Thursday, June 16, 2011

Event 13 Recap

$500 + $60 Seven Card Stud

Congratulations to Edward Betlow (what a great poker name) who is the ultimate Borgata Stud. He takes home $3,274 along with the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Event 13 trophy, and of course bragging rights as the greatest Stud player around.

The field put up $500 Buy-In + $60 Entry and took their seats at high noon with 12,000 starting chips

Big Stack PLO Champion (Event 10/$11,051) "Grandpa" Jay Zimmet (Manalapan, NJ) was in the field, as was Rathe Miller (Philadelphia, PA), the 2nd place finisher ($6,722) in Event 4, Omaha H/L 8B.

Everyone seems to like the blind structures where levels 1-8 last thirty minutes but level 9 on up lasts 40. This gives the players more of a chance to play poker.

Other star "studded" players include Glenn Englebert (Erial, NJ) who won the H.O.S.E tournament ($9,625) early Sunday morning and the Limit Event in January's Borgata Winter Poker Open where he took home $7,000 for his first place finish. Today he went for the three titles in three different events hat-trick but just fell short with third place for $1,091.

William Buckley busted out in fifth place for $364. He was happy with his tournament and that his hands held up at the right time, taking down key pots.

Fourth place money of $728 was award to Wilton Franklin Brown. When you get this close to the top three you can smell victory but alas it wasn’t meant to be for Brown.

Heads up honors went to Edward Betlow (Morris Plains, NJ) and Dave Cardenas (Ventnor, NJ) who went back and forth ten hands trading pots and chips until Cardenas fell and Betlow emerged as the winner.

“I made my moves at the end” declared Edward who cashed in the Borgata Stud Event last year and came close in the H.O.S.E. last week. When Edward is not playing poker he is installing telephone systems by profession.

Thanks to all the die-hard Stud players who truly love this game and turned out to support this event.

Some say 13 is an unlucky number but 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Event 13 shone much luck on our champion, Edward Betlow. Congratulations again!

Event 13: Edward Betlow - 1st Place

$500 + $60 Seven Card Stud

Edward Betlow - 1st Place - $3,274

Edward Betlow (Morris Plains, NJ) is the Event 13 Stud champ.

He outlasted the field and takes home $3,274 in addition to the 2011 Borgata Summer Open trophy.

With a name like "Betlow" poker has to be part of his life.

Edward puts in telephone systems for a living and today is not his largest cash.

He's won $50,000 at Borgata in previous tournaments and came in 58 during a WSOP event.

Came close in Borgata Summer Open H.O.S.E. Event and actually knocked out the guy today who knocked him out last week.

"I made moves at the end and they worked" said Edward. I asked if Stud was his favorite game and he replied with a laugh, "If I keep cashing in them, it will be".

Stud Winner!

Event 13: Dave Cardenas - 2nd Place

$500 + $60 Seven Card Stud

Dave Cardenas - 2nd Place - $1,818

Dave Cardenas (Ventnor, NJ) plays cash games at Borgata Poker five times a week. He loves all the games but his favorite is limit holdem.

So what made Dave sign up for the STUD today? "I had a good feeling about it. Thought I'd give it a shot" said Cardenas.

Second place for $1,818 was a good shot indeed.

Heads up lasted ten hands against the winner Edward Betlow.


Event 13: Glenn Engelbert - 3rd Place

$500 + $60 Seven Card Stud

Glenn Engelbert - 3rd Place - $1,091

Glenn adds another $1,091 to his 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open totals.

Event 12: Lyle Diamond - 4th Place

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Lyle Diamond - 4th Place - $5,647

That hand that crushed Lyle Diamond. He had pocket aces with the ace of spade and saw 7♠ Q♠ J♠ on the flop. His opponent, Scott Wardell was holding K Q.

All the chips got in the middle after the flop. Lyle had Scott covered by only 7,000 chips.

Turn 2
River K♣

Scott hit one of the only cards he could to win the pot, a non-spade King.

Diamond couldn't believe his misfortune as Scott cracked his aces.

Two hands later Lyle was out.

Lyle was the tournament chip leader for the back half of the tournament reaching 650,000.

As he left, he told me he had a lot of fun.

Event 12: 5th - Thomas Balla

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Thomas Balla - 5th Place - $4,270

The comeback kid is out. Balla was down to two 100 dollar black chips when the blinds were 100 / 200. He came all the way back and made the final table.

With 12 big blinds left in his stack, Balla sees K-10 in the small blind and ships it. He runs into Darren Sylvin's big blind holding A-K. Dry board spells O-U-T for Balla.

Thomas has already played several Events during the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open and even though 1st was his goal, he was pleased with $4,270 considering he was almost out early on.

Event 13: Wilton Franklin Brown - 4th Place

$500 + $60 Seven Card Stud

Wilton Franklin Brown - 4th Place - $ 728

William Franklin Brown (Solomon's Island, MD) had a pair of sevens and a wheel gutterball draw so he took a shot. Alas he ran into Edward Betlow's two pair.

Brown takes home $728 for Fourth place.

What a stud!

Event 13: William M. Buckley - 5th Place

$500 + $60 Seven Card Stud

William M. Buckley - 5th Place - $364

William Buckley is out in fifth place after running in Wilton Franklin Brown.

Brown's hand was ahead the whole way.

Buckley will take home $364 for his work today.

Event 12: 6th Place - Lubin

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

On the river with the board showing K♠ K J♠ K A♠, Allan Lubin bet 20k.  Scott Wardell raised another 49k on top.  Allen gave it a little thought, then announced he was all-in.  Scott insta-called.

 Allan Lubin

Allan showed K♣T for quad Kings.  Scott quietly rolled over Q♠T♠ for the Royal Flush.

Allan was stunned, thinking he was destined to double up, but instead hit the rail.

Allan Lubin finished in 6th place, earning $3,030.

Event 12: Final Six

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Level 17 ended and the final six took off for a break.  Here's the lineup with some rough chip counts:

Seat - Player - Chips
1 - Darren Sylvin - 125k
2 - Allan Lubin - 270k
3 - Scott Wardell - 260k
4 - Pinky Modica - 415k
5 - Lyle Diamond - 524k
6 - Thomas Balla - 130k

Play resumed following the break with blinds of 4k/8k with 1k antes.

Event 12: 8th - Aiello; 7th - Sharp

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Dennis Aiello busted out in 8th place ($1,791) and the final seven moved to a single table.

Larry Sharp

Larry Sharp tangled in a pot with Lyle Diamond.  On the river, the board read 8 7 6 3 A.  Larry moved in and got the snap-call from Lyle, who showed A6 for Aces-up.  Larry mucked.

Larry Sharp earned $2,342 for his 7th place finish.

Event 12: 10th Place - Mentesana; 9th - Salminen

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH       

Frank Mentesana, Jr. shoved and Pinky Modica called.  Frank made an 'uh-oh' sound and showed 87 offsuit.  Pinky had pocket Tens.  The board came T 7 5 8 2 and Pinky took the pot with a set of Tens.

Frank took 10th place and $826.

 Frank Mentesana, Jr. & Roope Salminen

Roope Salminen got his chips in with AJ, only to run into the AK of the executioner, Pinky Modica.  The best hand held up and Pinky is still stacking chips.

Roope Salminen headed for the desk to collect his $1,240 for 9th place.

Eight players remain.

Event 12: 12th - Dekermenjian; 11th - Chan

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Pinky Modica was all-in with pocket 9s against the AK of Roope Salminen.  The board came J 8 5 8 9 and Pinky doubled up to ~120k.

Hovig Dekermenjian was the first to bust out and get paid -- $826 for 12th place.

Lyle Diamond picked off a Daniel Chan bluff and doubled up to over 200k.  Daniel was left with ~20k.

 Daniel Chan

Daniel later moved in from the cutoff and got the insta-call from Thomas Balla in the small blind.  Thomas had AQ suited.  Daniel had not looked at his hand and tossed them over one at a time: a six and a deuce.  The board came T 8 3 A 3 and Thomas took the pot.

Daniel Chan finished in 11th place, earning $826.

Blinds are up to 3k/6k with 500 antes.

Event 12: In The Money

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH       

Robert Saladin was today's unfortunate bubble-boy, busting out in 13th place.

The final twelve settled in to the final two tables and resumed normal play.

Table 1
Hovig Dekermenjian
Frank Seminario, Jr.
Larry Sharp
Pinky Modica
Roope Salminen
Scott Wardell


Table 2
Thomas Balla
Allan Lubin
Dennis Aiello
Lyle Diamond
Daniel Chan
Darren Sylvin

Event 12: Bubble Stretches

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH      

Daniel Chan opened for 10,800 and both blinds called.  The flop was K K J and all three checked.  Turn was a 9 and all three checked again.  River was a 5 and the blinds checked to Daniel, who bet 24,800.

Frank Mentesana, Jr. called and the big blind opted out.

Daniel showed J9 for Kings and Jacks.  Frank mucked and Daniel collected the pot.

Over on table one, Larry Sharp called 20k on the turn and then checked behind Hovig Dekermenjian on the river.  Larry held A9 and a pair of Aces.  Hovig mucked.

Still 13 players, still hand-for-hand.

Event 12: Bubble Time!

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH     

Craig Feldherr was dispatched by Frank Mentesana, Jr. in 14th place.

With his departure, it was a baker's dozen and bubble-time.  They began playing hand-for-hand until one more player busts out.

The chip lead is too close to call between Frank and Allan Lubin, who both have between 215k and 220k.

Blinds are up to 2,500/5,000 with 500 antes for level 16.

Event 12: Two More Out the Door

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH      

Frank Seminario, Jr. was dispatched very soon after play resumed (16th place).

Kevin Buro hit the rail soon after (15th place).

14 players remain.  Just two more to reach the money.

Event 12: Dinner's Done

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH      

The sixteen remaining players have returned from dinner and resumed playing poker.

Level 15 blinds are 2k/4k with 400 antes.

Event 12: Buro Doubles Again

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH      

Pinky Modica opened for 7k and Robert Saladin (button) flat-called.  Then Kevin Buro moved in for another 41,300 from the big blind. 

Pinky tanked for a bit, then surrendered what he later said was pocket 3s.

Robert tanked himself, then called, showing pocket 7s.  Kevin rolled over 97 offsuit.

The board came Q J 9 T 4 and Kevin paired his only live card to take the pot, more than doubling up to over 90k.

That was the last hand of level 14 and players were sent on a 45 minute dinner break.

Play will resume at about 7:40 pm.

Event 12: Four From the Money

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH     

Lyle Diamond (Brick, NJ) had his opponent all-in and behind.  The best hand held up and another player landed on the wrong side of the rail.

16 players remain.  Only 12 get paid. 

Event 12: Buro Doubles

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH    

Blinds have just gone up to 1,500/3,000 with 400 antes for level 14.

On a flop of A 6 4, Kevin Buro was all-in against Pinky Modica.  Kevin held A5 for top pair and was crushing Pinky's pocket 3s.  The last two came T 8 and Kevin doubled up.

17 players remain.  Average stack is just over 100k.

Event 12: Frank Takes a Bite Out of Finn

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH   

After Frank Mentesana, Jr. opened, Roope Salminen came over the top from the big blind for 17,200.  Frank counted out the call, then announced he was all-in.

Frank Mentesana, Jr.

Roope asked for the count, which was 136,300 on top of his raise.  Roope had Frank covered, but not by much.  Roope tanked for a couple of minutes, then surrendered, offering $5 for Frank to show his hand.

Frank counter-offered to show his hand to me and I would give that information to Roope only after Roope busted out (or the tournament was over). 

Meanwhile Frank chipped up to nearly 200k, knocking the Finn off the top of the leaderboard.

Event 12: Break Time

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH  

Level 12 is complete and time for another break.

19 players remain.  Average stack is almost 90k.

Roope Salminen (Helsinki, Finland) is the chip leader with 227k.

Allan Lubin (Watchung, NJ) is second with ~200k.

Event 12: Aiello Busts B Chan

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH  

Blinds are up to 1k/2k with 300 antes for level 12.

After seat 2 moved all-in for 21,500, Dennis Aiello called.  Then Benjamin Chan moved all-in over the top and again Dennis called.  With all the chips in the middle, the hands were tabled.

 Dennis Aiello

Seat 2 was trailing with AJ suited in spades.  Dennis had AK suited in hearts, and Benjamin had AK suited in diamonds.

It was over on the flop, which brought three hearts.  Dennis flopped the flush and claimed both the main and side pots, dispatching both opponents to the rail.  Dennis chipped up to over 160k.

Dennis is from Kinnelon, New Jersey and has two kids, Justin and Lance.

Event 12: D Chan Doubles

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH 

On the turn with a board of K T 2 Q, Daniel Chan was all-in for 64k.  His opponent looked him up with J9 for the king-high straight.

Daniel rolled over AJ for the Ace-high straight and the nuts.  Daniel was free-rolling as only an Ace on the river would prevent him from doubling up -- and if the Ace came, he would still split the pot.

The river was not an Ace and Daniel doubled about 140k.  His opponent was left with less than 15k.

Approaching the end of level 11 and there are still 29 players.

Event 12: Car Pool Lane

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH 

Looking Sharp

Larry Sharp (King of Prussia, PA) and Chalie Hook (Philadelphia,PA) grew up relatively close to each other in the Philly area (25 miles apart), but it took traveling the world wide web for them to meet while playing on-line poker.

Even before the demise of US internet poker, the two became friends and this Summer are bouncing between their places in Sea Isle City and Wildwood Crest, both a stone's throw from Atlantic City.  With no on-line poker, the two have been car pooling to Borgata and both are in the 6-max field.

More accurately Hook was in the field, but busted hours ago and is now railing Sharp who's closing in on the final two tables. "I'm definitely the better tournament player," says Sharp, who has 75k despite losing a 130k pot with A8 against pocket kings.

"I'm definitely the better cash player," says Hook, who's grinding an unscheduled cash session. But he's not too shabby a tournament player either with more than $100,000 in career earnings in Borgata Open events, including a stellar 2009 with 1st ($31,000) and 3rd ($58,000) place finishes.

Hook and Sharp are scheduled to play the Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship Event before figuring out their futures, which for Hook may include moving overseas to continue his on-line career.

Event 12: River Magic for Mickey

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Mickey Woll (Manahawkin, NJ) sends another player packing with the A♣ K♣ against a player holding 10♣ 10♠.

"Don't put out an ace or a king," says the man, who watches the flop bring two clubs.  "Watch, he'll get a club." After a blank on the turn, the J♣ comes on the river and the man's last 18k is heading across the table.

Woll is now back to 65k, a mark hit earlier in the tournament, but hasn't been much above that since.

Event 12: Balla Doubles

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Thomas Balla opened for 4k utg, got a call from the button, got a call from the small blind, then the big blind moved all-in for over 35k.  Thomas called all-in for a total of 28k.

The button gave it some thought, but then opted out, as did the small blind.

"I have Aces" said Thomas, as the big blind rolled over his pocket 7s.

The board came Q Q 2 9 6 and changed nothing.

Thomas doubled up to ~65k.

Event 12: Modica Moves Up

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

At the end of level nine, players were rewarded with a 15 minute break while the staff colored up the green 25 chips.

 Angel 'Pinky' Modica

Pinky Modica has surged into the chip lead.  He's up to ~125k and leads the reamaing field of 39 players.

After the break, play will resume with level 10 and blinds of 600/1,200 and 200 antes.

Event 12: 39 Players Remain

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH    

This can be a brutal game sometimes.

The player on the button flopped a diamond flush and got all-in hoping for a double-up.

He got looked-up by a player holding the naked ace of diamonds.  A fourth diamond landed on the river and his hopes were dashed.  Another player reported to the rail.

39 players remain.

Event 12: A B Chan Double

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH   

Benjamin Chan got all-in pre-flop for about 10k.  His opponent had him covered by about 4k and called with pocket 4s.

Chan held AK and was racing for his tournament life.

The flop came J 5 3 and changed nothing.

Chan took the lead when an Ace came on the turn, but his opponent picked up a gutshot draw to a wheel.

River blanked, however, and Chan doubled up.

Event 12: Jattin Jettin' Ahead

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH  

Playing in level 8 with blinds of 400/800 with 75 antes.

Farin Jattin

In a battle of the blinds, Farid Jattin (Miami, FL) fired 6,250 on a flop of T 7 2 with two diamonds.  The big blind went into the tank for a couple of minutes before surrendering.

Farid continues to add chips his his growing stack.  He's over 80k now and the chip leader.

54 players remain.  Average stack is over 31k.

Bad Beat Jackpot!

Davenport Plants a Kiss on Jason for Dealing him the 
Bad Beat, While Weliczka Can't Believe it

Earlier this morning a roar from the main part of the Poker Room overwhelmed the action in the Tournament area as another Borgata Bad Beat Borgata Jackpot was hit, this time for $47,767.

Tom Davenport (South Amboy, NJ) was the big winner when his quad 4s was beaten by quad 6s earning him $19,108.

Ken Weliczka (Gansevoort, NY) delivered the bad beat and won $9,553, while the 5 remaining players at the table took home $3,821.

You can see all the details here, as the Bad Beat Jackpot has hit 80 times for more than $10 million!

Standing (l-r) Smith, Gantman, Romy, Rosenberg & Davenport
Sitting (l-r) Weliczka & dealer Jason 
Not Pictured - Glaze

Bad Beat Payouts
Tom Davenport (South Amboy, NJ) $19,108
Ken Weliczka (Gansevoort, NY) $9,553
Mitchell Gantman (Whitestone, NY) $3,821
Bobby Glaze (Ridgewood, NY) $3,821
Maurice Romy (Brooklyn, NY) $3,821
Paul Rosenberg (Briarwood, NY) $3,821
Kenneth Smith (Brigantine, NJ) $3,821

Event 12: Balla Coming Back

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH 

 Thomas Balla

Thomas Balla (Bellarose, NY) is working on his own comeback.  He was down to only two black chips (200) about an hour ago.

Now he's back up to about 10k and hungry for more.

Event 12: Leaderboard

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

They're down to twelve tables now, leaving 72 players in the hunt.

Mickey Woll admiring his big stack

It appears that none other than Borgata regular Mickey Woll (Manahawkin, NJ) is the chip leader with ~65k.

Second in chips is Angel 'Pinky' Modica (Astoria, NY) with about 58k.

Event 12: Rodriguez Rebuilds

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Steven Rodriguez (Staten Island, NY) won the first hand of the day.  Then on the second hand, there was a three-way all-in on the turn. 

 Steven Rodriguez

Steven had a set of 5s, but as beat by not one, but two bigger sets (set over set over set).

After that hand he was down to only 400 chips. 

Now after completing six levels of play, Steven has built his stack back up to over 34,000.

Players are now on break.  About 78 players remain.

Event 12: Payouts

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH 
 
Entries: 142
Total Buy-In: $56,800

Place - Amount


1 $16,529
2 $10,193
3 $7,576
4 $5,647
5 $4,270
6 $3,030
7 $2,342
8 $1,791
9 $1,240
10-12 $826

Event 12: Doing the Chan Chan

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH


Double Trouble
Benjamin & Daniel

The Chan brothers have $100,000 in combined career earnings and are having a great 2011 at Borgata. Daniel ($84,000) and Benjamin ($17,000) each have four cashes in Borgata Open events and each has a final table.

Benjamin picked up an 8th place pay day ($1,659) in the Yellow Chip Bounty Tournament earlier this week, while Daniel's final table came in the Borgata Spring Poker Open, a 9th place/$1,500 finish, one of his four cashes in the series.

The brothers have a friendly rivalry and both are entered into today's field, but only Daniel made it on time, as Benjamin over slept. "We're not staying together," explains Daniel, "I gave up my room and am staying with somebody else."

The move hurt Benjamin as he slept through the alarm and didn't make to the tables until more than an hour after the 11 am start.

The brothers have survived through the second break and would love to see each other heads up at yet another final table.

Event 13: Another Champion

$500 + $60 Seven Card Stud

Glenn Englebert (Erial, NJ) won the H.O.S.E tournament ($9,625) early Sunday morning and is now looking for his second title this week.

Englebert makeing a name for himself at Borgata after winning the Limit Event in January's Borgata Winter Poker Open.

Englebert took home $7,000 for his first place finish that day and is now looking for a 2011 hat trick, three titles in three different events.

Event 12: Familiar Faces

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Two Borgata regulars who have been MIA the first week of the Borgata Spring Poker Open are back in action.  Matt "Muffins" Mazzeo (East Williston, NY) comes baring gifts, while Ted Geier (Sunnyside, NY) is also in the house.

Mazzeo won a 2010 Spring Event by outlasting 850 players to take home $34,000 for a $200 entry. Geier has multiple Borgata cashes in the last year, including a final table (9th/$3,300) in the $560 event January's Borgata Winter Poker Open.

Level 3 (75/150) winding down and a 10 minute break is right around the corner.

Event 12: Attitude Encouraged

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

 Sweet Hat Suits

James "Suits" Salters (Westhempstead, NY) is arguably the best dressed man in the room (no offense to H-Mac), but the latest edition to this wardrobe pushes him over the top.  "Suits" is now sporting a Borgata Poker hat.

The classy embroidered lid states on the back "Attitude Encouraged." 

Salters has an attitude, but does he have the game to make a run?  Right now he's right around the 12k starting stack. 

Level 3 (75/150) is winding down.

Event 13: Studly Action

$500 + $60 Seven Card Stud

The Stud players have made their way to the tournament area of the poker room.

Big Stack PLO Champion (Event 10/$11,051) "Grandpa" Jay Zimmet (Manalapan, NJ) is in the field, as is Rathe Miller (Philadelphia, PA), the 2nd place finisher ($6,722) in Event 4, Omaha H/L 8B.

Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips

Levels 1-8: last 30 minutes each | Levels 9+: will be 40 minutes each

Event 12: Seat Open

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH


The Six-Max creates action and that's exactly why there's a seat open on table 4 just two levels into the tournament.

The unfortunate, unidentified player lost most of his stack to Carmine Genovese (Long Beach, NY) who flopped a full house early in Level 1. Shortly after the mystery man is on the rail and Genovese sends those extra chips to Sean Lango (Harrison, NY) in 3-way all-in action.

All three players check the flop of 2♠ 3 2, but the A on the turn creates the action and the hands are tabled.

Unidentified: Q♣ 2♣ (trip 2s)
Genovese: 4♠ 5 (straight)
Lango: A♠ 2 (full house)

River: 9♣

Lango gets more than a double-up as Genovese gives him 12k, plus the unidentified player's final 3k.

Lango is now the unofficial chip leader with 27k.

Level 2 (50/100) continues.

Event 12: 2nd Best

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Borgata Spring Poker Open runner-up Adam Cook (Annapolis, MD) is back at Borgata. Cook, who took home $160,000 in April, made his return in Wednesday's Big Stack event.  Another player who has 2nd place credentials is Angelo Modica (Astoria, NY) who was runner-up ($11,000) in a January $560 event.

James "Suits" Salters (West Hempstead, NY) & Frank Gangemi (Long Beach, NY) are also in the field as the players continue to settle in.  Players start with 12k in chips, levels last 30 minutes and the opening blinds are 25/50.

Event 12: Hump Day

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

This is the hump day of the 17 day Borgata Spring Poker Open, as 8 are in the books. The 9th day brings features two more Main Events, starting with everyone's favorite the 6-max.

Short handed tables allow players to open up their range and play a lot more hands, creating a lot more action.  The button starts in the 2 seat and the tournament is underway!

Thursday, June 16

Today's Events (Poker Room)

11AM: Event 12 - $400 + $50 Six-Max NLH
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 30 minutes each
  • 1-Day event
12PM:  Event 13 - $500 + $60 Seven Card Stud 
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-8: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 9+: will last 40 minutes each
  • 1-Day event
3PM: Event 37 - $200 + $30 + $20 Bounty Semi-Turbo NLH (Yellow Chip)
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-10: will last 15 minutes each | Levels 11+: will last 30 minutes each
  • This is a Bounty No Limit Hold'em tournament
  • 1-Day event
7PM: Event 38 - $150 + $30 No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels last 20 minutes each
  • 1-Day event

Event 11 Recap

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

Congratulations to our Event 11 poker marathon winner Pete Moffatt (Philadelphia, PA) who played a masterful tournament and now has all of the 17,200,000 chips that were in play along with the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open trophy and the $38,374 first place prize. At 11:00 AM on June 15th, 860 entries stormed Borgata Poker room on 68 tables, some of course were re-buys through the first six levels, and did their best to grow their 20,000 "big" starting stacks and make the top 81, all of who took home the cash. The tournament ended at 6:15AM. Pete grinded it out for 19 hours and always was focused on winning first place.

It was a very busy afternoon indeed as the entire poker room was used for this event. Tons of Borgata regulars took the felt including: 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, Carl Restifo, Howard Wolper, Daniel Chan, James 'Suits' Salters, Chris Rich, and Benjamin Chan.

The last woman standing battle was between Sophia Liss (Oley, PA) and Deokhae Lee (Bergen County, NJ) who went out with four tables to go and made the cash. She outlasted her husband Sung Wootae whose set of fives fell to a set of aces and 88th place.

It seemed like table 47 had all the chips all day. Big stacks would either form there or be brought over from other tables. The hand of the tournament was when two chip leaders, James Vencill and Wayne Mernone decided to get it all in on a blind battle between A-7 and A-10. Vencill’s A-7 found a flush and felted Mernone (who had 1 million chips to start the hand.

Joel C. was down to 1200 chips then built it all the way up to over a million within a few hours. Joel was named “Lucky Joel” as he hit runner, runner and key flops as if on will. Joel finished in14th place for $1,502. .

The final table played into the wee hours of the morning and included: 10th place – Sean Jon Lamattina, 9th – Yeugeny Gans, 8th – John Borger, 7th – Josh, 6th – Chikeung A. Lau, 5th – Sha Bk, 4th - Joe "Cable" Graci, 3rd - Joe Dittmar for 13,681, and 2nd - James Vencill for $22,357.

But once again your 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Event 11 Champ is Pete Moffatt who dominated the final table and earned the engraved trophy along with a $38,374 payday. His son's Jack and Cole will surely be proud of their dad and happy he used the shark card protector.

Pete won the key races today and didn't have any suck-outs. On the contrary, when he got sucked out on, he kept his head and always stayed focused on that top prize.

His poker performance really was a pleasure to watch and I know we're going to see a lot more of Pete Moffatt. Great job!

Event 11: Pete Moffatt - 1st Place

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Pete Moffatt - 1st Place - $38,374

Congratulations to Pete Moffatt (Philadelphia, PA) who had the chip lead for much of the final table and just took down Event 11. Pete wins the 2011 Borgata Summer Open trophy and the top prize of $38,374.

Pete the poker shark couldn't have done it without his shark card protector. "My son loves sharks" said Pete who wanted to say hello to his kids, Jack & Cole who are following the blog at home and will probably be waking up shortly.

Pete finished 7th in a 2011 Borgata Winter Poker Open Event and was determined to return today, go deeper, and not make the same mistakes he made at that final table.

To me he seemed like the table captain, controlling his emotions, getting information from other players, having a solid table image, and making key lay-downs - like JJ even though he was ahead.

He uses poker to supplement his income as a Day Trader in Philly. This Borgata semi-pro player plans to back to defend and continue his winning ways.

He won a nine million dollar pot when his A-J toppled Joe Dittmar's 10-10 on a board of A-5-2-J-9. Once he took that pot there was no looking back.

Posing With The Trophy

Event 11: James Vencill - 2nd Place

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James Vencill - Place - $22,357

James Vencill is a man of very few words. He hit a wheel against Joe "Cable" for a huge double up and knew when to put pressure on the other player with timely re-raises and all-in bets to take pots down pre-flop.

James earns $22,357 for his second place finish.

Heads up lasted just one hand as everyone was exhausted after playing 19 hours of poker.

Event 11: Joe Dittmar - 3rd Place

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Joe Dittmar - 3rd Place - $13,681

Once Joe Graci was knocked out, the Last Joe Standing, Joe Dittmar was next to go.

Joe played great outlasting all 860 entries except for the final two.

Great job Joe who adds $13,681 to his Borgata bankroll.

Event 11: Joe Graci - 4th Place

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Joe "Cable" Graci - 4th Place - $11,262

Joe Graci (Long Island, NY) was crippled earlier by James Vencill who caught a wheel.

Joe held A-Q vs. James 3-4.

Board ran: 2-5-10-7-A.

A few orbits later, Joe got it all in with K-Q against Pete Moffatt's 5-4.

Board ran: J-3-5-6-8.

Four diamonds on the board but no player had one. Pete's pair was enough to end Joe's tournament.

"Fun day...long day" said Joe "Cable" Graci as he collected his $11,262 for fourth place.

Event 11: Sha BK - 5th Place

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Sha BK was crippled after calling 480,000 with Q-7 diamonds against Joe Cables 55.

Sha picked up two more diamonds on the flop but Joe ended up catching a straight for the win.

Board ran: 4-8-6-J-7.

A couple hands later he shoved his short stack with A-8 of clubs and James Vencill shoved on top with pocket tens. Before the flop, Pete Moffatt showed he just folded J-J. Good thing for Pete as the board ran: 9-4-3-10-6.

Sha will take home $9,177 for his 5th place showing today.

Event 11: Chikeung A. Lau - 6th Place

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Chikeung A. Lau - 6th Place - $7,508

Chikeung was crippled after losing 4,600,000 to Pete Moffatt. It all got in on the flop of 10-3-8.

Lau tabled A-10 of diamonds and Moffatt showed Q-Q.

Turn 4....River 7 gave the monster pot to Pete Moffatt who now has 9,000,000.

Chikeung was so short stacked and lost two hands later.

Lau earns $7,508 for his 6th place finish today.

Evnet 11: Josh - 7th Place

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No Picture - Camera Shy

Josh, the man of mystery is out in 7th place.

He had 1.5 million in chips and looked down at pocket queens up against Joe Dittmar's pocket aces.

Aces held and Josh is out.

Josh was the chip leader for most of the later levels and will take home $6,007 for 7th place.


Event 11: John Borger - 8th Place

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John Borger - 8th Place - $4,505

John Borger (Poconos, PA) got his last 750,000 chips in great with A-K diamonds against Joe Dittmar's A-J offsuit. But it wasn't meant to be for John who saw a Jack hit the flop.

Earlier in the tournament a dirty player tricked John into revealing his cards after Opponent tabled his. The mistake cost him 30,000 when he didn't have much more behind.

"My wife Jessica and son Rylen will be happy" said John Borger who is an AT&T technician.

Event 11: Yeugeny Gans - 9th Place

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Yeugeny Gans - 9th Place - $3,170

Yeugeny Gans was seriously short stacked and was forced in the blinds with any two cards. Unfortunately his hand did not hold up and he's out in 9th place for $3,170.

Gans was on tilt after the bust out and was not much in the mood for a post tournament chat.

Event 11: Sean Jon Lamattina - 10th Place

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Sean Jon Lamattina - 10th Place - $2,086

Sean Jon Lamattina played great all day and made it all the way to 10th place. His 9-10 of hearts fell to Opponent's Q-5 when the board ran dry.

Lamattina takes home $2,086 for his day at the office.

Event 11: 11th - 12th - 13th - 14th Places

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Joel Cartun (Livingston, NJ) had Q-9 vs. AQ. Both player hit two pair but Cartun lost. He had a great time and is out in 14th place for $1,502

Joel Cartun - 14th Place - $1,502


Ray Didonato shoved his last 600,000 with K-10 and ran into K-Q. Ray says hi to all the RGP's (Recreational Gambling Poker) guys out there. $1,502 for 13th Place.


Ray Didonato - 13th Place - $1,502


Bill Jones (Scranton, PA) said he overplayed 3-5 of hearts as shipped 640,000 but ran into 88's. Bill liked the structure and said he had a good time. Bill earns $2,086 for 12th place.

Bill Jones - 12th Place - $2,086

Dustin Graffa had A-K and got it in good vs. A-10 but a 10 spiked the flop and sent Graffa home. The hand that crippled him was when his A-10 fell to K-J that hit a king. He is on the final table bubble and receives $2,086 for 11th Place.

Event 11: James Andrade 16th - Jim Weppel 15th

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Jim Weppel - 15th Place - $1,502

Jim Weppel (Easton, PA) is a dealer at the Sands and used his poker skills to cut through the field into a 15th place finish.

Getting short stacked he shoved with A-8 of spades only to run into A-K of diamonds.

Last night Jim was rooting for Todd Richter who finished in 6th place. Tonight roles were reversed and Todd was rooting for Jim.

Event 11: Rich Sarkisian - 17th Place

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Rich Sarkisian - 17th Place - $985

Rich Sarkisian (Sicklerville, NJ) was a 60% favorite with his K-10 vs 6-7 shove but a 6 and a 7 hit the flop and sent Sarkisian sailing home.

This is Rich's third cash in his last five Borgata tournaments. He was happy to get his chips in with the best of it and didn't rebuy today even once.

He'll pocket $985 for 17th place.

Event 11: John Laws - 18th Place

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John Laws - 18th Place - $985

CPA firm owner John Laws (Cape May, NJ) was getting short stacked at 200,000 and shoved with K-9 hearts but woke up to pocket kings from Joe "Cable" Graci.

Board ran: 7-A-7-J-8 with two hearts.

John takes home $985 for his efforts today.

Event 11: Wayne Wacked

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James Vencill - 2,500,000 - Chip Leader

We knew this table was gonna explode at some point and Wayne Mernone was the major casualty.

James Vencill in the small blind and Wayne Mernone in the big went heads up in an A-7 vs. A-10 showdown.

Vencill's A-7 suited turned a flush and sent Mernone's A-10 to the rail in 30th place for $717.

Vencill had Mernone covered and confiscated his entire 1 million stack.

James is your current chip leader with 2.5 million. Over 17 million total in play.

Down to three tables.

Event 11: Dustin Doubles

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Dustin Graffa Doubles Up to 750,000

Dustin Graffa (Lancaster, PA) just scored a much needed double up to continue on in the tournament.

"If I lose that hand I'm out" said Graffa who got it all in pre-flop holding A-Q up against Opponent's pocket 99's. Dustin spiked an ace on the river to survive and take-down a monster pot.

Also at the same table, with the blinds now at 40,000 - Michael Julian only had 41,000 and got it all in with any two cards. His hand did not hold up and he exited in 31st place for $717.

Event 11: Lucky Joel

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Lucky Joel C. - 900,000

Joel C. (Livingston, NJ) was down to 1200 chips and now has 900,000. Wow, what a comeback.
It was so impressive other players have named him "Lucky Joel".

At a much earlier level Joel was all in for his last 1200 and got two callers who were building up a side pot. One of the guys bets hard after missing the river, getting the other opponent to fold pocket tens. The big better only had an Ace high so Joel won the initial pot and was on his way.

Fast forward to Level 23-24: Joel had two big hands that grew his stack just south of a million.

First his K-J of diamonds hit runner runner diamonds to beat opponent who flopped a straight with KQ.

Then Joel held A-J and saw A-J-4 on a flop with an A-10 opponent making an all-in shove move.

I still can't believe Joel was once down to 1200. Great comeback kid!

Event 11: Last Woman Standing - Deokhae Lee

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Sophia Liss just busted out in 37th place which makes Deokhae Lee our Last Woman Standing.

Her husband Sung Wootae (Bergen County, NJ) has faithfully been cheering her on from the rail.

Sung played in this tournament earlier and exited in 88th place when his set of threes ran into a set of aces.

Deokhae has around 200,000.

Players are on a ten minute break.

Event 11: Chips Ahoy

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Table 47 - All The Chips

Most of the tournament chips have landed at table 47.

You have James Vencill (Colonial Heights, VA) in the one seat with 650,000.
Wayne Mernone who is up to 1 million in seat 3.
Sean Jon Lamattina (Staten Island, NY) with 925,000.
Josh (won't give his last name) in seat 9 with 1,200,000.

This table has moved a ton of chips all day.

Our fifth table just broke down so we're down to four.

We'll be covering this tournament all night, or morning, until there is one winner.