent holding 10-10 called and lost when the board finished 7-A.

Our bubble boy ran out as soon as the river struck.

So Kelleher's back to back boats bust out the last two players and give him a boat load of chips.

Event 1: 9th Place - Peck

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)

Vladimir Peck got his last chips in against chip leader Michael Chiu.

 Vladimir Peck

Vladimir held A6 offsuit and was dominated by Michael's AQ off.  The board came K 3 2 T 7 and Michael dragged another pot.  He's up to ~6 million.

Vladimir Peck will collect $5,347 for his 9th place finish.

Event 2: Ieronimo Says Geronimo

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Nice "Hand" Tom

Tom Ieronimo (Naples, FL) goes incognito trying every trick in the book not to reveal to his two opponents that he just flopped a set of eights.

But on a board of 6 8 4♠ both shorter stacks, both holding diamonds, couldn't resist getting it all in and taking a shot.

7 K♣ runs out as Tom Ieronimo earns two more $25 knock-out chips and builds his stack up to 170,000.

Down to 50 players on five tables. 45 get the real coin.




Event 1: Nine Lives

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)              

Play has resumed following dinner with blinds of 60k/120k with 20k antes.

The final nine are back to the table and resuming the battle for over $64,000!

Event 2: Stop, Dinner Time

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

The players are on a 40 minute dinner break and when play resumes 9 of them may need to take some Pepto. 54 players remain, but only 45 get paid. The average stack is 80k and the restart is at Level 14 (1,500/3k/400 ante).

But just because the players are on break, doesn't mean the Borgata Babes stop working. Well maybe for a second, take a peek.

Babes 4, Players 0
Sharon, Meisy, Gigi & Marilyn

Event 1: Dinner Time for Final Nine

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)             

Michael Chiu opened for 300k in the hijack and all folded to Soren Cristea in the big blind, who moved in for exactly 400k more.  Michael called, showing A5 suited.  Soren was ahead with AQ off.

The board came Q 6 3 7 Q and Soren doubled up to over 1.4 million.

On the final hand before dinner:  Paul Fayngersh opened for 280k and Michael Chiu called on the button. The flop came J 5 4 rainbow.  Paul checked, Michael bet 280k, and Paul called.

Turn was a 7.  Paul led out for 430k.  After giving it some thought, Michael called.  River was another 5 and both players checked.

Paul showed pocket 2s.  Michael showed QJ for Jacks-up to take the pot.  He's up to almost 5.4 million and the chip leader.

The level expired and players were rewarded with a 45 minute dinner break.  Play will resume at about 7:50 pm.

Event 1: 10th Place - Notter

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)            

Still playing 40k/80k with 10k antes:

Michael Chiu opened for 360k in the middle, Austen Johnson (hijack) raised to 725k, and after some thought, Michael called.

On the flop of T 4 3 rainbow, Michael checked, Austen fired 500k, and Michael let it go.  Austen extended his chip lead.

Blinds increased to 50k/100k with 10k antes.

 Jason Notter

On a flop of 9 7 7, Jason Notter got all-in against Michael Chiu.  Jason held T8 for the open-ended straight-draw.  Michael was ahead with pocket Kings.  The last two bricked off and Michael took the pot.

Jason Notter took $3,518 for 10th place.

Event 2: Lingering Ladies

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Peachy Keene

Down to 6 tables and 58 players (13 from the money) and only two woman are left in the field, Judy Urban (Philadelphia, PA) and Marcelia "Peaches" Keene (Maplewood, NJ).

With 35k Urban has half the average stack, while Keene gets a much needed double-up through Pete Wright (Manahawkin, NJ). On a flop of K J 10, Keene moves all in for 47k with pocket aces, while Wright calls with top two pairs.

Keene gets a lifeline when a queen hits the turn, giving her a straight and taking her stack to more than 100k. Wright drops to 10k and is out a few hands later.

Urban Outfitted for the Money

Players will be on dinner break following this level (7 pm).

Event 1: 11th Place - Latour

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)           

 Michael Latour

Michael Latour got short-stacked and made his stand with 95 suited.  Paul Fayngersh held pocket 8s, which were good when the board came A 4 2 5 2.

Michael Latour finished in 11th place, earning $3,518.

The final ten players drew seats and moved to a single table.  Average is now over 2 million (20.725 million chips in play).

Here's the lineup and rough chip counts:

Seat - Player - Chips
1 - Paul Fayngersh - 2.44 million
2 - Joel Magun - 3.34 million
3 - Vladimir Peck - 700k
4 - Michael Chiu - 3.7 million
5 - Jason Notter - 750k
6 - Austen Johnson - 4 million
7 - Benjamin Lafferty - 1.4 million
8 - Monica Dorenkamp - 1.81 million
9 - Soren Cristea - 975k
10 - Kyle Schuricht - 1.68 million

Event 2: March to the Money

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Rex Rolling Along

Players are just back from a 10 minute break as 65 players remain, just 20 from the money.

Rex McCaffrey (Millville, NJ) is the chip leader with 212k.

Other Big Stacks:

Michael Stein (Valley Stream, NY) 198k
Dan Duckett (Culpeper, VA) 193k
Dennis DeAlmeida (Harrison, NJ) 145k

Level 13 (1200/2400/300 ante) is underway. Dinner break is at 7 pm.

Event 1: 12th Place - Colamaria

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)           

Tommy Colamaria


Tommy Colamaria got his chips in holding AT suited, but got looked up by Austen Johnson, who had him dominated with AK.  The best hand held up and Austen took the pot.

Tommy 'Burger King' Colamaria finished in 12th place, earning $3,518.

Event 1: Dirty Dozen Chip Counts

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)           

Here are some rough chip counts as of the break:

Michael Chiu - 4.56 million
Austen Johnson - 3.16 million
Joel Magun - 2.75 million
Benjamin Lafferty - 2.025 million
Monica Dorenkamp - 1.85 million
Sorin Cristea - 1.4 million
Paul Fayngersh - 1.35 million
Michael Latour - 1.2 million
Kyle Schuricht - 750k
Jason Notter - 700k
Vladimir Peck - 650k
Tommy Colamaria - 350k

After the break, play resumed with blinds of 40k/80k and 10k antes.

Event 1: 13th Place - Dellaquila

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)        

Playing 30k/60k with 5k antes:

Eric Dellaquila limped in the middle and action folded to Monica Dorenkamp in the small blind, who opted out.  Tommy Colamaria was the big blind and only had about one bet let.  He checked his option.  On the flop of J T T, they got all the chips in the middle.  Eric held pocket 3s and Tommy was ahead with pocket 4s and the lead.  The last two came K 4 and Tommy more than doubled up, but was still under 300k.

 Eric Dellaquila

Eric Dellaquila got all in with pocket 9s against Austen Johnson, who held A4 off.  An Ace on the board sealed Eric's fate.  He finished in 13th place ($2,533).

The final dozen finished up the level and took off for a break. 

Event 2: Man on Manahawkin Crime

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Not Petering Out

We didn't see any of the action, but the table talk is that Mickey Woll (Manahawkin, NJ) practically told the entire table he flopped the nut flush on a board of A 10 Q 9♣ 9, but slow played it and was run down.

Woll and Pete Wright (Manahawkin, NJ) are both all-in and a third player is contemplating a call.
Woll laments that the river is a cooler and he's sure that Wright has a full house. The third player eventually calls and Wright confirms Wright's read by showing 10 9♠ for nines full of 10s.

Woll is disgusted, flips over K 6 saying, "flop the nuts with the royal draw and still lose." The third player shows A Q for two pairs and Wright gets a triple up to take his stack to 100k.

After the dealer counts down the stacks, Woll wins the sidepot and still has chips, but he has already left the room. Woll is eventually tracked down and returns to the table and doubles through Wright on the very next hand when his KQ holds against K9.

Event 1: 15th - Vencill; 14th - Chewey

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)          

James Vencill

 James Vencill got his chips in with pocket 7s, only to run into Joel Magun's pocket Jacks.  The board ran out A K 8 4 3 and Joel's Jacks held up.  He chipped up to ~2.6 million.

James Vencill finished in 15th place, earning $2,533.

 Chewey

Chewey busted out next, finishing 14th for $2,533.

Event 1: 17th - Wdowiak; 16th - Smaron

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)          

 Oscar Wdowiak

 Oscar Wdowiak's double-up didn't hold him for long.  He busted out in 17th place ($1,661).

Huge 3-way all-in on table two.  Ken Smaron had pocket Jacks, Benjamin Lafferty had pocket Kings, and Jason Notter had pocket Aces.

 Ken Smaron

The board came 8 7 3 8 3 and Jason tripled up.  Benjamin took the side pot and Ken was busted.

Ken Smaron finished in 16th place ($1,661).

Event 1: 40 Minutes of Heaven

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Dennis Dealing Bad Beats

When Arkansas Head Basketball Coach Nolan Richardson implemented his "40 Minutes of Hell" uptempo style, the Razorbacks won a national title in 1994. Here at Borgata, Level 11 should be called "40 Minutes of Heaven," because it's the exact opposite of Richardson's philosophy.

The level lengths have now increased from 30 to 40 minutes, meaning play will slow down a bit and give the short stacks a little more time to hang around and double up.

The current big stack is Dennis DeAlmeida (Harrison, NJ) who was way behind with pocket jacks against pocket aces, but he hit a set of jacks to deliver a bad beat and win the 100k pot.

DeAlmeida now has 140k and 7 knockouts ($175) as he's well on his way to getting his total buy-in back ($255).

Level 11 (800/1600/200 ante) is underway.

Event 1: Double, Double

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)         

On table two, James Vencill was all-in with KJ suited against Ken Smaron's AT off.  Not one but TWO Kings flopped, giving James the lead.  He doubled up to over 1.6 million.

On table one, Michael Chiu open-shoved for ~2 million utg+1 -- accidentally.  He meant to say "two-hundred", but he said "two million".  Since he had that much, he was forced to bet that much.

Oscar Wdowiak was on his immediate left and called all-in with his short-stack.  Michael held A3 off and was trailing Oscar's pocket 4s.  A four on the flop improved Oscar to a set and it held to give him the double-up to ~400k.

17 players remain.  Average is over 1.2 million.

Event 1: 19th - Felix; 18th - Suryawansi

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)        

After Joel Magun opened for a raise, Duane Felix moved in.  Joel called with JT suited in diamonds.  Duane held AK suited in hearts.

Joel caught three diamonds on the board to make his flush and claim the pot.  He's up to almost 1.6 million.

Duane Felix finished in 19th place, earning $1,407.

With 18 players remaining, they drew for seats and moved to the final two tables.

On the last hand before the redraw, Sudhish Suryawansi got all-in and busted in 18th place ($1,661),

Event 2: Chocolate Thunder

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Steve's Sugar Rush

At one point early in Event 1 Steve Tucker (Pittsburgh, PA) had the chip lead, but he faded and missed the money. He's back on the felt for the Bounty Tournament and says, "it's just a little snack," while downing a hot chocolate and a scrumptious looking cupcake from Bread & Butter.

Perhaps the sugar rush will lead to a rush of good cards.

Players are on a 15 minute break as the floor personnel remove the green (25) tournament chips.

Chocolate Delight

Event 1: 21st - Bykofsky; 20th - Gleason

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)       

Sheree Bykofsky got her more than 400k chips in with AK and was racing against the pocket 8s of Austen Johnson.  The board came T 6 5 5 8 and Austen took the pot with 8s-full.  He's up to ~1.9 million.

Sheree Bykofsky finished in 21st place, earning $1,407.

With her departure, Monica Dorenkamp is the last woman sitting.

Brian Gleason (Charlotte, NC) made his last stand with A7, but ran into the pocket Queens of Kyle Schuricht.  The Queens held up and Kyle took the pot, chipping up to ~1.2 million.

Brian finished in 20th place ($1,407).

Event 2: Payouts

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Entries: 432
Total Buy-In: $86,400

Place - Amount
1 $21,412
2 $12,361
3 $7,542
4 $6,075
5 $4,776
6 $3,981
7 $3,185
8 $2,430
9 $1,676
10-12 $1,090
13-15 $838
16-18 $662
19-27 $520
28-36 $461
37-45 $419

Event 1: 23rd - Wardell; 22nd - Mizrahi

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)       

Vladimir Peck got all-in for ~820k holding pocket Aces.  He got action from Austen Johnson, who held pocket Queens.  The board came T 8 4 8 J and Vladimir doubled to over 1.6 million.  Austen was left with about 1 million.

Scott Wardell got all-in holding AJ against Ken Smaron's AK.  The board came T 9 6 2 8 and Ken took the pot with nut-no-pair.  He's up to about 1.45 million.  Scott Wardell took the walk in 23rd place, picking up $1,407.

Ronald Mizrahi busted next in 22nd place (also paying $1,407).

21 players remain.  Average stack is almost 987k.

Event 1: 24th Place - Dorleus

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)      

Following the break, play resumed with blinds of 20k/40k and 4k antes.

Austen Johnson is the chip leader with ~2 million.

24 players remain.  Average stack is over 863k.

James Vencill opened for 100k utg, then Jason Notter moved in for 229k in the middle.  Action folded to Niberson Dorleus (bb) gave it some thought, then moved in over the top for over 1 million.  James called all-in quickly, showing pocket Queens.

Jason was racing with AK and Niberson was dominated with AJ suited.  The board came 6 4 2 K 2 and Jason paired his King to more than triple up.  He's over 700k now. 

James took the side pot for ~880k and Niberson was left with ~415k.

Niberson got his last chips in soon after holding K9.  James 'Chewey' Appello called with pocket 7s.  The pair held up and Chewey took the pot.

Niberson Dorleus finished in 24th place, picking up $1,407.

Event 2: Official Count, but No Big Stacks

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Gilman Sticking Her Neck Out

429 players is the official number of players in the field and approximately half of them remain. After scanning the room, there are no obvious big stacks but we did find some color characters.

Holly Gillman (Westerly, RI) says she has an "unhealthy obsession" with the Direct TV commercial featuring the mini giraffes. Gilman got her own version from her boyfriend and says it's brought her good luck over the last three months.

Meanwhile Herman McTootle, aka "H-Mac" is officially the best dressed man at Borgata. The former model and current construction worker says he wants to look good so, "when I win I want to look good for the cameras."

Both players have decent stacks as level 8 (400/800/75) is underway.


H-Mac Lookin' Good


Event 1: 26th - Palma; 25th - Walker

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)     

Joseph Palma got his chips in holding QJ, only to run into the pocket Aces of Monica Dorenkamp.  The board ran out 7 4 3 T 9 with four spades, improving Monica's hand to the nut flush with her Ace of Spades.  She's now up to about 1 million.

Joseph finished in 26th place, earning $1,407.

Antonio Walker made his last stand with J8 and was against the A4 of Austen Johnson.  Austen's Ace-high was good and he collected another pot, chipping up to ~1.8 million.

Antonio finished in 25th place, earning $1,407.

End of level and the remaining 24 players are taking a break.

Event 2: Off Suit for Suits

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

James "Suits" Salters (Lake View, NY) and two other players call a preflop raise and see a flop of 5 3♠ 7.

The original bettor leads out and Salters moves all in, forcing the other players to fold before the remaining player calls.

Salters: 9 7♣ (pair of 7s)
Opponent: 5♠ 10♠ (pair of 5s)

The turn and river are clean for "Suits," and he wins the pot taking his stack to 20k. His opponent tosses his green chip ($25) into the pot, but after the count, he's still in the tournament with 3k while hanging on to his green chip.

"Hey if he wants to give me his green chip, you should let him," Salters says to the dealer, "that's real money." Suit's showing how to stay alive by playing 9 7 off suit.

Event 1: 27 Players Remain

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)     

Oscar Wdowiak was all-in holding pocket Aces against Austen Johnson, who held A8 off.  The board came J 9 6 6 9 and Oscar doubled up to ~540k.

 Monica Dorenkamp and Sheree Bykofsky

Down to 27 players at three tables.  Thanks to the random nature of breaking tables and seat draws, the two remaining women, Monica Dorenkamp and Sheree Bykofsky, are now seated next to each other at table three.

Event 1: 31st - Cicak; 30th - Basilicata

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)    

George Cicak got all-in with J7 suited against the KQ offsuit held by Austen Johnson.  The best hand held up and Austen collected the pot.  He's up to over 1.6 million now.

George busted out in 31st place and will collect $1,210.

Vincent Basilicata was all-in with pocket 9s against the pocket Kings of Joel Magun.  Again the best hand held up and Joel chipped up to ~1.7 million.

Vincent went to the desk to collect his $1,210 for 30th place.

28 players remain.

Event 1: 32nd Place - Campagna

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)    

Anthony 'muscles' Campagna got his last 200k in with pocket 9s, but ran into Austen Johnson's pocket Aces. 

 Tony Campagna

An Ace on the flop was too many bullets for Tony to overcome.  He finished in 32nd place and will pick up $1,210.

31 players remain.  Average stack is over 668k.

Event 2: Love Hate Relationship

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Kirsch & Altomonte

Most players love the Bounty Tournament format, but Joseph Altomonte (West Paterson, NJ) is one of the few who doesn't. "I hate it," says the Borgata regular, "it means people will call my bluffs."

Another Borgata mainstay, "Lucky" Lee Kirsch (Cold Spring Harbor, MA), quickly jumps in, "I love it, I play straight up and my goal is to get all the green chips."

Altomonte is a former Borgata winner who took down the $250 event ($12,000) a year ago in the 2010 Summer Poker Open

Event 1: Schuricht Takes Lead

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)   

Gordon Eng busted in 35th place ($1,210).

Another big hand on table four.  Dmitriy Shamilov was all-in with pocket Queens against the AK suited of Kyle Schuricht.  (Sorin Cristea decided to fold his pocket Tens pre-flop).

The board came T T 7 K K (Sorin would have flopped quads).  Kyle made Kings-full to take the huge pot and more than double-up.  He's got almost 1.6 million and is now the chip leader.  Dmitriy was left with ~20k.

34 players remain.

Event 1: On the Line

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)

A reminder of what they're playing for.

Entries: 829
Total Buy-In: $290,150

Place-Amount

1 $64,734
2 $37,715
3 $23,080
4 $18,999
5 $15,480
6 $12,665
7 $10,132
8 $7,599
9 $5,347
10-12 $3,518
13-15 $2,533
16-18 $1,661
19-27 $1,407
28-36 $1,210
37-45 $1,069

Event 1: Bykofsky Busts Two

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)   

Blinds are up to 12k/24k with 3k antes.

A big three-way pre-flop all-in on table five:  David Hom was the shortest stack with pocket 7s.  David Eisenstein was the next-largest stack with pocket Jacks, and Sheree Bykofsky was the biggest stack with pocket Kings.

The board came 8 8 5 T 5 and Sheree's Kings held up.  She scooped the pot and busted the other two in the process.  Hom finished 39th and Eisenstein finished 38th.  They both will pocket $1,069 for their efforts.

Sheree, who started today as the shortest stack with only 94k, is now up to almost 1.1 million.

Event 1: 41st Place - Kim Edmonds

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)  

Ronald Mizrahi (Brooklyn, NY) and Kim Edmonds (Toms River, NJ) were all-in pre-flop.  Kim held pocket 4s and was racing against Ronald's J7 suited.  The board came Q 6 5 4 8 and Kim turned a set of fours to take the lead, but Ronald rivered the straight to take the pot.

Ronald had 238k and Kim was just under 200k, so she was busted.  She'll collect $1,069 for her 41st place finish.

Event 1: Turrisi Busted; Notter Doubles

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry) 

James Turrisi (Staten Island, NJ) got his last chips in good with AK against AJ, but poker can be a cruel game.   A Jack came on the board and James was busted.

Peter Chiarulli (Brooklyn, NY) was moved into James' seat at table one.

After an opening raise and one call, Jason Notter (Lynbrook, NY) got all-in for ~230k. Peter Chiarulli called and the other two players got out of the way.

Jason held AQ off. Peter was dominated with AJ.  The board came Q Q 7 2 7 and Jason more than doubled up -- he's over 500k now.  James was left with ~330k.

Event 1: Empty Seat

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)

Eric the Late

The players at table 3 are glad to see seat 8 empty even it's only for 10 minutes. Eric Dellaquila (Great Neck, NY), who begins the day in third place with 1 million chips, is late getting to the Poker Room.

"Just scrambling a bit, nothing major," says Dellaquila who missed four hands. "The only thing that sucked is that I missed the blinds."

Poker players always want to defend their blinds, even if it's only 2% of their stack and their not in the room.

Event 1: First Casualty

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)

It doesn't take long for the first player to hit the rail. Short stack Andrew Crawford (London, England) moves all in with AQ and is called by Benjamin Lafferty (Hampshire, UK), who has a top ten stack.

Lafferty is way behind with A2, but spikes a deuce to send Crawford back across the pond in 48th place with $957.

Event 1: Cards Fly

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)

Rail (Love) Bird

Inna Shlapko gives her fiancee, Dmitriy Shamilov (Brooklyn, NY) some sugar as play is underway.

Play resumes with 30 minutes left on Level 21 (8k/16k/2k ante) and the average starting stack is 432k.

Event 1: Unpack Rats

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)

Bykofsky is Amazed at Smaron's Stack

The final 48 players are trickling into the tournament area of the Poker Room as they unpack their chips and settle in for another long day. Ken Smaron (Philadelphia, PA) is the chip leader with 1.2 million in chips, while the shortest stack, Sheree Bykofsky (Atlantic City, NJ), has the unfortunate position of being on Smaron's right.

All remaining players are in the money as they chase the $64,734 first prize.

Event 2: Who's Here?

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Recognizable faces in the Bounty Tournament:

Patricia Barsanti-Chou & Allen Chou
James Boyle
Cathy Dever
Abe Korotki
Rob Nguyen
Steve Ryan

Tournament Details:

Prize Pool: $25,000 guaranteed
Starting Stack: 10k
Level Lengths: 30 minutes (1-10), 40 minutes (11+)
Opening Blinds: 25/50
Bounty: $25 for each knockout

Event 2: Green with Envy

$200 + $30 Bounty NL ($25 Green Chip)

Going Green*

Table signs are down and the green chips are up in this the first bounty tournament of the Borgata Spring Poker Open. In addition to the $25,000 guaranteed prize pool, players have a $25 green casino chip that's in play for every all-in situation.

Knock a player out and collect the $25 bounty. It's a fun way for players to pick up some cash along their way to the big money.

Players and dealers have been instructed to keep the green chips in front of the tournament chips so that they're visible at all times.

Cards are in the air!

* pictured (l-r) Ron Vitello (New York, NY), Marcelia "Peaches" Keene (Maplewood, NJ) Michael Senter (Falls Church, VA) & Jeff Jacboson (Long Island, NY).

Thursday, June 9

Today's Events (Poker Room)

11AM: Event 2 - $200 + $30 + $20 Green Chip Bounty NLH
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-10 will last 30 minutes each | Levels 11+ will last 40 minutes each
  • This is a Bounty No Limit Hold'em tournament
  • 1-Day event
3PM: Event 23 - $150 + $30 SURVIVOR No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels last 20 minutes each
  • Approximately 1 in 10 will win $1,500 Cash
  • 1-Day event
7PM: Event 24 - $150 + $30 No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels last 20 minutes each
  • 1-Day event

Event 1 Chip Leaders and Results

Borgata Summer Poker Open
Event 1: $350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH
June 8-9, 2011

Entries: 829
Total Buy-In: $290,150

START OF DAY 2 CHIP LEADERS:

1. KENNETH SMARON (PHILADELPHIA, PA): 1,214,000

2. GEORGE CICAK (RANDOLPH, NJ): 1,013,000

3. ERIC DELLAQUILA (LITLE NECK, NY): 1,013,000

4. JOHN APPELLO (LYNDHURST, NJ): 975,000

5. PETER CHIARULLI (BROOKLYN, NY): 811,000

6. BENJAMIN LAFFERTY (FRANROUGH, ENG): 778,000

7. ERICK BUT (BROOKLYN, NY): 751,000

8. DMITRIY SHAMILOV (BROOKLYN, NY): 735,000

9. MICHAEL CHIU (NEW YORK, NY): 719,000

10. JOSEPH PALMA (BENSALEM, PA): 669,000

11. JOEL MAGUN (VOORHEES, NJ): 654,000

12. SORIN CRISTEA (JERSEY CITY, NJ): 630,000

13. DUANE FELIX (NEW ROCHELLE, NY): 587,000

14. AUSTEN JOHNSON (WOODSBORO, MD): 562,000

15. KYLE SCHURICHT (VOORHEES, NJ): 538,000

16. TOMMY COLAMARIA (JACKSON, NJ): 532,000

17. PAUL FAYNGERSH (POCONO PINES, PA): 464,000

18. MICHAEL LATOUR (CLAY, NY): 463,000

19. NIBERSON DORLEUS (UNIONDALE, NY): 455,000

20. LOUIS RUSSO (BROOKLYN, NY): 450,000

21. SUDHISH SURYAWANSI (MANASSAS, VA): 430,000

22. SCOTT WARDELL (TABERNACLE, NJ): 424,000

23. ANTONIO WALKER (WILLINGBORO, NJ): 394,000

24. DAVID EISENSTEIN (FREEHOLD, NJ): 382,000

25. MICHAEL PURCHER (MT SINAI, NY): 363,000

26. KIMBERLY EDMONDS (TOMS RIVER, NJ): 327,000

27. LETTERIO CATANESE (NO BRUNSWICK, NJ): 275,000

28. JAMES VENCILL (COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA): 272,000

29. JASON NOTTER (LYNBROOK, NY): 268,000

30. JEFFREY CHOTIKUL (EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ): 263,000

31. VINCENT BASILICATA (LITTLE NECK, NY): 262,000

32. BRIAN GLEASON (NEWTOWN, PA): 256,000

33. DAVID HOM (BROOKLYN, NY): 251,000

34. RONALD MIZRAHI (BROOKLYN, NY): 222,000

35. VLADIMIR PECK (GLENVIEW, IL): 220,000

36. ANTHONY CAMPAGNA (MANORVILLE, NY): 213,000

37. ALEXANDER ROZHITSKY (BROOKLYN, NY): 209,000

38. MONICA DORENKAMP (NEW YORK, NY): 203,000

39. ANDREW CRAWFORD (LOWDOW, UK): 186,000

40. THOMAS BALLA (BELLEROSE, NY): 178,000

41. BRIAN ECKSTROM (MARLTON, NJ): 171,000

42. PETER DAMATO (CHERRY HILL, NJ): 168,000

43. OSCAR WDOWIAK (GOSHEN, NY): 162,000

44. JAMES TURRISI (STATEN ISLAND, NJ): 156,000

45. MINH TAM NGUYEN (LANCASTER, PA): 130,000

46. DAVID WILLINGER (WOODMERE, NY): 119,000

47. GORDON ENG (CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ): 105,000

48. SHEREE BYKOFSKY (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ): 94,000



EVENT 1 CASHES (THROUGH DAY 1):

49. PASQUALE BOFFICE (MANAHAWKIN, NJ): $957

50. ERIC WARMING (HOCKESSIN, DE): $957

51. FRANK MARTIN (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $957

52. ROBERT KANG (FLUSHING, NY): $957

53. WOOYANG LIN (MORRISTOWN, NJ): $957

54. FRANK LABATE JR. (DIX HILLS, NY): $957

55. EDWARD LEE (MARLTON, NJ): $844

56. STEVE LOUIE (HOWELL, NJ): $844

57. EUGENE SHUSTER (EAST HILLS, NY): $844

58. GAJAN JEGANATHAN (MONMOUTH JCT, NJ): $844

59. TARCISIO FERREIRA (LONG BRANCH, NJ): $844

60. BERNARD COLLINS (BAYVILLE, NJ): $844

61. LAWRENCE RAO (NOTTINGHAM, MD): $844

62. LEE HIRSCH (EAST MEADOW, NY): $844

63. JOSEPH DEMONE (SOUTH AMBOY, NJ): $844

64. JOHN DELIO (BOOTHWYN, PA): $760

65. CLAUDE PETROY (MONROEVILLE, PA): $760

66. ANTHONY CESARE 3RD (NEWFIELD, NJ): $760

67. CHAU NGUYEN (MECHANICSBURG, PA): $760

68. AUGUST SMREK (LAUREL, MD): $760

69. CHRISTOPH MARTINEZ (SWEDESBORO, NJ): $760

70. MIKAIL VAINSTEIN (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $760

71. JAMES GOVERNA (RICHBORO, PA): $760

72. LEONARD MOORE (VENTNOR CITY, NJ): $760

73. CLAUDIUS FERRIS (HOLLIS, NY): $704

74. ALAN HILLMAN (OLD BRIDGE, NJ): $704

75. DANIEL BRYAN JR (SOMERS POINT, NJ): $704

76. SCOTT MINNICK (CHRISTIANSBURG, VA): $704

77. ANTHONY FUNARO (MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY): $704

78. ANTHONY MAIO (JAMISON, PA): $704

79. MARC BECKER (PLAINVIEW, NY): $704

80. LUIGI SANTORO (COLLEFEVILLE, PA): $704

81. KEITH FORKOSH (GLEN BURNE, MD): $704

Event 22 Results

Borgata Summer Poker Open

Event 22: $150 + $30 No Limit Hold’em

June 8, 2011


Entries: 128

Total Buy-In: $19,200


FINAL RESULTS

1. FRANK WARD (POCOMOKE CITY, MD): $5,588

2. JAHANGIR NAZMIYAL (MONTVILLE, NJ): $3,074

3. YOHAY BULLKICH (NAHARIYA, ISR): $1,770

4. BRIAN CURCI (SPOTSWOOD, NJ): $1,490

5. EMIL MARDAKHAYEV (BROOKLYN, NY): $1,117

6. AARON BELARDO (ROCKY PT, NY): $931

7. DOMINIC ZAMBELLO (MAYS LANDING, NJ): $745

8. MATTHEW DANHEISER (HILLSDALE, NJ): $559

9. MICHAEL STEIN (VALLEY STREAM, NY): $419

10. LYLE DIAMOND (BRICK, NJ): $372

11. BRYAN KESSLER (CHERRY HILL, NJ): $372

12. JORDAN SHAMAH (LINDEHURST, NY): $372

13. WILLIAM CROUCH (YORK, PA): $326

14. FURMAN PEARSALL (SELDEN, NY): $326

15. M WILLIAM WAID (OLEY, PA): $326

16. THOMAS SMARGIASSI (UNION, NJ): $279

17. MICHAEL ARAD (NEW YORK, NY): $279

18. SURESH SURYAWANSHI (MANASSAS, VA): $279

Event 21 Results

Borgata Summer Poker Open

Event 21: $150 + $30 Survivor NLH

June 8, 2011


Entries: 78

Total Buy-In: $11,700


FINAL RESULTS

1. STEVEN LEMMA (ROCKAWAY, NJ): $1500 Cash

2. WAZIR BAKSH (QUEENS VILLAGE, NY): $1500 Cash

3. TODD MICHAEL (LANCASTER, PA): $1500 Cash

4. GEORGE ALI (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $1500 Cash

5. BRYAN BINDERT (WENONAH, NJ): $1500 Cash

6. STEVEN GEONNOTTI (KENNETT SQ, PA): $1500 Cash

7. ROBERT ELIAS (SEAFORD, NY): $1500 Cash

8. ANTHONY PALLADINO (FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ): $849 Cash

Event 1: End of Day 1

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)     

Play has concluded for the day and 48 remaining players have bagged their chips for the night.  They will return at noon Thursday to continue play for the top prize of $64,734.

Chip Leaders:

Ken Smaron - 1.214 million
Eric Dellaquila - 1.013 million
George Cicak - 1.013 million
Chewey - 975k
Dmitrity Shamilov - 735k
Erick But - 715k

Three ladies survived the action on day one and will return:

Kim Edmonds - 327k
Monica Dorenkamp - 203k
Sheree Bykofsky - 94k

A very short-stacked Gordon Eng also survived and will return on day two with 105k.

A full list of returning players will be posted in the blog Thursday morning.

Event 1: Double Trouble

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)    

With 59 players remaining, this hand took place:

Chewey opened for 60k utg.  Tarcisio Ferreira (Oceanside, NY) moved all-in for ~80k straight, then Gajan Jeganathan (Monmouth Jct, NJ) moved all-in for 263k.

It was 203k more to Chewey and he tanked for a couple of minutes, then made the call.  He was ahead with pocket Tens.  Tarcisio held pocket 3 and Gajan held AK offsuit.

The board came Q Q 7 Q 9 and Chewey's boat was good to scoop the main and side pots, sending both opponent's home.  Tarcisio finished 59th and Gajan finished 58th.  Both collected $844 for their efforts today.

Level 20 is done and play continued into level 21 with blinds of 8k/16k with 2k antes.

55 players remain.

Play will continue until 2am, then they will bag & tag for the night.

Event 1: Felix Doubles

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)   

On a flop of K K 5 with two diamonds, Kyle Schuricht fired 100k.  Duane Felix (Brooklyn, NY) moved in for ~200k more.  Kyle called, showing pocket Tens. 

 Duane Felix

Duane rolled over AK for trip Kings.  The last two cards came 5 3 and Duane took the pot with Kings-full.  He's up to ~670k.  Kyle was left with ~580k.

61 players remain.

Event 1: 69 Players Remain

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)  

Play resumed after the break with level 20, blinds of 6k/12k and 2k antes.

A couple more players hit the rail quickly and they are down to 69 players at seven tables.

Average stack is roughly 300k.

Event 1: Break Time Leaderboard

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry) 

Level 19 came to a close and players departed on break. 

Here are the big stacks:

Ken Smaron - 1.2 million
Kyle Schuricht - 925k
Eric Dellaquila - 870k
Dmitriy Shamilov - 740k
George Cicak - 720k
Erick But - 655k

Down to 71 players.

Event 1: In the Money!

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)

On a flop of A 6 3 rainbow, Eric Dellaquila (NYC) bet, and the player in seat 5 check-raised 105k on top.  Eric called and before the dealer burned and turned, seat 5 moved all-in in the dark (having Eric covered). 

Eric Dellaquila

Eric insta-called all-in in the dark, showing pocket Aces for top set and the current nuts.  Seat 5 held pocket 3s for bottom set and was drawing to a single card - the case 3.  The last two community cards changed nothing and Eric doubled up to ~860k.

On the next hand, Michael Buttacavoli moved all-in and got called by Sudhish Suryawansi.  Michael's pocket Tens were racing against Sudhish's AJ suited.

[The floor-person announced that dealers should hold up at the completion of the current hand as the bubble (82 players) had been reached.]

The board ran out K 6 2 9 J and the river card gave Sudhish the bigger pair and the pot.  Michael departed as today's bubble-boy in 82nd place.

81 players remain and they are all in the money!

Event 1: Smaron Smacks the Big Dog

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NL (Re-Entry)

Jeremy 'The Big Dog' Brown opened for 70k, then the player in seat 3 moved all-in for ~120k straight.  Jeremy called the extra ~50k, showing pocket 7s.  He was up against the boss pair, pocket Aces.

The board brought no help for the Big Dog and he shipped the double across the felt.  He was left with ~135k.

 Ken Smaron

Very soon after, Jeremy was all-in with pocket Jacks against the AK suited of Ken Smaron.  Ken flopped an Ace and turned the nut flush to seal the deal.  Ken chipped up to about 740k (second in chips) while the Big Dog was sent packing in 87th place.

86 players remain.  81 get paid.