Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Event 11: Rail Taxi

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Omar Akataxi Rails His Cousin Abraham

Omar Akataxi (North Jersey) will be playing in tomorrow's 6-max.

With a last name like Akataxi, Omar told me, "I'll knock you out then take you home".

He's sweatin his cousin Abraham who is hovering around 200,000 looking to double up.

Level 24: Blinds 15,000 / 30,000 with 4,000 antes

36 players remain on five tables.

Average chip stack - 430,000

Event 11: Edwin Lau Cracks Up

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Edwin Lau - 45th Place - $634

Real estate agent Edwin Lau (Philadelphia, PA) grinded all the way up to 140,000 just waiting to get his stack in good. He woke up to Aces and got a pre-flop caller in William Daloisi (Staten Island, NY).

Lau shows his bullets and Daloisi tables pocket kings.

Edwin stands and gets closer to celebrating with ever card that falls.

Flop: 8-9-10
Turn: 2

When the river King fell giving Daloisi a set of kings, Edwin went off. It was as if he was in shock and in denial. "How could I go out like that...How could that happen...that's so sick..." said Edwin.

You could tell he didn't want to leave. Didn't think he deserved to leave.

"I was short stacked all day" explained Edwin. We all feel your pain.

Just have to get em next time.

Event 11: Mernone Someone

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Wayne Mernone (Hamilton, NJ) is at table 47 and earlier had a monster chip leader to his right and two monster leaders to his left. So we sort of overlooked him in our coverage as a major threat for the tournament. Well, we were wrong.

Wayne now has 800,000 in chips and two of the other guys at 47 are GONE.

Funny how poker justice works out sometimes.

After doubling up with Aces, Wayne scored another 200,000 when his A-K suited ran down pocket Kings. Life is good when you flop an ace precisely when you need it.

800,000 is among the leaders.

Event 11: Second In Chips

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Henry Telias & Michael Julian

Henry Tilias (Long Island, NY) a lawyer and CPA, is sitting on 660,000 and told me the only big hand he had all day, he lost. We've all been there before, you turn a full house and your opponent rivers a bigger boat.

Tilias was crippled down to 100,000 and card dead for five rounds until his table broke up. Ever since, he's been steadily climbing. It helps when your big pocket pairs hold up.

"I'm not used to being in this position" said the second in chips leader.

Henry credits his luck change to Michael Julian. Julian was close to being the bubble. He literally would beg and beg for his tablemates to fold and it apparently worked.

Event 11: Million Dollar Baby

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Christopher "Cobra" Larrea

Christopher Larrea (South Philly, PA) is sitting across from Josh, the tournament chip leader sitting on 1 million chips.

Christopher has 250,000 and is looking to double up through the leader.

We don't have a picture of our million dollar man, Josh, or even a last name because he called in sick from work today and doesn't want to get busted.

If he keeps a hold of that position lead, Josh will be posing with the trophy and listed on Borgata's official winners listings. Then the cat will definitely be out of the bag.

Event 11: Joe's Table Is "Cable" Ready

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Joe "Cable" Graci - 500,000

Joe Graci (Long Island) works for Cablevision hence the nickname "Cable". Right before the bubble broke Joe tangled with his table's chip leader and took him for 250,000.

"I flopped a set of eights and he turned two pair" said Graci whose been grinding in between his big hands.

We were talking about how there are so many good poker players from Long Island. Joe knows most of them, hangs with a bunch of them, and of course plays poker with them.

Joe Graci with 500,000 is closing in on the chip leader who has 600,000.

Event 11: Quick Bubble

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Super floor manager Ray Morales calls for hand for hand play, but when the chaos settles down and the staff does a recount, exactly 81 players remain and everyone is in the money. And with the announcement, the room erupts in applause and players congratulate each other for surviving nearly 11 hours of play.

Everyone is guaranteed $417 and a chance at $38,374.

Play resumes with short stacks shoving and bust outs heading to the cage.

Event 11: Girls vs. Boys

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Sophia Lis - 258,000

Sophia Lis (Oley, PA) and Deokhae Lee from New Jersey are the last two women remaining in the tournament.

Sophia told me she had good hands when it mattered and that she's just trying to play with the big boys.

Sophia has the women chip lead with 258,000 vs. Deokhae with 221,000.

Deokhae Lee - 221,000

Who will be the Last Woman Standing?

Event 11: Bubble Watch

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Ferrara (right) Reacts to his Bust Out to Dittmar (left)

Less than 10 players from the money and the rail birds are circling the remaining tables. Brothers Daniel and Benjamin are sweating Michael Ng (New York City) who's above the chip average with 325k.

Meanwhile another 10 BB shove results in a busto.  John Ferrara goes with 88 against the A Q of Joe Dittmar (Hicksville, NY) and when an ace hits the turn, Ferrara winces knowing his day is done.

Ferrara goes out with some grace shaking everyone's hand, including the dealer's, "next time don't put the ace out there," he says while walking away.

Another player notes, "there hasn't been much post flop play lately."

Level 20 (6k/12k/2k ante) is underway as we're just 4 off the money.

Daniel & Benjamin Chan (left) Watching the Action

Event 11: Would A Car Salesman Lie?

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Aspiring Poker Pro Anthony Santangelo

"If I win this thing I'm gonna go pro" claims Anthony Santangelo (Glenn Mills, PA) who has been selling Nissan's for the past 14 years.

Anthony believes his car-selling experience enhances his poker game when it comes to reading people and seeing where they're at and what they're willing to spend (or put into a pot).

Poker players and Car Salesmen have both been accused of being good "liars" from time to time but Anthony looks like he has an honest face.

He told me his showdown percentage today is 77% as he's won 7 of 9 showdowns.

Santangelo is currently at 118,000 and is first concerned about making the money and not bubbling.

If he does win, he's seriously going to consider taking the notion of becoming a poker pro out for a test drive.

Event 11: Color-Up Break Yo

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Players are checking out the payout sheets to see how close they are to the bubble and the money.

81st place will receive $417 and 82nd place gets squat.

We're currently sitting on 101 players.

Total chips in play are a whopping 17,200,000 with 170,297 the room average.

When players return in fifteen minutes - Level 19 kicks off with 5000 / 10,000 blinds and 1000 antes.

Event 11: Dave "Flips" Out

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Rich Sarkisian & Dave "Flip" Filippi

Rich Sarkisian (Sicklerville) is the chip leader at table 4 and among the leaders in the room with 345,000.

He's jumped around from six different tables today trying to profit from each one.

Things have been going good for Rich since dinner as he scooped a nice 140,000 when his AA held up against Opponent's 9-9.

Rich is defending a deep run and big cash from this same Event which ran in the 2011 Borgata Winter Poker Open.

Next to Rich is Dave "Flip" Filippi. Dave's little brother Amnon is a poker pro you might have heard of who has 2.6 million in cashes. "Who taught who how to play" I asked. Flip answered, "Our Mom taught both of us everything we know."

Flip got my attention and maybe drug me into a pot or at least some fun dramatics - he asked my name, I answered, then he announced to the table he was "all in" and got Opponent's A-K to call.

Flip tabled A-A and saw a dry board and another bust-out.

Event 11: Seat Open

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

"Seat Open," has been echoing through the Poker Room as the bust outs are fast and furious.
Because play is 9-handed, we've seen several tables going down to 7 and even 6 players, before the floor managers can break tables to fill in the gaps.

108 players remain on 12 players as the money bubble is looming. The top 81 cash and are guaranteed the min cash of $417, as the field chases the $38,374 first prize.

Event 11: Killer Beast

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

No Day Off For Ferris

Claudius "The Beast" Ferris (Hollis, NY) wins a 200k pot with set over set. Ferris has KK against his opponent's JJ (a third player folded 10 10). The flop is K J 10, for what could've been set over set over set.

Instead it's Ferris knocking out one player, as he takes his stack to nearly 400k.

Level 18 (4k/8k/1k ante) is underway.

Event 11: 4-4-Flushing

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Craig Wilson (Frederick, MD) - 300,000

There are two big stacks at Table 4 but they haven't tangled with each other yet.

Craig won a 200,000 pot before dinner when his Q-Q held up against A-K.

More recently his 4-4 took advantage of some free cards and found a flush to scoop a healthy pot.

His Opponent holding A-K with a King on the flop could only say one word to describe the hand, "disgusting". You did let him get there bro.

Craig is a professional bartender - we'll see how many people he's going to flag in the tournament.

Event 11: Britt Busts

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Pete Yozzo & Harvey Layton

Checking in on Table 45 after I noticed players standing along with some hollering.

Just Pete Yozzo busting out Danny Britt (Harlem, NY) for his last 20,500.

Holding pocket Kings, Danny felt good on the flop of Q-J-4.

But when another Queen hit the turn, Yozzo's Q-10 took the lead and won the pot.

"I'm actually down 140,000 since the last break after making a hero call that went down in flames" explained Yozzo.

Harvey Layton is seated to Yozzo's right. Harvey is the 2011 Borgata Spring Poker Open Senior Champ. Without a Seniors event this season, he'll have to defend his title in the Fall.

Event 11: Payouts

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Entries: 860
Total Buy-In: $172,000

Place - Amount

1 $38,374
2 $22,357
3 $13,681
4 $11,262
5 $9,177
6 $7,508
7 $6,007
8 $4,508
9 $3,170
10-12 $2,086
13-15 $1,502
16-18 $985
19-27 $834
28-36 $717
37-45 $634
46-54 $567
55-63 $501
64-72 $450
73-81 $417

Event 11: Fun On 47

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

 Killer Corner*

As players settle back in, we've noticed a disproportionate number of chips on table 47 as there's more than one million chips there (of the 17 million total), and most of them are divided between three big stacks.

Hector Burgos (Monroe, NY) 348k
Bob Vandertoorn (North Bergen, NJ) 320k
James Vencill (Richmond, VA) 275k

The three players are in seats 4, 2 and 1 respectively, much to the dismay of Brian Eckstrom (Marlton, NJ) who has 175k. "I'd be okay, but I've got all these guys on my left," he says from the 9 seat.

Level 16 (2500/5k/500 ante) is underway, the average stack is 100k.


*(L-R) Dealer Jose deals to Burgos & Vandertoorn, while Wayne Mermone (Hamilton, NJ) laments being surrounded by big stacks including Vencill. To the left of Vencill is David Difilippo (Brooklyn, NY) and Gregg Miller (Marlboro, NJ). Not pictured Jeff Ruiz (Bellmore, NY) and Eckstrom.

Event 11: Chip Counts

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

A look at some of the various big stacks from around the room.

Jonathan Lamattina 355k
Hector Burgos 350kBob Vandertoorn 320k
Adam Ross 280k
James Vencill 275k 
Frank Nappi 265k
Rachul Patel 240k
Craig Wilson 255k
Dustin Graffa 220k
Jay Johnson 220k
Sungwoo Tae 220k
Kenny Lay 210k
Claudius Ferris 200k

Event 11: Dinner Break

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

The schedule has worked out that players are taking dinner break 40 minutes early and the remaining 171 (out of 860) are out the door and looking for food.

Jonathan Lamattina (Staten Island, NY) is currently the big stack with 350k, while Bob Vandertoorn (320k) is one of a handful of players with more than 300k.

We'll tally the big stacks after the floor managers color up the black (100) chips and players return from break at 7:10 pm.

Event 11: Bronx Bomber

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)  

Currently playing in level 15 with 2k/4k blinds and 400 antes.

20 tables remain, but they are now playing 9-handed.

 Adam Ross

Adam Ross (Bronx, NY) is amassing his own big stack.  He's now up to ~280k.

Event 11: Stacking Donkeys

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

 Lamattina Looking Good

He's wearing the t-shirt of an on-line poker site that's refusing to release the funds of U.S. players, but Jonathan Lamattina (Staten Island, NY) doesn't seem to be missing internet poker.

The shirt features a picture of a donkey and Lamattina seems to be feasting on those type of players.

Lamattina calls a preflop raise from the button and three players check the flop of 8♣ Q♠ 6.

Turn: 2♠

Player 1 checks, preflop raiser makes it 12,500, Lamattina calls, player 1 folds.

River: J♠

Raiser checks, Lamattina bets 35k, raiser moves all in for 15k more and Lamattina calls.

"I just have the queen," says the opponent. "Flush," says Lamattina, as he tables 5♠ 7♠, and the player mucks.

Lamattina has plenty of chips with more than 300k.

The Brooklyn HS teacher says he wasn't crushed with the shutdown of on-line poker, but says, "I feel bad that so many players lost the chance to make a living."

Lamattina says he's enjoying a day off from school while the student's are taking final exams.  He's hoping to return to New York with a nice payday before summer vacation.

Level 15 (2k/4k/400 ante) is winding down.

Event 11: Gans Gathering

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)  

Yvgeniy Gans' table broke and he landed in the seat to the left of John Zoldak.

Gans was just in a three-way all-in.  He held pocket Queens and was ahead of pocket 9s and KQ.  Then the flop came 9-high with three diamonds.  Gans was now trailing the set of 9s, but he had a flush draw with the queen of hearts.

Turn was an offsuit brick, but the river delivered the diamond that Gans needed.  He scooped the pots, busting two players in the process.  He's now up to ~220k.

24 tables remain.

Event 11: Floating to the Top

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Good Day for Tae

Sungwoo Tae (Palisades Park, NJ) is looking to build on the momentum he picked up with his cash in Event 7. Tae finished 43rd ($779) and today is one of the bigger stacks with 150k.

The table is impressed with how Tae took down a 140k pot when his opponent bluffed all in for 36k on the river. On a board of A8292, Tae made the call with J 9 for a pair of nines against the player's KQ.

"He floated the flop and called two barrel's," says Angelo Modica (Astoria, NY). "It was one of the better plays, I've seen in a while."

Translation: Tae called the flop with jack high, hit a pair of 9s on the turn, called the turn and river bets to take down a huge pot.

Event 11: Zoldak Zooms Ahead

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

John Zoldak (Saten Island, NY) had his latest victim all-in on the turn.  John had flopped two pair against a flush draw.

 John Zoldak

The river blanked and another one hit the rail.  John is now approaching 300k.

John finished 5th in the 2011 Spring Open $350 NLH event for over $13,000.

Event 11: What's Next

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Mike Making Plans

After busting in today's main event, Mike Wuest (Lindenwold, NJ) is itching to play again. "I think I'm going to hit tomorrow's 6-max," he says while checking out the schedule as he plays at one of the many NL cash games. 

Live Game Report

Here's a link for the rest of the Borgata Summer Poker Open schedule, where it's time to come to the beach and wear your shades indoors.

Event 11: 28 Tables

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)     

Level 12 is done and players are having a break.

28 tables remain as best I can tell.  They're breaking like mobile homes in a tornado.

Based on an estimated 860 entries, average stack is roughly 61k.

Event 11: Good Loss

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Figueras (left) Lays Down the Boat to Magnuson (right)

Just saw a table giving mad props to a player who simply calls a river raise while holding a full house. Arnold Figueras (Jersey City, NJ) flips over pocket 7s on a A 9 9 3 7 board for the boat, but is a loser to Daniel Magnuson (Raliegh, NC) who flopped quad 9s.

"Wow," says Magnuson, "I can't believe you just smooth called. I definitely would have got stacked had I been you."

Magnuson checked the flop and turn to let Figueras catch up and when he finally does, Figueras leads out for 7k. Magnuson bets 12k more and Figueras' decision to just call saves him a lot of aggravation, chips and possibly his tournament.

Figueras is an unassuming player and seems uncomfortable with all the praise he's getting for losing the hand.

Magnuson is up to 140k, which is one of the bigger stacks, while Figueras has 50k. Tim Dougherty (Queen, NY) appears to be the first player to crack 200k with 210k in chips.

'Kung Fu' Thoumma Breaks Barrier

Khamseng Thoumma is a local from Atlantic City who has been dealing poker here at Borgata since they opened in 2003.  He's known to his friends as 'Kung Fu'.  Since he started dealing poker, he learned the games and wanted to play, but the rules did not allow him to play where he worked.

Thoumma had to go to other poker rooms such as the Taj to play the game.  He likes to play tournaments cash games, No Limit and Hi/Lo games, both Omaha and Stud.  But as Kung Fu says "There is no comparison.  The room, the atmosphere, the people, everything is better here at Borgata".

Khamseng 'Kung Fu' Thoumma

With the recent changes at Borgata (which allow more employees poker in the poker room), Borgata dealers are now allowed to play "at home".  Thoumma has become the first Borgata poker dealer to experience the game from the other side of the felt.  He played in Tuesday's $200 + $30 +$20 No Limit Hold'em Bounty Tournament.

Thoumma admires the poker professionals who give back by donating a portion of their poker winnings, and their time, to charity.  Players like John Phan, who won two WSOP bracelets in 2008.  Phan gathered food and volunteers and took them to his home country of Vietnam where they distributed both food and money to the poor.

2007 WSOP Main Event winner Jerry Yang, who was a refugee from his home county of Laos in the 1970s, donated a percentage of his more than $8 million in winnings to several charities.  There are many examples of professional poker players who give back with both their time and money.  Some day Thoumma would like to be able to do the same. 

When he's not dealing or playing poker, Thoumma's a family man with two children.  He likes to relax by listening to music.

Event 11: Dougherty Dusts Dos

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)    

On a flop with three diamonds, Tim Dougherty (Queens, NY) was in a three-way pot with two short-er stacks. 

 Tim Dougherty

They got all the chips in the middle and Tim showed Q6 of diamonds for the made flush.  One opponent was drawing dead with a lower flush.  The other had the naked Ace of diamonds and was drawing for one more.

The last two came offsuit bricks and Tim took out two players at once.  He's now sitting behind about 150k.

Tim finished 10th in yesterday's Bounty Tournament ($718) and he's still furiously scribbling notes after every hand.

Event 11: Torpedo Tumbles

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)   

Torpekay Habashzada was up as high as 160k, but she's fallen back a bit now.  Her table broke and she was moved to a new seat.

Then she called an all-in on a board of A J 8 with Q8 for bottom pair.  Her opponent had A8 for two pair and doubled up when the last two bricked off.  She's still got close to 100k.

Event 11: Table Update

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)  

Play resumed after the break with level 10, blinds 600/1,200 with 200 antes.

Here's an update on which tables are still tournament tables:

1-22 start at tournament podium and stretch across the room to the far wall (5, 6, & 11 down)
23-33 corner by bathrooms/racebook back door
34-38 (down)
39-47 tournament area
48-53 high limit area far right side
54-60 (all down except 57)
61-62 last tables in front section as you enter the room
63-65 (down)

By my count there are 48 tournament tables tables still up and running.

Event 11: Color Up Break

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)        

The survivors of this morning's frenetic action are enjoying an extended break as the staff color up and remove the green 25 chips from play.

They've got nine levels under their belts, but there's a lot of poker left to play.  They will continue tonight until one player has all the chips.



Austen Johnson (Woodsboro, MD) won event #1 and over $64k, then he finished 6th in event #34 last night.  He still sits atop the Tournament Leaderboard in points toward winning a seat in the main event in September.*

He will not return from this break, however.  He got his chips in good with pocket Queens and was up against AK and AQ.  After another player admitted to folding an Ace, the case Ace still appeared on the board, ending Austen's run today.

* The Leaderboard contest will provide prizes based on all 52 Borgata Summer Poker Open events.
The points leader will win a seat into the WPT Championship in September during the Borgata Poker Open, with prizes for 2nd through 4th places. 

Winners will be announced Monday, June 27:
  • 1st Place: $3,500 Entry into WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship (September 18-22, 2011)
  • 2nd Place: Sony Web TV
  • 3rd Place: Apple iPod Touch
  • 4th Place: Nikon digital camera

Event 11: Kinney Dodges Meehan's Boat

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)       

On the turn with a board of T 9 7 T, Mike Meehan (Queens, NY) moved all-in, putting his opponent to the test. 

 Mike Meehan and James Kinney

James Kinney (Charlotte, NC) tanked for a bit, then released his hand.

Good thing, too, since Mike showed pocket Tens for top full house.

"That's the second time he's flopped a set on me" said James.  He's doing well, finishing 2nd in the Big Stack PLO event yesterday (almost $6,000).   He just needs to keep dodging the sets and boats.

They're approaching the end of level 9 and will soon be enjoying another break.

Event 11: Two-Out Torpedo

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Thanks to a two-outer, Torpekay 'Torpedo' Habashzada (Broomall, PA) has jumped out to an early chip lead.  She's up to ~125k.

 Torpekay Habashzada

About 60 tables remain and they're breaking them down as fast as they can collect the open seat cards.

Event 11: Juliano Jostled

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)      

Robert Juliano (Point Pleasant, NJ) was tilted from a previous hand and got his last chips in bad.  The inevitable occurred and he reported to the rail.

Robert Juliano

Blinds are up to 400/800 with 75 antes for level 8.

About 67 tables are still active.  Hard to tell the way they are spread out. 

Leaderboard Update (6/15)

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 12 events*
*(Final Results from events 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34)


391.828 PTS:  AUSTEN JOHNSON (WOODSBORO, MD)
352.425 PTS:  STEPHEN MOY (NEW YORK, NY)
280.138 PTS:  MICHAEL STEIN (N.WOODMERE, NY)
267.888 PTS:  TOMASZ GLINIECKI (JACKSON, NJ)
247.513 PTS:  JAMES BOYLE (HAVRE DE GRACE, MD)
240.763 PTS:  JARED SOLOMON (BRIGANTINE, NJ)
224.938 PTS:  FRANK GANGEMI (LONG BEACH, NY)
209.638 PTS:  JONATHAN CHEHANSKE (HOWELL, NJ)
204.938 PTS:  VLADIMIR PECK (GLENVIEW, IL)
188.275 PTS:  DANIEL STEIN (NO WOODMERE, NY)
187.500 PTS:  ROBERT WALLACE (MAHOPAC, NY)
181.285 PTS:  THOMAS IERONIMO (WATERTOWN, CT)
181.050 PTS:  DAVID SONG (WHITESTONE, NY)
178.988 PTS:  FRANK WARD (POCOMOKE CITY, MD)
177.375 PTS:  CHAD BAILEY (JACKSON, NJ)
176.400 PTS:  MICHAEL CHIU (NEW YORK, NY)
173.800 PTS:  THEEN WEY (RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ)
172.050 PTS:  WAZIR BAKSH (QUEENS VILLAGE, NY)
170.800 PTS:  BRIAN ADRAGNA (E MEADOW, NY)

Event 11: Jaimangal Jilted

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)     

On a flop of 9 8 3 with two clubs, TJ Jaimangal moved in for a little over 5K.  One opponent folded, but the second looked him up.

TJ had T9 suited for top pair.  His opponent had AJ offsuit and was drawing at six live outs (or runner-runner straight).  Turn was a 7 and one of the straight cards.  River was an Ace, pairing him up.

TJ was busted and left the room, unable to re-enter.

TJ won the $200 No Limit event during the 2010 Borgata Poker Open and over $28,000.  There will be no repeat for him here today.

Event 11: Registration Closed

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)    

Currently in level 7 with blinds of 300-600 with 75 antes.

Levels now last 30 minutes.

Registration is closed.  No more entries/re-entries.

With no new players, tables will start to break down quickly.

James Freebody (Westbury, NY) won last night's 7pm tournament (over $4,000) and is back again today to take another shot.

Event 11: Breakin' Good

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)    

End of level 6 and time for another break.  This is the last chance to get back into this tournament.

More familiar faces:
Carl Restifo
Howard Wolper
Daniel Chan
James 'Suits' Salters
Chris Rich
Benjamin Chan

These folks have 'relocated', which probably means they have busted out and re-entered:
Eric Miller
Leo G

As Phil Neiman was going to claim his new seat following re-entering, he said "I didn't like my table".  I guess that's one way to get a table change in a tournament.

Event 11: Munoz Not eTrading Today

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)   

Level 6 now and blinds are 200/400 with 50 antes.

This is the last level to enter/re-enter.

 Pedro Munoz

Pedro Munoz (Elizabeth, NJ) sends a shout-out to the guys at E*TRADE where he works.  He's here today having way more fun than they are at work.

Pedro just watched an unfortunate player with pocket Queens run into pocket Kings.  Another one bites the dust.

Event 11: Kings Good

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)   

They're in level 5 now with 150/300 blinds and 25 antes.

Jimmy Luong (Fairfax, VA) raised, then four-bet-shoved against the player on his left.  After he got the call, Jimmy saw his Kings were up against Q3 suited. 

 Jimmy Luong

His opponent picked up a straight draw, but it did not complete and Jimmy doubled up.  He's up to about 40k now.

Event 11: Gimme a Break!

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)  

Three levels are done and players are on a ten minute break.

68 tables are in action.  They're lining up the new players and seating them when an seat opens up ('alternates').

Registration and re-entry is still available through three more levels and the following break.

Here are some of the faces I recognized in the vast crowd:
Mickey Woll
Michael Buttacavoli
Soren Cristea
Kyle Schuricht
Phil Neiman
Gregg Miller
Eric Miller
Kerry Small
Matt 'muffins' Mazzeo
Brian Correro
Mark Zotti
Jay Johnson
Sungwoo Tae
Torpekay Habashzada
Sudhish Suryawansi
Lisa Pickell
Jeremy 'Big Dog' Brown
Frank Gangemi
Leo G
Abe Korotki
Marcelia 'Peaches' Keene
Julian Miranda
Angelo 'Pinky' Modica

Event 11: More Tables Opening

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

These twenty-minute levels are going fast.  They're already up to 75/150 for level 3.

They're also selling the ten seats to new players, so those will no longer be held back for re-entries (which means it will be harder to spot those unfortunate players).

Tables 66-68 are being set up to accommodate more players -- not exactly sure where.

Amidst all this excitement, there is some poker going on.

Tony Shurilla cracked Aces early today when his Q3 suited flushed on the river.  He was up to ~32k.

Event 11: Where's My Table?

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

 A Very Busy Borgata Poker Room

The Poker Room is so busy with today's tournament it is hard for players to find their tables.  Here's how the're set up:

1-22 start at tournament podium and stretch across the room to the far wall

23-33 corner by bathrooms/racebook back door

34-38 high limit area far left side

39-47 tournament area

48-53 high limit area far right side

54-60 second section of tables as you enter the room

61-62 last tables in front section as you enter the room

63-65 high limit area, left of podium

Event 11: Cards In The Air

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Cards are in the air!

As with all re-entry events, the ten seat is kept empty and used to seat re-entering players.

There is a separate line at registration for re-entering players also, so they don't have to join the long line that already extends down the hallway filled with players waiting to register for the first time.

About 60 tables are set up and awaiting players to fill them.  A new table must wait for at least 4 players to be seated before dealing.

Event 11: Abuzz With Excitement

$200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool

The Poker Room is buzzing early today as the tables are set for the $75,000 guaranteed $200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em Big Stack event.

The registration line is out the door into the hallway and will continue to grow for the next hour or so.

Players begin with 20,000 chips (Big Stack = 20,000, Deep Stack = 25,000) and 25/50 blinds.

Busted players may re-enter as many times as they want during the first six twenty-minute levels.

After registration closes, levels increase to 30 minutes.

Wednesday, June 15

Today's Events (Poker Room)

11AM: Event 11 - $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players start with 20,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-6: will last 20 minutes each | Levels 7+: will last 30 minutes each
  • Players that bust within first 6 Levels may Re-Enter (unlimited)
  • 1-Day event
4PM: Event 35 - $300 + $50 Survivor No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 30 minutes
  • Approximately 1 in 10 will win $3,000 Cash
  • 1-Day event
7PM: Event 36 - $110 + $20 $10K Cash Super Satellite
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels last 20 minutes each
  • Approximately 1 in 10 will win $1090 Entry into Event 14 ($10K Cash Super Satellite) on Friday, June 17
  • 1-Day event

Event 34 Results

Borgata Summer Poker Open
Event 34:  $150 + $30 No Limit Hold’em
June 14, 2011

Entries:  81
Total Buy-In: $12,150

FINAL RESULTS
1. JAMES FREEBODY (WESTBURY, NY):  $4,125
2. GREGG MILLER (MORGANVILLE, NJ):  $2,239
3. CHARLES BRYANT (BERWYN, PA):  $1,414
4. ERIC BORDUAS (SHERRINGTON,QUEBEC):  $1,061
5. JUAN VAZQUEZ (ROSELLE PARK, NJ):  $825
6. AUSTEN JOHNSON (WOODSBORO, MD):  $707
7. MICHAEL LINSTER (ISLAND PARK, NY):  $589
8. MICHAEL MARUCCI (ORANGE, NJ):  $471
9. LAHCEN IMKHAOUN (CELEBRATION, FL):  $355

Event 33 Results

Borgata Summer Poker Open
Event 33:  $200 + $30 Modified No Limit Hold’em
June 14, 2011

Entries:  64
Total Buy-In: $12,800

FINAL RESULTS
1. DANIEL STEIN (NO WOODMERE, NY):  $4,346
2. ANGELO PISTONE (HICKSVILLE, NY):  $2,359
3. NICHOLAS SALIMBENE (BRICK, NJ):  $1,490
4. RICHARD PACHOCA (CLARKSVILLE, MD):  $1,117
5. MOSHE BERNSTEIN (BROOKLYN, NY):  $869
6. HENRY HARKINS (WILMINGTON, DE):  $745
7. RAYMOND FERRETTI (WOOLWICH TWP, NJ):  $621
8. JAMES TREADAWAY 3RD (PASADENA, MD):  $497
9. JOHN HARVILLA (MINERSVILLE, PA):  $372

Event 9 Recap

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

Congratulations to poker pro Jonathan Chehanske (Howell, NJ) who outlasted 285 other bounty hunters to capture the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Event 9 trophy along with $15,481.

Cards were in the air at 11:00 AM and wrapped up around 2 AM, fifteen hours later. The twist everyone loved about this particular tournament was that every player had a $20 bounty on their heads. Knock-em out and take their twenty dollar yellow chip. You could also re-buy as many times as you wanted during the first six levels, and tons of players did.

Veteran players were digging the blind level structures, especially Jonathan, our champion who was glad the final table allowed plenty of room to actually play poker. I might add that the final table of ten stood strong for 2 and ½ hours. Levels 1-10 lasted 30 minutes long, then levels 11 and higher increased to 40 minutes.

Some familiar faces who took a shot at the $55,290 prize money included, Eric Miller, David Heck, Stephanie Hubbard, Vladimir Peck, Bob 'Bullet' Demartino, James 'Suits' Salters, and David Rittmeyer.

Chris Rich (Massapequa, NY) had the best hand of the day with quad 5555’s and was playing with a plastic brace on his left hand to rehab a torn tendon. Rich finished up in 3rd place and banked $5,253.

2nd place honors went to Ketan Patel who knocked out several players before being knocked out by Jonathan Chehanske holding Q-8 offsuit. Patel puts away $9,122 worth of prize money.

Jim Ieronimo had the deepest tournament run of his nascent poker career. Unfortunately it was in 28th place which was the bubble and zero cash money.

A subplot of the tournament followed Henry Guttman (Brooklyn, NY) who after bubbling in Day 2 of the Deepstack, jumped right into Event 9 and needed two miracle rivers just not to bubble again – twice in the same day.

Tammy Lloyd was the Last Woman Standing and finished 9th for $1,105. This knockout Grandmother knocked out 8 players and laid down A-K pre-flop at the final table then lost a set over set hand.

The elite eight included and finished in the following order:

Benjamin Chan 8th, Joe Brand 7th, Todd Richter 6th, Randy Itwaru 5th, Claude Petroy 4th, Chris Rich 3rd, Ketan Patel 2nd, and Jonathan Chehanske 1st.

The top prize of $15,481 is not the largest Borgata cash for Chehanske, a poker pro with many cashes. Jonathan racked up 5 knock-outs and didn’t re-buy. He grinded the entire tournament and incredibly never was all-in with his tournament life on the line.

He's taking the trophy home to Lauren and his family. Congratualtions again!


Event 9: Jonathan Chehanske - 1st Place

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

Jonathan Chehanske - 1st Place - $15,481

Poker Pro Jonathan Chehanske (Howell, NJ) is your Event 9 winner. Congratulations on your 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open title and trophy.

Jonathan ended up with 5 knock-out chips, plus his own, and remarkably was never actually all-in at risk, his entire tournament.

He didn't have to re-buy and basically just grinded it out all the way to the top spot.

The key hand of the tournament was when he called Benjamin Chan (second in chips) with only A-3. Once he confiscated Chan's monster stack, there was no turning back.

Chehanske said he liked this format and structure, especially the way the blind levels were laid out. "There was plenty of play left at the final table" declared Jonathan.

Jonathan says hi to Lauren and to his family and is bringing home $15,481.

Event 9: Ketan Patel - 2nd Place

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

Ketan Patel - 2nd Place - $9,122

Way to go Patel on your 2nd Place finish. You outlasted an impressive field of 285 entries all the way to heads up with Jonathan Chehanske.

Patel was way outchipped for the heads-up battle and it was over before it even started.

Event 9: Chris Rich - 3rd Place

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

Chris Rich - 3rd Place - $5,253

The one armed bandit just took Borgata Poker for $5,253.

Chris is a little bit richer after playing a great solid game of poker.

Event 9: Claude Petroy - 4th Place

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

Claude Petroy - 4th Place - $4,257

An ESPN radio affiliate was following Claude Petroy's poker antics and moves all day today.

The poker pro will add $4,257 to his lifetime earning totals.

Claude took a vocal leadership role towards the very end of the tournament.

I'm sure we'll see more of Claude in the future.

Event 9: Randy Itwaru - 5th Place

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

Randy Itwaru - 5th Place - $3,317

When the dealing was done, Randy was finally happy with how the cards were laid out.

He definitely believed he was the best player remaining and wanted to go down swinging.

Event 9: Todd Richter - 6th Place

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

Todd Richter - 6th Place - $2,765

Todd rode his short stack well in the final few levels. He seemed to win more than 50% of his 50/50 flips.

Todd also had some fans on the rail watching the action and cheering him on.

Event 9: Joe Brand - 7th Place

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

Joe Brand - 7th Place - $2,212

Joe made it all the way to the final table for a seventh place finish and only knocked out one player all day.

He'll pocket $2,212 for his all day grind.

Event 9: Benjamin Chan - 8th Place

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

Benjamin Chan - 8th Place - $1,659

In a sick, sick hand Benjamin Chan is out in eight place.

He started the hand with 400,000 and decided to mix it up with chip leader Jonathan Chehanske.

On a rainbow flop of 4-7-A, Jonathan throws out a small bet. Benjamin takes a long time to announce and all-in. Jonathan calls and tables A-3.

Benjamin shows Q-Q and visibly looks upset with his shove.

Turn J and River 8 sends Chan packing with $1,659 prize money.

Event 9: Tammy Lloyd - 9th Place

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

Tammy Lloyd - 9th Place - $1,105

Tammy's tournament is over.

The hand that crippled her was when her set of fives ran into a set of aces. All the chips flew in on the flop and Tammy's stack was decimated.

Her final hand had her A-9 shove up against Randy Itwaru's A-J of hearts.

Board ran: 8-4-8-J-3

Tammy wished everyone good luck and grabbed her $1,105 for 9th place.

She was now second guessing whether or not she should have called that A-K vs. 66 coin flip.
We'll never know.

Lloyd landed a whopping 8 knock-outs today to add to her cash totals.

Look for Tammy next week to play in a couple more 2011 Borgata Poker Open Events.

Event 9: Tim Dougherty - 10th Place

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

Tim Dougherty - 10th Place - $718

Tim Dougherty shoves his short stack all in holding A-7 suited and was called by Todd Richter holding 10-10.

Board ran 4-J-J-6-6 and Tim busts out in 10th place for $718.

Tim would write down something after every hand. I'm assuming it's some sort of hand by hand log or box score.

Event 9: Give Me A Hand

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

Check this hand out.

Tammy Lloyd sees a flop of 7-J-4 and jams all in with pocket nines. Tim Dougherty askes for a count, then calls. He tables 10-J. Tammy needs a nine.

Boom! Nine on the turn, Jack on the river.

Her full-house earns the double-up and survival.

"Yes, yes, yes, thanks for the call" said Tammy.

"This is a sick final table" said the players.

In another all in hand, Chris Rich jams with Q-J of spades and Benjamin Chan calls with 4-4.

Board runs: 9-Q-6-J-10 and Rich doubles through Benjamin.

At the end of the hand Claude Petroy chimed in, "I folded Q-J and was gonna push if you didn't"

So the game goes on...

Blinds are 6000 / 12000 with 2000 antes

Event 9: Chris Crippled

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

Players are on a ten minute break.

We'd be down to nine players if not for Todd Richter's A-Q running down Chris Rich's A-K.

Chris was crippled down to 50,000 after doubling Todd's 95,000 stack.

If that queen didn't hit the turn Chris would have been in great shape and Todd gone.

Chris has since rebuilt his 50,000 back up to 150,000.

Right before the break, Tammy Lloyd laid down A-K pre-flop to a big raise from Randy Itwaru, who was nice enough to show 6-6.

"I was ahead" said Randy.
"I don't win races" said Tammy.

The table was anxious to see the race play out and knock a player out.

This final ten can't remain forever...you know the storm is brewing.

Bring on the bust outs!

Event 10 Recap

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

An emergency exit off a flight to Vegas may be the best trip "Grandpa" Jay Zimmet (Manalapan, NJ) didn't take.  One day later he landed at the top of the Big Stack PLO tournament to take home the trophy and first prize of $11,051 at the Borgata Summer Poker Open.

"I'm glad I got off the plane," said the 68 year-old father of four and grandfather of 10, "I was sick and knew I wouldn't last five hours."

Zimmet had a slow and steady climb throughout the day and had to overcome several players who built massive chip counts.  Nick Curanovic (Bronx, NY) hit quads on back to back hands during the early levels to reach 80k, twice as many chips as the next biggest stack, but he flamed out and missed the money.

Abe Faroni (Philadelphia, PA) was one of the first players to crack the 100k mark and rode one of the big stacks to the final table. He was a top three stacks among the final 10, but hit a bad stretch and was the first to cash, finishing 9th place ($947).

Of the 93 players vying for a piece of the $32,550 prize pool, James Kinney (Charlotte, NC) was the most consistent throughout the tournament. He was the chip leader at the dinner break and at one point had 500k, nearly 1/3 of the chips in play. 

Kinney was the chip leader at the final table, but had to settle for a runner-up finish to Zimmet as he earned $5,999. Right behind the top two was Michael Farahnick (New York, NY) 3rd/$3,789 and Jeremy McWhorter (Bridgeport, CT) 4th/$2,842.

Yosef Tarlow (Morristown, NJ) finished 5th/$2,210 after we was crippled by Kinney, who turned pocket aces into quads.  But the most exciting hand of the final table came when Farahnick knocked out two players on one hand.

Farahnick, David Kimmel (Mt. Olive, NJ) and Thomas Ieronimo (Watertown, CT) all held A Q on a flop of K J 10.  All three flopped Broadway for the nuts and each had the back door flush redraw, which Farahnick hit with A 9. The double knockout sent Ieronimo home in 8th/$1,263 and Kimmel in 7th/$1,579, while
6th place/$1,894 belonged to Greg Kolo (Rocky River, OH).

In the end it's "Grandpa" Jay who outlasted the field.  "My luggage made it to Vegas, but I'm glad I didn't," said the partner in a healthcare service group.  "It was a good day, I'm feeling better and I love Borgata."

Event 10 Champion: Zimmet

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

 Jay Zimmet (Manalapan, NJ)
$11,051

Event 10: 2nd Place - Kinney

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

James Kinney (Charlotte, NC) 
$5,999

Event 10: 3rd Place - Farahnick

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

 
Michael Farahnick (New York, NY)
$3,789

Event 10: 4th Place - McWhorter

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

Jeremy McWhorter
$2,842

Event 10: 5th Place - Tarlow

$350 + $50 Big Stack PLO

Yosef Tarlow (Morristown, NJ)
$2,210