Sunday, June 19, 2011

Event 16: Chip Counts

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Event 16- Day 1A
Player's Name.................. Chip Counts

1. Farid Jattin.................... 232,800
2. Payman Nadim............. 183,500
3. Hiep Nguyen................. 174,400
4. Kwang Joe Kim............. 122,100
5. Tom Evers..................... 104,200
6. Mike Sukonik................. 90,400
7. James Karalis................. 80,200
8. David Rittmeyer............ 77,000
9. John DiBella.................... 76,100
10. Charlie Roberts.............. 74,800
11. Mike Dentale................... 70,200
12. Taemee Feuer................ 70,000
13. Frank Lomanno............... 68,400
14. Jack Turchio..................... 59,300
15. Matthew Rock.................. 58,500
16. Salah Siraj.......................... 54,200
17. Morgan Litwin................... 52,400
18. Ken Lenskold..................... 52,200
19. Jamaal Ford........................ 50,000
20. Tarcisio Ferreira................ 48,900
21. Michael Morgovsky........... 48,000
22. George Jackson................... 45,800
23. Ken Goldin........................... 38,100
24. Alexander Shteyman......... 35,200
25. Josh Spegelman...................31,500
26. David Black........................ 31,100
27. Mark Zotti......................... 31,500
28. Michael Tauman............... 23,500
29. Michael Buttacavoli......... 22,900
30. Chris Marrone................ 16,900
31. Anthony Newman.......... 16,600

Thirty-one players survive Day 1A and will join forces with the survivors from tomorrow's Day1B players. Day 1B action starts tomorrow at 11:00 AM in the Borgata Poker Room. We'll see if anyone can outchip Farid Jattin's 232,800 Day 1A chiplead.

1A and 1B will join forces at twelve noon on Tuesday to battle it out for the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship Event top prize, title, and trophy.

Congratulations to our top thirty players!

Event 16: Two Fold or Not Two Fold

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Chris Marrone successfully folded A-K against Ken Lenskold's pocket Aces earlier so after hitting a set of twos on a flop of Q-2-5 he went in the tank after Ken shipped all his chips in the middle.

Marrone was either not thinking or over-thinking and instead of insta-calling he talked himself out of the call putting Lenskold on a set of fives.

"He showed the two's and I only had A-Q so I was praying he would fold" said Ken.

Ken's tight table image was so solid that Marrone laid down his set of two's and Ken flipped over the A-Q.

Marrone is beating himself up for the fold that leaves him with only 17,000 but I still think it showed discipline on his part. I mean he was correct in folding the A-K vs. Ken's Aces earlier.

Ken has built up to 53,000 as we head towards the end of the night.

"I'm hanging tough" said Ken, getting ready for Tuesday.

Event 16: New Chip Leader

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Hiep Nguyen - 180,000

More fireworks at table #2 as the two table chip leaders get involved in a hand.

Hiep Nguyen (Fairfax, VA) rocks Matthew Rock for 30,000 when he hits a set of sevens on the river.

Nguyen is the new overall tournament chip leader.

Players are bagging and tagging at the end of this Level.

We'll try to get the top ten and post them.

Who will survive and make it to day 2?

Event 16: Jattin A Thousand

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

With 33 players remaining, Farid Jattin is the chip leader with 170,000.

I informed him of this feat and Farid said, "I'm running good, what do you expect?"

Farid finished third last night in the 6-max for $15,045.

If you want to see what he looks like, you'll have to check yesterdays blog post because Farid believes if we take his picture it will jinx his game and mess up his mojo.

3 PM Satellite

The second of today's three satellites is closing in down to the final table and closing in on the money.  After 1 hour 45 minutes at 11 players, the last bust out has set the stage for the finale.  The top 8 finishers win a seat into Day 1B of the Championship Event, while 9th place wins $924.

Final Table

Charles Ashby (Staten Island, NY) & Jonathan 
Chehanske (Howell, NJ) Still in the Running

The 7 pm satellite tournament has 86 players in the field.

Event: 16: Straight AAA's For Charlie

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Charlie Roberts - 100,000

Charlie Roberts (Ponte Veura Beach, FL) is living large after knocking a player out in dramatic fashion. Charlie was holding the mother of all starting hands, AA and was up against Opponent's 8-8.

Flop fell 8-9-5 with two clubs.

"I slo-played my aces only betting 5,000 on the flop...this guy shoves all in and I call" explained Charlie. When Charlie saw he was up against a set of eights all he could do was pray for an ace.

"Bang - Ace of clubs on the turn" said Charlie with a big smile on his face. A club on the river had everyone quickly checking for a club in their hand - alas nobody had the flush and a set of aces took down a set of eights.

Charlie can now legally play poker in Florida but continues to travel to Borgata a couple times a year because as he put it, "there's nothing like Borgata...they take good care of me here."

Sometimes players don't want to participate in helping us record these blog posts - Charlie on the other hand basically was ready to stop the game to talk to the press and pose for pictures.

One last quote from this fan favorite and nice guy originally from New Jersey - "You can take the boy outta Jersey but you can't take Jersey outta the boy."

Players have just returned from a ten minute break.

Event 16: Broadway Dough-tunes

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Tarcisio Ferreira (Long Branch, NJ) just stood up and clapped his hand. The pot was only 10,000 but when you're short stacked that's like winning every chip in the room. It's as if you just won more time - to see more hands - to try and win more chips.

What a hand it was!

Ferreira knocked out Mike Trivisonno (Lyndhurst, OH) after catching runner, runner for broadway. Trivisonno shoved pre-flop with A-8 of hearts and Tarcisio Ferreira called holding Q-J.

Board ran: 3-10-10-K-A.

Down to four tables of nine as 36 remain.

Event 16: Rockin' the Queens

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Matthew Rock (Long Island, NY) has been "running good" all day and now adds QQ to his list of successful hands.

An opponent is all-in for 45k with KQ and when he gets no help from the board, he's on the rail. Rock is up to 160k, one of the biggest stacks in the room.

Level 9 (300/600/75 ante) is underway.

Event 16: Only Woman Standing

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

We're in the heart of Level 9 where blinds are 300 / 600 with 75 antes.

Obviously there's a ton of poker left.

Taemee Feuer (Westbury, NY) plays Borgata Championship Events whenever she can. I just chatted with her to discover she is the Last Woman Standing, and according to her, the Only Woman Standing.

I guess the women are coming out tomorrow - as for today Taemee thinks she's the only one who was in the field.

38 Dudes remain and Taemee.

Event 16: Free Rolling

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

On a board of A J K Q♠, Mike Morton (Metuchen, NJ) is in a tough spot against Tarciscio Ferreira (Long Beach, NY).

Morton bets 5500 and Ferreira moves all in for nearly 25k total.  Morton is in the tank for a 90 seconds and is obviously scared of a flopped flush. "I can't get away from this," as he tables 10♣ 10♠ for a straight.

Ferreira tables J♣ 10 for the same straight, but with three hearts on board is free rolling for the flush.

When the 9 hits the board, Ferreira lets out a, "yeah," and a clap as he doubles-up.  Morton takes the beat in stride and is down to 17k, lamenting. "I should've folded, I kind of knew I was playing for half the pot."

Level 8 (250/500/50 ante) is winding down.

Event 16: My Cousin All-Innie

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Jack "7-Lies-A-Minute" Turchio

At 8:43 PM, 23 minutes late, Jack Turchio finally makes his way back to his seat which has been empty since dinner break. He seems a little out of breath so I ask where he was.

"I was taking a nap. I needed it. And now I'm ready to smack these people around." said Turchio who is "Jack"ed up and ready to play.

When I asked him about his nickname Jack responded, "I can lie rapidly" and the table agreed. So take what I write with a grain of salt.

Jack's among the chip leaders with 115,000. He's been running good lately, winning three out of the last six poker tournaments he's played in, not to mention the neighborhood game he always crushes.

"I've been on a roll ever since James Woods knocked me out two years ago in this Event. Tomorrow I'm gonna smack him around and them I wanna party with him." So no bounty on Woods because Jack wants to take care of business himself.

Jack claims his cousin is Joe Pesci and I have to say his accent and mannerisms are pretty, pretty close.

He almost satellited into this Event but last night his opponent spiked a Queen on the river to felt him. So he ponied up the money himself this morning.

Jack is anything but shy and told the table that his ex-wife has shown up and that things could all go bad for him now.

Then again this guy lies 7 times a minute - unless of course that's a lie.

12 PM Satellite Winners

Three players (one who wishes to be anonymous) won their seat into the Day 1B Championship Event, while a fourth player took home $1,406.

The 3 pm and 7 pm satellites are still grinding along.

Luis Urioste (Queens, NY)
Satellite Seat Winner

Aldo Antonacci (Penne PE, Italy)
Satellite Seat Winner

Joseph Anselmo (New York, NY)
4th Place - $1,406

Event 16: You Ken Do It

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Ken Goldin Surviving A Sick Table

Ken Goldin (Clearwater, FL) has seen it all when it comes to poker.

He's no stranger to deep stack tournaments and plays the Borgata Championship Event at least once a year and made 70,000 in a WSOP circuit ds event.

Two of our tournament chip leaders have been at Ken's table #2 since the get-go.

Matthew Rock got most of his 135,000 chips after having the higher flush against opponent's baby flush. Hiep Nguyen built up to 120,000. So there's chips to be made at table-2.

"Before he busted I watched the guy in that seat raise 22 times in a row" said Ken who wasn't exaggerating.

This is when experience takes over. Ken is sitting on 39,000. He knows he has to pick his spots and as he put it, "survive the land-minds".

Event 16: Dinner Done

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Players are back from dinner ready to rock and roll until midnight.

Just as the US OPEN played it's major tournament today in the world of golf, we're playing our major tournament in the world of poker.

If you win the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship Event, you're going to take home an incredible amount of life-changing money but as importantly you will add to your poker resume the title of taking down a truly major tournament. And let's not forget about the trophy!

Event 16: Stuff Your Faces

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Dinner Voucher

The 45 remaining players are riding the escalator down to the food court where they can use their complimentary voucher to purchase dinner.

Right before break, Farid Jattin took down a pot to pad his stack up to 140,000.

Farid is superstitious and only wants a picture taken if he make the money.

Players are due back to resume play at 8:10 PM

Event 16: Silverman Finds Gold

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Jose Silverman Doubles Up

Jose Silverman traveled all the way from his home in Puerto Rico to play in today's 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship Event.

His entire tournament was just on the line after a flop of K-4-6 fell.

Opponent in the big blind had Jose covered in chips and decided to jam his entire stack all in.

Silverman, on the button, took half a second then announced, "Call".

Opponent had 10-10 vs. Jose's A-A. An ace on the river caused Jose to stand and let out some emotions. He doubles from 23,000 up to 46,000.

Jose is a painting contractor but he won this hand without any paint cards.

He says hi to his wife and family and in case you were wondering they celebrate Father's Day in Puerto Rico today, just like they do here. Jose Silverman wishes all his friends and family a Happy Father's Day.

Tournament is down to five tables.

Still a lot of game left as we're playing until around midnight.

Event 16: Another Kind of Caller

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

No Triv-ial Story

Mike Trivisonno (Lyndhurst, OH) has a great story to tell his radio fans in Cleveland, even if he doesn't win the Championship Event.

Trivisonno was involved in last night's huge hand where he was knocked out with pocket queens, on a deal where pocket kings and pocket aces were also dealt.  "I've never seen anything like it," says Triv, as he's known by his listeners.  "There are only 6 players, it's not like we had a full table."

It turns out the player with pocket kings folded the "winner" after all the heavy action in front of him and the short stack tripled-up, all while the aces knocked out Trivisonno in the side pot.

Triv has a couple of WSOP cashes and says he takes vacation time to play at Borgata twice a year.  He hosts the afternoon drive time on WTAM AM 1100 and sees lots of similarities between the callers at the table and on his show.

"It's all about the same, they're all nuts," he says after 20+ years in the business with no aspirations of pursuing his poker hobby full time.  "Radio is too easy, it's like stealing."

As for bouncing back from the 6-max cooler he says, "that's the great thing about Texas hold'em. There's always another tournament."

After the first 6 levels of the championship event, Triv has 35k.

Event 16: Let's Be Frank

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Frank Lomanno - 160,000

It's good to be Frank Lomanno.

He's got the cigar, he's getting a great massage from Borgata's Nancy, he just knocked a player out after looking down at pocket rockets...

The only thing he hasn't gotten is his annual Happy Father's Day phone call from his sons Chris & Matt.

C'mon kids pick up the phone and give Pop a call - he's waiting.

Frank's doing pretty good so far with an above average stack.

12 PM Satellite

Final Table

The noon satellite is down to ten players as they're playing for three seats into Day 1B of the Championship Event. The fourth place finisher picks up ~$1,400 in cool hard cash.

Event 16: The Pychology Of Poker

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Bill Fabian (Washington, DC)

Is poker a game of luck or a game of skill? Bill Fabian is a psychologist from Washington DC and is weighing in on the side of luck.

One opponent at his table went all in, pushing Bill off a draw - then a few hands later the same guy goes all in again. Once - fine, but twice makes him a bully.

This time Bill flopped two pair and felt he was ready to battle - so he called.
Unfortunately, his opponent had already flopped a set.

"I let that guy get to me" admitted Bill.

Fabian's window of opportunity has shrunk to 7500.

I asked Bill if he uses his education and field of studies to gain a "psychological" edge on the other players.

"Luck is the only edge you need", declared Bill.

Event 16: Break Time Leaderboard

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

 Tops in chips as of the break (counts are approximate):

Matthew Rock -  125k
Michael Sukonik - 90k
Michael Morgovsky - 70k

Following the break, play resumed with level 7 and blinds of 200/400 and 50 antes.

51 players remain.

Event 16: Extra Time for Grimes

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Griming It Out

Al Grimes (Miller Place, NY) is halfway out of his seat and raising the white flag before he gets new life with a triple-up holding 9 4 off.  Grimes puts his last 2k all-in after the flop of 10 6 9 and two other players call, then check the turn and river.

The pair of nines are good as the the other two players muck and Grimes lives another day.  "I'll fight to the end," he says, "but figured I was done."  

Grimes is a familiar face at Borgata and is most remembered for his 6th place finish in the 2010 Borgata Winter Poker Championship Event ($116,000).  Grimes, who suffered the "worst beat" he's ever taken to eventual winner Jeff Madsen, still has some work to do after winning the last hand before break.

----------- Post Addendum 5:50 pm--------

Grimes busted just after the break.

Event 16: Break Time - It's A Jungle Out There

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Stick Your Neck Out At Your Own Risk

After playing two hours straight all the Championship players are taking a fifteen minute break.

There are 51 players left

Level 7 about to begin with 200 / 400 and 50 antes.

Event 16: Rock Crushes Grimes Redux

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

This time, Matthew Rock had the goods.

I only caught the aftermath.  The board was Q J 8 2 7♠ and Matthew held JT for the turned flush.

Al Grimes was shipping the double-up across the felt to Matthew.  After that hand, Al was left with only about 2k.

Event 16: Rock Crushes Grimes

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

A crowd had gathered around table two, so I had to check out what was going on.

The board read A Q 6 J Q (no flush possible) and Matthew Rock (bb) was all-in for 23,950.  There was over 30k already in the pot.

Al Grimes (far left) and Matthew Rock (far right).

Al Grimes (cutoff) was in the tank for several minutes.  He finally decided to fold and showed an Ace (Aces-up).

Matthew tossed his J3 suited (lower two pair) face up as he collected his pot.

Event 16: Evers Fades Outs

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

On a flop of J 9 6, Tom Evers was all-in against Bartley Dowling (button).

Tom Evers, Mike Trivisonno, & Bartley Dowling

Tom held pocket Kings (no diamond) and was ahead of Bartley's 87, but Barley had a LOT of outs with the open-ended straight-flush draw.

Outs mean nothing, however, if you can't hit one.  Bartley caught his flush in a previous hand to bust Paul Fayngersh. 

The last two came J♠ 7 and Tom faded all those outs to double up.

Event 16: Adam Almost Overcooked

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Adam Cook, one of the nine $10,000 winners from Event 14: $1000 + $90 came this close to being outsted from the Championship Event.

"I played it pretty bad...you can quote me" said Cook.

Adam Cook on the button holds 10 8 and sees a flop of 3 8 7 .

He's heads up against Soheb Porbandarwall in the hijack whose pocket Kings were well disguised.

Adam Cook ships his remaining 35,000 on the flop and Soheb quickly calls.

Turn Q♣ .

Cook needs a ten, and eight, or a diamond.

River 8♠.

Trip eights for a needed double up.

Porbandarwall's stack can absorb the blow but he didn't look too happy.

Event 16: Fayngersh Failed to Fade Flush

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

On a flop of 6 4 2, Paul Fayngersh (bb) got all-in against Bartley Dowling.

Paul held the lead with 6♠5♠ for top pair with gutshot.  Bartley had 97 for the flush draw with two overs. 

Paul was destined for a double-up if he could fade all of Bartley's outs (diamonds, 9 or 7, or two runners to make a straight).

Turn was the T♣ and changed nothing.  Then the T hit the river, completing Bartley's flush.  He took the pot and Paul took the walk.

Event 16: Set of Jacks, River Flush

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Flush Finds Feuer

We pick up the action with a board of J♣ 8♠ 7♠ 10♠.  Jamie Kaplan bets 1,300 and gets a call from seat 1 and Taemee Feuer.

River: 2♠

All three players check and Feuer tables J♠ J for a flopped set of jacks, which turns into a river flush. The other two players muck and Feuer scoops the pot taking her stack to 46k.

Satellite Sunday

As the Championship Event continues, Day 1B  hopefuls are scattered throughout the two current satellites.

The 3 pm ($540 + $60) qualifier is underway and registration is still open.  Familiar faces in the crowd include Rob Nguyn, Patti Barsanti-Chou and Jason Warriner.

Meanwhile the 12 pm satellite ($200 + $30) is down to three tables, where Gil Sacks and Aldo Antonacci are still in the running for the 3 available seats.

The last chance satellite is tonight at 7 pm ($270 + $30) with 10k starting stacks, 25 minutes levels and ~1 in 10 players win a seat into Monday's Day 1B Championship Event.

Event 16: Registration Closed for 1A

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH     

At the end of level four, players got another break.  At the end of the break, registration for day 1A was closed (Players can still register for this event to play on day 1B tomorrow).

Play resumed with level five and blinds of 100/200 with 25 antes.

The introduction of antes is when many tournament players figure the tournament actually begins.  The pots are bigger and every player contributes to every pot from now on.

Seven tables are now back in action.

Event 16: Morgovsky's Set Burns Woods

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH     

James Woods got involved in another pot with Michael Morgovsky. 

They got to the river with the board showing T 9 5 Q 7.  Michael moved all-in and after some thought, Woods called all-in.

 Michael Morgovsky

Michael showed pocket 5s for the flopped set.  Woods mucked his hand, shook Michael's hand, and headed for the exit.

Michael is now up to ~110k and definitely the chip leader.

Event 16: Morgovsky Boats

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH    

One player was already all-in and James Woods was heads-up on the side with Michael Morgovsky (Brooklyn, NY).  At the river, the board read 7 6 5 9 7 and Michael bet 12,500.

Woods tanked for a couple of minutes then decided to call.

Michael showed pocket 6s for a full house.  Woods mucked.

With that pot, Michael was up to ~70k and possibly the chip leader.

Event 16: Blinds Up, Djokovic In

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

Play continued into level 4 with blinds of 100/200.

Avdo Djokovic arrived and took his seat during the previous level.  He's at table two across from Al Grimes and next to Jack Barnes and Ken Goldin.

Avdo won the $1,500 NLH event at the 2008 Borgata Poker Open (over $178k) which is the largest single cash on his poker resume.  He's accumulated more than $837,000 in reported lifetime tournament earnings.

He'll make an interesting addition to the mix of poker talent on table two.

Event 16: Table Nine Down

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

Table 9 has broken and the three BSPO final-tablists were scattered into the seats that have opened up at other tables.

Taemee Feuer landed at table 4 with Mark Zotti and Jamie Kaplan.

Paul Fayngersh landed at table 1 with Mike Trivisonno and Michael Morton.

David Rittmeyer ended up at table five with Michael Buttacavoli.

Event 16: Lakatosh Leads

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

Players are still arriving and taking their seat.  Late registrations will be accepted through the break at the end of level 4.

Of course players who already registered my opt to sleep in and arrive late.

John Lakatosh was right on time and is taking advantage of these early levels.

 John Lakatosh

From his seat in the big blind, he got to the river with a board of K T 8 6 A.  John fired 4k, only to have his opponent on the button raise to 8k.

John gave it some thought, then re-popped it to 17k.  After a bit more thought, his opponent called, showing pocket Tens for a flopped set of Tens.

John rolled over QJ for the Broadway straight and the stone cold nuts.

After collecting that pot, John was up to ~60k, double the starting stack.  That's also good for the chip lead.

Event 16: Blinds Up

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

After level two, players took a break and now they're back to it with level 3.

Blinds are up to 75/150.

Event 16: Three Finalists On Nine

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

Table nine has become the home of three Borgata Summer Poker Open final tablists:

Taemee Feuer, David Rittmeyer, & Paul Fayngersh

Paul Fayngersh - 3rd in event 1, $350 DeepStack NLH ($23,080)
David Rittmeyer - 3rd in event 3, $400 NLH ($6,340)
Taemee Feuer - 8th in event 7, $350 DeepStack Double Play NLH ($4,935)

All three of these players have demonstrated their poker ability during this series so this table will be interesting to watch.

Event 16: Premature Exposation?

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Mike Dentale and another player got to the river with a board of A T 6 3 J.

Mike was first to act and checked.  Apparently Mike thought his opponent checked behind (and others at his table also thought they saw a check) so Mike tabled his JT (two pair).

His opponent didn't do anything, seemed to protest that he didn't check, so Mike offered to let him bet.  The player was being very quiet and obviously didn't want to show his hand, but Mike made it obvious he was prepared to call a bet.

Once the player realized Mike's hand wasn't going to be declared dead for being revealed too soon, he mucked his hand.  Mike collected the pot.

Angle shot or not?  You decide.

FYI:  The rule regarding cards exposed prematurely NEVER kills the hand.  The hand is played out and after the hand is completed, either a warning (first infraction) or penalty (subsequent infractions) is imposed.

Event 16: Tough Table Two

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Al Grimes has arrived and taken his seat at table two across from regulars Jack Barnes and Ken Goldin.

Al cashed in the $1k NLH SixMax during the Winter Open in January and has a couple of six-figure cashes on his poker resume.

This combination could make for some interesting action.  Stay tuned.

Event 16: Seat Open - Already?

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

Just before the announcement came for the start of level two (50/100 blinds) a player at table six got up and walked away.

His chips were gone.  "That was fast" he commented, as he headed for the exit.

Now everyone else can relax without worrying about being the first player to bust out.

Meanwhile, across the room, the noon $200 + $30 Championship satellite is starting up, full of faces hoping to win entry into the main event for tomorrow.

Event 16: Cook Heating Up Early

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

There's a lot of poker ahead for anyone who makes the money or eventually wins this event, so there's no reason to go crazy during the first level.

Most tables seem to be playing a bit sedately.  After all, it it still Sunday morning and the coffee hasn't quite taken hold.

Adam Cook is one player who isn't relaxing.  On the turn with a board of 9 8 7 3 with two diamonds, Adam (utg+1) fired a bet of 1,850.  His opponent gave it some thought, then called.  River was an offsuit 7, pairing the board.  Adam fired again.

His opponent tossed his cards into the muck, mumbling something about missing 19 outs.  Adam tossed his JT face up on the table (flopped nut straight) and the other player corrected himself "OK,  only 9 outs".

Event 16: Familiar Faces

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Nine nine-handed tables are in action so far today with many faces we've seen repeatedly during the Borgata Summer Poker Open:

Michael Buttacavoli
Michael Sukonik
Mike Dentale
Mark Zotti
Anthony Maio
John Lakatosh
Jamie Kaplan
Taemee Feuer

Actor James Woods is back again today, hoping the third time is the charm.  He played the $1k $10,000 Cash Super Satellite two days ago, then played the $1k Six Max yesterday, without much luck.

 James Woods

Players are still arriving and taking their seats.

Event 16: Cards Fly

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Happy Father's Day to all the Father's out there!

We're celebrating Father's Day here at Borgata by kicking off the $2500 + $200 Championship Event.

Today is day 1A, the first of two starting days for this three-day event.  Players who bust out on day 1A may opt to play again tomorrow on day 1B.

 Players who survive days 1A/1B will combine for day two on Tuesday at noon.

Players began with 30,000 chips and levels are one hour long on day one.

Level 1 blinds are 25/50.

Cards are in the air!

Leaderboard Update (6/19)

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 18 events*
*(Final Results from events 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43)


437.753 PTS:  AUSTEN JOHNSON (WOODSBORO, MD)
431.563 PTS:  STEPHEN MOY (NEW YORK, NY)
359.438 PTS:  WAZIR BAKSH (QUEENS VILLAGE, NY)
308.725 PTS:  TOMASZ GLINIECKI (JACKSON, NJ)
300.313 PTS:  FRANK GANGEMI (LONG BEACH, NY)
292.475 PTS:  MICHAEL STEIN (N.WOODMERE, NY)
286.313 PTS:  JAMES BOYLE (HAVRE DE GRACE, MD)
264.955 PTS:  ALLAN LUBIN (WATCHUNG, NJ)
258.013 PTS:  MARK ZOTTI (LAKE HIAWATHA, NJ)
246.750 PTS:  PETER MOFFATT (PHILADELPHIA, PA)
240.763 PTS:  JARED SOLOMON (BRIGANTINE, NJ)
221.975 PTS:  JONATHAN CHEHANSKE (HOWELL, NJ)
218.863 PTS:  VLADIMIR PECK (GLENVIEW, IL)
218.138 PTS:  JOSEPH CRAMER (CARLISLE, PA)
217.538 PTS:  JAMES VENCILL (COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA)
214.000 PTS:  DANIEL STEIN (NO WOODMERE, NY)
206.500 PTS:  GLENN ENGELBERT (ERIAL, NJ)
202.150 PTS:  THEEN WEY (RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ)
199.050 PTS:  SCOTT WARDELL (TABERNACLE, NJ)
196.183 PTS:  JAMES GOVERNA (RICHBORO, PA)
193.623 PTS:  THOMAS IERONIMO (WATERTOWN, CT)
193.538 PTS:  JAMES FREEBODY (WESTBURY, NY)
190.938 PTS:  BRIAN ADRAGNA (E MEADOW, NY)
189.675 PTS:  PAUL FAYNGERSH (POCONO PINES, PA)
189.063 PTS:  JOSEPH BOVINO (WESTMONT, NJ)

Sunday, June 19

Today's Events (Poker Room)
Happy Father's Day


11AM: Event 16A - $2500 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 30,000 in tournament chips
  • Players may register for Day 1A or Day 1B |  If player entered into Day 1A has been eliminated from tournament, player may register for Day 1B
  • Day 1 Levels: will last 60 minutes each | Day 2 & 3 Levels: will last 75 minutes each
  • 3-Day event (with two starting days)
12PM: Event 44 - $200 + $30 Championship Qualifier NLH
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 25 minutes each
  • Approximately 1 in 14 will win $2,700 entry into the Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship
    (June 19-22, 2011)
  • 1-Day event

3PM: Event 45 - $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 46 - $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

Father's Day Little Bad Beat Hits

Two lovely ladies took down the little bad beat one hour into Father's Day 2011.

Althea Taylor (KKKK) & Francis Traficante (3333)

Althea Taylor (Mount Laurel, NJ) had KK while Francis Traficante (Leesberg, FL) held 3-3.

The board ran out: 3-K-3-Q-K

Around 1am The table and Borgata poker room went wild.

"It's a lifetime dream" said one player. Another told me "this is the Holy Grail of poker...this is a big deal".

John Paul Nguyen dealt out the masterpiece, his first bad beat as a Borgata dealer.

the players were at the $2 - $4 limit table #9 at the front of the Poker Room.

One of the players named Kevin would have hit last week but was one suit on one card off of his royal bad beat flush. Tonight he'll share in the prize and can't believe it.

It will certainly be a HAPPY FATHER'S DAY for all of our Borgata Bad Beaters

Big Daddy Of A Pot


Frances Traficante gets the Bad Beat and $16,651.
Althea Taylor wins the hand and gets 8,325.
The remaining players each recevied $3,330:
Alexander Entin
Sergey Lukyantsev
Kevin Spangler
Kevin Yorke
Edward Iaquinto