Monday, January 28, 2013

Championship: Big Stacks Claim Bonuses

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH

Mark Ketteringham (Las Vegas, NV) 193,775 and Chris Barnes (Vancouver, Canada) 189,500 are the end of night chip leaders and claim their respective bonuses.

Ketteringham earns $5,000 as the chip leader while Barnes takes home $3,500 for finishing second overall.

Championship: 5 More Hands

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH

With 10 minutes left on the tournament clock, Tournament Director Tab Duchateau announces that each table will play five more hands.

Once play is finished players will bag and tag for the night.

Championship: Tough Tables

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH

Now that re-entry is closed our tough tables won't have much turnover.

Players on Table 45 are glad that they're breaking as Allen Kessler, Matt "Muffins" Mazzeo, Steve Dannenmann and Tony Greg are finding new seats.

Currently 396 players remain from Day 1B with an average stack of 49k (98 bb).

Here's a look at two other tough table draws.

Table 9

Cornel Cimpan
Kathy Liebert
Darren Elias
Alex Bolotin

Table 15

Matt Glantz
Mikey Summers
Jonas Wexler
Billy O'Neil

Championship: Marco.....Polo

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH

 Marco Happy to Make a Mess

Poker players can be superstitious which is why Dean Marco (Glendora, NJ) has no regard for his chip count.

"Nothing else works," says Marco who has chips spread across the table in no discernible order.

After counting 19 blue (5k) chips, the best guess is that Marco is up at 160k-ish.

Level 8 (250/500/50 ante), the last level of the night continues.

Championship: No More Second Chances

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH

Now that registration is closed, "seat open," means each elimination takes us one player closer to crowing the 2013 Borgata Winter Poker Open Champion.

A couple of notables who have hit the rail and won't get their piece of the $3 million prize pool include David Williams and John Hinds.

Level 8 (250/500/50) is underway.

Championship: Late Registration for Leah

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH

 Mike "GoLeafsGoEh" Leah

One of the last players to join the field is Mike Leah (Toronto, Canada) who arrived at Borgata while players were on dinner break.

Leah drove nine hours from Canada after playing online over the weekend and is glad to make it before registration closed.

"Good thing I won't have to play much tonight," says Leah who is drained from traveling and will only get to play levels 7 and 8 before play is stopped.

Leah begins his WPT journey with a fresh 30k stack (75 bb) with blinds at 200/400/50.

Here's what he tweeted 30 minutes into his session:

Mike Leah ‏@GoLeafsGoEh
Made it to Borgata just b4 late reg ended; from 30k to 60k in 35mins without a showdown :) #WPT #somuchforplayingtight

Championship: Parker Poised for Run at Bonus

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH

Bill Parker
Chip Leader

Bill Parker (Princeton, NJ) is one of the big stacks with 150k and is in the running for the $5,000 bonus that goes to the end of night chip leader.

The second big stack takes home $3,500.

As a benchmark, Luis Vazquez (Taunton, MA) was the Day 1A chip leader with 187k, second was Martin Mantranca (Miami, FL) with 166k and each earned their respective bonuses.

Championship: Numbers Game

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH

The Day 1B head count is 645, putting the total field at 1,042.

463 players remain in today's field with an average chip stack is 41k (103 bb).

Level 7 (200/400/50) is underway.

Championship: Clock is Ticking on Registration

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH

There's 15 minutes left on dinner break, but more importantly only 15 minutes left to enter the tournament.

Once Level 7 (200/400/50 ante) begins, registration will be officially closed.  No more late reg, no more re-entry, no more second chances.

The field is currently at more than 1,000 players (Day 1A & 1B combined) and the final count and prize pool will be verified later in the evening.

Play resumes at 8:30 pm.

Championship: Tweet Counts

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH

Players tweeting their chip counts on break include:

Jamie Kerstetter 118k
Daniel Buzgon 95k
Travell Thomas 70k
Jonathan Little 70k
Steve Scales 66k
Travis Williams 60k
Cathy Dever 58k
Gordon Eng 51k
Matt Isles 42k
Matt Affkecj 40k
Tyler Patterson 38k
Steve Tabb 37k
Jerry Payne 35k
Daniel Chan 30k
Antonio Payne 29k
Chris Farley 27k
Gags30Poker 27k
Wayne Lewis 22k
Ryan Joyce 18k
John G 12k
Greg Glassman 10k
John Hinds 9k

Championship: Dinnner Time

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH      

End of level six and time for dinner.  Since the field is still very large, TD Supreme Tab Duchateau has rounded up the dinner break.

Play will resume at 8:30 pm sharp!

Championship: Chip Leader

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH      

Nimer Ltaif

Shortly before the end of level six and the dinner break, Nimer Ltaif (Ottawa, Ontario) emerged as the chip leader with about 160k.

There are bonuses for the end of day 1A and 1B top two in chips.  The player with the most chips at the end of day 1 earns a $5,000 bonus.  The runner-up earns a $3,500 bonus.

Championship: Superfly Gets Super Run Out

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH

Kimono Kenny

Kenny "Super Tuan" Nguyen (Lynwood, IL) is one of the more entertaining players in the field and
today's no different.  "These are Jackie Chan's pajamas," he says while wearing a kimono type outfit while laughing it up with his table.

One player who doesn't think Nguyen is very funny is George Hetelekides (Canandigua, NY).

Nguyen and Hetelekides are in a hand that has Nguyen betting the entire way with A 10.  Hetelekides calls him down to the river with pocket kings, but gets a horrible run out.

The board is 7 7 4 7 7. Hetelekides kings are counterfeited and Nguyen's ace kicker plays.

"I wouldn't be telling people that story, if I played it that bad," says Hetelekides who lost a chunk on the hand.

Nguyen just smiles and says, "why, it's true."

Nguyen is up to 75k, while Hetelkides, who dropped to 12k has his stack back to 25k.

Nguyen & Hetelekides

Championship: Flexing Their Muscles

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH

Thomas & Ostrander

With more than 600 players on Day 1B, the field has topped the 1,000 player mark.

Travell Thomas and Greg Ostrander have some fun for the cameras and are calling themselves
"Creed & Balboa."

With all due respect to these players, a more accurate portrayal of the Rocky saga happened during the 2010 WPT Borgata Poker Open between Al Ricobonno and Dwyte Pilgrim.  This classic heads up battle was10 days before Pilgrim won the Championship Event for $733,000.

Championship: Ins and Outs

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH      

Level 6:  Blinds 150/300 with 25 ante.

More Faces appearing and disappearing: 


Kenny 'Super Tuan' Nguyen
John D'Agostino
Eric Siegel
Gene Castro
Travell Thomas
Walt English
Dan Makowsky
Anthony Licastro
JC Tran
Timothy Finne

Out (not sure if re-entering)

Paul Volpe
David Zeitlin
Al Riccobono
Andrew Klein
Bernard Lee
Shawn Cunix
Thomas Hoglund
Andrew Badecker
David Heck

Championship: Wexler Sinks Little Man

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH

It's bullet number 4 for "Little Man" Mike Sica (New Brunswick, NJ).

"One of them couldn't have a straight or a flush draw," he laments while entering the tournament for the fourth time.

On a flop of 9 7 5, Sica flops two pair with 7 5 and turns a full house, but once all the chips are in the middle Sica knows he's dead.  Jonas Wexler (Southampton PA) has pocket 7s and his bigger boat sinks Sica.

Wexler is now up to 70k.

Mike Linster (Island Park, NY), first place on the Borgata Winter Poker Open Leaderboard, has re-entered for a third time.

Championship: Killer Corner

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH      

 Table 18

Tony Antonious busted out and re-entered, landing at table 18.  Don't think he could have picked a worse seat if he tried.

Seated there are

Matt Glantz
Mike Summers
Jonas Wexler
Mike 'Little Man' Sica

Championship: Shufflin' Seats

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH      

Erik Cajelais has joined the field.  He's at table 8 with

John Alfera
Jason Deutsch
Jenny So

Kathy Liebert busted out, re-entered, and landed at table 9 in the seat formerly occupied by Marcella Keene, who has busted out.  Kathy is sharing the felt with

Darren Elias
Cornel Cimpan
Jacob Bazeley

Ofir Mor has arrived and landed at table 13 with

Mike Scarborough
Tyler Patterson
Sach Ramrakhani
Matt Affleck

Noah Schwartz busted out and re-entered,  landing at table 16 in the seat formerly occupied by Robert Varkonyi.  He's seated with

Roland Israelashvili
Bob Panitch

Championship: Back From Break

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH      

Level 5:  Blinds 100/200 with 25 ante.

Players are back in their seats and chips are flying.

Two more levels to re-enter and two more levels until dinner break.

After dinner, they'll play two more levels, then call it a night.

Championship: Break Two Tweet Counts

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH     

End of level four and time for the second break of the day.

Players have scattered, but thanks to Twitter, we're still getting their chip counts.  #BWPO

Shawn Cunix - 74k
Mike Summers - 60k
Kevin McColgan - 51k
Cathy Dever - 50k
Miami John Cernuto - 45k
Jon Little - 36k
Tyler Patterson - 35k
Chris Leong - 34k
John G - 31k
Chris Farey - 30k
Steve Scales - 30k
Ryan Joyce - 30k
John Hinds - 27,250
Michael Marder - 27,175
Dan Spirer - 25,575
Dan Eichhorn - 24,700
Brian Woods - 23k
Joe Hanrahan - 17k
Brock Parker - 14k
Matt Iles - 10k

Championship: Tweet-Outs

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH      

These folks have busted and Tweeted their demise:

Andrew Badecker ‏@Andrewbadecker
Disappointed that I have to re enter. Bringing my headphones and shades this time #image

Rhys Jones ‏@floppinhel
Frankenburger check raises flop and triples to put me all in on a9587r. His 67 beats my AA to end a lovely day at the tables

David Zeitlin ‏@SugDpoker
The only time I bother getting grumpy over poker anymore is when I play poorly. Busto BWO main--and grumpy. I love to punt in Borg mains.

Championship: Late Reg Table

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH     

Table 58 is up and running in the back of the room with late arrivals.  Seated there are

Ebony Kenney
Matt 'muffins' Mazzeo
Steve Dannenmann
Len Vizirov

Some other faces recently spotted:

Ari Albilia
Mark Sykes
Noah Schwartz
Eric Doerr
Billy Pillosoph
Nick Salimbene
Joey 'Bobo' Cappello
Michael Marder
Matt Glantz

Championship: Ryan Eriquezzo

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH     

Ryan Eriquezzo (Danbury, CT) stopped by Media Row to say hello.  He bagged 70,950 chips on day 1A yesterday and will be back in action on day 2 tomorrow.

Eric was interviewed by Jeanine Deeb from the WPT Live Updates Crew.

Check out the interview here.

And check out Ryan's blog here.

Championship: Busquet Doubles

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH     

Olivier Busquet - 2009 BPO Champion

On the river with a board of A J 9 T 3, Olivier Busquet was all-in and called.

Olivier tabled KQ for Broadway and the nuts.  He doubled up to almost 50k.

Championship: Interesting Lineups

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH    

Level 4:  Blinds 100/200.

Alex Rocha has taken his seat at table 1 next his his roommate and best bud John Hinds.  Here are some other interesting table formations.

Table 4
Juan Catala
Mike Kalfa
Brock Parker
Bruce Yamron

Table 7
Benjamin Chan
Edward Pham
Joseph Brand
Wooyang Lin

Table 9
Darren Elias
Cornel Cimpan
Marcella Keene

Table 11
Cathy Dever
Will 'the Thrill' Failla
Daniel Chan
Manh Nguyen

Championship: Front of the Room

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH    

David Williams (Las Vegas, NV) lost most of his chips with two pair versus a set.  After losing the rest of his chips, he busted out.

Table 5

He's now re-entered and landed at table five.  According to his tweet, he nearly doubled on the first hand and is up to ~55k/.

John Racener (Port Richey, FL) was in the back of the room, but his table broke and he arrived at table five shortly before David.

Also arriving and taking his seat at table 5 is Borgata Open Titleist Collin Whyte (Brookly, NY).

Championship: Espo Ousts One

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH    

2012 November Niner Michael Esposito (Seaford, NY) and an unknown player were all-in.

Michael Esposito

Michael had pocket Queens and was crushed by his opponent's pocket Aces.

Then a Queen fell on the turn, shipping the pot to Michael and sending another player to the rail.  Michael chipped up to ~57k.

Joseph Stiers - winner of event 1

Michael Esposito is sharing the felt on table 21 with Elia Ahmadian, event 1 winner Joseph Stiers ($318k), and Michael Forca.

Championship: Back of the Room

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH    

Some big names are filling out the tables towards the back of the room.  Seated back there I found:

John Racener
Olivier Busquet
Victor Ramdin
Harry Korotki
Paul Volpe
Anthony Gregg
Mike Linster
Miguel Borrero
Grace Sun
Max Amadji
Andrew Klein

Championship: Back From Break

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH   

Level 3:  Blinds 75/150.

Players returned from break and are back in action.

About 60 tables are up and running, with plenty of room for late registrants.

Registration closes after level 6, so players may still enter and re-enter until then.

Championship: Break Time Chip Chirps

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH   

End of level two and players are taking 15.

Lots of them sent us their chip counts via Twitter, so here they are (Keep those Tweets coming! #BWPO):

Shawn Cunix - 89k
Don Fisher - 50k
Jamie Kerstetter - 49k
Pete Gilmore - 42k
Chris Farley - 40k
Marguerite Spagnuolo - 40k
Antonio Payne - 39.7k
Tyler Patterson - 38k
Steve Scales - 35.5k
Kevin McColgan - 35.2k
Dan Spirer - 34,875
Steve Tabb - 34k
Travis Williams - 32k
Dan Eichhorn - 27,950
Gordon Eng - 26k
Brian Woods - 26k
Buffalo Joey - 24k
John Hinds - 23,725
Matt Stout - 22k
Chris Leong - 22k
Jonathan Little - 21k
Joe Hanrahan - 16k
Mike Dentale - 8,275

Championship: Words of Wisdom via Twitter

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH  

These folks are passing along their words of wisdom, via Twitter:

Sheddy ‏@Sheddy88
@Mikunbelievable Don’t play such good cards! Broadway cards are premiums! A little 6,3 off never hurt… #ItCouldHappen

Eugene Fouksman ‏@efouks
Borgata main event - day 1B. Skipped 1A. New Years resolution, no multiple bullets in larger buy-in events!

Brian Woods ‏@bwoodspoker
hand analysis in a $3500 main event is just as retarded as in a $300donk fest. For that matter the same as in Gottleib's basement #funnytho

Ryan Joyce ‏@BillBrasky14
"Gotta get lucky eventually" -fish on level 2

Travis T Williams ‏@OnAFoldDraw
@MiamiJohnC Karma charges a heavy Vig when she comes to collect

Noah j Schwartz ‏@noahjschwartz
So maybe 3rd time isn't the charm KK vs AA down to 3.6k. #wheremydefibulator #rebuytable57

Championship: Shark Spotting

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH  

Still more Borgata regulars and killer sharks piling into the Event Center.  These are the ones I spotted on my latest pass:

Mike Kalfa
Joseph Brand
Marcella Keene
Mario Rodriguez
Gordon Eng
Will 'the Thrill' Failla *
Esther Taylor-Brady
Antonio Payne
Mike Scarborough
Sach Ramrakhani
Vinny Pahuja *
Harry Korotki
Roland Israelashvili *
Jonas Wexler
Mike 'Little Man' Sica *
Jamie Kerstetter
Michael Forca
Jeff Madsen
John Myung
Andrew Badecker
Jia Liu
Marguerite Spagnuolo
Sam Taylor *
Stephen Rodriguez
Dan Buzgon *

 * Played day 1A yesterday.

Championship: Checking In Via Twitter

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH  

These players in today's field have checked in via Twitter (keep those Tweets coming!  #BWPO):

John G ‏@JohnGsss
I'm in ac @borgata playn the main event today #bwpo

mralan2950 ‏@BruceWizayne
Borgata WPT Day 1B lettuce do this

Chinmay Patel ‏@MegaJump18
Borgata main event. #rungood

BuffaloJoey ‏@BuffaloJoey9
Day1b borgata winter open...30k starting

Dan Eichhorn ‏@DanEichhorn
Ony 6 players at my table so far, but one of them is a world champion!! Ill give you a hint, his favorite hand is QT, 1st right ans wins $1

Timothy Finne ‏@HighlandFox
Table has added a Snuffer & a @WiLDmAn_75 to uncledrkmeat's Fantasy World. #nittagetowinnage #biggestdoltinborgatahistory

don fisher ‏@donjoseph9911
UH OH! HAPPYS CHP LEADER! 55K! ship it! startn stak 30k! just startd lvl 2!

Championship: Lots More Faces

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH  

Level 2:  Blinds 50/100.

Players still arriving and settling in and more familiar faces popping up:

Greg Glassman
Joe Boatwright
Shawn Cunix *
Jonathan Little *
Joshua Mancuso *
Wade Woelfel *
Tony Sinishtaj *
Ben Bianco
Joe Wertz
Ylon Schwartz
Joanne Monteavaro
Kia Mohajeri
Matt Stout *
Matt Brady *
Brian Lemke *
Greg Ostrander *
Scott Baumstein *
Allen Kessler *
David Kim
Bernard Lee
Nick Frangos
Steve Scales
Kevin McColgan
Miami John Cernuto
Melad Marji
Tony Behbahani
Nancy Martin
Andrew Klein
Al Riccobono
Leonardo Palermo
David Zeitlin
Maruti Yarlapati
Nick Palma
Noah Schwartz *

* Played day 1A yesterday.

Championship: Familiar Faces

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH   

More familiar faces spotted among the 54 tables in action:

Sirous Jamshidi
Travis Williams *
Joe Serock
Steve Eyzerovich
Thomas Hoglund *
Chris Bell *
Chris Leong
Tony Cousineau
Michael Borovetz *
Ryan D'Angelo *
Dan Walsh
Brian O'Donoghue
Shawn Bussee
Wendy Freedman
Dan Spirer
Eugene Fouksman
Tony Campagna
John DiBella *
Ian Palomo
Jerry Payne
Andy Frankenberger *
Jinglen Chen
Eric Buchman
Tony Antonious
Cotton Snuffer

* Played day 1A yesterday.

Championship: Certified Mixoligist?

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH  

Steve Ryan (New York, NY) is in the field today and is mixing his own drinks at the table.

Steve Ryan - Mixologist

He likes his Orange & Cranberry Juice mixed a certain way and "they never get it right".  So he orders one of each and mixes them himself, on the rocks.

Championship: Early Birds

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH 

Spotted these grinders on my first pass through the front of the room:

John Hinds
AJ DeNicco
Brock Parker
Bruce Yamron
Edward Pham
Wooyang Lin
Jason Deutsch
Cathy Dever
Mike Dentale
Tyler Patterson *
Matt Affleck *
Chris Farley
Fran Cipriano
Maurice Paradis
Matt Burnitz
Neville Darrell *
Robert Varkonyi
Bob Panitch
Mike Summers
Natale Kuey *
Kathy Liebert *
David Heck

* Played day 1A yesterday.

Championship: Day 1B Underway

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH
             $2 MILLION GUARANTEED 

Today it's déjà vu all over again as we start another day 1 with a fresh batch of players, many of which are trying again after busting out on day 1A yesterday.

Players began with 30,000 chips.

Days 1 & 2 levels are 75 minutes long.

Level 1:  Blinds 25/50.

Cards are in the air!

Championship - End of Day 1A Chip Leaders

Borgata Winter Poker Open
Event 21: $3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship NLH
January 27 - February 1, 2013

Day 1A Entries:  397
Players Remaining:  209
Average Chip Stack:  57,000

1.  LUIS VAZQUEZ (TAUNTON, MA):  182,075
3.  RAY QARTOMY (SUGAR LAND, TX):  160,500
4.  JASON KOON (PITTSBURG, PA):  130,000
13.  JACOB TOOLE (SHARON, MA):  110,850

Monday, January 28

TODAY'S EVENTS (Event Center) 

11AM: Event 21B - $3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship NLH
             $2 MILLION GUARANTEED
  • Players start with 30,000 in tournament chips 
  • Day 1 & 2 Levels: will last 75 minutes each | Day 3 & 4 Levels: will last 90 minutes each
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 6 
  • 5-Day event with two starting days
  • $5,000 will be awarded to the chip leader at the end of Day 1A and Day 1B;
    $3,500 will be awarded to the player finishing second behind chip leader at the end of Day 1A and Day 1B

12 PM: Event 51 - $350 + $50 Super Turbo Survivor NLH 
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-10: will last 10 minutes each | Levels 11+: will last 15 minutes each
  • Approximately 1 in 10 will win $3,500 CASH
  • 1-Day event

6 PM: Event 52 - $100 + $20 + $25 Green Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips 
  • This is a Bounty tournament.  Players must have their Bounty chip clearly displayed on table in order to remain active in tournament
  • Levels will last 20 minutes each
  • 1-Day event