Monday, June 20, 2011

Event 16: 1B Leading Chip Stacks

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Player's Name..... 1B-Chip Counts

Brian Altman............ 257,300
Jonathan Benster..... 223,900
Austen Johnson........ 186,400
David Laufer............. 180,800
Joe Brand.................. 180,500
Ken Harding.............. 165,800
Peter Campo..............148,500
Eric Wasserson......... 144,800
Charles Ashby........... 132,700
Jeremy Brown.......... 129,500
Mark Herm............... 126,600
Craig Altshuler......... 122,900
Athony Sivolella........ 121,500
Nikolaos Frangos...... 120,900
Avinash Kataria........ 116,300
Maurice Paradis........ 115,600
Wooyang Lin..............110,500
Paul Freeman............ 105,700
Daniel Voccia............. 105,100
Vladimir Peck...........104,900
John Brown............... 100,900
Scott DiClaudio......... 100,500

Miscellaneous Stacks

John DeLio................ 99,200
Eugene Juergens........ 89,500
Barry Leventhal......... 85,000
Barkley Hamilton........ 69,900
Miguel Borrero............ 47,100
Billy O'Neil.................. 46,200 (defending champion)
Eric Siegel.................. 33,000

Out of the 323 total entries...
112 players remain today (1B)
31 players remain yesterday (1A-leader, Farrid Jattin 232,800)
143 total players remain with an average stack of 68k

All players resume play at 12:00 Noon in Borgata Poker Room with level 11 (500/1k/100 ante).
Join us as the best of the best battle it out for the $807,500 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship prize pool.

Top 36 make the money.

See you tomorrow!

Event 16: Aces vs. Kings

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Bryan Kessler (Cherry Hill) looks down at AA in the small blind and runs into an opponent with pocket kings.

Juicing up the pot pre-flop was Grandpa Jay who raised it 7,000 with 2-7 off. "I'm the moron who raised it up" said Jay Zimmet who took down the PLO a couple days ago.

Kessler gets his last 30,000 in after a flop of 3-2-3.

Kings call then sees the bad news. Clean turn and river provides Kessler with 67,300 total chips.

With five hands remaining in the tournament, what a time to pick up aces. And what a time for your pocket kings to run into aces and be knocked out!

Event 16: Bottoms Up...Quadruples Up

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Michael Lavin & Nancy Martin

Nancy Martin is your Event 16-1B Last Woman Standing. She's been feeding Michael Lavin tequila shots all day and says she's giving him good luck.

Must be working as Michael Lavin (Beverly, NJ) just won a monster hand with his tournament life on the line.

Michael ships his short stack holding A♠10♠ .

Two players call, then a fourth Opponent isolates all in holding pocket kings. Comes back to the first caller who tanks so long they have to call a clock. He later shows pocket queens.

Action goes back to the second caller who tanks so long the dealer has to call a clock on him.
He also folds and later shows pocket queens. What?

So we're off to the races with A♠10♠ vs. KK.

Flop falls: 3♠ 5♠ 6

Turn: 4♣

Next Michael spikes a miracle river 8♠ for a quadruple-up scoop. Whew!

Nancy was very happy for her friend at the table who she was pulling for.

I wonder if they'll celebrate with some more tequila.

Event 16: Morton Makes Move

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Bryan Morton (Brigantine, NJ) loved the flop and Konstantinos Koufalis loved the turn.

Board ran 6-8-A-5-Q. Bryan held 88 vs. Konstantinos' A-5 of diamonds.

Morton's set holds up against Koufalis' two pair for a 90,000 pot.

Konstantinos is crippled but still plenty of chips to make a comeback.

Thanks to cub-reporter/blogger Ted Geier who provided all the hand details.

The Borgata regular was playing at the same table but wasn't involved in the hand.

Event 16: Brown Not Down

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

John Brown (Long Island, NY)

John Brown (Long Island, NY) is happy to have double the chips he started with at 11:00 Am this afternoon.

He won the same satellite as Charles Ashby and both were seated at the same table since this morning.

When referring to the other players in the room he says, "they're all Donks". Even though several of the donks were knocked out at John's table he told me "there's plenty left".

At this point of the night short stacks are looking to double up or go home. Big stacks are trying to protect there lead. And those in the middle just want to finish and start again tomorrow.

Event 16: Take Ten

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Jessica At Your Service

Players are on a ten minute break.

134 players remain with an average stack of 72,313.

Blinds continue at 400 / 800 with 75 antes.

This is the last level of the night.

We'll bag and tag chips and provide counts of the top ten upon conclusion.

Event 16: Soldiering On

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Charles Ashby - Vietnam Veteran - 90,000

After playing poker at Borgata for eight years, Charles Ashby (Staten Island, NY) is happy to compete in his first major tournament ever.

After losing two Championship satellites in previous years, the third time was a charm for Charles as he satellited into Event 16 last night.

As for today, "New people keep coming to our table and handing us chips" said Ashby.

Charles won 70,000 after his opponent flopped two pair and Charles' aces hit runner, runner for a bigger two pair.

Ashby likes to talk at the table and in trying to get an opponent to fold, in classic Uncle Sam fashion said, "I Want You!".

It's been a long day for the disabled Vietnam Veteran who says hi to his wife Jackie who he called his hero.

Event 16: Bruces Never Loses

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Bruce Yamron Yucks It Up

Board of A-A-4-J-J gets my blogger senses tingling so I stick around to see how the hand plays out. Bruce Yamron folds and says, "If I had a King I would have called you". Player then flashes pocket Kings. Bruce claimed having pocket 9's.

Yamron sized everyone at the table and told me his target is sitting in the one seat.

"My goal is to grow my stack between 100,000 and 125, can't win the tournament tonight." said Bruce.

His daughter Courtney, who works for PokerStars, gave Bruce lucky DOUBLE-DOUBLE poker sneakers but he wasn't sporting them today.

Biggest hand of the day for Bruce came with 4-5 of clubs against a board of A-3-Q-2. He already had the wheel along with a straight flush draw but all five players in the hand folded.

Nice guy's finish last but we'll see if this nice guy can finish first as the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship Event continues.

Event 16: Don't Blink

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

DL (white hat) Waits for Altman (back to camera)
to Make a Move

Two of the bigger stacks in the room are on table 15 and that's where we find a pot brewing.  We pick up the action on a board of 3♣ K 4♣ 5♣ 2.

DL checks to Brian Altman who bets 5k.  DL reraises 17k more and Altman tanks before eventually calling.  Both players turn over a 6 for the 6 high straight and they chop the pot.

Both players posturing with the club flush possibility, but neither player blinks as they each still have more than 100k.

Level 9 (300/500/75 ante) is underway.

Event 16: Sivolella Sailing & Steaming

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Anthony Sivolella (East Hanover, NJ) - 95,000

A couple tables in the far end of the Poker Room have broken up so I asked Anthony Sivolella if he wanted his table to stay together or go someplace new?

"This table has been good to me...I've been grinding it well here" said Sivolella who's in good shape with 95,000 after knocking out one player with a Q-7 flush and another by hitting an ace on the river to crack pocket tens.

Gave a little back after hitting top pair on the flop, betting big, and getting a caller who hit runner runner two pair. "So you called my flop bet with air? Absolute air?" needled Sivolla.

The contractor / office furniture warehouse worker says hi to Brother Jim The Family Man and "I Love You" to Michele.

Cool tattoos Anthony!

Event 16: Chip Leader

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

 Easy Time for Harding

As play resumes, our investigative reporters have uncovered the name of player sitting at table 6, seat 1. Ken Harding (Massapequa, NY) is the man in question and there's no question he has the chip lead with 154k.

Play resumes with 43 minutes left on level 8 (250/500/50 ante) as 149 (of 253 Day 1B players) remain with an average stack of 51k.

Event 16: Hooked On Borgata

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Hook2120 On-line at Borgata

Chalie Hook cut his teeth playing poker at Borgata when the room first opened in 2003, since then he's grown into an elite player.

"I love playing Borgata it's convenient, it's close to home," says Hook, a Philadelphia native, who's playing in the Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship Event. "I started playing $2-$5 no-limit and mixed a lot of live and on-line through college when I was around."

Hook, a Holy Family University grad, eventually moved to Florida and hunkered down to grind high stakes cash games as screen name Hook2120.  But that all changed on April 15th, internet poker's black Friday when the FBI essentially shutdown U.S. players from playing on-line.

"It sucks," says the man originally named Charles, but even his mother drops the "r' and calls him Chalie. "Playing live isn't my first choice, but it's what I have to do."

As he sorts out his future, Hook doesn't mind returning to his roots and playing in the Summer Poker Open.  "I think I have over $100k in earnings, probably more than that, at the Borgata lifetime," says Hook, who in 2009 alone scored $31,000 for winning the Borgata Summer Open Heads Up Championship and another $57,000 for a second place finish in the Borgata Winter Open.

"Borgata's been good to me. Most of my earnings have been at Borgata," he says with $226,000 in live career earnings.  "I love the Borgata, the structure, the people here are great."

While Hook isn't a household name like Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth, he's earned himself a name among the top on-line players. Guys like Olivier Busquet, the 2009 WPT Borgata Poker Open Champion and Hook's good friend Tom Marchese, the 2010 CardPlayer Player of the Year.

"Definitely top players in the world know who I am. I've played with them live and on-line," says Hook, who's been having a tough day and still has his 30k starting stack at the dinner break.

"There are guys like Tony G (Antanas Guoga), he plays here on weekends and is a mid-stakes grinder on-line. I think he's probably one of the best players in the world and not everybody knows who he is. I'd say the same thing about Marchese, two years ago he was one of the best players in the world and nobody knew who he was."

After playing here in the Championship Event, Hook plans on meeting up with Marchese in Vegas to play in the WSOP Main Event.  He'll then decide if he wants to move to Europe where he can fire up the computer and play the game he loves, legally, on-line.

"It'll be a different experience moving away and I'll probably do it."  But wherever Hook plays, he'll always call Borgata home and know this is where his poker career began.

Event 16: Big Stacks

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

As players are on dinner break, we've scouted the big stacks. We'll fill in the gaps when players return, but here's an idea of what the big stacks look like.

Name-Chip Count
Ken Harding        154k
Brian Altman       137k*
Eugene Juergens 122k
Eric Wasserson   121k
Pete Campo       120k
DL                    108k*
Craig Altchuler    105k
Franco Bonacci   104k
Austen Johnson   100k

*Table 15

Event 16: For Karaleena

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Karaleena Protecting Papa

During the final hand before dinner break a pink protector filled with water and pink-sprinkles-you-shake caught my eye.

John McGuinness is proud to have is daughter Karaleena close to his heart and his chips. He believes and credits his good luck and fortune to her and the card protector she gave him.

John even credits his 2009 WSOP $2500 Mix Hold-em second place finish to the card protector.

"It did all the work, not's very lucky" said John.

McGuinness satellited his way into today's Event 16 Championship during Borgata's 1 in 10 tournament last week.

"I dedicate this Event to my daughter Karaleena" declared John.

Event 16: Chopping Block

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Over at table 13, four players saw a flop, four players saw a turn, and four players saw a river.

Board ran 5-K-K-5-5 and nobody bet the river.

This is the Championship Event fellows, he who dares wins.

Anyway all four players chop up the pot as the board plays.

We had a 10-9 of clubs, 10-9 of hearts, 10-8 offsuit, and the original raiser pre-flop Yosef Tarlow (Morristown, NJ) who had wired fours.

"For some reason the pre-flop raiser decided not to c-bet" laughed Yosef.

Event 16: Chip Leader Of Mystery

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Table 15 - Seat 6 is sitting on a stack of 120,000 but refused to give his name or let us take a picture.

Prefers to remain anonymous so we'll go with the initials D.L.

"I've been playing good, and playing bad" laughed D.L.

Anther player couldn't help but to chime in saying, "Yeah, he plays great when he flops the nuts or is catching up on the turn."

We'll see if our mystery player can hold onto his luck and his lead.

Event 16: Payouts

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Entries: 323
Total Buy-In: $807,500

Place - Amount

1 $211,484
2 $117,481
3 $72,845
4 $58,746
5 $45,430
6 $38,380
7 $30,939
8 $23,107
9 $15,666
10-12 $10,183
13-15 $7,833
16-18 $6,658
19-27 $5,875
28-36 $4,700

Event 16: In The Big House

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Rally Cap Ready!

Scott Casagrande has his cap on backwards and upside down. In baseball this is known as a rally-cap.

So I asked Scott if he was looking for a rally and he replied, "I'm always looking for a rally." Must be working as he scooped a pot while I was watching.

In the heart of Level 7: Blinds 200 / 400 with 50 antes.

323 entrants with 190 remaining.

Total chips in play are 9,690,000.

Event 16: My Poker Face

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Vasillos Hrisafinis Can't Believe It

Sheer Concentration

Brian Altman Awaits the Flop

Event 16: Leaderboard

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Brian Altman (Longmeadow,. MA) continues to build his stack.  He recently made the nut flush and got paid off by the second nuts.

 Brian Altman

He's up to 140k and the current chip leader.

Eugene Juergens has about 115k and is second in chips.

Nick Frangos has ~105k and is third.

Event 16: Merdinger, She Wrote

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Maureen Merdinger - Representing The Women

I only see two women remaining from today's field - one of them is Maureen Merdinger from Queens, NY who got off to an early lead then took a hit and now is right around average.

"I'm gonna win this's mine" stated a confident Merdinger.

Good shot at Last Woman Standing as Taemee Feuer finished Day1A with 70,000, and Marcelia "Peachez" Keene and Torpekay "Torpedo" Habashzada are already gone from today.

Nancy Martin is the other woman still in.

"I hope to represent all the women" said Maureen who has been card dead for a couple hours.

She woke up to KK while I was there but ran into a set of nines (claims opponent who let Maureen pick one card only).

Maureen made a good fold and will live to fight another day.

Event 16: Fell Falls Softly

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

 Jeff Felling the Pain

Last year in the Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship Event Jeff Fell (Robbinsville, NJ) flamed out on Day 2 after building a top three stack. This year the falls is much less dramatic.

"This may have been more painful because I'm playing with guys who don't know what they're doing," says Fell, who loses today with QQ vs A 10 when an ace hits the board.

Fell is in better spirits this time around and most players will tell you it's a lot easier to hit the rail early in a tournament than it is to go deep, bust and wonder what could've been.

Level 7 (200/400/50 ante) is underway.

Event 16: Quad Kings Fall To Quad Aces

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Daniel Voccia - HamptonsPro

In the 2011 Borgata Spring Poker Open, Daniel Voccia (West Hampton, NY) won a $65 sit-and-go then took the prize money to buy into Borgata's Championship Event Satellite where he won his seat.

He used the exact same path to enter this tournament. "Last time I didn't cash but this time I'm looking to at least min cash," said Voccia.

Daniel just returned from the WSOP where he had quad kings and lost to quad aces - yikes.

Got paid off today after flopping a set of sevens and is currently up to 78,000.

Daniel is a professional poker player from the Hamptons and even has a damn cool looking business card. Follow his tweets at HamptonsPro although Daniel told me tweeting between hands sometimes distracts his game.

During our interview an opponent at the table suggested that Daniel was getting lucky today.

If that's true, of course it's all part of the game.

I still can't imagine losing quad kings against quad aces.

Event 16: Break Time

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

'Lucky' Lee Kirsch got Lucky and doubled up.  He had pocket Kings and got his all-in called by a player holding pocket Queens.

Lee is up to about 50k after that double.

Level 6 is over and players are getting ten minutes respite from the game.

Event 16: Caruso Cruising

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Mark Caruso - 45,000

Mark Caruso (Boston, MA) drove down yesterday from Boston and last night won the last satellite seat possible to win his entry into today's Championship Event.

When he's not playing poker, Mark teaches special needs kids, cooks, and bartends.

The story of his tournament so far came against the same opponent.

In the first hand Mark played pocket aces perfectly getting his opponent to ship all in holding pocket 5's on a flop of 2-3-3.

But he gave those chips back a few orbits later when Mark flopped a set of tens with four players in the hand and his nemesis was raising with a flush and straight draw. "Nothing I could do - he turned a flush and I missed the boat on the river" explained Mark.

Mark has since built back to 45,000. We'll see if these two tangle again.

As I left the table Mark told me, "I hope to see you tomorrow".

That's the goal.

Event 16: Kings Hold

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Brian Altman (Springfield, MA) has his opponent covered and is way ahead as they're all-in preflop. Altman has KK and has to sweat an ace as his opponent holds AK.

When the board runs clean, Altman nearly gets a double-up as he takes his stack to 84k, nearly triple the day's starting stack of 30k.

Level 6 (150/300/25 ante continues).

Event 16: Killer Corner

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Siegel, Leventhal & Hook

Barry Leventhal has been moved to table 17 right between Eric Siegel and Chalie Hook. Players will need premium hands or nerves of steel to run the gauntlet in this killer corner.

Level 6 (150/300/25 ante) is underway.

Event 16: Tough Table Four

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH         

Table four started out as a tough table and it has only gotten tougher.

Seat - Player
1 - Steven Cho
2 - 'Lucky' Lee Kirsch
5 - Chewey busted out, replaced by Daniel Chan
6 - Aldo Antonacci (busted out)
8 - Jeremy 'The Big Dog' Brown

 Lucky (?) Lee Kirsch

'Lucky' Lee Kirsch isn't looking so lucky with stitches in his forehead.  He claims he had a fight with a fence.  Maybe he just wanted to look tough for today, so he cracked his head and got some stitches.

Event 16: Good Call from Cho

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH        

The player in seat 4 (utg) opened for 550.  Jeremy 'The Big Dog' Brown called, Steven Cho called from the button, and 'Lucky' Lee Kirsch came along for the ride from the small blind.

 Steven Cho

The flop came 7 4 4 and it was checked to seat 4, who fired 1,200.  The Big Dog opted out, Cho called, and Lucky Lee also elected to fold.

Turn was a 6 and seat 4 fired 2,500.  Cho called.

River was the third 4 on board.  Seat 4 fired 5,100.  After spending some time in the think-tank, Cho made the call.  His opponent flashed an Ace.  Cho rolled over Q7 for 4s full of 7s.  His opponent patted the felt and mucked.

Event 16: Play Resumes

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Following the break, play resumed with level 5, blinds 100/200 with 25 antes.

24 tables are still active and registration is now closed.

Official player counts and prize pool information will be posted when available.

Event 16: Break Time

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH       

End of level four and players are enjoying their second break of the day.  This will be the last chance to register for this event.

Looks like Eugene Juergens is the chip leader with ~110k.

Meanwhile, in the tournament area in the back of the Poker Room, the 3pm $250 + $30 Survivor is underway.  Several players who have already taken an 'early out' from the Championship have turned up to play:
Chris Edwards
Fritz Stoner
Raj Patel
John Lakatosh

Event 16: Juergens Calls Woods Bluff

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH      

The Groundhog Day movie theme continues for actor James Woods.  He's busted out again, just like yesterday.

In a multi-way pot, the flop came Q 4 3.  It checked around to seat 6, who fired 2,600.  Eugene Juergens check-raised to 6,000, got a call from seat 3, James Woods, and seat 6. 

 Eugene Juergens and James Woods

Turn was a 2 a small bet was called around.  River was a 9 and it checked to Woods, who moved in for ~19k.

Eugene smelled a bluff and called.  Everyone else opted out.

Woods showed 52.  Eugene held AQ for top/top to take the pot, busting Woods in the process.

Eugene is now up to ~110k.

Event 16: Two-Outers Abound

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH      

Back on table 21, a huge hand developed.  With a flop of 8 4 4, three players got all the chips in the middle.

Andy Klein

One player had pocket 8s for the full house.  Another player had pocket 9s, and Andy Klein (Ocean, NJ) had pocket Queens.

Since the headline for this post has to do with two-outers, you can guess what happened next.  A two out Queen hit the turn, giving Andy a bigger boat.  With that hand he busted both opponents.

Another table had two players all-in.  One had pocket Aces.  The other had pocket Kings.  A two-out King came on the flop.  Then a two-out Ace came on the river.

Event 16: Still More Familiar Faces

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH     

Blinds are up to 100/200 for level four.

Here are some more faces that have appeared in the field, either as late arrivals or folks I missed earlier:

John Moore
Ken Smaron
Chalie Hook
Athanasios Diakos
Brandon Guss
Carl Restifo
Brian Ali

Event 16: Ins and Outs

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

26 tables are currently active and here are some late arrivals:

Rick Rossetti
Miguel Borrero
Barry Leventhal
Wooyang Lin
Franco Bonacci

These folks have taken an early exit:

Torpekay Habashzada
Fritz Stoner
Chris Edwards
Abe Korotki

Event 16: One-Out Oshima

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Over on table nine, the flop was Q 8 6 and three players got all the chips in the middle.  One player held pocket Queens and was ahead with top set.

Masahiro Oshima (Upstate New York) had both players covered, but was in bad shape with pocket 6s for bottom set.

The third player had a straight-flush draw.

 Masahiro Oshima

The turn changed everything when the case 6 hit, delivering the one out Masahiro needed.  He quads were in the lead, but he had to fade the straight-flush.

The river was a blank and Masahiro's Quadzilla took out two players with one hand.

Masahiro's now up to about 60k.

Event 16: Back from Break

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

After level two, players enjoyed a 15 minute break.

Following the break, play resumed with level three, blinds 75/150.

25 tables are in action with late registration still available for two more levels.

Event 16: Aces Good for The Big Dog

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

This big hand took place on table 4 and was recounted to me accurately by 'Lucky' Lee Kirsch, despite the stitches in his head and concussion he received after a fight with a fence (the wooden kind, not a dealer in stolen goods):

One player limped, then there was a raise to 900, a raise to 2,500, an Jeremy 'The Big Dog' Brown made it 10,200 to go.  One player went all-in, Chewey wisely and smartly folded his AK, and The Big Dog got all his chips in the middle.

 Jeremy 'The Big Dog' Brown

The first player held pocket Kings and The Big Dog held pocket Aces.  Four diamonds hit the board and The Big Dog made the nut flush with his Ace of Diamonds.  He's up to ~50k.

Event 16: Groundhog Day

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

We've got that 'Groundhog Day' feeling today as we repeat day one of the Championship Event.  There are some faces in the field that were here at this same time yesterday, doing the same thing:

James Woods and Bartley Dowling

Both played day 1A and did not survive.  They're giving it another shot today, thanks to the 'Double Play' feature of this tournament.

Event 16: Best East Coast Poker Room

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

24 tables are active with more set up for late arrivals.  Late registration is available through the break after level four (about 3:30 pm).

 Phu Nguyen ready and waiting

Borgata Dealer Phu Nguyen is ready and waiting for players to arrive and put cards in the air on his table.

In case you didn't know, Borgata's Poker Room is the Best East Coast Poker Room according to Bluff Magazine's 2010 Reader's Choice Awards.

They've paid out over $10 Million in 81 Bad Beat Jackpots!

Event 16: More Familiar Faces

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Blinds are up!  Level 2 blinds are 50/100.

More players are arriving and finding their seats, including these:

'The Big Dog' Jeremy Brown
Raj Patel
'Lucky' Lee Kirsch
Michael Shasho
Wazir Baksh
Chris Edwards
Eric Panayiotou
Rick Austin

Event 16: Boat Sinks Boat

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Another big hand early, this time on table 15:

The board was K 9 8 9 on the turn.  One player had AK and got out of the way when the raising war broke out.  The other two players had pocket 8s (eights-full of nines) and the other held 98 (nines-full of eights).

The player in seat 7 had the bigger boat and won the pot, chipping up to nearly 60k (and wished to remain anonymous). 

Miraculously, no one went broke on the hand.

Event 16: Name Dropping

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Lots of familiar faces in the house today:

Nick Frangos
Mickey Woll
Torpekay Habashzada
Aldo Antonacci
Steven Cho
Vladimir Peck
Brian Correro
Fritz Stoner
James Boyle
Austen Johnson
Tyng Low
Feming Chan
'Action' Bob Hwang
Dan Spirer
Joe Bovino
Eric 'Pools' Siegel
Leonid Lerner
Anthony Caruso
Angel 'Pinky' Modica
Marcelia 'Peachez' Keene
Phil Nieman
Mike Devinsky

22 nine-handed tables in action as players are still arriving and finding their seats.

Event 16: Seat Open - Already?

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

On the second hand of the tournament:

Borgata regular Eugene Juergens (Brighton, MI) limped, then the player on his left in seat two raised to 650.  Eugene called.

 Eugene Juergens

The flop came T 8 8.  Eugene checked, seat two bet 2k, and Eugene called.

Turn was a blank and again Eugene checked.  His opponent bet 5k.  Eugene raised to 10k.  Seat two raised to 15k.  Eugene moved in and his opponent called all-in.

River was a King.  Eugene held K8 for eights-full of Kings.  His opponent mucked and headed for the exit.

Eugene doubled to ~60k -- on the second hand of the day.

Event 16: Cards Fly

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Today is day 1B, the second starting day for this three-day event.  Players who busted out on day 1A may opt to play today.

Players who survive today will combine with the 31 survivors from day 1A for day two on Tuesday at noon.

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

Level 1 blinds are 25/50.

Cards are in the air!

Monday, June 20

Today's Events (Poker Room)

11AM: Event 16B - $2500 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 30,000 in tournament chips
  • Day 1 Levels: will last 60 minutes each | Day 2 & 3 Levels: will last 75 minutes each
  • 3-Day event (with two starting days)
3PM: Event 47 - $250 + $30 Survivor No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 25 minutes each
  • Approximately 1 in 110 will win $2,500 Cash
  • 1-Day event
6PM: Event 48 - $150 + $30 No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 20 minutes each
  • 1-Day event