Saturday, June 18, 2011

Event 15 Recap

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

Congratulations to our 6-Max winner Alex Berenson, a spy novelist from New York City who takes home the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open 6-Max trophy along with a boatload of cash - $31,913 to be exact.

Here’s how it all went down. As far as I know James Woods gets killed at the table today but not by one of Berenson’s characters of espionage.

Chapter One started at 11:00 AM where 94 of Borgata’s Best whipped out $1000 + $90 to receive 15,000 starting chips and take their seat in Borgata’s Poker Room.

The 6-Max brings out highly skilled poker players along with a few action-junkie maniacs. You can decide who’s who from the following list of notables who showed up today but didn’t cash - James Boyle, Al Grimes, Mike Dentale, Habib Azar, Art Demmerley, Lyle Diamond, Jennifer Green, Eric Panayiotou, Ted Geier, May Siu and of course actor James Woods.

There was a good buzz in the room over the structure where blind levels gradually increased from 30 minutes to 40, to 50. With only six players at each table, these levels really allowed poker players to actually play poker.

WSOP Circuit Champion Rick Rossetti played alongside 2010 Borgata Poker Open $1k 6-Max Champion Dan Spirer while our Last-Woman-Standing, Helen Ellis, busted out in 14th place.

Two tables of six hung tough but only the top 6 made the cash.

Your Max-nificent Seven included: Abe Korotki, Lex Harris, Adam Levitan, John DiBella, Farid Jattin, Alex Berenson, and Max Digilov.

Lex Harris bubbled out with Adam Levitan getting a whopping min cash of $5,015 for sixth place.

But the story of the final table was Alex Berenson who knocked out every single player (except one) in dramatic fashion. Like one of his characters, Berenson took on the role of poker assassin and ended tournament life after tournament life.

He even killed two players with one bullet (Max Digilov & John DiBella) – or should I say, three fives. Because John had one thousand dollar orange chip more than Max, Max got 5th place for $7,978 and John received 4th for $15,045.

Then in just a couple hands later, third place casualty and $15,045 went to a college student from Miami named Farid Jattin.

Alas we now come to the final chapter and the ending with a twist. Abe Korotki is hellbent on getting it all in on the flop with only a gutshot. He needs a Queen and shouts out for it. Bang – just like that the Queen comes on the turn making his straight. But Alex Berenson doesn’t give up that easily. He needs a Jack on the river for a full house. So HE calls out for a Jack and somehow summons it on cue. River Jack gives Berenson a full-house and the tournament.

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction – or at least as good.

Abe was railed by his wife and lucky charm Saleena, while Alex’s wife Jackie was rooting via Borgata Blog at home in New York City.

Oh did I also mention Event 15 was Alex’s first live tournament ever? He chose one of, if not the toughest tournament and field to go through and he somehow survived and came out on top like a hero.

Abe takes home $20,059 for second and Alex earns $31,913.

Look for Alex to take some of the prize money to enter into the Championship Event.

Event 15: Alex Berenson - 1st Place

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

Alex Berenson - 1st Place - $31,913

Congratulations to Alex Berenson who in dominating fashion knocked out every player at the final table like an assassin, except for one.

Everything seemed to go Alex's way today and tonight.

First he hit a five on the river to felt Adam Levitan's A-K and become the final table chip leader with 600,000, then he flopped a set of fives to knock out John DiBella and Max Digilov, both holding K-Q.

In the end Alex is holding all of the chips along with the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open trophy, title, and $31,913 in cold hard cash.

Spy Novelist - Alex Berenson

Alex has written 5 spy novels. We have to assume his poker escapades will creep into his future projects at some point.

Alex crushes his home game but this was his first ever live tournament at Borgata or anywhere.

Not bad Alex - can't wait to see what you do for an encore.

Alex says that playing poker has been a good social outlet. I imagine the interaction is healthy for a writer isolated alone at a computer for countless hours lost in worlds of fiction.

Berenson made a deal with himself if he won Event 15 he would enter the Championship Event.

He'll have to run it by wife Jackie who was rooting for him via our blog at home in New York City.

Alex couldn't have written a better script for how he took down what some call the toughest poker tournament around - the 6-max.

Congratulations again!

Event 15: Abe Korotki - 2nd Place

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

Abe Korotki - 2nd Place - $20,059

Every time I looked up Honest Abe Korotki was raising turns and taking down pot after pot.

He was the chip leader for a good stretch of Event 15 and played a lot of hands.

Abe didn't have many chips heads up in comparison to Alex Berenson and it only lasted four or five hands.

The final hand had some interesting, dare I say, mystical antics.

Abe had A-10 of diamonds up against Alex's J-K of spades.

Abe shoved all his chips into the middle after seeing a rainbow flop of 7-K-J.

Alex calls and Abe starts shouting, "Queen, Queen, Queen". Sure enough a queen hits the felt.

Abe begins to celebrate as we hear Alex start to call for a Jack. "Jack, Jack, Jack".
I can't make this stuff up - sure enough, the Jack hit the river and the tournament came to it's dramatic conclusion.

Abe couldn't believe it. He wouldn't have lasted as long as he did if not for the support and "luck" from his wife railbird Saleena.

"I've been rooting him on the whole time...I'm his lucky charm", said Saleena.

A great payday for Abe Korotki who takes home $20,059 for second place.

Event 15: Farid Jattin - 3rd Place

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

Farid Jattin - 3rd Place - $15,045

When we were down to two tables Farid Jattin (Miami, FL) didn't want me to take his picture for fear it would jinx his poker mojo. But, after busting out in third place he was happy to pose.

Farid had his hopes on winning the entire tournament but couldn't have been happier when Alex knocked out two players with one blow. That single hand propelled Farid two spots up the moneyboard.

From the start of three-handed play Farid was very short in chips and got all of them in holding 7-8 of clubs. Abe Korotki (Ventnor, NJ) had A-9 of diamonds and found and ace on the flop.

Board: J-3-A-K-6.

Farid told me he chipped up early in the tournament and was able to cruise until there were ten players left. At that point it became a roller-coaster ride.

Jattin is from Miami and attends FIU as a college student.

Farid adds $15,045 to pay for tuition or whatever else he sees fit.

Event 15: John DiBella - 4th Place

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

John DiBella - 4th Place - $11,170

After the epic hand, John called Max out by joking, "you had to bet the flop".

Remember that both John and Max held K-Q, hit a K on the flop but ran into Alex who flopped a set of fives.

What a dramatic moment for John and Max as Ray (the floor) was counting every single chip to see who would cash for more money.

John came out ahead by one orange 1000 chip and takes home $11,170 for 4th Place.

Whew - a chip and a scare!

Event 15: Max Digilov - 5th Place

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

Max Digilov - 5th Place - $7,978

Max Digilov had a huge stack during most of the final two tables, but after that last bust-out, Alex Berenson has more. In fact, Alex has everyone covered.

The following will go down as the hand of the tournament as ultimately, Alex Berenson knocks out two opponents.

It's Max Digilov's K-Q of spades vs. John DiBella's K-Q offsuit vs. Alex Berenson's 5-5.

Action flop for everyone as 2-5-K rainbow falls.

John checks, Alex checks, Max bets, John smooth calls, Alex shoves, Max calls and John calls.

Berenson's set of fives hold up as the turn bricks an 8 and rivers a 6.

The floor had to count Max and John's chips to see who would get 5th and 4th place where the payout jumps from $7,978 to $11,170.

Max had one orange chip less than John - that's 126,000 vs. 125,000.

Since Max had less chips to start the hand, he earns 5th place and John gets fourth.

Alex now has an even more commanding chip lead over Abe and Farid.

How appropriate that Max went deep in the 6-Max. It is his namesake after all.

Event 15: Adam Levitan - 6th

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

Adam Levitan - 6th Place - $5,015

Rough flop for Adam Levitan who three bet pre-flop and found a caller in Alex Berenson.

Flop: A♠ 2 9

Alex got it all in on the flop holding A 5.
Adam called tabling AK♣ .

Turn: 3♠

River: 5♣

Alex is now the chip leader with 600,000.

Adam is out in 6th place and adds $5,015 to his bankroll.

Event 42: Got My Seat

$540 + $60 Championship Event Satellite

Mark Zotti - (Lake Hiawatha, NJ)

Mark Zotti is one of the top 11 who just won a seat to 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship Event and is very excited about it.

Mark still deciding whether he wants to start on Sunday or Monday.

Zotti describes himself as a tow-truck operator / mechanic / promoter.

He told me the bubble took forever to pop.

Congrats to all of the satellite winners. Good luck in the Championship!

Event 15: Lex Harris - Bubble - 7th

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

Lex Harris - 7th Place - $0

Quite honestly this was tough to watch. Lex Harris is out in 7th place for no money - he is your bubble boy.

As for the final 6 players, Lex told me no deals, no kick in some parting gifts for the bubble, nothing.

Lex had A-2 of clubs riding a short stack but ran into AA of Adam Levitan in the small blind. Adam's isolation shove caused John DiBella to fold his big blind - and he showed 7-7.

Flop gave Lex a wheel draw but the turn and river bricked out.

Board: 4-3-A-Q-9

"I'm shell shocked right now...I came so far", said Lex.

Lex had fans on the rail and those rooting for him were very disappointed as well.

6-Max down to 6. Everyone is in the money.

Event 15: "Max"nificent Seven - Final Table

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

On The Bubble


1. Abe Korotki
2. Lex Harris
3. Adam Levitan
4. John DiBella
5. Farid Jattin
6. Alex Berenson
7. Max Digilov

Event 15: Nedim Gets Nada - 8th

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

Nedim Baruh - 8th Place

Nedim Baruh is heads up in a hand against Max Digilov. They both see a flop of 9-A-4.

Nedim jams the rest of his 80,000 in chips.

Max thinks about it and concludes a call is in order.

Nedim A-2 hearts vs. Max A-J.

A 5 of hearts gives Max a sweat and Nedim some hope...but the river King of spades spells the end for Baruh.

Nedim was third in overall chips but Max Digilov had him covered.

We now have our final 7 at one table.

Major Bubble time - $0 vs. $5,000

Event 15: Gomes Gone - 9th

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

Seth Gomes - 9th Place

Abe Korotki strikes again.

Seth shoves his 50,000 in the big blind and small blind Abe Korotki calls.

Seth is ahead holding A-5 vs. Abe's Q-7.

Man, Abe is running good. Of course he flopped a seven.

Board ran: J-2-7-2-6

Seth Gomes is out in 9th place.

John DiBella is now in his seat. He was brought over from the other table to even things out at four players each.

The other short stack at the table, Lex Harris just doubled up his 28,000 stack with pocket kings.

Event 15: Chip Counts

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

1. Abe Korotki..... 411,000
2. Alex Berenson..... 280,000
3. Nedim Baruh....... 165,000
4. Farid Jattin......... 150,000
5. Max Digilov......... 126,000
6. Adam Levitan.......... 121,000
7. John DiBella............ 81,000
8. Seth Gomes........... 51,500
9. Lex Harris............... 28,000

Break time is over. Action returns in the back Borgata poker room.

Still two tables remaining.

Here are your final nine - top six get the cake!

Event 15: Jamie's Cryin' - 10th

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

Jamie Kaplan - 10th Place

Seconds before a break with the clock literally clicking down, Jamie Kaplan raises 12,000 pre-flop and Abe Korotki flats him.

Flop falls J-9-Q rainbow.

Jamie shoves all in and Abe insta-calls.

Jamie got his hand caught in the cookie jar as he only had A-10 of hearts up against Abe's set of queens.

Jamie looking for a king or the board to run heart heart.

A seven of hearts came on the river but a non-heart 4 on the river.

Just like that, Jamie Kaplan is out in 10th place.

Jamie, a gentleman at the poker table, shook everyone's hand and wished his opponents luck.

Of course our title references the 1980's Van Halen song - not that Jamie was literally broken up or complaining. Kaplan, a banker by trade, handled his bust-out like a true professional.

Break time as the floor colors up.

Event 15: Bigger Two Pair

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

Adam Levitan had half his stack in on the turn so when Abe Korotki (Ventnor, NJ) said, "all in" he quickly called off the remaining chips committing 83,100.

Here's what the board looked like - 5-Q-10 on the flop and a king on the turn.

Abe had already flopped two pair holding 10-5 while Adam turned two pair holding K-5.

8 on the river changed nothing.

Levitan says, "ship it" as he doubles through the table chip leader Abe Korotki.

Blinds just went up to 2000 / 4000 with 400 antes.

Event 15: DiBella Doubles

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH          

Blinds are up to 1,500/3,000 with 400 antes.

Farid Jattin opened for 6,400 utg, got a call from Alex Berenson, only to have John DiBella move all-in over the top.

Farid asked for the count -- 62,600 more -- and then decided to call.

John was ahead with pocket Jacks.  Farid had pocket 7s.

The board came A Q 4 K 3 and John's Jacks held up.  He doubled up to ~140k.

Farid still had about 200k after losing that pot.

Event 15: Boyle Busted in 11th

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH         

James Boyle wanted everyone to know he was happy to have made it to the dinner break -- and beyond.

Unfortunately, his deep run ended too soon.

James Boyle opened for 7k from the cutoff and Alex Berenson called from the button.  The flop came K Q 8♣ and James announced he was all-in.

Alex tanked for a few minutes while chatting up James and finally decided to call.

James held AK offsuit for top pair/top kicker.  Alex rolled over A3 for the flush draw.

The last two came A♣ 8 and Alex completed his flush on the river.

James busted out in 11th place, just 5 away from the money.

10 players remain.

Event 15: Trivisonno Hits The Road - 12th

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

You want Six-Max action? You got it at table 2.

Jamie Kaplan ultimately folds the chips he committed in the big blind after three other players announce all in.

A crowd gathers around the table as all three players flip cards at the same time.

Lex Harris shows 9-10 off, Mike Trivisonno has Q-Q, and Abe Korotki proudly flips the best hand - A-A.

Before the flop is spread out, Jamie Kaplan shouts out, "I like 9-10". As if on cue the flop falls - 9-9-7.

Turn K and river 5 does not help Abe's Aces or Mike's Queens.

Harris scoops the monster pot and has Mike Trivisonno covered.

Mike is out in 12th place and can't believe what just went down.

Top 6 get the money. We'll be here all night until we reach a winner.

Like I said, you gotta love the 6-Max!

Event 15: Back to Business

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH        

Play resumed with level 13, blinds 1,200/2,400 and 300 antes.

Twelve players remain at two tables.

Table 2
Seth Gomes
Jamie Kaplan
Adam Levitan
Lex Harris
Mike Trivisonno
Abe Korotki

Table 3
John DiBella
Farid Jattin
James Boyle
Alex Berenson
Nedim Baruh
Max Digilov

Event 15: Leaderboard

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH       

Here are some rough chip counts for the biggest stacks as of the dinner break:

Farid Jattin - 230k
Alex Berensen - 180k
Abe Korotki - 170k
Nedim Baruh - 165k
Mike Trivisonno - 150k
James Boyle - 110k

Event 15: Dozen Do Dinner

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH       

End of level 12 and time for dinner!

12 players remain and they're now enjoying a 40-minute dinner break.

Play will resume at about 7:30pm when they'll relocate to the final two tables.

Event 15: Ellis & Dansky Felted

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH      

Last-Woman-Sitting Helen Ellis got her last 23,600 in holding pocket 9s and was racing against Abe Korotki's AJ.  The board came K J 3 5 2 and Abe took the pot with a pair of Jacks.  Helen was busted in 14th place.

With her departure, it is all testosterone from here on.

On a flop of J T 8 with two diamonds, Maxx Dansky was all-in against Nedim Baruh.

Maxx held pocket Tens and had flopped a set.  Nedim held K9 suited in diamonds and had flopped an open-ended straight draw and flush draw.

The 7 of diamonds hit the turn, completing Nedim's flush.  Maxx needed the board to pair in order to survive, but the river was a 2.  Maxx was busted in 13th place.

Event 15: Trivisonno Topples Weitzman

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH       

On a flop of A 6 2, Mike Trivisonno bet, Justin Weitzman raised, Mike shoved and Justin called.

Justin held A2 for two pair.  Mike held A6 for a better two pair, leaving Justin in search of one of two deuces.

The last two were 4 3 and Mike doubled up to ~130k. 

Justin was left short and busted out soon after.

Event 15: Woods Burned By Trivisonno

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH      

Mike Trivisonno raised to 5,700 and James Woods moved in on his for 19,300 more.  Mike gave it some thought, then surrendered.

One table over, the flop was Q Q 3 and Max Digilov was all-in.  James Boyle tanked, then called, showing AJ.  Max was ahead with pocket 9s.  The last two were 7 6 and Max doubled up to ~46k.  James was left with ~53k.

 Mike Trivisonno & James Woods

Back to table two and the flop was A 8 4.  James Woods was all-in holding A9 (top pair) and in trouble against Mike Trivisonno's A4 (two pair).  James was looking for a 9, but the last two came Q 7 and Mike doubled up.  James was left with 600 chips.

Half of James' stack went into the ante for the next hand.  He put the rest in himself pre-flop.  The last of his chips ended up in the stack of Justin Weitzman.

Event 15: Geier Busted, Boyle & DiBella Chop

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH     

On a flop of K Q T, Ted Geier open-shoved, John DiBella shoved over-the-top, and James Boyle went into the tank.

 John DiBella

"I need some thinking music" James said as he fiddled with his iPhone...then he stood up when his phone went dead and said "I'm all in too."

Ted rolled over JT suited for a pair of Tens with open-ended straight-draw.

John and James both rolled over KQ for top two pair.

Ted needed an Ace, Ten, or 9 to survive, but the last two peeled off 5 K and Ted was busted.

John and James split up Ted's chips as they both had Kings-full.

Event 15: Boyle Busts Rossetti

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH     

Rick Rossetti's fortunes took a turn for the worse and he found himself all-in pre-flop against James Boyle, who had him covered. 

Rick's AK was racing against James' pocket Jacks.  The board brought no help for Rick and he was toast.

James chipped up to ~48k.

Event 15: Spirer Sacked

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH    

On a flop of A Q J, Dan Spirer was all in against Doron Lida in seat one.  Dan held QJ and had flopped two pair to lead Doron's A5 (pair of Aces).

 Doron Lida

Then another Ace landed on the turn, giving Doron trips.

The river changed nothing and returning $1k 6-Max Champion Dan Spirer was busted.  Doron is up to almost 70k.

Event 15: Geier Doubles

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH    

Table three is certainly the most active among the remaining tables.

 Ronald Maset & Ted Geier

Ted Geier was just all-in against Ronald Maset.  Ted held A9 off and Ronald held A2 off.

The board came 9 9 2 7 5 and Ted doubled up -- to about 15k.

Event 15: Rossetti Doubles

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH    

Rick Rossetti and Artyen Perlov got all the chips in the middle pre-flop.

Rick held AK and was racing against pocket Queens.

A King on the flop was all Rick needed to double up.  He's now up to ~80k.

Event 15: Three Way Action

$1000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em

Maset Massages Aces

Three players are all in preflop.

Ron Maset (Powell, NJ): A A
Rick Rossetti (Ventnor, NJ): K K
Artyem Perlov (Fort Lee, NJ) 5 5

The board is clean and Maset gets a 55k double up through Rosetti, while knocking out Perlov.

Maset is up to 135k, while Rossetti drops to 35k.

Event 15: Jattin Busts Edwards

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH    

Farrid Jattin busted Chris Edwards.  With those chips, Farrid is up to ~90k.

John Lakatosh
Seungho Lee
Anthony Maio
Michael Shasho

 They're currently in level 9 with blinds of 500/1,000 with 100 antes.

Event 15: Payouts

$1000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em

 Place - Amount

1 $31,913
2 $20,059
3 $15,045
4 $11,170
5 $7,978
6 $5,015

Event 15: Bailey Banks One

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH   

Chad Bailey and his opponent in seat six got to the river with a board of Q 8 7 Q 9.

 Chad Bailey stares down his opponent while all-in

Chad moved all-in for just over 19k and his opponent tanked, then decided to fold.

As Chad was collecting his pot, he tossed his hand on the table -- 65 offsuit for the rivered straight.

Chad's stack is approaching 30k.

Event 15: Rossetti vs Boyle Redux

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH  

James Boyle got some of his chips back from Rick Rossetti.

On the river with a board of K 7 3 9 K (no flush possible) James Boyle casually announced he was all-in (while tipping the Borgata Babe for bringing him a beer).

 Rick Rossetti & James Boyle - Boys Just Wanna Have Fun

Rick wasn't sure if he was joking or not.  Once James had his beer firmly in hand, he clarified "Really.  I'm all-in."

Rick tossed his cards into the muck and James collected the pot, showing one card, a six.  (Rick said he had ten-high and missed his straight draw.)

James has just over 14k.

The guys say they're having the most fun of any table in this tournament.  I'm inclined to believe them.

Event 15: Rossetti vs Boyle

$1000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em

We pick up the action on a board of K J 10♣ 10♠ 2♣ and James Boyle bets 9,500.  It doesn't take long for WSOP Circuit Champion Rick Rossetti (Ventor, NJ) to make the call and shows A K♠, for two pairs kings and tens with an ace kicker.

Boyle's cards hit the muck and says something to the effect of having an open ended straight draw that didn't get there, to which Rosetti replies, "I put you on king-queen."

Rosetti takes his stack to 65k, while Boyle is down to 35k.

Level 8 (400/800/75 ante) is underway.

Event 15: Just The Nuts

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH 

On the river with a board of  K 8♣ 2Q 3, seat 1 checked to Chris Edwards, who gave it some thought, then tossed in one gray chip (5k). 

 Chris Edwards

His opponent made the call and Chris showed A5for the stone-cold nuts.

His opponent mucked and Chris collected the pot, chipping up to ~35k.

Event 15: Up, In, and Out

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH 

Blinds Up: Play resumed after the break with level 7 and blinds of 300/600 with 75 antes.

Table ten has broken so just nine tables remain (54 or fewer players).

Average stack is just over 26k.

In:  Only a few ladies entered this event and Helen Ellis is already the last woman sitting.

Habib Azar
Art Demmerley
Lyle Diamond
Jennifer Green
Al Grimes
Eric Panayiotou
May Siu

Event 15: Break Time

$1000 + $90 Six-Max NLH

After level 6, players scattered to enjoy their ten minute break.

Ten tables are still busy and some are turning into interesting matchups.

Table three currently hosts Borgata regulars James Boyle and Ted Geier, along with WSOP  Circuit Champion Rick Rossetti.

Table six is an interesting mix with Anthony Maio, Abe Korotki, and 2010 Borgata Poker Open $1k 6-Max Champion Dan Spirer.

Event 15: The Maniac

$1000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em

Walker Texas Raiser

Jack Walker (Ashburne, VA) has one of the bigger stacks in the room at 50k and says he's been "getting big cards and hitting flops, but they'll tell you I'm a maniac."

The rest of the table seems to pick up on his sarcasm, prompting one player to say, "yeah, he's a beast."

Level 5 (150/300/25) is winding down.

Event 15: Registration Closed

$1000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em

4 Levels are in the books and registration is now closed.  The field is past the 90 player mark and 75 remain.
The cage is verifying the numbers and will release the prize pool later this afternoon.

Event 15: Break Time

$1000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em

The first three levels are in the books and players are on a 10 minute break. After players make a quick trip to The Cafeteria at Borgata, they're settling in for the long grind.

Bruce Yamron (Naples, FL), while woofing down a piece of pizza says he has the perfect short stack plan and shows off his poker footwear. Take a look!

Bruce Sporting Some Poker Kicks

Double Trouble

The kicks are working and Yamron has doubled to more than 20k as level 4 (100/200) is underway.

Event 15: Bubbling with Activity

$1000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em

While the $1k is picking up steam, the anticipation of playing in the Championship Event is creating a buzz in the back of the Poker Room. The first of three satellites is underway, as players pony up $300 for a chance to play their way into the $2,700 Championship Event at an 89% discount.

Here's a link to the Main Event and Super Satellite/Cash tournaments schedule.

Another point of interest is the series long points system, where the winner gets a ticket into September's Borgata Poker Open Championship.  Austen Johnson (Woodsboro, MD) is the current leader, but guys like Frank Gangemi (Long Beach, NY) has his eye on the prize.

"I think it's great," says Gangemi, who's 5th in the standings, "it's a nice bonus and gives guys something to shoot for."

As for the 6-max, level 3 (75/150) continues.

Gangemi, 5th in Points

Event 15: Dentale Done

$1000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em

Stein Time

After a long grind Friday on his way to a $10,000 Survivor win, Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) is only at today's table for a cup of coffee.

Dentale and Jeremy Stein (Washington, D.C.) see a flop of A K 7, and after a 4 on the turn, Dentale checks to Stein, who makes a healthy bet. That's when Dentale starts fishing for information

The man with many nicknames, including "Mikey Muscles," asks the obligatory, "if I fold will you show?"

Stein returns fire, "if you show one, I'll show one." Dentale proceeds to show everything as he moves all-in with his 15k starting stack. Stein snap calls and Dentale's in bad shape as both players flopped aces-up.

Stein has the better of it with AK vs Dentale's A7 and when the river bricks, Dentale's on the rail. "Probably play the 3 o'clock survivor," he says shaking his head, while Stein is up to 35k.

"Mikey D," is a player everyone knows and before the tournament, floor manager Darcey joked with Dentale that he was being a "true team player," by entering the event and contributing to the prize pool.

Level 2 (50/100) is underway.

Event 15: Friendly Faces

$1000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em

James Woods Chats with Ted Geier

Saturday's Borgata Notables

James Boyle
Al Grimes
Mike Dentale
James Woods

Boyle says he feels a bit snake bitten in his last couple of tournaments and that his goal is to "make it to the dinner break so I can get my voucher."

Players begin with 15k in chips (blinds start 25/50) and the levels gradually increase in length:

1-6: 30 min.
7-14: 40 min.
15+: 50 min.

Event 15: 1K Super Saturday

 $1000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em

The big money continues to flow during the Borgata Summer Poker Open as the second $1,000 buy-in is underway.  A day after 9 people each won $10,000, players not only are lining-up for the 6-max, but have three chances to play their way into the Championship Event.

Super Satellites are at Noon, 3 pm & 7 pm, where you can pay as little as $300 to earn a seat into the June 19-22 Championship.

We'll keep you updates on all the action, as the cards in the air for another busy Saturday in the Poker Room!

Leaderboard Update (6/18)

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 17 events*
*(Final Results from events 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40)


Saturday, June 18

Today's Events (Poker Room)

11AM: Event 15 - $1000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-6: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 7-14: will last 40 minutes each |
    Levels 15+:  will last 50 minutes each
  • 1-Day event
12PM: Event 41 - $270 + $30 Championship Qualifier NLH

  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 25 minutes each
  • Approximately 1 in 10 will win $2,700 entry into the Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship
    (June 19-22, 2011)
  • 1-Day event

3PM: Event 42 - $540 + $60  Championship Qualifier NLH 
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-5: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 6: will last 40 minutes each
  • Approximately 1 in 5 will win $2,700 entry into the Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship
    (June 19-22, 2011)
  • 1-Day event
7PM: Event 43 - $270 + $30  Championship Qualifier NLH
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 25 minutes each
  • Approximately 1 in 10 will win $2,700 entry into the Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship
    (June 19-22, 2011)
  • 1-Day event

Event 14 Recap

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

Event 14 is in the books. What a great way to kick off Borgata’s Big money poker weekend.

Nine highly skilled Borgata no limit holdem players each share equally in $100,000.

That’s $10,000 per person plus the tenth place finisher, John Kostelac who takes home $8,940.

Before we reveal who the top nine finishers were, lets rewind to 11:00 AM where 102 players ponied up $1,000 + $90 for 15,000 starting chips and a chance to win $10,000 through this Borgata Super Satellite Main Event.

Borgata notables James Boyle, Sheree Bykofsky, Barry Leventhal, Leonardo Palermo, and Leanne Rosenblatt all took a shot but failed to go deep this time.

Everyone loved seeing Hollywood Actor / Poker Player, James Woods who had a ton of compliments for the Borgata staff and the tournament structure. James didn’t cash, but did have a fun time playing again here at Borgata.

Even though the field was primarily men, it was still impressive that May Siu went deep and took down another Last Woman Standing honor.

A key hand came when Andrew Esposito rivered a straight flush for a needed double up early on. Andrew continued to run well when necessary. With two tables left, he survived every all in when he was short stacked and about to be blinded out on the bubble.

Almost simultaneously over at the other table, in two hands practically back to back, two players, Jim Farrell and Mark Borges both tripled up and extended their tournament at least another hour. Alas, Mark Borges once again became short stacked and went out as the bubble in 11th place for no money.

That left the final ten celebrating. It only took five hands at the final table before John Kostelac’s A-K fell to Chris Broz’ Q-10.

The final 9 winners included, Adam Cook, Jim Farrell, Maxx Dansky, Chris Broz, Dan Spanton, Mike “Unbelievable” Dentale, Fritz Stoner, Al Kinder, and Andrew Esposito.

Once again each player takes home $10,000 for their finish in the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Event 14.

Congratulations to everyone who won. All had an excellent and exciting time playing in this tournament which wrapped up after 2AM.

Event 14: Top 9 Winners 100K Richer

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

Nine Winners

From left to right: Chris Brozenick, Al Kinder, Fritz Stoner, Mike Dentale, Maxx Dansky (hiding), Adam Cook, Andrew Esposito, Dan Spanton, Jim Farrell.

Every player takes home $10,000 each. Congratulations!

Adam Cook - $10,000

Jim Farrell - $10,000

Maxx Dansky - $10,000

Christopher Brozenick - $10,000

Dan Spanton - $10,000

Mike Dentale - $10,000

Fritz Stoner - $10,000

Al Kinder - $10,000

Andrew Esposito - $10,000

Event 14: Kostelac Crashes - 10th

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

John Kostelac - 10th Place - $8,940

All ten players took their new seats at the final table.

I heard a player say, "a thousand bucks is a thousand bucks". Translation - these guys are playing it out hard to see who gets the tenth place money which is $1,060 less than the final 9 receive.

Five hands into the final table John Kostelac (Harrisburg, PA) jams with A-K and Chris Brozenick calls with Q-10 of clubs.

By the end of the board, Broz hits three Queens and Kostelac is sacked.

Board ran: 4-2-Q-5-Q

Final nine celebrate, as does everyone on the rail who have patiently watched the final two tables - especially the marathon bubble battle.

John Kostelac earns $8,940 for his efforts today.

Event 14: Mark Borges Bubbles

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

Mark Borges - 11th Place

It's the spot nobody wanted. 11th place pays zero dollars and Mark Borges just busted out 11th.

He survived a couple all-in shoves but the last one proved fatal.

Mark's 10-5 up against Dan Spanton's A-4.

Board ran: 8-5-7-7-A

So Mark hit his five on the flop but Dan spiked the bubble busting ace on the river.

Tables are condensing to one final table of ten.

Top 9 get $10,000 each.

Event 14: The End For Then - 12th

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

Armando Then - 12th Place

After Andrew Esposito survived yet another forced all-in orbit (his J-4 took down Mike Dentale's A-J), Armando Then woke up to A-K.

He shipped his short stack in the middle and John Kostelac called holding 3-3.

Three on the turn shut the door for Armando who was drawing dead.

Board: 8-Q-4-3-7

We're down to 11 players.

Top ten get money.

Major Bubble Time!