Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Event 11: last woman standTING

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Ting Ho - 380,000

May Siu rivered two pair while her Opponent rivered the nuts.

All the chips got in and May busted in 18th Place earning $1,110.

That means Ting Ho (Las Vegas, NV)  is our Event 11 - Last Woman Standing.

Ting flew in with her boyfriend late last night and is traveling on the WPT circuit.

She's playing well today and has padded her stack to 380,000 which is amongst the chip-leaders.

Event 12: You Feuse You Lose

$500 + $60 H.O.R.S.E.

Terry Feusner Busts Player

In a hand of Texas Holdem Terry Feusner (Quakertown, PA) hits a flush with A4 and felts his Opponent out the door.

Board fell: K 6 6 J 8

Terry has around 30,000 in chips.

Top 9 make the money and split up the $44,500 Total Buy-In.

Win - $15,107
Place - $8,201
Show - $5,180

Event 11: The Bariban Has Been Raised

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

William Bariban - 350,000

Now at table 1 is William Bariban (Brooklyn, NY).  He's climbed from obscurity all the way up to being amongst the chip leaders.  All thanks to pocket eights.

In back to back hands Bariban held wired eights and both time they proved to be gggggr8!

First 88 held up vs. AK suited.  Then William's 88's were behind against Opponent's 99's.  It took a miracle case 8 on the river to give Bariban the hand and monster scoop.

After I took William's picture he said he'd be signing autographs tomorrow from 7-12.

Table 3 has broken up.  That leaves 18 players or 3 tables of 6.

Play will end at 2am then redraw and continuation tomorrow.

Event 11: Nathan Nixed

 $400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

 End of the road for Nathan Tuthill (Fredericksville, VA) who got his short stack in with K-10 vs. Kevin McColgan's J-8.   Tuthill ended the hand with two pair but McColgan hit a straight with his J. 

Board: Q-A-10-A-K

That brought the table down to four players and play continued.  That certainly brings a new dynamic to the table.

Exits - Name - City - Amount
23 - Nathan Tuthill (Fredericksville, VA) - $832
22 - Andrew Jeffrey (Mansfield, OH) - $832
21 - Michael Kalfa (Bayville, NJ) - $832

Top two chip stacks in the room belong to Mike Lagnese (Blue Bell) with 360,000 and Roland Israelashvili who has 310,000.

Event 11: Tw66ts

 $400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Busted 23rd to some kid thinking we were playing blackjack instesd of poker. Lost like $60 today. Gl 

Was down to 30k....got 101k now 1500/3k 400a 

Busting 29th 99< q10 for 120k at 1200 2400. Gl everyone 

So today I've lost at 6max tourney, NL cash, online PLO. Might see if there's a live sng running.

I just busted out 6 before the money I ran into quads so I am steaming a little bit now

Event 11: Done And Done

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

23 - Daniel Buzgon (Marlton, NJ) - $832
24 - Marshall White (Garner, NC) - $832
25 - Daniel Wach (Boonton, NJ) - $666
26 - Joseph Egan (Phila, PA) - $666
27 - David Powell (Woodside, NY) - $666
28 - Nachman Berlin (Brooklyn, NY) - $666
29 - Ryan Eriquezzo (Danbury, CT) - $666
30 - Roy Kasenchak (Bay Shore, NY) - $666

Remaining 22 players are playing for the $28,294 first place prize.

Will bag and tag at the end of the night then resume tomorrow.

Average stack is 156,000.

Event 11: Sica-Max

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Mike "Little Man" Sica - 81,000

If you're wondering how Mike "Little Man" Sica got his name it happened 44 years ago after he played pool for 38 hours straight.  Billiards pro Bill "Weenie Beenie" Staten saw Mike and said, "Look at that little man there with all that heart".

The name stuck and now Mike plays marathon poker sessions instead of pool - but he still has a lot of heart.

"He wins every pot he plays" says Josh Supsak sitting across.  Josh doubled up Sica who had been stuck at 10,000 for 6 hours.

Event 11: Cupcake Wars

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

 I'm So Frosted

I have to say this is the first edible card protector I've ever seen.  So here's the story behind John Hinds cupcake marker.  He returned from dinner and it was simply sitting there.  Hmmmm.

John suspected that it came from May Siu who took a big pot away from him before dinner.

May Q 10 vs. John's K10

Board:  K♠ 8 2 K A

At the conclusion of the hand John joke with May, "I think I deserve your dinner voucher for that one".  So instead of treating for dinner, May extended an olive branch in the form of a cupcake.

In a short period of time John has grown attached to his marker especially since he's been winning with it.  In fact, he's vowed to only eat the cupcake once he's busted - even if he wins and the tournament goes to the end of Day 2.

Event 11: Here's What's Sup

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Josh Supsak - 290,000

Josh Supsak has been steadily moving forward all day.  He's currently 2nd in chips only 10,000 behind Mike Lagnese.

Most noteworthy hand for Supsak came against Orson Young.  When the blinds were 800 / 1600, Orson had 180,000 then lost $125,000 when he hit a bottom straight vs. Supsak's stop straight.

Josh J-10 vs. Orson 66 against an 8-7-5-10-9 board.

A couple hands later Josh finished Orson off in a 77 vs 22 match-up.

Event 12: Three Filly's Left

$500 + $60 H.O.R.S.E.

Vanessa Brown (Queens, NY)

Three ladies remain.  Kim Findura (Butler, NJ) and Wendy Freedman (Las Vegas, NV) are at the same table while Vanessa Brown (Queens, NY) is next door.

Vanessa just got beat up in a big hand leaving her with 6K and change.  "It's okay, if I bust here I'll win it back downstairs" said Brown.

As for Kim, she likes all the hi/lo games best and said she hates STUD.  Kim's best hand of the day was when she doubled up with quad 6's against and all-in.

Wendy loves the H.O.R.S.E. event and ironically loves actual horses.  In fact, she used to ride and compete Western Style.

So we'll see from the 56 remaining players if these three interesting ladies can end up in the top spot.

Wendy Freedman (s-3) & Kim Findura (s-5)

Event 11: Roland Rollin'

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Roland Israelashvili - 200,000

This fortress of chips lands Roland Israelashvili (Forest Hills, NY) in third place regarding tournament chips.

Mike Lagnese (Blue Bell, PA) still in first with 300,000.

Still anybody's game as average stack is 110,709.

Event 11: Bubble Gone

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Here's the deal, no dinner break for Six-maxers until the bubble burst.  Well, after a half-hour of hand for hand, a Player with A-7 busted a short stack holding JJ. Ace on a flop held up.

With that, the remaining 30 Players (out of 286 entries) have all made the money and bolted for dinner.

Min pay for the 6-Max is a very creepy $666.

Top prize is $28,294.

Players can now enjoy 60 minutes for dinner and use their food court dinner voucher. .

Event 11: Best Of Both Tournaments

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Dan Wach & Yoram Mainssof

Dan is currently playing hand for hand in the Six-Max waiting for the bubble to burst.  Meanwhile, his good friend Yoram Mainssof (Cherry Hill, NJ) is on dinner break from the H.O.R.S.E. tournament.

They have plans to dine together if the bubble ever breaks.

Wach has around 100,000.

Event 11: Four Flushed Felted

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)    

Nathan Tuthill Makes A Move

Nathan Tuthill (Fredericksville, VA) cracks Pierre Deissler's KK and sends him home in 36th Place.

Nathan 7 7
vs. Pierre's K♠ K

Board: A Q 9 3 5

Nathan is now right around average chip stack which is 98,057.  With that KO, table 7 broke up moving Nathan over to Table 3.

35 Players remain.  Bubble is quickly approaching - as is a dinner break.

Event 12: Do Feed The Horses

$500 + $60 H.O.R.S.E.  

Stable of H.O.R.S.E.s are being fed.

61 Players on eight tables remain in The Event Center.

Average stack is 17,508.

Play resumes at 8:30PM.

First place receives bragging rights, a Borgata trophy, and $15,107.

Event 11: Remaining Sixers

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)    

Level 13:  Blinds 1k/2k with 300 ante.  Play has resumed

Here are the familiar faces I spotted remaining in the dwindling field:

Table 1
Mike Lagnese
May Siu
John Hinds

Table 2
Michael Marder
Mukul Pahuja
Nachman Berlin
Kevin McColgan

Table 3
Javier Fernandez
Cherish Andrews
Leo G
Ragavan 'Rags' Thiagarajah

Table 4
Mike Kalfa
Mike 'Little Man' Sica
Orson Young
Josh Supsak

Table 5
Ting Ho
Dan Buzgon
Rob Brown

Table 6
Roland Israelashvili
Ryan Eriquezzo
Wade Woelfel

Table 7
Pierre Deissler
Lyle Diamond
Dan Wach
Nathan Tuthill

Event 11: Good Day For May

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

May Siu's Stock Is Rising

A friendly face seen at all five Borgata Poker Opens is May Siu.  On her last table she went from 15,000 all the way up to 110,000.

"But now I'm here with all these tough guys" said May, possibly talking about the chipleader Mike Lagnese (Blue Bell).

May said she's looking for Aces so she can double up and take a run at winning this thing.

7 tables remain with 39 Players battling for the $114,400 Total Buy-In.

Top 30 make the cake.

Event 10 Recap

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

It was "Open Mike" night at this final table of the Borgata Winter Poker Open. With four players named Michael, it was inevitable that Mike Linster (Island Park, NY) would be heads up against Michael Matrone (Morganville, NJ) for the title.

Linster not only won the battle, but he also claimed his second title of the series.

"I'm playing well, seeing all the hands, and am really focused right now," said Linster who earned $38,801 for the win.  On the final hand both players were nearly dead even in chips when Linster eliminated Matrone with J♣ J.

"We got tight at the end," says Matrone who earned his second highest career cash at $21,984 as runner-up, "and I pushed with [garbage] cards."

The other two Mikes in the final ten were Mike Esposito (East Hanover, N), who finished 6th and 
Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) who was 8th. This was Dentale's second straight final table after he finished 7th in Event 6 ($1k).

Day 2 of this bounty tournament started off with a bang as there were two double-knock outs and eight eliminations in the first hour to set the final table.  At the time, Abraham Korotki (Oceanview, DE) was the chip leader, but incredibly didn't have any knockouts.

Korotki got his only bounty when he eliminated Cody Custer (Dover, DE) in 7th place with a flopped flush, but couldn't hold the lead when he lost a two million chip pot.  The chips went to Kelly Petrucci-Holes (Uniontown, PA), who finished third as the last woman standing.

"This was the most fun I've had playing poker in a long time," said the mother of two, who earned her largest career cash of $13,414.

Petrucci-Holes finished ahead of Nick Palma (New Rochelle, NY) who had an impressive 15 bounties which included one of the double knockouts.  Palma also knocked out Korotki in 5th place and Jen Lin (Freehold, NJ) in 9th before he finished 4th.

Lin began Day 2 as chip leader of the final 18 players returned for their shot at the remaining portion of the $153,650 prize pool.

There were 439 entries in the tournament that saw several notables make the final 45 and the money.
They include Dave Zeitlin (29th), Event 7 runner-up Gordon Eng (32nd), Adam Lippert (36th) and
WSOP women's bracelet holder Marsha Wolak (45th).

Marty Lang (Smithtown, NY) was the first player eliminated at the final table before Linster slowly made his way to the chip lead.

"I had some good spots," said Linster who also won Event 4 (PLO) for $28,225, "but I never had a big stack. I was just grinding and got hands in a few spots and was lucky when I needed it."

This was Linster's third cash of the series, for a combined $60,000, and is in position to make a run at winning the Tournament Leaderboard standings.

Final Table Results

1st Mike Linster (Island Park, NY) $38,081
2nd Michael Matrone (Morganville, NJ) $21,984
3rd Kelly Petrucci-Holes (Uniontown, PA) $13,414
4th Nick Palma (New Rochelle, NY) $10,805
5th Abraham Korotki (Oceanview, DE) $8,495
6th Mike Esposito (East Hanover, NJ) $7,079
7th Cody Custer (Dover, DE) $5,664
8th Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) $4,322
9th Jen Lin (Freehold, NJ) $2,981
10th Marty Lang (Smithtown, NY) $1,938


Event 10 Winner - Linster

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

 Mike Linster (Island Park, NY) 

Blinds 40k/80k/10k ante

With both players dead even in chips and sitting on 30 BB, Mike Linster opens to 200k
Michael Matrone moves all in for 2.6 million.
Linster has Matrone barely covered and snap calls.

Linster: J♣ J
Matrone: K♣ 2♣

Flop: 10 10♠ 3 (Linster still leads)

Turn: 8 (no change)

River 7♠

And with that Linster's pocket jacks wins him the tournament and earns his second Borgata title in four days.

"I'm playing well, seeing all the hands and am really focused right now," says Linster after winning this for $38,801 and Event 4 (PLO) over the weekend for $28,225.

Linster has been playing professionally for five years and this is his third cash of the series for nearly $60,000.

Linster is now one of the favorites on the Tournament Leaderboard where he was second in the standings before the start of this tournament. After the points are tabulated  he'll be, if not in first place, very close to it.

Event 10: 2nd Place - Matrone

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

Michael Matrone (Morganville, NJ)

Michael "Two Tone" Matrone moves 30 bb all in with K♣ 2♣ and is up against Mike Linster's J♣ J. Linster's pocket jacks hold and Matrone finishes in second place.

"We got tight at the end," says Matrone who was covered by just 72k on the final hand, "and I pushed with [garbage] cards."

Matrone, who is an electrician, is a Borgata regular and now has more than $100k in career earnings.   He has one blue eye and one brown eye, earning him the nickname "Two Tone" Matrone.

Event 10: Heads Up

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

Mike vs Michael for the title, the trophy and the $38,081 first place prize. They're even in chips with
blinds at 40k/80/10k ante.

Michael Matrone (Morganville, NJ) 2.87 million (36 bb)
Mike Linster (Island Park, NY) 2.4 million (30 bb)

The runner-up takes home $21,984.

Linster is going for his second straight Borgata trophy after winning Event 4 (PLO) for $28,225.

Event 11: Break Time Chip Leader

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)    

Down to 39 players already.  Average stack is 88k.

Roland Israelashville

Looks like Roland Israelashvili (Forest Hills, NY) has claimed the chip lead with about 280k.

Mike Lagnese is second with ~255k.

They're on a break at the end of level 12.  

Event 10: 3rd Place - Petrucci-Holes

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

 Kelly Petrucci-Holes (Uniontown, PA)

Blinds 40k/80k/10k ante

Kelly Petrucci-Holes is poised to be heads up for the title when the turn card cripples her stack.

On a flop of 3♣ 7♠ 9♠ Petrucci-Holes bets 350k, Michael Matrone moves all in for nearly 800k.
Pertucci-Holes tank calls and is ahead.

Petrucci-Holes: 9♣ 10♣ (pair of 9s)
Matrone: K♣ 7♣ (pair of 7s)

Turn: 7 (Matrone trip 7s)

River: X

Matrone gets the double-up, while Petrucci-Holes is blinded down. She ships her last 300k with AK against Matrone's A 10, but again it's the turn card that does Petrucci-Holes in when a ten ends her day.

Petrucci-Holes is a Borgata irregular, meaning she's played here for years and travels from Western Pennsylvania to AC when she can.

Petrucci-Holes is a "mama" of two children Jorja and Jessie and had her "mama" Kathy on the rail.  Her husband Clint was at Borgata last and will be here next week as the family EZ Pass is getting quite a work out.

Event 12: Lead HORSE

$500 + $60 H.O.R.S.E.   

Level 8:  Limits 500/1,000.

Bo Toft snuck in late and joined this HORSE race.

78 HORSEs remain of the 89 that began the race.  Average stack is 13k.

Scott Blackman

Scott Blackman (Egg Harbor Twp, NJ) is the chip leader with ~40k.

As an added challenge, he's playing OFC on his iPad.

Event 11: Goners

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Level 12:  Blinds 800/1,600 with 200 ante.

Down to 52 players, making the average stack 66k.

These folks have departed at some time during the day:

Austen Johnson
Kevin Saul
Thomas Hoglund
Jason Deutsch
Ed Corrado
Grace Sun
Matt 'muffins' Mazzeo
Joe Gibbons
Anthony Caruso
Dan Walsh
Edward Pham
Mike Lydon
Dan DiZenzo
Collin Whyte
John Koliner

Event 10: Three Muskateers

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

Blinds 30k/60k/5k ante

Final Three Chip Counts

Kelly Petrucci-Holes 2.1 million
Mike Linster 2 million
Michael "Two Tone" Matrone 1.1 million

Remaining Prize Pool

1st $38,081
2nd $21,984
3rd $13,414

Event 10: 4th Place - Palma

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

 Nick Palma (New Rochelle, NY) 

Blinds 30k/60k/5k ante

Nick Palma and Mike Linster each have ~1 million chips when they're all in preflop.

Palma: JJ
Linster: KK

Linster flops a set of kings and covers Palma 1.1 million to 900k, knocking Palma out in 4th place.

Event 11 - Payouts

Borgata Winter Poker Open
Event 11: $400 + $50 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em
January 22-23, 2013

Entries:  286
Total Buy-In:  $114,400

1:          $28,294
2:          $16,812
3:          $12,761
4:          $10,265
5:            $8,045
6:            $5,826
7:            $4,439
8:            $3,052
9:            $1,665
10 - 12:   $1,387
13 - 18:   $1,110
19 - 24:      $832
25 - 30:      $666

Event 10: Trading Chips

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

 (l-r) Dealer Chris, Palma, Petrucci-Holes, 
Michael Matrone & Mike Linster

The only highlight of the last level is Nick Palma lamenting that he lost 600k in a hand to Kelly Petrucci-Holes who turneds two pairs with A 2 against Palma's pocket queens.

Palma dropped to 150k but gets back-to-back double-ups to take his stack to more than 1 million.

The final four players are all within a few BB of each other as blinds are up to 30k/60k/5k ante.

Event 11: New Chip Leader

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Level 11:  Blinds 500/1,200 with 200 ante.

Out of 286 entries in this event, only 60 remain.  The final 30 get paid, so they're at the fifty-fifty mark.

50% of these players will get paid; 50% will leave with nothing.

Mike Lagnese

Mike Lagnese (Blue Bell, PA) has taken the chip lead.  He's up to ~200k.

Mike is currently sharing the felt on table one with Austen Johnson and John Hinds.

Event 12 - Payouts

Borgata Winter Poker Open
Event 12:  $500 + $50 H.O.R.S.E
January 22-23, 2013

Entries:  89
Total Buy-In:  $44,500

1:   $15,107
2:    $8,201
3:    $5,180
4:    $3,885
5:    $3,022
6:    $2,590
7:    $2,158
8:    $1,727
9:    $1,295

Event 10: Final Four Chips Counts

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

Name-Chip Count 

Kelly Petrucci-Holes (Uniontown, PA) 1.50 million (30 bb)
Mike Linster (Island Park, NY) 1.4 million (28 bb)
Nick Palma (New Rochelle, NY) 1.25 million (25 bb)
Michael Matrone (Morganville, NJ) 910k (18 bb)

Blinds 25k/50k/5k ante

Remaining Prize Pool
1st $38,081
2nd $21,984
3rd $13,414
4th $10,805

Event 10: 5th Place - Korotki

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

 Abraham Korotki (Oceanview, DE) 

Blinds 20k/40k/4k

Abe Korotki opens to the button to 100k and Nick Palma moves all in for ~800k and Korotki calls.

Korotki: QQ
Palma: A 9 (offsuit) 

An ace in the window gives Palma the hand with a pair of aces.  The count is 799 to 790 and Palma covers Korotki who is out in 5th place.

Event 11: Break Time Tweets

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Twelve tables of players have returned from their break to

Level 10:  Blinds 500/1,000 with 100 ante.

Here are their tweets from the break:

Leo Gee ‏@LeoNYpoker
43k break level 9 brgta 6 max

Kevin McColgan ‏@Buk101Poker
40k at break come back to 500/1k 100a

Ryan Eriquezzo ‏@RyanEriquezzo
Grinding hard at a tough table 36k goin to 500 1k. About 90 remain. Paying 30 spots

Rob Brown ‏@RobBrownPro
Reshipped 24bbs vs aggro with KJss he calls AK JJ8 flop #Equity then hit a set then won some pots 59k break going to 500/1000/100 72 left

John Allan Hinds ‏@JABistro
69k going to 500/1000/100 in today's $450 6max. At tbl 1 w/ @aje221, in for the long haul. Wish I wasn't sick tho =/

Michael Marder ‏@MMarder86
75.6k coming back to 500/1k/100, the BB, and 40min lvls. 72/286ppl left, 30pd. Avg ~47.7k. $28k+FTW. #BWPO11 #sixmax 

Pierre Deissler ‏@PierreDeissler
Break. Just got full dble 32k last hand. 500/1kbb. 72 left. 30paid. 28k for 1st. #tpedge

Event 11: Early Chip Leader

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Orson Young (Oceanport, NJ) has jumped into the early chip lead.  He's up to ~180k.

These folks have dropped to 0 chips and departed:

Jason Min
Joe Wertz
Tony Sinishtaj
Ari Engel
Mo Farah
Andrew Klein
Dean Chen
Rick Austin
Scott Wardell
Tim Reilly
Ken Silberstein
Russell Crane
James St. Hilaire
Stephen Rodrguez

Event 10: Petrucci-Holes Doubles Through Korotki

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

Chip Leader

Blinds 15k/30k/4k ante

In the biggest pot of the tournament Kelly Petrucci-Holes raises from the cutoff to 75k.
Mike Linster calls from the SB
Abe Korotki 3-bets to 350k
Petrucci-Holes moves all in for 1 million
Korotki calls

Petrucci-Holes: Q Q♣
Korotki: A♠ J♣

Flop: Q 3♠ 7 (Petrucci-Holes set of queens)

Turn: 6

River: 8

Petrucci takes the chip lead with the 2+ million chip pot and knocks down Korotki to 750k.

Event 12: Overflow

$500 + $60 H.O.R.S.E.  

Now that registration is closed in event 11, players who've busted out of that event are opting to late register for this event.

Some of the names trying their hand at the mixed games after washing out of the Six Max:

Scott Blackman
Dan Daconti
Greg Glassman

Others are opting to play the $300 + $40 + $50 Double Green Chip Bounty Survivor NLH that started at 4pm.

Regardless, there's always another tournament coming up here at the Borgata Winter Poker Open!

Event 10: 6th Place - Esposito

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

 Mike Esposito (East Hanover, NJ) 
Blinds 15k/30k/4k ante

Mike Esposito opens to 75k, Mike Linster makes it 200k, Esposito moves all in for 580k, Linster calls.

Esposito KQ
Linster A 8 (off suit)

The board is no help and Esposito is out in 6th place

Event 10: 7th Place - Custer

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

Cody Custer (Dover)

Abe Korotki checks the flop of 8♠ 2♠ A♠, Custer bets 75k and Korotki min raises to 150k.

Custer moves all in for 400k and Korotki snap calls.

Custer: 4 4♠
Korotki: 10♠ 7♠ (flush)

Turn: K♠

River: 3

Custer is out in 7th place as Korotki gets his first knockout of the tournament to extend his chip lead to 1.8 million.

Event 12: Lotsa Horses

$500 + $60 H.O.R.S.E.  

There are 11 tables running already and registration is open through six levels.

About to finish up level 4 and proceed into

Level 5:  Limits 200/400.

Late entrants in this HORSE race:

Travis Williams
Miami John Cernuto
Joe Loguidice
John D'Agostino
Chris Reslock
Kim Findura
Barry Leventhal
Ilya Dyment
Adel Shakerian
Alex Rocha
Yuebin Guo
Jason Rivkin
David Fox
Frank Rasile
Peter Ippolito

Event 10: 8th Place - Dentale

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

Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) 
Blinds 15k/30k/4k ante

Mike Dentale moves  ~100k all in with QJ and is against Kelly Petrucci-Holes' AK.  Dentale turns OE and flush draws, but bricks the river.

This 8th place finish is Dentale's second straight final table after finishing 7th for $7,644 in Event 6 ($1k). 

Petrucci-Holes is now up to 1.1 million leader and only trails Abe Korotki who has 1.3 million.

Event 11: Oh No Quadzilla!

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Baruch Thaler (Brooklyn, NY) got his chips in with AT and was racing against pocket 4s.

The flop came A A 4, giving his opponent 4s-full and giving Baruch trip aces.

He had a glimmer of hope, needing an Ace or Ten to survive.

Then the case 4 came on the turn, giving his opponent quadzilla.

Only the case Ace on the river would save him, but it did not appear.  Baruch was busted.

He's in good company as these players have also reported to the rail:

Brian O'Donoghue
Fritz Stoner
Paul Volpe
Aaron Massey
Amanda Musumeci
Jedial Pires
Patti Haggerty
Scott Blackman
Jeff Papola
Jamie Kerstetter
Andrew Badecker
David Heck
Daniel Chan
Jerry Payne

Event 10: 9th Place - Lin

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

Jen Lin (Freehold, NJ) 

Blinds 12k/24k/3k ante

Jen Lin open shoves 65k all in, Michael Matrone calls, Nick Palma three-bet isolates for 195k total, Matrone folds.

Lin: AQ
Palma: KK

Palma's kings hold and Lin, who began the day as the chip leader is out in 9th place.

Event 11: Buzgon Busts Two

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

On the turn with a board of 9 3 2 9, three players are all in.

Joe Neiman: ??
Vinny Pahuja: 53 (two pair)
Dan Buzgon:  22 (deuces full)

Joe mucked his hand, saying he was drawing dead.  Vinny was also drawing dead.

Dan scooped the pots, busting both opponents.

With registration closed, tables are breaking fast.  19 tables remain.

Event 11: Time the Check the Tweets

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Here are some of the player Tweets from the break:

Roman Valerstein ‏@GrimeRat420
Playing the $450 6max today, up to 15k from 12 at 250-500 @dazedace here

Ari Engel ‏@realAriEngel
31k going to 250/500 in $450 6max.

Pierre Deissler ‏@PierreDeissler
Borgata 6max 14k nothing good 500bb still plenty of time #tpedge

Rob Brown ‏@RobBrownPro
9.2k 2nd break going to 250/500/50 prob

Joe Hanrahan ‏@Totsssss
20k going on break 250/500 when we get back

Greg Glassman ‏@theglassdog
32k at second break #BWPO #madeabadread #lost #madeanotherbadread #gotlucky

Ryan Eriquezzo ‏@RyanEriquezzo
Down to 22k after getting bunked on a few times. Goin to 500 big blind

Kevin McColgan ‏@Buk101Poker
8k going to 250/500

Michael Marder ‏@MMarder86
51.15k/12kss coming back to 250/500/50. Made up for dbling shorties earlier by eliminating a few. #isThatGood @BoringAssa? #BWPO11 #sixmax

James St. Hilaire ‏@JamesStHilaire
Rebuys over and only used one buy in and have 32k from 12k going to 250-500 and a great table. Gonna win

Event 11: More Interesting Moves

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Players have just returned from their second break.

Level 7:  Blinds 250/500 with 50 ante.

Before the break:

Kevin Saul busted out and re-entered, landing at table 27 with Joe Gibbons, in the seat formerly occupied by Neville Darrell, who has busted out.

Tim Reilly busted out, re-entered, and landed at table nine with:

Patti Haggerty
Rick Austin
Scott Wardell
Ken Silberstein

Aaron Massey busted out and re-entered, landing at table sick, er, I mean six, with

Dan Buzgon
Amanda Musumeci
Wade Woelfel
Michael Borovetz

Mike 'Little Man' Sica busted and his new seat is at table 16 with Mike Kalfa.

Busted, not sure if re-entering:
Manh Nguyen
Thomas Hoglund
Pofuk Ying
Jordan Ludwick

Event 10: 10th Place - Lang

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

Marty Lang (Smithtown, NY)

Blinds 10k/20k/3k ante 

Abe Korotki opens to 50k,
Cody Custer moves all in for 100k
Jen Lin is all in for more
Marty Lang is all in for 273k and covered by Lin
Korotki folds

Custer A♣ J
Lin: K K♣
Lang: Q♠ Q

Flop: 7♠2 J♣ (Lin still leads)

Turn: 10♠ (no change)

River: A

An ace on the river gives Custer a triple up and Lin the sidepot to knockout Lang in 10th place.

Event 10: Open Mike Night at Final Table

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

All four players named Michael who started the day have made the final table. So there's a 40% chance a player named Mike or Michael will win this event.

Blinds 8k/16k/2k ante

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) 200k
2 Cody Custer (Dover, DE) 166k (10 bb)
3 Nick Palma (New Rochelle, NY) 374k
4 Jen Lin (Freehold, NJ) 540k
5 Kelly Petrucci-Holes (Uniontown, PA) 735k
6 Michael Matrone (Morganville, NJ) 736k
7 Marty Lang (Smithtown, NY) 175k
8 Mike Esposito (East Hanover, NJ) 597k
9 Mike Linster (Island Park, NY) 612k
10 Abraham Korotki (Oceanview, DE) 1.3 million (81 bb)

Event 11: Kraut's Out (Again)

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Alan Kraut started at table 8, busted out, landed at table 12, busted out, entered a third time, and landed back at table 8.

Alan just got all-in with pocket Queens against AK.  A King on the flop was all it took to bust him, but by the river, his opponent had made Kings-full for overkill.

Alan bused out for the third time.  Not sure if he's firing another bullet.

Just a couple of minutes remain in level 6.  They'll take a break and that will be the end of the re-entry period.

Event 10: 11th Place - Conniff

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

Andrew Conniff (Brooklyn, NY)

Andrew Conniff is our 9th knockout in less than one hour to set the final table.  Mike Linster knocks out Conniff with AJ vs 10 8.

Conniff was poised for the double-up when he flops an 10, but Linster turns an ace to add 185k to his stack.

Conniff finishes in 11th place, as Linster and the other nine remaining players draw for their final table seats.

Event 11: Musical Chairs

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 6:  Blinds 200/400 with 50 ante.

Lots of people moving around as tables are broken or as they bust out and re-enter.

Chris Farley busted out and landed at table 20 wit Mike Sica, Dan Walsh, Tim Reilly and Edward Pham.

Tony Sinishtaj busted out and re-entered, landing at table 2 with Mukul Pahuja and Fritz Stoner.

Greg Glassman was at table 2, but busted out and re-entered.  He's now at table 15 with Jamie Kerstetter.

Joe Neiman was at table 4 with Air Engel, Baruch Thaler and Mo Farah.  He busted out and is now at table 14 with Austen Johnson and Dan DaConti.

Event 10: Another Double Knockout - 11 Left

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

Michael Matrone gets our second double knockout of the day and we're down to 11 players.

Scott DeAngelo is all in for 22k after shipping a 330k double-up to Kelly Petrucci-Holes the hand before.  Matrone is all in for 365k and Lana O'Brien Calls.

Matrone: KK
O'Brien: 99
DeAngelo: Q5

Matrone's kings hold and he takes down two bounties.

That's 8 knockouts in 45 minutes.  At this rate the champion will be buying drinks at the B Bar by Happy Hour.

Lana O'Brien (Englishtown, NJ) 
12th Place - $1,938

 Scott DeAngelo (Sewell, NJ) 
13th Place - $1,490

  Ray Brennan (Verona, PA)
14th Place - $1,490

Event 10: Quick Work - 14 Remain

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

Four quick knockouts leaves us with 14 players.   Nick Palma gets the barrage started with a double knockout on one of the first hands of the day as he sends Steve Scales (18th) and Norman Cohen (17th) to the rail.

Sushil Patel (Vorhees, NJ) 
15th place - $1,490

 Anthony Clementi (Blue Bell, PA) 
16th Place - $1,177
 Norman Cohen (Akron, OH) 
17th Place - $1,177

 Steve Scales (Red Bank, NJ)
18th Place - $1,177

Event 11: Ting's No Underdog

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Just when you think you've seen it all at a poker tournament...

Ting Ho and her medical alert dog Bella

Ting Ho (Las Vegas, NV) travels with her medical alert dog, Bella. 

Bella is a Maltese Yorkie mix who is trained to alert her owner about a medical condition.

Bella doesn't get to play the game, but she apparently gets all the attention.

Event 12: Familiar HORSEs

$500 + $60 H.O.R.S.E. 

Allen 'Chainsaw' Kessler is making his BWPO debut in this event.

Several other familiar faces in today's HORSE race:

Ylon Schwartz
Vincent Basilicata
Anthony Zinno
Glenn Engelbert
Wendy Freedman
 Bill Munley
Gil Sacks
George Krafft
Michael Drabot
Justin Finberg
Al 'Persian Diversian' Navid
Jeff Jerome
Jinglen Chen

Event 10: 18 Return for Shot at $38k

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

Day 2 of the black chip bounty has 18 players remaining as they go for the top prize of $38,081.

Jen Lin (Freehold, NJ) is the chip leaer with 606k.  Two players are late arrivals on Table 2; Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) and Abraham Korotki (Oceanview, DE) have each missed the first two hands.

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

Entries:  439
Total Buy-In:  $153,650

1:          $38,081
2:          $21,984
3:          $13,414
4:          $10,805
5:            $8,495
6:            $7,079
7:            $5,664
8:            $4,322
9:            $2,981
10 - 12:   $1,938
13 - 15:   $1,490
16 - 18:   $1,177

Event 12: Aaaaand They're Off!

$500 + $60 H.O.R.S.E.

Today's other main event is for the mixed-game lovers out there.  HORSE is a five game mix conisisting of

Omaha Hi/Lo
Eight or Better Stud

All games are played in Limit format.

Players began with 12,000 chips.

Levels are 40 minutes long.

Level 1: Limits 50/100.

The HORSEs are out of the gate!

Event 11: Break Time

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Players are enjoying their first break of the day after the conclusion of level three.

They'll return in a few minutes for

Level 4:  Blinds 100/200.

Event 11: Bustages

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Dwyte Pilgrim has busted out.  Not sure if he's re-entering, but I'm sure I'll hear his laugh if/when he comes back.

Andrew Klein is out and back in again, landing at table 5 with Vinny Pahuja and Joe Pitti.

Jedial Pires re-entered and landed at table 8 with Alan Kraut.

Cuong Phung, who won the Borgata Fall Poker Open Leaderboard contest in November, has busted out.  Not sure if he's re-entering or not.

Event 11: More Tough Tables

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 3:  Blinds 75/150.

More interesting lineups:

Table 9
Patti Haggerty
Rick Austen
Scott Wardell
Ken Silberstein

Table 14
Austen Johnson
Dan DaConti
Andre Klein

Table 20
Mike 'Little Man' Sica
Dan Walsh
Tim Reilly
Cuong Phung   (has busted out)
Edward Pham

Table 21
Jordan Ludwick
Daniel Chan
Jedial Pires   (has busted out)

Event 11: Tough Tables

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

With only six players to a table, they get tough very quickly.  Here are some of the interesting tables, so far:

Table 1
Kevin Saul
Brian O'Donoghue

Table 2
Dwyte Pilgrim
Mukul Pahuja
Greg Glassman
Fritz Stoner

Table 6
Dan Buzgon
Amanada Musumeci
Wade Woelfel
Michael Borovetz

Table 7
Pierre Deissler
Dean Chen
Leo G
Nathan Tuthill

Event 11: Old School

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 2:  Blinds 50/100.

Ed Corrado brandishing his WSOP Circuit Ring

Ed Corrado (Naples, FL) is playing today.  Ed is also sporting his WSOP Circuit Ring, which he won in 2006.

Ed has been playing poker longer than most of the players in this room have been alive and he's shown that he can hang with the best of them.

He's got almost $700k in reported lifetime earnings, but that's only since the internet started recording tournament results (about 2000 and later).

Event 11: Six Max = Max Action

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Many of the tables are short-handed early as they wait for players to arrive and take their seats.  Added to the fact that there are only six players at the table, max, that means playing more hands and more action.

Andrew Klein was in the small blind and shoved on a flop of 7 7 5 with two hearts.  The big blind looked him up, holding 74 of clubs (trip 7s).  Andrew had AQ of hearts.

The last two bricked and Andrew had to ship the double to his opponent.  He still had some chips left, but was short-stacked.

Event 11: Six Max Underway

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

If you like to spread out at the poker table, then today's event is for you.  It is a Six-Max, where all tables are played six-handed.

Players who bust out during the first six levels may chose to re-enter.  Late registration is available for the same time frame (until about 2:30pm).

Players began with 12,000 chips and levels 1-6 are 30 minutes long.  Beginning with level 7, they increase to 40 minutes for the duration of the tournament.

This is a two-day event, so they'll play until about 2am, then bag & tag for the night.

Level 1:  Blinds 25/50.

Cards are in the air!

Event 10 - Table Assignments

Borgata Winter Poker Open
Event 10:  $350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em
January 21 - 22, 2013

Entries:  439
Total Buy-In:  $153,650

Players Remaining:  18
Average Chip Stack:  293,000

T1 | S1  -  STEPHEN SCALES (RED BANK, NJ): 57,000
T1 | S2  -  MARTY LANG (SMITHTOWN, NY): 226,000
T1 | S3  -  NORMAN COHEN (AKRON, OH): 105,000
T1 | S5  -  ASHER CONNIFF (BROOKLYN, NY): 272,000
T1 | S6  -  CODY CUSTER (DOVER, DE): 427,000
T1 | S7  -  JEN LIN (FREEHOLD, NJ): 606,000

T2 | S1  -  SCOTT DEANGELO (SEWELL, NJ): 492,000
T2 | S4  -  KELLY HOLES (UNIONTOWN, PA): 135,000
T2 | S6  -  RAYMOND BRENNAN (VERONA, PA): 231,000
T2 | S8  -  SUSHIL PATEL (VOORHEES, NJ): 158,000
T2 | S9  -  LANA OBRIEN (ENGLISHTOWN, NJ): 199,000

Tuesday, January 22

TODAY'S EVENTS (Event Center) 

11AM: Event 11 - $400 + $50 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-6: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 7+: will last 40 minutes each  
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 6 
  • 2-Day event.  Day 2 begins Wednesday at 1PM
1 PM: Event 12 - $500 + $60 H.O.R.S.E.

  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 40 minutes each  
  • 2-Day event.  Day 2 begins Wednesday at 1PM

4 PM: Event 38 - $300 + $40 + $50 Double Green Chip Bounty SURVIVOR NLH
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • This is a Bounty tournament.  Players must have their Bounty chips clearly displayed on table in order to remain active in tournament
  • Levels 1-10: will last 25 minutes each | Levels 11+:  will last 30 minutes each
  • Approximately 1 in 10 wins $3,000 CASH
  • 1-Day event

7 PM: Event 39 - $125 + $25 + $50 Double Green Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips 
  • This is a Bounty tournament.  Players must have their Bounty chips clearly displayed on table in order to remain active in tournament
  • Levels will last 20 minutes each 
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 6 
  • 1-Day event

Event 10: End Of Day 1

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

Jen Lin - Chipleader - 606,000

The following are unofficial but written off of the bags before the floor stacked them away.
Place  -  Name  -  Chips

1. Jen Lin.....606,000
2. Abraham Korotki...536,000
3. Scott DeAngelo.....492,000
4. Nicholas Palma.....443,000
5. Michael Esposito.....435,000
6. Cody Custer............427,000
7. Michael Matrone....353,000
8. Asher Conniff........272,000
9. Mikey Dentale........250,000
10. Raymond Brennan....231,000
11. Marty Lang.......226,000
12. Mike Linster.....202,000
13. Lana O'Brien.....199,000
14. Sushil Patel........150,800
15. Anthony Clementi...150,000
16. Kelly Petruci......135,000
17. Norman Cohen....105,000
18. Stephen Scales......57,000

Congratulations to our chipleader Jen Lin.  His son Matt stayed by his side through thick and thin.

Jen is looking forward to a good night of sleep then will return tomorrow at 1pm to defend.

See all 18 of our players tomorrow where we'll play down until someone takes home the $38,081 and Borgata Event 10 trophy.