Friday, June 10, 2011

Event 3: 10th Place - Mok

$400 + $50 NL 

Rhand Feinstein and Felix Mok got all the chips in the middle pre-flop.  Felix held KQ suited and was up against Rhand's AJ offsuit.

Felix Mok

The board came 6 4 2 5 7 and Ace-high was good for Rhand.

Felix Mok (Brooklyn, NY) finished in 10th place, earning $1,335.

Event 3: 11th - Wey

$400 + $50 NL  

Theen Wey (Ridgefield Park, NJ) got his chips in with Q8 suited and was facing Chad Bailey's KJ suited.

 Theen Wey

The best hand held up and Chad took the pot.

Theen Way finished in 11th place and earned $1,335.

The final ten players drew for seats and moved to a single table where play continued.

Event 3: 13th - Haddy; 12th - Hinds

$400 + $50 NL 

 Alan Haddy

On a flop of Q 7 6, Alan Haddy (Oakland, NJ) got all-in against William Lewis.  Alan held Q9 suited for top pair, but William held QJ for the same pair with better kicker.  The last two came 6 5 and William pulled the pot.

Alan claimed 13th place and $1,168.

 John Hinds

On the last hand of the level, John Hinds (Greenville, NC) got his chips in on a flop of 8 5 3 with two spades.  Scott Brandies looked him up with A8 of clubs (top/top).  John held KJ of spades for the flush draw with two overs.  The last two came Q J and running clubs, giving Scott the flush and the pot.

John Hinds finished in 12th place, earning $1,335.

The final 11 players took off for a break.

Event 4: Bob Reardon - 12th Place

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Bob Reardon - 12th Place - $815

Reardon will have to drown his sorrows in cough medicine as he goes down in 12th place.

Bob had the other players laughing and played solid poker throughout the tournament.

I'm sure we'll see him again.

He'll add $815 to his Borgata Bank for his 12th place finish.

Event 3: 15th - Saxon; 14th - Lerner

$400 + $50 NL 

Two more quick departures:

 Lou Saxon & Leonid Lerner

Lou Saxon (Philadelphia, PA) took his leave in 15th place.  Lou finished 2nd in the $200 buy-in Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold'em event during the 2010 Borgata Summer Poker Open for over $11,000.

Leonid Lerner (Brooklyn, NY) claimed 14th place. Leonid won the $250k guaranteed Double Play Tournament here at Borgata in October 2010, good for over $101,000.

Both will pick up $1,168 for their work here today.

Event 4: J & J Going Out Together

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Jason Rivkin and Jay Colombo bust out on the same hand for the same pay level.

Both guys were all in up against Michael Bickel who has everyone outchipped.

Rivkin & Colombo each earn $713 for their 14th & 15th place exits.

Dennis Bartal went out in 13th place a few hands later at table 2.
He'll also take home $713 for his efforts today.

Event 3: 17th - Csik; 16th - Pomponio

$400 + $50 NL  

Two bust-outs came in rapid succession.

 Chris Csik & Mike Pomponio

Chris Csik (Martinsville, NJ) hit the rail in 17th place.

Mike Pomponio (Bell Harbor, NY) vacated the room in 16th place.

Both will pick up $1,001 for their efforts today.

Event 4: Pacheco Sent Packing

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

David Pacheco - 16th Place - $611

Soon after Joe Smith went out in 17th Place for $611, David Pacheco put all his chips into the middle of the felt and went down swinging.

David Pacheco adds $611 to his 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open totals.

Event 3: 18th Place - Dai

$400 + $50 NL 

Chad Bailey opened for 17k from the cutoff, then William Lewis announced he was all-in in the small blind.  Meiyan Dai (Chicago, IL) announced he was also all-in in the big blind.

 Meiyan Dai

Chad got out of the way and William showed pocket Aces.  Meiyan was all-in with pocket Kings.   The board changed nothing and the big stack got bigger.

Meiyan Dai headed for the rail to collect his $1,001 for 18th place.

Event 3: Bubble Burst!

$400 + $50 NL

Chad Bailey was all-in with AK and racing against John Hinds' pocket 6s.  An Ace on the flop was all Chad needed to double up to ~55k.

Pierre Deissler was all-in with A6 but dominated by William Lewis' AQ.  The board came Q T 6 Q 3 and William took the pot.  Pierre was dispatched in 21st place, just three spots from the money.

A player busted out on table three, then with 19 players left, a short-stack was all-in on table two.  He was ahead with pocket 9s and was facing the K7 suited of Scott Brandies.  The flop came 337 and Scott got a piece.  A groan went up from the table when another 7 landed on the turn.  Then a bigger gasp went up when the case 7 came on the river, giving Scott quadzilla.  His opponent was sent packing as today's bubble-boy.

The final 18 players drew seats and moved to the final two tables.  They are all now guaranteed to earn at least $1,001.

Event 4: Seven Straight Bubbles For Lewit

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Guiness World Record Bubble Holder - Geoff Lewit

Geoff Lewit got all his chips in with pocket aces up against chip leader Micahel Bickel's pocket queens. Bickel's hand improved as he flopped a full-house and really socked it to Lewit.

Geoff Lewit goes out on the bubble in 19th place. He was a good sport about it but incredibly frustrated. You see, incredibly, Geoff has bubbled in the last seven tournaments he's played in.
This record includes live play and on-line.

"My friends aren't going to believe me. Now I have to break the news to my family, again, and hear them tell me I should have just folded" lamented Lewit.

Players are drawing for spots at the final two tables celebrating as they just made the cash.

Event 3: Holding at 21

$400 + $50 NL    

Still 21 players in the mix as the level came to a close.

They took a break while the black 100 chips were colored up and taken out of play.

William Lewis is still the chip leader with ~360k.

Event 4: Bickel Breaks Out

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Michael Bickel - Chip Leader - 120,000

We're down to one table of seven, one table of six, and one table of seven. Paying out top 18 only.

Guys are currently taking a ten minute break.

The chips are spread out between the three tables with one leader at each.
Michael Bickel is the overall chip leader with 120,000.
Jason Rivkin (Manhattan) in second with 100,500.
Darryl Tam (New York, NY) sitting nicely with just under 100,000.

Average chip stack is 50,000.

Breaking down to two tables once we get to our elite eighteen.

Event 3: Lewis Extends Lead

$400 + $50 NL   

Play resumed after the break with blinds of 2k/4k with 400 antes.

David Rettinger (bb) moved in on a flop of 9 8 2 rainbow.  Robert Rudovic (button) gave it some thought, got the count, (38,600) and called.  David held T2 off for a pair of deuces.  Robert was ahead with K9 suited for a pair of 9s.  Then the last two peeled off 3 T and David caught his second pair on the river to double up, using Doyle Brunson's signature hand.

On the next hand. Robert shoved from the cutoff and got called by the chip leader, William Lewis, in the big blind.  Robert was ahead with A4 off.  William held KJ offsuit.  The board came K 7 6 T T and William took the pot.  Robert busted in 24th place, 6 spots away from the money.

William now has over 380k.

22 players remain.

Event 4: Seventh Inning Stretch

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Bob Reardon & Joe Smith

Seventh inning stretch for Bob Reardon & Joe Smith or as I like to say, "the calm before the storm". And yes, Joe assured me - that's his real name.

I also overheard Bob mention he's had some sinus problems. But, like any good athlete he's playing through the injury. To prove his distress, Bob whipped out a bottle of Robatussin stuffed in his pants pocket.

This stirred a controversy from the table and floor, now wondering if Reardon is using poker steroids or enhancements. We may have to open up an investigation...

I say it every Borgata Open but it seems like the Omaha players are having more fun than the average hold-em player. A lot of laughing, joking, and wisecracking going on. Makes my job more fun too.

Event 3: Feinstein Finds a Bluff

$400 + $50 NL    

Felix Mok got all-in with AK and called by a player holding KT.  Ace-high was good and Felix doubled to over 100k.

William Lewis opened for 8,500 on the button and got called by Rhand Feinstein (Queens, NY) in the big blind.  The flop came A T 3 rainbow.  Rhand checked, William bet 15k, and Rhand called.  Turn was a 9 and both checked.

 Rhand Feinstein

River was a Jack and again Rhand checked.  William bet 20k.  After giving it some thought, Rhand mad the call.  William showed 76 off (zip, nada, squa-doosh).  Rhand showed T8 suited for a pair of Tens to take the pot.

After losing that pot, William Lewis still had over 300k.

At the end of the level, 24 remaining players took off for a break.

Event 4: Pastelllla's Quad 6666's

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Down To Three Tables

Still a lot of red meat out there as our final 27 players first try to survive the blinds, then separate themselves, and finally make a run at the title.

Frank Pastella just scored with quad sixes and now is just under the average stack of 44,444. With the blinds at 3,000 / 6,000, Frank feels the pressure to win every time he's in. "Time to get it in right" advised Pastella.

Event 3: 27 Remain

$400 + $50 NL   

Down to 27 players now at three 9-handed tables.  Only 18 of these players will get paid, so nine more will leave with nothing.

Average stack is ~76k.

Currently playing 1,500/3,000 with 400 antes.

Event 4: Lina Last Woman Standing

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

I was all ready to set up a last woman standing battle between the final two remaining ladies. Then just like that both of the girls are gone.

So how did it happen? Darryl Tam (New York, NY) is getting quite the reputation as a luck box. I guess hitting a two-outter on the river during a three way all in when you were way behind takes a little luck to pull off.

So Darryl, who just finished law school sent one of the ladies to jail.

Then, over at another table, Lina Carter was all in battling Michael Bickel (Rockland County, NY). Michael scooped the pot and Lina left the tourny very quickly.

So last woman standing honors goes to Lina Carter who exited in 31st place.

30 remain with 18 getting the cake.

Average chip stack is 38,709.

Bickel is among the leaders sitting on approximately 100,000 chips.

Event 3: Straight Flush for Bailey

$400 + $50 NL  

On a flop of 63♠2♠, Chad Bailey (Jackson, NJ) got all-in against his opponent, who held K6 (top pair).

 Chad Bailey

Chad held 5♠4♠ for the flopped straight and open-ended straight-flush draw.  Chad was going to double-up unless his opponent caught runner-runner to make a full house, but the last two came J 6♠ and Chad completed his straight-flush on the river.

Event 3: Lewis Leads

$400 + $50 NL  

William Lewis has taken the chip lead with ~225k.

 William Lewis

John Hinds is second with ~170k.

Robert Rudovic got moved to William's table to balance.  Robert's got about 120k.

These three appear to be the top three in chips for now.

32 players remain.  Average stack is ~64k.

Event 4: Marshall Maneuvers

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Allyn Marshall (Long Branch, NJ)

Just met Allyn Marshall who had a rough couple of orbits. Allyn - "Just lost three hands in a row. Kept getting rivered and counterfeited." Guess the fourth times a charm as Allyn almost doubles up when his set of sixes hold up against Doug Zinneman.

Allyn is predicting big things this year at the WSOP, looking to improve upon his 15th place finish in last years Stud Hi-Lo. Allyn is playing mix games there, PLO and Stud High Lo 88's or Better.

"Once I win a bracelet, then you'll know my name" joked Marshall.

You know what though, who cares about the WSOP, concentrate on taking down this Event and take home the Borgata Event #4 trophy. This field is tough enough and will definitely give you card cred.

Event 3: Dinner's Done

$400 + $50 NL 

Players are back from dinner and back in action.

Level 13:  Blinds 1,200/2,400 with 300 antes.

34 players remain.  Only 18 get paid.

Event 3: Dinner Time

$400 + $50 NL 

 Felix Mok

Felix Mok (Brooklyn, NY) is back from his sabbatical and playing today.  He's doing well with about 80k.  Felix is a live event Reporter/Blogger/Writer for the United States Poker Championship at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.

At the end of the level, the 34 remaining players were rewarded with a dinner break.

Play will resume at 7:30pm.

Event 4: Dinner Time

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

 The remaining 42 players are on a 40 minute dinner break.  When play resumes at 7:20 there will be a dash for the cash as the top 18 get paid!

Event 3: Three Dozen

$400 + $50 NL

They're currently in level 12 with blinds of 1k/2k with 300 antes.

36 players remain.  Average stack is about 57k.

John Hinds continues to accumulate chips.  He's now on table two and is up to about 165k.

Robert Rudovic seems to be stalled at about 100k.

The $10 dinner vouchers have been distributed, so many players seem distracted by thoughts of the upcoming dinner break.

Event 4: No Show for the Low

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8

Pastella is Ram Tough

Frank Pastella (Royersford, PA) is now the chip leader with 52k and says he flopped a full house to win a 22k pot.  Pastella had 3s full of 7s and four other players folded on the river when the low failed to show.

Rob Mix (Leesburg, VA) is still in the hunt, just a shade less than 50k as play approaches the dinner break. 51 players remain with an average stack of 24k.

They'll play one more level before stopping for dinner at 7 pm.

Event 3: Cullen Collecting Chips

$400 + $50 NL

Frank Cullen (Bedford, PA) tells me he was down to only 17k.  "Then I flopped a set" against the player on his left, who had flopped a wheel.  The chips all went in and luckily for Frank, the board paired on the river and he doubled up.

 Frank Cullen

I just watched Frank double up again as his pocket Tens held up against AQ.  The board came 9 6 3 2 6 and Frank is now up to over 90k.

Event 3: Hinds Leads

$400 + $50 NL  

Looks like John Hinds (Greenville, NC) has taken over as chip leader for this event.  He's currently stacking about 130k.

 John Hinds

With 41 players remaining, his table is about to break and he'll be moved to a new location, as soon as one more player busts out.

Average stack is ~50k.

Event 3: Hollywood & Whine

$400 + $50 NL 

A couple of players over on table 4 got into a 'hollywooding' contest.  They were side-by-side in middle position and got to a flop of T 9 5 rainbow.

Seat 8 fired a 5,900 bet.  After a little 'hollywooding', his opponent in seat 9 raised to 12k.  After some more 'hollywooding', seat 8 flashed the 4 of diamonds and mucked his hand.  His opponent showed pocket Aces.  "I knew it" seat 8 said.

Down to five tables now and 48 players remaining.  Average stack is 43k.

Event 3: Double Nickle

$400 + $50 NL

Robert Rudovic has returned from his extended break.  Despite being ante'ed off, he's still got about 100k and is still the chip leader.

 David Rittmeyer

Looks like David Rittmeyer, (Baltimore, MD) is second in chips with ~86k.

They're down to 55 players now and playing in level 10 with blinds of 600/1,200 and 200 antes.

Average stack is ~37k.

Event 4: Mixing it Up

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

 Rob in the Mix

Heading into Level 9, Rob Mix (Leesburg, VA) is the chip leader with 40k. Right behind him is Doug Zinneman (Sunnyside, NY) with 35k, while Barry Gassen (Somers Point, NJ) is third with 28k.

75 players remain from the starting field of 125 as they chase the $12,222 first prize.

Event 4: Weighing is the Hardest Part

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Miller Willing to Lose

By nature, poker is a sedentary game and one player is doing his part to help promote a healthy lifestyle.  Rathe Miller (Philadelphia, PA) is carrying a scale through the Poker Room looking to make weight loss bets.

"I'll cover any action on any reasonable and meaningful bet," says the full time player, part time writer.  "I don't care about the money. I want this to be an incentive for players to lose weight."

Miller's weight loss challenge is against the scale, not against himself or any other players.  His goal is to  lose 40 pounds.  "This isn't a head to head competition, because I know I'm going to lose the weight," says Miller, adding that players pick their own weight loss goals.

Miller says he currently tips the scales at 210 pounds, with a 44" waste and 35% body fat.  He's calling out Borgata regulars "Chucky Cheese, Fat Davey G and Bumperino," and any other reputable player, to join him at dropping some pounds.

Anyone interested in the challenge can leave a response on the blog and we'll help coordinate the action.

Miller is starting his weight loss program that will include, "more jogging and less junk food," July 1st and is looking for both monthly weigh-ins and a year long challenge.

Event 3: Debs' Downer

$400 + $50 NL      

Table 7 was broken and as the players scattered into the empty seats around the room, Emile Debs (Brooklyn, NY) discovered he had landed next to the big stack.

 Emile Debs and Robert Rudovic's stack

Emile and his short-stack are now at table one in the seat immediately to the right of chip leader Robert Rudovic (who happened to be out of his seat when I took this photo). 

Since this is table one, it will never break so the players are stuck there until a redraw (unless single players need to be moved to balance tables).

Event 3: Eng Ejected

 $400 + $50 NL      

Gordon Eng got his last chips in with AQ, but ran into pocket Kings, which held up.  Gordon was bounced out of this event in short order.

Gordon cashed (35th place) in event 1 and will have one more chance for a score in the Borgata Summer Poker Open.  He plans to play tomorrow's  $500 + $50 No Limit event, but then will depart for Vegas and the WSOP for the rest of the summer.

Event 3: Rudovic Roars Ahead

 $400 + $50 NL     

Eight tables remain in this event with just under 80 players still in action.

 Robert Rudovic

Robert Rudovic (Bronx, NY) has emerged as the chip leader with about 95k.  Average stack is about 26k.

Event 3: Boyle Says "Brrrrr"

 $400 + $50 NL    

Borgata regular tournament player James Boyle (Havre de Grace, MD)  is in the event today and is wishing he brought a blanket.  "It is cold in here today" James exclaimed.

Frank Gagemi is sharing the felt with James and suggested a shot of brandy.

 James Boyle

James is a frequent flier here at Borgata and even won the leaderboard point system championship seat during the 2011 Borgata Winter Poker Open in January.  James is currently in 6th place on the Summer Poker Open Leaderboard through six events.

He's been a professional poker player since 2009 and has accumulated more than $112,000 in tournament earnings in his career.

Leaderboard Update

Borgata Summer Poker Open Leaderboard Update

By participating in any Borgata Summer Poker Open event (June 8-24, 2011), players will earn points based upon the Borgata Poker Tournament Leaderboard Formula.

Below are the top leaders for the Borgata Summer Poker Open Leaderboard contest through June 9 events*
*(Final Results from events 1, 2, 21, 22, 23, 24)


Event 4: Payouts

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Entries: 120
Total Buy-In: $42,000

Place - Amount

1 $12,222
2 $6,722
3 $3,870
4 $3,259
5 $2,444
6 $2,037
7 $1,630
8 $1,222
9 $917
10-12 $815
13-15 $713
16-18 $611

Event 3: Godsmack Sacked

 $400 + $50 NL   

Down to 12 tables remaining.

Sully Erna picked the wrong time to make a move.  He got involved in a hand with T9 suited and ended up facing off against AQ and the AK of Peirre Deissler (South Jersey).  

 Pierre Deissler

A King on the river sent the pot to Pierre, who is now up to ~35k.  Godsmack's lead singer ended up on the wrong side of the rail.

They're currently in level 7 with blinds of 300/600 with 75 antes.

Event 4: Heavy Hitters

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Coleman Stealing Blinds

A couple of Omaha specialists are in the field, including Brent Keller (Horsham, PA) who has three WSOP Circuit Event rings, including two in Omaha H/L. Joining Keller in the 120 player field is Vince Coleman (Vorhees, NJ), the 2010 Borgata Summer Poker Open in this event.

"I always have chips," says Coleman, who shares the same name as the 6-time NL stolen base champion (6th all-time/752 SB). He and Keller are both staying out of trouble early in the tournament.

Event 3: Payouts

$400 + $50 NL  

Entries: 172
Total Buy-In: $68,800

Place - Amount
1          $20,021
2          $11,010
3          $6,340
4          $5,339
5          $4,004
6          $3,337
7          $2,669
8          $2,002
9          $1,502
10-12  $1,335
13-15  $1,168
16-18  $1,001

Event 3: Rockin' the House

$400 + $50 NL  

Sully Erna is hiding in the field today.  He's best known as the lead singer for the hard rock band Godsmack, but he's been playing poker, especially No Limit Hold'em tournaments, for several years. His biggest cash was in the $5k No Limit event at Bellagio in December 2007.  He finished second to JC Tran and collected $307,325.

He's not one to bore people with bad-beat stories, but he immortalized one with a huge tatoo on his back.  He wrote the story and it was published in Card Player magazine in June 2008.

After busting out of a tournament at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Erna was playing in a $5/$10 No Limit cash game.  The short version is that he had pocket Aces and flopped quads, but on the river was beat by pocket Kings that made a Royal Flush.

The experience moved him to have a large image of four Aces going up in flames tatooed on his  back with the caption "No Justice".

  Sully Erna - "No Justice"
photo courtesy lastplanetojakarta forums

Event 3: Zotti Scene-Stealing

$400 + $50 NL 

Also in the field today is Mark Zotti (Parsipanny, NJ).   Mark went deep in event 1 two days ago, but missed the money by a few spots.

Mark Zotti's previous claim to fame was that he was on the short-list (105 names) of possibles to become Commissioner of Baseball back in 1993, along with George W. Bush, H. Ross Perot, Lee Iacocca and an 8th-grader from Marietta, Georgia.

Now he's a movie star.

"The Beaver" is a new movie, released last month, directed by Jodi Foster and featuring Jodi along with Mel Gibson -- and a beaver hand puppet.

"I'm in the graduation scene, in the back, in the shadows, but you can see me." Mark says.  Apparently his extra appearance in the scene he mentions is near the end of the movie.

Event 4: Wonder Woman

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Wonder Woman

She might be the letter "d" away from being Linda Carter, but Lina Carter is certainly a Wonder Woman to her kids. Carter is a single mom with two kids, Shaiyanne (12 years old) and Jediah (7) and makes the trip from NYC to Borgata to play Omaha.

"I'm trying to make it work with poker," she says while making several trips a week to AC while the kids are in school. "You know, hoping to win a major tournament."

Carter always has the kids close to her heart when she's at the poker table as she has their names and playing cards tattooed on her chest. "They're always with me," she says, "they bring me luck."

Carter likes playing the $10/$20 limit cash games at Borgata and finished 3rd ($4,500) in the 2010 Omaha Hi/Lo Stud 8 or Better. In that event she finshied behind Borgata regular Kim Findura and the winner, Vegas pro Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler.

"I'm doing the best I can," she says, "and doing it for my kids."

Pocket Aces

Event 3: Faces in the Crowd

$400 + $50 NL

There are 17 tables in action currently and I spotted these familiar faces as I perused the crowd:

Frank Gangemi
James 'Suits' Salters
Abe Korotki
Wooyang Lin
John Hinds
Bill Patterson
Phil Sparta
Alan Colon
Patricia Barsanti-Chou
Kim Edmonds
Barbara Rogers
Vladimir Peck

Event 4: Exclusive Escort

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Darcey Delivers Leo to His New Seat

Leo Goldberg (Brooklyn, NY) is taking advantage of an "unofficial" double play. After busting in the 11 am NL event, Goldberg gets his favorite floor manager, Darcey Bordon, to show him to his seat in the 12 pm Omaha tournament.

"Nice to have options," he says while trying to figure out what to do with the extra two cards after his pocket jacks were cracked by a set of 8s in NL.

Event 4: Double Trouble

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Klodie & Zinneman

Players on table 3 have to contend with the 2nd and 3rd place finishers of this event from the Borgata Spring Poker Open. Both Doug Zinneman (2nd/$5762) and John Klodie (3rd/$3,317) are from Sunnyside, NY and both are taking their unfortunate table draw in stride.

"I took him to school last time," jokes Zinneman, "he only finished third."

Klodie quickly agrees and says, "it doesn't matter, I won't make it past the first two hours anyway."

Event 4: Texas to Nebraska

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Omaha Underway

From Texas Hold'em to the largest city in Nebraska, the first of two Omaha events is underway.

Larry Gold (Farmingville, NY) says, "I'm here to play the real event," after forgoing the hold'em tournament for Omaha.

Gold and the others are setting up shop near the Race Book as this one day tournament features 10k in chips and 30 minute levels.

Event 3: ID Please

$400 + $50 NL

Siegel Surviving the Storm

Eric "Pools" Siegel (Melville, NY) was noticeably absent for the first two events, but the Borgata regular is back and primed for a full weekend. "I didn't think I was going to make it," says Siegel, who won Event 16 ($25,000) in the Spring Open. "The lightening and rain were so bad, I had to pull over."

Siegel came to Atlantic City early this morning and navigated the Summer-like storms to be at the table bright and early.

Also in the field:

Joseph Altomonte
James Boyle
Gordon Eng

Level 2 (50/100) is underway.

Event 3: Quick Turn Around

$400 + $50 NL

Keene on Poker

After making a deep run in Event 2 (6th place - $3,981), Marcelia "Peachez" Keene is back at the table just seven hours after leaving the cage. Keene has a smile on her face and is as chipper as always despite playing until 4 am this morning.
Keene is starting to make a name for herself after winning Event 4 ($28,000) in the Spring Open and making another final table. Peachez lost her job as a non-profit manager two years ago and is making a run at poker full time.

Players continue to file in as level 1 (25/50) winds down.

Event 3: Straight Up Hold'em

$400 + $50 NL

The first two events had interesting twists to the format, but now we're playing good ole fashion Texas Hold'em. After a deep stack and unlimited re-entries, followed by the green chip tournament bounty, this NL tournament is as straight as the horns on a Texas steer.

Event 3 features 12k in starting chips, the first 6 levels last 30 minutes (7+ are 40 min. each) and is a 2-day event.

Players are in their seats, tables signs are down and the cards are in the air.

Friday, June 10

Today's Events (Poker Room)

11AM: Event 3 - $400 + $50 No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-6 will last 30 minutes each | Levels 7+ will last 40 minutes each
  • 2-Day event (Day 2 starts at 12PM)
12PM: Event 4 - $350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 30 minutes each
  • 1-Day event

3PM: Event 25 - $250 + $30 SURVIVOR No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels last 25 minutes each
  • Approximately 1 in 10 will win $2,500 Cash
  • 1-Day event
7PM: Event 26 - $150 + $30 + 20 Bounty NLH (Yellow Chip)
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels last 20 minutes each
  • This is a Bounty NLH tournament
  • 1-Day event

Event 24 Results

Borgata Summer Poker Open

Event 24: $150 + $30 No Limit Hold’em

June 9, 2011

Entries: 121

Total Buy-In: $18,150





4. HENRY CHO (NEW YORK, NY): $1,408















Event 23 Final Results

Borgata Summer Poker Open

Event 23: $150 + $30 Survivor No Limit Hold’em

June 9, 2011

Entries: 90

Total Buy-In: $13,500




3. LEE KIRSCH (COLD SPG HBR, NY): $1500 Cash






9. NIMA NILI (NEW YORK, NY): $1095 Cash

Event 2 Recap

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

Congratulations to our 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Event #2 Champion Mike Stein from Valley Stream, NY. Mike outlasted all 432 entrants and will take home $21,412 along with $450 in green knock-out bounty chips. For the first time at the Summer Poker Open, at the start of the tournament each player was given a $25 green chip and when they lost their tournament, they had to relinquish that chip to the opponent who knocked them out. Mike collected 18 knock-outs, the most of the day.

It wasn’t easy though as Event 2 kicked off at 11am and finished up around 4:30 am.

Noteables such as Patricia Barsanti-Chou & Allen Chou, James Boyle, Cathy Dever, Abe Korotki, Rob Nguyen, and Steve Ryan all played in Event 2 but failed to cash.

Early action also included Joe Altomonte who won the $250 event ($12,000) a year ago in the 2010 Summer Poker Open.

Total prize pool came in at $86,400 with top 45 making the cash including two ladies, Judy Urban (Philadelphia, PA) and Marcelia "Peachez" Keene (Maplewood, NJ).

Marcelia Keene was our Last Woman Standing and went on to finish an impressive 6th place for $3,981 when her A-K suited fell to Mike Stein's QQ.

Good friends, Daniel Duckett and Emmett Rutkowski (both 23) drove up together from Culpeper, VA and ended up sitting next to each other with three tables to go. Daniel was the last Culpeper standing as he finished 9th whereas Emmett finished 11th.

The final 8 held strong for over two hours. With 4.32 million chips in play it seemed like Mike Stein had most of them most of the time. He steamrolled over opponent after opponent.

Tom Ieronimo made an impressive comeback all the way to heads up with Mike the madman. Finally Mike’s A-2 found a 2 on the flop and felted Tom’s Ace with a better kicker. Tom adds $12,361 to his bank for second.

Anthony Lobue rounded out the top three finishing third for $7,542 with 12 knock-outs under his belt.

But once again the big winner of the $21,412 and the Borgata trophy was Michael Stein who actually hit a straight flush very early on then dropped down to 5,000 in chips before building and building and never looking back.

Mike said his key hand was when AA held up against two other all ins for a 300,000 pot.

Retired from the air freight industry, after playing poker for 17 hours straight, Mike Stein can happily retire for the night. Well done and congratulations. He's also bringing his son back next week for more Borgata fun!

Event 2: Mike Stein - 1st Place

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

Mike Stein - 1st Place - $21,412

Mike Stein (Valley Stream, NY) is your Event #2 champion. He was first or second in chips since I started my shift at 7:15pm.

He knocked out almost every player at a tight, tough final table and had an unbelievable 18 knock-outs overall.

$21,412 represents Mike's first win ever and the largest cash in his poker career.

He's taking the Borgata Event 2 trophy home to his wife and sons in NY.

"I like this made things more interesting" said Stein who is bringing his son down to play at Borgata next week.

Congrats again to our Champion Mike Stein.

Somebody Has A New Favorite Hand - (A-2)

Event 2: Tom Ieronimo - 2nd Place

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

Tom Ieronimo - 2nd Place - $12,361

Tom, his brother Jim, and their friend Joe started Event #2 at 11:00 am. Jim didn't cash and Joe went out right around the bubble. After losing, they stuck around and rooted their boy on till 4:30 am when the tournament finally ended.

Tom began heads up against Mike Stein way, way, way behind. He made some key folds then doubled up when his 8-8 held against Mike's A-2.

Tom got it in good again when he shoved with A-9 and Mike called again with A-2.

Board ran: 6-2-3-3-8.

Mike the human steamroller won the hand and the tournament.

"I was never chopping" said Tom who told Mike he played very well.

Tom earned 7 knock-out bounty chips along with $12,361 for his second place haul.

At one point Tom was extremely short stacked with only one or two big blinds. He made an impressive comeback and moved up in the money but just fell short from the top spot.

Event 2: Anthony Lobue - 3rd Place

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

Anthony Lobue - 3rd Place - $7,542

Anthony had A-5 of hearts, saw an ace on the flop and jammed the rest of his stack. He zigged when he should of zagged as Mike Stein already flopped a set a nines leaving Lobue drawing dead.

Anthony emptied his pocket to show me his 12 green $25 bounty chips and told me he had fun.

Anthony adds $7,542 to his Borgata Bankroll.

Event 2: Howard Bolte - 4th Place

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

Howard Bolte - 4th Place - $6,075

Mike Stein strikes again bolting Howard right out of Event #2.

Howard Bolt (Baltimore, MD) watched his wired fives go from good to worse.

"I had fives and Mike had J-9. The board paired twice, above fives, and his jack played" said Bolte, who works for an international Logistics company.

Howard knocked out 6 players and admitted this was the longest he's ever played poker at one time.

Event 2: Ricardo Velasco - 5th Place

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

Ricardo Velasco - 5th Place - $4,776

Ricardo Velasco's A-9 got rivered by Mike Stein's K-10. When the ten hit the river, Velasco's tournament ended.

He ended the day with 5 knock-outs and almost exited in the 600 / 1200 blind level.

"I had J-5 offsuit and needed runner, runner just to chop" explained Velasco.

Mike continues to steamroll everyone.

Event 2: Marcelia Keene - 6th Place

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

Marcelia Keene - 6th Place - $3,981

Marcelia "PeacheZ" Keene got all her chips in with A-K of spades up against chip leader Mike Stein's Q-Q. Two spades on the flop gave Keene hope but no spade, ace, or king hit the turn or river.

Stein adds to his monster stack while Keene heads home.

Marcelia was more than disappointed and questioned her play. "I got married to A-K and should have folded."

PeacheZ won Event 4 in the 2011 Borgata Spring Poker Open for over $28,000.

Our Last Woman Standing almost went all the way again.

Going down with A-K suited, I refuse to say that PeacheZ got creamed.
After all it's still a coin flip.

Event 2: Matt Damon - 7th Place

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

Matt Damon - 7th Place - $3,185

Matt Damon played smart disciplined poker but felt the pressure from the big blinds against a short stack of 190,000.

"I shoved with K-Q of diamonds and got called by A-J". Board ran dry and Damon calls it a night.

He only knocked out three players today but with 7th place he'll take home $3,185.

Event 2: Neil Kelleher - 8th Place

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

Neil Kelleher - 8th Place - $2,430

After a couple hours of play the final eight finally lost someone.

Neil Kelleher played a great game and was the chip leader from time to time.

He was the short stack at the table and got it in with 99 up against A-10 of Howard Bolte.

Bolte spiked a ten and Neil bowed out with class wishing everyone luck.

Look for Neil to play in more upcoming Bounty Events - he knocked out 8 players today.

Event 2: Final Table Chip Counts

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

Ten minute break brings copper 25K chips to the table.

1. Mike Stein.......... 1,600,000
2. Ricardo Velasco.......... 306,000
3. Tom Ieronimo.......... 350,000
4. Howard Bolte.......... 219,000
5. Marcelia Keene.......... 415,000
6. Neil Kelleher.......... 460,000
7. Matt Damon.......... 430,000
8. Anthony Lobue.......... 663,000

Event 2: 9th & 10th Places

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

Leif Larson from Brooklyn, NY went out in 10th place. Leif will rake in $1,090 for his day's work.

Daniel Duckett went out in 9th place for $1,676.

He outlasted his friend Emmett who went out in 11th, just missing the final table.

The boys will be back to play in Event 3 tomorrow. Good showing tonight guys!

Event 1: Recap

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

The opening event of the Borgata Summer Poker Open and its $100,000 guarantee for the $350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH drew a large field of hopefuls. That combined with the unlimited re-entries generated 829 total entries. Total buy-ins came to $290,150.

Among those 829 entries were many Borgata tournament regulars, including Patricia Barsanti-Chou, Allen Chou, James Boyd, James Boyle, Catherine Dever, Larry Gold, Rob Nguyen, Steve Ryan, James "Suits" Salters, Frank Gangemi, Nick Frangos, Michael Buttacavoli, Jay Johnson, Gil Sacks, 'Lucky' Lee Kirsch, Carl Restifo, Eric Miller, Julian Miranda, Nancy Martin, and Chris Edwards. Unfortunately, none of these made the money.

Jeremy 'Big Dog' Brown, (New York, NY) who made the WPT final TV table in the 2009 Borgata Poker Open (and eventually finished second for over $450k) played this event, but busted out just six spots short of the money. Only the final 81 players would get a piece of the $281,446 prize pool.

Joe Demone of Sayreville, NJ, celebrated his 51st birthday by playing this event. It was no longer his birthday when they finally burst the money bubble after midnight. Joe held on to finish in 63rd place and collect $844.

48 players survived until the 2am cutoff and would return for day two on Thursday.

Gordon Eng (Cliffside Park, NJ) is a poker pro and Borgata regular who entered day two 47th of 48 in chips with 105k. Gordon moved up to 35th place before busting out ($1,210).

Sheree Bykofsky (Atlantic City, NJ) is another Borgata tournament regular and she entered day two dead-last in chips with only 94k. She managed to double up several times and cruised all the way to 21st place before losing a coin-flip with AK against Austen Johnson's pocket 8s. Sheree collected $1,407.

Ken Smaron (Philadelphia, PA) led the field into day two with over 1.2 million chips. Ken wasn't able to take it wire-to-wire, however, as he busted out 16th place ($1,661).

Monica Dorenkamp (New York, NY) was the last woman sitting and she made the final table, but finished in 8th place when her pocket 8s lost a coin-flip to AK, then her all-in brought a flush-draw, which failed to materialize. She collected $7,599 for her hard work.

In the end it was Austen Johnson of Woodsboro, MD, who was sitting behind more than 20 million chips. Austen collected $64,734 and the beautiful Borgata crystal trophy for his win in the inaugural event of the 2011 Summer Poker Open.

Austen considers himself 'semi-pro' as he has a regular job working for an insurance company, but makes more money playing poker online. Or he did until Black Friday, that is. Now Austen is one of many online players that are transitioning their game from the virtual felt to the real thing.

Austen was actually here at Borgata during the Spring Poker Open when that fateful Friday in April shut down most of the online poker sites in the US. He cashed a couple of times back in April, but today's win is his largest live cash ever.

Event 2: Laden Loss

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

Charles Laden (Point Pleasant, NJ) earned six knock-out chips and $1,090 for his 12th place finish.

Laden was getting short stacked and shoved with J-10 suited before the blinds came around.

"I was up, I was down, then I went down, down, down" explained Charles when asked about his day in general.

His J-10 ran into Mike Stein's 7-8 which improved to a full house on the turn.

Board: 7-4-8-8-Q.

Charles told me he'll be back to play more event this week so watch out for him.