Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Event 16: 6th Place - Frangos

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Nick Frangos - 6th Place - $38,380

Nick Frangos (Mays Landing, NJ) literally flips a coin to determine whether or not he puts his tournament on the line pre-flop. The coin lands heads and Nick immediately says, "I'm all in".

The start of the hand had Nick 3-betting for 250,000. Farid Jattin 4-bets making it 495,000 total.

Nick goes in the tank counting his remaining chips and most likely deciding if he's going to fold or go all in.

This is when he flips the coin. It came up heads but Nick was behind.

Nick tables 8-8 against Farid's J-J. Nick says, "You got me".

Board ran: K-6-A-Q-9

"Good game bro" said Farid.

Nick Frangos has been playing professional poker for 15 years. He finished 2nd in a stud WSOP event and is a face and name most people know here at Borgata and all over the poker community.

He loves sports and lists his greatest accomplishment as having his daughter and meeting his fiance.

For his 6th place finish, Nick adds $38,380 to his career poker lifetime earnings.

Event 16: 7th Place - Siraj

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Salah Siraj - 7th Place - $30,939

Salah Siraj is out in 7th place after getting it in with the best of it.

Salah had A-Q vs. Tyng Low's A-J of clubs.

All the chips were in the middle pre-flop and Salah was covered by Tyng.

Club heavy flop for Tyng as he enjoys: 3 9 4.

He screams for a club on the turn but gets an A of hearts.

Salah has to sweat a club on the river or a Jack.

River card King of Club spikes and ends the tournament for Salah.

The 45 year old from New York City is an IT Consultant when he's not playing poker.

He is the proud Papa of four children.

You might remember Salah as he made the final table at 2011 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship Event.

Today he'll add $30,939 to his lifetime winning totals.

Did I mention all three bust-outs came in back to back to back hands?

After an hour of almost nothing, the chips were flying in the last few minutes.

Event 16: 8th Place - Sivolella

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Anthony Sivolella - 8th Place - $23,107

Anthony Sivolella goes out in 8th place just one hand after Freedman busts in 9th.

Anthony gets his short stack in with 6-6 and Austen Johnson calls holding 9-9.

Board runs J-Q-8-A-9

Guess the river 9 landed just to rub it in a little for Sivolella.

The 35 year old from East Hanover, NJ won a $300 satellite on Sunday and turned it into $23,107 for his eighth place finish.

He loves his family, his son Rocco, his sister Edie, his girlfriend, and watching his nephew playing all sorts of sports - he's amazing.

A Work Of Art

Event 16: 9th Place - Freedman

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Paul Freedman - 9th Place - $15,666

Paul Freedman (Hampton, NH) ships his last 400,000 in pre-flop and chip leader Farid Jattin calls.

Freedman tables A-Q and sees the bad news in Farid's AA.

Board runs 7-5-7-6-9

Paul takes home $15,666 for his 9th place finish.

Paul is a business owner and it's only his second time ever playing at Borgata.

The avid golfer likes spending time with his friends and family and having a good time.

He told me he had a ton of fun today as he exited.

Event 16: Chip Counts During Break

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Break It Up - Take Fifteen

Players......Chip Counts

1. Farid Jattin 3,400,000
2. Brian Altman 790,000
3. Austen Johnston 1,900,000
4. Andrew Klein 466,000
5. Paul Freedman 475,000
6. Tyng Low 1,500,000
7. Salah Sirah 203,000
8. Nick Frangos 600,000
9. Anthony Sivolella 182,000

Event 16: Color Coded

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

100k chips have been introduced as players are periodically trading in their orange 1k chips for the rare white chips.

Blinds 10k/20k/2k

Farid Jattin (Cutoff) raises to 40k
Brian Altman (Button) calls
Austen Johnson (SB) calls
Andrew Klein (BB) calls

Flop: A K♣ 4♣ (checks around)
Turn: 8♣

Checks to Altman who bets 75k, Johnson calls, Klein & Jattin fold

River: 7♣

Johnson checks, Altman bets 130k, Johnson calls

Johnson: K♠ J
Altman: K 10

Neither player holds a club, both hit the king, Johnson's jack kicker takes the hand.

Altman drops to 900k
Johnson now has 2.0 million

Event 18: Bubble Breaks

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Taylor Shpur Knocks Out The Bubble

Taylor Shpur (Witherbee, NY) held 5-5 and battled pre-flop all in with his Opponent who had A-Q and 70,000 chips remaining.

Pocket fives hold up on a clean board and Taylor knocks out the tournament bubble.
Taylor now has 526,000 and is being moved to another table as his closes down.

72 players remain and everyone is in the cash. Congratulations!

Blinds: 6000 / 12,000 with 2,000 antes.

Average chip stack is 252,397

We'll be covering this Event until it's conclusion in the wee hours of the morning.

Event 16: 10th Place - Mike Dentale

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Mike Dentale - 10th Place - $10,183

Last level Mike "Unbelievable" Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) had AA and Paul Freedman folded A-K pre-flop to him after Mike limped, then shoved.

Fast forward to a few minutes ago. This time Dentale has A-K and runs into A-A of Austen Johnston.

Austen leads out in the cut-off for 46,000 into the 10,000 / 20,000 blinds. Dentale in the big blind pops it to 200,000. Austen re-raises to 385,000. Dentale ships his 800,000 plus stack and Austen calls.

Dentale's A♣ K vs. Johnson's A A.

Both players stand up with a crowd watching around the table.

Board runs out: A-J-2-9-6

Dentale has been playing professionally, especially at Borgata for 3 years. He's a proud father of two children and is married - which he told us is his greatest accomplishment in life.

Mikey used to be a trader on Wall Street but currently, when he's not playing poker, runs a window company which he owns.

Mike is a fan favorite at Borgata with many people cheering from the rail.

He picked up quad threes right before the bubble broke last night and continued to build his stack today.

Dentale takes home $10,183 for his 10th place finish.

Event 16: Blinds Up

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Blinds are up to 10k/20k/2k ante as levels continue to be 75 minutes long.

Event 16: Crazy Eights for Siraj

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

First action since returning from break.

Blinds 8k/16k/2k

Austen Johnson (UTG +2) raise to 41k
Andrew Klein (UTG +3) call
Salah Siraj (Cut Off) all in for 159k
Anthony Sivolella (SB) all in for 303k
Johnson folds
Klein calls

Klein: 7 7
Siraj: A♣ 8♣
Sivolella 10♠ 10

Flop: 8♠ K 3 (Siraj gets help, Sivolella leads with pair of 10s)
Turn: 3♣ (no change)
River: 8(Siraj full house)

Siraj hits the full house and more than triples up to 562k
Sivolella wins the side pot and loses 15k in the exchange
Klein drops to 900k

Anthony says, "tell my brother Jim I almost had a million."
Johnson is slightly confused, saying "I could've sworn I folded pocket eights."

If that's the case then we've a deck with five 8s?!?!?

Event 18: King Rolnick

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Mitch Rolnick - King For A Day

Borgata Dealers deal out cards. Mitch Rolnick (Long Island, NY) deals out cars. He owns car dealerships so knows a bit about selling and overselling his hands.

Rolnick had pocket kings eight times today. That's Cowboys eight times since 11:00AM while sitting at the same table.

Two other players vouched for Mitch that he indeed has kings that many times.

But the real story is that they held up all eight times.

Average stacks are 177,163 which puts Mitch below average with around 100,000.

Level 17 continues: blinds 3000 / 6000 with 500 antes.

Event 16: Final Table

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Clockwise from left (8 seat):
Siraj, Frangos, Sivolella, dealer Adriell, Jattin & Altman

The remaining 10 players are back from dinner break and the cards are in the air. Chip leader Farid Jattin missed the first hand, but is now settled in for what should be a long and exciting final table.

Clockwise from left (3 seat):
Johnson, Klein, Freedman, Dentale & Low

Event 18: Pistone Plows Over Two

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Angelo Pistone (Hicksville, NY) had the best had going in and had the best hand going out.

Three all-in's at the table. A-Q vs. K-Q vs. Pistone's A-K.

The board ran: 9-9-6-6-A

Everyone had to look at it a few times before realizing, no chop, and the King kicker played.

Angelo is up to 250,000 after that sweet hand as he had both players covered.

Pistone says hi to his Mom following our blog at home.

Her name is Barbara.

Event 18: Big Liberta

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Unofficial Chip Leader - 500,000

Joe Liberta is sitting at Table 17, Seat 4 and by the looks of it is the "unofficial" chip leader with 500,000.

He's got an impressive tower going and is way above the average stack.

Event 16: Payout Reminder

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Here's a reminder of what's at stake for the final ten:

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 $10,183

Event 16: Dinner Time Chip Counts

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

Here's the final table lineup with approximate chip counts:

Seat - Player  - Chips
1 - Farid Jattin - 2.38 million
2 - Brian Altman - 1.33 million
3 - Austen Johnson - 1.3 million
4 - Andrew Klein - 1.27 million
5 - Paul Freedman - 580k
6 - Mike Dentale - 650k
7 - Tyng Low - 1 million
8 - Salah Siraj - 140k
9 - Nick Frangos - 775k
10 - Anthony Sivolella - 327k

Event 18: Dinner Break

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Players are on dinner break with 157 players (out of 737)remaining.

When play resumes at 7:40 pm blinds will be 3k/6k/500 ante and the average stack is 117k.

Event 16: 11th Place - Benster

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH    

On a flop of Q J 5 with two clubs, Andrew Klein (button) bet 100k.  Jonathan Benster (Wallingford, PA) tanked, then moved all-in. 

Andrew called, showing A5 of clubs for bottom pair with nut flush draw.  Jonathan held Q8 of hearts for top pair and the lead.

Then the 7 of clubs fell on the turn.  Andrew had the nuts and Jonathan was drawing dead.

Jonathan finished in 11th place ($10,183).

The final ten drew for seats and moved to the final table.

Then they were sent on dinner break until 8pm.

Event 16: 12th Place - Tauman

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Michael Tauman (Metuchen, NJ)

Tauman is all-in for 170k with 7 8♣ vs Tyng Low's 3♠ 3.

Flop: J 2 3 (Low set of 3s, Tauman flush draw)
Turn: 4
River 6♣

Tauman can't connect for his flush or higher set and is on the rail, while Low takes his stack to 900k.

Event 18: Payouts

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Entries: 737
Total Buy-In: $125,290

Place - Amount

1 $28,206
2 $16,407
3 $10,026
4 $8,264
5 $6,684
6 $5,469
7 $4,375
8 $3,342
9 $2,309
10-12 $1,519
13-15 $1,094
16-18 $753
19-27 $644
28-36 $571
37-45 $510
46-54 $450
55-63 $401
64-72 $352

Event 16: 13th Place - Nguyen

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

Hiep Nguyen got his chips in the middle with pocket Queens, only to run into the pocket Aces of Andrew Klein.

 Hiep Nguyen

The board came K 5 5 T 9 and Andrew took the pot.

Hiep Nguyen (Fairfax, VA) finished in 13th place ($7,833).

The next three players to bust out will earn $10,183.

Event 16: Break Time Chip Counts

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

Play resumed after the break with blinds of 8k/16k and 2k antes.

Here are some rough chips counts as of the break:

Farid Jattin - 2.2 million
Brian Altman - 1.3 million
Austen Johnson  - 1.2 million
Tyng Low - 750k
Andrew Klein - 715k
Mike Dentale - 685k
Paul Freedman - 655k
Anthony Sivolella - 510k
Nick Frangos - 424k
Jonathan Benster - 390k
Hiep Nguyen - 235k
Salah Siraj - 185k
Michael Tauman - 165k

Event 16: Double Ups

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

The action has been fast and furious the last two level, here are some of the notable double ups.

Paul Freeman, doubles 351k through Brian Altman, KK vs KQ suited
Nguyen Hiep doubles 102k through Andrew Klein, KK vs AQ
Anthony Sivolella doubles 260k through Farid Jattin, with AA vs AQ

Sivolella began the day has the 25k short stack and is now a 500k

Mike Dentale sends a shout out to his wife Juliette and his kids Nicolette and Adriana

Event 16: Freedman Doubles thru Benster

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

After a raise from Jonathan Benster, Paul Freedman was all-in for 323k from the big blind.  Jonathan called, showing pocket Queens.  Paul was way behind with pocket 9s.

The board ran out 6 6 3 T 9 and Paul rivered the two-outer to survive and double-up.  He's now up to over 650k.

Jonathan was left with ~390k.

End of level and time for a break.

Event 16: Altman Takes Pot From Low

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

Tyng Low (utg) opened for 32k, then Brian Altman (button) raised to 81k.  Tyng gave it some thought, then called.

Flop was 9♠ 7♠ 5♣ and Tyng checked.  Brian bet 125k and after more thought, Tyng called.  Turn was the J♠ and both players checked.  River was the A♠ and again both checked.

"Do you have a flush?"  Brian asked.  Tyng replied no and Brian rolled over his hand: J5♠.  Tyng mucked and Brian took the pot with his flush.

Yes, readers, Brian Altman three-bet pre-flop with J5 offsuit.  I don't make this stuff up, folks.

Event 16: 14th Place - Rittmeyer

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

David Rittmeyer opened for a raise and action folded around to Mike Dentale in the big blind, who came over the top all-in.

 David Rittmeyer, Jr.

David called all-in, showing pocket Tens.  Mike held pocket Kings.  The board came 9 5 3 Q 3 and Mike took the pot.

David Rittmeyer, Jr. (Townson, MD) finished in 14th place ($7,833).

Event 18: Making his Mark

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Tryon his Best

Mark Tryon (Souderton, PA) busts another player, this time with the 10 7 on a board of 8 9 7♣. His pair of 7s takes the last 15k from his opponent holding pocket 4♣ 4.

Almost apologetically he explains to the table that, "I play cards most people don't, because I can't win with the one's that usually do."  As he takes his stack to 180k, he continues, "I know it sounds strange, but it's true."

So far so good for Tryon as Level 12 (1k/2k/300 ante) is in the books and players are on a break

Event 16: 15th Place - Simoneau

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Michel Simoneau (Saint-Romuald, Quebec, Canada)

Simoneau moves all in for 89k with Q♣ Q and is called by Salah Siraj A K♠.

The flop brings an ace and the pair of aces ends Simoneau's day.

Event 18: Englebert Evicted

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Glenn Englebert (Sicklerville, NJ) won the HOSE event just 11 days ago ($9,625).

 Glenn Englebert

Glenn finished 3rd in the 7-Card Stud event just 6 days ago ($1,091).

He won the Limit Hold'em event during the Winter Open in January ($6,925).

He has numerous other cashes and final table finishes on his poker resume.

He will not, however, be adding to that resume today.

His run was cut short when he ran AK into pocket Aces, twice.  "The first time I didn't lose that much" he said.  The second time cost him all his chips.

Event 16: 16th Place - Fondacaro

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Greg Fondacaro (Sewell, NJ)

Fonacaro is all for 103k with K K♣ and Tyng Low A 7 makes the call. An ace in the window and Low's pair of aces knocks out Fondacaro.

Event 16: Rittmeyer vs Siraj

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

David Rittmeyer and Salah Siraj battle in back to back hands. Siraj was down to 65k
and all in with 8♣ 8 vs Klein's A K.

The flop brought two hearts, but Siraj faded the hearts and the overs to double-up.

Next hand Siray with 211k total, moves all in with pocket kings against the pocket queens of Rittmeyer. The kings hold and Siray barely has Rittmeyer covered to take his stack to more than 500k, while Rittmeyer is down to 34k.

Rittmeyer stays on life support with a triple-up one hand later.

Event 16: 17th Place - Caruso

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

On a flop of J J 5, Anthony Caruso (bb) checked over to Salah Siraj, who bet 30k.  Anthony called.

Turn was an 8.  Anthony checked and after some thought, Salah checked behind.

River was a 7.  Anthony led out for 55k.  Salah folded in frustration.  He's down to ~120k.

Salah moved in on the next hand, but got no action.

 Anthony Caruso

Anthony was then all-in with pocket 9s.  Monster-stack Farid Jattin called with AQ.  The board came A J 5 K 3 and Farid took the pot with a pair of Aces.

Anthony Caruso (Medford, NJ) took 17th place and $6,658.

Event 18: Keep Moving

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Merritt on the Move
With more than 700 players spread out on 60+ tables to start, you can't help but find tournament tables tucked in every corner of the room. The high limit area still has a handful of tables, while cash games and deep stack tables are side-by-side.

As another table breaks, we find Greg Merritt (Frenchtown, NJ) with nearly two full sleeves of gray chips (5k), he says he's at 230k thanks to hitting three sets.

Level 11 (800/1,600/200 ante) is underway with 330 players (of 737) remaining.

Event 16: Jattin Still Leads

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

After the break, play resumed with blinds of 5k/10k with 1k antes.

Farid Jattin is way out in front of the field with ~2.1 million.

Brian Altman is a distant second with ~1.3 million.

Event 16: 18th Place - Rosinsky

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

James Rosinsky (Setauket, NY) was all-in with pocket 5s against the pocket Kings of Anthony Sivolella.  The board came 7 6 6 T A and Anthony took the pot.

James took $6,658 for his 18th place finish.

After the level was completed, players took off for a 15 minute break while the purple 500 chips were colored up and removed from play.

17 players remain.  Average stack is 570k.

Event 16: New Seating

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH


1-1 Jonathan Benster
1-2 Michael Tauman
1-3 Brian Altman
1-4 Andrew Klein
1-5 Paul Freedman
1-6 Tyng Low
1-7 David Rittmeyer, Jr
1-8 Greg Fondacaro
1-9 Hiep Nguyen

2-1 Mike Dentale
2-2 Michel Simoneau
2-3 Austen Johnson
2-4 Anthony Caruso
2-5 Farid Jattin
2-6 James Rosinsky
2-7 Nick Frangos
2-8 Salah Siraj
2-9 Anthony Sivolella

Event 16: 2 Tables

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

The last two eliminations means, Avinash Kataria (Kendall Park, NJ) in 20th and Eric Panayiotou (Toms River, NJ) in 19th place means we're down to the final two tables.

Panayiotou was all in after a flop of 9♣ 2 8♣ with pocket jacks against Tyng Low's 6♣ 7♣ for an open ended straight flush draw.

Turn: 2
River: K♣

The river brings a flush for Low and a redraw for the final 18 players, as Kataria and Panayiotou both take home $5,875.

Blinds continue at 4k/8k/500 ante.

Event 16: 23rd - Rock; 22nd - Nadimi; 21st - Devinsky

$2500 + $200 Championship NL   
On a flop of 4 2 2, Nick Frangos and Matthew Rock (Oakdale, NY) got all the chips in the middle. 

Nick held pocket 5s.  Matthew held 63 suited.  The turn was a 6 and Matthew took the lead with a pair of 6s, but then the 3 on the river gave him two pair -- and gave Nick a straight.

The stacks were close, but Nick had him covered.  Matthew was dispatched in 23rd place.

Nadimi busted out in 22nd place.

Mike Devinsky (Middletown, NJ) shoved his 16 big blind stack with 54 suited and got looked up by Salah Siraj, who held KJ.  The flop came 7 5 4 giving Mike the lead with two pair.  King on the turn gave Salah one pair, then a 7 on the river paired the board, counterfeiting Mike and giving Salah a better two-pair and the pot.

Mike Devinsky finished in 21st place.

All three players will collect $5,875.

Event 16: 24th Place - Yamron

$2500 + $200 Championship NL    

Bruce Yamron (Naples, FL) was all-in with QJ against the AJ of Nadimi.  The board ran K 9 5 9 2 and Nadimi doubled up with Ace-high.

Bruce was the big blind on the next hand.  After posting the ante and blind, he had 3k left.

Nadimi raised to 20k, Austen Johnson called from the small blind, and Bruce tossed in his last chips.

They checked the flop of K 9 4.  Then an Ace came on the turn.  Austen checked, Nadimi bet, and Austen folded.  Bruce held A2 (pair of Aces) and was ahead of Nadimi's QT (Queen-high).  River was a 9 and Bruce more than tripled up.

Bruce was then all-in holding AQ suited against Mike Dentale's J9 suited.  The board came K J J 9 8 and Mike took the pot with Jacks-full.  Bruce took 24th place and $5,875.

Event 16: 25th Place - Brand

$2500 + $200 Championship NL   

Joseph Brand (Fairlawn, NJ) got all-in with pocket Queens against the AQ of Andrew Klein.

The board came A T 9 2 5 and Andrew took the pot with a pair of Aces.

Joseph will take home $5,875 for his 25th place finish.

On the river with a board of A Q T Q 7, Farid Jattin (sb) bet 137,500.   Nadimi called him down, showing KQ for trip Queens.  Farid showed KT for the Broadway straight to take the pot, adding more chips to Mount Jattin.

Avinash Kataria (Kendall Park, NJ) moved in for 59,500 and got the call from Anthony Caruso (Medford, NJ) who held pocket 7s.  Avinash was racing with KT.  The board came A A 5 K 9 and Avinash doubled up.

Event 16: Left - Lavin & Laufer

$2500 + $200 Championship NL  

Just after moving to table three, Michael Lavin (Beverly, NJ) busted out in 27th place.

"D.L." moved in for 69,500, got a call from Brian Altman, then saw Andrew Klein moved in over the top.  Brian opted out and DL showed A3 off.  He was dominated by Andrew's AK.

The flop brought some hope for a chop when it fell 2 2 2, but the last two came 7 9 and DL (Brooklyn, NY) busted in 26th place.

Both these players will collect $5,875 for their three-days-work.

Event 16: 28th Place - Costa

$2500 + $200 Championship NL 

Play resumed after the break with blinds of 4k/8k and 500 antes.

On a flop of K 3 2, Ruben Costa (bb) checked.  Jonathan Benster (button) bet 55,500.  After some thought, Ruben called.

Turn was a Queen.  Again Ruben checked.  Jonathan bet 1115k.  Ruben tanked, then moved all-in.  Jonathan called.  Ruben showed pocket Tens.  Jonathan had him crushed with KQ for top two pair.

Only a Ten on the river would save Ruben.  Alas, it was a 2.

Ruben Costa (Whitestone, NY) finished in 28th place, earning $4,700.

The next nine players to depart will earn $5,875.

Table four was broken and those players dispersed to the remaining three.  27 players remain.

Event 16: Busting - Harding & Searing

$2500 + $200 Championship NL

Kenneth Harding (Massapequa, NY)  busted out in 30th place ($4,700).  He was on table 4.

On the river with a board of J 9♠ 5♠ 3♠ 8♣, Jonathan Benster (Wallingford, PA) was all-in for 193k more.  The pot was already bloated and D.L. (Brooklyn, NY) was in the tank. 

 Jonathan Benster stone-still as his opponent considers his all-in

After a few minutes, he opted to call.  Jonathan showed K♠ J♠ for the second nuts.  DL mucked.  He was left short while Jonathan was stacking a monster pot.

Ian Searing (Smithtown, NY) busted out in 29th place ($4,700).  He was on table 3, the table of death.

Austen Johnson has now been moved to table three to balance.

28 players remain at four tables.

Level is over and players are getting a ten minute break from the carnage.

Event 18: No More Entries?

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)  

The break following level 6 is over and play has resumed with level 7, blinds 300/600 and 75 antes.

The registration and re-entry period is over, and the line of about a dozen players at the window waiting to re-enter has disappeared.

Those will be the last players to get back into this event and now they can set about the task of breaking down tables as players bust out.

Event 16: 30 Players Remain

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Wooyang Lin and George Jackson were moved to table three to balance.

George Jackson busted out.  For his 33rd place finish, he will pick up $4,700.

Wooyang Lin busted out.  He will also collect $4,700 for 32nd place.

Mike Dentale has been moved to table three, the table from whence all players have busted.  

He wants to adopt Farid Jattin, who continues to build a monster stack.

 Mike Dentale behind Farid Jattin's Tower of Chips

Greg Candido moved in from the middle and Nick Frangos made the call.  Greg had 87 offsuit and Nick had him in bad shape with pocket Tens.

Greg caught a 7 on the flop, but the board brought no more help for him.  He was eliminated in 31st place and was the first player to bust on a table other than table three.

30 players remain at four tables.

Event 16: Klevitz & Brown Crushed by Jattin

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

On a flop of J 4 2 with two clubs, Farid Jattin (sb) fired 50,500.  William Klevitz (bb) called, then John Brown shoved all-in.  Farid came over the top enough to cover both and William called all-in.

The hands were tabled
Farid:       86 of clubs for flush draw
William:   22 for bottom set and current leader
John:        QJ of spades for top pair.

Turn:    offsuit 7
River:   Ace of clubs

The river completed Farid's flush and sent the other two players packing.

John Brown - 35th place
William Levitz - 34th place

Both will pick up $4,700 for their efforts

Event 16: 36th Place - Marco

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Dean Marco moved in and got the insta-call all-in from Nadimi, who had pocket Aces.  Dean had pocket 6s.  The board came Q 7 2 4 5 and Nadimi doubled up.

On the river with a board of K Q T 5 9 (no flush possible) Brian Altman checked to Joseph Brand, who fired 55k.  Brian tanked for a bit, then made the call.

Joseph didn't want to show his hand, but Brian forced the issue.  Joseph held 75 suited (flopped/missed flush draw with pair of 5s).  Brian held AT suited for a pair of Tens to take the pot.

Dean Marco, who was left short-stacked after shipping the double to Nadimi, busted out in 36th place ($4,700).

Event 16: Early Action, No Bust-Outs

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Lots of action early, but we've yet to see one bust-out.

Mike Devinsky won the first pot (and wanted everyone to know).

Short-stack Eric Panayiotou turned a straight and got all-in.  Big stack Paul Freedman paid him off.

Anthony Sivolella got all-in with pocket Jacks against Mike Devinsky's AK.  Anthony won the race and more than doubled up.

Short-stack Andrew Klein got all-in with KJ and doubled through big stack Brian Altman.

Event 16: Play Has Resumed

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Due to the extended hand-for-hand play on the bubble last night, 36 players bagged their chips and returned today to continue play. 

All are guaranteed to pick up at least $4,700.

Blinds are 3k/6k with 500 antes.  Cards are in the air.

Extra time has been added to the first level today to account for the time lost during hand-for-hand play last night.

Event 18: More Tables?

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)  

Tables 60 and higher are being assigned to new players -- these are alternates that will line up at the tournament podium to await empty seats.

In early action, William Perry (Morristown, NJ) and another player were all-in on a flop of A 8 7.  Seat three held A7 for two pair and a big lead.  William held K8 for middle pair.  Then another 8 hit the river and William claimed the pot.

His opponent picked up a re-entry ticket from the dealer and headed back to the window.

Demetrios Georgous is playing today and he predicts that he will win.  You heard it here first.

End of level three and time for a break.  Take ten minutes to stretch those legs.

Event 18: Frequent Fliers

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)  

Blinds up to 75/150 for level three.

There are many more unfamiliar faces in the room today, but I still managed to pick out these frequent fliers:

John Zoldak
Eric Miller
James 'Suits' Salters
Aldo Antonacci
Michael Buttacavoli
Ted Geier
Gregg Miller
Mark Zotti
Gina 'Ginevil' Cannone
Howard Wolper
Kelly Armentrout
Frank Lomanno
Torpekay Habashzada
Bob Santilli
Abe Korotki
Lisa Pickell
Jay Johnson
Glenn Englebert

Event 18: Blinds Up

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Level two blinds are 50/100.

Still plenty of stack for late arrivals.  That 25k starting stack represents 250 big blinds.  With a cost per round of 150, the 'M' (# of orbits before blinding off) is over 166.

Still a long line at registration, but no worries.  They'll get everyone in.

Event 18: Go!

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Cards are in the air precisely at 11:00am.

Players are rushing from the registration window to find their seats.

Tables 1 - 21 stretch across the back of the room from the tournament podium to the far wall.

Tables 22 - 32 are in the corner in front of the bathrooms.

Tables 33 - 39 are in the high limit room, left of the podium.

Tables 40 - 45 are in the high limit room, right of the podium.

Tables 46 - 50 are in the second section as you enter the Poker Room.

Tables 51 - 55 are in the front section as you enter the Poker Room.

Tables 56 - 60 are in the far back of the room (tournament area).

And that's all the tables there are, so if these all fill up, they will assign alternates that will be placed in any empty seats that become available.

As with all re-entry tournaments, the ten seats are reserved for the re-entering players, who have a separate line at registration also.

Event 18: Ready...Set...

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 
$50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool

Today's mega-tourney is a $170 + $30 No Limit Hold'em Deep Stack.  That means players will get 25,000 chips to start.

Players who bust out during the first six levels may choose to re-enter as many times as they want during the first six levels, which are 20 minutes long. 

Late registrations are also allowed during the re-entry period, so players will be able to get in this event until about 1:20pm.

There's a $50,000 guarantee on the total prize pool, which should be totally crushed based on the line at registration, which stretches down the hall outside the poker room all the way to mur.mur.

Leaderboard Update (6/22)

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.

Winners will be announced Monday, June 27:
  • 1st Place: $3,500 Entry into WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship (September 18-22, 2011)
  • 2nd Place: Sony Web TV
  • 3rd Place: Apple iPod Touch
  • 4th Place: Nikon digital camera
Below are the top leaders for the Borgata Summer Poker Open Leaderboard contest through June 21 events*
*(Final Results from events 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 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, 49)


Wednesday, June 22

Today's Events (Poker Room)

Event 16 - $2500 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em
  • Day 3 Action begins at Noon 
11AM: Event 18 - $170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
             $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool

  • Players start with 25,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-6: will last 20 minutes each | Levels 7+: will last 30 minutes each
  • Players may Re-Enter during first 6 Levels (unlimited Re-Entry)
  • 1-Day event
6PM: Event 50 - $150 + $30 Deep Stack Turbo NLH
  • Players start with 25,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 15 minutes each
  • 1-Day event

Event 16: Day 3 Preview

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Farid Jattin (Miami, FL) is the chip leader with a little more than one million, as the final 36 players return Wednesday for Day 3, the finale, of the Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship Event.

All remaining players are guaranteed $4,700, as they chase the top prize of $211,484.

Play resumes at high noon with blinds at 3k/6k/500 ante with an average stack of 269k.

Event 17 Recap

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

Event 17 is in the books and your champion is Maksim Rozenfeld who takes home the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open trophy along with $28,246.

260 entries began with 15,000 chips and juiced the prize pool up to $104,000 where the top 27 got cash.

Some familiar faces included: Eric Miller, Vincent Basilicata, Joe Boatwright, Angel 'Pinky' Modica, Adam Ross, Marguerite Spagnuolo, Matt Kalinowski, Chris Edwards, Pete Scaturro, Tony Sinishtaj, James Boyle, Rick Austin, Dan Spirer, Jeff Fell, Paul Fayngersh, Matt Deluca, and Leanne Rosenblatt.

The tournament kicked off at 11:00AM and had a unique twist. In addition to the ability to re-buy, each player started with a $100 bounty knock-out chip. Felt a player and take his/her $100 Borgata chip.

Maksim had the most knock-outs with ten. Many players were able to knock enough players out to cover their buy-in. Everyone loved the bounty and the structure that allowed players to play more poker with extended levels towards the end of the tournament.

Action got good when we were at two tables of six players.

Final 12 included, Table 1: Robert Melo, Travis Greenawalt, Allan Lubin, Maksim Rozenfeld, Raj Patel, Randy Itwaru, Adam Shuvall, Ido Ashkenazi, Michael DiChiaro, John Ciofalo, Steven Cho, and Dennis Thurman.

Three handed, Steven Cho and John Ciofalo traded chips and positions all in the shadow of Maksim's two million chip lead.

Steven Cho fought to the end but finished 3rd place for $9,584.
John Ciofalo won back to back all-in's against Rozenfeld but fell short during heads-up play and settled for 2nd place - 16,644.

Once again, the big winner of Event 17 was Maksim Rozenfeld who refused to tell me his name unless or until he took down first place in the tournament so we called him "Mr. X". Sure enough his confidence and prediction was correct as he did win first place and did reveal his name.

Friend Anna was there at the conclusion to congratulate.

Enjoy your trophy and first place prize of $28,246.

Event 17: Maksim Rozenfeld - 1st Place

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

Maksim Rozenfeld - 1st Place - $28,246

Throughout the tournament I called him "Mr. X" because he refused to give me his name unless he won the whole Event.

A deal's a deal and Mr. X is Maksim Rozenfeld from New York City.

He played a lot of hands and knocked out most of the final table.

In fact he earned 10 knock-out chips today which was the highest amount.

This is Rozenfeld's largest Borgata Poker cash but not his biggest Borgata Blackjack cash.

Maksim did not re-buy today.

Masim takes home the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Event 17 trophy, title, and $28,246 for his great poker playing today.

Congrats on such a dominant performance.

Event 17: John Ciofalo - 2nd Place

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

John Ciofalo - 2nd Place - $16,644

John Ciofalo (Newburgh, NY) had 7 knock-outs today and didn't re-buy.

He thought it was a great format and had fun at the tables.

Ciofalo won back to back double-up hands against chip leader Maksim Rozenfeld when play was three-handed.

First he hit a straight with 9-8 on a board of Q-7-4-6-10, then he cracked Rozenfeld's J's with A-9 when an ace hit the flop.

John lost the final heads-up hand and was out-chipped at the time.

A-5 proved a winner for Rozenfeld.

Event 17: Steven Cho - 3rd Place

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

Steven Cho - 3rd Place - $9,584

Steven Cho was short stacked three-handed then caught lucky against 2nd in chips John Ciofalo.

A few hands later he gave them to chip leader Mr. X.

Cho's K-J vs. Mr. X's A-5

Board ran: 3-4-7-2-5

Steven wins a whopping $9,584 and looked ready to play poker for hours to go if necessary.

Event 17: Allan Lubin - 4th Place

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

Allan Lubin - 4th Place - $7,768

Allan Lubin flopped mid pair with 10-9 and chip leader Maksim "Mr. X" Rozenfeld had a diamond flush draw.

Rozenfeld shoved and Allan called.

Diamond on the turn sends Allan Lubin to the rail.

Board ran: 10-8-K-9-4

Allan pockets $7,768 for his long day at the office.

Event 17: Adam Shuvall - 5th Place

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

Adam Shuvall - 5th Place - $6,053

Adam Shuvall had QQ and got Mr. X to call him pre-flop with 8-8.

Both guys checked the flop of 2-5-8.

Mr. X made it 250,000 on the turn card 9, Adam shipped all in, and X insta-called.

River K.

X announced, "I flopped a set" and Shuvall showed his Queens.

"Nice hand buddy" said Adam who took the defeat with class.

Michael DiChiaro who busted in 6th is catching a ride with Shuvall who is best friends with his son.

Funny the two of them made it to the final table together.

Adam takes home $6,053 for 5th place today.

Event 17: Michael DiChiaro - 6th Place

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

Michael DiChiaro - 6th Place - $5,044

Michael DiChiaro (Wood Cliff Lake, NJ) played well and seemed to get his chip in good all day.

"I was almost always ahead" said Michael.

The last hand he was slightly behind and thought he got there on the river.

Michael jammed his short stack with A-4 of hearts against Ciofalo and Mr. X who were checking it down.

Board ran: 6-J-2-10-4

Ciofalo said he missed, Michael flipped a four, then Mr. X flipped 5-5 - the winning hand.

Michael had 7 knock-outs today and takes home $5,044 for 6th place.

"Borgata runs a great tournament with great structures. It's where I always play. Tab does a great job!" said Michael DiChiaro.

Event 17: Travis Greenawalt - 7th Place

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

Travis Greenawalt - 7th Place - $4,035

Travis pushed with pocket sevens and ran into pocket eights of Adam Shuvall.

Board ran: 9-K-10-Q-3

As Travis stood up to exit, Allan Lubin told him, "you played excellent, you didn't do anything wrong there".

Travis had 6 knock-out chips in his pocket for an extra $600.

He'll add $4,035 to his bankroll.

Event 17: Raj Patel - 8th Place

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

Raj Patel - 8th Place - $3,026

The best hand in pre-flop loses again.

Raj Patel shipped his short stack with A-8 of spades. John Ciafalo said, "you're ahead" and called holding K-10 of spades.

John hit a ten on the flop and the board ran dry for Patel.

Patel took some time off to care for his parent. Welcome back to Borgata where you'll take home $3,026 for your 8th place finish today.

Raj also had 7 knock-outs for another $700 to add to his totals.

Event 16: Day 3 Preview

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Farid Jattin (Miami, FL) is the chip leader with a little more than one million, as the final 36 players return Wednesday for Day 3, the finale, of the Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship Event.

All remaining players are guaranteed $4,700, as they chase the top prize of $211,484.

Play resumes at high noon with blinds at 3k/6k/500 ante with an average stack of 269k.

Event 16: End of Day 2 Chip Counts

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Position-Name-Chip Count

1 Farid Jattin 1,027,000
2 Brian Altman 767,000
3 Paul Freedman 526,500
4 Jonathan Benster 481,000
5 David Laufer 476,000
6 Austen Johnson 434,500
7 Matthew Rock 411,000
8 David Rittmeyer, Jr. 408,000
9 Joseph Brand 407,500
10 Ian Searing 370,000
11 Tyng Low 306,500
12 Salah Siraj 295,000
13 Michael Lavin 272,500
14 Michel Simoneau 258,000
15 Nick Frangos 243,500
16 Anthony Caruso 243,000
17 Mike Devinsky 239,500
18 P. Nadimi 236,000
19 Mike Tauman 224,000
20 Hiep Nguyen 224,000
21 Dean Marco 215,000
22 Ken Harding 179,500
23 Mike Dentale 176,000
24 George Jackson 154,000
25 Greg Fondacaro 134,000
26 James Robinsky 133,000
27 Ruben Costa 132,000
28 Avinash Kataria 126,500
29 Wooyang Lin 122,500
30 William Klevitz 117,500
31 Bruce Yamron 108,500
32 John Brown 104,000
33 Eric Panayiotou 81,000
34 Gregory Candido 75,500
35 Andrew Klein 70,000
36 Anthony Sivolella 25,000

Event 16: Bubble Breaks, Finally!

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

♠ ♣

After 90 minutes of hand for hand play on five tables, the elimination we've been waiting for finally happens and Michael Margovsky(Brooklyn, NY) is the last person to bust without making them money.

Margovsky makes his last stand for 45k with A 2♣ against the A♣ Q of Jonathan Benster (Wallingford, PA).

The board is J K 7 4♠ 7♣ and with that the bubble breaks, as ace-queen wins the hand.

The players are now bagging and tagging as the final 36 players are all in the money and guaranteed $4,700.

Event 17: Ido Ashkenazi - 9th Place

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

Ido Ashkenazi - 9th Place - $2,018

Ido Ashkenazi got his last few chips in holding A-9 of hearts and felt pretty good against Adam Shuvall's 6-8 of hearts.

Board ran out 7-K-2-8-5

Shuvall hit his eight and Ido is out-o.

He'll take home $2,018 for 9th place.

Event 17: Dennis Thurman - 10th Place

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

Dennis Thurman - 10th Place - $1,311

Congrats to Dennis Thurman (Fisk, MO) for his 10th place finish for $1,311.

Event 17: Randy Itwaru - 11th Place

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

Randy Itwaru - 11th Place - $1,311

Randy Itwaru (Sozone Park, NY) wins $1,311 for 11th place.

Randy was the final table bubble.

Top ten merge onto one table.

Event 17: Robert Melo - 12th Place

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

Robert Melo - 12th Place - $1,311

The man from Howard Beach, NY takes Borgata for $1,311 in a 12th place finish.

Event 16: Threemendous Hand - Quads

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

Waiting for the bubble when the final hand draws some attention.

It's between Mike Dentale and big stack Brian Altman

Flop falls: A-3-3

Altman bets 16,000 after a J hits the turn putting two diamonds out there.

Dentale goes into the tank. He thinks. He thinks. It goes on for five plus minutes.

Altman is getting very frustrated. Finally Dentale says call.

River is a ten and Altman immediately goes all-in. Dentale immediately calls and flips 3-3 for quad 3's.

Mike doubles up and Altman says, "Thanks for wasting our time."

"Just in case he didn't have A-J and had an ace rag" explained Mike as to why he Hollywooded so long.

Since hand for hand began we've witnessed the Fourth all-in that doubled up.
That's four times the shorter stacks have stayed alive!

Dentale calls a waitress over and asks for shots for the table.