Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Event 10: 6th Place - Kolo

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

Greg Kolo (Rocky River, OH)
$1,894

Event 10: 7th Place - Kimmel

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

David Kimmel (Mt. Olive, NJ)
$1,579

Event 9: Final Table Chip Counts

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Table of Ten

Final Table with new seat draws.

Seat...Name.......Chip Counts
1. Joe Brand................... 256,000
2. Todd Richter................ 87,000
3. Randy Itwaru............... 91,000
4. Jonathan Chehanske..... 760,000
5. Benjamin Chan............... 517,000
6. Chris Rich....................... 165,000
7. Claude Petroy................. 145,000
8. Tim Dougherty................ 265,000
9. Ketan Patel....................... 418,000
10. Tammy Lloyd................. 175,000

Players are on a break while the floor color ups.

Here are your final ten. We'll play it out tonight. Stay tuned...

Tammy Lloyd just told me she'll be happy with fifth place. "I'm not greedy," said Tammy.

Event 9: Jerry Jacked

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Jerry Callahan - 11th Place - $718

At one point Jerry Callahan had half the chips in the room with 525,000.

But, you know how poker is and a hand here, a suck-out there, a coin flip loss over here and Jerry found himself down to 85,000.

He went all in pre-flop with pocket sixes and was way behind Ketan Patel's 10-10.

Board ran: A-9-8-9-2

Callahan will bank $718 for his 11th Place final table bubble finish.

Event 9: Case Closed for Kanter

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Marc Kanter - 12th Place - $718

Marc Kanter (Long Island, NY) was slightly above average all day.

The ball started rolling when Kanter spiked a set of nines and his first knock-out chip. He has four in total.

The lawyer from Long Island told me this was a long day for him and it ended when his JJ didn't improve against Todd Richter's KK. Richter scooped Marc's final 100,000 on the hand.

$718 for Marc's 12th place finish today as he is Kan-ter-minated.

Event 10: 8th Place - Ieronimo

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO


(No Photo, Camera Shy)

Thomas Ieronimo (Watertown, CT)

$1,263

Event 10: 9th Place - Faroni

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

Abe Faroni (Philadelphia, PA)
$947

Event 9: Gugliottahere

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Kevin Gugliotta - 13th Place - $608

Kevin Gugliotta (Lake Hopatcong, NJ) ran into the buzz saw known as Benjamin Chan. "When you're hot, you're hot" said Kevin referring to the heater Chan has been on.

Gugliotta shoved his short stack in with top pair and a straight draw but discovered the bad news that Chan had already flopped a straight.

Gugliotta's 8-9 vs. Chan's 8-10 on a 6-7-9 flop.

Turn Jack...River 6 spells curtains for Kevin.

Gugliotta enjoys $608 for his 13th place cash.

Event 10: Final Table

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

With the elimination of Steven Krasner (Copiague Harbor, NY) and Evan Mandery (East Meadow, NY) we're down to the final 10 players who are now on the bubble. One more elimination and they hit the money.

PLO Top 10

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 James Kinney (Charlotte, NC)  450k
2 Jeremy McWhorter (Bridgeport, CT) 150k
3 Michael Farahnick (New York, NY) 161k
4 Thomas Ieronimo (Watertown, CT) 110k
5 Greg Kolo (Rocky River, OH) 210k
6 Anoymous2 (Othertown, USA) 70k
7 David Kimmel (Mt. Olive, NJ) 71k
8 Yosef Tarlow (Morristown, NJ) 152k
9 Abe Faroni (Philadelphia, PA) 246k
10 Jay Zimmet (Manalapan, NJ) 280k

Event 9: Guttman Gutted

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Henry Guttman (Brooklyn, NY) - 14th Place - $608

Henry Guttman (Brooklyn, NY) saw a dealer button raise then shoved all of his remaining 90,000 into the middle. Button snaps off showing pocket Kings.

Guttman's 5-5 saw a dry board of A-A-4-8-6 and his tournament life was over.

At least Henry didn't bubble in back to back tournaments. He'll take home $608 for his Event 9, 14th place finish.

Event 10: Heading for Home

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

12 players remain as play continues on the final two tables 6-handed.  James Kinney (Charlotte, NC) continues to lead the way with 500k, nearly 1/3 of the chips in play. 

The average stack is 155k.

Event 9: Byung Bounced

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Byung Yoo - 15th Place - $608

Rough ending for Byung Yoo (Norwood, NJ) who had QQ and says he knew he was behind. That's because Tammy Lloyd shoved and had him outchipped. "She keeps saying how she's not running good and I knew she had a huge hand but what can I do, I wasn't folding Queens" said Yoo.

Tammy tabled pocket kings and couldn't bare to watch. The flop gave Byung some needed outs with an opened ended draw but he couldn't connect and is out.

Flop: 9-10-J
Turn: J
River: 4

Cousin Daniel busted out earlier and was rooting from the rail.
He showed his support with the knock-out of his cuz.

"I was short stacked all day" explained Byung.

Both guys are fans of the blog and we thank them for being part of our audience and enjoying our work. Thanks guys!

Event 9: Final Two Tables

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Table 1:
1. Joe Brand
2. Kevin Gugliotta
3. Randy Itwaru
4. Todd Richter
5. Benjamin Chan
6. Jonathan Chehanske
7. Henry Guttman
8. Marc Kanter

Table 2:
1. Claude Petroy
2. Byung Yoo
3. Jerry Callahan
4. Ketan Patel
5. Tammy Lloyd
6. Michael Nesmith
7. Tim Dougherty
8. Chris Rich

Jerry Callahan is your chip leader with 520,000 chips.

Event 9: Slot Machine Pays Off

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Michael Nesmith (Jacksonville, FL) took a hit earlier when A-K fell to seat 1's 6-7.

Then Nesmith saw a club heavy flop of 5-Q-J, had Q-9 and jammed his stack. Opponent had two clubs, called, and hit the nut flush on the river tabling A-10 of clubs.

So just like that after playing for so many hours, Michael was down to 11,000.

The very next hand he looks down at pocket sevens and gets it in. Three players assume he's steaming or desperate and call, salivating at another yellow knock-out chip.

Flop is 8-7-Q. One opponent isolates with a 20,000 bet.

6 turn....3 river.

Opponent tables K-Q and Nesmith announces, "I have a set" as he flips over his 77's.

So Nesmith quadruples up to 44,000 plus the blinds and antes, celebrates, and is right back in this thing.

Tables are condescend to two as re-seat cards are handed out.

As luck would have it, Jerry Callahan was handed the exact same seat he's currently in.

Pretty funny.

Event 9: Tumminello Pummeled

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)

Tim Dougherty Part of a One, Two Punch

Tomas Tumminello (Merrick, NY) is out in 21st place for $498. Not bad for his second live tournament ever.

Thomas suffered a one-two punch from Todd Richter (Clinton, NJ) and Tim Dougherty (Queens, NY).

First Todd had Tom on the ropes when his K-Q found two pair against wired 88's. That hand cost Tumminello 76,000.

In the same orbit, Tim Dougherty had a naked Ace and scored two more A's on the board. Tomas' 10-J of spades never had a chance.

Tumminello told me he worked until midnight last night (in the restaurant business) and arrived at Borgata by 5am.

Hey, for your second tourney ever, 21st place is nothing to sneeze at.

Event 7 Recap

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)

After two days of poker and a fast and furious final two tables, local Borgata regular Jared Solomon (Brigantine, NJ) won the tournament, the $43,112 first prize and the trophy, just ahead of 13 other players.  Solomon not only picked up a nice chunk of change, but more importantly he used his time at the tables to study for the bar exam.

"Honestly, the only way I can listen to my bar exam lectures is if I'm forced to at the (poker) table," said the 26 year old Columbia Law School student, "it's the main reason I played."

Solomon said one of the key plays he made came with 90 seconds left in Level 6 of the Day 1B re-entry period.  He shoved with K2 for his last 6k and spiked a king for a double-up that kept him from having to register for a third time.

As play wrapped up Monday night, Solomon said he used a 5-bet all-in bluff with 2♠ 4♠ against a player who laid down pocket queens.  The play helped him bag 190k as 83 total players returned (out of 510) for Day 2 looking for a payday in the top 54.

It didn't take long to hit the money and that's when the flood gates opened. Chalie Hook (Philadelphia, PA), the 2009 Borgata Summer Poker Open Heads Up champion, was one of the first players to hit the rail in 51st place ($693).

The bustouts continued and the casualties included the top 2 chip stacks to begin play. Chip leader Benjamin Walterick (Levittown, PA) was 33rd/$779, while Patricia Barsanti-Chou (Metuchen, NJ), a Borgata Spring Poker Open Event Champion, finished 19th ($952).

As play was grinding on two tables, it was clear the final dash for the cash of the $178,500 buy-in was going to be hectic.  2nd Place ($24,239) eventually went to Joe Bovino (Westmont, NJ), while Alan Goodman finished 3rd ($15,582).

A complete list of the final 14 is listed here and the top 10 featured two former Borgata Event winners. Phil Neiman (Flushing, NY), who won an event in the 2009 Borgata Summer Poker Open and Taemee Feuer (Westbury, NY), who took down a tournament in September 2009 during the Borgata Poker Open, finished 9th and 8th respectively.

The irony of Solomon winning this poker tournament while studying for the bar exam is that he has no plans of practicing law, but will take his talents to Wall St.

Event 7 Champion: Solomon

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)

Jared Solomon (Brigantine, NJ) 
$43,112

It was fast and furious when the 14 remaining players returned from dinner break. In the end Jared Solomon ended up with all the chips, the first place prize, and the trophy.

Event 7: 2nd - Bovino

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)

Joe Bovino (Westmont, NJ)
$24,239

Event 7: 3rd - Goodman

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)

Alan Goodman
$15,582 
 (Camera Shy)

Event 7: Places 4-14

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)






Place - Name - Amount


4 Thomas Parsons (Sayerville, NJ) $12,380
5 Chung Chia (Oakland Gardens, NY) $9,696
6 Robert Suchoki (Nutley, NJ) $7,965
7 Athanasios Diakos (Jersey City, NJ) $6,320
8 Taemee Feuer (Westbury, NY) $4,935
9 Phil Neiman (Flushing, NY) $3,463
10 Brandon Guss (Warminster, PA) $2,251
11 Josh Teitelbaum (Brooklyn, NY) $2,251
12 Anthony Thambynayagam (Brooklyn, NY) $2,251
13 Brett Borgersen (West Palm Beach, FL) $1,731 (Not Pictured)
14 Pralhad Deshpande (Stony Brook, NY) $1,731

Event 9: Guttman Guts It Out

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

If you follow our blog you know that Henry Guttman was the bubble boy in Event 7 Deepstack.

He busted out around 1:00PM, still had more poker in him so figured he'd sign up for Event 9.

Lightening almost struck twice for Henry who was in serious trouble right around the bubble - again.

It took two miracle river cards in two different hands for him to survive the bubble and play on.

"I had a pair of deuces and needed another two on the river to win" said Guttman who hit his man.

So once thing we know is Guttman will make some money - the undecided question is, 'how much?'.

23 players remain.

Blinds 2,000 / 4,000 antes 400

Event 9: Last Grandmom Standing

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Okay, I can honestly say I just met the hottest Grandmom ever and she's playing here at Borgata in Event 9.

Tammy "Clobberer" Lloyd

Tammy Lloyd (Wilmington, DE) is a semi-pro poker player. She has a 26 year old daughter and three Grandkids, Jadion, Alloney, and Carlos, whom she says "hi" and sends her love to.

Right before dinner she bluffed the player to her right but didn't show him.

Mark, also playing at table 1, told me "She's a superstar...Benjamin is the grinder and Tammy is the clobberer."

Tammy's good reads, calls, and laydowns have earned her 3 knock-out yellows and 188,000 in chips plus the Last Woman Standing honors.

Congratulations Granny Poker!

Event 9: Chan In Charge

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Benjamin Looking For All The Benjamins

Benjamin Chan (New York, NY) is your chip leader with 210,000 at table 1.

Chan has been picking his spots and abusing players when necessary.

We'll see if Chan has what it takes to maintain his position lead and take this thing down.

I asked Benjamin what the B on his hat stood for. No, not Borgata...it stands for Benjamin.

Tiger Woods has his own branding and looks like Benjamin is working on his.

Event 9: Bubble Busted

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Only fifteen minutes of hand for hand action before Jim Ieronimo (Watertown, CT) gets it all in pre-flop holding pocket aces.

2nd in tournament chips, Jerry Callahan figures he'll take a shot with pocket tens and calls.

Both guys table their hands and it's all but over on the flop of K-Q-10.
Turn 9 and river 6 seals Ieronimo's fate as his aces are cracked.

Jim is the 28th place bubble and goes home empty handed.
He and his brother Tom will be here all week as they are playing several more tournaments.

Today represents Jim's deepest run in a tournament.

Bubble Boy

Down to 27 players and all are in the money!

Event 9: The Jerry Is In

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Jerry Callahan (Oyster Bay, NY) - 205,000

Meet Jerry Callahan from Oyster Bay, NY. He teaches community theater and is also an actor.

Jerry must be using his acting skills to Hollywood his opponents because he grew his stack without ever getting any monsters, so he claims.

Callahan is second in chips, just 5,000 short of the leader. Ironically he finished second in 2010 Borgata Poker Open Event 3 Deepstack and is looking for first tonight.

He also busted out 6 players.

Event 7: Dinner Time Chip Counts

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)         

Here are some rough counts as of dinner, by table and seat assignment:

Table 1
Josh Teitelbaum - 730k
Jared Solomon - 440k
Athanasios Diakos - 900
Pralhad Deshpande - 740k
Robert Suchocki - 1.8 million
Brandon Guss - 970k
Anthony Thambynayagum - 500k

Table 2
Brett Borgersen - 1.3 million
Chung Chia - 1 million
Joe Bovino - 450k
Phil Neiman - 800k
Thomas Parson - 1 million
Alan Goodman - 900k
Taemee Feuer - 1.2 million

Event 10: Chip Leaders

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

The 25 remaining players are on dinner break. James Kinney and Abe Faroni are the two biggest stacks as the top 9 players cash in the event.

James Kinney (Charlotte, NC) 275k
Abe Faroni (Philadelphia, PA) 194k

Event 7: Dinner Time

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)         

End of level and time for dinner.

14 players remain.

Average is almost 911k.

Play will resume at about 7:45pm.

Event 9: Three From the Money

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Thirty players are on a 40 minute dinner break. When play resumes, the field is three eliminations from the money.

Here's a look at the big stacks.

Big Stacks

Benjamin Chan 210
Thomas Tumminello 195
Jeremiah Callahan 190
Thomas Spellacy 175
Joseph Brand 140

Others

Michael Nesmith 91
Robert DeMartino 90
Richard Rice 85
Claude Petroy 45

Event 10: Last Level Before Dinner

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO


The Pot Limit Omaha tournament is down to 3 tables and is playing it's final level before the dinner bell. Level 12 will go a few minutes past 7 pm, but it's worth it as it will allow the floor staff to color up the black (100) chips.

Currently 30 players remain, including former chip leader Nick Curanovic (Bronx, NY) who just doubled up Dave Grandieri (Danbury, CT) to 18k, when Grandieri hit a flush on the river. Curanovic is down to less than 10k and needs a lot of help.

Event 7: New Chip Leader

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)        

Josh Teitelbaum opened for 95k from the hijack, Athanasios Diakos called from the button, and Robert Suchocki called from the big blind.

The flop was J J 6 with two diamonds.  All three checked.  Turn was an offsuit 2.  Robert fired 100k, Josh folded, and Diakos called.  River was an offsuit 4.  Robert again launched a 100k salvo. 

After a little thought, Diakos called.  Robert showed pocket 5s for two pair.  Diakos mucked.  With that pot, Diakos dropped down to ~1.2 million and Robert took the chip lead with over 1.4 million.

Event 9: Dash for the Cash

 $200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip) 

Just 32 players remain (285 start) as the race is on to hit the money before the dinner break.  5 eliminations in 18 minutes will break the bubble, as 27 get paid.

Otherwise it'll be a long dinner break for the short stacks.

Event 7: 15th Place - Cusa

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)       

Play resumed with blinds of 20k/40k with 4k antes.

William Cusa, Jr. opened for 120k utg+1.  Action folded around to Robert Suchocki on the button, who announced he was all-in.  William only had a couple-hundred-thousand behind, so he opted to call.

 William Cusa, Jr.

William held QT suited.  Robert was way ahead with pocket Aces.  The flop came A J 2 and William caught a little hope with a gutshot, but Robert improved to a set.  The Queen on the turn changed nothing.  River was a 5 and Robert collected the pot.

William collected $1,731 for his 15th place finish.

Event 10: Payouts

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

Entries: 93
Total Buy-In: $32,550

Place - Amount

1  $11,051
2 $5,999
3 $3,789
4 $2,842
5 $2,210
6 $1,894
7 $1,579
8 $1,263
9 $947

Event 9: Payouts

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Entries: 285
Total Buy-In: $57,000


Place - Amount

1 $15,481
2 $9,122
3 $5,253
4 $4,257
5 $3,317
6 $2,765
7 $2,212
8 $1,659
9 $1,105
10-12 $718
13-15 $608
16-18 $553
19-27 $498

Event 7: Break Time Chip Counts

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)      

Another level has expired and players took off for a break.

Here are some rough chip counts:

Athanasios Diakos - 1.4 million
Brett Borgersen - 1.3 million
Alan Goodman - 1.2 million
Taemee Feuer - 1.2 million
Phil Neiman - 1.14 million
Brandon Guss - 825k
Josh Teitelbaum - 800k
Chung Chia - 760k
Jared Solomon - 740k
Robert Suchocki - 700k
Thomas Parson - 730k
Pralhad Deshpande - 600k
Anthony Thambynayagum - 560k
Joe Bovino - 400k
William Cusa, Jr. - 360k

Event 7: 17th - Harker; 16th - Seitz

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)     

Marcus Seitz & Greg Harker

17 - Greg Harker (New York, NY)
16 - Marcus Seitz  (Lacey, WA)

Both earned $1,299.

In between the two bust-outs, Chung Chia doubled through Thomas Parson.  Chung held pocket 9s and was racing against Thomas' AK.  The board came 7 6 3 2 T and Chung doubled to ~800k.  Thomas was left with ~800k.

15 players remain.  Average is 850k.

Event 10: Chip Leaders

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

Abe is Able

Big Stacks

Abe Faroni (Philadelphia, PA) 140k
Anonymous (Anytown, NJ) 130k
Al Ballerini (Maywood, NJ) 105k
Larry O'Halloran (Colonia, NJ) 96k

Former chip leader Nick Curanovic (Bronx, NY), has been cut in half to 40k. "I'll get 'em back, with interest," he says with a hardy laugh.

Event 7: 18th Place - Correro

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)    

Brian Correro (Mt. Laurel, NJ) has reported to the rail in 18th place after missing two draws.  First, he was up against Brett Borgersen on a flop of 6 5 3.

Brian Correro

Brian had 87 and the open-ended draw.  Brett had pocket Tens.  Brian whiffed the draw and Brett doubled up to over 1.2 million chips.

Brian was left with five big blinds and got all-in.  Despite flopping another open-ender with his JT, he whiffed again and was busted.

He'll collect $1,299 for his 18th place finish.

Event 7: Two Tables

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)   

Top Row:  Little & Shehu
Bottom Row: Maletta & Barsanti-Chou


22 - Timothy Little (Cheverly, MD)
21 - Sakip Shehu (Staten Island, NY)
20 - Michael Maletta (Hicksville, NY)
19 - Patricia Barsanti-Chou (Metuchen, NJ)

All collected $952 for their efforts.

The final 18 are drawing seats and will move to the final two tables.

With Patti's departure, Taemee Feuer becomes the last woman sitting.

Event 7: Chip Leaders

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)  

Another player has hit the rail.  John Donnelly (Prospect Park, PA) finished 23rd ($952).

Another level is over and players are taking a break.

Pralhad Deshpande is the chip leader with ~1 million.

Josh Teitlebaum is second with ~950k.

Taemee Feuer is third with ~900k.

22 players remain.  Average stack is ~580k.

Event 9: Correro is a Casualty

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

The Dream is dead for Brian Correro (Mount Laurel, PA), who's been two-tabling all afternoon.

While on break in the Deep Stack, Correro returned to a 10k short stack in the Yellow Chip game and on his first hand in the big blind he doubles up to 20k with pocket aces.

On the next hand he has AQ and is at risk again, this time against two players.

Randy Itwaru (Queens, NY) wins the main pot with pocket 9s by making a straight on the river, taking his stack to 35k. Yosef Lider (Israel) wins the side pot with pocket 8s by hitting a set and sending Correro to the rail in one of the two tournaments he's playing.

Event 7: Two Dozen Remain

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)  

27 - Thomas Pomponio (Manahawkin, NJ)
26 - Robbie Devries (Woodland Park, NJ)

Both collected $952.

George Rakitzis (Bayside, NY) was racing with AQ suited against the pocket 8s of Brian Correro (Mt. Laurel, NJ).  The pair held up and when the stacks were counted down, Brian had George covered by just 8k.  Brian's now up to ~500k.

George Rakitzis took 25th place and $952.

24 - Albert Kinder III (Pine Hill, NJ) - $952

Event 9: Bubble Trouble

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Correro (left) is in the Deep Stack money, while
Guttman was the Bubble Boy

Both are Playing in the Yellow Chip

It's been a rough go for Henry Guttman (Brooklyn, NY). After starting the day in the top half of the field of the Deep Stack, he was the bubble boy and was out in 55th place, one off the money.

"Beyond brutal," he says after buying into the tournament 4 times, twice on Days 1A & 1B.

Now he's hoping for a better run in the Yellow chip, "I'm going to win this," he says, while folding another hand.  Coincidentally, he's at the same table as Brian Correro (Mount Laurel, NJ), who survived the bubble and is playing in both events as well.

Event 7: Hearts Crush Cramer

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)   

Blinds are up to 10k/20k with 3k antes.

Joe Cramer (Carlisle, PA) got all-in against Robert Suchoki (Nutley, NJ).  Joe was relieved to see that they both held pocket Tens, but that relief quickly waned as the board ran out with four hearts -- and Robert held the Ten of Hearts.

Joe collected $866 for his 28th place finish.

Table four was broken and now 27 players remain at three tables.  The next nine to go will pick up $952.

Double Trouble

Tale of Two Stacks 
Corerro (left) Short in the Yellow Chip,
(right) Climbing the Deep Stack

Brian Correro (Mt. Laurel, NJ) is double shifting today as he's playing in both the Event 7 Deep Stack Double Play and Event 10 Yellow Chip Bounty tournament. "It's wild," says Correro, who surprisingly made the money in the Deep Stack, "I have as many chips here (Bounty Tournament), as I did to start the day over there (DS)."

With 27,500 Correro was the third shortest stack of 83 players returning for Day 2 of the DS, as the top 54 cashed in the event. With a small chance of making the money, Correro played the Yellow Chip at 11 am, then an hour later took his seat in the Deep Stack looking for a double up.

On his first hand he shoved with A9 suited and held on against A3 off suit to jump up to 75k. "It's been a roller coaster," says Correro, "Too much stress."

After surviving into the money, Correro, a banker who uses his vacation time to play poker, quickly jumped back into his Yellow Chip seat. On the Deep Stack's first break, Correro won a big Yellow Chip pot, but 10 minutes later was back into the DS fray.

He's now cracked the top 27 and is guaranteed at least $952 and is slightly below average in chips, but still climbing the pay scale.

"I'll take a break when I'm out of chips," says the 24 year old, who admits he has nothing else to do with his vacation time. "I get four weeks a year and it's use it or lose it," he says, adding "why not play poker?" This after using 2 weeks of vaca playing Borgata tournaments earlier this year.

The Yellow Chip tournament is on break and while Correro continues playing the Deep Stack, he's down to the starting stack of 10k. Looks like he'll need another double up soon if he's going to cash in both tournaments.

Event 7: Seven Sent Packing

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)   

35 - Ernest Emeron (Ocean City, MD)
34 - Jonas Wexler (Southhampton, PA)
33 - Benjamin Walterick (Levittown, PA)
32 - Jake Shak (Philadelphia, PA)
31 - Kerry Small (Ventnor City, NJ)
30 - Carlos Delafuente (Mineola, NY)
29 - Saad Ghanem (Rosedale, MD)

28 players remain at 4 tables.  One more departure and the will be at the final three tables.

Event 7: Bigger Boat Sinks Santilli

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)  

With 34 players remaining it was time for a break.  Here are the latest departures:

40 - Michael Cressy (Commack, NY)
39 - Morris Huskarsky (Brooklyn, NY)
38 - Jake Kramer (Plymouth Meeting, PA)
37 - Yohay Bullkich (Nahariya, Israel)

All collected $779.

In a limped pot, Bob Santilli flopped a full house with his pocket 9s when the flop came 9 6 6.  An Ace came on the turn and Bob was all-in against Thomas Parson.  Thomas held pocket Aces and had turned a bigger boat to sink Bob's.

Bob Santilli finished in 36th place and earned $866 for his efforts.

Event 10: Quads x 2 = Chip Leader

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

Nicky Big Stack

Nick Curanovic (Bronx, NY) is running good and running away from the field after hitting quads on back to back hands. First it was pocket 6s to stack a player for 20k. Then it's pocket 10s that gets him another elimination and 20k more.

Curanovic is a friendly older gentleman who likes to joke about his age and has a good rapport with the other players at the table. One player laughs, "yeah he was 21, in 1921."

With 85k, Curanovic has twice as many chips as the next player.

68 players remain as registration is closed.

Event 9: Registration Closed

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Players are back from break and registration is now closed for the second bounty tournament of the Summer Open.  The field has more than 250 entries as players have to buckle down as they don't have the re-entry option after a bad beat.

In a classic race Karla Cornielle (Bronx, NY) is all in for 7k with QQ vs AK and much to her surprise the ladies hold. 

Level 7 (300/600/75 ante) is underway.

Event 10: Feeling Better

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO
Grandpa Jay Staying Grounded

Grandpa Jay Zimmet (Manalapan, NJ) was on a flight to Vegas Monday morning, but after feeling ill before departure, he left the plane and is now playing PLO here at the Borgata Summer Poker Open. "I'm feeling better,"  he says, "but I'm glad I have a seat near the bathroom."

On the last hand before break, Zimmet bets 4k and gets two callers before showing down the nut straight with K Q. Zimmet's sitting on 40k as there's plenty of action at his table. "Chips are flying," says Jesse Dorinstriech (Philadelphia, PA).

Grandpa Jay wants his family to know he's doing well and that all of his updates will be coming from the Borgata blog.

Event 7: 40 Players Remain

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)  

Five more players have cashed out:

45 - Frank Pavia (Toms River, NJ)
44 - Leo Goldberger (Brooklyn, NY)
43 - Sungwoo Tae (Palisades Park, NJ)
42 - Justin Tobin (Holland, PA)
41 - Toby Kasser (Nanuet, NY)

All collected $779 for two days' work.

40 players remain.  Average stack is ~318k.

Event 9: Poker Tendon-cies

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

The Rich get Richer

When he's not winning hands with quad 5s, Chris Rich (Massapequa, NY) is rehabbing a torn tendon in his finger. "It's my claw to scoop pots," he says while adjusting the big plastic brace on his left hand.

Rich was shy about how he suffered the injury, but says it has nothing to do with how often he's been folding the last few weeks. Rich is an accountant who reluctantly admits he knows Eric "Pools" Siegel, a Borgata regular who plays in the same Long Island games.

Level 6 (200/400/50 ante) continues.

Event 7: Four More Hit the Door

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)  

Four more out the door:

49 - Zion Zamir (Brooklyn, NY)
48 - Edward Shtrahman (N. Brunsick, NJ)
47 - Brian Ali (Brooklyn, NY)
46 - Robert Haavind (Boston, MA)

All will stop to collect $693 on their way.

45 players remain at five tables.  The next nine to bust out will collect $779.

Event 7: First Five to Cash

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry) 

Wayne Lewis (Galloway, NJ) was the first player to report to the rail in 54th place.

Joseph Nichols (Nutley, NJ) was second to go, finishing 53rd.

Smiley Chin (New York, NY) got all-in with AJ and was up against the pocket Tens of Patti Barsanti-Chou.  Patti's pair held up and Smiley was dispatched in 52nd place.  Patti's up to ~600k.

Chalie Hook (Philadelphia, PA) hit the rail in 51st place.

On the last hand of the level, Neil Destefano (Lindenhurst, NY) busted out in 50th place.

All will pick up $693 for their efforts.

49 players remain and are on break as the black 100 chips are colored up.

Event 7: Money Time

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)  

Hanoch Guttman (Brooklyn, NY) got all-in pre-flop against Phil Neiman (Flushing, NY).

Hanoch held JT and was trailing Phil's A4.  Then the board came A 6 4 J 3 and Phil took the pot with two pair.

Honoch took the title of today's bubble-boy.

With 54 players remaining, they're all in the money and guaranteed to leave with at least $693.

Six nine-handed tables remain.

Event 7: Hand For Hand

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry) 

Already down to 55 players which means it is bubble-time!  They're now playing hand-for-hand until one more player is eliminated.

Event 7: Hook Arrives, Blinds Up

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry) 

Chalie Hook has finally appeared and taken his seat.

Down to 7 tables now -- 63 players remain.

9 more to go to reach the money.

They've completed level 17 and continued play into level 18 with blinds of 4k/8k and 1k antes.

Event 7: Hook's a No-Show

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)

They're down to 8 tables now, nine-handed, which means 72 players remain.

Chalie Hook still has not shown up, so he's being blinded off.  He started the day above average in chips, so I guess he can afford to sleep late.

Event 10: Cards Fly in Omaha

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

The Omaha-lics are in action on the far side of the Poker Room.

They started with 20,000 chips (hence the Big Stack moniker) and blinds of 25/50.

Late arrivals may still register through level four.  Levels 1-10 are 30 minutes long, then they increase to 40 minutes with level 11.

Play will continue tonight until all the chips sit in front of one player.

Event 7: Day 2 Underway -- Payout Reminder

$350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)

83 players survived the combined action on days 1A and 1B and have returned to complete their run for the money.

Level 17 blinds are 3k/6k with 500 antes.

Only the final 54 players will get paid, so 29 will leave disappointed.

Here's a reminder what they're playing for:

Place...........Amout

1................. $43,112
2................. $24,239
3................. $15,582
4................. $12,380
5................. $9,696
6................. $7,965
7................. $6,320
8................. $4,935
9.................. $3,463
10-12.......... $2,251
13-15.......... $1,731
16-18.......... $1,299
19-27.......... $952
28-36.......... $866
37-45.......... $779
46-54.......... $693

Event 9: Blinds Up

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)  

Blinds Up!  Level 2 blinds are 50/100.

Players continued to arrive and find their seats.  22 tables are in action with tables 23 filling up -- they'll be underway shortly.  As usual, the ten seats are vacant and will initially be held for re-entries.

About a dozen souls standing in line at registration

Here are some chip-slingers already hunting bounties:
Eric Miller
David Heck
Stephanie Hubbard
Vladimir Peck
Tony Shurilla
Bob 'Bullet' Demartino
James 'Suits' Salters
David Rittmeyer

Event 9: Schuricht Collects Bounty

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip) 

Just a few hands into the tournament, a player found himself all-in holding pocket Jacks.  He was racing against the AK off of Kyle Schuricht (Voorhees, NJ). 

 Kyle Schuricht

An Ace on the flop was all Kyle needed to bust his opponent and collect his first $20 bounty chip.

Kyle finished 7th in event 1 just a few days ago, collecting over $10k for that performance.

Event 9: Bounty Hunters

$200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)

Cards are in the air for the Yellow Chip Bounty Tournament.  This is mostly just a $200 + $30 NLH tournament, but one added twist is the $20 bounty.  All players buy a Yellow ($20) cash chip that they give to the player who knocks them out.  This way players can make money along the way before they reach the tournament payouts.

The second twist is that players who bust out can re-enter as many times as they want, during the first six levels.  That's unlimited re-entries and I'm told all re-entry tournaments at Borgata will now be unlimited.

Players begin with 10,000 chips (plus their yellow bounty chip, which does not count toward their stack).

Level 1 blinds are 25/50.  Levels 1-10 are 30 minutes long, then levels 11 and higher increase to 40 minutes.

Play will continue tonight until all the chips sit in front of one player.

Tuesday, June 14

Today's Events (Poker Room)

11AM: Event 9 - $200 + $30 + $20 Bounty NLH Re-Entry (Yellow Chip)
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-10: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 11+: will last 40 minutes each
  • Players that bust within first 6 Levels may Re-Enter (unlimited)
  • This is a Bounty No Limit Hold'em tournament
  • 1-Day event
12PM: Event 10 - $350 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High

  • Players start with 20,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-10: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 11+: will last 40 minutes each

4PM: Event 33 - $200 + $30 Modified No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-2: will last 10 minutes | Levels 3-4: will last 15 minutes | Levels 5-6: will last 20 minutes | Levels 7-8: will last 25 minutes | Levels 9-10: will last 30 minutes | Levels 11-12: will last 35 minutes | Levels 13-14: will last 40 minutes | Levels 15+: will last 45 minutes
  • 1-Day event
7PM: Event 34 - $150 + $30 No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels last 20 minutes each
  • 1-Day event

Event 32 Results

Borgata Summer Poker Open
Event 32:  $150 + $30 No Limit Hold’em
June 13, 2011

Entries:  85
Total Buy-In: $12,750

FINAL RESULTS
1. STEPHEN MOY (NEW YORK, NY):  $4,329
2. GARY KOSAKOWSKI (NEWARK, NJ):  $2,350
3. THIEN TING CHUA (MORRIS PLAINS, NJ):  $1,484
4. CHRIS LEON (VLY STREAM, NY):  $1,113
5. ADAM FELDMAN (WYOMMISSING, PA):  $866
6. SHAREEF MCGEE (LAKE HIAWATHA, NJ):  $742
7. KELLY ROGER SMITH (MANASSAS PARK, VA):  $618
8. SCOTT SHOYER (FLOURTOWN, PA):  $495
9. EDWARD CANONICO (WHITESTONE, NY):  $371

Event 31 Results

Borgata Summer Poker Open
Event 31:  $150 + $30 Survivor No Limit Hold’em
June 13, 2011

Entries:  76
Total Buy-In: $11,400

FINAL RESULTS
1. MARGUERITE SPAGNUOLO (STATEN ISLAND, NY):  $1500 Cash
2. DANIEL STEIN (NO WOODMERE, NY):  $1500 Cash
3. SHERRY HERMAN (FARMINGDALE, NJ):  $1500 Cash
4. ADAM ROSS (BROOKLYN, NY):  $1500 Cash
5. AUSTEN JOHNSON (WOODSBORO, MD):  $1500 Cash
6. TOM FRANCISCO (ANNANDALE, VA):  $1500 Cash
7. MBAYE KHADY (NEW YORK, NY):  $1500 Cash
8. JOHN KLODIE (BRIGANTINE, NJ):  $558 Cash

Event 7 Chip Leaders (Start of Day 2)

Borgata Summer Poker Open
Event 7: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Double Play NLH
June 12-14, 2011

Entries:  510
Total Buy-In: $178,500


START OF DAY 2 CHIP COUNTS
1. BENJAMIN WALTERICK (LEVITTOWN, PA):  430,000
2. PATRICIA BARSANTI-CHOU (METUCHEN, NJ):  415,000
3. ROBERT HAAVIND (BOSTON, MA):  317,000
4. TAEMEE FEUER (WESTBURY, NY):  308,000
5. JAKE SHAK (PHILADELPHIA, PA):  296,500
6. BRETT BORGERSEN (WEST PALM BEACH, FL):  294,000
7. THOMAS POMPONIO (MANAHAWKIN, NJ):  292,000
8. ANTHONY THAMBYNAYAGAM (HOUSTON, TX):  287,000
9. MARCUS SEITZ (LACEY, WA):  281,500
10. JOHN DONNELLY (PROSPECT PARK, PA):  280,500
11. ROBBY DEVRIES (WOODLAND PARK, NJ):  270,000
12. CHARLES HOOK (PHILADELPHIA, PA):  267,000
13. BRANDON GUSS (WARMINSTER, PA):  265,000
14. JAKE KRAMER (PLYMOUTH MTNG, PA):  264,000
15. MICHAEL MALETTA (HICKSVILLE, NY):  257,000
16. MICHAEL LYDON (JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY):  237,500
17. JOSHUA TEITELBAUM (BROOKLYN, NY):  233,000
18. SAAD GHANEM (ROSEDALE, MD):  232,500
19. KERRY SMALL (VENTNOR CITY, NJ):  230,500
20. ATHANASIOS DIAKOS (JERSEY CITY, NJ):  221,000
21. LEIBY GOLDBERGER (BROOKLYN, NY):  211,500
22. SAKIP SHEHU (STATEN ISL, NY):  197,500
23. CARLOS DELAFUENTE (MINEOLA, NY):  197,000
24. TOBY KASSER (NANUET, NY):  191,000
25. JARED SOLOMON (BRIGANTINE, NJ):  190,500
26. MORRIS HUSARSKY (BROOKLYN, NY):  190,000
27. BRIAN ALI (BROOKLYN, NY):  188,000
28. RICHARD DEVITO (YONKERS, NY):  188,000
29. JASON HENRICI (OLD TAPPAN, NJ):  186,500
30. YOHAY BULLKICH (NAHARIYA, ISR):  177,000
31. SUNGWOO TAE (PALISADES PK, NJ):  176,500
32. ERNEST EMERSON (OCEAN CITY, MD):  170,500
33. JOSEPH BOVINO (WESTMONT, NJ):  169,500
34. ERIC HALL (STATEN ISLAND, NY):  166,000
35. NEIL DESTEFANO (LINDENHURST, NY):  165,000
36. HANOCH GUTTMAN (BROOKLYN, NY):  162,000
37. ROBERT SANTILLI (JACKSON, NJ):  160,000
38. CHUNG CHIA (OAKLAND GDNS, NY):  158,500
39. PHILIP NEIMAN (FLUSHING, NY):  156,000
40. PRALHAD DESHPANDE (STONY BROOK, NY):  152,500
41. ALAN GOODMAN (BROOKLYN, NY):  133,500
42. TIMOTHY LITTLE (CHEVERLY, MD):  130,000
43. ROBERT SUCHOCKI (NUTLEY, NJ):  128,500
44. MATTHEW DELUCA (EAST MEADOW, NY):  121,500
45. WAYNE LEWIS (GALLOWAY, NJ):  116,000
46. ARMANDO THEN (NEW YORK, NY):  114,500
47. JUSTIN TOBIN (HOLLAND, PA):  114,500
48. GEORGE RAKITZIS (BAYSIDE, NY):  113,000
49. TIMOTHY KELLEHER (W BERLIN, NJ):  108,500
50. ZION ZAMIR (BROOKLYN, NY):  108,500
51. JINHING CHIN (NEW YORK, NY):  107,000
52. JOSEPH CRAMER (CARLISLE, PA):  100,000
53. RAYMOND DIDONATO (LAUREL SPRINGS, NJ):  98,500
54. MICHAEL CRESSY (COMMACK, NY):  98,000
55. GREGG MILLER (MORGANVILLE, NJ):  97,500
56. THOMAS PARSON (SAYREVILLE, NJ):  97,000
57. ANTHONY MAIO (JAMISON, PA):  95,500
58. HO CHEUNG (RANSON, WV):  94,500
59. JASON JENKINS (ALDIE, VA):  94,000
60. JOSEPH NICHOLS (NUTLEY, NJ):  92,000
61. EDWARD COTTER (RIVER VALE, NJ):  86,500
62. ERIC BORDUAS (SHERRINGTON,QUEBEC, CAN):  85,000
63. WILLIAM CUSA JR (WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ):  85,000
64. MICHAEL CHU (FAIRFAX, VA):  82,500
65. GREGORY HARKER (NEW YORK, NY):  82,000
66. ALBERT KINDER 3RD (PINE HILL, NJ):  81,000
67. EDWARD SHTRAHMAN (NO.BRUNSWICK, NJ):  78,000
68. RICHARD ROSSETTI (VENTNOR, NJ):  76,500
69. FRANK PAVIA (TOMS RIVER, NJ):  76,000
70. FRANK SEMINARIO JR (N MASSAPEQUA, NY):  73,500
71. ROONGSAK GRIFFETH (COLUMBUS, GA):  70,000
72. DON LOTANO (MATAWAN, NJ):  68,500
73. PAUL SCATURRO (OLD BRIDGE, NJ):  67,500
74. CLAUDIUS FERRIS (HOLLIS, NY):  64,000
75. JACE REIKEN (LINCOLN PARK, NJ):  55,000
76. JONAS WEXLER (SOUTHAMPTON, PA):  52,000
77. THOMAS NAVARRA (HAVERSTRAW, NY):  48,000
78. KETAN PATEL (MACHIPONGO, VA):  39,000
79. RANDY FIOCCHI (AVALON, NJ):  35,000
80. DANIEL SHAPIRO (GREAT NECK, NY):  29,500
81. BRIAN CORRERO (MOUNT LAUREL, NJ):  27,500
82. GIOVANNI GIOVANNIELLO (HOWARD BEACH, NY):  22,500
83. CHRISTOPHER HARPLEY (LUSBY, MD):  19,500