Friday, June 17, 2011

Event 14: Back To Back Triples

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

After getting moved to Table 2, Mark Borges triples up his short stack.

The board ran: 8-7-8-2-3 and Mark proudly flipped 2-2 for the win.

A few hands later, Jim Farrell went all in with QQ and got two callers.

Adam Cook had A-K and Maxx Dansky had JJ.

Farrell's Queens held up on a board of 6-7-8-8-4.

So both short stacks at Table 2 tripled up and the game goes on.

Jim Farrell is a member of the South Shore Poker Club on Long Island and won this Borgata Entry to Event 14 as a year long prize.

Some members are railing him while others are following our blog.

Thanks guys!

Event 14: Chris Collapse

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Chris Csik - 13th Place

Chris Csik's A-10 ran into Adam Cook's monster chip stack holding A-J of hearts.

Flop ran J-10-6 giving each play a pair with their kicker.

But the turn and river came runner runner heart heart giving Cook a flush and the knock-out.

Csik is out in 13th place.

Event 14: Taylor Stitched - 14th

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Brian Taylor - 14th Place

Right after Cohen busted, Brian Taylor on Table 1 got his KK in pre-flop against Andrew Esposito's 10-10.

Board ran: 8-J-Q-10-J giving Andrew a set of tens, cracking Taylor's Kings.

Taylor was covered by Esposito so Brian Taylor is out in 14th Place.

Event 14: Steve Leaves - 15th

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Steve Cohen - 15th Place

Steve Cohen ships all in pre with A♣ Q♣ and Chris Broz takes what felt like forever to call with pocket aces.

Before the flop Steve stands and shouts out clubs, clubs. Sure enough he sees two clubs on the flop of 5♣ 8♣ 5.

Turn card is A.

Cohen, not realizing he's drawing dead is excited to see the club he thinks he's looking for.

River - 10♣ .

It takes everyone a moment to realize the ace on the turn gave Broz a full house.

Cohen is out in 15th place.

Maxx Danshy told Broz that his pre-flop call was "a super slo-roll".

Event 14: Frank Falls - 16th Place

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Frank Lomanno played great all day and had 80,000 after the color-up break.

He shipped with pocket queens and Adam Cook insta calls with pocket aces.

Board runs dry and just like that Lomanno is out in 16th place.

Cook jets up to over 200,000 in chips, still short of chip leader Chris Broz' 240,000.

The two are at the same table so we'll see if they tangle.

Event 14: Bressler Busted

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Arthur Bressler - 17th Place

Arthur Bressler began the hand with A-J and loved the flop of 10-9-J.

With two hearts on the flop, Arthur bet big and got a call from Chris Broz.

Turn card 3 ignited Arthur to announce and all-in. Broz thought for a few minutes then called and rolled over QQ.

Arthur looking for an Ace or a Jack and was disappointed when another ten it the river.

Arthur is out in 17th place as Broz pads his stack.

Event 14: Two Tables To Go

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Final Two Tables

Table 1:
1. Armando Then
2. Mike Dentale
3. Fritz Stoner
4. Brian Taylor
5. Al Kinder
6. John Kostelac
7. Andrew Esposito
8. Mark Borges

Table 2:
1. Adam Cook
2. Chris Csik
3. Arthur Bressler
4. Jim Farrell
5. Maxx Dansky
6. Chris Broz
7. Frank Lomanno
8. Steve Cohen
9. Dan Spanton

Event 14: Back In Business

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Breaktime is over and all 19 players are back at their seats ready to finish this tournament tonight.

But you don't have to win all of the 1,530,000 chips in play to win Event 14.

Once we reach nine, it's over - play ends and everyone gets $10,000.

Player busting in tenth place receives $8,940 and the guy in eleventh gets a pat on the back.

Current leaders include:
Adam Cook...... 155,000
Dan Spanton..... 150,000
Steve Cohen..... 145,000

Level 14: 1500 / 3000 with 400 antes.

This is starting to get good.

Who wants a piece of the $98,940 prize pool?

Event 14: Kinder Is Kind

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Mike Dentale wearing a cut-off shirt but not in the cut-off when he picks up A-K.
Dentale raises on the button.

Al Kinder (Pine Hill, NJ) in UTG + 1 has A-A has re-raises.

Both guys have big stacks at the table and really don't want to risk a bust-out this close to the money.

Kinder leads his witness, Dentale, down the path of folding saying outright, "You should fold".
"Show me if I fold" asks Mike? "Yes", says Kinder.

"I should ship it all in on you here" said Mikey. Instead he made the right read and folded.

Mike folds A-K and Al, a man of his word, shows A-A.

Then on table 2, Adam Cook takes out Walter Taylor who goes out in 20th place.

Cooks A-J hits a Jack on the flop against Taylor's K-6 of spades which bricks out.

Table action is 6 - 6 - 7 as 19 remain.

Players are taking a ten minute break.

Event 14: Aces Vs. Kings

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Steve Cohen doubles his 76,700 stack (plus blinds & antes) through Fritz Stoner.

Cohen had AA's and Stoner had KK's. Nothing Stoner could do as he just ran into the one hand that could beat him pre-flop.

Board ran 7-4-9-10-6 but all the action got in pre.

When the river landed and Cohen knew he was good, he stood up, clapped his hands then started stacking his chips.

Cohen may not be the chip leader in the room but he does have the most actual chips.
The guy has almost all the 100's on the table and is making a two and three tier chip wall.

Event 14: Maxx Swings Axe

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Maxium Hand Pre-flop

Maxx Dansky reels his prey in on a flop of 8-6-10.

Opponent's 10-J diamonds gets it all in and Maxx calls holding A-A.

"I'm never gonna fold there at this point in the tournament" explained Maxx.

2 on the turn and a river queen spelled curtains.

Twenty-one players remain on three tables.

Borgata Blinds: 1200 / 2400 with 300 antes.

Event 14: Ta On His Wey Home

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Arthur Bressler strikes again! This time he knocks out Ta Wey in 23rd place.

"I had pocket kings and he had ace - queen. I raised, he went all in and I called."

The ace didn't pop up and with that pot, Bressler is now getting close to 100,000 chips.

22 remain - still on three tables.

Event 14: Double Up Or Go Home

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Play hasn't tightened up just yet as 23 still remain.

Seems like short stack all-in's are still getting called as players want to score knock-outs.

Chris Broz on Table 3 rivered a ten for a full house and doubled through Steve Cohen.

Then on Table 2 Dan Spanton (North Plainfield, NJ) grew his stack from 60,000 to 120,000 courtesy of Frank Lomanno.

Board ran: 5-6-5-J-A

Dan's wired sixes were enough for the scoop.

Adam Cook is back in the one seat. Turns out his twenty minutes of bonus dinner time wasn't strategy based but conversation based.

"I was engrossed in this great conversations with someone I just met at the sushi bar" explained Cook.

Event 14: No Look For Cook

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Adam Cook - Missing In Action

Players have been back and playing for twenty minutes and Chip leader Adam Cook is on an extended dinner break. Hey, he built up his 140,000 lead and can do whatever he wants with it.

Probably just playing it safe or his food order took a lot longer than expected.

Chip leader doesn't matter so much as just surviving the final ten - all who pick up ten large.

Borgata regular Steve Cohen (New York, NY) has some blog followers and wanted to let them know he's feeling good with 60,000.

Event 14: ESPN Radio, New York

 $1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Radio Row

Lucky listeners of ESPN Radio, New York won a contest to play with the hosts of the
Ryan Ruocco and Robin Lundberg show.

Event 14: Dinner Time

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Just before the dinner break, John Kostelac (Harrisburg, PA) doubled through Adam Cook.

John had pocket Jacks and was in bad shape against Adam's pocket Queens, but a Jack hit the board.  John doubled up to about 90k.

Adam Cook was left with about 140k.

Frank Lomanno had about 130k.

Mike Dentale had about 105k.

The remaining 24 players are on dinner break until play resumes at about 7:45pm.

Event 14: Straight & Flush But No Straight-Flush

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Peter Mylenki (Absecon, NJ)

Peter Mylenki crippled May Siu with the following hand.

May limps UTG and Peter calls in the big blind holding 5♣ 6♣ .

Peter loves seeing a flop of 7 8♣ K♣ but checks since he has half the deck but still needs a card.

May sees the open door and leads out for 2100. Peter pops it to 6100 and May jams all in.

Peter calls and May tables A10.

Turn 4 gives Peter the straight. A club fell on the river ♣ for unnecessary overkill.

A couple hands later May was out.

Mylenki is up to 50,000.

I asked Peter what he does outside of poker and he joked, "I'm either retired or nobody will hire me." Peter is basically free-rolling as he was a Super Satellite ACT 1 winner.

After investing only $110 + $20 Peter won his entire buy-in for today's Event 14. Can Mylenki turn $110 into ten grand? We shall see.

Three table remain as dinner approaches.

Event 14: Armando's Aces Good

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Battle of the Blinds

On a flop of A 6 3, Armando Then and the player on his left in the big blind got all their chips in the middle.

 Armando Then, without hoodie

The big blind held A5 for top pair, but Armando held pocket Aces for top set.  The last two came K 7 and the big blind was busted.

Armando chipped up to ~45k.

Event 14: Ted Man Walking

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Ted Geier was looking down at his last 16,000 in the small blind with pocket threes. He shipped and Brian Morton (Brigantine, NJ) called holding A-Q.

Ted survived the flop but the turn-card Queen brought the pain and ultimately his exit.

Ted's a good sport and will be entering more 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open events next week.

In other Event 14 news - Mike Dentale moved himself and his chip to fill in at table 1 with Armando Then.

Players stomach's are beginning to grumble - dinner break after 7:00 PM.

Event 14: Cusa's Aces Cracked

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

On a flop of 7 4 3 -- all clubs -- William Cusa, Jr. fired 4k and Frank Lomanno called.  Turn was an offsuit Ten and all the chips went in the middle.

William tabled pocket Aces (with the club) for the overpair with nut flush draw.

Frank had him in bad shape with pocket Tens, which had caught a set on the turn.

William needed an Ace or a club to survive.  The river brought none of William's outs and he was out.  Frank chipped up to ~120k.

Level ten is done.  Play continued into level 11 with blinds of 800/1,600 and 200 antes.

Event 14: No Tells Armando

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Move Over Unibomber

Armando Then (Washington Heights, NY) currently has an average stack but has his eye on the top ten. "That would set me up for the weekend here and a trip to Vegas" said Then.

His strategy for today - "Secure some good pots and don't get into trouble."

Event 14: Shamah Doubles Thru Esposito

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

In a battle of the blinds, Jordan Shamah (Lindehurst, NY) moved all-in from the small for 12,200.  Andrew Esposito was in the big blind and tanked for a few moments before committing his chips.

 Jordan Shamah

Jordan showed K9 off.  When Andrew rolled over AQ, Jordan said "what took you so long?"  Andrew said he had a bad feeling, and as it turned out, he was right.

The board ran out Q 6 3 7 K and Jordan caught the bigger pair on the river to double up.

Event 14: Last "Girl" Standing

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

We're into June but it can still be a Mayday payday.

May Siu - Beating Up The Boys

I informed May Siu that she is the Last Woman Standing and she joked that she's only a girl.

May's table was just broken up and I got to chat with her as she was setting up at a new spot.

Looks like she's sitting on 58,000.

Okay, truth be told there weren't a ton of ladies in this event but it's still impressive that May has taken down another Last "Girl" Standing - and looking to make the top ten.

May's Atlantic City poker reality show wrapped their pilot episode. I told her she's gonna need a love interest and that I would volunteer.

I polled the table - Borgata Poker Blogger and Female Poker Star, c'mon, you guys would watch that right?

The table and May laughed.

Stay tuned...

Event 14: Another Table Down

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Walter Taylor (Morristown, NJ) and Justin Peckholdt (Babylon, NY) are all in preflop with Taylor's aces holding against Peckholdt's pocket 8s. When the count is done, Taylor doubles to 20k, while Peckholdt is left with 2100.

Peckholdt folds the next two hands (blinds 600/1200/200 ante) and on the third hand moves all in for 1500. Peckholdt wins the main pot with QQ for a triple up and the beginning of a great comeback story.

While Taylor gets his much needed double ont table 3, two players bust on table 2, setting the field at 36 (4 tables of 9).

----------- Post Addendum 6:11 PM 

Taylor doubles to 17k with QJ suited vs 10 10, jack on the turn.

Event 14: Chip Leaders

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite     

After level nine ticked away, the remaining 37 players took off for a 15 minute break while the black 100 chips were colored up.

Adam Cook is the chip leader with ~135k.  Adam finished second in the Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship ($159,886).

Frank Lomanno is second with ~100k.

Mike Dentale's got about 78k.

After the break, level ten got underway with blinds of 600/1,200 and 200 antes.

Event 14: Esposito Wins Another

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite    

After Andrew Esposito raised, a short-stack moved in.  When action returned to Andrew, he quickly called, showing A9 suited.  He had his opponent in bad shape with A6.

The board changed nothing and another player landed on the wrong side of the rail.

Andrew is now up to ~55k.

Event 14: Straight-Flush for Esposito

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite   

With a flop of 8 6♣ 5♣, Andrew Esposito quickly got his chips in the middle.  His opponent held pocket Tens (no club) and was ahead of Andrew's 9♣8♣ (pair of 8s with gutshot straight draw, flush draw, and gutshot straight-flush draw).

Turn was the 2 and changed nothing.  Then the 7♣ came on the river, completing Andrew's straight-flush and double-up.  He's now up to almost 40k.

Event 14: Aces Good for Lomanno

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite   

On the river with a board of 9 8 3 2 2, Frank Lomanno was all-in against Art Demmerley.  Frank showed pocket Aces for Aces-up.  Art mucked his hand and Frank doubled up to ~115k.  Art was left with ~30k.

Adam Cook has landed at table two with Frank and Art.  Adam's up to 125k.

Patricia Cahill, Sheree Bykofsky and Leanne Rosenblatt have all busted out.  That leaves May Siu as the last woman sitting in this event.

Five tables remain with 45 players still hoping to take home $10k today.

Online Contest Winner Announced

Congratulations to the winner of a $2700 entry into the Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship Event (June 19-22, 2011) ...


Event 14: Nearly Halfway Home

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

 Mikey Muscles

Mike Dentale sends a player to the rail with pocket 7s against AK and now has 82k.

The field is down to 52 players (out of 102) as the floor managers are patiently waiting to break another table.

Level 8 (400/800/75 ante) continues.

Event 14: Art Makes Boat, Actor Sinks

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite  

James Woods got involved in a pot with Art Demmerley (Derby, NY) who had Kings-full.  Woods mucked and didn't show his hand.  Art chipped up to ~80k.

Art Demmerley

After losing that pot to Art, Woods only had about 600 left and that was soon gone, along with the actor.

Event 14: Dentale Puts Dent in Cook

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite  

On a flop of Q 9 8 with two spades, Mike Dentale checked over to Adam Cook on the button, who bet.  Mike called and the turn brought an offsuit 6.  Adam bet 2,150 and Mike called.  River was a 7 putting a four-card straight on the board.

Mike led out for 6k.  Adam speculated that Mike had a Ten for the high end of the straight and flashed his A5 of spades (low end of the straight and busted flush draw) before mucking.

With that pot, Mike chipped up to ~75k.

That was also the last hand at table seven before the table broke.

Event 14: Seven Tables

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite 

Down to 7 nine-handed tables now.  57 players remain.

Table seven is action packed.  Both Mike 'Unbelieveable' Dentale and Adam Cook are seated there, along with Ted Geier and Tony Behbahani.

Mike's doing well with ~68k, but Adam is leading the field with ~90k.

This will be the next table to break, so these players will get moved into the empty seats elsewhere in the room shortly.

Event 14: Lomanno Flushes Chan

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite 

On a flop of 7 6 4 -- all hearts -- Daniel Chan (New York, NY) got all his chips in the middle against Frank Lomanno (Cleveland, OH).

 Frank Lomanno

Daniel held pocket 6s and had flopped a set.  Unfortunately for Daniel, Frank held AT suited in hearts and had flopped a flush.  Daniel needed the board to pair, but the last two came 9 5 and Daniel was busted.

Frank chipped up to ~55k.

At the end of level six, they took a ten minute break.  Following the break, play resumed with level 7, blinds 300/600 and 75 antes.

Event 14: Break Time

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Kim, James Woods & Jacqueline
Putting the Super in Super Satellite

There's no truth to the rumor that James Woods missed his big blind to pose with the Borgata Babes.  This is a win-win photo for everyone!

Event 14: Jacks Good for Azar

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite 

James Woods limps utg, a couple of other players limp behind, including the button and small blind, then Habib Azar (bb) raised to 2,900.  Woods called and the small blind made it a three-way.

The flop came K T 9 with two spades.  The small blind checked and Azar fired 6k.  Woods mucked and his cards accidentally flipped over -- 42 of diamonds.  The small blind called and the turn was an offsuit 2.  Both checked.

River was another King.  Again both players checked.

Azar tabled pocket Jacks and his opponent patted the felt, flashed a Ten, then mucked his hand.

After collecting that pot, Azar has about 50k.

Event 14: Leventhal Doubles

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Four players see the flop of Q J 8 and it is checked to Barry Leventhal in the cutoff, who bet 1,700.  Two players opted out but the player in the hijack, on Barry's right, made the call.

 Barry Leventhal

Turn was a 3 and the hijack checked.  Barry bet 2,500 and got the call.  River was a 6 and after checking out Barry's remaining chips (3,600) the hijack tossed in a gray chip.

Barry snap-called all-in, showing QJ for top two pair.  His opponent mucked and Barry doubled up to ~16k.

Event 14: Cook Cruising

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

After taking a player off his hand with a big bet, James Woods says he thought the guy had AK, AQ, something like that, but not a pair. 

As he was collecting the pot, James says "I've got a pair.  You want to see?" motioning with his cards.  Then he turns over pocket 3s.

His opponent in that hand busted out soon after.

 Adam Cook

Adam Cook (Glen Burnie, MD) just collected another pot.  He's up to ~70k.

Event 14: Registration Closed

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

The last "outer" table has broken and all players are in the main section of the Poker Room, as 8 tables remain. The total head count is right around 100 players, meaning 10 players each will take home $10,000.

The cage is verifying the entries and the prize pool will be released later this afternoon

Event 14: Aces Hold for Esposito

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

After an utg raise, Andrew Esposito (Oceanside, NY) moved all-in.  After a little time in the tank, the opener made the call, showing pocket Kings.

 Andrew Esposito

Of course Andrew held pocket Aces.  The board came  T 7 5 8 5 and Andrew doubled up to about 30k.

James Boyle, who is seated at the same table, commented that of course he folded 75 (which would have made a full house).

Event 14: Straightening Out Woods

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Woods Waiting for the Money Card

Daniel Chan (New York, NY) and actor James Woods go to the river and Chan shows Woods a straight.  Woods says, "nice hand," and mucks.

When his schedule permits, Woods plays at Borgata and says he loves the staff and tournament structure. Here's a profile we did on Woods during the 2010 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship Event.

Level 4 (100/200) is winding down and is the last level players can register for the tournament.

Event 14: Nothing Fancy

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Azar Set for a Deep Run

The best we can get out of chip leader Habib Azar (New York, NY) is that he flopped set over set early in the tournament and felted a player for 6k.  "Not much to say," says the soft spoken player, "I've been lucky."

Habib is at 55k and now has a celebrity sitting to his left as actor James Woods has joined the table.

Level 4 (100/200) continues.

Event 14: Chip Leaders

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Players are heading on their first break 10 minute break of the tournament.

Here are some of the big stacks:

Habib Azar 40k
Ta Wey 37k
John Dibella 35k
Max Dansky 32k
Sheree Bykofsky 32k

Event 14: Straight to the Point?

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

 On his Wey

Ta Wey (North Hackensack, NJ) and an opponent mix it up with a verbal tap dance. After Wey makes a preflop call the raiser says, "I knew you weren't going anywhere."

The flop is J♣ 8♣ 9 and Wey says, "not too much," and calls the c-bet.
Both players check the 7♠ on the turn, while the river is the 6♠.

The opener checks, Wey bets 2800 and his opponent goes in the tank before folding A J face up and says, "that's a terrible run out."

"What if I bet this much," says Wey as he pulls back an orange 1k chip. "I had ace-queen. I flopped it."

Wey doesn't show and the table seems to believe him. "You see how I play," says Wey, who has more than 30k. "I don't lie."

Level 3 (75/150) winding down.

Event 14: Sensational Soothsayer

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Frank Feeling the Love

To help relieve the stress Priscilla is available all day in the Poker Room. Frank Lomanno (Cleveland, OH) is taking advantage of her fantastic fingers and if Priscilla looks closely into the crystal ball she may see $10,000 in Lomano's future.

Event 14: Playing Poker

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Big money, great structure and no re-entry means we're seeing a lot more controlled poker. Players are more conservative, less reckless and seriously focused on the $10,000 payday.

The post flop play has been phenomenal and walking by three tables, all three had gone to the river.

Late arriving May Siu (New York, NY) leads out 3500 from the SB on a board of J 2♠ 7♣ K Q♣. The button tanks and eventually folds. Siu takes one last peak at her hole cards, but declines to show as she rakes the pot.

Players continue to use the early levels to jockey for position before buckling down for what will be a roller coaster day.

Level 2 (50/100) is underway.

Event 14: Roll Call

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) has been MIA, but back at Borgata looking to do some damage.

Cook (in white), Bykofsky (black top) 
& Palermo (black hat) all on Table 8

Faces in the Crowd

James Boyle
Sheree Bykofsky
Adam Cook
Mike Dentale
Barry Leventhal
Leonardo Palermo
Leanne Rosenblatt
Fritz Stoner

The featured table is 8 as Bykofsky, Cook and Palermo are all here.

Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips, levels last 40 minutes and blinds start at 25/50.

Event 14: Big Money

$1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite

The Borgata Spring Poker Open has something for everyone and today it's BIG money!

After a variety of buy-ins that included a great value of $230 to win a top prize of $38,000, this $1,000 buy-in is the highest entry to date and guarantees 1 in 10 players will win $10,000.

Friday is the start of a big money weekend where Saturday is the $1,000 six-max followed by Sunday and Monday's $2,700 entry into the Championship Event (Days 1A and 1B).

Button starts in the three seat and the cards are in the air!

Friday, June 17

Today's Events (Poker Room)

11AM: Event 14 - $1000 + $90 ($10K Cash) Super Satellite
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 40 minutes each
  • Approximately 1 in 10 will win $10,000 CASH
  • 1-Day event
3PM: Event 39 - $300 + $40 + $25 Bounty NLH (Green Chip)
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 30 minutes
  • This is a Bounty No Limit Hold'em tournament
  • 1-Day event
7PM: Event 40 - $200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels last 20 minutes each
  • Players that bust within first 6 Levels may Re-Enter (unlimited Re-Entries)
  • 1-Day event

Leaderboard Update (6/17)

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 16 events*
*(Final Results from events 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38)


Event 12 Recap

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

You gotta love the 6-max. This format, where there’s always no more than 6 players at each table, creates a tough field to go through and I think really showcases true poker skills. When the dust settled, today, after 14 hours of play, poker pro Scott Wardell emerged as the top dog.

He’ll take home the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Event 12 trophy, title, and $16,529. Congratulations kid!

With only 6 players at each table, action occurs on virtually every hand. 142 adrenaline junkies took the felt at 11:00AM with 12,000 chips all vying for a chunk of the $56,800 Total Buy-In.

I wasn’t kidding when I told you the field was tough. Borgata regulars and previous Open Event cashers like Matt “Muffins” Mazzeo, James “Suits” Salters, Mickey Wolls, and Frank Gangemi all battled from hand one. And don’t forget Borgata Spring Poker Open runner-up Adam Cook (Annapolis, MD) who took home $160,000 and also made an appearance in today’s event.

One hand that drew a crowd and some Borgata Buzz was when Steven Rodriques survived a horrible blow when his set of fives fell to not one, but two other players also rolling over sets. Set over set over set – yikes.

But the biggest hand of the day or quite frankly of any tournament this year was when Scott Wardell rivered his first ever royal flush against Allan Lubin’s quads – knocking him out in 6th place for $3,030.

The Chan brothers, Daniel and Benjamin played well in the 6-Max. Both are forces at Borgata Open Events and have a friendly rivalry between each other as they trade Borgata cashes and continue to rack up impressive earning numbers.

Hand for hand to release the bubble seemed to take forever until finally Robert Saladin was felted in lucky number 13th place and didn’t receive any money.

Your final two tables included:

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

At table 2, Thomas Balla, Allan Lubin, Dennis Aiello, Lyle Diamond, Daniel Chan,
and Darren Sylvin.

Thomas Balla made a remarkable comeback finishing in 5th place for $4,270. He was down to two 100 dollar black chips when the blinds were 100 / 200.

And what about Lyle Diamond? He had pocket aces with the ace of spade and saw 7♠ Q♠ J♠ on the flop only to lose to Scott Wardell who rivered a non-spade K. Diamond digs $5,647 for fourth.

Then there was Darren Sylvin, the chef from Parsippany, NJ who stirred up enough pots to whip up $7,576 for third.

Angel “Pinky” Modica was down, up, down, up, then out in 2nd place for $10,193. His Mom Maria railed him but the 3-to-1 heads up deficit was tough to overcome. Just when Pinky was trying to mount yet another comeback, Scott found an Ace on the river for the victory.

So there you have it, your 6-Max champ is Scott Wardell who outlasted 142 other players and wins bragging rights at beating a difficult field of the best of the best. Perhaps we’ll see Scott go deep in next week’s Championship Event which he will be playing in.

The funny thing is, Scott, who plays 200 hours a month at Borgata, rarely ever plays tournaments. Maybe after today’s win he’ll start playing more of them…

Event 12: 1st - Scott Wardell

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Scott Wardell - 1st Place - $16,529

Poker Pro Scott Wardell (Tabernacle, NJ) plays 200 hours of Borgata Poker each month and never hit a royal flush in his entire career...until tonight at the final table. And to sweeten the story, it was against quads.

That pot sent Scott on his way to his 1st Place victory, the Borgata 6-Max trophy, and $16,529 worth of prize money.

Another final table key hand was when his K-Q found two pair on the river and felted opponent's AA with a four flush draw on the flop.

Scott explained - "Until the final few players I was never the chip leader. In fact I had about 20 to 30 big blinds most of the day".

Scott Wardell Wins the 6-Max

Event 12: 2nd - Angel Modica

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Angel "Pinky" Modica - 2nd Place - $10,193

Angel Modica had several people rooting for him on the rail including his Mother Maria.

A bit of a roller-coaster day for Pinky who saw his stack drop to 1500 on level 3, then he managed to re-build and become the first player to reach 180,000. After securing the chip lead, he dipped back down to 30,000. When the bubble was about to burst, Angel was the shortest stack in the room. Somehow he build back again and made the final table.

Heads up against Scott Wardell was a battle since Scott had him 3 to 1 in chips. Modica regrets folding A-10 after pre-flop raises and re-raises, especially since Scott claims he only had A-4.

In the last hand of the tournament, Angel had 7-7 against Scott's A-9.

After doubling up the previous hand with 6-7 of spades, it looked like Modica was re-building yet again - especially when the board showed 5-Q-4-6...

Then an ace slammed the felt and gave the tournament to Wardell.

Pinky was disheartened but hopefully the $10,193 second place prize money will cheer him up.

Event 12: 3rd - Darren Sylvin

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Darren Sylvin - 3rd Place - $7,576

Darren Sylvin (Parsippany, NJ), is a Chef during his day job.

He had a steady stack of chips all day. A five hand rush in the fifth hour of the tournament allowed Sylvin to take control.

He also applied pressure and took advantage when opponents would overplay weaker hands. "I raised a lot today" said Sylvin.

Darren was happy when the straight flush knocked out the quads at the final table because he moved up the charts in the money.

When I asked him for any last words he replied with a deadpan, "RIP to Anna Nicole Smith".

Way to go on your third place score of $7,576.