Friday, June 24, 2011

Event 20: Give me a Break

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Just five spots from the money and Wayne Lewis (Galloway, NJ) continues to find ways to lose hands. Just days after telling the media how he's been running bad, he suffers more bad luck.

On a flop of K 6 9, Lewis and Stevie B (prefers to remain private) both check. The turn is a 10 and Stevie leads out. Lewis moves all in for more than 300k and his opponent snap calls.

Lewis: Q J (straight)
Stevie B: KK (set of kings)

River: 6

The paired board gives Stevie a full house and a double up to 450k, while Lewis is left with 110k and another story to tell.  "You thought I was kidding," says Lewis, who's wondering what he did to deserve this fate.

"I'm a big favorite when the money went in," he adds not knowing his opponent flopped a set of kings.  "I even routed for a deuce," Lewis says, who knew it was inevitable that the full house was coming.

 Level 21 (8/16k/2k) is underway as 47 players remain.

Event 20: Table for Three

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Ruthie Still Rolling

The last three ladies, Ruthie Ruffman (Colts Neck, NJ), Joanne Bogan (Deerfield Beach, FL) and Kristen Garry (Bronx, NY) are all on table 1.

Ruffman has the biggest stack of the three at 415k and recently took down a 250k pot with pocket aces against pocket 7s to bust a player.

Level 20 (6k/12k/2k) is underway with 53 players remaining, eight from the money.

Event 20: Big Stacks

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

The color-up break means the gold 25k chips are now in play.

Big Stacks

Jose Montes (Bronx, NY)  725k
Justin Tobin (Holland, PA) 640k
Arihan "Nipi" Rizaj (Brooklyn, NY) 560k

Level 19 (5k/10k/1k) is underway

Event 20: Color-up & Buckle Up

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

The purple (500) chips are being colored-up as players are on a 15 minute break. The next hour will be interesting as 64 players remain and 45 get paid. We'll hit the bubble soon as chips are flying across the table, but just how long hand-for-hand play lasts will have a big impact on how long the night goes.

Event 20: Another Familiar Face

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Rizaj Rises Again

Jose Montes isn't the only player that cashed in Event 19 who has a big stack in this event.  Arihan Rizaj (Brooklyn, NY), who finished 4th ($4,825) early this morning, has a mountain of chips with 475k.

He's trying to control the table, but gets out of the way when two players are all in for a 200k pot.  Tony DiGuglielmo (Collegeville, PA) has the the nut flush draw and his opponent crushed with the same jack high draw.

DiGuglielmo wins the pot and on the next hand finishes off the opponent when DiGuglielmo rivers a straight to take the players last 10k.

Level 18 (4k/8k/2k) continues.

Event 20: Huge Hand

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

With deep stacks (50 BB) and plenty of play left in the tournament, players aren't shy about getting their chips into the middle preflop.

Dave D'Ambrosi (Long Island, NY) is all in for 150k with A K against a player holding pocket aces. After two hearts on the flop, a third hits the turn to give D'Ambrosi the flush for a huge double up.  His opponent is crippled and wondering what could've been.

Level 17 (4k/8k/1k ante) continues as 85 players (40 from the money) remain.

Event 20: Double-ups

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

As the bustouts continue, some short stacks find new life:

Mike Lydon (Woodside, NY) doubles to 65k with JJ vs 55. The flop is 4 4 4 and Lydon's full house is boss.

Josh Wasserman (Middletown, NJ) shoves the button with 8 5 suited and hits an eight on the river to stay alive. He doubles 19,100 to more than 40k.

Level 17 (4k/8k/1k ante) is underway as 92 (out of 472) players remain.

Event 20: Big Stacks Divide

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

The two big stacks Jose Montes (420k) and Devonn Smith (315k) were playing together, but the table just broke.

Only three tables remain in the back of the Poker Room as they continue to merge with the main block of players.

Level 16 (2.5k/5k/500 ante) is underway.

Event 20: Bustages

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Eliminations are fast and furious, here's a look at a few:

Aldo Antonacci (Penne PE, Italy) busts two players with KK vs QQ vs JJ and is now up to 200k. The flops brings both a king and a queen for set over set.

Joe Kupresanin (Elkton, MD) flops a full house with pocket 10s to send a player home. Kupresanin now has 148k,

Frank Maffiore (Edison, NJ) eliminates a player with AK when his pocket 9s hold. He now has 100k.

Players are on a color-up break as the black (100) chips are being removed.

Event 20: Ladies Night

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Ruthie Ruffman (Colts Neck, NJ), Joanne Bogan (Deerfield Beach, FL) and Kristen Garry (Bronx, NY) have been playing at Table 1 for quite sometime before they welcome the fourth lady to the table. Dao Bui (Sterling, VA) joins the party and Bogan is shocked.

"This is the first time that I've played in a tournament with four women at it," she says.  "I'm lucky if I can find one, so this is nice."

Unfortunately Bui's stay is short lived as she runs KK into the AA of Adrian Stoch (Philadelphia, PA) and it's a huge pot as Bui ships 90k and is on the rail. 

Making sure he keeps the peace Stoch tells Bogan, "No offense, I'm an equal opportunity aces vs kings person."

Level 15 (2k/4k/400 ante) is underway with 107 (out of 472) players remaining.

Event 20: Nines Time

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Caruso Guns Down AQ

Anthony Caruso (Medford, NJ) is getting very familiar with pocket 9s. After busting with them 17th in the Championship Event ($6,658), he uses them to double-up in this event.

Caruso flops a set of 9s and all the money is on the turn against AQ. Caruso scoops the 140k pot and his opponent is out a few hands later.

Level 14 (1,500/3k/400 ante).

Event 20: Still Rolling

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

After winning the Event 19 Six-Max early this morning, Jose Montes (Bronx, NY) continues to roll on.

Holding J 10, the flop of A K Q gives him the nut straight and two knockouts. One of the players had outs with A K, but can't connect for the full house and both players are on the rail.

Montes scoops the 230k pot and is one of the big stacks in the room.

Event 20: Back in Action

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Players are filtering into the Poker Room and enjoying the last few minutes of the dinner break. They know it's going to be a long night as only 1 in 3 of the returning players will cash in the final event of the Borgata Summer Poker Open.

The Level 13 (1,200/2,400/300 ante) is underway.

Event 20: Payouts

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)   

Entries: 472
Total Buy-In: $94,400

Place - Amount

1      $23,391
2      $13,506
3        $8,241
4        $6,639
5        $5,219
6        $4,349
7        $3,480
8        $2,655
9        $1,831
10-12 $1,190
13-15    $916
16-18    $723
19-27    $568
28-36    $504
37-45    $458

Event 20: Dinner Time

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Sixteen tables remain as the last minutes tick away.

Devonn Smith is still the chip leader.  He's up to ~400k. 

That's it for level 12 and the dinner bell has rung.  158 players have been sent on dinner break until 7:40pm.

Event 20: Smith Approaches 300k

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)     

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

 Devonn Smith

Devonn Smith (Keyport, NJ) is up to almost 300k and possibly the chip leader.

Down to 18 tables now with 178 players.  Average stack is over 67k.

Event 20: Montes Busts Perrotte

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)    

Table 14 has just broken so 13 tables remain on the main floor along with 6 in the back tournament area.  That's 19 tables remaining (190 players).

On a flop of Q 9 8, Chad Perrotte and Jose Montes get all the chips in the middle.  Chad held KQ for top pair, but Jose had him beat with Q9 for top two pair.  No help appeared on the last two and Chad was busted.  Jose is up to almost 240k.

Event 20: Governa Gets One

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)   

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

On the river with a board of K J 3 Q Q, James Governa was all-in.  His opponent in seat 6 tanked for several minutes, flashed a Queen, and tried to get James to chat.

 James Governa

James was giving up nothing and eventually another player called for the clock.

Before his time expired, seat 6 called all-in.  James showed AT suited for the Broadway straight.  His opponent mucked and headed for the exit.

James chipped up to ~160k.

Event 20: Lubin Lucks Out

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)  

Three players got all their chips in the middle pre-flop.  It was AQ vs. AK vs. pocket Kings.  The Kings had the big stack.  Allan Lubin (Watchung, NJ) had the middle stack and was at risk of extinction with AK.

 Allan Lubin

A player not in the pot said he folded an Ace, so there was only one Ace left in the deck.

The door card on the flop was an Ace.  The board ran out A 8 5 4 3.

The player with AQ was busted.  Allan Lubin caught the case Ace and essentially tripled up to ~80k.

Event 20: Break Time Leaderboard

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Play resumed following the color-up with blinds of 600/1,200 with 200 antes.

25 ten-handed tables are back in action. 

 Garrett Hall (Middletown, NJ)

Here are the big stacks as of the break:

Garrett Hall ~185k
Drew Duran ~171k
Mr. Anonymous ~160k
Chad Perrotte ~155k
Coung Phung ~130k
Joe Simmons ~130k

Event 20: Color Up Break

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Wazir Baksh (Queens Village, NY) got his last chips in with pocket Queens, but was up against pocket Kings.  The Kings held and Wazir was busted.

Wazir is second on the Borgata Summer Poker Open Tournament Leaderboard with 520 points behind Austen Johnson (561 points).

Joe Simmons is up to ~130k.

At the end of level nine, players were given a 15-minute break while the staff colored up the green 25 chips.

Event 20: Perrotte Chipping Up

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Chad Perrotte (Galloway, NJ) is up to 160k on a table that has a lot of chips.  Several players have arrived, donated their chips to the table, then departed, creating several large stacks there.

 Jose Montes & Chad Perrotte

Sharing the felt on table 32 is Jose Montes, (Bronx, NY) who won event 19 yesterday (actually very early this morning) looking to add to his more than $14,000 score.

Event 20: Kristen Kracks AK

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

On a flop of K 6 4, Kristen Garry (Bronx, NY) got all-in against the big blind on her right.

 Kristen Garry

Kristen held 64 suited and had flopped two pair.  Her opponent held AK and was behind with top pair/top kicker.

The last two came 2 J and Kristin doubled up to ~120k.

Blinds are up to 500/1,000 with 100 antes for level nine.

Event 20: Stacking Up

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Blinds are up to 400/800 with 75 antes for level 8.

 John Tomeo

John Tomeo (Howard Beach, NY) is up to ~140k.

"He's the best tournament player in events with buy-ins up to $300" says Tommy 'Burger King' Colamaria, who is sharing the felt with John.

Cuong Phung is right on his heels with ~135k. 

Aldo Antonacci is up to ~115k.

Event 20: Tables Topple

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Now that no more players are arriving, they are departing at a rapid pace.  Tables are breaking down quickly.

Down to 32 tables remaining of the 470-ish entries (official numbers will come later).

Mr. Anonymous chip leader over on table 10 is up to ~150k.

Event 20: Who's In The Box?

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)  

Following the break, play resumed with level seven, blinds 300/400 with 75 antes.

Due to the massive turnout today, folks that we normally see working the floor, paying out tournament winners, or coordinating the dealers have been pressed into service as dealers.

Darcy, Deb & Foon

Now that the registration period is over and tables start to break down, these ladies will be able to return to their regularly scheduled duties.

Event 20: Early Chip Leader

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

The chip leader is out on table 11 in seat 10.  He's up to 135k and doesn't wish to give up his name.

"When I win the tournament, you'll know my name" he said.

Over on table two, seat 6 opened for 4k.  Then Jimmy Ecklund (New York, NY)  moved all-in for much more. 

 Jimmy Ecklund

Seat 2 called all-in for less.  Seat 6 tanked for a bit, then called all-in also.  The hands:
Seat 2:  TT
Seat 6:  QQ
Jimmy:  AA

The board ran out 7 5 5 5 3 giving everyone fives-full.  Jimmy took the pot with fives-full-of-Aces, busting both opponents in the process.  Jimmy's now up to ~100k. 

That's the end of level six and time for a break. 

Last chance to enter/re-enter.

Event 20: Characters on Table 26

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

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

This is the last level for entries and re-entries.

Table 26 has turned into a tough one.  Currently seated there are Marcelia 'Peachez' Keene, Jay Johnson, Arihan "Nipi" Rizaj, Anthony Maio, and Omar Akatxai (a.k.a. Taxi, get it?).

Peaches won the $500 NL event during the 2011 Spring Open.
Jay was 2nd in the $350 NL event during the 2010 Spring Open.
Nipi took 4th in the $40 6-Max last night.
Anthony Maio is still looking for his breakout tournament moment here at Borgata.
Omar Akataxi 'can bust you out, then drive you home'.

Event 20: Phung On Phire

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Cuong Phung (Atlantic City, NJ) has already amassed a stack of about 125k. 

 Cuong Phung

Many players are taking advantage of the re-entry period to play aggressively and take chances, knowing they can re-enter if they bust out.  Cuong is using this time to accumulate their chips.

Cuong has several cashes at Borgata over the last two years and a couple of final tables.  Still looking for that first Borgata trophy, though.

Event 20: Brown Busts One

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Howard Brown (Voorhees, NJ) waited patiently for a chance to pick off the aggressive player in seat 9, who was raising nearly every hand.

 Howard Brown

Howard found his spot when he looked down at pocket Queens.  He got his chips in the middle and his opponent had AJ.

Although a jack came on the flop, it was not enough and Howard sent his opponent to the rail (or the re-entry window).  Howard is up to ~70k. 

Howard finished 2nd in the $400 Deep Stack NL during the 2011 Borgata Winter Open in January, taking home over $32,000.

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

Event 20: Alert Alternates

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

More familiar faces have appeared:

Robbie Devries
Abe Korotki
Emile Debs
Howard Brown
Mirsad Kovaci

Alternates are being taken and seated as soon as a seat opens up -- which is happening fairly frequently.

There is a short line at the re-entry window.

Event 20: Break Time

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

After level three, players were sent on a 10 minute break.

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Following the break, play will resume with level 4, blinds 100/200.

Event 20: Table Talk

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)  

Binds are up to 75/150 for level three.

Tables are up and down like yo-yos.  Table 36 was added.  Table 35 was broken.  Table 37 was added.  Table 34 was broken.  Table 38 is now up.

Players are still able to enter and re-enter through three more levels.

Event 20: More Players Playing

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

More faces in the crowd:

Dao Bui
Joe Simmons
Sungwoo Tae
Wazir Baksh
Howard Wolper
Arihan 'Nipi' Rizaj
Jay Johnson
Erick But
Anthony Caruso
Jose Montes
Kelly Armentrout

Event 20: Antonacci Triples

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

On the turn with a board of 7 6 2 6, three players get all their chips in the middle.

One player held pocket Aces for Aces-up.

One player held A6 for trip sixes.

Aldo Antonacci (NYC) held pocket 2s for deuces-full.

The river was a brick and Aldo basically tripled up, busting two players in the process.  He's up to ~75k.

Blinds are up to 50/100 for level two.

Event 20: Players Playing

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Spotted these familiar faces on my first pass:

James Governa
Gregg Miller
Andrew Klein
Pierre Deissler
Leanne Rosenblatt
Tom Scutro
Demetrios Georgous
Allan Lubin
Andrew Interdonato
Tommy Colamaria
Armondo Then

Event 20: Dealers Dealing

$200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Cards are in the air for the final main event of the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open.

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

All levels will be 30 minutes long.

Players who bust out during the first SIX levels may choose to re-enter as many times as they want.

Late registrations will also be accepted during the first six levels.

Play will continue tonight as long as it takes to crown a winner.

Leaderboard Update (6/24)

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 23 events*
*(Final Results from events 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 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, 51)


Friday, June 24

Today's Events (Poker Room)

12PM: Event 20 - $200 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 25,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-10: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 11+: will last 40 minutes each
  • Players may Re-Enter during first 6 Levels (unlimited Re-Entry)
  • 1-Day event
6PM: Event 52 - $150 + $30 No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 20 minutes each
  • 1-Day event

Event 19 Recap

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

The best hand in poker is the winning hand for Jose Montes (Bronx, NY) at the Borgata Summer Poker Open, but it’s the second worst hand that helped him most in winning the six-max title.

Montes open shoved 7 3 off suit with < 10 BB and was on the ropes for his tournament life when he turned a full house against Jim Burnett's A 3 to stay alive in four-handed play. That double-up led to a heads-up showdown between the two, and when Montes tabled A♠ A on the final hand, it completed the comeback.

“I’m happy, excited and blessed to win,” says Montes who won $14,201, “this is great.”

Burnett (Pasadena, MD), who began heads up play even in chips, was decimated by a 400k chip pot when Montes hit two pairs on the river and never recovered.

“He ran like God at the end,” said Burnett, who earned $8,757 as runner-up. “He had a lot of pocket pairs and was getting hit with the deck, so that’s tough to beat. But he played well, it was a good game.”

Burnett ran pretty well himself throughout the day as he needed the same pocket aces before dinner break to stay alive. He proceeded to eliminate Arihan "Nipi" Rizaj (Brooklyn, NY) in 4th place/$4,825 with a full house, then hit an open ended straight draw on the river to bust Sahu Habibi (New York, NY) in 3rd/$6,509 to set the heads up stage.

The field had several familiar faces including Championship Event 10th place finisher Mike Dentale ($10,183), who grabbed the chip lead early, but was eliminated in 18th place, 5 spots off the money. The field also featured Borgata regulars Sheree Bykofsky, Matt “Muffins” Mazzeo and Abe Korotki.

The total buy-in was $48,800 as the field of 122 players fought for the 12 paid places.

Dan Rusignuolo (Nutley, NJ) was one of the first players to crack the 100k chip mark and rode the momentum to a 6th place/$2,603 finish. The final table of seven also featured Shaun Beymolla (North Babylon, NY) 5th/$3,669 and Michael Santora (Staten Island, NY) 7th/$2,012.

The six-max was the third short-handed game of the series and continues to grow in popularity. “For me it helps aggressive players and suits my game,” said Montes, who had a strong rooting section.

Montes was quick to add that the only other event he played during the Summer Open, was when he just missed the money in Event 1. He was anxious to get back to Borgata and called out of work just to play in the penultimate tournament of the series.

Event 19 Champion - Montes

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Jose Montes (Bronx, NY)

After winning a 400k pot with two pairs on the river to take the chip lead, Montes wins the title with pocket aces.

Montes limps from the button, when Jim Burnett moves all in and Montes snap calls.
Montes: A♠ A
Burnett: K♣ Q♠

Flop: 9 6 3♣
Turn: 9♠ (Burnett drawing dead)
River: 7

Montes wins the title with two pairs and says he's "blessed" and that his rail birds Flow, Sound Dave, and Drew were "true inspirations."

Event 19: 2nd Place - Burnett

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH
Jim Burnett (Pasadena, MD)

Event 19: 3rd Place - Habibi

$400 + $50 Six-Max NLH

Sahu Habibi (New York, NY)

Blinds 12k/24k/3k ante

Jim Burnett raises from the button to 65k, Habibi moves all in for 212k more from the SB.

Burnett tanks and says, "it's my favorite hand. I don't think I can fold it. Call"

Habibi: K Q♠
Burnett: J♠ 10

Flop: 8 4 Q (Habibi pair of queens)
Turn: K(Habibi two pairs, Burnett OE straight draw)
River: 9

The river gives Burnett the straight and knocks Habibi out in third place.  One hand earlier these two went to the river with no bets and Burnett says, "quad aces," as he turns over a pair of aces.

Burnett and Jose Montes are dead even in chips as heads up play is underway.