Thursday, January 24, 2013

Event 15: Mincash for Musumeci

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

Level 16 - Blinds: 2000/4000/ 400 ante

Amanda Musumeci (Philadelphia, PA) is our first bustout after reaching the money.  She places 27th and gets back $1,209 for her efforts today.

Players are going on a color-up break and will be returning to Level 17 where blinds will be 2500/5000/ 500 ante.  

Event 15: Bubble Blasted!

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

Level 16 - Blinds: 2000/4000/ 400 ante

Kevin McColgan (Douglasville, PA) raises to 8k from the cutoff.  Manh Nguyen goes all-in for 46,500 from the button.  Action folds back around to McColgan, who makes the call.  

Nguyen:  J10 
McColgan:  J8 

The last 2 streets are not kind to Nguyen as the board falls 6Q288 to make trip eights for McColgan, eliminating Nguyen from the tournament and bursting the money bubble.

The remaining 27 players are all in the money and guaranteed at least a double up of their buy-in to $1,209.  McColgan is our chip leader with around 375K.   

                                                                 Kevin McColgan

Event 14: 4th Place - Engel

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

  Ari Engel (Las Vegas, NV)

Blinds 3k/6k/500 ante

Jeff Papola raises to 12k, Ari Engel moves all in for 135k and Papola calls.

Papola: KQ
Engel: AJ

The board is no help to Engel who finishes in 4th place.  Papola has regained the chip lead with more than 700k and his three-handed vs Mike Linster and Christian Harder.

Event 14: Lin-sanity

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

 Linster Stacks Chips Next to Christian Harder

Mike Linster (Island Park, NY) continues his improbable run at a third trophy at the Borgata Winter Poker Open.

Linster has already bagged the Event 4 (Big Stack PLO) title for $28,225 and followed it up with a win in Event 10 (Black Chip Bounty) for another $38,081.

He's now the chip leader four handed and three spots away from a third title.

Only 6 players have ever one three Borgata titles, with Allen Kessler (Las Vegas, NV) the most recent addition yesterday joining Will Failla, Yuebin Guo, Howard Wolper, Bill Blanda and Chris Reslock.

But no player has ever won three events in the same series.

After winning his second title in four days Linster said, "I'm playing well, seeing all the hands, and am really focused right now."

That mojo hasn't changed and his play can be epitomized by a hand he played before he busted Matt Affleck (Seattle, WA) in fifth place.

On a board of 5 7 3 3 7♠, Linster called a 23k turn bet and then checked back on the river.
With no flush draw, Linster called the turn bet with king high and was good against Affleck's missed straight draw.

Linster is running good and playing better.

Event 15: Button Bully

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

Level 15 - Blinds: 1500/3000/ 400 ante

Under the gun raises to 6500.  Manh Nguyen calls from late position.  Don Norman (Marian, IL) is on the button and goes over the top and puts the rest of his stack into the middle.

Action folds back to Nguyen, who then asks for a count.  It takes a few minutes to figure out his exact chip count, but it turns out to be 54,800...comparable to what Nguyen has behind.  After a few minutes of thought, Nguyen folds and Norman takes down the small pot.

33 players remain in Event 15, average stack is 100,727.

Event 16: In the Money with No Bubble

$350 + $50 Seniors (50+) No Limit Hold'em

All Smiles for Money Moretti

With play grinding to a halt since dinner break, surprisingly there's no hand-for-hand play on the bubble.

Jeff Moretti (Staten Island, NY) does the honor with pocket kings against AQ, which puts the remaining 27 players into the money.

The min cash is $654 while they play for the $20,342 top prize.

Event 14: 5th Place - Affleck

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

Matt Affleck (Seattle, WA) 

Blinds 2,500/5k/500 ante

Matt Affleck (UTG) raises to 12k and Linster calls from the SB
Flop: Q K A

Linster check-calls Affleck's 18k bet

Turn: Q

Linster check-calls Affleck's 39k bet

River: 6♠

Linster checks, Affleck bets 85k, Linster moves all in and has Affleck covered.
Affleck tank calls 90k more.

Linster: K♠ Q♠ (full house)
Affleck: J 10 (straight)

Affleck's flopped straight is beaten by Linster who turned a full house.

Affleck finishes in 5th place, while Linster wins the ~500k chip pot to take the chip lead with 600k.

Event 17: Crazy like a Foxxx

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Level 10 - Limits: 1000/2000

On a board of A7884 David Fox (Coram, NY) puts out a bet of 2k.  His opponent hesitantly makes the crying call.

Fox:  A562
Opponent:  A457

Fox makes the 8 high straight to win the high, and has A2478 to win the low as well to scoop the entire pot.  He has just around 30k.

Event 17: A few faces

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Level 10 - Limits: 1000/2000

We have 97 players left in Event 17

A few of the faces left in the field include:

David Fox
Allen Kessler
Kevin Truong
Roland Israelashvili

Event 14: Black Chips Gone, Play Goes On

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

The black (100) chips are off the table as blinds are now 2,500/5k/500 ante

Name-Chip Count

Jeff Papola 442k (88 bb)
Mike Linster 310k
Matt Affleck 268k
Ari Engel 230k
Christian Harder 149k (30 bb)

Event 15: Gettin Close...

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

Level 14 - Blinds: 1200/2400/ 300 ante

We have 35 players left in Event 15 across 4 tables of action.  8 more bustouts until we reach the money.

Here are 3 of the top chip counts after taking a walk around the tables:

Brian Lemke (Norristown, PA)  -  ~250K
Nathan Parsons (Philadelphia, PA) -   ~200K
Robert Panitch (Chicago, IL)   -    ~190K

Event 15: Off to the Races...

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

Level 13 - Blinds: 1000/2000/ 300 ante

We find local grinder Howard Wolper (Atlantic City, NJ) with his AQ off all in pre-flop against the 99 of John Allan Hinds...who re-shoved on the button.  Hinds' pocket nines hold up to win the race at the end and eliminates Wolper from the tournament.

Hinds is now sitting on around 51,500.

Russell Crane is also sitting at this table, he has a healthy stack of around 120k

42 players are left, with an average stack of 79,142.

Event 16: 7 from the $$$

$350 + $50 Seniors (50+) No Limit Hold'em

Th 34 remaining players are on a quick break as the black (100) chips are colored-up. We're just seven spots from the money as the top 27 cash.

The average stack is 76k (15 bb) with blinds moving up to 2.5k/5k/500 ante.

Event 14: Still Very, Very Deep

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

(l-r) Papola, Matt Affleck, Ari Engel, Charder, Mike Linster

The remaining five players have an average stack of 279k which is 70 bb.

Jeff Papola leads the chip counts with 360k  (90 bb), while Christian Harder is the "shorty" with 180k (45 bb).

Blinds continue at 2k/4k/400 ante.

Event 15: Nguyen Big Slickin

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

Level 13 - Blinds: 1000/2000/ 300 ante

A player in late position goes all in for ~36k.  Manh Nguyen (Pittsburgh, PA) re-shoves over the top, and everyone else gets out of the way.

Nguyen - AK
Opponent - AJ

The board is dealt 833K10 and Nguyen takes down the pot and cripples his opponent with a pair of Kings.  After that pot Nguyen has about 68k.

Event 15: Flying (Ace) High

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

Level 13 - Blinds: 1000/2000/ 300 ante

On a board showing 286J3, Amanda Musumeci shows AK and takes down the pot (and busts her opponent) with just Ace King high.

When asked by a player "How could you make that call there?", .Amanda simply shrugs and says "Why not?".  She is sitting on around 88k in chips.  

Event 14: Final Five

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


1 Ari Engel (Las Vegas, NV)
2 Christian Harder (Annapolis, MD)
3 Mike Linster (Island Park, NY)
4 Jeff Papola (Monmouth Beach, NJ)
5 Matt Affleck (Seattle, WA)

Event 14: 6th Place - Pahuja

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

Vinny Pahjua (Hicksville, NY) 

Blinds 1,500/3k/500 ante

Vinny Pahuja opens to 6k, Matt Affleck makes it 17k, Pahuja moves all in for 120k, Affleck calls.

Pahjua: A 8
Affleck: K♠ K♣

There's no help on the board for Pahuja and he's out in 6th place.

Since returning from dinner it's taken only 15 minutes to bust three players. The remaining five are drawing for their final table seats.

Event 17: Blinds Up, PayOut!

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Level 8 - Limits:  600/1200

The blinds have just gone up to Level 8.  Official total entries in today's Event 17 Omaha H/L 8B tournament is 147.  And we have 14 tables remaining, each playing 9 handed...about 126 players left.  Top 18 are getting paid.

Here are the payouts:

Total Prize Money: $49,907

1st $14,973
2nd $8,235
3rd $4,741
4th $3,993
5th $2,994
6th $2,495
7th $1,996
8th $1,497
9th $1,123
10-12 $998
13-15 $873
16-18 $749

Event 14: 7th Place - Patterson

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

 Tyler Patterson (Everett, WA) 

Tyler Patterson finishes in 7th place when his AQ flops a queen, but Ari Engel flops as set of 6s to get the knockout.

Event 14: 8th Place - Borovetz

$1500 + $150 Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 
 Mike Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA) 

Mike Borovetz is out in 8th place when his pocket 5s don't improve against the pocket jacks of Jeff Papola.

Event 14: Bang, Bang - Two Down

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

After grinding all day and nobody making their way to the casino cage, we have two simultaneous bustouts, one on each table on the first deals after dinner break.

On table one, Tyler Patteron is all in with AQ and Ari Engel calls with pocket 6.  Patterson hits a queen in the window, but a 6 plays peek-a-boo from behind and Engel's set gets the knockout.

On table two, Mike Borovetz moves all in with pocket 5s, but Jeff Papola dominates with pocket jacks, which hold. 

With Patterson and Borovetz going out at the same time, the payouts come down to a chip count. Patterson wins the count by less than 2k (43k to 41,500) and because he had more chips he gets the higher finish in 7th place ($7,104), while Borovetz finishes 8th ($5,413).

Event 15: Where the birdies at..

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

Level 12 - Blinds: 800/1600/ 200 ante

Here's a few tweets from the field as we're just back from dinner:

Travis T Williams ‏@OnAFoldDraw
Won't get any walks at this table. Kyle Bowker (@Kwob20)'s btn = my BB in @BorgataPoker Winter Open Event 15: $560 NL, 54(277) left |27pd|

Kevin Saul ‏@BeL0WaB0Ve
Coming back from dinner break with 30.6k at 800-1600 200a #teampequeno #prollygettinitinsoon

Chris Leong ‏@ChrisLeongPoker
~100k at dinner break. Coming back to 200/800/1600

Alan Kraut ‏@AlanKrautPoker
On dinner w 40k. Coming back to 800/1600. 25 bigs. #BWPO

Joe Cappuccio ‏@poochpoker
17k 800/1600 on dinner break

Event 16: Lang Leading the Way

$350 + $50 Seniors (50+) No Limit Hold'em

McGoverna (seated left) Watches Wolak Count Out the Double-up

Marty Lang (Smithtown, NY) continues to be the big stack and is up to 159k (53 bb) on dinner break.

There was a big pot on the last hand before break where Jim Governa (Richboro, PA) is all in for 20k into a 75k pot.

"I think you missed a flush draw," says Marsha Wolak (Sarasota, FL), "I call."

"I wasn't on a flush draw," Governa replies while turning over A Q for ace high.  Wolak also has ace high, but has a worse kicker with A 10.

Lang stacks the chips and is up to 115k, while Wolak drops below the average.

39 players remain with an average stack of 66k (22 bb) with blinds moving up to 1,500/3k/400 ante when play resumes at 8:25 pm.

Event 14: Dinner Time Chip Counts

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

Rough chip counts as of the dinner break:

Jeff Papola - 285k
Matt Affleck - 265k
Mike Linster - 265k
Ari Engel - 225k
Vinny Pahuja - 140k
Christian Harder - 135k
Tyler Patterson - 44k
Michael Borovetz - 40k

Event 15: Feedin' Time!

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

Level 12 - Blinds: 800/1600/ 200 ante

Players are in the midst of a 60 minute dinner break, coming back at 8:15pm.  When they return they'll be at Level 12 blinds.  

Players left:   58 
Average stack: 57,310

Event 15: Ladies' Man

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

Level 11 - Blinds: 600/1200/ 200 ante

The cutoff makes it 4K to go.  Action gets to the big blind, who ships it in for 23,100.  Miguel Borrero then re-ships for about 50K.  The cutoff player asks for a count of both stacks before hesitantly mucking his cards.  The cards are tabled:


The board comes out AQ3K7 and Borrero rakes in the money after flopping his set of ladies and fading the Jack for the gutterball straight, knocking out his opponent.  He now has about 75K.

Event 17: Early Dinner Break

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

"Miami" John on Permanent Break

 Three time WSOP bracelet holder "Miami" John Cernuto is one of the first players to bust.

Ilya Dement (Brooklyn, NY) a Borgata trophy holder says Cernuto was out in less than one hour.

"He got unlucky on a couple of hands," says Dement who has his 12k starting stack up to 28k.

Because of the 4 pm start only seven players busted, including Mike Holm (Chicago, IL) who was fortunate to grab his dinner voucher before hitting the rail.

Players are on a one hour dinner break with play resuming at 8:15 pm

Event 15: Hinds brings the Heat

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

Level 11 - Blinds: 600/1200/ 200 ante

Miguel Borrero (Jersey City, NJ) makes it 2700 to go from mid position.  John Allan Hinds (Greenville, NC)  calls from late position, as does James Anderson (Wooster, OH) from the small blind.

Flop falls QK6.  Anderson and Borrero check.  Hinds thinks it over for a bit before dropping down 3800 into the middle.  Anderson mucks, then Borrero turns his 77 face up and mucks it as well.  Hinds rakes in the pot and is sitting on around 34K.

Event 14: Dinner Time

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

The clock was stopped halfway through the level and the final eight took off for a one hour dinner break.

Play will resume at about 8:10 pm with 30 minutes remaining in level 15 (1,500/3,000/400 ante).

Event 16: Payouts

 $350 + $50 Seniors (50+) No Limit Hold'em

Entries: 214
Total Buy-In: $74,900

Place - Amount

1st $20,342
2nd $11,988
3rd $6,902
4th $5,594
5th $4,359
6th $3,633
7th $2,906
8th $2,180
9th $1,453
10-12 $944
13-15 $799
16-18 $727
19-27 $654

Event 15: Quick...where's my phone...

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

Here's some recent tweets from the field:

Alan Kraut ‏@AlanKrautPoker
Doubled thru John Allen. Have 40k at 600/1200 #BWPO

Kevin McColgan ‏@Buk101Poker
100k after 3b shoving turn w/ K hi and a gutter and gettin called by K9 doub gut...and holding :/

Travis T Williams ‏@OnAFoldDraw
83.8K/46.8K entering 40 mins of 1200/200 lvl of @BorgataPoker $560 NL. 71(277) left |27pd|, $35K+ and a trophy to 1st

Kevin Saul ‏@BeL0WaB0Ve
Didn't win a hand that level, 28k going to 600-1200 200a

John Allan Hinds ‏@JABistro
Lose 45k pot QQ<ATo bvb aipf. Now 23k at 600/1200/200. 71 left, paying 27 #NitModeEngaged

Ken Adams ‏@dckid13
End of level 11, i have 55,600. (28 big blinds). About 60 players left. 27 get paid

Event 15: Movin on Up

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

Level 11 - Blinds: 600/1200/ 200 ante

Blinds have just gone up not too long ago, and the next 29 minutes will be played at 600/1200 blinds with a 200 ante.

68 players remain.  Average stack is 48,882.

Event 15: Eight is enough...for now

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

Level 10 - Blinds: 500/1000/ 100 ante

72 players remain in today's Event 15 after a table was just broken.  We're currently playing 9 handed on 8 tables.

Some of the names left in the field include:

Tommy Dobrilovic
Steve Dannenmann
Anthony Caruso
Howard Wolper
Kevin Saul

Event 14: Papola Doubles

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

On a flop of J 6 2 rainbow, Michael Borovetz (sb) checked.  Jeff Papola (bb) bet, Mike shoved, and Jeff called all-in for 123,100 total.

Michael - TT
Jeff - QQ

The last two were 5 8 and no help to Michael.  Jeff doubled up to ~250k.

Michael was left with ~30k.  He doubled up soon after and is still fighting.

Blinds going up in a couple of minutes to

Level 15:  Blinds 1,500/3,000 with 400 ante.

Event 16: Falling Fast

$350 + $50 Seniors (50+) No Limit Hold'em

56 players remain with an average stack of 38k (19 bb) and with the top 27 getting paid the bubble is quickly approaching.

Those still in the field include:

Patricia Cahill
Marsha Wolak
Robert Varkonyi
Charlie Minter
Donald Brown
Milt Jaffee 
George Amador
Joe DeGeorge 
Marty Lang

Event 15: Crane cranks it up...

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

Level 10 - Blinds: 500/1000/ 100 ante

Russell Crane (Howell, NJ) raises from under the gun to 2300 at his seven handed table.  Action folds around back to the big blind, who deliberates for 15 seconds before releasing his hand.  Crane takes down the pot uncontested.

Crane currently has about 101K.  Jordan Ludwick (Cherry Hill, NJ) is at the same table and is sitting on about 65K.

Event 15: Messages to the Universe...

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

Level 10 - Blinds: 500/1000/ 100 ante

Time to check the Twitter updates.  Here are some tweets since the break from Event 15:

Travis T Williams ‏@OnAFoldDraw
#Rigged 83K/41K, 30 mins of 1K/100 left to play. @TheReaLMander on my immed right most of day. 82(277) left |27pd|

Chris Leong ‏@ChrisLeongPoker
65k at 100/500/1000. 83 left. 27 cash. 38k up top. Lets go

Kevin McColgan ‏@Buk101Poker
60k on break 500/1k 100a

Amanda Musumeci ‏@TheReaLMander
35k at 1k....

Travis T Williams ‏@OnAFoldDraw
40.3K/36.6K as we race off green beans. Come back to 40 min of 1K/100 lvl in #BWO15, 87(277) left |27pd| $36.6K to 1st

Kevin Saul ‏@BeL0WaB0Ve
47k after level 9, going to 500-1,000 100a

John Allan Hinds ‏@JABistro
Just lost 65k pot AKo

Event 14: Affleck Doubles; Linster Leads Again

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

On the river with a board of A♣T♠4♠Q♠7♣, Vinny Pahuja fired 12,500.

Ari Engel gave it some thought, then called.

Vinny showed KJ offsuit for Broadway.  Ari flashed an Ace and mucked.

On a flop of K K T, Matt Affleck got all-in against Ari Engle.

Matt - AK for trip Kings
Ari - QJ for an open-ender

The last two changed nothing and Matt doubled up to ~185k.  Ari dropped down to ~180k.

Now Mike Linster is back in the chip lead with ~280k.

Event 17: Filling Up

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Packed House

The front of the Event Center is packed with 17 Omaha tables.

More familiar faces joining the field include:

Dave Fox
Bo Toft
Mike Holm
Dan Buzgon
"Miami" John Cernuto

Event 15: Cash Money baby!

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

Level 10 - Blinds: 500/1000/ 100 ante

Players have just returned from break.  The 277 entries generated a prize pool of $134,345 after tips and fees have been deducted with top 27 getting paid.  

Here are the payouts for Event 15:

1st $37,619
2nd $22,167
3rd $12,763
4th $10,345
5th $8,061
6th $6,717
7th $5,374
8th $4,030
9th $2,687
10-12 $1,746
13-15 $1,478
16-18 $1,343
19-27 $1,209

Good luck to all remaining players!

Event 14: Patterson Doubles

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

Blinds up!

Level 14:  Blinds 1,200/2,400 with 300 ante.

Tyler Patterson got all-in with A5 against Matt Affleck, who had him dominated with AK.

Nevertheless, Tyler came out on top of the confrontation, doubling up.

Event 15: Chip Leader on Color-up Break

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

Play is now nine handed on each table with 90 players remaining.

The big stack is Nathan Parsons (Philadelphia, PA) who is at 120k (120 bb)

The average stack is 37k (37 bb) as blinds are going up to 500/1k/100 ante.

Players are on a 15 minute break as the green (25) chips are removed from play.

Event 14: Affleck Bests Ari

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

Ari Engel (sb) and Matt Affleck (bb) get to the turn with a board of A♠54♠9♠.

Matt fired 8k.  Ari check-raised and Matt called.

River was the 4, pairing the board.

Ari fired 28,500.  Matt raised to 82k.

Ari tanked, did the pump-fake-fold twice, then finally folded for real.  Matt picked up the pot.

Event 16: 100k Club

$350 + $50 Seniors (50+) No Limit Hold'em

The big stacks are in the 100k range and it looks like Marty Lang (Smithtown, NY) is the chip leader with 105k.

Others creeping up on 100k include:

Milt Jaffee (Staten Island, NY)
George Amador (Manorville, NY)
Joe DeGeorge (Penn Yan, NY)

85 players remain with an average stack of 30k (25 bb) as Level 10 (600/1,200/200 ante) is underway.

Event 14: Final Eight Chip Counts

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

The final eight are back in action, finishing level 3 (1k/2k/300 ante).

Here are the rough counts and seating as of the break:

Table 1
Vinny Pahuja - 105k
Tyler Paterson - 76k
Ari Engel - 355k
Matt Affleck - 134k

Table 2
Mike Linster - 224k
Christian Harder - 170k
Michael Borovetz - 140k
Jeff Papola - 198k

Event 14: Weatherman Rained Out

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

James Weatherman (Bend, OR)
Bubble Boy

Ari Engel opened for 4,200 from the button.

James Weatherman moved in for 34k from the small blind.

Ari thought about for a few seconds, then called.

James - A2 suited
Ari - A8 off

The board came 8 8 5 7 2 and Ari took the pot with trip 8s.

James took the title of Bubble Boy for finishing 9th ($0).

The final eight are taking a break, then redrawing for the final two tables.

Event 17: Familiar Faces

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Recognizable faces playing in the Omaha include multiple players who have won Borgata trophies:

Ilya Dement*
Tim D'Allessandro* 
Allen Kessler*
Bary Levy*
Chris Reslock*
Leonardo Palermo
Stephen Jacobs
Wendy Freedman
Gloria LoRusso

*Trophy Holders

Event 14: Daniel Done

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

Daniel Chan (New York, NY)
Level 13:  Blinds 1k/2k with 300 ante.

On the turn with a board K Q 9 7, James Weatherman (sb) fired 6k. 

Tyler Patterson shoved for 54,600.

After giving it some thought, James folded.

One table over, Daniel Chan (bb) was all-in with A7 of hearts against Christian Harder's (sb) pocket Queens.

The board fell T T 8 9 3 (no hearts) and Daniel was busted in 10th place ($0).

Now it is bubble-time and they are playing hand-for-hand.

Event 17: 4th Trophy Event Underway

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

This is one of the busier days on the Borgata Winter Poker Open schedule as we now have four trophy events in action.

This is the second Omaha event of the series; Mike Linster (Island Park, NY) won the PLO Big Stack (Event 4) last weekend.

It'll be interesting to see if Linster, who has two trophies this series, will make it an Omaha double.  He's currently in the $1,500 Mix-Match (Event 14 with 10 players left) and won't even think about registering for Omaha until he's finished making a run at his third trophy.

Players start with 12k in chips, levels are 30 minutes long and registration will stay open for 6 levels or until ~6:30 pm.

Event 16: Senior Registration Closed

$350 + $50 Seniors (50+) No Limit Hold'em

DeGeorge Doing DeJust Fine

Six levels are in the books and the seniors are back from break.

The big stack is Joe DeGeorge (Penn Yan, NY) who says, "It's Western New York, but nobody knows where it is," adding, "wine country." 

That's wine like the grape, not whine like the poker player.

DeGeorge is up to 55k, while Julian Schulman (Nyack, NY) is one of the bigger stacks at 40k. Nyack, as everyone knows, is a NYC suburb!?!?!

Registration is closed with Level 7 (300/600/75 ante) underway.

Event 14: Pushing Chips Around

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

The final ten players are pushing chips around the felt as no one wants to bust this close to the money (eight get paid).

At the river with a board of 8 8 5 A Q, James Weatherman (bb) bet 9,500. 

Ari Engel (sb) tanked for a couple of minutes before making the call.

James showed T8 for trips and Ari mucked.

Still pushing chips around the felt.

Event 15: Twitter-verse

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

Chip Counts via Twitter from the last break and one late entry.

Luke Edwards ‏@7thecho
Late reg event 15 Steve dannenman is on my bb button. Weeeeee!

Tweet Counts

Travis Williams 57k
John Hinds 55k
Monro Secor 37k
Kevin Saul 33k
Antonio Payne 30k
Chris Leong 30k
Kevin McColgan 24k
Joe Cappuccio 19k
Jonathan Sorscher 18k
Ryan Eriquezzo 10k

Event 15: Para-Norman

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

Don Norman
Chip Leader

Slow and steady is how Don Norman (Marion, IL) has built is stack to the unofficial chip lead at 76k.

Registration is now closed with Level 7 (250/500/50 ante) underway.

Event 14: Papola Doubles

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

In a battle of the blinds, Jeff Paola raised from the small, Mike Linster 3-bet from the big, Jeff shoved for 77,500 total, and Mike called.

Jeff - KK
Mike - TT

The board came A 9 4 8 6 and changed nothing.

Jeff doubled up to ~155k.  Mike dropped to about 200k.

Event 14: Final Ten Chip Counts

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

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

They're back in action after the break.  Average stack is ~140k (88 big blinds).

Here are some rough chip counts as of the break:

Table 1
James Weatherman - 62k (39 big blinds)
Tyler Paterson - 111k
Ari Engel - 254k

Table 2
Mike Linster - 260k (163 big blinds)
Christian Harder - 110k
Daniel Chan - 116k
Jeff Papola - 123k

Table 3
Matt Affleck - 159k
Michael Borovetz - 130k
Vinny Pahuja - 100k

Event 15: Last Hand Before Re-Entry Closes

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

Zekus (left) Waits for Dever (right of dealer) to Make the Call

On the final hand of Level 6 (200/400/50), Cathy Dever (Ephrata, PA) has chips committed and two all ins ahead of her. She has the right pot odds to call and surprisingly is ahead.

Dever: A4
Brian Zekus: KJ
Short Stack: 67

Dever's ace holds until the river when Zekus (Minneapolis, MN) hits a jack to nearly get a triple up and taking his stack to 36k.

Dever is cut in half and left with a 12k starting stack.

Players are on a 10 minute break.

Event 14: Gargano Gonzo

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

Anthony Gargano Jr (Sterling Heights, MI)

Anthony Gargano got his short-stack in with KJ and was racing against Vinny Pahuja's pocket Tens.

Anthony got no help from the board and was busted (11th place, no moo-lah).

Level 11 is done and the final ten are taking 15.

Event 16: Serious Seniors

$350 + $50 Seniors (50+) No Limit Hold'em

While the young kids are used to the plethora of re-entry of events that populate tournament series', the seniors are kicking it old school.  One entry per customer, no firing multiple bullets, less speculating with suited connectors.

Carmen Traina (Bayonne, NJ via Cicily) is out after his two pair loses to a set of jacks on the river.  While he'd like to re-enter, Traina doesn't mind calling it an early day.

"Those are the cards," he says, "what are you going to do?"

Level 6 (200/400/50) continues.

Event 14: Gargano Doubles

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

Anthony Gargano, Jr moved in from the button for 18,200.

Michael Borovetz called from the big blind.

Anthony had K7.  Michael was ahead with A3,

The board ran out K 8 7 2 T and Anthony made two pair, good for the double-up.

Event 15: Always Another Event

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

Eriquezzo & Ashkenazi

After busting five spots from the money in the $1,500 Mix-Match, Ryan Eriquezzo (Dabury, CT) jumps into this event.  He's next to Ido Ashkenazi (New York, NY) who gets to hear how Eriquezzo was sent to the rail by Mike Linster.

Event 14: Patterson Doubles

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

On a flop of 7 3 3, Tyler Patterson (button) was all-in for 53,800 against James Weatherman (bb).

James had 74 suited for two pair.

Tyler had pocket Jacks for two better pair.

Last two were Q 8 and Tyler doubled up.

Event 14: Linster Leads

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

Level 11:  Blinds 600/1,200 with 200 ante.

During the previous level, three players saw an Ace-high flop with two hearts.

Matt Affleck (sb) led out for 5,600.  Michael Borovetz (bb) raised to 11,200.  Anthony Gargano (button) called and Matt folded.

The turn put the third heart on the board.  Michael announced he was all-in.  Anthony let it go.

Mike Linster is the chip leader with ~300k.

Eleven players remain.  Average stack is 127k (106 big blinds).   Three more must go to reach the money.

Event 15: Two Blonde Chicks

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

Brewer & Kerstetter

Attention Poker Players: Not all Blonde Poker Players Look Alike!

The next time you see a blonde woman playing poker, please don't assume it's Jamie Kerstetter (Monroe Twp., NJ) or Christine Brewer (Port Monmouth, NJ). They're not the same player.

"Blonde girl who plays poker? Must be Christine," says Kerstetter, who seated on Brewer's left.

And Brewer is constantly mistaken as Kerstetter, so today's table draw should make life easier in keeping the mistakes to a minimum.

Both women are Borgata regulars with good poker resumes.  

Brewer is fresh off a final table in the Borgata December Deep stack event that had her taking home nearly $5,000, while Kerstetter finished 13th in the same event for nearly $4,000. (Oh by the way, a third woman Cathy Dever (Ephrata, PA) was 6th for $18,000).

Kerstetter is the more veteran and accomplished of the two blondes. She has 16 career Borgata cashes and nearly $300,000 in career earnings.

Event 14: Baruch Busted

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

Baruch Thaler (Brooklyn, NY)

Four players took a flop for 2,500 each.  The flop was Queen-hi and Tyler Patterson led for 6k.  Baruch Thaler raised to 12k.  (The other players bailed out.)

Tyler shoved and after giving it some thought, Baruch called, showing KQ for top pair.

Tyler had pocket Aces. 

The last two changed nothing and Tyler doubled up.  

Baruch was left short and got his chips in holding JT on a Ten-hi flop.  His opponent had QT to out-kick him and Baruch was busted (12th place).

Event 16: 49ish

$350 + $50 Seniors (50+) No Limit Hold'em

Sussman & Varkonyi

2002 WSOP Main Event Champion Robert Varkonyi (Great Neck, NY) is back at Borgata and says he barely qualified for the suggested 50-year-old age requirement.

"I'm 49ish," he jokes, which prompts another player to quip, "then you're disqualified."

Bill Sussman (Riverdale, NY), sitting to his right, has Varkonyi slightly covered, in years, not in chips.

The entire table is trading war stories as the atmosphere is always light and fun, at least in the early going.

Players are back from break and playing Level 4 (100/200), and for the record Wikipedia lists Varkonyi's DOB as 1961, but we'll let you do the math.

Event 14: Caruso Crashed

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

Anthony Caruso (Medford, NJ)

Anthony Caruso was next to go in 13th place.

The final twelve have settled into the final three tables:

Table 1
James Weatherman
Tyler Paterson
Ari Engel
Baruch Thaler

Table 2
Mike Linster
Christian Harder
Daniel Chan
Jeff Papola

Table 3
Anthony Gargano Jr
Matt Affleck
Michael Borovetz
Vinny Pahuja

Event 16: "Coffee? Tea? Geritol?"

$350 + $50 Seniors (50+) No Limit Hold'em

The Seniors keep coming today.  They got up to 20 tables already.

Among the latecomers are:

Martha Patella
Ed Corrado
Adam Varrenti
Nancy Martin
Cotton Snuffer
Lucky Lee Kirsch

Event 15: Chirp Counts

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

Player tweets from the first break, play resumes with blinds 100/200

Jonathan Sorscher ‏@superost
16.5k from 12k ss @ 200bb.

Kevin McColgan ‏@Buk101Poker
19.5k from 12k start....100/200

John Allan Hinds ‏@JABistro
T27,650 first break #teammurder

Antonio Payne ‏@Anthony_1Payne
@BorgataPoker E15 after level 3 got 37.2k just go rivered I'm not complaining #TeamBSO #TeamProPayne #2013ItsRturn #BWPO

Roman Valerstein ‏@GrimeRat420
Up to 18k from 12 on break of todays $560 going to 100-200

Chris Leong ‏@ChrisLeongPoker
32k. On break, Coming back to 100/200

Travis T Williams ‏@OnAFoldDraw
35,225/12Kss on break in @BorgataPoker $560 NL: #BWO15. Got "lucky?" that a guy didn't want to call-off 150 bigs w/ AK

Event 14: Two Down

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

Feming Chan (W Winsdor, NJ) was the first to go (15th place).

Ryan Eriquezzo (Danbury, CT) got into a blind v blind raising war with Mike Linster (Island Park, NY) until he was all-in pre-flop.

Ryan's pocket Tens were ahead of Mike's A9, but then the board came A K 9 J 2 giving Mike two pair and the pot.

Ryan hit the rail in 14th place.

Event 15: More Late Reg Tables

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

Two more tables have fired up with late arrivals, and they're stacked.

Table 17
DJ Whorley
Joe Gibbons
Jarred Jaffee
Dan Walsh

Table 18
Roland Israelashvili
Aaron Massey
Joe Cappuccio
Kevin Saul

Also checking in:

Manh Nguyen
Chris Leong

End of level 3 and they're taking a break.

Event 14: Day Two Underway

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

Fifteen players have returned for day two.  Play is underway with

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

Only the final eight will get paid.  Here's what they're playing for:

1st $42,623
2nd $27,063
3rd $18,944
4th $13,532
5th $11,502
6th $9,134
7th $7,104
8th $5,413

Event 16: Senior Spotting

$350 + $50 Seniors (50+) No Limit Hold'em

So far the seniors have out-paced the other main event running today.  They've got 19 tables up and running.

Spotted these Seniors in action on my first pass through their area:

Jim Wiley
Bob Santilli
Tony Shurilla
Mike Holm
Ken Adams
Don Brown
Robert Varkonyi
Andrew Klein
David Heck
Tony Antonious
Joe Pitti
Frank Ingardia

Event 15: Third Time's The Charm?

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

Level 3:  Blinds 75/150.

Dwyte Pilgrim has busted out again and entered again, landing at table 6 with

Mukul Pahuja
Gordon Eng
Connie Rinaldi

Also spotted in the field:

Stephanie Hubbard
Jonathan Sorsher
Andrew Interdonato
Travis Williams
May Siu
Ylon Schwartz

Event 15: Late Arrivals

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

Table 16

Table 16 started up with some late arrivals and it's a doozie!  Seated there are

Christine Brewer
John DiBella
Cuong Phung
Alan Kraut
Helen Ellis
John Lakatosh

Also spotted in the field:

Cathy Dever
Bob Hwang
Mukul Pahuja

Event 15: Tony, Tony, Tony

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

Jordan Ludwick (Cherry Hill, NJ) says he lost with Jacks and Kings and was down to 5,025 when he decided to start shoving in the dark.

The first two times, he got no callers, but then on the third, he got called and his rags ran down AK for a double-up through Tony Sinishtaj.

On the next hand, he was all-in against Antonio Payne, who busted him.  (I expect Jordan will be back with a new table and seat shortly.)

Also at that table is Tony 'muscles' Campagna, making trip Tonys.

Event 16: Seniors Underway

$350 + $50 Seniors (50+) No Limit Hold'em

Today's second main event is for those 50+ players who are looking to play with their peers instead of the young whippersnappers that are trying to take over the poker world.

Players began with 12,000 chips and all levels are 30 minutes long.

This event does not allow re-entries, so for the Seniors, it's one-and-done.

Level 1:  Blinds 25/50.

Cards are in the air!

Event 15: Early Birds

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

Blinds going up in a couple of minutes.

Level 2:  Blinds 50/100.

These regulars are in action early today:

Amanda Musumeci
Howard Wolper
Rick Chang
Mickey Woll
Gordon Eng
Connie Rinaldi
Todd Terry
Joe Wertz
Antonio Payne
Tony Sinishtaj
Jordan Ludwick
Tony Campagna
Brian O'Donoghue
Dan Buzgon
John Hinds
Neville Darrell
Marcella Keene
Alex Dadoyan
Craig Stern
Tom Dobrilovic
James Tedrow
Thomas Hoglund
Allan Vrooman
Kevin McColgan

Event 15: Howdy, Pilgrim

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

Dwyte Pilgrim (Brooklyn, NY) arrived to take is seat at table 4.

Not long after, he would up in an all-in confrontation.

Dwyte was in the small blind holding J7 suited.

His opponent had pocket Kings.

The board was complete air and no help to Dwyte.  He was left short after shipping the double and busted out soon after.

He should be back shortly after re-entering and getting a new seat assignment.

Dwyte won the 2010 Borgata Poker Open and over $733,000.  He earned his second Borgata Open title during the 2012 Fall Poker Open.

Event 15: Cards Are In the Air

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

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

Players began with 12,000 chips and all levels are 40 minutes long.

Late registration and re-entry is available through the break after level 6 (about 3:30 pm).

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

Level 1: Blinds 25/50.

Shuffle up & deal!

Event 14 - Table Assignments

Borgata Winter Poker Open
Event 14: $1500 + $150 Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em
January 23-24, 2013

Entries:  93
Total Buy-In:  $139,500

Players Remaining: 15
Average Chip Stack:  93,000

T1 | S1 -  JAMES WEATHERMAN (BEND, OR):  185,000
T1 | S3 -  ALAN ENGEL (LAS VEGAS, NV):  152,000
T1 | S4 -  BARUCH THALER (BROOKLYN, NY):  33,600

T2 | S2 -  FEMING CHAN (WEST WINDSOR, NJ):  33,200
T2 | S3 -  DANIEL CHAN (NEW YORK, NY):  107,000
T2 | S4 -  RYAN ERIQUEZZO (DANBURY, CT):  70,800

T3 | S2 -  MATTHEW AFFLECK (SEATTLE, WA):  156,900

T4 | S2 -  ANTHONY CARUSO (MEDFORD, NJ):  23,500

Event 13 Recap

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

After 22 hours Event 13 is in the books and your Champion is an aspiring writer from Long Island, NY named James Kirschenheuter.  James outlasted a field of 1,264 entries and beat Steven Rodriguez (Staten Island) heads up.

A hand James will never forget and was key to his victory was when his favorite hand, J-7 of spades flushed out the river to beat his opponent's 8-6 straight.  That hand brought James amongst the chip leaders and he never looked back.  In fact, he estimates his total knock-outs at 20.  He took out 10 with 5 tables to go and several at the FT.

"I'm gonna use the prize money to help buy a house for myself" said an excited yet tired Kirschenheuter.  "I'm also surprised I didn't get zonked out" laughed James.

The field included a barrage of Borgata familiar faces such as Wade Woelful, Andrew Badecker, Cornel Cimpan, Amanda Musumeci, Chris Leong, Cotton Snuffer, Matt "Muffins" Mazzeo, Roman Valerstein, Jimmy Wong, and Josh Supsak.  Josh was the chip leader for a good stretch of the tournament then in two hands almost back to back - he was out.   His AA was beat by Stu Baker's A-Q suited.  Stu went on to take 9th Place for $5,818

All the Players vying for their piece of the $328,640 prize pool including Sonya Pickett (Ashburn, VA) who was a joy to meet.  She's only been playing poker 6 months at the training of Borgata WPT Champion, Dwite Pilgrim.  Sonya finished in 20th Place for $1,412.

But once again our man of the hour and day was James Kirschenheuter who takes home an impressive $68,548 along with the Borgata Event trophy.

Place - Name - Location - Amount Won
1. James Kirshenheuter (Long Island, NY) - $68,548
2. Steven Rodriguez (Staten Island, NY) - $40,651
3. Gregory Donatelli (Glenside, PA) - $25,024
4. John Duley (Annopolis, MD) - $21,040
5. Nick Giaccone (Endfield, CT) - $17,383
6. Eric Schutte (Columbus, OH) - $14,186
7. Cody Custer (Dover, DE) - $10,998
8. Ben Laves (Somerset, NJ) - $8,129
9. Stu Baker (Washingtonville, NY) - $5,818
10. Doug Rosen (New York, NY) - $3,793


Event 13: 1st Place - Kirshenheuter

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

James Kirshenheuter - (Long Island, NY )

Congrats to James Kirshenheuter an aspiring writer who plans on using his $68,548 prize money to put a down payment on a new house.

Capping off just under 22 hours, this is the longest James has ever played poker in a row.

His biggest on-line win was 8,500 and this win at the 2013 Borgata Winter Poker Open marks his largest casino tournament cash.

Couldn't have done it without Craig's support during the final table from the rail. 

Event 13: 3rd Place - Donatelli

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

Gregory Donatelli - (Glennside, PA)

Event 13: 4th Place - Duley

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

John Duley - (Annapolis, MD)

Event 13: 2nd Place - Rodriguez

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

Steven Rodriguez - (Staten Island, NY)

Event 13: 5th Place - Giaccone

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

Nick Giaccone - (Endfield, CT)

Nick pushed with 5-5 and fell to Steven Rodriguez' A-K after he flopped an Ace.

Board: Q-10-A-6-8.

Nick is in Atlantic City for a few days and will be staying at Borgata to play some more tournaments.

He plays at Foxwoods but loves to visit Borgata and AC also.

Congrats on your 5th Place finish to the tune of $17,383

Event 13: 6th Place - Schutte

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

Eric Schutte - (Columbus, OH)

When Eric's not playing poker, Eric's dealing poker.

Good run for Schutte whose 6-6 ran into Opponent's Q-Q on a board reading A-7-K-8-J.

Event 13: 7th Place - Custer

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

Back to back 7th Place finishes for Cody Custer (Dover, DE) who was frustrated he didn't get 1st but will still take home $10,998 for his one day's worth of work.

Cody enjoyed the chip lead from time to time throughout the tournament and was supported during the entire final table by friends Mike and Laura.

Cody shoved from the small blind with 8-9 off and was called by Gregory Donatelli holding A-8.

Board: Q-A-A-7-K 


Event 13: 8th Place - Laves

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

Ben Laves - (Somerset, NJ)

Ben Laves leaves after a fun, yet tiring day.  He has friends coming down to meet for lunch and play in the Seniors together.  Ben's gonna take a nap then decide if he'll play or not but he really loves that event and is excited to make a run there.

Ben held 10-J of diamonds and was called by Gregory Donatelli's (Glenside, PA) A-7.

Gregory found a straight on a board of 2-8-4-5-6.

Congrats to Ben who plays a bunch of the Borgata Poker Open events and takes home $8,129.

Event 13: 9th Place - Baker

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

Stu Baker - (Washingtonville, NY)

Stu Baker is out in 9th Place, will sleep for a few hours, then jump right into the Senior tournament at noon.  Wow, this guy's got game and drive.

This is the deepest Stu has ever gone in a tournament and it's by far his largest cash.

He thought he was out the door hours ago when his AQ ran into AA and hit a flush.

Stu's exit hand had his K-10 best by James Kirshenheuter's 88.  James hit a set and needed it since Stu hit his 10.

Board: 9-8-A-10-3

Event 13: 10th Place - Rosen

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

Doug Rosen - (New York, NY)

Doug liked to joke at the table and have fun.  He was growing short and pushed with K-Q only to run into James K.'s 6-6.

Board ran: 9-3-7-A-7

Rosen was hoping to get first today to pay for a restaurant he's investing in next week.

Well, he can at least put $3,793 towards the down payment or bid.

Thursday, January 24

TODAY'S EVENTS (Event Center) 

11AM: Event 15 - $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 16 - $350 + $50 Seniors (50+) No Limit Hold'em

  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 30 minutes each
  • 1-Day event
4PM:  Event 17 - $350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-10: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 11+: will last 40 minutes each
  • 2-Day event

3 PM: Event 41 - $100 + $20 + $100 Black 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
7 PM: Event 42 - $150 + $30 No Limit Hold'em  (Re-Entry) 
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 20 minutes each 
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 6 
  • 1-Day event

Event 13: And They're Off

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

Final Table Time

Seat - Name - Chips
1. Doug Rosen (New York, NY) - 1,000,000
2. Ben Laves (Somerset, NJ) - 1,500,000
3. Stu Baker - 2,800,000
4. Steven Rodriguez - 4,200,000
5. James Kirshenheuter - 6,200,000
6. Eric Schutte (Columbus, OH) - 1,900,000
7. Cody Custer (Dover, DE) - 5,000,000
8. Gregory Donatelli (Glenside, PA) - 2,600,000
9. John Duley (Annapolis, MD) - 1,300,000
10. Nick Giaccone (Endfield, CT) - 2,900,000

First place earns $68,548.  Good luck to our top ten.

Event 13: 11th Place - Gabbard

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

Chuck Gabbard - (Southport, NC)

Chuck was exhausted and decided to take a shot with Q-9 suited.  He was up against the A-9 of James K.  Q-9 couldn't connect and Chuck left the room in 11th Place, one short of the Final Table.

Board: 3-A-7-J-8

"I was getting short stacked and I had to go sooner or later" said Gabbard.

"Good luck guys" shouted Chuck as he waived good-by.

Event 13: Zelaya Zapped - 12th Place

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

End of the road for Neftali "Nef" Zelaya (Brentwood, NY) who takes home $3,793 for his 12th Place finish.

Nef played some impressive short stack poker and seemed to get that key double up every time it was necessary - except of course the last.

Nef's A-10 ran into J-J.

80,000 / 160,000 blinds

Event 13: 13th Place - Wolf

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold-Em

Larry Wolf - (Annapolis, MD)

Another cash for Larry Wolf who also cashed in Event 2 along with some Survivor tournaments.

He would have had 4 million chips if only his A-10 held up against Steven Rodriguez' A-4.

It took a 4 on 4th Street to bust Wolf out of Event 13. 

Board: 9-5-Q-4-8

Event 13: 14th Place - Testa

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

Michael Testa - (Toms River, NJ)

Michael held A-Q vs. Opponent's A-4.  Four hit the flop and Testa failed to improve.

Michael Testa owns a small construction company and will add $2,500 to his Borgata bankroll.

Event 13: KKKKicker Plays

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

Steven Rodriguez - The Six Million Dollar Man

What?  This was a crazy hand with a ton of turns and tournament implications.

Three Players are all in pre-flop and all have wired pairs.  Rodriguez has the best with AA in the big blind.  UTG has 99 and sb has QQ.

Flop comes 7-K-K.

Turncard: K

River: K

One of Rodriguez' aces plays and knocks out two players.

Steven is now the chip leader with over 6 mill.

Event 13: Out The Door

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

The following players each earned $1,412 for their Event 13 finish:

19 - Dudley Vincent (Bright Waters, NY)
20 - Sonya Pickett (Ashburn, VA)
21 - Matthew Butch (Clarksburg, NJ)
22 - Joseph Lopes (West Creek, NJ)
23 - Dennis Wilber (Blue Point, NY)
24 - Mike Sica (North Brunswick, NJ)
25 - Daniel Corbett (Solvay, NY)
26 - Stephen Helfeld (New York, NY)
27 - Vinny Mastrangelo (N. Massapequa, NY)

Final two tables is set after a required re-draw.

Event 13: Jammin James

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

James Kirschenheuter - 3,600,000

Spoke with James Kirschenheuter (Long Island, NY) as the remaining 18 Players take a ten minute break.

He said he used to play 40 hour on-line sessions so today's marathon tournament is a piece of cake.

No more on-line for James as with most players who have had to make the transition to brick and mortar casinos to get that big pay-off play and rush.

"I support the Poker Players Alliance though" said Kirschenheuter.

Event 14: Some Parting Chirps...

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

Here's a few tweets from some of the remaining 15 players in Event 14.  See you back here for all the exciting action when play resumes at 1pm!

Daniel Chan ‏@DanielChanPoker
Bagged 107k in mix max. 15/93 left, 8 itm, $42k 1st, resuming at 1pm playing 500/1k.

Vinny Pahuja ‏@vinpahuja
15/93 left @BorgataPoker 1650 Mix Max. 8th gets $5k and $43k FTW. Bagged 73k coming back to 500/1k at 1pm

Ryan Eriquezzo ‏@RyanEriquezzo
Bagged 70k in the mix Max. Coming back to 1k BB Played great for the most part. Made one bad play that worked out. 15 heros left 8 pay

Ari Engel ‏@realAriEngel
152k to end day 1 of $1650 mix max, 15 left and we come back to 500/1k.

Event 13: Unlucky In Shove

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

36 - Michael Slabitcher (Astoria, NY) - $1,227
37 - Peter Gilmore (Fremont, NH) - $1,068
38 - Joseph Reddick (Bronx, NY) - $1,068
39 - Alphonse Telymonde (Atlantic City, NJ) - $1,068
40 - Christopher Yakuboff (Kings Park, NY) - $1,068
41 - James Reilly (Easton, PA) - $1,068
42 - Yee Mau Cheung (New York, NY) - $1,068

Brew some coffee this one's going all night and then some.

Night owls invited to rail their Players at The Event Center - You'll certainly get a good seat.

If not, we'll be providing full coverage right here until it ends.

Event 13: Paterson Pads Stack

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

Bill Paterson - 1,700,000

Seems like every time I passed by Bill Paterson (Pittsburgh, PA) he's had a healthy stack. 

After felting Kim Findura he's now up to 1,700,000.

Bill drove 5 hours to Borgata from Pittsburgh but failed to pick up Josh Brikis even though he only lives 10 minutes away.

Josh and Bill are friends back home - If you're reading this Josh, Bill says hi and we miss you at the Winter Open.

Event 13: Last Woman Standing

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold-Em

Sonya Pickett (Ashburn, VA)

Congratulations to Sonya Pickett who is the Event 13 Last Woman Standing.

It was a fight to the finish between Kim Findura (Butler, NJ) and Sonya who were at different tables.

Kim pushed with K-2 up against Bill Paterson's A-8.  She turned a Broadway draw but the river gave Bill two pair.

Board: Q-A-Q-J-8

Before she departed, Kim told Sonya to represent the women.  "I'm gonna try honey - these men are brutal" said the very pleasant Pickett.

She's only been playing 6 months but is tutoring under Borgata WPT Champion Dwight Pilgrim.  Sonya couldn't say enough nice things about Dwight and feels blessed that he is helping her.

"He talked me into coming to Borgata and really took me under his wing" said Sonya.  During our visit she folded JJ pre after Opponent re-raised her.

Patience Is A Virtue, And A Card Protector

Event 14: Bag Em Up!

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

Players have voted and have decided to conclude play for the night and come back tomorrow at 1pm.  The remaining 15 players will be coming back to Level 10 Blinds: 500/1K/ 100 ante.  There will be a redraw of random seating assignments, which will be posted here later this morning.

Here are your remaining 15 players in Event 14 and their chip counts:

James Weatherman  - 185K
Christian Harder  - 157K
Matt Affleck  -   156,900
Ari Engel  -   152K
Mike Linster -  151,800
Daniel Chan  -   107K
Jeff Papola  -  90,500
Mike Borovetz - 76,075
Vinny Pahuja -  72,800
Ryan Eriquezzo -  70,800
Tyler Patterson  - 58,900
Baruch Thaler - 33,600
Feming Chan - 33,200
Tony Gargano - 31,800
Anthony Caruso - 23,500

Event 13: Leader Update

$260 + $40 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'Em

Stu Baker knocks out Pat Flaherty in 33rd Place after winning a flip.

Stu's JJ improves against AK on a board of 5-6-7-Q-J

Both players were all in pre.  Stu is now at 3.2 million.

Pat departed saying, "If I win that I have close to 3 million."  He swung for the fences and just came up short.

Pat puts $1,227 into his pocket for his 33rd Place finish at Borgata.

Meanwhile, Cody Custer is the other big stack in the room with 2.6 million.

Blinds - 30,000 / 60,000 with 5000 antes

Event 14: Bad level for Borovetz

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

Level 9 -  Blinds: 400/800/ 75 ante

Mike Borovetz chatted with me for a bit and explained how he lost most of his chips in 4 hands:

1 - King high straight < Ace high straight
2 - AK   <   99;  All-In pre-flop.  99 holds.  
3 -  Flush draw and top pair on flop, loses by river
4 - Raise pre-flop with K10, gets 1 caller.  Flop is 10 high.  Borovetz' opponent check calls his bet.  Turn is a J.  His opponent checks again.  Borovetz bets, and gets check-raised.  By the river the cards are turned face up and his opponent shows KJ, and scoops the pot after catching his 3 outer/ top pair on the river.  

Borovetz is now down to just 76,075...but still has plenty of chips left to contend with when play resumes tomorrow at 500/1K blinds, 100 ante.  

Event 14: Should I stay or should I go?

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

Level 9 -  Blinds: 400/800/ 75 ante

We're down to 4 tables of 4 players each...which simple mathematics dictates means there's 16 players left.  Here are some names of the survivors remaining in Event 14:

Mike Borovetz
Feming Chan
Anthony Caruso
Jeff Papola
Matt Affleck
Mike Linster
Ryan Eriquezzo
Christian Harder
David Fox
Vinny Pahuja
Ari Engel
Daniel Chan

Level 9 is about to end, at which point there will be a break.  At the break, the remaining players will take a vote on whether they will continue play tonight or resume tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

Event 13: More Gonners

$260 + $40 Deep Stack no Limit Hold-Em (Re-Entry)

50 - Raul Arroyo (Bronx, NY) - $921
51 - James McQuilkin Jr. (Sanford, NC) - $921
52 - Nicholas Melo (Brooklyn, NY) - $921
53 - She Lok Wong (Queens, NY) - $921
54 - George Chen (Elmhurst, NY) - $921
55 - Andrew Klivan (New York, NY) - $797
56 - Arthur Bressler (Manalapan, NJ) - $797

1st Place earns $68,548 and the Borgata Event 13 engraved trophy.

1264 Entered, only one will win - and we're getting closer.

Event 13: Nice Bluff

$260 + $40 Deep Stack no Limit Hold-Em (Re-Entry)

On a board of J-10-6-J-J Cody Custer puts 220,000 into the middle after both Players checked the turn.  The play was successful as Opponent mucked and Cody flipped over K-9 for a huge pot.

"I had to show it" said Cody.  With that bluff, Cody is now up to 1,900,000.

Event 13: Orange Crush

$260 + $40 Deep Stack no Limit Hold-Em (Re-Entry)

The players on the felt are true warriors.  Think about it, they've been mucking & grinding since 11am this morning and still have a long ways to go.  So a break is well appreciated as the Floor chips up the 1K orange chips.

Blind levels are beginning to separate the men from the boys or the shorties from the monsters.

42 Players remain.  Ave. stack is 752,380.

Event 14: Bread Winners

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

Level 9 -  Blinds: 400/800/ 75 ante

Payouts have just come out not too long ago, and here is what today's grinders are playing for:

Total Entries: 93
Prize Money: $135,315

1st $42,623
2nd $27,063
3rd $18,944
4th $13,532
5th $11,502
6th $9,134
7th $7,104
8th $5,413

Event 13: Stupendous

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

Stu Baker - 1,900,000

Poker is an emotional game with so many high's and lows.  Stu Baker (Washingtonville, NY) is feeling a high after doubling up to just south of 2 million.

Conversely, former chip leader Josh Supsak (Linwood, NJ) is pretty upset.  Josh got his chips in great with A♠ A vs. AQ.

Board fell: 8 10J♠24

Supsak still had 400,000 after the cooler but two hands later lost to AQ again - this time he had pocket tens.  So just like that Josh Supsak is out and Stu Baker is up.

Stu plays back home in the Big Slick Poker Club with his buds Keven & Scott who were rooting from the rail.  When asked where's Washingtonville, one of the railbirds said, "Home of the ace-crackers".