Saturday, June 25, 2011

Event 20 Recap

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A spectacular run by Jose Montes (Bronx, NY) came up just short of winning back-to-back Borgata Summer Poker Open titles with his second place finish to Mitchell Mantin (Las Vegas, NV) in the final event of the series. Mantin took the title and the $23,391 first place prize, while Montes settled for a 1st in Event 19 and a runner-up finish in Event 20.

"I've never run this well in my entire life," said Montes, who took home $13,506 for second place. "Right now I'm not tired, but will be exhausted later."

Montes said he only got three hours of sleep after winning the Six-Max title early Friday morning ($14,201) and was back at the table at high noon for what turned into an 18 hour marathon. But after Montes dominated the field, it's Mantin who takes the top spot.

"Borgata has an amazing room, great (tournament) structures and I'll definitely be back," said Montes who played in several tournaments throughout the 17 day series.

Third place finisher Kristen Garry (Bronx, NY) led a strong contingent of women players that had three finishers in the money. Ruthie Ruffman (Colts Neck, NJ) joined Garry (3rd/$8,241) at the final table and finished 7th ($3,480) in one of the most dramatic exits in any of the 20 Main Events.

In a 7 million chip pot, Ruffman flopped a full house with pocket 9s on a board of 2 2 2. She was ahead of Montes who made the all in call with K J, but when the 4th deuce hit the turn, Montes won the hand with his king kicker.

"The pot was too big for me to fold," said Montes, "plus I still would have had 1.6 million if I lost the hand." Montes continued his good fortune against Garry, when he hit a pair on the river to knock her out.

Despite the frustrating elimination, Garry was pleased to see so many women do well. "I won't play in ladies events, because they play so poorly," said Garry. "But these were actually pretty good players." Garry and Ruffman were joined by Joanne Bogan (Deerfield Beach, FL) who finished 43rd/$458.

The tournament began with 472 entries putting up $94,400 as the players looked to grab one of the 45 payouts. Several of the early leaders rode their chip stacks into the money, but Arihan "Nipi" Rizaj (Brooklyn, NY) and Justin Tobin (Holland, PA) both missed the final table.

Rizaj, who was also at the Six-Max final table with Montes, finished 17th, while Tobin was right behind him in 16th place as both took home $723. The field also featured Anthony Caruso (Medford, NJ) who added to his 17th place finish in the Championship Event ($6,658) with a $504 payday for finishing 30th.

In the end, this tournament will be remembered for the dominant play by Montes, Garry and Ruffman, but it's Mantin who's the last man standing.

Event 20 Champion - Mantin

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Mitchell Mantin (Las Vegas, NV)

In a surprising finish Mantin takes the title over Jose Montes to conclude the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open.

Event 20: 2nd Place - Montes

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Jose Montes (Bronx, NY)

Event 20: 3rd Place - Garry

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Kristen Garry (Bronx, NY)

Garry makes her all in move with 1 million chips and is called by Jose Montes

Garry: A♣ K
Montes: K♣ 10

Flop: 7 9 3♣
Turn: 5
River 10♠

The river gives Montes a pair of 10s and the winner. He now has 9.5 of the 11.8 million chips entering heads up play against Mitchell Mantin.

Event 20: 4th Place - Ferro

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Bill Ferro (West Chester, PA)

Ferro is all in for 600k with 9 6 vs the pocket 7s of Mitchell Mantin. The 7s hold and Ferro's out in 4th place.

Event 20: 5th Place - Lydon

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 Mike Lydon (Woodside, NY)

Lydon shoves 800k all in preflop with Q 10, but Jose Montes dominates him with AQ.  Lydon is out, while Monte's chip lead continues to grow.

Event 20: 5th Place - Mendofik

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Jeremy Mendofik (Oceanside, NY)

Blinds 40k/80k/10k ante

Mike Lydon (Woodside, NY) opens to 200k, Mendofik moves all in for 350k total. 

Lydon: AJ
Mendofik: J 10

Mendofik hits a 10 on the turn to win the hand.

Event 20: 7th Place - Ruffman

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Ruthie "Crazy Elf" Ruffman (Colts Neck, NJ)

In a hand that will be dissected over and over, Ruffman is on the rail in one of the most dramatic hands we've seen during the Borgata Summer Poker Open.

Ruffman: 2.77 million
Jose Montes 4.370 million

Blinds: 30k/60k/5k ante

Ruffman (Cutoff) raises to 275k
Montes (Button) 3-bets to 575k total
Ruffman calls

Flop: 2♣ 2 2♠

Ruffman bets 650k
Montes raises to 1.5 million total
Ruffman 3-bets all in for 2.195 million total (695k more)

Montes, with 2.2 million remaining goes in the tank, counts, recounts and eventually calls

Ruffman: 9♠ 9 (full house)
Montes: K♣ J♠

Turn: 2 (Montes leads with quad 2s, king kicker, Ruffman needs an ace or king to chop)

River: J♣

Montes king kicker plays with the quad 2s and a stunned Ruffman is out after a great run. Montes now has 7.25 million, more than half the chips in play.

Event 20: 8th Place - Ross

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Dan Ross (Havertown, PA)

Ross moves all in for 300k with QJ against the AJ of Jose Montes.  Ross doesn't hit and and is on the rail as Montes extends his chip lead.

Event 20: 9th Place - Georgous

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Demetrios Georgous (Little Falls, NJ)

Georgous is all in for 230k with a pair of 4s, but is rundown by Ruthie Ruffman, who's KQ hits a king on the turn.

Event 20: Final Table

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The simultaneous bust outs of  Brandon Guss (Philadelphia, PA) and Joseph Quispe (Newark, NJ), one on each table, means we have a final table of nine.


1 Mitchell Mantin (Las Vegas, NV)
2 Mike Lydon (Woodside, NY)
3 Dan Ross (Havertown, PA)
4 Jeremy Mendofik (Oceanside, NY)
5 Demetrios Georgous (Little Falls, NJ)
6 Kristen Garry (Bronx, NY)
7 Ruthie Ruffman (Colts Neck, NJ)
8 Jose Montes (Bronx, NY)
9 Bill Ferro (West Chester, PA)

Event 20: 10th Place - Quispe

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Joseph Quispe (Newark, NJ)

Event 20: 11th Place - Guss

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Brandon Guss (Philadelphia, PA)

Event 20: 12th Place - Carney

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T.J. Carney (Philadelphia, PA)

Event 20: 13th Place - Hartman

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Andy Hartman (Brooklyn, NY)

Event 20: 14th Place - Smith

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Devonn Smith (Keyport, NJ)

Event 20: Final 14

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A look at the final two tables.

Table 1


1 Mike Lydon (Woodside, NY)
2 Dan Ross (Havertown, PA)
4 T.J. Carney (Philadelphia, PA)
5 Bill Ferro (West Chester, PA)
6 Demetrios Georgous (Little Falls, NJ)
8 Joseph Quispe (Newark, NJ)
10 Ruthie Ruffman (Colts Neck, NJ)

Table 2


1 Mitchell Mantin (Las Vegas, NV)
3 Jeremy Mendofik (Oceanside, NY)
5 Jose Montes (Bronx, NY)
6 Kristen Garry (Bronx, NY)
7 Andy Hartman (Brooklyn, NY)
9 Brandon Guss (Philadelphia, PA)
10 Devonn Smith (Keyport, NJ)

Event 20: Another Monster

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We pick up the action with a ton of chips in the middle on a board of 4♣ K♠ K 8♣ 6♠ with two of the biggest stacks in a blind on blind battle.

Justin Tobin (Holland, PA) checks in the SB and Jose Montes (Bronx, NY) moves all in, putting Tobin at risk for his last one million chips. Tobin tanks and eventually calls.

Montes turns over K♣ 10 for trip 10s and Tobin mucks. "You can't believe I have a king when I lead out on a flop like that," says Montes, who now has 3.1 million.

Tobin's run comes to an end in 16th place, earning him in $723.

After one more elimination the 14 remaining players on a 15 minute color-up break as the orange (1k) chips are removed from play.

Event 20: Nipi & Crazy Elf = 2 Million Chip Pot

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Arihan "Nipi" Rizaj's run at back-to-back final tables is cut short by a crazy elf.

Ruthie "Crazy Elf" Ruffman (Colts Neck, NJ) and "Nipi" (Brooklyn, NY) see a flop of Q Q 4. The two big stacks, with more than one million each, are all in after a check, bet, reraise and shove.

Ruffman's pocket kings are way ahead of Nipi's pocket jacks and when the board bricks for Rizaj, Ruffman takes the chip lead with more than 2 million. Rizaj, who finished 4th in the Six-Max, finishes 17th for $723.

Ruffman has a small routing section that wants to make sure that everyone knows her on-line name is "Crazy Elf." The only thing crazy at this point is Ruffman's chip count.

Level 25 (20k/40k/4k ante) is underway.

Event 20: 18 Player Redraw

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Andy Hartman & Brandon Guss on Table 2
Eighteen players are redrawing for their seats on the final two tables. The last two woman, Ruthie Ruffman (Colts Neck, NJ) and Kristen Garry (Bronx, NY) are still in the field and are now playing on opposite tables.

Level 24 (15k/30k/4k ante) continues.

Event 20: Deja Vu

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"Nipi" & Montes

Thursday night Jose Montes (Bronx, NY) and Arihan "Nipi" Rizaj (Brooklyn, NY) were side-by-side at the final table on they're way to a nice payday in the Six-Max tournament. Twenty-four hours later they're seated next to each other again as two of the biggest stacks in the room.

Montes, who won Event 19 ($14,201) has 780k, while Rizaj (4th in Event 19/$4,825) has 945k. Both are in the running for the $23,391 first place prize as both are top five in chips.

Justin Tobin continues to lead the way with more than one million, while Mitchell Mantin is also a big stack with 760k.

Level 24 (15k/30k/4k ante) is underway.

Event 20: Three Tables

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Tobin on Top

The remaining 27 players are now on the final three tables. Justin Tobin (Holland, PA) is the chip leader with 1.3 million.

Level 23 (12k/24k/3k ante) is underway.

Event 20: Flying Fast

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With multiple eliminations on single hands, the first 15 bustouts are in the books and it's Anthony Caruso (Medford, NJ) who's out in 30th place ($504).

With just 8 big blinds and in the BB Caruso and 4 other players see a flop of 8 6 4. Caruso moves all in for 160k and is called by UTG who limped into the pot with 8 6 and flops two pairs.

Caruso doesn't get any help and the Championship Event 17th place finisher ($6,658) is already looking forward to September. "This is great," he says. "I can't wait for the WPT."

For those of you keeping track, the $3,500 WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship is slated for September 18-22, 2011.

Level 22 (10k/20k/3k ante) is underway.

Event 20: We Be Jammin'

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As soon as they hit the money the short stacks start jamming all in.

Mitchell Mantin (Las Vegas, NV) takes out three players on one hand with pocket kings, while on another table Joseph Quispe (Newark, NJ) uses AA to knock out two players.

The barrage of bust outs means a flood of players are heading to the window to collect their cake.

Event 20: No Bubble

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Andrew First in Line

Before hand-for-hand play begins, two players bust on one hand to send the 45 remaining players into the money.

Andrew Interdonato (Washington, D.C.) is the first player to cash and is lucky to do it. With just 7k left he's all in with 6 7 and spikes an 8 on the river to double-up. 

After the hand it's announced that everyone is in the money and Interdonato busts on the next deal and takes home $458.