Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Event 16: Huge Hand, Bubble Holds

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH


Mike Dentale (UTG) opens to 15k (blinds 2,500/5k/400 ante)
Dean Marco (UTG+1) calls
David (Button) raises 120k on top
Michel Simoneau (SB) tanks, folds
Dentale, tank folds
Marco tanks, has David covered and moves all in
David calls 116k more and is at risk

Marco: A♠ J♠
David: 10 10♣

Flop: 10 3 6♣ (Laufer, set of 10s)
Turn:2
River: 5

David doubles to nearly 500k, while Marco drops to 96k
Simoneau says he folded KK, Dentale says he folded QQ

Dentale & Marco Contemplate

Event 17: The Dirty Dozen

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Down to two tables of six players each.

Table 1:
1. Robert Melo
2. Travis Greenawalt
3. Allan Lubin
4. Mr. X
5. Raj Patel
6. Randy Itwaru

Table 2:
1. Adam Shuvall
2. Ido Ashkenazi
3. Michael DiChiaro
4. John Ciofalo
5. Steven Cho
6. Dennis Thurman

10-12th places = $1,311
9th place pays $2,018

As players bust out we'll try to get their hands and report about them.

Congrats to the final twelve.

Event 16: Aces Pecked Off

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Vladimir Peck (Gleview, IL) and David Rittmeyer, Jr. (Towson, MD) see a flop and Peck leads out for 25k. Rittmeyer moves all-in and Peck calls for 85k more.

Peck's pocket aces are way behind Rittmeyer's flopped set of 10s. The turn and river are bricks and Peck is the bubble-bubble, out in 38th place, while Rittmeyer is up to 380k.

Play is now hand-for-hand on the three five remaining tables.

Event 16: Live By The 7's Die By The 7's

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Borgata regular Barry Leventhal (Brooklyn, NY) shipped his last 57,000 holding pocket 7's.
An almost equally short stack called with Q-9.

Board ran: A-8-2-7-6.

Mike Dentale left his table to cheer and watch Barry spike his seven for the set.

A few hands later, Barry ships again - this time holding K-Q in the cut-off.

Big blind calls and tables wired 7's.

The pair of sevens hold up and Barry Leventhal is out after two days of poker so close to making the money.

Peter Campo busted as well - we're now down to 38 players.

Bubble - Bubble Time!

Event 16: Altman's Aces Hold

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Brian Altman Gaining Ground - 600,000

Just a few players away from the money after Tarcisio Ferreira went a little crazy with A-7 of clubs, shoving all in pre-flop.

Brian Altman woke up with aces had was more than happy to call.

A crowd quickly formed around the table to see the board run out: Q-K-6-2-4.

Altman scores 150,000 on the pot and moves up another step closer to the chip leader.

Players are on a ten minute break.

Event 16: Welcome To The Rock

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Friend Freddie Rails Matthew Rock

Matthew Rock (Oakdale, NY) began the day with 58,500 and now is stacking over 300,000.

The key hand for Rock came when his AA, up against KK and QQ saw a flop of A-Q-2.

"I saw the deuce in the door and thought, oh (bleep)" joked Matthew.

Rock took a break from poker and stop playing all together after losing $172,000 to Phil Ivey on-line draining his account to almost nothing.

He chose Borgata's Championship to get the ball rolling again.

Matthew Rock sells gold and silver for a living and would love to take down some Borgata first place gold.

He took a break to go over a hand with his friend Freddie who is rooting from the rail.

Event 16: Seating Chart (41 Remaining Players)

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Table-Seat

1-1 James Robinsky
1-2
1-3 Greg Fondacaro
1-4 Michael Lavin
1-5 Paul Freeman
1-6 John Brown
1-7 Mike Tauman
1-8 Salah Siraj
1-9 Austen Johnson

2-1 Andrew Klein
2-2 Ken Harding
2-3 Ian Searing
2-4 Tyng Low
2-5 Bruce Yamron
2-6 Wooyang Lin
2-7
2-8 Gregory Candido
2-9 Joseph Brand

3-1 George Jackson
3-2 Michael Morgovski
3-3 Vladimir Peck
3-4 David Rittmeyer, Jr.
3-5
3-6 Eric Panayiotou
3-7 Jonathan Benster
3-8 Matthew Rock
3-9 Brian Ali

4-1 William Klevitz
4-2 Ruben Costa
4-3 Hiep Nguyen
4-4 Farid Jattin
4-5 Peter Campo
4-6 Anthony Caruso
4-7 Nick Frangos
4-8 Barry Leventhal
4-9 Mike Devinsky

5-1 Mike Dentale
5-2 Dean Marco
5-3 Anthony Sivolella
5-4 Tarcisio Ferreire
5-5
5-6 Avinash Kataria
5-7 David Laufer
5-8 Michel Simoneau
5-9 Brian Altman

Event 16: Fireworks

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Pete Campo can't believe the level of play at his table this close to the money.

He's witnessing a ton of big pots with 3 and 4 bets every hand.

"This would be a dream TV table" said Campo.

The instigator of action is Farid Jattin who has 780,000 to play with. Any hand he's in he likes to win or do everything he can to win.

Here's an example. Flop falls 5-6-8 two diamonds. Farid fires 38,000 and Hiep Nguyen (Fairfax, VA) re-pops it 55,000 more. Farid tanks then finally folds.

"I just don't want to bust so I can keep watching" joked Campo. "It's been like this all day between those two."

41 players remain. 36 enjoy a payday.





Event 17: John Is Jolted

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

John Koliner (Long Island, NY) - 23rd Place - $908

John Koliner is having a successful 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open as he already won Event 37 for over $57,000. He'll tack on a min cash for $908 in Event 17 along with four $100 bounties.

John was short stacked and figured he'd shove with any Ace. Unfortunately his A-6 ran into Opponent's A-Q. John was hoping the board would pair for a chop but the cards didn't fall his way.

John is a Marine Contractor and was thrilled to see his name and Borgata Poker victories in a Florida magazine called ANTE UP.

"I save my receipts so my friends will believe me when I tell them I win" laughed John.

John faithfully plays every Borgata Open and told me he'll be back tomorrow to try again.

Event 16: Benster With Monster Stack

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Jonathan Benster (Wallingford, PA)

Jonathan began the day with 223,900 and has grown his stack to just South of 600,000.

Level 17 is underway.

Blinds: 2000 / 4000 with 400 antes.

Average stack weighs in at 236,341.

41 players remain on five tables in the back room of Borgata Poker Room.

Event 16: River Quads

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Brian Ali (Mountoursville, PA) flops a set of 5s, but needs help on the river after Joseph Brattole (Parsippiany, NJ) turns a set of 10s.

Brattole bets 40k and Ali moves all in for 45k more and is snap called.  It's set over set until Ali hits the one outer, the case 5 on the river for quad 5s.

Ali takes his stack to 340k as 41 players remain, five from the money.

Event 16: Branding the Action

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

On a board of J 6 9, a player bets and Joe Brand (Fairlawn, NJ) raises. The initial aggressor moves all in and Brand snap calls.

Brand: 99 (set of 9s)
Opponent: QJ (pair of jacks)

The turn and river are clean for Brand and he takes his 250k stack to more than 400k, while sending another player to the rail.

Level 16 (1.5k/3k/300 ante) is winding down with 42 players remaining.

Event 16: Tough Tough Fold

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

What would you do?

Flop falls K-Q-J rainbow and you're holding A-K. You bet and Opponent shoves all in for 93,400.

The player with A-K tanks for what felt like five minutes. He stood up. He sat down. He looked like he was in physical pain. Finally he folded A-K, flipping them over in disgust.

Opponent didn't show his hand but friends on the rail gave a pat on the back for what appeared to be a solid, very tough laydown.

This is the Championship Event where one mistake can send you home until Borgata Poker Open WPT in September.

Better to live to fight another day than make a bad call and go home with nothing.

Event 16: Lavin Vindicated

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Mike Lavin (Beverly, NJ) leaps up to 244,000 after his K♣ Q♣ takes down A-Q offsuit.

Mike wasn't going anywhere after the flop of 10 Q 4♣.

Things looked even better with the 8♣ redraw on the turn.

River K♠ gives Mike the win and the knockout blow.

As the losing player was exiting he mumbled, "That's It...That's Poker".

You might remember Mike Lavin survived late last night when his A-10 destroyed pocket Kings (and two players folded Queens pre-flop). If not for that quadruple up, he wouldn't have made it to the felt this morning.

Event 17: Money Time

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Final Three Tables
The bubble breaks and sends the remaining 27 players into the money. Angelo Modica (Astoria, NY) is the first to cash when his QQ is trumped by AK when a king hits the turn. Modica takes home $908 for 27th place.

Level 17 (3k/6k/500 ante) continues.

Event 16: Felted By Freeman

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Paul Freeman (Seabrook, NH) strikes again.

Paul raises and the short stack at the table ships his remaining 17,000.

Freeman has 99 up against K-10 off. Board runs clean and Paul knocks out another player.

He's up to 625,000 and is building quite a wall of chips.

Event 16: River Keeps Fondacaro Afloat

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Greg Fondacaro (Sewell, NJ) was standing up with on foot facing the exit doors.

Greg, with his tournament life on the line and all his chips in the middle, was holding A-J of clubs against opponent's 9-9.

Board runs: 6-4-K-8...

Fondacaro is down to six outs, looking for an ace or a jack or his Championship Event is over.

Bang! He sees the Jack of hearts fall on the river, breathes a sigh of relief, and sits back in his chair.

"It was a coin-flip" said Greg who goes from 30,000 to 60,000 on the flip of one card.

Event 17: Lubin Movin

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Allan Lubin was knocked out of a 2011 Summer Poker Open Main Event tournament a few days ago when he ended the hand with K-K-K-K and his opponent had a straight flush.

"Then I lost in this morning's tournament holding Aces full up against quad sevens" said Lubin.

Apparently his luck has changed as he's up to 250,000 in Event 17 after taking down a nice hand pre-flop.

Allan just raised 40,000 pre-flop with QQ. Guess his raise was enough for Angel "Pinky" Modica to fold his 10-10. C'mon Pinky you stay in and you probably flop quads against Lubin. Okay, I'll give you credit for a good laydown there.

250,000 chips propels Lubin to among the chip leaders.

Tried to get a picture of Lubin but he told me he already knows what he looks like.

Event 17: Kevin Sees Heavenly Flop

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Kevin Gugliotta (Lake Hopatcong, NJ) gets into a hand holding 10-J and can't believe his eyes when the flop falls J-J♠-10♠ and his opponent is calling.

Even though Kevin flopped a monster he still had to sweat.

Turn car Q♠ had Gugliotta convinced his opponent had the 9♠ or the K♠ .

Brick on the river. Opponent did not have a straight flush draw but was crushed by Kevin.

With that double-up, Kevin zooms up to 117,000 in chips.

Apparently earlier Kevin announced to the table he was ready to go home - instead he's made a great comeback and isn't going anywhere except maybe the final table.

36 players - down to four tables of 9.

Event 17: Don't Mess With The Zohaib

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Bounty Hunter - Zohaib(Zee)

Zohaib Zee (New York, NY) already has racked up six $100 knock-out chps. "And I did it one at a time" said Zee.

The ones he remembers include, his AA vs. KK, KQ vs. JJ, K-10 vs. A-3 and his favorite which occurred early on - Zee flops a set of sevens vs. opponent's flopped set of fives.

With all those knock-outs you figure Zohaib is the chip leader right? Nope - he's got a below average stack after he ran into pocket aces.

37 players remain.

Level 15 is the last 30 minute level.

Level 16 on up will be 40 minute levels.

Level 15: 2000 / 4000 with 400 antes.

Event 16: Dinner-Time Leaderboard

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

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

Farid Jattin - 790k
Paul Freedman - 585k
Table 3, seat 7 - 545k
Brian Altman - 515k

Event 17: Dinner Break

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Ciofalo, Morgovsky & Anthony

Thirty-eight players are on dinner break and it looks like John Ciofalo (Newburgh, NY) is the unofficial chip leader with 320k. Two other players are above the 102k chip average and sitting to his left.  Eugene Morgovsky (Brooklyn, NY) 130k and Sammy Anthony (New York, NY) 186k.

Robert Melo (Queens, NY) is on a different table with 171k.

Play resumes at 7:40 pm as we're just nine eliminations from the money.

Event 16: Freedman Takes Out Two

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

Massive three-way pre-flop all-in on table one.

Michael Shasho:  AK
Scott DiClaudio: AK
Paul Freedman:  QQ

The board came 9 7 5 Q 2 and Paul took out two players at once with his set of Queens.  He's now up to nearly 600k.

End of level 15 and players have been sent on dinner.  Play will resume at 8:20pm.

Event 16: Johnson Takes a Bite Out Of DeClaudio

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

Playing 1,200/2,400 with 300 antes:

The utg player raised to 5,700 and got five callers, including the big blind.  On the flop of K Q 5 with two spades, it checked to Scott DiClaudio who bet 28k.  Austen Johnson called and everyone else opted out.

Turn was the 4 of spades and again Scott fired 28k.  Austen called.  River was the Ace of spades.  Both players checked. 

Scott showed pocket 5s for the flopped set.  Austen held 87 of spades for the flush to take the pot.

Event 16: Peeping Jacks in the Window

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Miguel Borrero (Jersey City, NJ) has been a short stack all day and the pressure finally catches up to him. He's all in for his last 34k when Tyng Low (Flushing, NY) makes the call.

"You got an ace?" asks Borrero. Low shakes his head yes and turns over A J against Borrero's pocket kings.

The flop is good news/bad news for Borrero. No ace, but two jacks in the window give Low trip jacks. The board pairs on the turn for a full house and Borrero is on the rail, just 16 spots from the money.

Low now has 180k as level 15 (1,200/2,400/300 ante) continues.

Event 16: Lin Doubles thru Low

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

After a raise from Tyng Low, Wooyang Lin (Morristown, NJ) moved his short-stack all-in.

 Tyng Low, Bruce Yamron, & Wooyang Lin

Tyng called the raise and showed A7 suited.

Wooyang held the lead with AK.

Even though Tyng picked up a flush draw on the turn, it did not complete.

Wooyang doubled up to nearly 60k.

Event 17: Closing in on Dinner

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Less than 20 minutes from the dinner break and 44 players remain. The top 27 are in the money so there will be a dash for the cash when they return. There are couple of big stacks with more than 300k, we'll get the leaders when they're on break.

Event 17: Payouts

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Entries: 260
Total Buy-In: $104,000

Place - Amount

1 $28,246
2 $16,644
3 $9,584
4 $7,768
5 $6,053
6 $5,044
7 $4,035
8 $3,026
9 $2,018
10-12 $1,311
13-15 $1,110
16-18 $1,009
19-27 $908

Event 16: Pitti Doubles thru Shasho

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Michael Shasho (Ramsey, NJ) held AQ offsuit on the button and got in a race against Joseph Pitti (East Meadow, NY) in the small blind, who held pocket 9s.

 Michael Shasho & Joseph Pitti

The flop came K J 8 and Michael picked up more outs.

Turn was a 5 a meant nothing.

Then a King hit the river and Michael said "Yes!" (because he thought it was a Queen).  Then he said "No!" when he realized it wasn't.

Michael shipped the double-up over to Joseph, repeating the F-word several times.

Event 16: Another One Bites The Dust

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

After the short-stacked player in seat five moved all-in, Andrew Klein (Ocean, NJ) made the call from the big blind. 

The short-stack was racing with AK against Andrew's pocket Jacks. 

 Andrew Klein

A King on the flop gave the lead to the short-stack.  He made a quick fist-pump to celebrate. 

Then a Jack hit the turn, giving Andrew a set.  It was over after the river bricked and another player reported to the rail.  Andrew took the pot, chipping up to ~274k.

58 players remain.  Only 36 will get paid. 

Event 16: The Defender

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

 DiClaudio Stealing Blinds & Antes

In poker, not all chips are created equal, so defending the blinds doesn't guarantee the player a fair trial as the person will be out of position the rest of the hand.  Fortunately for defense attorney Scott DiClaudio's clients, he's more committed to the Pennsylvania legal system than he is to his big blind.

DiClaudio had 5 separate court cases this morning which could have potentially detained him in Philadelphia, preventing him from playing in Day 2 of the Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship event.  "It was fortuitous from me to get here on time as the Commonwealth's witnesses failed to appear," he said after working cases that included a bank robbery, shooting and assault.

DiClaudio says the "wrong judge" and it would've been "problematic" to arrive by the noon restart, especially since he began the day in the top 20% of the field with a well above average stack of 100,500 chips.

DiClaudio knew going deep in the Championship Event could conflict with his work schedule but, "we're poker players, we like to gamble."  So far, so good for the defender who just applied capital punishment to an opponent holding pocket 5s against DiClaudio's pocket aces, and now has 225k.

With an above average stack, DiClaudio is eying the prize pool as 36 of the remaining 61 players will cash.  DiClaudio hopes there won't be any courtroom conflicts for Tuesday's Day 3 finale and is a problem he'd love to have, as it means he'll be in the money.

But for now, DiClaudio is perfectly content stealing the blinds and antes where it's perfectly legal.

Event 16: Leaderboard

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH      

Eugene Juergens picked the wrong time to make a move.  According to his table-mates:

On the river, he moved all-in for ~250k.  Farid Jattin (Miami, FL) called him down with trips.  Eugene held AK (nut-no-pair).

After collecting all of Eugene's chips, Farid is up to over 600k.

Brian Altman is up to ~500k.

Paul Freedman has ~470k.

They're on break now and will resume play with level 15, blinds 1,200/2,400 with 300 antes.

Event 16: Nguyen Felts The Big Dog

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH     

The hand was three-way until the river when the board read 9 7 7 T 2.

The Big Dog Jeremy Brown (bb) led out for 28,500 and Hiep Nguyen (Fairfax, VA) came over the top enough to cover Jeremy.  The third player got out of the way.

Jeremy was pot committed and tossed in the rest of his chips.  He rolled over 76 for trip 7s.  Hiep held pocket 9s for the full house.  He chipped up to ~250k.

The Big Dog was kicked to the curb.

Tyng Low took out a short-stack that was all-in with Q9.  Tyng called with 64.  The board came A 8 5 4 K and Tyng paired his 4 on the turn to take the pot.  Another player reported to the rail.

Event 16: Double for Yamron

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH     

On a flop of K J 6, Bruce Yamron (Naples, FL) was all in against the player in seat 2.  Bruce had pocket Kings and had flopped top set against pocket 6s and bottom set.

Only the case 6 would prevent Bruce from doubling.  It did not materialize and Bruce picked up the Double.

He's now over 120k.

Event 17: Angry Chips

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Shuvall's Poker Face

Adam Shuvall (New York, NY) says no major hands, but "possibly one bluff" that's helped him to the top of the chip counts with 200k. He also has 5 knockouts worth $100, meaning he's nearly free rolling the rest of the day as most of his entry-fee ($550) is covered.

Other big stacks:


Aharon Atwood (Lakewood, NJ) 120k
Robert Melo (Queens, NY) 110k

Melo is sporting a cast and says, "you want the real story or the good one? I was in a bar fight," he jokes. "Actually I was flying a kite with my kids and fell backwards. It's just a hairline fracture."

Event 16: Juergens: "I Did It!"

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH     

On the river with a board of A Q 9 2 7 (three clubs) Eugene Juergens bet, his opponent raised, and Eugene moved all-in.

He got the call and Eugene showed A3 suited (hearts) for a pair of Aces.  His opponent mucked.  Eugene started jumping around the room "I did it! I did it! I did it!"

Eugene's now up to ~230k.

After that hand, Eugene's table (table ten) broke.  Nine tables remain.

Event 16: Leventhal Chips Up

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH    

On a flop of J 4 2 with two clubs, Barry Leventhal (Brooklyn, NY) moved all-in.

 Eugene Juergens in the tank while Barry Leventhal waits

Eugene Juergens (Brighton, MI) tanked for quite a while.  Eventually, the clock was called.  Eugene seemed in physical pain over his decision.

He finally decided to fold and open-mucked his pocket 5s.  Barry collected the pot, chipping up to over 170k.  Eugene was left with ~120k.

Event 16: Low Beats the DL

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH    

On the river with a board of K 6 4 6 3, Tyng Low fired a bet.  His opponent, D.L. tanked for a bit, then made the call.

 Tyng Low

Tyng showed AK suited for Aces-up.  D.L. mucked.  Tyng chipped up to ~220k.

One table over, Austen Johnson called all-in with a flush-draw on the flop.  His opponent had Ace-high (A4 offsuit that he misread as pocket Aces) and was leading, but Austen caught his flush on the turn to double up.

Both ladies who returned for day two, Nancy Martin and Taemee Feuer, have busted out.

Event 17: Pinky's in the Black

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

A short-stacked player was all-in pre-flop against Angel 'Pinky' Modica.  Pinky's pocket Aces had his opponent's pocket Queens in bad shape.

The board ran out Ten-high and Pinky pulled another pot and added another black chip to his pocket.  That four so far today for Pinky -- $400 already in the pocket, regardless of what else happens in the tournament.

Event 16: Aces, Kings, and Queens: Oh My!

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

Huge pot on table one.

Frank Lomanno (Medina, OH) was all-in with pocket Queens, an unknown player was all-in with pocket Kings, and Paul Freedman (Seabrook, NH) woke up with pocket Aces.

 Paul Freedman

He had both players covered, so when the board ran out 5 4 3 9 T, Frank and the other player were busted.

Paul is now sitting behind over 400k and and on top of the leaderboard.

Event 17: Insurance Policy

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

The flop is 4♠ A♣ J♣, three players are all in and Anthony Millwater (Lindenhurst, NY) is in third place.

Millwater: 7♣ 9♣ (flush draw)
Player 1: A♠ J♠ (top two pairs)
Player 2: 4 4 (set of 4s)

Turn: 10♣ (Millwater flush)
River: 8♣

The river gives Millwater the jack high straight flush and insures the hand as he still could've been beaten by quad 4s or full house.

"With my luck I was just happy it hit," says Millwater who triples up to 27k.

Event 16: The Big Dog Ships the Double to Altman

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

Jeremy 'The Big Dog' Brown (Medford, NJ) was up against Brian Altman.  They got to the turn with a board of K 3 2 5 (spade draw on the flop).

 The Big Dog and Brian Altman

All the chips went in and Brian showed K5 for two pair and the lead.  Jeremy had K7 suited in spades and had flopped top pair with the flush draw.

The river was all Brian, however, as another 5 fell, giving him the full house.

Brian doubled up to ~275k and may have reclaimed the chip lead.  Jeremy was left with a little over 50k.

Event 16: Set of Ducks

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Chris Marrone (Marlton, NJ) has taken some flak for his bad laydown two days ago.  He had flopped a set of deuces and folded, thinking he was up against a bigger set, when in actuality, he had the best hand.

Chris Marrone

Today, Chris has been vindicated.  This time he flopped a set of deuces and was again up against top pair.  This time Chris got his chips in and got paid off.  He doubled up to about 50k, well ahead of the 16,900 he started with today.

Play has just resumed following the second break of the day.

Level 13 blinds are 800/1,600 and 200 antes.

Looks like Ken Harding (Massapequa, NY) is the chip leader with ~310k.

96 players remain.  Average stack is almost 101k.

Event 16: Tauman Doubles thru Zotti

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

On a flop of A 7 6 -- all hearts -- Michael Tauman (Metuchen, NJ) got all his chips in the middle against Mark Zotti (Lake Hiawatha, NJ).

Michael had pocket 6s for bottom set.  Mark was ahead with KJ of hearts for the nut flush. 

Then another Ace hit the turn, giving Michael a full house and guaranteeing his double-up.

To add salt to the wound, the case 6 landed on the river, giving Michael quadzilla for the overkill.

Event 17: Stay Thirsty My Friend

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Set of 3s & Drinks for Rosenblatt
After the flop, Leanne Rosenblatt (Brigantine, NJ) is facing a 20k bet that puts her all in. After some table talk she figures her set of 3s is against "pocket aces with the ace of hearts," as three hearts are on board.

Rosenblatt tank-calls and sure enough it's exactly what she thought, and after dodging the turn and river she doubles-ups. "I didn't even want to call," she says while taking her stack to 42k, "I knew it was going to be a sweat."

The hand cripples her opponent who's down to 6k.

Re-entry is now closed and level 7 (300/600/75 ante) is underway.

Event 16: No More Defending Champ

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

Defending Champion Billy O'Neil (Berwyn Heights, MD) has busted out. 

Billy O'Neil with his 2010 Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship Trophy

He started the day below average in chips and got the last of them in with pocket 7s.

He was racing against Andrew Klein's AJ.

Andrew caught a Jack on the board and that was that for Billy.  He landed on the wrong side of the rail.

Event 16: Three Erics in a Row

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  


Strange Coincidence

 Erics Siegel, Wasserson, & Panayiotou


Table three has three players in a row named Eric:

Eric Siegel
Eric Wasserson
Eracles Panayiotou (who goes by Eric)

Event 17: Feel the Beats

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

19 tables are in action now as more player are busting out and re-entering.

Allan Lubin (Watchung, NJ) is still feeling the effects of his quad Kings being beat by a Royal Flush at the final table of the $400 Six Max (he finished 6th for $3,030).

 Allan Lubin

He's still running poorly, but hoping to turn things around.

This time had Aces full and was beat by quad 7s.

Today he was able to re-enter and get a fresh start.

They're currently in level 6 with blinds of 200/400 and 50 antes.

Event 16: How the Mighty Have Fallen

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Start of day two chip leader Brian Altman doubled up Morgan Litwin (Brookfield, CT) on the first hand of the day.

Thomas Ieronimo (seated) and Brian Altman

They got all-in on the flop when Morgan had top pair and Brian had an open-ender with one overcard.  Brian missed all his outs and shipped the double across the felt.  He's still got about 170k and

Now Brian is trying to stay out of trouble by chatting with Thomas Ieronimo on the next table over.

Event 16: Ieronimo Takes Out Geier

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Thomas Ieronimo (Watertown, CT) just had Ted Geier's number today.

First, Ted (Sunnyside, NY) was all-in with pocket Aces against Thomas' pocket 8s.  Thomas flopped an 8 to crack those Aces and double up.

Then the same two players tangled again.  Ted raised from the cutoff and Thomas three-bet from the small blind.  Ted called and Thomas moved all-in in the dark.  On the flop of J 8 5, Ted called all-in.

Thomas had KQ for two overs.  Ted was ahead with AJ for top/top.  Then a King came on the turn.  Ted couldn't find any of his outs on the river and he was busted.

Thomas is now up to over 60k.

Event 16: Roller-coaster Ride

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Daniel Voccia (Westhampton Beach, NY) has been on a roller-coaster ride today.

 Daniel Voccia

First he had pocket Queens and lost to pocket Jacks.

Then he had pocket Queens again, and they held up.

Then he had pocket Tens, flopped a set, and got his opponent for lay down to his all-in on the Q J T flop.j

He's back to the 105k that he had when he started today.

Event 17: More Faces

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

More recognizable faces have turned up in the field:

Dan Spirer
Jeff Fell
Paul Fayngersh
Matt Deluca
Leanne Rosenblatt

Cards are in the air on table 18 and as with all re-entry tournaments, the ten seat is reserved for the initial re-entering players.  Some of those seats are already occupied.

Players have just returned from their first break of the day.

Blinds are up to 100/200 for level 4.

Event 16: Payouts

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Here's a reminder what they're playing for:

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: Day Two Underway

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Butts in the seats (most of them, anyway) and cards in the air.

Blinds 500/1,000 with 100 antes for level 11.  Levels are 75 minutes long now.

143 players out of the 323 entries made it to day two.  Play will continue today until only 27 remain.

The final 36 will get paid.  There's still a long way to go to reach the money.

Event 17: Before & After

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

What a difference an hour makes.

Here's the tournament area about 15 minutes before the tournament began:


And about an hour later:

Event 17: Blinds Up

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

16 Tables are in action as players are still arriving and finding their seats.

Blinds are up to 50/100 for level two.

Event 17: Bounty Hunters Abound

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

The familiar faces are out in force today, in search of those $100 Bounty chips.  Here are the ones I spotted on my first pass:

Eric Miller
Vincent Basilicata
Joe Boatwright
Angel 'Pinky' Modica
Adam Ross
Marguerite Spagnuolo
Matt Kalinowski
Chris Edwards
Pete Scaturro
Allan Lubin
Tony Sinishtaj
James Boyle
Rick Austin

Event 17: Bounty Hunting Begins

$400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Cards are in the air for the $400 + $50 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em event.

Players started with 15,000 chips and their Bounty.  When a player loses the last of his chips, he surrenders his Bounty chip to his opponent.

Those Bounties are worth $100 in cold hard cash, so the Bounty Hunters will be out in force.

This is also a Re-Entry event, so players who bust out during the first six levels may opt to rejoin the fray as many times as they would like.

Level 1 blinds are 25/50 and levels are 30 minutes long.

Late registration will be allowed through level six.

Tuesday, June 21

Today's Events (Poker Room)


Event 16 - $2500 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em
  • Day 2 Action begins at Noon 
11AM: Event 17 - $400 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 30 minutes each
  • Players may Re-Enter during first 6 Levels (unlimited Re-Entry)
  • This is a Bounty No Limit Hold'em tournament
  • 1-Day event
6PM: Event 49 - $100 + $20 + $20 Yellow Chip Bounty NLH
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 20 minutes each
  • This is a Bounty No Limit Hold'em tournament
  • 1-Day event

Leaderboard Update (6/21)

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 20 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, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48)



463.525 PTS:  STEPHEN MOY (NEW YORK, NY)
450.153 PTS:  AUSTEN JOHNSON (WOODSBORO, MD)
409.338 PTS:  WAZIR BAKSH (QUEENS VILLAGE, NY)
317.888 PTS:  JAMES BOYLE (HAVRE DE GRACE, MD)
308.725 PTS:  TOMASZ GLINIECKI (JACKSON, NJ)
306.188 PTS:  FRANK GANGEMI (LONG BEACH, NY)
292.475 PTS:  MICHAEL STEIN (N.WOODMERE, NY)
276.738 PTS:  MARK ZOTTI (LAKE HIAWATHA, NJ)
271.875 PTS:  JONATHAN CHEHANSKE (HOWELL, NJ)
264.955 PTS:  ALLAN LUBIN (WATCHUNG, NJ)
246.750 PTS:  PETER MOFFATT (PHILADELPHIA, PA)
243.763 PTS:  JOSEPH BOVINO (WESTMONT, NJ)
240.763 PTS:  JARED SOLOMON (BRIGANTINE, NJ)
237.513 PTS:  VLADIMIR PECK (GLENVIEW, IL)
231.275 PTS:  JOSEPH ANSELMO (HOWARD BEACH, NY)
218.138 PTS:  JOSEPH CRAMER (CARLISLE, PA)
217.538 PTS:  JAMES VENCILL (COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA)
215.375 PTS:  PAUL FAYNGERSH (POCONO PINES, PA)
214.000 PTS:  DANIEL STEIN (NO WOODMERE, NY)
211.450 PTS:  SCOTT WARDELL (TABERNACLE, NJ)
209.850 PTS:  ARMANDO THEN (NEW YORK, NY)


End of Day 1 Chip Leaders

Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship Event
$2,500 + $200 No Limit Hold'em
June 19 - 22, 2011

Entries:  323
Total Buy-In: $807,500

END OF DAY 1 CHIP LEADERS:

1. BRIAN ALTMAN (LONGMEADOW, MA):  257,300
2. FARID JATTIN (MIAMI, FL):  232,800
3. JONATHAN BENSTER (WALLINGFORD, PA):  223,900
4. AUSTEN JOHNSON (WOODSBORO, MD):  186,400
5. P. NADIMI:  183,500
6. DAVID LAUFER (BROOKLYN, NY):  180,800
7. JOSEPH BRAND (FAIRLAWN, NJ):  180,500
8. HIEP NGUYEN (FAIRFAX, VA):  174,400
9. KENNETH HARDING (MASSAPEQUA, NY):  165,800
10. PETER CAMPO (QUAKER HILL, CT):  148,500
11. ERIC WASSERSON (NARBERTH, PA):  144,800
12. CHARLES ASHBY (STATEN ISLAND, NY):  132,700
13. JEREMY BROWN (MEDFORD, NJ):  129,500
14. MARK HERM (CHESTERBROOK, PA):  126,600
15. CRAIG ALTSHULER (SCARSDALE, NY):  122,900
16. KWANG JAE KIM (VIENNA, VA):  122,100
17. ANTHONY SIVOLELLA (FLORHAM PARK, NJ):  121,500
18. NIKOLAOS FRANGOS (MAYS LANDING, NJ):  120,900
19. AVINASH KATARIA (KENDALL PARK, NJ):  116,300
20. MAURICE PARADIS (JEWETT CITY, CT):  115,600
21. WOOYANG LIN (MORRISTOWN, NJ):  110,500
22. PAUL FREEMAN (SEABROOK, NH):  105,700
23. DANIEL VOCCIA (WESTHMPTN BCH, NY):  105,100
24. VLADIMIR PECK (GLENVIEW, IL):  104,900
25. THOMAS EVERS (E NORTHPORT, NY):  104,200
26. JOHN BROWN (FARMINGVILLE, NY):  100,900
27. SCOTT DICLAUDIO (PHILADELPHIA, PA):  100,500
28. JOHN DELIO (GARNET VALLEY, PA):  99,200
29. BRYAN MORTON (BRIGANTINE, NJ):  95,500
30. ANTHONY FORTE (HOBOKEN, NJ):  93,300
31. JOHN BOSLEY (NORTH BABYLON, NY):  92,700
32. TYNG LOW (FLUSHING, NY):  91,600
33. MICHAEL SUKONIK (WARMINSTER, PA):  90,400
34. EUGENE JUERGENS (BRIGHTON, MI):  89,500
35. JOSEPH BOVINO (WESTMONT, NJ):  89,300
36. ANTHONY CARUSO (MEDFORD, NJ):  88,200
37. MAXWELL MCCURDY (CHARLOTTE, NC):  86,000
38. JOHN MCGUINNESS (TOMS RIVER, NJ):  85,100
39. BARRY LEVENTHAL (BROOKLYN, NY):  85,000
40. BRIAN ALI (BROOKLYN, NY):  84,400
41. MARK CARUSO (HANOVER, MA):  82,900
42. ANDREW HIPPLER (ODENTON  AA, MD):  82,600
43. JOSHUA WEIZER (MEADOWBROOK, PA):  82,600
44. ERACLES PANAYIOTOU (TOMS RIVER, NJ):  80,300
45. JAMES KARALIS (ROBBINSVILLE, NJ):  80,200
46. IAN SEARING (SMITHTOWN, NY):  79,500
47. GREG FONDACARO (SEWELL, NJ):  77,700
48. MICHAEL GLICK (BALA CYNWYD, PA):  77,500
49. DAVID RITTMEYER JR (TOWSON, MD):  77,000
50. JOHN DIBELLA (W HARRISON, NY):  76,100
51. CHARLES ROBERTS (PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL):  74,800
52. SCOTT WARDELL (TABERNACLE, NJ):  72,400
53. JOSEPH WERTZ (MONTOURSVILLE, PA):  72,400
54. MICHAEL DENTALE (BROOKLYN, NY):  70,200
55. TAEMEE FEUER (WESTBURY, NY):  70,000
56. JONATHAN HAMILTON (WARWICK, NY):  69,900
57. RUBEN COSTA (WHITESTONE, NY):  69,500
58. JAMES MULRYNE (TRENTON, NJ):  68,800
59. FRANK LOMANNO (MEDINA, OH):  68,400
60. TODD GEDDIS (ASTORIA, NY):  67,400
61. BRYAN KESSLER (CHERRY HILL, NJ):  67,400
62. ANDREY KOSTENKO (SAYREVILLE, NJ):  67,000
63. ARMANDO THEN (NEW YORK, NY):  67,000
64. CHRISTOPHER BAKSH (QUEENS VILLAGE, NY):  63,600
65. MICHAEL DEVINSKY (MIDDLETOWN, NJ):  63,400
66. ANDREW KLEIN (OCEAN, NJ):  62,900
67. JAMES KIRBY (BLAUVELT, NY):  62,300
68. MARUTI YARLAPATI (PINE BROOK, NJ):  61,500
69. KENNETH SMARON (PHILADELPHIA, PA):  61,300
70. JOSEPH BRATTOLE (PARSIPPIANY, NJ):  60,800
71. FRANK BONACCI (PITTSBURGH, PA):  60,000
72. ROCCO LUCIANO (PHILADELPHIA, PA):  59,700
73. JACK TURCHIO (HOWARD BEACH, NY):  59,300
74. JASON SAMUELS (ROSLYN HEIGHTS, NY):  59,100
75. MATTHEW LOPE (GLOUCESTER, NJ):  58,700
76. MATTHEW ROCK (OAKDALE, NY):  58,500
77. DAVID FARAH (FAIRFIELD, NJ):  57,800
78. JAMES ROSINSKY (SETAUKET, NY):  55,400
79. MICHAEL SHAMMAS (CHESAPEAKE, VA):  54,200
80. SALAH SIRAJ (NEW YORK, NY):  54,200
81. MORGAN LITWIN (BROOKFIELD, CT):  52,400
82. KENNETH LENSKOLD (PARAMUS, NJ):  52,200
83. JAMES MEO (COMMACK, NY):  51,400
84. JAMAAL FORD (SECAUCUS, NJ):  50,000
85. KONSTANTINOS KOUFALIS (BRONX, NY):  49,900
86. MASAHIRO OSHIMA (ITHACA, NY):  49,800
87. TARCISIO FERREIRA (LONG BRANCH, NJ):  48,900
88. MICKAEL MORGOUSKY (BROOKLYN, NY):  48,000
89. MIGUEL BORRERO (JERSEY CITY, NJ):  47,100
90. MICHAEL SHASHO (RAMSEY, NJ):  47,000
91. JOSEPH PITTI (E MEADOW, NY):  46,400
92. WILLIAM ONEIL (BERWYN HEIGHTS, MD):  46,200
93. CHARLES HOOK (PHILADELPHIA, PA):  46,000
94. DEAN MARCO (GLENDORA, NJ):  46,000
95. GEORGE JACKSON (ELM CITY, NC):  45,800
96. MICHAEL LAVIN (BEVERLY, NJ):  45,200
97. ATHANASIOS DIAKOS (JERSEY CITY, NJ):  44,825
98. LEONID LERNER (BROOKLYN, NY):  41,800
99. VITALY KOVYAZIN (BROOKLYN, NY):  40,900
100. WILLIAM KLEVITZ (NEW YORK, NY):  39,000
101. BRUCE YAMRON (NAPLES, FL):  38,300
102. KENNETH GOLDIN (CLEARWATER, FL):  38,100
103. RICHARD KNAUER (BROOKLYN, NY):  36,100
104. ALEXANDER SHTEYMAN (EDISON, NJ):  35,200
105. JAY ZIMMET (ENGLISHTOWN, NJ):  34,800
106. CARMEN LABRUTO (OCEAN CITY, MD):  34,700
107. MICHEL SIMONEAU (SAINT-ROMUALD, CAN):  34,500
108. LUIS URIOSTE (FLUSHING, NY):  34,300
109. DANIEL HOWE (BRIGANTINE, NJ):  34,200
110. ERIC SIEGEL (BELLMORE, NY):  34,000
111. JOHN MCEWEN (NAZARETH, PA):  31,800
112. SETH ZIMMERMAN (NEW YORK, NY):  31,800
113. JOSH SPIEGELMAN (PRINCETON, NJ):  31,500
114. DAVID BLACK (ROBBINSVILLE, NJ):  31,100
115. MARK ZOTTI (LAKE HIAWATHA, NJ):  31,000
116. CHARLES GEIER (SUNNYSIDE, NY):  30,700
117. BRANDON EVANS (NATICK, MA):  30,200
118. FRANCIS JOHNSON (KURE BEACH, NC):  29,500
119. JANUSZ ZAJACZKOWSKI (E NORWICH, NY):  29,100
120. JOHN MOORE (COLUMBIA, MD):  28,400
121. JOSEPH KEATING (BLOOMFIELD, NJ):  26,800
122. GREGORY CANDIDO (CORTLANDT MNR, NY):  26,300
123. JERRY BURGESS (LOUISBURG, NC):  25,600
124. YOSEF TARLOW (MORRISTOWN, NJ):  25,400
125. PETER IPPOLITO (E MEADOW, NY):  25,100
126. PHILIP NEIMAN (FLUSHING, NY):  25,100
127. HANS TAYLOR (MILTON, NY):  25,100
128. OMAR WILLIAMS (UPPER DARBY, PA):  24,500
129. MICHAEL TAUMAN (METUCHEN, NJ):  23,500
130. MICHAEL BUTTACAVOLI (VENTNOR, NJ):  22,500
131. NANCY MARTIN (WASHINGTON CROSSING, PA):  21,700
132. FEMING CHAN (WEST WINDSOR, NJ):  21,600
133. WAZIR BAKSH (QUEENS VILLAGE, NY):  20,900
134. DAVID PRICE (NEW YORK, NY):  20,800
135. JACOB MUSTEREL (EGG HBR TWP, NJ):  19,800
136. RICHARD DEVITO (YONKERS, NY):  17,500
137. CHRIS MARRONE (MARLTON, NJ):  16,900
138. ANTHONY NEWMAN (BROOKLYN, NY):  16,500
139. SHELDON GROSS (HILLSBORO BEACH, FL):  15,400
140. THOMAS IERONIMO (WATERTOWN, CT):  14,300
141. LAWRENCE SHARP (NORTH WHALES, PA):  13,800
142. RICHARD RUBINSTEIN (BROOKLYN, NY):  13,500
143. SAMUEL BERNSTEIN (ENGLEWOOD, NJ):  9,400