Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Event 14: Don't Bully Brown

$1500 + $150 Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 6 Blinds: 200/400/ 50 ante

After a series of raises and re-raises, Rob Brown is all-in preflop for his last 15,725 and Anthony Gregg (Columbia, MD) calls.  Brown was the original raiser from under the gun.

Rob Brown:   AQ
Anthony Gregg:  KQ

The board comes  JK5QA and Brown doubles his stack with a higher 2 pair.

Event 13: Supsak Is Stacked - CL

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Josh Supsak - 1,000,000 - Chip Leader

Josh adds third tier to his tower after busting the bubble.

Field is taking a ten minute break.

Playing Event 13 until someone wins tonight.

Event 13: Say Reese

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Mike Rees - 905,000

Mike Rees (Floral Park, NY) is 2nd in chips after flopping second pair and a flush draw then hitting trip kings on the river.  Opponent held A-9 and flopped an ace.

Event 14: Time to Mix it up...6 Max Time!

$1500 + $150 Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Another update from the Twitter-verse:

 Ari Engel ‏@realAriEngel

30.4k @ 2/400 and we are now changing to 6max with 42 players left.

Event 14: Chan chuggin along...

$1500 + $150 Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Level 6 Blinds: 200/400/ 50 ante

On a flop of 98K, Matt Affleck (Seattle, WA) checks to Daniel Chan (NY, NY), who bets out 4K.  Affleck then three bets a min-raise of approximately another 4K.  Chan then shoves his stack in the middle.

After a few moments Affleck calls:

Affleck:  KQ
Chan:    89

Fourth and Fifth streets come 10 8 and Chan scoops the pot after rivering eights full of nines for the winning full house.  Chan now has around 27K.

Event 13: Bubble Bursting

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The bubble broke on the first hand after it was announced.

Tony Shurilla (Longswamp Township, PA) sent his remaining 115,000 into the middle holding K-Q off and tournament chip leader Josh Supsak (Linwood, NJ) thought about it, thought about it, and then called.

Tony K-Q vs. Josh A-4 suited

Tony didn't connect on a board of 7-3-8-2-9 and was punched out in 121st Place making him the bubble boy.

Congratulations to the remaining 120 Players who will share in the $328,640 Total Buy-In.

Top spot takes home a whopping $68,548.

Adding Tony's chips to Josh's stack makes him the tournament chip leader with 1,000,000.

Event 14: Big Time...

$1500 + $150 Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Level 6 Blinds: 200/400/ 50 ante

We have about 46 grinders left out of the 90 entries (so far) in the biggest buy-in tournament to date. Today's $1500 + $150 buy-in is second only to the $3300 +$200 Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship event. Here are some names left in this stacked field after strolling through the tables:

Vineet Pahuja
Brock Parker
Jeff Papola
Christian Harder
John Lakatosh
Matt Affleck
Allie Prescott
Kevin Saul
Jamie Kerstetter
Ryan Eriquezzo
Tommy Dobrilovic
Mark "Chirp" Herm
Ari Engel
Feming Chan
Tyler Patterson
David Fox
Orson Young
Cherish Andrews

Chip leader is still Mike Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA) with ~194K in chips

Event 13: Arms Race

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Vinny "Arms" Mastrangelo - 575,000

Vinny Mastrangelo happens to be at a table with a ton of chips.  He got some of them from his newfound friend, Chuck Gabbard who is sitting with 560,000.

Vinny's K-Q found Broadway and ran down Chuck's KK for a 200,000 pot.

Also at the table is Josh Supsak who has 865,000 and by my eye is the tournament chipleader.

Josh finished in 12th Place for $1,387 in Event-11 Six Max.  Looking to go deeper today.

Event 14: Tweets Anyone?

$1500 + $150 Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 6 Blinds: 200/400/ 50 ante

Got one tweet coming back from the break in this one:

 Ari Engel ‏@realAriEngel
35k going to 2/400 in $1650 mix max.

Event 13: Menage a Quad

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Four Players at Table 1 were all in pre flop and every one of them had an ace.

Two were at risk but all four stood up to enjoy the action.

A-Q vs. A-9 vs. A-K vs. A-K

Board ran out: 7-4-10-6-10

So Kyle Messner (Interlaken, NJ) and Marshall White (Boone, NC) chopped it up, each holding AK.

There's a lot of excitement and high emotions flying in The Event Center.

17 Tables remain with average stack at 191,515.

Blinds are 4000 / 8000 with 1000 antes.

Event 14: Break time

$1500 + $150  Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Players are currently on break.  When they return they'll be at Level 6 Blinds: 200/400/ 50 ante  

Event 14: Lucky 88

$1500 + $150  Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 5 Blinds: 150/300/ 25 ante

We have 88 entries in this tournament so far, and registration is still open until 12am midnight.

We'll have official payouts after registration closes at midnight.  With a 15K starting stack and 60 minute blinds, there is still plenty of play left in this one.  Come on down to the Borgata Event Center and test your skills against some of the best in the business now!

Event 13: Straight Down The River

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Jason Tulloss - 200,000

Jason Tulloss (Earlington Heights, IL) just got his heart pumping over at Table 14.

Hand began as a standard coin flip between Jason's 66 vs. Opponent's AJ.  Jason, an Options Trader, was all in pre-flop with his tournament life at risk.

Board up to the river read A-2-5-3...

A player at the table shouts, "Make it interesting".  Another yells, "Put up a 4".
Right on cue our Borgata dealer peeled off a 4 sending the table into a frenzy.

A straight on the board but Tulloss' 6 gives him the higher straight and the crazy double-up.

"That works - I'm in the game", said Jason who was all smiles.

Event 13: Color (and Blinds) Up!

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 18 Blinds: 4000/8000/ 1000 ante

Players have just returned from the 20 minute color up break, and we're now at Level 18 blinds.  180 people remain to fight for their slice of the $318,781 prize pool, with an average stack of 175,555

Event 13: More than Staying Alive...

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 17 Blinds: 3000/6000/ 500 ante

Andrew Badecker raises from early position, and Chuck Gabbard (Southport, N.C.) calls behind him.  Flop falls 8 5♦ 2.  Badecker checks.  Gabbard bets out 45K, and Badecker calls.

K comes on fourth street and Badecker slides out 42K.  Gabbard flats.

River is the 4.  Badecker checks, Gabbard bets out a stack of greys totalling 100K...inducing a fold from Badecker.

After that pot, Gabbard is sitting on just around 600K.  Badecker has around 670K or so based on my untrained eye.

Chuck Gabbard mentioned that he had a liver tranplant operation back in April 2011 and is very lucky to be alive and well right now...and very happy to be playing this tournament.  We wish you continued health Chuck, and best of luck in this tournament!    

                                                Chuck Gabbard - Happy to be playing

Event 14: Borovetz Building Chips

$1500 + $150  Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Mike Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA) picks up a nice pot against John Lakatosh (Red Lion, PA) with pocket queens on a jack high board.

Borovetz is up to 80k and is the chip leader, while Christian Harder (Annapolis, MD) is in the 50k-60k range.

Borovetz is fresh off his 8th place finish (out of 3,871 entries) in Event 1 for $35,481.

Event 13: Payouts

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Entries: 1,264
Total Buy-In: $328,640

Place - Amount

1st $68,548
2nd $40,651
3rd $25,024
4th $21,040
5th $17,383
6th $14,168
7th $10,998
8th $8,129
9th $5,818
10-12 $3,793
13-15 $2,550
16-18 $1,705
19-27 $1,412
28-36 $1,227
37-45 $1,068
46-54 $921
55-63 $797
64-72 $685
73-81 $631
82-90 $599
91-100 $574
100-110 $558
111-120 $548

Event 13: Slowly but surely...

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Level 17 Blinds: 3K/6K/ 500 ante

Blinds have gone up to level 17 in our 11am $260 + $40 $100K guarantee today.  Only about 205 players remain out of the whopping 1,264 total entries.  Average stack is 150,476.  

Level 13: Punch to the Gut(shot)

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Level 16 Blinds: 2500/5000/ 500 ante

Action folds around to Woo Yang Lin (Morristown, NJ) in the small blind, who pushes his stack to the middle.  The big blind calls the remainder of his dwindling stack and the cards are turned face up:

Lin - K6
Opponent - A10

The board comes 91078K.  The board is not kind to the all-in player in the big blind as the turn makes a gutshot 10 high straight for Woo Yang to eliminate his opponent.  If you've ever played with Woo Yang before, you know that he does not play any poker tournament without his trusty 'boxing glove' card protector.  It seems to be giving him luck so far.  Lin is now sitting on just under 300K in chips.

A few other chip counts around the room:

Bobby "The Professional" Cheung -  220K
Steve Rodriguez  - 95K
Brian O' Donoghue -  180K
Joseph "Black Cat" Lopes  -  140K

                                                   Bobby "The Professional" Cheung

Event 13: Chirpin Time

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Level 15 Blinds: 1500/3000/ 400 ante
Here's a few tweets since coming back from dinner:

Tim Reilly ‏@TimReillyPoker
Just back from dinner with 70k after a unfortunate lvl, still playing great despite many setbacks. At 2k/4k/400, turbo from here on out

Andrew Badecker ‏@Andrewbadecker
@TimReillyPoker @gregy20723 redemption question if you will: most memorable thing a stranger said to you after the win? Besides congrats wp

bruce frank ‏@misterflop
New table... min raise to 8k with aa ep. Bb defends. Aj3 flops. Bet 6k. Turn t. Bet and win. 80k at 2000/4000/400. 300 left pays 120

James Sloat ‏@mybrmanager
Paying 120, ~290 left | 68K UT

Event 13: Food Coma?

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Level 15 Blinds: 2000/4000/ 400 ante

Players are just back from break and playing Level 14 for the next 18 minutes. 310 players left, average stack is 101,935. Any feelings of food coma will have to wait until end of play. Good luck guys!

Event 14: Dinner Time Tweets

$1500 + $150 Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

A few Tweets from the field during dinner:

Tyler Patterson ‏@TylerPoker
Dinner break 30k going to 100-200

Jamie Kerstetter ‏@JamieKerstetter
Mixmax dinner break with an underwhelming stack. Fun table though, probably gonna double up a few times.

Ari Engel ‏@realAriEngel
40k from 15k ss in borgata $1650 mix max going on dinner break.

Ryan Eriquezzo ‏@RyanEriquezzo
Lost a huge one right before dinner w top set vs flush on turn in a three bet pot. Coming back to a 6k stack at 100 200

Event 14: Dinner Time

$1500 + $150 Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 
End of level 3 and players are on a one hour dinner break. Play will resume at about 8:30 pm.

These folks busted out before dinner, but may be back later:

Matt Burnitz
Bruce Yamron
Aaron Massey
Tom Dobrilovic
Eric Panayiotou

Event 14: Sick, Sick, Table

$1500 + $150 Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

To says this is a tough field would be an understatement. All the tables are loaded with pros, but table five stands out as particularly sick.

 Table 5
Seated there are
Anthony Gregg
Allie Prescott
Kevin Saul
Paul Volpe
Christian Harder
Tyler Patterson
Iverson 'Cotton' Snuffer

Event 13: Face Stuffin time!

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Players are currently in the midst of a 60 minute dinner break. When they return from dinner at 8PM they will be at Level 15 Blinds: 2K/4K/ 400 ante. 98,750 is the average stack with 320 players left according to the clock.

Enjoy your break ladies and gents!! Here are a few tweets to hold you over:

Kevin McColgan ‏@Buk101Poker
138k on dinner break come back to 2/4k

Marsha Wolak ‏@marshawolak
Dinner break under 300 left. $120 k still above avg

Pete poker ‏@PokerAllDay
375kish 3kbb dinner #runit

Joe Hanrahan ‏@Totsssss
45k 1.5/3k #shortstackninja

Event 14: More Ins & Outs

$1500 + $150  Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Darren Elias has busted out and is standing on the rail playing OFC on his phone.  He hasn't decided yet if he's going to re-enter.

Dan Buzgon
David Fox
Allie Prescott
Orson Young
Mike Linster
Elan Branas
Eric Panayiotou

Out (not sure if re-entering)
Darren Elias
Rex Clinkscales
Kyle Frey

Event 13: Some Faces & Stacks

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Level 14 Blinds: 1500/3000/ 400 ante

We have more than a few players with quite the impressive poker resume in today's $100k guarantee, $260 + $40 buy-in. Among them include 2009 WPT L.A. Poker Classic and 2009 WPT World Poker Finals Champion Cornel Cimpan (League City, TX) with over $3.1 Million in lifetime tournament earnings.

Also spotted in the Event 13 crowd is 2011 WSOP Bracelet winner and 2011 Borgata Fall Poker Open Main Event Champion Andrew Badecker (Vernon, CT) with over $1.5 Million in earnings.

Notable online grinder and runner up in the 2012 WSOP Circuit Harrah's Resort Atlantic City Main Event last month Wade Woelful (Mankato, MN) is also grinding away in Event 13 with almost $1.1 Million in combined online and live tournament lifetime earnings.

Here's their mugshots along with their chip counts from a few moments ago. Good luck fellas!

                                                    Cornel Cimpan  -  ~100K

                                                     Andrew Badecker  -  93K

                                                   Wade Woelfel  -  77K

Event 14: Break Time Tweets

$1500 + $150 Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Players have returned from their break.

Level 3: Blinds 75/150.

Not a lot of tweets from this small field, but here's what's up from the break:

Travis T Williams ‏@OnAFoldDraw
6,375/15Kss, come back from break to an hour of 75/150 pre-ante in @BorgataPoker $1,650 #MixMax. Stacked field, obv.

Daniel Chan ‏@DanielChanPoker
In the mix max. Small field so far but registration closes at 10 or 11pm

Tyler Patterson ‏@TylerPoker
20k from 15k at 1st break. They're not so tough. Wizards schmizards

Event 12 Recap

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

The final table featured four players with Borgata titles, three of them looking for their second trophy.  But it was Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler, who cut down the field to get his third win, joining a short list of three-time winners.

Kessler beat Scott Blackman (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ) heads up after the two started nearly dead even in chips.

"I was run over by the deck heads up. It was ridiculous," said Kessler who earned $15,107 for the win.  The final hand came playing stud and Kessler won it with two pair, kings and queens.

"I've made some final tables," said Blackman who won $8,201 as runner-up. "but don't have a win yet."

Blackman was the big stack most of the day and finished ahead of the three other Borgata trophy holders; the list included Brandon Guss (Holland, PA) who came in 3rd, Danny Hofer (Ossining, NY), 6th and Mickael Morgousky (Brooklyn, NY) 7th.

Day 2 of this tournament had 11 returning players out of 89 who put in the $44,500 total buy-in.  But with only 9 players making the money, Justin Finberg (11th) and Steve Prosack (10th) left empty handed as the bubble boys.

First to go at the final table was Bo Toft (Yardley, PA) who finished 9th, followed by Jermaine Reid (Bronx, NY) in 8th. Toft is no Borgata slouch as he has final tabled this event three times in the last year and has $500,000 in career tournament earnings.

And the 4th and 5th place finishers have distinguished resumes as well.

Brian Nichols (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ), who finished 4th, earned his second cash of the series after finishing 17th (out of 3,871) in Event 1 for $8,500. While 5th place finisher, Michael Drabot (Riverside, NJ), made his 4th Borgata final table in the last 14 months.

But in the end it was Kessler who took advantage of the hot deck and his passion for the game.

"I wanted to win the the trophy," Kessler said after he earned his 11th career win. "I like the victory. I don't care about the money, I have enough money," he said with his career tournament earnings at nearly $2.6 million.

Kessler joins Will Failla, Yuebin Guo, Howard Wolper, Bill Blanda and Chris Reslock as the only three-time Borgata winners

Final Table Results

1st Allen Kessler (Las Vegas, NV) $15,107
2nd Scott Blackman (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ) $8,201
3rd Brandon Guss (Holland, PA) $5,180
4th Brian Nichols (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ) $3,885
5th Michael Drabot (Riverside, NJ) $3,022
6th Danny Hofer (Ossining, NY) $2,590
7th Mickael Morgousky (Brooklyn, NY) $2,158
8th Jermaine Reid (Bronx, NY) $1,727
9th Bo Toft (Yardley, PA) $1,29


Event 12 Winner - Kessler

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

 Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler (Las Vegas, NV) 

"I was run over by the deck heads up. It was ridiculous," those the winning words by Allen Kessler who earns his third Borgata trophy. He defeats Scott Blackman (Egg Harbor Twp, NJ) with two pair, kings & queens, playing stud on the final hand.

Kessler and Blackman were less than 100k apart when heads up began, but Kessler quickly takes the lead on the first hand they play.

Kessler bet every street in hold'em and Kessler showed AK for the winner and Blackman mucked.

"I think I won 70 or 80% of the hands we played," says Kessler, who has two other Borgata mixed games titles.

"I wanted to win the the trophy. I like the victory. I don't care about the money, I have enough money," Kessler says while taking his career tournament earnings to nearly $2.6 million.

This is Kessler's 11th career victory and with three titles is on the short list of Borgata three-time winners which includes Will Failla, Yuebin Guo, Howard Wolper, Bill Blanda and Chris Reslock.

Event 12: 2nd Place - Blackman

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

 Scott Blackman (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ)

Scott Blackman never got anything going heads up and eventually finishes runner-up to Allen Kessler (Las Vegas, NV).

On the final hand Kessler's two pair, kings and queens, while playing stud, is the winner.

"I've made some final tables," says Blackman, "but don't have a win yet."

This is Blackman's 4th career Borgata final table, and his highest finish at any venue. He had great support on the rail as he takes his career tournament earnings to nearly $300,000.

Event 13: Speeding Up

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Level 14 Blinds: 1500/3000/ 400 ante

Levels are going up to 1500/3000/ 400 ante for the next 30 minutes.

380 players left, average chip stack is now 83,157

Event 14: More Faces

$1500 + $150 Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

End of level two and players are enjoying their first break of the day.

Harry Korotki has re-entered after busting out on the second hand he played.

Ari Engel
Daniel Chan
Jamie Kerstetter

Jared Jaffee
May Siu

Plenty of time to get in or back in with registration open through level six.

Event 13: Tweet Tweet!

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Level 12 Blinds: 1000/2000/ 300 ante

Here's a few interesting tweets from players in the $100k guarantee...

Ari Engel ‏@realAriEngel
Busto in borgata $300, late regging $1500 mix max.

Amanda Musumeci ‏@TheReaLMander
Ugh.. crushed kq vs qq... got half a big blind left. Gl me on next hand....

bruce frank ‏@misterflop
At 2000/300 dude on my left alternates between limping and raising either 4x or 6x. Oh that's between coughing all over me

Tim Reilly ‏@TimReillyPoker
Coming back from break with 135k at 1k/2k/300 #hungry

Trevor Deeter ‏@TDeeter24
75k from 25k SS. 1k 2k. 1200 total runners. 50k+ FTW. #BPO

Event 14: Time to Check the Tweets

$1500 + $150  Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

There are a few Tweeters playing this event today.  Here are their latest notes to the world:

Jared Jaffee ‏@jaredjaffee21
3bet kk... Flop top set .... Out the door #Fun

Travis T Williams ‏@OnAFoldDraw
Already been dealt KK, QQ, JJ - turned a flush once. Stuck. #Stamdard

Kevin Saul ‏@BeL0WaB0Ve
Playing borgata 1500nl, table has insane amount of chips. @paulgees81 just busted 3 guys in 1 hand and on immed left, @realcharder30 dbld 2

Travis T Williams ‏@OnAFoldDraw
Finally, a soft spot at the table. We're eight-handed now w/ one stack in the well. @JamieKerstetter joins us.

Event 12: Heads Up - Even Steven

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

Kessler Looking for Third Title

Allen Kessler (Las Vegas, NV) and Scott Blackman (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ) are nearly dead even in chip.

Blackman leads 563 to 505 with forced bets at 12k/24k.

Kessler is going for his third Borgata trophy; he won mixed game titles in 2010 and 2012 totaling $32,000.

Remaining Prize Pool
1st $15,107
2nd $8,201

Event 12: 3rd Place - Guss

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

 Brandon Guss (Holland, PA) 

After a short lived double-up it was only a matter of time before Brandon Guss finishes in third place.

In Stud H/L Guss' set of 4s don't improve against Scott Brandon's set of 7s.

Guss is the third final table player who failed to earn his second Borgata trophy. He won a NL event during the 2010 Borgata Summer Open.

Event 13: Break Time!

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Level 12 Blinds: 1000/2000/ 300 ante

Players are now on a 10 minute break.  They'll be coming back to 1000/2000 blinds when they return, with a 300 ante.

The official payouts have just been announced.  Officially we have 1,264 entries in the event, generating a prize pool of $318,781...shattering the $100k guarantee.  

Places 1 through 120 will get paid, with the top prize for the champ of Event 13 getting $68,548.  Min-cashers will get back $548 for their day's efforts.

Approximately 530 players remain in this $100,000 guaranteee.

Event 14: Hat Trick for Volpe

$1500 + $150  Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Kevin Saul (spectator on this hand) and Paul Volpe

On a flop of J T 9 with two spades, four players got all their chips in the middle.

Todd Terry - JJ for top set
Harry Korotki - 87 suited in hearts for the Jack-high straight
Paul Volpe - KQ suited in diamonds for the King-high straight
Kurt Jewell - AQ offsuit for a gutshot, needing a King

The last two came 6 A of clubs, improving Paul's hand to Broadway.  He had all three opponents covered, so he scooped the pots, chipping up to ~55k, and busting all three players in the process.

Event 12: Trifecta

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

The final three players are back from break with the forced bets moving up to 12k/24k.

Brandon Guss (Holland, PA) is all in on the first hand of this level, but gets a double-up through Scott Blackman (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ).

Blackman and Allen Kessler (Las Vegas, NV) are even in chips.

Remaining Prize Pool

1st $15,107
2nd $8,201
3rd  $5,180

Event 12: 4th Place - Nichols

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

 Brian Nichols (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ) 

Brian Nichols is now 2 for 2 in Borgata Winter Poker Open cashes after this 4th place finish.

In Stud (high), Nichols is all in with a split kings, but busts when Allen Kessler's rolled up 5s are best.

Nichols survived for a 17th place finish (out of 3,871 entries) in Event 1 for a $8,500 payday.  These are the two largest Borgata cashes of Nichols' career.

Event 12: 5th Place - Drabot

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

 Michael Drabot (Riverside, NJ)   

Michael Drabot is down to 50k with the forced bets at 8k/16k in Razz.  His day ends in 5th place, but Drabot loved the tournament.

"It's great, you get to play a variety of games," says the retired hospital administrator. "There's more skill than just playing two cards in hold'em."

This is Drabot's 4th Borgata final table in the last 14 months. His prior cashes where all in PLO.

Event 14: More Familiars

$1500 + $150  Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

More familiar faces have turned up in this event:

Anthony Caruso
Michael Borovetz
Kyle Frey
Harry Korotki
Paul Volpe
Matt Affleck
Joe Gibbons
John Lakatosh
Ryan D'Angelo
Kurt Jewell

Late registration and re-entry will be available for a looooooong time -- six levels, until about 10:30pm.

Event 12: 6th Place - Hofer

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

Danny Hofer (Ossining, NY) 

Another Borgata trophy holder is on the rail after Danny Hofer is short stacked during Razz.

Hofer finishes in 6th place, adding to his resume which features a win in a Limit event ($16,000) during the 2009 Borgata Winter Open.

Event 14: Familiars in the Fifteen-Hundo

$1500 + $150  Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Lots of serious poker players in this event today.  These are the ones already in action:

Dwyte Pilgrim
Tom Dobrilovic
Feming Chan
Thomas Hoglund
Ryan Eriquezzo
Jared Jaffee
Matt Burnitz
Bruce Yamron
Travis Williams
Aaron Massey
Cherish Andrews
Tyler Patterson
Christian Harder
Darren Elias
Roland Israelashvilli
Rex Clinkscales
John Moore
Michael DiChiaro
Peter Ippolito
Erik Cajelais
Todd Terry
Brock Parker
Kevin Saul
May Siu

Event 12: 7th Place - Morgousky

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

Mickael Morgousky (Brooklyn, NY)   

The forced action finally catches up with Morgousky who sends the last of his chips to chip leader Scott Blackman during the Stud H/L round.

Morgousky, a Borgata trophy holder, finishes in 7th place for his 15th career Borgata cash.  His title came in the 2012 Borgata Winter Poker open for $43,000 and he has more than $275,000 in career tournament earnings.

Event 14: Underway

$1500 + $150  Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Today's second main event is a little bit pricier.  It carries the biggest buy-in of the preliminary main events in the Borgata Winter Poker Open.

At 54 players, they will redraw for nine six-handed tables.  At 24 players, they will redraw for six four-handed tables.  When down to the final 5 players, they will draw for seats and move to the final table.

Players began with 15,000 chips and all levels are 60 minutes long.

Late registration and re-entry is available through level 6 (about 11:30pm).

Level 1:  Blinds 25/50.

Play is underway.

Event 12: 8th Place - Reid

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

 Jermaine Reid (Bronx, NY) 

Forced Bets 8k/16k

In a battle of short stacks, Reid and Danny Hofer are all in during the Stud H/L round and are up against Brandon Guss.

Guss and Hofer chop the high and low, sending Reid out in 8th place.

Event 12: Irish Poker - Dublin' Up

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

In two separate hands, Mickael Morgousky (Brooklyn, NY) and Michael Drabot (Riverside, NJ) double-up during the stud round with less than 20k.

Morgousky doubles through Allen Kessler, while Drabot gets chips from Scott Blackman.

Event 12: Survival Mode

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

Short Stack City:
(l-r) Hofer, Morgousky, Drabot

With the forced bets at 6k/12k, four players have less than 35k, and less than three big bets.

Jermaine Reid (Bronx, NY), Danny Hofer (Ossining, NY), Mickael Morgousky (Brooklyn, NY) and Michael Drabot (Riverside, NJ) are trying to see who can bleed chips the slowest and move up the pay sheet.

Event 11 - Recap

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

Ting Ho (Las Vegas, NV) outlasted a field of 286 to win her first-ever tournament at Borgata, bagging $28,294 for first place and the beautiful Borgata trophy.   Elish Patel (Gainesville, FL) was the runner-up, claiming $16,812.

The final table of six included Roland Israelashvili (Forest Hills, NY) who has one Borgata Poker Open title among his million-plus dollars in lifetime tournament earnings.  He finished 6th for $5,826.

Day one saw 286 entries, generating total buy-ins of $114,400.  The final 30 got paid and they reached the money shortly after returning from dinner.

WSOP National Champion Ryan Eriquezzo (Danbury, CT) was among the first to get paid.  He busted out in 29th place for $666.  Two-time WPT final tableist Dan Buzgon (Marlton, NJ) went out 23rd ($832).  WSOP bracelet holder Mike 'Little Man' Sica finished 11th for $1,387.

Ting Ho was in Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma with her boyfriend and "favorite poker player," Rex Clinkscales.  Rex is the current point leader on the WSOP Circuit and they were headed for Tunica, MS, to play in another Circuit event.

That is until Allen 'Chainsaw' Kessler talked them into coming to Borgata.  Ting Ho was stunned by how cold it was when they arrived yesterday, but she was on fire here in the tournament.

She travels with her medical alert service dog, Bella, who appears to enjoy getting in on the action.  Of her first trip to Borgata, Ho said, "I love it.  I love the room, I love the venue."  And she's loving that trophy.  Clinkscales says they're both going to play the $1,500 Mix-Max NLH event which starts in less than an hour.

Final Table Results
1.  Ting Ho (Las Vegas, NV)  $28,294 
2.  Elish Patel (Gainesville, FL)  $16,812
3.  Will Bariban (Brooklyn, NY)  $12,761
4.  Javier Fernandez (San Juan, PR)  $10,265
5.  Mukul Pahuja (N Lauderdale, FL)  $8,045
6.  Roland Israelashvili (Forest Hills, NY)  $5,826


Event 11: 1st Place - Ho

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

Ting Ho (Las Vegas, NV)

Ting Ho was in Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma with her boyfriend, Rex Clinkscales.  Rex is the current point leader on the WSOP Circuit and they were headed for Tunica, MS, to play in another Circuit event.

That is until Allen 'Chainsaw' Kessler talked them into coming to Borgata.  Ho was stunned by how cold it was when they arrived yesterday, but she was on fire here in the tournament.

She's originally from New Jersey, but moved to Irvine, CA, and then to Las Vegas.  She was in real estate and computer networking, but gave it up to play poker and is a regular $2/5 No Limit player.  She just started playing tournaments this past year and is doing very well so far!

Event 11: 2nd Place - Patel

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

Elish Patel (Gainesville, FL)

Elish Patel had a 2:1 chip lead over Ting Ho when they got heads-up, but in the end, she had them all.

Elish finished in 2nd place, earning $16,812.

The retired consultant has been doing well in the monthly tournaments here at Borgata, but this is only the second event he has played during an Open series.  He also cashed in his first Open event, the $200 NL event during last year's Winter Open.

Event 11: 3rd Place - Bariban

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

Will Bariban (Brooklyn, NY)

Elish Patel opened for a min-raise (sb) and Will Bariban (bb) moved in for 517k.

Elish called, showing AK.  Will was in bad shape with A4.

The board ran out K Q 3 3 2 and Elish took the pot.  He chipped up to about 2.3 million.

Will finished in 3rd place for $12,761.

Event 12: Two Horse Race

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

Blackman's Purple Fields of Majesty

Players are on a break to color up the purple (500) chips.

Scott Blackman continues to lead the way with 357k, while Allen Kessler is at 251k.

Everyone else is in the 100-150k range, except for Brian Nichols who is the short stack with 43k.

Big bets moving up to 6k/12k

Remaining Players


1. Allen Kessler (Las Vegas, NV)
2. Brian Nichols (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ)
3. Brandon Guss (Holland, PA)
4. Jermaine Reid (Bronx, NY)
5. Scott Blackman (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ)
6. Danny Hofer (Ossining, NY)
7. -empty-
8. Mickael Morgousky (Brooklyn, NY)
9. Michael Drabot (Riverside, NJ)

Event 11: 4th Place - Fernandez

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

Javier Fernandez (San Juan, PR)

Javier Fernandez moved in for 82k on the button and got called by both blinds.

They checked down the board of 7 5 3 Q 6.  The hands were tabled:

Javier - A9
Elish Patel - A6
Will Bariban - 86

Elish took the pot with his pair of 6s with Ace kicker.  He's up to ~1.9 million.

Javier finished in 4th place, earning $10,265.

Blinds up!

Level 23:  Blinds 10k/20k with 3k ante.

Borgata Winter Poker Open Leaderboard Update (1/23)

Borgata Winter Poker Open Leaderboard
By participating in any Borgata Winter Poker Open event (January 15 - February 1, 2013), players earn points based upon the Borgata Winter Poker Tournament Leaderboard Formula.

Below are the top scores for the 2013 Borgata Winter Poker Open Leaderboard*
(Final Results from events: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39)

338.450:  GARY LUCCI
331.200:  AARON MASSEY
296.880:  DANIEL WACH
294.400:  GORDON ENG

Event 11: 5th Place - M. Pahuja

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

Mukul Pahuja (N Lauderdale, FL)

Mukul Pahuja shoved for 301k on the button and got a call from big stack Elish Patel (sb).

Mukul was ahead with AJ.  Elish held KQ suited.

The board ran out J 9 7 x T and Elish rivered a gutshot straight to take the pot.  He's up to ~1.8 million.

Mukul finished in 5th place, earning $8,045.

Event 12: 9th Place - Toft

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

Bo Toft (Yardley, PA) 

Bo Toft is down to just 4,500 in the Hold'em round and moves all in with K 8 suited which doesn't improve.

Toft is out in 9th place, his 13th career Borgata tournament cash, adding to his $500,000+ lifetime earnings.  He was 6th in this event during the 2012 Borgata Fall Poker Open, and 8th in last year's Winter Open.

Event 11: 6th Place - Israelashvili

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

Roland Israelashvili (Forest Hills, NY)

Roland Israelashvili moved his short-stack in UTG and got looked up by Will Bariban on the button.

Roland had 74 of hearts and needed help against Will's KJ.

He got no help from the board.  Roland busted out in 6th place, earning $5,826.

Event 12: 10th Place - Prosack (Bubble Boy)

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

 Steve "Needs Another" Prosak

"I guess I'm the proverbial bubble boy....again," says a disappointed, but upbeat Steve Prosak (Arlington, VA), who is knocked out one spt from the money. "I bubbled this last year."

Prosak takes his last stand in Omaha H/L with AKK8, but is flushed by chip leader Scott Blackman. 

Prosak is a Borgata regular who finished 8th in H.O.R.S.E in 2011 and will get another chance to crack the curse when he returns Thursday for the Omaha H/L.

The remaining nine players are in the money and drawing for their final table seats.

Event 11: Israelashvili Crippled

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

Roland Israelashvili opened for 26k on the button.

Elish Patel raised to 81K from the big blind.

Roland called.

The flop fell J T 6 rainbow.  Both checked.

Turn was an Ace.

Elish checked.

Roland bet 76k.

Elish raised to 226k.

Roland called.

River was a Queen.

Elish announced he was all-in.  Roland folded.

Elish chipped up to ~1.4 million.  Roland was left with onlye ~120k.

Blinds Up!

Level 22:  Blinds 8k16k with 2k ante.

Event 12: 11th Place - Finberg (No $$$)

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

Finberg Deep in the Tank

Justin Finberg (Pittsburgh, PA) is the unfortunate double-bubble after tangling with Allen Kessler on the first hand of the day.

In Stud, Finberg catches his flush on 6th street and sees Kessler with four spades showing.  At showdown both players have a flush, Kessler K J 10 vs Finberg's K J 9.

The hand cripples Finberg and he's out shortly after it, two spots from the money.

Event 13: Back From Break

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Players are back from their break and back in action.

Level 5:  Blinds 150/300 with 25 ante.

The latest news from the Twitter-verse (keep those Tweets coming!  #BWPO):

Chris Leong ‏@ChrisLeongPoker
Busted first bullet. At 21.9k on second bullet at 150/300

Tim Reilly ‏@TimReillyPoker
40k from 25k starting at 100/200 @BorgataPoker

Ari Engel ‏@realAriEngel
65k from 25k start stack in borgata $300 at first break.

Kevin McColgan ‏@Buk101Poker
After getting down to 15k quickly i am at 26k first break

Michael Marder ‏@MMarder86
41.55k/25kss coming back to 150/300/25. Table draw doesn't suck. #BWPO13

Antonio Payne ‏@Anthony_1Payne
. @BorgataPoker E13. Starting stack after level 4 got 68.5k #TeamBSO #TeamProPayne #2013ItsRturn #BWPO

Ken Adams ‏@dckid13
End of level 4 i have 46,500. Flopped straight flush draw vs over pair, rivered flush

Daniel Urban ‏@Herbish86
50k at first break @bHonando

jason nagers ‏@Felt_Proof
45k from 25kss on first break. #BWPO

Amanda Musumeci ‏@TheReaLMander
31k from 25k ss goin to 150/300....

Joe Hanrahan ‏@Totsssss
28k 150/300/25

Pierre Deissler ‏@PierreDeissler
Borgata. EVent 13 39k. Lev 5. Looks like over 1k players #tpedge #BWOITM

Steve Scales ‏@SteveScales
AdAs>Q10, got it in on 1073ddd flop for the KO of semi short stack, 35K on break #BWPO

James Sloat ‏@mybrmanager
L5 150/300 24/25K

Event 12: 11 Return, Two from the Money

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

Eleven players return, but only nine make the money.

Scott Blackmon (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ) is the chip leader with 301k, but all eyes will be on the short stacks (4 < 60k) with play beginning on the Stud round and the forced bets 4k/8k.

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 11: Six Max Is Back

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

The final table of six is set.  Play resumed with

Level 21: Blinds 6k/12k with 2k ante.

In early action, Elish Patel opened for 24k, Will Bariban called from the button, then Ting Ho raised to 64k from the small blind.

Both players folded.

Event 13: More Faces in the Field

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

This room is jam-packed with regulars and lots of new faces as well. 

Here are some more of the familiar ones:

Chris Leong
Patti Haggerty
Jimmy Wong
Greg Glassman
Angel Gonzalez
Ylon Schwartz
Frank Rasile
Mike Lydon
Matt Kleckner
Cotton Snuffer
Alan Vrooman
Tim Reilly
Matt 'muffins' Mazzeo
Martha Patella
Roman Valerstein
Ilya Dyment
Jinglen Chen
Benjamin Chan

Event 13: Tough Table

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

In a field this size, the talent is usually scattered around the room, but early today one table has turned quite rough.

Table 28

Currently seated at table 28 are

Marsha Wolak - WSOP Ladies Champion
Dan Buzgon - 2 WPT Final Tables
John Hinds
Daniel Chan
Ken Adams

Event 13: Grove's Aces Good

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Level 3:  Blinds 75/150.

Chris Grove (Brooklyn Park, MD) reports that he had an all-in pre-flop confrontation where his pocket Aces held up against pocket Queens.  He's doubled his 25k starting stack to 50k.

Chris won the $350 Black Chip Bounty tournament here during the 2012 BPO, good for almost $50k. 

Event 13: More Faces

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

More faces in the crowd packed into the Event Center:

Lana O'Brien
Dan Walsh
Paul Shedaker
Tony Antonious
Jordan Ludwick
Yuebin Guo
Leonardo Palermo
Steve Eyzerovich
Mario Rodriguez
Byung Yoo
Tom Evers
Eric Natishvili
Jason Henrici
Kim Findura
Dean Chen
Leanne Rosenblatt
Ed Corrado
Frank Ingardia
Wade Woelfel
Marcella Keene
Walter Muller
Daryl Boatwright
Ricardo Velasco
Ari Engel
Wooyang Lin
Al Navid
Sam Taylor
Wendy Freedman

Event 13: Checking In Via Twitter

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Level 2:  Blinds 50/100.

No way to know what's going on down in the poker room at tables 88 and higher, so we're relying on Twitter to stay in touch.

Keep those tweets coming!!  #BWPO

These folks have checked in via Twitter:

 Antonio Payne ‏@Anthony_1Payne
@BorgataPoker We ready. Table 74.

Allen Jackson ‏@Real_AllenJ
100k guar at borgata

Daniel Urban ‏@Herbish86
Borgata winter open

James Sloat ‏@mybrmanager
T19 S7 Borgata 100K

Joe Hanrahan ‏@Totsssss
@BorgataPoker $300 100k starting in a few mins, 25k starting #due

Pete poker ‏@PokerAllDay
300nl today borgata pkg1 prelims #runit

Steve Scales ‏@SteveScales
Another lottery today, glgl gals n pals #BWPO

James Tedrow ‏@teddyrowe
$300 100k today, massive 25k ss, should be fun.

Alan Kraut ‏@AlanKrautPoker
Wound up in the icy cold wing of the event center for today's 11AM #BWPO

Amanda Musumeci ‏@TheReaLMander
Bwo $300r today gllllll

Heon-Jo Kim ‏@PokerJourney
Looks like I'll be playing the 100k gtd today @BorgataPoker

jason nagers ‏@Felt_Proof
Playing the $300r 100k guar today! #LGI #BWPO

Trevor Deeter ‏@TDeeter24
Playing the BPO 300 re-entry 100k GTD. @dazedace at starting table and a bunch of sharks.

Christine Brewer ‏@CBrewer_09
borgata 300 today! ready to win a tournament already!!

Event 13: Early Birds

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

The Event Center is bursting at the seams again today, just like last week.  I only covered about half the tables and spotted these frequent fliers:

Rick Chang
John Koliner
Ryan Eriquezzo
Joe Pitti
Cuong Phung
Ima Professional
Mike Holm
Pasquale Boffice
Joe Demone
Neville Darrell
Pierre Deissler
Jack Duong
Howard Wolper
Tiffany Williamson
April Motola
Scott Wardell
Miami John Cernuto
Ibra Ibraimovic
Jerry Payne
Cornel Cimpan
Brian O'Donoghue
Tony Sinishtaj
Grace Sun
Kevin McColgan
Marsha Wolak
Tony Shurilla
Bruce Frank
Gordon Eng
David Heck
Michael Borovetz
Jim Wiley
Bob Haavind
Andrew Interdonato
Michael Marder
Don Brown
Mickey Woll
Elan Branas
Cathy Dever
Frank Richardone
Mike 'Little Man' Sica

Event 13: Underway

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Another big guarantee on today's first main event.  The $100,000 guarantee should bring them out in droves.

87 tables are set up in the Event Center (three tables needed for day twos from yesterday).

Tables 88+ are down in the Poker Room.

Players began with a deep stack of 25,000 chips.

Levels are 30 minutes long.  This is a re-entry event, so players who bust out during the first eight levels may choose to re-enter as many times as they like.

Late registration is also available until the end of level eight (about 3:30pm).

Level 1:  Blinds 25/50.

Cards are in the air!

Wednesday, January 23

TODAY'S EVENTS (Event Center) 

11AM: Event 13 - $260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
             $100,000 Guaranteed
  • Players start with 25,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 30 minutes each 
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 8 
  • 1-Day event

4 PM: Event 14 - $1500 + $150 Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 60 minutes each 
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 6 
  • 2-Day event

7 PM: Event 40 - $150 + $30 + $50 Double Green Chip Bounty NLH  (Re-Entry) 
  • 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 will last 20 minutes each 
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 6 
  • 1-Day event

Event 12 - Table Assignments & Chip Counts

Borgata Winter Poker Open
Event 12: $500 + $60 H.O.R.S.E.
January 22-23, 2013

Entries:  89
Total Buy-In:  $44,500

Players Remaining:  11
Average Chip Stack:  97,000

T1 | S3 -  BRANDON GUSS (HOLLAND, PA):  160,000
T1 | S4 -  ALLEN KESSLER (LAS VEGAS, NV):  95,500
T1 | S5 -  JERMAINE REID (BRONX, NY):  84,500

T2 | S1 -  ROBERT TOFT (YARDLEY, PA):  38,000
T2 | S2 -  DANIEL HOFER (OSSINING, NY):  74,000

Event 11 - Seat Assignments & Chip Counts

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

Players Remaining:  6
Average Chip Stack:  572,000

T1 | S3 -  ELISH PATEL (GAINESVILLE, FL):  654,000
T1 | S5 -  TING TING HO (LAS VEGAS, NV):  795,000
T1 | S6 -  JAVIER FERNANDEZ (SAN JUAN, PR):  304,000

Event 11: Super Six

$400 + $50  Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
 Ting Ho - 795,000

  William "Snowman" Bariban - 761,000

 Roland Israelashvili - 691,000

Elish Patel - 654,000  

 Javier Fernandez - 304,000

 Mukul Pahuja - 260,000

Event 11: Six Max Final Table

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

Final 6 For 6-Max

Once Ron Citrenbaum busted they guys (and Ting) played one hand before time expired and play was halted for the Day.

These new seat assignments will stay in tact for tomorrow (later today) which kicks off at 1pm.

Seat - Name - Chips
Seat 1 - Roland Israelashvili - 691,000
Seat 2 - Mukul Pahuja - 260,000
Seat 3 - Elish Patel - 654,000
Seat 4 - William "Snowman" Bariban - 761,000
Seat 5 - Ting Ho - 795,000
Seat 6 - Javier Fernandez - 304,000

Event 11: 7th Place - Edwards

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

Luke Edwards - (Mansfield, OH)
Luke is the final table bubble boy since the 6-max FT has 7 Players.

Luke's QJ ran into AA of Elish Patel.  Both gentlemen were all in pre-flop.

Board ran clean sending Luke home with a Borgata payday of $4,439.

Not bad for one day's worth of mucking and grinding.

Event 11: 8th Place - Citrenbaum

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

Ron Citrenbaum - (Brigantine, NJ)

The dream is over for Ron Citrenbaum who flopped top pair with a great kicker only to run into William Bariban who flopped a set of eights.

Ron A-Q vs. William 8-8

Board: A-8-9-2-Q

Queen hits the river just to rub it in, giving Ron top two pair.

Look for Ron to play the 1K 6-max and possibly the Championship.

Event 12: End Of Day Chips

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

Scott Blackman - (Egg Harbor Township, NJ) - 300,500

Place - Name - Unofficial Chip Counts
1. Scott Blackman - 300,500
2. Brandon Guss - 160,000
3. Brian Nichols - 116,500
4. Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler - 95,500
5. Jermaihe Reid - 84,000
6. Danny Hofer - 74,000
7. Michael Morgously - 55,000
8. Justin Finberg - 52,500
9. Steve Prosak - 50,000
10. Michael Drabot - 41,500
11. Bo Toft - 38,000

Congratulations to the final 11 H.O.R.S.E. players who have bagged and tagged their chips and called in a night.  They will return to fight it out for the $44,500 Total Buy In.

Scott Backman is the chip leader with 300,500 and has his eye on the $15,107 first place prize.

Play resumes tomorrow at 1pm.

Have a good night everyone!

Event 12: Winding Down

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

Two Table Remain

14 Players are left in Event 12.

Play will end at 2am then start up again tomorrow (later today) at 1pm.

Currently limits are 3000 / 6000 with 500 antes.

A parting tweet from Miami John...

Horse ended miserably for me, 2345 all heats turned into a pair of river fours vs a 39JK board who chased me to make river sixes. 35th pl

Event 11: More Six-Maxed Out

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

More Gone
11 - Mike "Little Man" Sica (N. Brunswick, NJ) - $1,387
12 - Joshua Supsak (Linwood, NJ) - $1,387
13 - Michael Lagnese (Blue Bell, PA) - $1,110
14 - John Hinds (Greenville, NC) - $1,110

Playing one more level than calling a night.  Players will bag and tag and return tomorrow.

Event 11: Rags Bagged

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

"Rags" Thiagarajah - 9th Place - $1,665

Rags had K-10 and was up against monster stack of William Bariban who had K-Q.

Both hit their man but Bariban hit a third Queen for the knock-out punch.

Event 11: Moose On The Loose

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

James "Moose" Weatherman - (Bend, OR)
10th Place - $1,387

The pilot (for a major airlines) will fly away with $1,387 for his 10th Place finish.

Final forecast for Weatherman: A-9 vs. Pahuja's 6-6.  Moose lost the flip and his short stack.

"Hi to my poker family at Rivals" said Weatherman as he exited.

Event 11: Final Two Tables

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

Table 1:
Seat 1 - "Rags" Thiagarajah
Seat 2 - Ron Citrenbaum (Brigantine, NJ)
Seat 3 - William Bariban (Brooklyn, NY)
Seat 4 - Luke Edwards (Mansfield, OH)
Seat 5 - Javier Fernandez

Table 2:
Seat 1 - Elish Patel (New York, NY)
Seat 2 - Moose Weatherman (Bend, OR)
Seat 3 - Ting Ho (Las Vegas, NV)
Seat 4 - Mukul Pahuja
Seat 5 - Roland Israelashvili (Forest Hills, NY)

Mike "Little Man" Sica busted in 11th Place.  Pretty much got blinded out - took a shot with 45,000 and Q-10 hoping to hit something.  Unfortunately, Opponent's A-J held up.

11th Place earns Mike - $1,387

Event 12: Nice Toft Landing

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

Bo Toft - 90,000

Bo Toft (Yardley, PA) knows his way around a H.O.R.S.E. tournament.  He took 10th in WPT Main - World Poker Finals for $132,778 and has cashed too many times in his long career to mention including FT at a WSOP Stud Event.

Bo's been playing poker for decades and and was wondering if he was the oldest guy still in the tournament.

As for today, he was down to 4,000 then hit the deck 6 hands in a row to build his stack to an impressive 90,000.

"Now it's time to defend" said the chip leader.

22 Players remain on 3 tables.

Average stack is 48,545

Event 11: Punted

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

Play has tightened up after the following players busted.

15 - Robert Brown (Milford, NH) - $1,110
16 - Kevin McColgan (Douglassville, PA) - $1,110
17 - Michael Marder (Sewell, NJ) - $1,110
18 - May Siu (New York, NY) - $1,110
19 - James Gilbert (Bensalem, PA) - $832

This was a re-entry event that brought 89 total entries.

Six-Max events are one of the most popular and favorites of so many players.

Ironically, the final table consists of 7 players, not six.

Event 11: Hinds Finds Exits

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

John Hinds (Greenville, NC) has good news and bad news.  The good news is he can now devour that tasty cupcake.  The bad news is he lost his stack of 210,000 to Mukul Pahuja.

John 9 5 vs. Mukul 4 4♠  

Flop: 8 54

John checked the turncard 9♠ , Mukul mae it 36,000, John popped it to 80,000, Mukul jammed, and John called.

J♣ on the river.

Pahuja's set bests Hind's two pair.

John takes home $1,110 for his 14th Place finish today.