Friday, January 18, 2013

Event 3: Short Bubble

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Hand-for-hand play only lasts a few minutes before the bubble breaks.

Jacob Neff (Philadelphia, PA) is the first to make the money in 36th he earns $1,152 for a min cash along with:


33rd Nashaat Antonious (Redington Shores, FL)
34th Maruti Yarlapati (Pine Brook, NJ)
35th Brian Adragna (E. Meadow, NY)
36th Jacob Neff (Philadelphia, PA)

Event 4: Big Stacks Bully PLO Tables

$500 + $60 Big Stack PLO - High (Re-Entry)

Bruce Yamron
Chip Leader

The big stacks are flexing their muscles and it's Bruce Yamron (Naples, FL) taking charge with 510k.
One table over it's Ken Ruderman (Short Hills, NJ) putting his opponent's to the test with 380k.

22 players remain with an average stack of 176k (44 bb) and blinds at 2k/4k.

The top 18 cash for a minimum of $1,411, with the top prize at $28,225.

Ken Ruderman
Second in Chips

Event 3: Saul Leads on Money Bubble

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Kevin Saul (Chicago, IL) is the chip leader with 364k (121 bb) and play is now hand-for-hand on the money bubble.

With 37 players remaining the average stack is 128k (43 bb) with blinds at 1,500/3k/400 ante.

The min cash is $1,152 as the field as its eye on the $51,860 top prize.

Dash for the Cash

Events 3 & 4

Both Main Events, the 11 am $560 NL (Event 3) and the noon $560 Big Stack PLO (Event 4) are closing in on their respective money bubbles.

NL is down to 38 players, two from the money, While 22 players remain in the PLO, 4 spots from the cash.

Event 1 Recap

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The largest field in Borgata poker tournament history came down to three players who each took home the largest paydays of their careers.

In the end it was Joe Stiers (Silver Spring, MD) who won the $318,104 top prize and finished just ahead of Tanios Abi-Yaghi (Toms River, NJ) and Sam Taylor (New York, NY).

"It was some turnout," said Stiers about the 3,871 entries in the premiere event of the 2013 Borgata Winter Poker Open, "the whole East Coast showed up." 

The pivotal heads up hand for Stiers came in a 65 million chip pot when he flopped trips against Abi-Yaghi's pair of aces. The tournament was over a few hands later with Stiers holding A 7♠ for the winner.

"It feels good because I've never cracked a field of over 600," said Stiers who also earned his first Borgata trophy.

"What are you going to do," said Abi-Yaghi, who earned $209,158 as runner-up, "he hit his card." 

The final three were locked in a close battle until Abi-Yaghi got a double-up that crippled Taylor before Taylor was eliminated on the next hand.

"I'm pretty proud of myself," said Taylor, who won $137,261 for third place. "I think surreal is the word of the day. It's not just the money, but because there were almost 4,000 players."

The huge field and massive number of chips in play caused the two-day event to stretch to a third day, as the final 18 players returned Friday for the conclusion.

Two starting days generated total buy-ins of $1,935,500 -  nearly double the $1,000,000 guarantee.  But while hundreds of players took advantage of of the re-entry format, Stiers and Abi-Yaghi each only fired one bullet as both played Day 1B.

And while the field size was the talk of the event, the quality of field was just as impressive. The tournament featured former Borgata Champions, November Niners and WSOP bracelet holders, all who made the money.

The 350 players who made the money was another Borgata poker tournament record, the most places ever paid.

The tournament's success helped set the tone for the entire 18-day, 56 event series highlighted by the $2 million Guaranteed WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship event (Jan. 27 - Feb. 1).

Final Table Results

1st Joe Stiers (Silver Spring, MD) $318,104
2nd Tanios Abi-Yaghi (Toms River, NJ) $209,158
3rd Sam Taylor (New York, NY) $137,261
4th Mark Sykes (Hamden, CT) $114,946 
5th Mike Belton (Blairsville, GA) $93,377 
6th Dan Spirer (Mechanicsville, PA) $71,901  
7th Tony Campagna (Manorville, NY) $51,359 
8th Michael Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA) $35,481 
9th Austen Johnson (Greensboro, NC) $23,343 
10th Peter Grosso (Ronkonkoma, NY)$14,944 

Notable Players Making the Money Included:
48th - Ylon Schwartz (original November Niner & WSOP Bracelet winner)
107th - Cornel Cimpan (2 time WPT Champion)
109th - Ryan Eriquezzo (WSOP National Championship Bracelet)
158th - Paul Spitzberg (Day Two chip leader)
173rd - Dwyte Pilgrim (2010 BPO Champion)
228th - Olivier Busquet (2009 BPO Champion)
296th - Marsha Wolak (WSOP Ladies Championship Bracelet)


Event 1 Winner: Stiers

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

 Joe Stiers (Silver Spring, MD)

Blinds 500k/1 million/100k ante

On the final hand, Joe Stiers calls Tanios Abi-Yaghi's all in bet of 10 million.

Stiers: A 7♠
Abi-Yaghi 5♣ 4

The board of 6♠ Q Q♣ 9 Joffers no help and Stiers wins the title, the trophy and the cash.

"It feels good because I've never cracked a field of over 600," says Stiers who outlasts the 3,871 entries.

Stiers, who's a 30-year-old full time pro, gives partial credit for the win to his mom and sister for a recently acquired good luck charm.  Before playing the PCA in the Bahamas, Stiers' mom gave him a broken finger from a sculpture his sister made when she was 14.

"I don't believe in that stuff," laughs Stiers, who forgot he had the good luck charm.

"I found it in my pocket and starting winning flips which never happens, so I started using it as a card protector. It was with me in the Bahamas and I did well there so I'm going to keep it going."

Since getting the keepsake, Stiers has two wins and a runner-up finish earning him more than $400,000.

This $318,104 payday is by far the largest of his career, and Stiers says he'll be back for a few more tournaments including the Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship event.

 Stiers' Giving his Opponents the Finger

Event 1: 2nd Place - Abi-Yaghi

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Tanios Abi-Yaghi (Toms River, NJ)

Tanios Abi-Yaghi loses a pivotal 65 million chip pot to Joe Stiers heads up on his way to a runner-up finish.

On a board of A 5 5♣ J♣ 7 Abi-Yaghi calls a 22 million chip river bet and mucks his A 8 when he sees Stiers K 5 for trip 5s.

"What are you going to do," says Abi-Yaghi, "he hit his card. When you hit an ace heads up it's tough to get away from."

After crippling Abi-Yaghi, Stiers wins the title a few hands later.

"It feels great," says Abi-Yaghi as he earns the biggest payday of his career.  "I had a great rail and we had a good time."

Supporting the full time auditor were Borgata regulars Vinny and Mukul Pahjua and Leonardo Palermo.

Abi-Yaghi says if he can clear his calendar he'd love to come back to play the Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship event.

Event 1: Taylor Doubles with Trips

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 400k/800k/75k ante

On a board of A 5 5♣, Joe Stiers check-raises Tanios Abi-Yaghi from 1.6 million to 3.7 million and Abi-Yaghi calls.

Turn: J♣

Stiers bets 6 million and Abi-Yaghi calls.

River: 7

Stiers moves all in for 22 million and Abi-Yaghi calls.

Stiers shows K 5 for trip 5s and Abi-Yaghi mucks, sending a 65 million chip pot to Stiers leaving Abi-Yaghi with 12 million.

Event 4: Heads Up

$500 + $60 Big Stack PLO - High (Re-Entry)

 Abi-Yaghi (right) & Stiers Heads Up

Joe Stiers and Tanios Abi-Yaghi are now heads up playing for the $318,104 first prize and the Borgata trophy. The runner-up earns $209,158.

Abi-Yaghi has the chip lead 43 million (54 bb) to 34 million with blinds at 400k/800k/75k ante.

Event 1: 3rd Place - Taylor

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Sam Taylor (New York, NY)

Blinds 400k/800k/75k ante

On the first hand back from break, Sam Taylor raises to 2 million from the button. Tanios Abi-Yaghi
makes it 7 million from the BB. Taylor moves all, Abi-Yaghi calls and is at risk for 20.6 million

Taylor: A J
Abi-Yaghi: 7 7

Sevens hold for Abi-Yaghi and he takes the chip lead with 42 million, which leaves Taylor with only 2.5 million.

He busts the next hand when Abi-Yaghi and Joe Stiers each have a seven for a straight and split the last of Taylor's chips.

"I'm pretty proud of myself," says the 22-year-old part time player.  "I think surreal is the word of the day. It's not just the money, but because there were almost 4,000 players. You have to get lucky, there's no doubt about that."

Taylor's found his biggest luck on Day 1A when he was left with only three big blinds, but battled to record the highest payday of his career.

In addition to poker, Taylor is a student at Hunter College in New York and is an entrepreneur as part owner of a clothing company.

Poker Poker Poker

Back in Action

Events 1, 3 and 4 are all back from dinner.

The final three players in Event 1, Joe Stiers, Tanios Abi-Yaghi and Sam Taylor are buckling down to see how the remaining $664,523 will be divided up.

Event 4: Pot Luck Omaha

$500 + $60 Big Stack PLO - High (Re-Entry)

The Omaha players are on dinner break with 43 players remaining.

Carlos Solerti (Ansonia, CT) leads the way with 260k (173 bb).

The average stack is 90 (60 bb) as blinds are moving up to (800/1,500).

Play resumes at 8:30 pm.

Event 1: Dinner Time Chip Counts

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)    

At the end of the level, the final three took off for a one hour dinner break.

Play will resume at about 8:30pm.

Rough chip counts:

Joe Stiers - 33.5 million
Sam Taylor - 23 million
Tanios - Abi-Yaghi - 20.665 million

They will return to blinds of 400k/800k with 75k ante.

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

1:           $318,104
2:           $209,158
3:           $137,261

Event 3: Dinner Break

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The 72 remaining players are on a one hour dinner break, which means half of them will make the money.

The top 36 min cash for $1,152 while going for the $51,860 top prize.

The big stack is 250k (156 bb) and the average stack is 66k (41 bb) as blinds are going to 800/1,600/200 ante.

Play resumes at 8:15 pm.

Event 1: Monster Pot for Stiers

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)    

Joe Stiers (sb) and Tanios Abi-Yaghi (bb) tangled in a pot.

At the river, the board showed K J 3 Q 3 and Tanios bet 4 million.  When Joe called, the total pot was over 10 million.

Joe showed QT for Queens-up and Tanios mucked. 

With that huge pot, Joe chipped up to over 33 million.  Tanios was left with ~20 million.

Event 1: Taylor Takes One

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

The final three have been pushing blinds and antes around the table for a while.  Few flops have been seen.

Then a big had developed between Joe Stiers (button) and Sam Taylor (big blind).

Joe opened for 1.2 million and Sam called.

The flop was 8 6 5 and both checked.

Turn was a King.  Sam checked, Joe bet 1.5 million, and Joe called.

River was a 2.

Sam checked, and Joe checked behind.

Sam showed 84 suited for a pair of 8s.  Joe mucked.

That pot put Sam over 25 million.

Joe was left with about 24 million.

Tanios Abi-Yaghi leads with ~28 million.

Event 4: Linster Leads Lower 48

$500 + $60 Big Stack PLO - High (Re-Entry)

Mike Linster
PLO Chip Leader

48 players remain and the big stacks are in the 250k+ range.

Mike Linster (Levittown, NY) is the big stack with 270k (225 bb). Right behind him is Carlos Solerti (Ansonia, CT) and Sholom Lipszyk (New York, NY).

The average stack is 81k (25 bb) as blinds continue at 600/1,200

Event 4 - Payouts

Borgata Winter Poker Open
Event 4: $500 + $60 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High
January 18-19, 2013

Entries:  194
Total Buy-In:  $97,000

1:          $28,225
2:          $15,525
3:            $8,939
4:            $7,527
5:            $5,645
6:            $4,705
7:            $3,764
8:            $2,823
9:            $2,117
10 - 12:   $1,882
13 - 15:   $1,647
16 - 18:   $1,411

Event 1: Final Three Chip Counts

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

The final three are fairly close, given the huge amount of chips in play -- 77.4 million.

Joe Stiers - 29 million
Tanios Abi-Yaghi - 25 million
Sam Taylor - 23 million

The battle for $318,104 continues.  The next one to bust out will take home $137,261.

Blinds Up:  300/600 with 75 ante.

Event 3: Pahuja Still Alive After One Outer

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Pahuja, Dave Penna (Babylon, NY) & Yarlapati

On a flop of  K 7K♣, Vinny Pahuja (Hicksville, NY) and Maruti Yarlapati (Pine Brook, NJ) both check.

Turn: 10

Pahuja bets 6k
Yarlapati makes it 19k
Pahuja moves all in
Yarlapati calls for 40k total

Pahuja: 10♣ 10 (full house)
Yarlapati: A J (nut flush, straight flush redraw)

River: Q

Yarlapti hits the one outer for the royal flush to double up.  "That hasn't happened to me in a while," says Pahuja who's down to 30k, but in relatively good spirits.

Event 3: Payouts

Borgata Winter Poker Open
Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em
January 18-19, 2013

Entries:  396
Total Buy-In:  $198,000

1:           $51,860
2:           $28,809
3:           $17,862
4:           $14,405
5:           $11,139
6:             $9,411
7:             $7,586
8:             $5,666
9:             $3,841
10 - 12:   $2,497
13 - 15:   $1,921
16 - 18:   $1,633
19 - 27:   $1,440
28 - 36:   $1,152

Event 3: 7777 for Seat 7

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Silva (right) Counts out the Double-up for Philippe

Blinds 500/1k/100 ante

Jim Silva (Bridgewater, MA) raises to 3k
Philippe C (New York, NY via France) makes it 7,500
Silva moves all in for 30k
Philippe calls

Silva: AQ
Philippe: 77

Silva flops a queen while Philippe hits a set and rivers quads.

"I never win these races," says Silva has he's crippled.  "Make sure you put in there that he couldn't fold pocket 7s for 30-thousand."

Philippe hits quad 7s while sitting in lucky seat #7.

Event 1: 4th Place - Sykes

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Mark Sykes (Hamden, CT)

Joe Stiers opened for 1.2 million.

Mark Sykes shoved.

Joe called.

Mark had AQ and was behind Joe's AK.

The board bricked out and Joe took the pot.

Mark busted out in 4th place, earning $114,946.

Event 1: Abi-Yaghi Cold 5-Bet Doubles

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 125k/250k/50k ante

Sam Taylor opens to 1.2 million
Mark Sykes makes it 3 million from the button
Joe Stiers 4-bets to 6 million from the SB
Tanios Abi-Yaghi moves all in with a cold-bet shove for 9.67 million
Taylor and Sykes both fold before Stiers calls

Stiers: 8 8
Abi-Yaghi: A♣ K♣

Flop: 7♣ 2♣ J (Abi-Yaghi flush draw)

Turn: K (Abi-Yaghi pair of kings)

River: 6

Abi-Yaghi doubles to more than 20 million, while Stiers drops to 16 million

Event 1: 5th Place - Belton

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Mike Belton (Blairsville, GA)

On a flop of 87♣3, Sam Taylor led out for 1.4 million.

Mike Belton shoved for about 4 million.

Sam called, showing 98♠ for top pair.

Mike had K6 for the flush draw.

Turn was the 5, which gave Mike an open-ended straight draw.

River was the 7, however, which was no help to Mike.  He busted out in 5th place, earning $93,377.

As he was preparing to leave, Mike said to the final four, "Lot of fun, gentlemen.  Enjoyed it."

Event 1: Final Five Chip Counts

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

At the end of the level, the final five took a break.

They're back on the felt with blinds of 250k/500k with 50k ante.

Rough chip counts in millions:

Joe Stiers - 27
Mark Sykes - 16.4
Sam Taylor - 14.7
Tanios Aby-Yaghi - 11 million
Mike Belton - 6.3 million

Event 4: Noon Big Stack

$500 + $60 Big Stack PLO - High (Re-Entry) 

Sholom Lipszyk
Chip Leader

The big stack in this Big Stack PLO belongs to Sholom Lipszyk (New York, NY) who is at 210k (210 bb).

60 players remain with an average stack of 65k (65 bb) as blinds are now 500/1k.

Event 1: 6th Place - Spirer

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)    

Dan Spirer (Mechanicsville, PA)

After Joe Stiers opened, Dan Spirer shoved for ~5 million.  Joe called.

Dan was ahead with AK.  Joe had A5 off.

A five hit the board giving Joe a pair and the pot. 

Dan busted in 6th place, earning $71,901.

Dan was already an accomplished player, winning the 2010 Borgata Poker Open Six Max event for $80,665.  He decided to attend the Inside The Minds training session held the day before the Winter Open began, to get 'inside the mind' of Lee Childs, who is a player whose game he respects.

"The course was beneficial to my game", Dan commented, adding that he definitely used some of the information he learned in this event.  Dan only entered this event once, and parlayed that $500 buy-in into almost $72,000.

Dan also wanted to thank Borgata for putting on a "wonderful event" and tell everyone that "Poker is not dead on the East Coast."

Event 4: Still on the Go with PLO

$500 + $60 Big Stack PLO - High (Re-Entry)

Nearly 200 players started the day in Pot Limit Omaha and we're now down to 74.  One casualty is Will Failla (Commack, NY) who jumped into this event after busting in the Event 3 NL.

Those remaining are playing Level 8 (400/800).

Event 1: 7th Place - Campagna

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)    

Tony Campagna (Manorville, NY)

Tony Campagna got all-in pre-flop against Joe Stiers.

Tony was ahead with pocket Jacks.  Joe was racing with AQ.

The board fell K 7 5 9 A and Joe paired his Ace on the river to take the pot.

Tony will take $51,359 for 7th place.

Joe is up to over 25 million and the chip leader.

Sam Taylor is second with ~20 million.

Event 1: 8th Place - Borovetz

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Michael Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sam Taylor was still stacking chips from the previous hand when he opened for 975k.

Michael Borovetz shoved for just under 4 million.

Sam called, showing AQ suited.  Mike had AT off.

The board came Q 3 3 7 6 giving Sam a pair on the flop and a back-door flush (not that he needed it -- he was ahead the whole way).

Michael finished in 8th place for $35,481.

Event 3: Familiar Faces Still Grinding

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Mazzeo Making the Perfect Count

~400 players began the day and more than half are gone with 160 remaining.  Lots of recognizable
regulars are still plugging along including Matt "Muffins" Mazzeo (East. Williston, NY) and Eric "Pools" Siegel (Melville, NY).

The average stack is 30k (38 bb) with blinds moving up to 400/800/75 ante.

"Pools" Deep in the Tank

Event 1: 9th Place - Johnson

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Austen Johnson (Greensboro, NC)

After Sam Taylor (New York, NY) opened for 900k, Austen Johnson shoved for ~4.5 million.

Sam called, showing KQ.  Austen's K4 suited was dominated.

The board changed nothing and Austen was busted in 9th place, earning $23,343.

Event 1: Taylor Doubles Thru Borovetz

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Blinds Up:  200k/400k with 40k ante.

On a flop of 98♣6♣, Sam Taylor got all his chips in the middle against Michael Borovetz.

Sam had A♣Q♣ for two overs with nut flush draw.

Michael had 97 for top pair with open-ended straight-draw.

The last two came A3♠ and Sam paired his Ace on the turn to take the pot, doubling up to ~9 million.

Michael was left with ~ 4 million.

Event 3: No Monsters Yet

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Justin Time for the Chip Lead

It's been slow and steady in the 11 am tournament and nobody has emerged with huge stack.

Justin Liberto (Baltimore, MD) is at 100k (167 bb), while another Borgata regular is right there as well, but wants to stay anonymous saying, "it's too early," when talking about the chip lead.

2010 WPT Borgata Poker Open Champion Dwyte Pilgrim (Brooklyn, NY) has 80k.

Level 8 (300/600/75 ante) is winding down.

Event 1: Borovetz Bags a Big One

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Tanios Abi-Yaghi opened (utg+1) for 700k and got called by Michael Borovetz in the cutoff.

The flop came 5 5 3.

Both players checked.

Turn was a 4.  Tanios checked, Michael bet 600k and after some thought, Tanios called.

River was a Ten.  Tanios checked, Michael bet 1.5 million, and Tanios gave it some thought, then called.

Michael rolled over A5 suited for trip 5s.  Tanios mucked.  He dropped down to about 13.5 million.

Michael chipped up to ~9 million.

Event 1: 10th Place - Grosso

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Peter Grosso (Ronkonkoma, NY)

Blinds Up: 150k/300k with 40k ante.

Mark Sykes (Hamden, CT) opened early and action folded around to Peter Grosso, who shoved for ~4 million.

Mark had AK.  Peter was ahead with pocket Jacks.

Then an Ace flopped, leaving Peter drawing thin.

No Jack appeared and Peter busted out in 10th place, earning $14,944.

Mark chipped up to ~11.5 million.

Event 1: Tanios Takes a Big One

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

On the turn with a board of 6♣42♣Q♠, Dan Spirer (sb) fired 1.6 million.

Tanios Abi-Yaghi gave it some thought, then called.

River was the 7♠.

After some thought, Dan checked.  Tanios checked behind and showed QT for a pair of Queens.

Dan mucked.

Tanios collected the sizable pot, chipping up to over 17 million and retaking the chip lead.

Event 1: Final Table Chip Counts

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Play has resumed (still 120k/240k with 30k ante).

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

Seat.  Player - Chips (in millions)
  1. Dan Spirer - 9.8
  2. Sam Taylor - 6.5
  3. Tony Campagna - 6.0
  4. Peter Grosso - 4.4
  5. Michael Borovetz - 4.0
  6. Mike Belton - 5.3
  7. Mark Sykes - 8.2
  8. Austen Johnson - 4.65
  9. Joe Stiers - 16.0
  10. Tanios Abi-Yaghi - 12.7
Average stack is 7.7 million.

Event 1: 11th Place - Bowles

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Joseph Bowles (Philadelphia, PA)

Joe Stiers (Silver Spring, MD) opened, then Joseph Bowles shoved.

Stiers made the call with AQ.  Bowles was ahead with pocket Kings.

An Ace hit the board, sending the pot to Stiers and sending Bowles to the rail in 11th place.

The final 10 are moving to the final table and taking a break.

Event 1: 12th Place - McGlothlin

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Gary McGlothlin (Worthington, OH)

Tanios Abi-Yaghi (Toms River, NJ) opened UTG for 500k.

Gary McGlothlin shoved from the small blind.

Tanios looked him up with AK off.

Gary was dominated with AJ suited.

Although an Ace flopped, Tanios' kicker played and Gary was busted.

He finished 12th for $14,944

Event 1: 15th - 13th Places

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Cuong Phung, Dean Schultz, & David Grandieri

Blinds 120k/240k with 30k ante.  Levels are now 50 minutes long.

The action is not slowing down and three more players have reported to the rail.

Cuong Phung (Atlantic City, NJ) busted in 15th place.

Dean Schultz (Stow, OH) started the day as the shortest stack with less than 2 big blinds.  He held on to finish in 14th place.

David Grandieri (Danbury, CT) was next to go in 13th place.

All three of these players earned $11,205.

Event 1: 18th - 16th Places

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Joseph Palma, Brian Nichols, & Darius Studdard

In a battle of the blinds, Joseph Palma (Bensalem, PA) shoved his short-stack from the small and got looked up by Michael Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA) in the big.

Joseph's 82 was trailing Michael's T7.

The board changed nothing and Joseph was busted in 18th place.

Brian Nichols (Egg Harbor Twp) was next to bust in 17th place.

On the other table, Austen Johnson (Greensboro, NC) opened and Darius Studdard (Medford, NY) shoved form the small blind.

Austen looked him up with AK.  He was dominating Darius' A4.

No help for Darius on the board and he was busted in 16th place.

All three of these players will pick up $8,497 for their efforts.

Event 1: Day Three Underway

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The two day event that is now a three day event, and on its fourth calendar day, has resumed play.

Eighteen players made the cut and are continuing the battle for top prize of $318,104.

Blinds 100k/200k with 30k ante.  They will finish this level in about 35 minutes.

In early action,  Dean Schultz (Stow, OH) was all-in UTG and got the blind call from Tony 'muscles' Campagna in the big blind.

Dean was ahead with A2.

Tony had K3.

The flop came J T 9 and changed nothing.

Then a Queen on the turn gave Tony a King-high straight to take the lead.

Then a King on the river gave Dean a higher straight to save his tournament life.  With the small blind and antes, he's up to almost 1 million.

Event 3: Eary Leader

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)    

Level 5:  150/300 with 25 ante.

Kevin Saul

Kevin Saul has taken an early lead with over 55k in chips, more than four times the 12k starting stack.

He summed it up on Twitter:

Playing #BWO event 3, 560 re-entry. Arrived 35 min late, played 5 hands in 90 min #madethemostofem 55.8k from 12k start

Event 3: Tweet Time

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Checking in, and out, and sometimes in again, via Twitter:

Matt Kleckner ‏@MattKleckner
Playing #borgata $560 reentry today...15k from 12k starting goin to 75/150. @TimReillyPoker at my table. Lets builddd

Tony Sinishtaj ‏@ToNiSiNz
0/2 so far at the #BWPO $560 today. Already down to 9k from a 12kss. @DwytePilgrim to my left. #shouldbefun

Tim Bishop ‏@timbishop847
I got to 5 bet AA all in preflop and got called in two spots by AK, and QQ. I'm out. Over tournament poker at the moment.

Joe McKeehen ‏@dude904
Borgata 560 today. Mister kleckner on the table but we look to be breaking

Danny Rohde ‏@danrohde
Jumped in the 500 NL today since the PLO looked weak in entries, at table 22 with @SteveRyanPoker

Michael Marder ‏@MMarder86
Lost 1/2 my stack in 2 unfortunate showdowns. KQ<9T and KK<A9, guess it's gonna be another one of those uphill days #BWPO3

Matt Kleckner ‏@MattKleckner
13.5k @ break, goin to 100/200. #borgata

Tim Reilly ‏@TimReillyPoker
And we now have 5x opens at my table, this place is the best for Poker in the US. Just need to run better @BorgataPoker #2013POY

Jerry Callahan ‏@callahanja911
17k at first break. #BWOITM

Matthew Wantman ‏@MatthewWantman
AA was no good vs the K10 all in on K73 my second hand in of this $560 borgata. There goes 1/3rd of the roll. Back to 2/5 #Ouch #SheGotMe

Robert Hwang ‏@ActionBobNJ
Borgata 500+60. 16k from 12k start at first break. Fun table with @GrimeRat420 @RyanEriquezzo

Keep those Tweets coming!   #BWPO

Event 3: Another Tough One

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)    

Table 17

Another tough table is developing.  Table 17 has filled out with

Pierre Deissler
Gordon Eng
Dan Buzgon
Vinny Pahuja

All tables earned a break at the end of level 3.  They're now back in action with

Level 4:  Blinds 100/200.

Event 4: More Omahalics

$500 + $60 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry) 

Level 2:  Blinds 50/100.

More folks have turned up for the Omaha opener today.  Twelve tables are now going.

Latest arrivals:

Matthew Stevens
Chris Reslock
Peter Ippolito
Adam Varrenti

Event 3: Tables Filling Up

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Level 3:  Blinds 75/150.

More players are shaking off the sleep and showing up to take their seats in this event.

These frequent flyers have tuned up and begun play:

Marsha Wolak
Mike Holm
Christine Brewer
Maruti Yarlapati
David Gutfreund
Dwyte Pilgrim
Michael Marder
Cherish Andrews
Action Bob Hwang
Sach Ramrakhani
Phong VIP Nguyen
Aaron Massey
Steve Ryan
Jason Rivkin
Russell Crane

Event 4: Familiar Omahalics

$500 + $60 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)

Eleven tables of Omahalics are up and running so far in the back of the Event Center.

Among them are these familiar faces:

Chris Brand
Mark Wahba
Gil Sacks
Miami John Cernuto
Mike Dentale
Michael Drabot
Paul Spitzberg
Bruce Frank

Expecting the field to fill out as players wake up and get some coffee.

Event 4: Underway

$500 + $60 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)

Today's other main event is the first non-Hold'em event of the series.  Pot Limit Omaha usually draws a field of more serious poker players, but may also pick up some bust-outs from today's 11am NLH event.

This is Big Stack, so players began with 20,000 chips.

Late registration and re-entry is available through level 6.  

Levels are 40 minutes long for the duration of the event and it is a two-day tournament, so they'll play until about 2am, then call it a night.  Day two begins Saturday at 1 pm.

Cards are in the air!

Event 3: Tough Table

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Level 2:  Blinds 50/100.

Table six has earned the early title for tough table in the room.

 Table Six

Currently sharing the felt there are

Tony Antonious
Roger Sousa
Thomas Hoglund
Al Riccobono

***Update:  Kevin Saul arrived to fill the empty seat between Roger Sousa & Thomas Hoglund, making this table even tougher.

Tony Antonious busted out and has re-entered, landing at a new table.

Event 3: Familiar Faces

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

27 Tables are active so far here in the Event Center with lots of early birds hoping to catch some worms, er, I mean chips.

These are the familiar faces I spotted so far:

Robert Melo
Tony Sinishtaj
Paul Leon
Smiley Chin
Dan DaConti
Roman Valerstein
Stephanie Hubbard
Ken Silberstein
Gordon Eng
Pierre Deissler
Cathy Dever
Jerry Maher
Eric Siegel
Ray Shackelford
Roland Israelashvili
Howard Wolper
Matt 'Muffins' Mazzeo
Grace Sun
Ryan Eriquezzo

Event 3: Tough Table?

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Table ten started out pretty tough.

Jerry Callahan playing with himself

Jerry Callahan was seated there all by himself with 5 dead stacks.

He managed to pick up 750 in blinds before some other players arrived to start play.

Then they let him have another 75 in blinds when playing three handed.

Then Amanada Musumeci arrived and took her seat, which means Jerry won't be easily stealing blinds any more.

Event 3: Underway

$500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Today's first main event is a straight-up No Limit Hold'em event.  No bounties, no deep stacks, just good poker.

Players can still re-enter if they bust-out during the first six levels and late registrations are allowed during the same time.

Levels are 40 minutes long throughout the event.

Players began with 12,000 chips.

Level 1:  Blinds 25/50.

Shuffle Up & Deal!

This is a two-day event, so they'll play until about 2am, then bag 'em up for the night, returning at 1pm on Saturday for day two.

Event 2 Recap

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

The poker marathon known as Event 2 is in the books.  After 23 hours our winner is Tom Dobrilovic who took out Mark Anderson in a rapid heads-up lasting one hand.

Tom's been away from poker tournaments for a couple years and he's off to a roaring return.  As for this tournament, the key hand was when his tens held up against Matt Bornitz' KJ when they were down to four players.

This was a Re-Entry tournament and many did.  In fact, Borgata's number of total entries came in at 865 making the Total Buy-In $302,750.

It was also the highly popular $100 black chip bounty.  Rajen Mahadevappa who has only been playing poker for one and a half months finished in 6th Place for $13,215 with an impressive 14 bounty chips.

Patricia Cahill from Long Island was our Last Woman Standing and played beside Borgata regulars like Will "the thrill" Failla, Bart Dowling, Martha Patella, Smiley Chin, Roland Israelashvilli, and Mark Wahba.

The tournament began started in both the Event Center and Borgata Poker Room and ended in the Event Center.  Final Table kicked off at 6am and once these guys got their second wind, there was a lot of room still left in the structure to play some poker.

Alas, when the sun rose, it was Tom Dobrilovic from (West Nyack, NY) who was crowned Event 2 champ taking home the Borgata Winter Poker Open trophy along with $67,546.  Congratulations!

1st Place - Tom Dobrilovic (West Nyack, NY) - $67,546
2nd Place - Mark Anderson (Southbury, CT) - $39,352
3rd Place - Frank Vulpis (Old Bridge, NJ) - $24,081
4th Place - Matt Burnitz (Wilmington, DE) - $19,823
5th Place - Frank Labate - $16,152
6th Place - Rajen Mahadevappa (Edison, NJ) - $13,215
7th Place - Alan Kraut (Doylestown, PA) - $10,572
8th Place - Ilya Vasserman (Huntingdon Valley, PA) - $7,929
9th Place - Vinny Telymonde (Richfield Park, NJ) - $5,580
10th Place - Al Moriello (Springfield, NJ) - $3,671


Event 2: 1st Place - Dobrilovic

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Tom Dobrilovic (West Nyack, NY)
After spending two years on a deserted island Tom has sprung himself back into the poker scene.

He takes home the Borgata trophy, 12 bounties, and $67,546.

This was the longest time Tom has ever played straight through in a tournament but it's not his largest Borgata cash.

Congrats again to our Event 2 Champion.

A Break Out Win For Tom

Event 2: 2nd Place - Anderson

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Mark Anderson (Southbury, CT)

Mark Anderson turned 21 in October 2012.  This was the kid's first Borgata brick and mortar tournament.

He's overwhelmed right now and will use the winnings to eventually make the move out to Vegas to play professional poker.

Mark pocketed 7 bounties.

Event 2: 3rd Place - Vulpis

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Frank Vulpis (Old Bridge, NJ)

TV and Film freelancer Frank Vulpis just added $24,081 and 9 bounties to his poker bankroll.  He heading home now (90 minute drive) but will use some of his winnings to play in the Championship next week.

Event 1 - Final Day Table Assignments

Borgata Winter Poker Open
Event 1: $500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em
January 15-18, 2013

Entries:  3,871
Total Buy-In:  $1,935,500

Players Remaining:  18
Average Chip Stack:  4,301,000

T1 | S1 -   SAMUEL TAYLOR (NEW YORK, NY):  7,450,000
T1 | S2 -   DARIUS STUDDARD (MEDFORD, NY):  1,220,000
T1 | S3 -   TANIOS ABI-YAGHI (TOMS RIVER, NJ):  9,325,000
T1 | S4 -   MICHAEL BELTON (BLAIRSVILLE, GA):  5,920,000
T1 | S6 -   AUSTEN JOHNSON (GREENSBORO, NC):  3,650,000
T1 | S8 -   DEAN SCHULTZ (STOW, OH):  315,000
T1 | S9 -   PETER GROSSO (RONKONKOMA, NY):  3,700,000

T2 | S1 -   MARK SYKES (HAMDEN, CT):  3,580,000
T2 | S2 -   DAVID GRANDIERI (DANBURY, CT):  2,425,000
T2 | S3 -   JOSEPH STIERS (SILVER SPRING, MD):  5,475,000
T2 | S5 -   JOSEPH BOWLES (PHILADELPHIA, PA):  1,738,530
T2 | S6 -   CUONG PHUNG (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ):  1,500,000
T2 | S8 -   JOSEPH PALMA (BENSALEM, PA):  750,000

Friday, January 18

TODAY'S EVENTS (Event Center) 

11AM: Event 3 - $500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 40 minutes each 
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 6 
  • 2-Day event

12PM: Event 4 - $500 + $60 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 20,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 40 minutes each 
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 6 
  • 2-Day event

4 PM: Event 30 - $200 + $30 Ante Only No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 30 minutes each
  • 1-Day event

7 PM: Event 31 - $150 + $30 + $20 Yellow Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • This is a Bounty tournament.  Players must have their Bounty chip clearly displayed on table in order to remain active in the tournament.
  • Levels will last 20 minutes each 
  • 1-Day event

Event 2: 4th Place - Burnitz

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Matt Burnitz (Wilmington, DE)

Matt said he was playing primarily for WPT Player of The Year Points but will still take home just under 20K for his 4th Place finish.

Matt felt like the JINX was in as the moment his friend showed up with some bananas, Matt lost a race for all his chips.

Matt called Tom Dobrilovic's shove pre-flop and both gentlemen tabled their cards.

Matt's K-J vs. Tom's 10-10.

Board ran 3-6-5-Q-9 and just like that Burnitz got a banana in the tailpipe.

He'll also take home twelve $100 bounty chips.

Event 2: 5th Place - Labate

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Frank Labate ( )

Frank 3 bet then called Matt Burnitz' 4 bet.  Frank's A-3 hit a 3 on the flop and announced "all-in".  Matt snapped and tabled KK.  Kings held and after a careful count, Frank was just felted.

A nice guy who added a lot of humor to the table and for the blog.

Event 2: Burnitz Doubles

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Here's where our final five are at:

Frank Vulpis - 2,100,000
Tom Dobrilovic - 3,600,000
Mark Anderson - 1,600,000
Frank Labate - 1,800,000
Matt Burnitz - 1,100,000

Matt shipped his 525,000 stack with K-3 of clubs and was snapped by Frank Vulpis who woke up to A-K.  Frank domination did not hold up past the flop where Matt hit a 3.

Mark Anderson being the youngest at the table (21 years old) is probably no stranger to pulling all-nighters.  In fact everyone at the table still seems alert.  No yawns and lots of coffee.

Don't forget they've been playing since 11am yesterday.

Event 2: 6th Place - Mahadevappa

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Rajen Mahadevappa (Edison, NJ)

Rajen has been playing tournament poker for 90 days.  In that time he's finished in 6th Place (his best) three times.  He was frustrated because he wanted to do better than 6th but happy to be making money after playing poker for such a short time.

He met a friend from Mass. named Jaimie who has been giving him pointers and support from the rail.

Rajen also pocketed 14 $100 bouties and hit quad tens when there were two tables left.

His exit hand was K-J vs. 10-J.  A ten hit the board and sent Raj home with his a nice payday of $13,215.  He'll be back next week to play some more similar tournaments.

Event 2: 7th Place - Kraut

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Alan Kraut (Doylestown, PA)

End of the road for Alan Kraut whose AJ suited ran into Mark Anderson's QQ.

Board ran: 3-8-10-7-3.

Whereas other Players were complaining about the long hours, Alan is used to playing marathon sessions and was not phased.

Event 2: 8th Place - Vasserman

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Ilya Vasserman (Huntingdon Valley, PA)

Clownfish railed his friend for hours and offered support after Ilya's final hand.

Ilya had A-Q and regrets not shoving pre-flop.  His raise allowed Frank Labate's 7-8 to come in and hit the world on a flop of A-7-8.

Ilya scooped 12 bounties (2 short of his record) and takes home $7,929 for his long day at the office.

Event 2: 9th Place - Telymonde

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Vinny Telymonde (Richfield Park, NJ) 

Vinny got his short stack in holding A-5 suited up against Matt Burnitz' A-Q.  Vin picked up some outs but bricked the turn and river.

He almost seemed happy to be out because he was so tired and anxious to get some sleep.

Vinny won some coin playing video poker last night and now takes home $5,580 playing some real poker.

Event 2: 10th Place - Moriello

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Al "AJ THE CHEF" Moriello (Springfield, NJ)

Al Moriello takes home $3,671 for his 10th Place finish.  I'm sure Al will sleep good tonight!

Event 2: Final Table Set

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

After a gigantic Final Table bubble session that had Rajen Mahadevappa getting quad tens, the FT is finally set.

Seat - Player - Chips
1.  - Vinny Telymonde - 820,000
2.  -  Frank Vulpis - 2,500,000
3.  -  Al Moriello  - 1,100,000
4.  -  Ilya Vasserman - 360,000
5.  -  Tom Dobrilovic - 800,000
6.  -  Alan Kraut  - 820,000
7.  -  Rajen Mahadevappa - 1,700,000
8.  -  Mark Anderson - 430,000
9.  -  Frank Labate - 740,000
10. - Matt Burnitz - 750,000

And congrats to Tony Ruberto who finished in 11th Place earning $3,671.

Tony shoved with 10-J and was called pre by Vinny T. who tabled K-Q and ended up with a boat.

Event 2: Vulpis Busts Cop

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Mario Rodriguez was the chip leader 40 minutes ago but in three big hands he's now out the door.

Mario got it in great after waking up to KK in the small blind.  Action vs. big blind went back and forth until Mario shipped his stack.  Frank Vulpis called and tabled A-K.

An ace in the window had Mario drawing to the case King in the deck.

Rodriguez finishes in 12th Place earning $3,671.

His rail hung in there until the end.

Mario Walks The Beat & Takes The Beat

Event 2: Adios For Medeiros

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

David Medeiros (Falmouth, Mass) - 13th Place

End of the road for David Medeiros whose AK lost a race against Al "AJ THE CHEF" Moriello's 10-10.

Board ran 9-6-3-3-4

"It's impossible to fold tens at 5'oclock in the morning" laughed Al.

David's not sure if he's playing any more Borgata Winter Poker Open tournaments but leaves this one with $2,643 and a smile.

Event 2: 14th & 15th Places

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Charles Carriker (Arlington, VA) busts out in 15th Place when his KK gets run down by Mario Rodriguez' 77.

Mario hits a miracle 7 on the turn and sends Carriker home.

Board: 6-4-5-7-10.

Charles takes home $2,643 for his one day's worth of work.

On the other table...

Steve Kim survives a three way all-in where everybody has an ace and the case ace hits the flop.

One orbit later Kim's short stack could not withstand Mark Anderson who flops a set of 6's.

Steve's K-4 was his exit hand.  Steve also adds $2,643 to his Borgata Bank after finishing in 14th Place.

An interesting sidenote:  Frank Labate folded an over pair when Anderson isolated.  Frank of course would have lost to the set so he was thrilled he mucked.

Event 2: Schleck Too

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)  

Rajen Mahadevappa strikes again as he knocks out Jamie Schleck in 17th place.

Schleck was a Donkey on the Edge (Shrek reference) when his AJ ran into Rajen's QQ.

A clean board of 7-4-5-K-5 gave Rajen bounty chip #14 and sent Jamie packing home with $1,733.

Event 2: Final Two Tables

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)  

Final Two Tables Are Set

Table 1:
Seat - Name - Chips:  
1.  Ed Jacobs (Hauppauge, NY) - 240,000
2.  Tom Dobrilovic - 1,350,000
3.  Al "AJ THE CHEF" Moriello (Springfield, NJ) - 555,000
4.  Mario Rodriguez - 500,000
5.  Charles Carriker (Arlington, VA) - 500,000
6.  Frank Vulpis (Old Bridge, NJ) - 363,000
7.  Alan Kraut (Doylestown, PA) - 650,000
8.  Matt Burnitz (Wilmington, DE) - 835,000
9.  David Medeiros (Falmouth, MA) - 735,000

Table 2:
Seat - Name - Chips:
1.  Steve Kim - 450,000
2.  Vinny Telymonde (Richfield Park, NJ) - 720,000
3.  Jamie Schleck - 440,000
4.  Ilya Vasserman - 280,000
5.  Mark Anderson (Southbury, CT) - 370,000
6.  Rajen Mahadevappa (Edison, NJ) - 610,000
7.  Frank Labate - 1,100,000
8.  OUT
9. Tony Ruberto - 700,000

Event 1: Day 3 - Friday, 2 pm

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

It will take an extra day to see who takes home the $318,104 in the premiere event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open.

The originally scheduled two-day tournament (not counting both Day 1A & 1B) has been extended
to a third day. The final two tables return 2 pm Friday.

Tanios Abi-Yaghi (Toms River, NJ) is the chip leader with 9.325 million, but several other players are right behind him.

The average stack is 4.3 million (22 bb) with blinds resuming at 100k/200k/30k ante.

Name-Chip Count

Tanios Abi-Yaghi 9.325 million (47 bb)
Tony Campagna 8.74 million
Sam Taylor 7 million
Mike Borovetz 6.38 million
Dan Spirer 6.34 million
Mile Beldon 5.92 million
Gary McGlothlin 5.9 million
Joe Stiers 5.475 million
Joseph Bowles 5.085 million
AVERAGE STACK 4.3 million (22 bb)
Peter Grosso 3.7 million
Austen Johnson 3.65 million
Mark Sykes 3.58 million
Dave Grandieri 2.435 million
Cuong Phung 1.5 million
Darrius Studdard 1.22 million
Brian Nichols 810k
Joseph Palma 750k
Dean Schultz 315k (1.6 bb)

Event 2: Mahadevappa Vaporizes Sparacio

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)  

Rajen Mahadevappa (Edison, NJ) - 900,000

Wow, Rajen Mahadevappa was down to 35,000 chips just a couple levels ago.  He went on to win three all in's against former chipleader James Sparacio and just knocked him out.

Rajen "The Comeback Kid" Mahadevappa is sitting on 13, count-em, 13 bounties.

The hand that crippled Sparacio was a small blind short stack shove with Q-8 up against bb A-Q.  A couple hands later Sparacio got the rest of his chips in with A-8 and Rajen called with 7-7.

Rajen sets up on the flop, takes James' tournament bounty then shakes his hand.

James Sparacio busted in 19th Place earning $1,468.

Condensing down to two tables and YES we are playing it out tonight as originally planned.

Event 1: Former Chip Leader Deep Sixed

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Jason Andrews (Allison Park, PA) was one of the big stacks most of the day, but his tournament ends just shy of the final two tables.

After Andrews and chip leader Tanios Abi-Yaghi (Toms River, NJ) check the turn, a 6 falls on the river.  Abi-Yaghi puts Andrews all in, who makes the quick call for his last 2 million.

Abi-Yaghi shows a rivered straight with 8 4, while Andrews has a pair of 6s with J 6.  "I thought you were trying to make move," says Andrews who is out in 19th place, "I wasn't going to sit here all day."

Andrews takes home $7,003 while the remaining 18 players are bagging and tagging for the night.

Event 2: More Gonners

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)  

The following Players each earned $1,468 for their Event 2 finish.

23  -  Brian Odonoghue  -  Bayside, NY
24  -  George Sakellaridis  -  Greenport, NY
25  -  Cullen Hofmann  -  Baltimore, MD
26  -  Paul Richemard  -  Easton, PA
27  -  Michael Merkovich  -  Rego Park

Congratulations on your Borgata payday!

Event 2: Tom Taking Over

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)  

22 Players remain in The Event Center.  Rumors are floating around that Event 2 Players are gonna quit for the night once they reach 18.

Short stacks are holding on for dear life and many are surviving with fist pumps flying.

Tom Dobrilovic has taken a commanding chip lead with 1.7.  His stacks are lined up into a perfect square that almost resembles a nation's flag.

Ilya Vasserman has built up to 450,000.  He shoved and showed KK earlier.

Tony Ruberto executed a nice trap with 10 10 but lost the hand when a short stack with A 3 hit his A along with two Queens.

Blinds are 10K / 20K with 3K antes.

Event 1: Zinno Out Muscled

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Zinno (left) Gets Kinged by Campagna as 
Floor Manager Andrew Verifies the Count

Anthony Zinno (Cranston, RI) is all in for 4 million with pocket jacks, but runs into the pocket kings of Tony "Muscles" Campagna (Manorville, NY), who has Zinno covered.

The board is no help and Zinno is out in 20th place as he takes home $7,003.

Event 2: No Nit Burnitz

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)  

Matt Burnitz - 900,000

Matt Burnitz (Wilmington, DE) who finished 2nd in the 2012 Borgata Poker Open WPT Championship for S488,850 just doubled up nicely from former chip leader Frank Vulpis.

Matt's A-K held up against Frank's A-Q on a board of 9-8-8-2-10.

With the transfer of power, Frank is looking to rebuild.

Not for nothing but no tells off poker pro Burnitz who's sporting the hood, scarf, cap, and glasses.

Event 1: Two More Down

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

After Sam Wasserman (Fairfax, VA) busts in 21st place, Robert Sembler (Staten Island, NY) is right behind him in 20th.

Sam Taylor (New York, NY) moves all in from the button with 5 million chips and Sembler calls for his last 1.2 million.

Sembler: A 4
Taylor: 10 5

There are two 10s on the flop and Taylor gets the knockout with trip 10s.

Taylor and Wasserman both take home $7,003.


$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)  

The following Players finishing 28th - 36th each earned $1,263

28th  -   Seung Lee (Fresh Meadows, NY)
29th  -   Azamat Lamkov
30th  -   Nicholas Santeramo (Valley Stream, NY)
31st  -    Howard Fried (Pine Beach, NJ)
32nd  -  Gerald Taylor (Brooklyn, NY)
33rd  -   David Elyazyan (Brooklyn, NY)
34th  -   Debra Dorcy (Oak Hill, FL)
35th  -   Tim Lahey (Waterbury, CT)
36th  -   Arthur Gavrilov (Staten Island, NY)

Final 3 tables returned from a brief break and are back to the grindstone.

Event 1: No Action Before Break

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Dealer Jermaine Keeps the Action Going as 
Late Night Railbirds Look on

We've been stuck at 22 players as the target to end the night is still 18 players.

Players are on break with blinds moving up to 80k/160k/20k ante.

Event 2: Vulpis With 1.25 Mill

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)  

Frank Vulpis is now among the chip leaders with 1,250,000.  He gets a new zip code when we went from four tables down to three.

Things will get exciting if Frank Vulpis and James Sparacio decide to mix it up.  James has just over 1,000,000.

We've reached the next pay level.
19-27 each earn $1,468.

Event 1: Bustout Poker

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Five more eliminations, all earning $7,003.

23 Michael Molloy
24 Tony Tran
25 Robson Barbosa
26 Tony Tran
27 John Myung

Word on the street that this two day tournament will stretch to a third day when 18 players remain.  That's unofficial until a final ruling is made, but floor directors are leaning in that direction.

Event 2: Dobrilovic Sic Chip Lead

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)  

Tom Dobrilovic (New York, NY) - 1,000,000

It's a two horse race for chip leader between Tom Dobrilovic and James Sparacio.  Tom is just north of 1,000,000 and James is just south.  Both are at different tables.

Tom won a huge pot when he turned a flush after his Opponent flopped two pair.

"I jammed the turn for 300,000 and he called" explained Dobrilovic.

Event 1: 10 Million Chip Man

$500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

 Abi-Yaghi (left), Johnson (right) with Mike Borovetz in Between

Austen Johnson (Greensboro, NC) and Tanios Abi-Yaghi (Toms River, NJ) mix it up in the largest pot of the tournament and Abi-Yaghi is now the chip leader with 10 million.

Blinds 60k/120k/20k ante

Abi-Yaghi begins the hand with 5 million chips and raises to 225k, Johnson (~7 million) calls from the button.

Flop 9♠ 7♠ 3x

Abi-Yaghi bets 300k
Johnson makes it 850k
Abi-Yaghi three-bets to 1.85 million
Johnson moves all in for Abi-Yaghi's last 3 million, Abi-Yaghi calls.

Abi-Yaghi: AA
Johnson: 77 (set of 7s)

Turn: A

River: X

Abi-Yaghi's set on the turn gives him the 10 million chip pot and knocks Johnson down to 2 million.

Event 2: Ruberto Robbin'

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)  

We've seen our share of small blind v. big blind battles today so why not one more.

Opponent opens for 45,000 in the small blind and Tony Ruberto jams 270,000 from the big.  SB calls, at risk, and tables JJ.

Ruberto is way behind holding Q5 suited but catches up quickly when he catches a straight to the 6.

Ruberto collects another bounty after felting Opponent in 36th Place.

Four tables remain.

Event 2: Counts

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)  

5 Tables Strong

If you've been following the blog for this tournament here are some names we mentioned in earlier stories along with their current chip counts.

Jamie Schleck - 120,000
Frank Labate - 250,000
Frank Vulpis - 450,000
Mario Rodriguez - 250,000
James Sparacio - 880,000
Will The Thrill - Busted
George Sakellaridis - 180,000
Patricia Cahill - 110,000
David Elyazyan - 270,000
Michael Merkovich - 340,000

So much for the bloggers curse - all these guys (and Patricia) are still breathing!

38 Players remain with average stack at 273,157.