Thursday, June 23, 2011

Event 19: BorgataTriple Play

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Players are back from a ten minute break and playing blinds 10k/20k/3k ante.

Chip Counts

Jim Burnett 655k
Sahu Habibi 290k
Jose Montes 480k

Event 19: 4th Place - Rizaj

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Arihan "Nipi" Rizaj (Brooklyn, NY)
Blinds 8k/16k/2k ante

Jim Burnett raises to 50k from cutoff, Rizaj calls.

Flop: 10 3♠ 10♠

Rizaj checks, Burnett bets 75k, Rizaj is all in for 160k more, Burnett calls

Rizaj: A♠ 2♣
Burnett: 7♠ 7♣

Turn: 2(Rizaj needs an ace)
River 7

Burnett boats up on the river and Rizaj is on the rail. The elimination comes on the last hand before break.

Event 19: Montes Doubles Through Burnett

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH  

Jose Montes is all in for 145k with 3 7 and on the ropes against the A 3 of Jim Burnett. The flop has a 3 and 7, the turn another 7 and Montes doubles up with the winning full house.

"I was just hoping to be live," says Montes knowing that he was in bad shape before the flop.

Event 19: Final Four

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH   

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 Jim Burnett 760k
3 Sahu Habibi 210k
4 Jose Montes 165k
5 Arihan Rizaj 325k

Event 19: 5th Place - Beymolla

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH  

Shaun Beymolla (North Babylon, NY)

After getting a courtesy double up with 2 3 the hand before, Beymolla's luck runs out with a real hand. He's all in for 70k with 88 against the AA of Sahu Habibi, but doesn't get any help and busts in 5th place.

Event 19: 6th Place - Rusignuolo

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH 

Dan Rusignuolo (Nutley, NJ)

Rusignuolo is all in for 120k with A 10 against the KQ of Arihan Rizaj. A queen on the flop and Rusignuolo is on the rail.

Event 19: 7th Place - Santora

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Michael Santora (Staten Island, NY)

Santora has pocket aces cracked when chip leader Jim Burnett calls with A♣ 7♣ and flops two clubs before hitting the flush on the turn. Burnett adds 74k to his stack and is the first player to crack the 400k mark and now has nearly 450k.

While Santora was one of the short stacks, he would've had even more if not for a blunder on the last hand before the final table.

Jose Montes raises 22k from the button and Santora goes in the tank.  The bet is nearly half of Santora's stack and while the other five players are on break, Santora says, "call," and turns over his hand A 10.

Montes asks for a ruling because Santora still has 34k. "G", the floor man, says to Santora, "hand is still live, but you're at a disadvantage."

Santora checks dark and Montes is waiting for the cards before making his move and the flop sends everyone in an uproar.  Q 3 J, the nut flush, with the royal flush redraw.

Montes can only laugh and turn over pocket 9s and folds knowing he saved a few chips, while Santora laments that he missed a true double-up.

Live by the flush on a freaky hand, die by the flush on Santora's elimination.

Event 19: Final Table

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Super Seven

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 Jim Burnett 365k
2 Michael Santora 84k
3 Sahu Habibi 200k
4 Jose Montes 317k
5 Arihan Rizaj 210k
6 Dan Rusignuolo 75k
7 Shaun Beymolla 76k

The 6-max tournament uses 7 seats at the final table, so that neither of the final two tables is playing three-handed.

Level 19 (5k/10k/1k ante)

Event 19: Final Table Redraw

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

The remaining 7 players are on a break and when they return will draw for the their final table seats.

Event 19: 8th Place - Scutro

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Tom Scutro

Event 19: 9th Place - Perrin

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Jeremy Perrin (Greensboro, NC)

Event 19: 10th Place - Whiting

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Greg Whiting (Philadelphia, PA)

Event 19: Two More Double-ups

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Jeremy Perrin doubles 48k with KK vs the QQ of Greg Whiting. Perrin leads the whole way and hits a flush on the river. The hand cripples whiting to less than 50k.

On table 2, Michael Santora doubles 64k with AQ against "Nipi" Rizaj's 99. The flop brings two aces and running jacks gives Santora the winning full house.

Event 19: 9th Place - Wong

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

She Lok Wong (Forrest Hills, NY)

Event 19: Dan Doubles

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Dan Rusignuolo double-ups with pocket 7s on a board of J 10 6. Suhu Habibi has Q 6, for a pair of 6s. Rusignuolo pair of 7s holds and he doubles to 90k.

Event 19: 12th Place - Beins

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Terrance Beins (Jackson, NJ)

Beins is all in for 75k, Sahu Habibi calls.

Beins: A♣ K
Habibi: A Q

Flop: 10 J 3 (Beins leads with AK and flush draw, both have gutshot straight draws)

Turn: K♠ (Habibi straight, Beins needs a heart to win, Q to chop)

River: 7

Habibi wins with a straight and now has 250k, while Beins is out,

Level 17 (3k/6k/500 ante) is underway

Event 19: Bubble Breaks

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Mike Lavin - Bubble Boy (13th Place)

Mike Lavin (Beverly, NJ) moves all in for 89k and Sahu Habibi calls. She Lok Wong tanks and folds.

Lavin: K♠ Q
Habibi: J♠ J

Flop: 5♣ 4 9♠
Turn: 3♠
River 4♣

The board is no help for Lavin and he's out in 13th place, just missing the money.  The final 12 players are now on two tables and guaranteed a minimum of $710.

Level 16 (2.5k/5k/500 ante) continues.

Event 19: Bust Out = Bubble

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Richard Frumkin - 14th Place

SB vs BB, Jim Burnett calls 2k and Richard Frumkin checks. The flop is 8 6 4 with two diamonds. Burnett leads out for 8k, Frumkin reraises 33k on top and Burnett calls.

Burnett: J 6 (pair of 6s)
Frumkin: 5 3 (open ended straight draw)

Turn: 6 (Burnett trip 6s)
River: A

Burnett's trip 6s takes the pot and he know has 200k, while Frumkin is out in 14th place. The final 13 players are now playing hand-for-hand.

Event 19: Chop It Up

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Since play has resumed the players are being very cautious, and no they're not chopping the prize pool, but the pot. Arihan "Nipi" Rizaj does it on back to back hands, first with A8 then with KJ.

A couple of short stacks have been moved all in, but we've yet to see a call.

Level 15 (2k/4k/400 ante) continues.

Event 19: Dinner Time Leaderboard

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH   

Here are the top chip counts as of the dinner break:

Jose Montes ~165k
Shaun Beymolla ~145k
Terrance Beins ~140k
Arihan 'Nipi' Rizaj ~140k
Jim Burnett ~135k
She Lok Wong ~100k

Event 19: Dinner Time

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH  

At the end of level 14, the survivors were sent on dinner break.  Play will resume at 7:40pm.

14 players remain.  Only 12 will get paid. 

Event 19: 14 Players Remain

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH   

Bienvenido Espinal moved in from the cutoff and Shaun Beymolla called from the small blind.

Bienvenido's QT of diamonds was trailing Shaun's AT offsuit.  The board came 9 7 7 A J and Shaun took the pot.

Bienvenido busted out in 17th place. 

Mitchell Nong busted in 16th place.

Michael Pierandozzi busted out in 15th place.

14 players remain.

Event 19: Dentale's Done

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH  

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

Mike Dentale moved in twice in a row (utg +1 and utg) without getting called.

The third time was not the charm.  Mike was busted in 18th place.

Five more to go to reach the money.

Richard Frumkin got his last chips in with JT against the pocket 4s of Jim Burnett.  The board came Q J 2 Q A and Richard doubled up.

Event 19: Redraw At 18

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH  

Jim Burnett is on a rush.  He just had his third pocket pair in a row.  First it was 77, then QQ, and lastly JJ. 

Gary Tavella made the mistake of moving in on Jim when he raised the third time in a row.  Gary had pocket 4s and they were no match for Jim's pocket Jacks.  Gary was busted.

Another player reported to the rail and with 18 remaining, they drew for seats and moved to the final three tables.

Six more must go to reach the money.

Event 19: Break Time Leaderboard

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH 

Aldo Antonacci has busted out.  He got his last chips in with AQ and was racing against pocket Tens.  Needless to say, he lost the race.

After level 12, 20 remaining players were rewarded with a break.

Jose Montes is the chip leader wtih ~150k.

Terrance Beins is second with ~135k.

Jim Burrnett is third with ~113k.

Michael Santora is fourth with ~103k.

No one else is over 100k.

Average stack is 73,200.

After the break, play resumed with blinds of 1,200/2,400 and 300 antes.

Event 19: Beins Takes a Bite Out Of Montes

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH     

On the river with a board of K T T 4 A, Mike Dentale showed AQ.  His opponent mucked.  With that pot, Mike was back up to ~110k.

 Jose Montes & Terrance Beins

On a final board of T 8 4 K T (no flush possible) Terrance Beins (Jackson, NJ) called a bet from Jose Montes (Bronx, NY).  Jose patted the felt and Terrance rolled over K8 off for Kings-up.  Jose mucked.  With that pot, Terrance was up to ~120k and Jose was left with ~105k.

On a flop of 8 7 3 with two spades, Mike Dentale called a short-stack's all-in and then shipped a double across the felt when he saw his opponent's pocket 7s.  Mike's 75 suited (clubs) was drawing dead.  His roller-coaster ride continues.

Event 19: Burnett Doubles Thru Tavella

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Blinds are up to 1k/2k with 300 antes for level 12.

On a Jack-high flop, Jim Burnett (Pasadena, MD) got all his chips in the middle and got action from big-stack Gary Tavella.

 Jim Burnett

Jim's pocket Aces were way ahead of Gary's AJ (pair of Jacks).  The last two were bricks and Jim doubled up to over 100k.

21 players remain.

Event 19: Tavella Takes Out Szabo

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH    

Matthew Szabo got his last chips in with pocket 8s on the turn with a board of  J 3 2 7.  The bad news was that Gary Tavella held pocket Queens.

Matthew Szabo & Gary Tavella

Only an 8 on the river would save Matthew.  Instead, a 6 fell.  Matthew was busted.

Gary chipped up to ~140k, good for the chip lead.

Jose Montes is up to over 120k and second in chips.

More departures:
Sammy Anthony
Abe Faroni
Andrew Interdonato
Anthony Thambynayagem

22 players remain.  Only 12 get paid.

Event 19: Scutro Busts Two

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH    

Blinds are up to 800/1,600 with 200 antes for level 11.

In a three-way pre-flop all-in, Tom Scutro had AQ of clubs and was up against two shorter stacks holding KJ of spades and pocket 3s.

 Tom Scutro

Tom made his flush on the turn to scoop the pot and bust two at once.

Tom's now up to ~100k.

Mike Dentale, on the other hand, is going the wrong direction.  Since the break, he had his flopped two pair beat by a flush, then trip kings beat by a back-door flush.  He's down to ~72k.

Four tables (24 players) remain.

Event 19: Break Time Leaderboard

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH    

Play resumed following the break with level ten, blinds 600/1,200 with 200 antes.

Mike Dentale leads with ~115k.

Gary Tavella is second with ~105k.

No one else was over 100k as of the break.

Event 19: Color Up Break

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH    

They're through nine levels of play and enjoying a break while the green 25 chips are colored up.

Five tables remain with 30 players.

Average stack is 48,800.

As far as I can tell, only three women played this event  Marguerite Spagnuolo, Dao Bui, and Sheree Bykofsky.  Sheree was the last woman sitting, but she has also been eliminated.

It'll be all testosterone from here on.

Event 19: Interdonato Dents Dentale

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Mike Dentale's roller-coaster ride continues.

He was in a pot with Andrew Interdonato (Washington, DC) and they got to the river with a board with two 9s.

 Andrew Interdonato

Mike's 98 suited (trip 9s) was beat by Andrew's kicker.  Andrew held K9 for trip 9s with a King kicker.  Andrew doubled up to ~70k.

Mike was left with ~80k.

Aldo Antonacci sent a short-stack packing when his KQ held up against the shortie's QJ.  Aldo's up to ~38k.

Event 19: Payouts

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH   

Entries: 122
Total Buy-In: $48,800

Place - Amount

1   $14,201
2     $8,757
3     $6,509
4     $4,852
5     $3,669
6     $2,603
7     $2,012
8     $1,538
9     $1,065
10-12 $710

Event 19: Rusignuolo Up; Kovaci Out

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH   

Down to seven tables now -- 42 players -- all in the tournament are in the back of the Poker Room.

 Dan Rusignuolo

Dan Rusignuolo has built himself a 100k stack back on table seven and looks to be second in chips.  His table will be the next to break.

Mirsad Kovaci (Allentown, PA) got his last chips in with pocket 4s, only to run into pocket 5s.  To add insult to injury, his opponent caught another 5 on the flop, and the case 5 on the river for quadzilla.

Event 19: Nuts for Dentale

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH   

Mike Dentale (sb) and seat 3 (cutoff) got to the river with a board of J♠ T 4 7 A.  Then Mike got all-in and his opponent called all-in, which caused Mike to jump out of his chair and do a happy dance.

His opponent had KQ off for the Broadway straight.  Mike had K 4♠ for the nut flush to take the pot.

Mike is now up to ~125k.

Event 19: No More Muffins

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH  

Nine tables remain in action with 54 players (less than half the starting field).

Matt 'muffins' Mazzeo got his last chips in with pocket 6s, but ran into pocket 9s.  The board brought him no help and Muffins was baked.

Also on the wrong side of the rail:

Wazir Baksh
Daniel Chan
Robert Chung-Shui
Leo G
Abe Korotki
William Perry
Carl Restifo
Anthony Maio

Event 19: Down & Out

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH  

Tables are breaking fast now that no more players are entering.  Down to ten tables now.

Mike Dentale has been moved to table three with 'Muffins' Mazzeo.

Erick But
James Governa
Lyle Diamond
Dao Bui
David Heck

End of level six and time for another break.

Event 19: For The Love Of The Game

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH 

Blinds are up to 200/400 with 50 antes for level six.

Mike Dentale is quitting poker.  "No, seriously" he says.  He's thinking about quitting the game.  He worked very hard to make it to the final table of the Championship event.

 Mike Dentale

He was seventh out of the final ten in chips.  Yet he busted out in 10th place when he ran AK into pocket Aces.

"I worked so hard and ended up tenth, while the short-stacks moved up in payouts" he said.  (Mike did collect $10,183 for that 10th place finish.)

He wasn't even going to play this event, but he's here....and he's the chip leader with ~80k.

How do you quit a game that you love....or love to hate?

Event 19: Hold The Maio

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Anthony Maio (Jamison, PA) was put to the test.  On the river, the board read 7 3 2 6 A (no flush possible) and his opponent bet enough to cover Anthony's remaining chips.

Anthony Maio, studying the board

Anthony tanked for a bit, studying the board and his opponent.  He eventually decided to let it go, possibly extending his tournament life.

Anthony has only one min-cash during the Summer Open and would like to make a better showing here today.

Event 19: More Poker Faces

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Blinds are up to 150/300 with 25 antes for level 5.

More faces have popped up in the crowd:

Matt 'muffins' Mazzeo
Daniel Chan
Anthony Thambynayagem
Carl Restifo
Abe Faroni

Registration for this event has closed.

Event 19: No More Mr. Nice Guy

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH  

On the river with a board of J 3 3 x 8, Sammy Anthony checked his full-house (he had pocket 8s for eights-full) in preparation for a check-raise. 

 Sammy Anthony

His opponent in seat 3 said "You're a nice guy, I won't do it to you" and checked behind, showing J3 for threes-full and unknowingly avoiding the trap Sammy had set.

Sammy couldn't believe his victim had escaped his trap -- and all because Sammy was a 'nice guy'. 

"Ok, no more being nice at the poker table"  Sammy joked as he collected his smaller-than-he-wanted pot.

Event 19: Backfield in Motion

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH 

Players are still arriving and will still be allowed to enter through level four.

At the newly-started table 18 are Mirsad Kovaci & Wazir Baksh.

Meanwhile tables are already breaking down as players are moved to fill empty seats.

Abe Korotki's table broke and he was moved to table two with Matthew Szabo.

After level three ended, players were set on a ten minute break.

Following the break, play resumed with level four, blinds 100/200.

Event 19: Lewis Burned

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

William Lewis (Rockaway Park, NY) was here, but has already busted out, along with about a dozen other players.

William finished 7th in event 3, the $400 + $50 No Limit Hold'em event, good for $2,669.

Event 19: Man On Fire

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

 Matthew Szabo

Matthew Szabo (Perth Amboy, NJ) is on fire.  He's already knocked out a couple of players and continues to fire at almost every pot.

He's already up to over 37k, more than triple his starting stack.

Currently in level 3 with blinds of 75/150.

Event 19: Antonacci Doubles

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

 Aldo Antonacci

Aldo Antonacci (New York, NY) has already doubled up.  His AK held up against an opponent's KQ. 

Some late arrivals:
Abe Korotki
Anthony Maio

Event 19: Blinds Up

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH 

Blinds are up to 50/100 for level two.  There was a bit of confusion because the printed structure sheets were missing the first 25/50 level. 

Everyone has been reassured and the blinds are 50/100 for level two.

Sixteen tables are up and running now.

Event 19: A Few Familiar Faces

 $400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

There are not a lot of familiar faces in the field today, but a few die-hards are back for more:

Erick But
Sheree Bykofsky
Lyle Diamond
Leo G
David Heck
Mike Dentale

15 tables are underway.  Late entries will be allowed through level four.

Event 19: Cards In The Air

 $400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Cards are in the air for the next-to-last main event of the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open. 

Today's event is the third 6-Max event of the series and the second with a $400 + $50 price tag.  Players enjoy the six-handed format as it means getting involved in more hands and more action, along with having more leg-room at the tables.

They started with 12,000 chips and blinds of 25/50.

All levels are 30 minutes long,

Leaderboard Update (6/23)

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 22 events*
*(Final Results from events 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 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, 50)



Thursday, June 23

Today's Events (Poker Room)

11AM: Event 19 - $400 + $50 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 30 minutes each
  • 1-Day event
6PM: Event 51 - $150 + $30 No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 20 minutes each
  • 1-Day event

Event 18 Recap

11AM: Event 18 - $170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

After 20 and ½ hours it’s finally over. Liquor store owner Adam Agaev (Brooklyn, NY) outlasted all 737 entries and has just taken down the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Event 18. Adam takes the trophy home along with the title and $28,206.

The day began at 11:00 AM where everyone started with 25,000 chips and could Re-Enter during the first 6 Levels. The stretched down the hall outside the poker room all the way to mur.mur. What a huge field that took over all of Borgata Poker Room.Some regulars who put down $170 + $30 included: 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, and Glenn Englebert.

Car dealership owner Mitch Rolnick (Long Island, NY) had pocket kings an miraculous eight times at the same table and they held up all eight times.

With an initial $50,000 guarantee, and so many players battling for the $125,290 total buy-in, you can imagine how much action this tournament generated. The top 72 players celebrated and sighed a breath of relief when Taylor Shpur (Witherbee, NY) knocked out the bubble after his 5-5 held up.

It was a tough fight to make the final table which held 9 strong well past 4AM. Players who made it included: Adam Agaev, Andrew Gornick, James Sloat, Christopher Kusha, Anthony Gaerlan, Daniel Voccia, Ray Don, Greg Merritt, and Joe Liberta.

Third place went to Greg Merritt who took home a whopping $10,026 while second place honors went to poker pro Joe Liberta who pocketed $16,407 and had the chip lead for 95% of the entire tournament - almost wire to wire.

But our big winner once again was Adam Agaev who grinded it out all day little by little then outlasted a tough final table and a long heads-up. The hand of his tournament came heads-up when his 9-7 of diamonds found a straight on the river with his life on the line.

Adam said he booked his hotel and already paid for a plane ticket to go to Vegas and play in the WSOP Main Event. Winning this tournament was the last piece of the puzzle and will pay for his $10,000 buy in there. He was very excited after the win and celebrated with cousin Emil who faithfully rooted from the rail. Adam busted out early and had to re-buy. I'm sure now he's extremely happy he did.

Congratulations Adam on your impressive win.

Enjoy the trophy and your $28,206.

And good luck in the Main Event.

Event 18: Adam Agaev - 1st

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

Adam Agaev - 1st Place - $28,206

After Adam Agaev's (Brooklyn, NY) 10-3 of clubs held up to defeat Joe Liberta, he stood up, let out some excitement, and hugged his cousin Emil on the rail.

Congratulations to Adam who never gave up heads up even when it looks like he was outmatched and outchipped.

He began heads up with a 2 to 1 deficit then won a monster pot with 9-7 of diamonds. "I made a move...I had a feeling" said Adam.

Adam is in the liquor store business and this $28,206 represents his largest Borgata cash by far.

He already has plans for the money. Last week he booked his hotel room and bought his plane ticket for Vegas to play in the WSOP main event. "The only thing left to do was to win this tournament and I did it" said Agaev.

Great job Adam on closing out such a long and difficult final table.

Event 18 Winner!

Event 18: Joe Liberta - 2nd

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

Joe Liberta - 2nd Place - $16,407

Joe Liberta (Berlin, NJ) was chip leader 95% of the tournament. After doubling thru the same guy who kept re-buying, he had 100,000 on hour then after a sick heater, had 600,000 by 5PM.

After a tough final table and a long heads-up, it looked like it was Joe's tournament.

He beat himself up after calling Adam's flop all in with only an open-ended draw.

Adam hit a top pair ten on the flop and it held.

The hand that really crippled Joe was when Adam jammed in the small blind with 9-7 of diamonds. Joe called with A-J off and hit a Jack on the flop.

But Adam hit runner, runner for the winning straight.

Board ran: 5-J-7-6-8 and Joe lost 10.4 million leaving him with 2.5 million.

Two hands later he shipped with 8-7 and Adam called with 10-3 of clubs.

Our last board of the night ran: J-J-K-5-K. The ten played and Joe has to settle for 2nd.

The poker pro and Borgata regular adds $16,407 to his lifetime earning numbers.

Event 18: Greg Merritt - 3rd

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

Greg Merritt - 3rd Place - $10,026

Greg Merritt (Frenchtown, NJ) held A-7 and ran into Joe Liberta's A-8.

Board ran clean and the eight kicker played sending Merritt to the rail.

Greg was the Championship Event bubble in the 2010 WPT Borgata Championship where he played with James Woods for hours.

No bubble today for Merritt who takes home $10,026 for third place.

The hand that kept him alive was when he called a flop with pocket twos, behind, then spiked a two on the turn.

Event 18: Christopher Kusha - 4th Place

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

Christopher Kusha - 4th Place - $8,264

Christopher Kusha got it in good with pocket Queens but they were cracked by Joe Liberta's A-7 of diamonds.

Joe saw an ace in the window.

Board ran out: A-5-10-A-K

Joe was all in pre flop for 4.5 million and had Christopher covered.

Kusha takes home $8,264 for his long day of poker. Good job!

Event 18: Andrew Gornick - 5th

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

Andrew Gornick - 5th Place - $6,684

Andrew Gornick stuck in 480,000 and left 250,000 behind but got it in once Joe Liberta shipped all in from the button.

Gornick had A-Q and was handed the bad news once Liberta rolled over A-A.

Aces held on a clean board and just like that Gornick was feeling sick.

Hopefully $6,684 5th place money will serve as well needed medicine.

Event 18: Daniel Voccia - 6th

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

Daniel Voccia - 6th Place - $5,469

It was a roller-coaster final table for Daniel Voccia (The Hamptons). First he got called on the flop by Greg Merritt holding pocket 22's only to take the lead when a two hit the turn.

Then he got some chips from Adam Agaev who had 10-10. Voccia had 4-4 in the hand and rivered a four.

I guess turnabout is fair play as it was Adam Agaev who felted Daniel. Daniel's K-9 of spades vs. Adam's K-Q. Dry board and Voccia is out in 6th place.

"I was tired and ready to go to bed so I shipped it with K-9 of spades" said Daniel.

Daniel told me he had an actual heart attack at a poker table last year during a tournament. I think the late hour and long play might have been taking it's toll.

Event 18: Anthony Gaerlan - 7th

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

Anthony Gaerlan - 7th Place - $4,375

The shove-fest continues as Anthony Gaerlan gets his chips in with A-J and runs into Christopher Kusha who flopped a king holding K-10 of spades.

Anthony was one of the first in the field to reach the 1 million chip mark.

Congrats on your 7th place finish and your $4,375 prize money.

Event 18: James Sloat - 8th

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

James Sloat - 8th Place - $3,342

James Sloat takes home $3,342 for his eighth place finish in Event 18.

Event 18: Ray Don - 9th

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

Ray Don - 9th Place - $2,309

Veteran poker player and RGB-er, Ray Don suffers a horrible river 2-outter card to end his tournament.

Ray pushed all in with A-J and got a caller from Christopher Kusha holding 10-10.

Off to the races with a J-6-5 on the flop.

Ray picks up a club redraw on the turn as he holds the Ace of clubs with four clubs out there.

Alas Ray Don cannot fade the ten and Christopher Kusha scores the knock-out blow.

Ray has played NLH since 1996 and once played Daniel Negraneu heads up in a tournament post his WSOP win.

"I was also ranked 8th in the world for a brief period of time" explained Ray.

Event 18: Vu Mac - 10th

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

Vu Mac - 10th Place - $1,519

Vu Mac (Galloway, NJ) shipped 550,000 with 2-2 and got a caller holding K-Q.

First a Queen hit the flop then Opponent ended with a straight on the river.

Vu Mac used to work at Borgata and plays the occasional tournament.

He adds $1,519 to his bankroll.

Event 18: Final Table

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

Final Table
1. Adam Agaev
2. Andrew Gornick
3. James Sloat
4. Christopher Kusha
5. Vu Mac
6. Anthony Gaerlan
7. Daniel Voccia
8. Ray Don
9. Greg Merritt
10. Joe Liberta

Congrats to our final ten players.

Bust-out hands to come...

Event 18: Timothy Rausenberger - 11th

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

Timothy Rausenberger - 11th Place - $1,519

Timonthy Rausenberger (Haskell, NJ) is a music teacher who just played in his first 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open.

Pretty good finish through a field of 737 entries.

Timothy takes home $1,519 for his efforts today.

The hand that did him in was A-J offsuit vs. QQ. After Opponent raised 200,000, Timothy shipped his last 700,000 and Opponent snapped.

Queens held and Rausenberger listens to the sour note of a hand.

Event 16 Recap

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Three players with a lot of Borgata success are the last three players standing, but in the end it's Tyng Low (Flushing, NY) who's on the ultimate high as the Summer Poker Open Champion. Low defeated Farid Jattin (Miami, FL) heads up to take the title and outlasted Austen Johnson (Woodsboro, MD), arguably the most dominant player of the series.

"Good, great, tremendous, fabulous," says Low, who takes home his biggest poker payday at $211,484. "It means a lot," added the 27 year old, "I've been trying to hit one like this for five years."

On a board of 5♣ 6♠ 4♣, Low flopped a straight holding 7 3, while Jattin hit top pair and a gutshot straight flush draw with the 6♣ 2♣. But when the board bricked out, Jattin, who was the chip leader after Day 1A and Day 2, was one place away from going wire to wire in the Championship Event.

"There's nothing I could do," said Jattin, who earned $117,481 as runner-up. "The hand played itself. I'm not uspet. I expected to win, so I'm disappointed."

"I was calling red, red," said Low, who dodged a club on the turn and river to win the title. "Fortunately the right black cards came out."

Jattin, who finished third ($15,045) in the $1,000 6-max (Event 15), began the day as the chip leader and held it the entire way, until Low closed the gap by knocking out Johnson in third place.

"Anything less than first place is a disappointment," said Johnson, who got $72,845 for third place. "But I think I locked up player of the series, which all-in-all isn't a bad month."

Johnson, who was the Event 1 ($450) Deep Stack winner ($64,734), didn't decide to enter the Championship Event until Sunday when his wife gave him a Father's Day gift of "permission to win $70,000." He also took a month off from work to pursue the Summer Poker Open Leaderboard Contest, where the winner earns a $3,500 entry into the WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship in September.*

"I was first in points and figured I might as well try and run it out," said Johnson.

Day 3, the final day, began with all 36 players returning in the money including Borgata regular Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) who made the final table before being eliminated in 10th place/$10,183. He was joined by Nick Frangos (Mays Landing, NJ), who has nearly $900,000 in career earnings, and finished 6th/$38,380.

The biggest surprise of the final 10 was Anthony Sivolella (Florham Park, NJ) who returned as the short stack with 25k (4 BB). After a series of double-ups he rode the short stack to 8th place/$23,107.

Rounding out the top 10 were, Paul Freedman (Seabrook, NH) 9th/$15,666, Salah Siraj (New York, NY) 7th/$30,939, Brian Altman (Longmeadow, MA) 5th/$45,430, and Andrew Klein (Ocean, NJ) 4th/$58,746.

The tournament began with 323 players putting up $807,500 and after 4 long days, including two starting days, Low is the champion. The title, money and trophy are extra special for Low after he made a run in last year's Summer Poker Open Championship with a 19th place finish ($3,736).

"I didn't think I could get this far," the soft spoken winner said after the 2010 disappointment of missing the final table despite beginning the final day with the chip lead. "I didn't think my luck was that good."

But Low has the right amount of luck and skill to take this year's title.

*Leaderboard Contest final results will be finalized after the completion of Friday's Event 52

Event 16 Champion - Low

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Tyng Low (Flushing, NY)

Blinds 12k/24k/4k ante

Button/SB: Jattin
BB: Low

Jattin opens to 100k, Low calls

Flop: 5♣ 6s 4♣

Low checks
Jattin bets 200k
Low moves all in
Jattin snap calls

Jattin: 6♣ 2♣ (pair of 6s, gutter ball straight flush draw)
Low: 7 3 (straight)

Turn: 9♠
River Q♠

Low dodges Jattin's outs and with that secures the Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship.

Event 16: 2nd Place - Jattin

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Farid Jattin (Miami, FL)

Event 18: Christopher Law - 12th

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

Christopher Law - 12th Place - $1,519

Not a bad finish for Christopher Law who just played in his first live tournament ever.

Law is a professional on-line poker player who decided to try his luck and skill at Borgata today for Event 18.

"I can't win a flip" said Christopher who basically lost back to back coin flips.

The hand that crippled him was a 1,200,000 pot where his A-J ran into a set of eights from his Opponent. Eight in the window with bricks there after.

The next hand Christopher got his short stack in with was J-8 up against K-9.
Law was broken again as he couldn't hit a Jack or an eight.

He'll take home $1,519 for his first run at a Borgata tournament and any live tournament.

Event 16: It's Over!

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

After winning a key hand early in heads up play Tyng Low beats Farid Jattin to win the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship Event.

Standby for details.

Event 16: Big Swing

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Low Raises the Action

Blinds 12k/24k/4k ante, both players start the hand nearly even in chips.

Farid Jattin and Tyng Low see a flop of 7 9 7♣

Low check-calls Jattin's 440k bet

Turn: Q

Low check-calls Jattin's 1.1 million bet

River 10

Low moves all in for 3 million and Jattin tanks. 
After probing for info, Jattin folds and neither player shows.
Low takes the chip lead 6.2 million to 3.6 million.

Event 16: Heads Up Underway

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Low, Dealer Jessier & Jattin

Championship Trophy

Event 16: 3rd Place - Johnson

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Austen Johnson - 3rd Place - $72,845

Tyng Low raised to 280,000 and Austen Johnson (Woodsboro, MD) shoved all-in. Tyng would have to call 1,550,000 to see a flop.

Low calls and tables A-K. Austen is behind with A-10 of hearts.

All eyes watch the flop as Tyng's rail is calling for a king.

Board runs: 4-5-J-6-3

No heart sweat and no ten spells the end of the road for Austen Johnson.

28 year old Austen is married with two children and was the first place winner in Event 1 during the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open.

Austen will add $72,845 to his bankroll.

Congratulations to a great player who kept moving up the money board and ended up in third place for the Championship Event.

Going into heads up, Low now has 4.1 million vs. Farid's 5.7 million. Let's do it!

Event 16: Break/Chip Counts

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Players are on a 15 minute break and when play resumes blinds will be 20k/40k/4k ante

Chip Counts (in millions):

Farid Jattin 5.7
Austen Johnson 1.8
Tyng Low 2.5

Event 18: Million Dollar Men

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

Anthony Gaerlan & Adam Agaev - Co-Chip-Leaders

Anthony Gaerlan and Adam Agaev both have right around 1 million chips and both came back early from the break.

21 players remain on three tables.

Average stack is 877,381

Blinds are 20,000 / 40,000 with 4,000 antes.

We'll be here until the end.

Event 16: Johnson Doubles

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Blinds 30k/60k/3k

Farid Jattin raises to 75k, Austen Johnson moves all in for 673k, Jattin snap calls.

Jattin: 3 3
Johnson: K 7♠

Flop: 6 2♠ 9
Turn: 5♣
River: 2

Jattin's pair of 3s holds and he doubles to 1.5 million.

Event 16: 4th Place - Klein

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Andrew Klein - 4th Place - $58,746

The hand that crippled Andrew Klein (Long Branch, NJ) was when he held 9 9♣ on a flop of 8♠ 10♠ 7♠.

Andrew shoved all in and Tyng Low goes into the tank. He stands up and says, "Holy Cow" (or at least what the cow does in the field).

Finally Low calls and tables the best hand 8♣ 8 for a set of eights.

No player has a spade.

Turn...K River.....7

Low doubles and Klein is left with only 175,000.

The very next hand he wakes up to A-K, jams it, and runs into 7-7 of Farid Jattin.

Andrew's Big Slick did not improve on a board of 9-5-2-3-3.

Klein was a gentleman in the loss, shaking everyone's hand. The other players seemed to respect and like Andrew.

Andrew is a member of NYSE / Designed trading system and is a broker/trader by profession.
His poker stock has gone up as this amateur poker player just made the biggest score of his career with $7,768 for his fourth place finish at Borgata.

Andrew loves playing all sports and today he hit a home-run but fell short of the grand slam.

We're down to three...

Event 16: 5th Place - Altman

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 
Brian Altman (Longmeadow, MA)

Blinds 15k/30k/3k ante

Farid Jattin (Cutoff) raises to 75k
Altman (Button) raises to 180k
Jattin shoves all in
Altman calls and is at risk for his last 1 million chips

Jattin: 5♣ 6
Altman: 8 8♣

Flop: 9 6 5
Turn: 5♠
River: 3♠

"I did all I could do," says the 22 year old student and poker pro.  "I got my money in with a pair against two under cards. It's a dream situation it just didn't work out."

Altman is a seasoned on-line pro and cites the 2010 Pokerstars Yearly Tournament Leaderboard Championship as one of his career accomplishments. He's also in the process of earning his Doctorate of Pharmacy.

"It was a good experience and hopefully I'll be back at Borgata for the next series."

Jattin has more than half of the chips in play with 5 of the 9.7 million.

Event 16: Laydown Of The Tournament

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

These players are some of the best in the world and they prove it hand by hand.

Brian Altman and Andrew Klein get into what seems like an innocent enough hand.

Flop comes down Q-J-J rainbow.

Both players check.

Turn card another J.

Bet and a call - nothing out of the ordinary.

River falls 10 of spades.

Andrew raises but is warned that his raise looks a lot like a check.

Brian re-raises 125,000.

Andrew ships his stack all-in and has Brian covered.

Brian tanks hard and long with 640,000 behind. He tries to gain information, "Do you got the jack?" To which Andrew quickly responds, "I don't think you got the queen."

Brian says, "I fold" and flips over a Queen. The table and the crowd are dying to see Andrew's cards. Andrew realizes the drama of the moment and says, "For the blog".

He turns over J-5 and indeed did hit quads.

A tournament saving laydown from Brian and a great scoop for Andrew.

You have to ask yourself if you can make that sort of laydown at that point in the tournament after hitting to full-house on the board.