Friday, September 27, 2013

Borgata Poker Open Leaderboard - Final Results

Borgata Poker Open Leaderboard
By participating in any Borgata Poker Open event (September 3-20, 2013), players earn points based upon the Borgata Poker Tournament Leaderboard Formula.

Below are the top scores for the 2013 Borgata Poker Open Leaderboard*

$3,500 entry into WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship event 
(January 26-31, 2014)
  • 723.1: ILYA VASSERMAN

$2,700 for entry into Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship event
(November 24-27, 2013)
  • 662.8: ANTHONY ZINNO

$400 entry into Borgata Fall Poker Open kick-off event
(November 12-14, 2013)
  • 581.8: ARTUR ZAIKANSKY
  • 499.5: THOMAS HOGLUND
  • 489.2: CARLESS BOATWRIGHT
  • 481.9: LEE CHILDS
  • 475.9: NASHAAT ANTONIOUS
  • 467.4: STEPHEN MOY
  • 465.4: KEVIN SAUL
  • 464.7: MICHAEL HOLM

* All prizes must be used towards tournament entry.  All prizes are non-transferable and have no cash value. 
    Prizes must be redeemed for tournament entry by tournament start date.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Championship Event Winner - Zinno

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

 Anthony Zinno (Cranston, RI)
 $825,099

After seizing the chip lead, Anthony Zinno puts the final pressure on Vanessa Selbst.

Zinno raises to 1.2 million, Selbst moves all in for nearly 8 million and Zinno calls putting Selbst at risk.

Zinno: A♣ 6
Selbst: K♠ 10♣

Flop: Q♣ 9♣ 7♠ (Zinno still leads, Selbst gutshot straight draw)

Turn: 5 (no change)

River: 4♣

Zinno wins the hand with Ace high to take the tournament, the WPT Borgata Poker Open title and $825,099 first place prize.

"The fact that I'm now a WPT Champion, it's a dream come true for any poker player," says Zinno who earns his first career title and largest tournament cash.

The 32-year-old, who passed the Massachusettes bar exam and then passed on being a lawyer to play poker, is mildly surprised at this success. "I knew it would eventually come, but didn't think it would come yet," he says after two years of intense playing, "so in that sense it hasn't sunk in yet."

Zinno had the Event Center crowd on his side as he calls Borgata his home casino. His rail included girlfriend Jackie and Mike "Little Man" Sica, who has been battling cancer and made it a point to be on hand.

"I would love to dedicate this win to "Little Man" as an inspiration, as a mentor, as a friend, as a consumate professional poker player and everybody loves him," says Zinno.

The first place prize money includes entry into the season-ending WPT World Championship which will be held in spring 2014, and for the first time at Borgata.  Zinno also gets a smaller version of the WPT Champions Cup and a framed winner's photograph provided by Borgata and IMPDI photography.

This is Zinno's 18th career Borgata cash and third of the series, including a 3rd place in Event 6 ($1k entry) and he finished 14th in the H.O.R.S.E event.

Zinno adds that with the life changing money, he'll pay off his law school loans, start a college fund for his 10 month old nephew Pasqual, and make a donation to the AMA Animal Rescue in New York.

"I couldn't be prouder, what a blessing. I always count my blessings, had I come in sixth I'd be smiling, but this is a blessing, a double blessing."

 Championship Collage

Championship Event Recap

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

One of the most educated final tables in WPT history came down to two lawyers battling for the WPT title.  And when the final verdict came in, Anthony Zinno (Cranston, RI) is "guilty" of beating Vanessa Selbst (Las Vegas, NV) heads up to win the Borgata Poker Open Championship Event.

On the final hand, Zinno's A♣ 6 holds against K♠ 10♣ to win the tournament and the $825,099 first place prize.

"The money hasn't sunk in yet," said Zinno in front of his rowdy rail at his home casino. "The title means a tremenous amount. I get to play in that $25,000 (WPT World) Championship, that's big enough as it is. The fact that I'm now a WPT Champion, it's a dream come true for any poker player."

For Selbst it was another close call in becoming the first woman to win a WPT televised open event.

"I was fortune just to get to heads up and I had a shot at it," said Selbst, who was playing in her second WPT final table after a third place finish in 2011. "I'm sure I'll be back again and close it out next time," and added, "$490k is a nice consolation prize."

The TV final table of six players began with the three short stacks going out first.

Chip leader Cong "Andy" Pham (Naples, FL) spiked an Ace on the river with AK against the pocket Jacks of  Eric Fields (Greensboro, NC) to send the shortest stack out first. Pham, who was the chip leader after Days 1A, Day 3 and Day 4, hit the 20 million chip mark and had more than half the chips in play.

The remaining players chipped away at Pham, including Jeremy Kottler (Los Angeles, CA), who doubled-up through Pham with AK against AQ. Kottler's new life continued when he knocked out David Randall (Westerville, OH), the second shortest returning stack, in 5th place. Kottler flopped an Ace against Randall's pocket Jacks. 

The final four players, Kottler, Selbst, Cong and Zinno, tightened up after Selbst doubled through Cong when the river double-paired the board to counterfit Cong's pair of 9s.  After the hand, Kottler held the lead as all four players ranged from 11 million to 7 million chips.

"That Hurt," said Cong, "If I win that I'm in great shape."

Kottler's chip lead and momentum is short lived when he sent a double-up to Cong with AJ vs AK that left him with less than 3 million before being eliminated by Selbst in fourth place.

"I still don't know (if it was mistake)," said Kottler about the hand with Cong. "It was a button vs small blind situation and he's a very aggressive player, so I just don't know," he said. Kottler was the third straight elimination in order of returning stack size from the bottom, up.

After Zinno and Selbst traded double-ups, Selbst had the chip lead over Zinno and Cong who were even in chips. And when Zinno knocked out Cong in third place with AK against AQ, Zinno was just behind Selbst when the two squared off.

"Heads up play, when you're looking at 30 or 40 big blinds, it's quite card dependent," said Zinno. "Vanessa is one of the best no limit hold'em tournament players in the world, but I happen to have been playing a lot of heads up poker these last few months. So my comfort level there is through the roof."

Selbst built a 2 to 1 chip lead, but Zinno flipped the script when his A-10 held against A-8 and faded a river flush draw.

"Unfortunately cards just don't go your way sometimes," said Selbst, who now has nearly $8 million in career tournament earnings. "I ran good to get to heads up. I was all in with the worst hand and got lucky to survive. I don't really have regrets."

Shortly after Zinno doubled-up he won the tournament with A-6.

The fifth largest field in WPT history began with 1,189 entries and featured two starting days. Pham picked up a $5,000 bonus for being the Day 1A chip leader, while Paul Volpe (West Chester, PA), who finished 39th, earned the prize for Day 1B.

Pham was literally one of the big stacks the entire tournament, while Zinno and Selbst maintained healthy stacks as well.

The bubble broke on Day 3 with little drama as 110 players earned at least a $7,123 min cash, while the start of the big money was handed out the following day.  A couple of Borgata regulars had strong routing sections on Day 4 in Alex Rocha (S. Setauket, NY) and Dan Howe (Brigantine, NJ), but they missed making the final TV table.

Rocha bubbled the final table of 10 and earned $45,278 for 11th place, while Howe bubbled the TV final table by going out 7th for $132,615.

The rest of the final table included Richard Tatalovich (8th), Cliff Josephy (9th) and Tyler Gaston (10th).

The list of players who grabbed a piece of the $3,923,700 total buy-in included:

23rd Matt Glantz (Former Borgata Event Winner)
27th Leonardo Palermo (27th Borgata cash)
28th Ian Palomo (20th Borgata cash)
42nd Alex Queen (Two time Borgata Trophy holder) 
46th Matt Salsberg (reigning WPT Player of the Year)
47th Bobby Oboodi (2011 WPT Borgata Poker Open Champion)
59th Jonathan Little (2 time WPT Champion)
60th Dan Buzgon (28th Borgata cash)
63rd Allen Kessler (3 time Borgata Trophy holder)
68th Ryan Riess (2013 November Niner)
78th Eric Baldwin (WSOP bracelet)
80th Victor Ramdin (83rd lifetime cash)

When the field was thinned to Zinno and Selbst, they could have just as easily squared off in a courtroom.  Zinno earned his law degree and passed the Massachusetts bar exam, while Selbst has her law degree from Yale University.

"This will literally change my life in the sense that I can spend time with people again," said Zinno who made a full time committment to poker two years ago and has been consumed by the game. "I knew it (big break through) would eventually come, but didn't think it would come yet, so in that sense it hasn't sunk in yet."

Final Table Results

Place-Name-Amount

1st Anthony Zinno (Cranston, RI) $825,099
2nd Vanessa Selbst (Las Vegas, NV) $492,569
3rd Cong "Andy" Pham (Naples, FL) $301,225
4th Jeremy Kottler (Los Angeles, CA) $251,968
5th David Randall (Westerville, OH) $208,394
6th Eric Fields (Greensboro, NC) $168,610
7th Dan Howe (Brigantine, NJ) $132,615
8th Richard Tatalovich (Scottsdale, AZ) $98,514
9th Cliff Josephy (Muttontown, NY) $69,528
10th Tyler Gaston (Westerville, OH) $45,278

FINAL RESULTS

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Event 25 Recap

2013 Borgata Poker Open $200 Buy-In + $30 Entry No Limit Hold'Em (Re-Entry)
Entrants: 335
Prize pool: $64,990



Yannis Vitsentzos, a 46 year old Wall Street trader from New York, NY, outlasted 335 registrants today to win the final event at the Borgata Poker Open. "I've been playing for five years," Yannis said, adding that Borgata is one of his favorite places to play... "I love it here." This is his first major tournament win and his second final table appearance at a Borgata Poker Open as he took 3rd in a Summer Poker Open event this past June.


Yannis Vitsentzos (New York, NY) - Winner Event #25


When the final table started our final ten and their chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: Battuvishin Davaadorj (D.C.) 60K
Seat 2: Alan Colon (Oceanside, NY) 250K
Seat 3: Yannis Vitsentzos (New York, NY) 1.9 million
Seat 4: Mike Quinn (Clinton, MD) 200K
Seat 5: Anthony Castelli (Staten Island, NY) 1.5 million
Seat 6: Katie Elliott (Florence, SC) 800K
Seat 7: Dave Deneergaard (Northport, NY) 1.1 million
Seat 8: Tony Schiano (Toms River, NJ) 600K
Seat 9: Giuseppe Avino (Atlanta, GA) 1.3 million
Seat 10: Stuart Moss (West Nyack, NY) 800K 


Some of the key hands that took place:

--Stuart Moss eliminating Tony Schiano with aces versus pocket tens. The aces held.
--Anthony Castelli doubling up with A7 against Giuseppe Avino and his pocket tens when he hit an ace on the river.
--Yannis Vitsentzos eliminating Katie Elliott with pocket 3's against Katie's K♠J♠ when he would turn a full house to best the flopped king that Katie had hit.
--Giuseppe Avino doubling up via Anthony Castelli when his Q-T hit two pair on the flop to best Castelli's A♣8♣.


The order of finish and payouts were as follows:
1st place - Yannis Vitsentzos (New York, NY) $17,543
2nd place - Giuseppe Avino (Atlanta, GA) $9,749
3rd place - Alan Colon (Oceanside, NY) $6,064
4th place - Stuart Moss (West Nyack, NY) $4,874
5th place - Dave Deneergaard (Northport, NY) $3,834
6th place - Anthony Castelli (Staten Island, NY) $3,152
7th place - Katie Elliott (Florence, SC) $2,535
8th place - Mike Quinn (Clinton, MD) $1,917
9th place - Tony Schiano (Toms River, NJ) $1,300
10th place - Battuvishin Davaadorj (Washington D.C.) $845
Yannis Vitsentzos wins the tournament and for his outstanding performance will receive $17,543, a beautiful Borgata Poker Open trophy and a unique, custom framed photograph provided by IMPDI. 

Congratulations on your win Ivan!!!


 Yannis Vitsentzos (New York, NY) - 1st place - $17,543

Event 25: 1st place Vitsentzos

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 50K/100K Ante 10K

Yannis Vitsentzos, a 46 year old Wall Street trader from New York, NY, outlasted 335 registrants today to win the final event at the Borgata Poker Open. "I've been playing for five years," Yannis said, adding that Borgata is one of his favorite places to play... "I love it here." This is his first major tournament win and his second final table appearance at a Borgata Poker Open as he took 3rd in a Summer Poker Open event this past June.

Congratulations on your win Yannis!


Yannis Vitsentzos (New York, NY) - $17,543

Event 25: 2nd place Avino

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 50K/100K Ante 10K


 Giuseppe Avino (Atlanta, GA) - $9,749

Event 25: 3rd place Colon

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 50K/100K Ante 10K


 Alan Colon (Oceanside, NY) - $6,064

Event 25: 4th place Moss

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 50K/100K Ante 10K


 Stuart Moss (West Nyack, NY) - $4,874

Event 25: 5th place Deneergaard

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 50K/100K Ante 10K


 Dave Deneergaard (Northport, NY) - $3,834

Event 25: 6th place Castelli

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 50K/100K Ante 10K



Anthony Castelli (Staten Island, NY) - $3,152

Event 25: Updated chip counts

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 40K/80K Ante 10K


Seat 1: Alan Colon 450K
Seat 2: YannisVitsentzos 2.5 million
Seat 3: Anthony Castelli 1.75 million
Seat 4: Dave Deneergaard 1.5 million
Seat 5: Giuseppe Avino 1 million
Seat 6: Stuart Moss 1.1 million

Event 25: 7th place Elliott

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 30K/60K Ante 5K

Katie Elliott moved all in for her last 450K and was called by Yannis Vitsentzos. We were off to the races as Katie had K♠J♠ and Yannis had pocket 3's. The flop came K♣TT♠ put Katie ahead but the 3♠ on the turn meant she was drawing to a king or ten. The river gave her a flush in the A♠ but Yannis had a full house to win the pot.


Katie Elliott (Florence, SC) - $2,535

Event 25: 8th place Quinn

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 25K/50K Ante 5K

With only 60K left in his stack, Mike Quinn moved all in from the button and was called by Anthony Castelli from the small blind and Katie Elliott from the big blind (for 10K more). Katie's 3-2 off suit was good enough to take the pot on the J-J-7-6-3 board and Quinn was off to collect his 8th place prize money.


Mike Quinn (Clinton, MD) - $1,917

Event 25: 9th place Schiano

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 25K/50K Ante 10K

Tony Schiano moved all in for 600K and was called by Stuart Moss. Schiano had tens but was in bad shape against Stuart's aces. The aces held and Schiano was eliminated.


Tony Schiano (Toms River, NJ) - $1,300

Event 25: 10th place Davaadorj

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 25K/50K Ante 5K


Battuvishin Davaadorj (Washington D.C.) - $845

Event 25: Final table set

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 25K/50K Ante 10K

Final table is set, seating assignment and approximate chip counts follow:

Seat 1: Battuvishin Davaadorj (D.C.) 60K
Seat 2: Alan Colon (Oceanside, NY) 250K
Seat 3: Yannis Vitsentzos (New York, NY) 1.9 million
Seat 4: Mike Quinn (Clinton, MD) 200K
Seat 5: Anthony Castelli (Staten Island, NY) 1.5 million
Seat 6: Katie Elliott (Florence, SC) 800K
Seat 7: Dave Deneergaard (Northport, NY) 1.1 million
Seat 8: Tony Schiano (Toms River, NJ) 600K
Seat 9: Giuseppe Avino (Atlanta, GA) 1.3 million
Seat 10: Stuart Moss (West Nyack, NY) 800K


Event 25: 11th-13th place

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 25K/50K Ante 5K

11th place: Timothy Little (Cheverly, MD) $845
12th place: Scott Neuman (Toms River, NJ) $845
13th place: Steven Gagliano (West Babylon, NY) $699

Event 25: 14th-17th place

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 25K/50K Ante 5K

There are 13 players remaining with an average stack of 644K (13 big blinds). 14th through 17th place are as follows:

14th place: Christoph Jacobelli (Trenton, NJ) $699
15th place: Diana Rogers (Jarrettsville, MD) $699
16th place: Leon Motola (East Windsor, NH) $556
17th place: Arthur Gallinaro (Pembroke Pines, FL) $556



Event 25: 18th-20th place

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 15K/30K Ante 4K

There are 17 players remaining with an average stack of 492K (16 big blinds). Yannis Vitsentzos, who took 3rd in a 2013 Borgata Summer Poker Open event, is the new chip leader with nearly 1.3 million in chips.


 Yannis Vitsentzos (New York, NY)



18th place - Gene Mazza (Elizabeth, NJ) $556
19th place - Peter Mylenki (Absecon, NJ) $455
20th place - Boris Gandman (Rockaway, NJ) $455

Event 25: 21st-36th place

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 12K/24K Ante 3K

There are 20 players left with an average stack of 419K (17 big blinds). Alan Colon just won a big pot to move his stack up to just under a million with jacks versus tens. He is in the chip lead as of right now. 21st-36th place were as follows:

21st: Ranson Nelson (Fredericksburg, VA)
22nd: Edmond Petrella (Lumberton, NJ)
23rd: Richard Clayton (St. Louis, MO)
24th: Bienvenido Espind (New York, NY)
25th: Michael Buttacavoli (Ventnor, NJ)
26th: Reggie Franklin (Park Forest, IL)
27th: Charles Walton (Philadelphia, PA)
28th: Joshua Green (Plainview, NY)
29th: Richard Devivo (Forked River, NJ)
30th: Cody Cole (Centreville, MD)
31st: James Stuart (Conway, SC)
32nd: Hai Too Jiang (Flushing, NY)
33rd: Allyn Marshall (Elberon, NJ)
34th: Steven Norden (Princeton, NJ)
35th: Hans Anderson (Converse, TX)
36th: Sean Remington (Collegeville, PA)

Payouts:

21-27 $455
28-36 $403  

Friday, September 20, 2013

Event 25 Update

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 8K/16K Ante 2K

23 players remain with an average stack of 364K (23 big blinds). Alan Colon looks like he is still up there in chips but a few others are nipping at his heels including Leon Motola. Tim Little, who has a 2nd in event #2 and a 3rd in the Seniors Event this Borgata Poker Open series, is chipping up and looking to make a run at his 3rd final table.


Leon Motola

Championship Recap

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

One of the most educated final tables in WPT history came down to two lawyers battling for the WPT title.  And when the final verdict came in, Anthony Zinno (Cranston, RI) is "guilty" of beating Vanessa Selbst (Las Vegas, NV) heads up to win the Borgata Poker Open Championship Event.

On the final hand, Zinno's A♣ 6 holds against K♠ 10♣ to win the tournament and the $825,099 first place prize.

"The money hasn't sunk in yet," said Zinno in front of his rowdy rail at his home casino. "The title means a tremenous amount. I get to play in that $25,000 (WPT World) Championship, that's big enough as it is. The fact that I'm now a WPT Champion, it's a dream come true for any poker player."

For Selbst it was another close call in becoming the first woman to win a WPT televised open event.

"I was fortune just to get to heads up and I had a shot at it," said Selbst, who was playing in her second WPT final table after a third place finish in 2011. "I'm sure I'll be back again and close it out next time," and added, "$490k is a nice consolation prize."

The TV final table of six players began with the three short stacks going out first.

Chip leader Cong "Andy" Pham (Naples, FL) spiked an Ace on the river with AK against the pocket Jacks of  Eric Fields (Greensboro, NC) to send the shortest stack out first. Pham, who was the chip leader after Days 1A, Day 3 and Day 4, hit the 20 million chip mark and had more than half the chips in play.

The remaining players chipped away at Pham, including Jeremy Kottler (Los Angeles, CA), who doubled-up through Pham with AK against AQ. Kottler's new life continued when he knocked out David Randall (Westerville, OH), the second shortest returning stack, in 5th place. Kottler flopped an Ace against Randall's pocket Jacks. 

The final four players, Kottler, Selbst, Cong and Zinno, tightened up after Selbst doubled through Cong when the river double-paired the board to counterfit Cong's pair of 9s.  After the hand, Kottler held the lead as all four players ranged from 11 million to 7 million chips.

"That Hurt," said Cong, "If I win that I'm in great shape."

Kottler's chip lead and momentum is short lived when he sent a double-up to Cong with AJ vs AK that left him with less than 3 million before being eliminated by Selbst in fourth place.

"I still don't know (if it was mistake)," said Kottler about the hand with Cong. "It was a button vs small blind situation and he's a very aggressive player, so I just don't know," he said. Kottler was the third straight elimination in order of returning stack size from the bottom, up.

After Zinno and Selbst traded double-ups, Selbst had the chip lead over Zinno and Cong who were even in chips. And when Zinno knocked out Cong in third place with AK against AQ, Zinno was just behind Selbst when the two squared off.

"Heads up play, when you're looking at 30 or 40 big blinds, it's quite card dependent," said Zinno. "Vanessa is one of the best no limit hold'em tournament players in the world, but I happen to have been playing a lot of heads up poker these last few months. So my comfort level there is through the roof."

Selbst built a 2 to 1 chip lead, but Zinno flipped the script when his A-10 held against A-8 and faded a river flush draw.

"Unfortunately cards just don't go your way sometimes," said Selbst, who now has nearly $8 million in career tournament earnings. "I ran good to get to heads up. I was all in with the worst hand and got lucky to survive. I don't really have regrets."

Shortly after Zinno doubled-up he won the tournament with A-6.

The fifth largest field in WPT history began with 1,189 entries and featured two starting days. Pham picked up a $5,000 bonus for being the Day 1A chip leader, while Paul Volpe (West Chester, PA), who finished 39th, earned the prize for Day 1B.

Pham was literally one of the big stacks the entire tournament, while Zinno and Selbst maintained healthy stacks as well.

The bubble broke on Day 3 with little drama as 110 players earned at least a $7,123 min cash, while the start of the big money was handed out the following day.  A couple of Borgata regulars had strong routing sections on Day 4 in Alex Rocha (S. Setauket, NY) and Dan Howe (Brigantine, NJ), but they missed making the final TV table.

Rocha bubbled the final table of 10 and earned $45,278 for 11th place, while Howe bubbled the TV final table by going out 7th for $132,615.

The rest of the final table included Richard Tatalovich (8th), Cliff Josephy (9th) and Tyler Gaston (10th).

The list of players who grabbed a piece of the $3,923,700 total buy-in included:

23rd Matt Glantz (Former Borgata Event Winner)
27th Leonardo Palermo (27th Borgata cash)
28th Ian Palomo (20th Borgata cash)
42nd Alex Queen (Two time Borgata Trophy holder) 
46th Matt Salsberg (reigning WPT Player of the Year)
47th Bobby Oboodi (2011 WPT Borgata Poker Open Champion)
59th Jonathan Little (2 time WPT Champion)
60th Dan Buzgon (28th Borgata cash)
63rd Allen Kessler (3 time Borgata Trophy holder)
68th Ryan Riess (2013 November Niner)
78th Eric Baldwin (WSOP bracelet)
80th Victor Ramdin (83rd lifetime cash)

When the field was thinned to Zinno and Selbst, they could have just as easily squared off in a courtroom.  Zinno earned his law degree and passed the Massachusetts bar exam, while Selbst has her law degree from Yale University.

"This will literally change my life in the sense that I can spend time with people again," said Zinno who made a full time committment to poker two years ago and has been consumed by the game. "I knew it (big break through) would eventually come, but didn't think it would come yet, so in that sense it hasn't sunk in yet."

Final Table Results

Place-Name-Amount

1st Anthony Zinno (Cranston, RI) $825,099
2nd Vanessa Selbst (Las Vegas, NV) $492,569
3rd Cong "Andy" Pham (Naples, FL) $301,225
4th Jeremy Kottler (Los Angeles, CA) $251,968
5th David Randall (Westerville, OH) $208,394
6th Eric Fields (Greensboro, NC) $168,610
7th Dan Howe (Brigantine, NJ) $132,615
8th Richard Tatalovich (Scottsdale, AZ) $98,514
9th Cliff Josephy (Muttontown, NY) $69,528
10th Tyler Gaston (Westerville, OH) $45,278

Championship Winner - Zinno

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

Blinds 250k/500k/50k ante

 Anthony Zinno (Cranston, RI)
 $825,099

After seizing the chip lead, Anthony Zinno puts the final pressure on Vanessa Selbst.

Zinno raises to 1.2 million, Selbst moves all in for nearly 8 million and Zinno calls putting Selbst at risk.

Zinno: A♣ 6
Selbst: K♠ 10♣

Flop: Q♣ 9♣ 7♠ (Zinno still leads, Selbst gutshot straight draw)

Turn: 5 (no change)

River: 4♣

Zinno wins the hand with Ace high to take the tournament, the WPT Borgata Poker Open title and $825,099 first place prize.

"The fact that I'm now a WPT Champion, it's a dream come true for any poker player," says Zinno who earns his first career title and largest tournament cash.

The 32-year-old, who passed the Massachusettes bar exam and then passed on being a lawyer to play poker, is mildly surprised at this success. "I knew it would eventually come, but didn't think it would come yet," he says after two years of intense playing, "so in that sense it hasn't sunk in yet."

Zinno had the Event Center crowd on his side as he calls Borgata his home casino. His rail included girlfriend Jackie and Mike "Little Man" Sica, who has been battling cancer and made it a point to be on hand.

"I would love to dedicate this win to "Little Man" as an inspiration, as a mentor, as a friend, as a consumate professional poker player and everybody loves him," says Zinno.

The first place prize money includes entry into the season-ending WPT World Championship which will be held in spring 2014, and for the first time at Borgata.  Zinno also gets a smaller version of the WPT Champions Cup and a framed winner's photograph provided by Borgata and IMPDI photography.

This is Zinno's 18th career Borgata cash and third of the series, including a 3rd place in Event 6 ($1k entry) and he finished 14th in the H.O.R.S.E event.

Zinno adds that with the life changing money, he'll pay off his law school loans, start a college fund for his 10 month old nephew Pasqual, and make a donation to the AMA Animal Rescue in New York.

"I couldn't be prouder, what a blessing. I always count my blessings, had I come in sixth I'd be smiling, but this is a blessing, a double blessing."

Championship: 2nd Place - Selbst

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH  

 Vanessa Selbst (Las Vegas, NV)   
$492,569

Vanessa Selbst and Anthony Zinno began heads up play virtually even in chips, but the cards didn't cooperate with Selbst who settles for runner-up in the WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship Event.

On the final hand, Selbst's K♠ 10♣ doesn't improve against Zinno's A♣ 6.

"I was fortune just to get to heads up and I had a shot at it," says Selbst who would have been the first woman to win a televised WPT open event. "I'm sure I'll be back again and close it out next time."

This was Selbst second career WPT final table, improving on her 3rd place finish in 2011. While she doesn't add a WPT title to her resume, which features 11 titles and two WSOP bracelets, her second place finish takes her career earnings to nearly $8 million.

"$490k is a nice consolation prize," she says on her way to the cage.

This is Selbt's second Borgata cash after making a deep run in the 2011 WPT Borgata Poker Open with a 23rd place finish.

Event 25 Update

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 6K/12K Ante 2K

There are 30 players remaining with an average stack of 279K (23 big blinds). Alan Colon looks to be the chip leader with just over 600K and Anthony Castelli is not too far behind.


  Anthony Castelli (L) and Alan Colon (R)

Championship: Zinno Doubles into Lead

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH

Blinds 200k/400k/50k ante

Selbst Sends Double-up

Anthony Zinno is all in for 11.5 million and at risk against Vanessa Selbst

Selbst: A♣ 8♣
Zinno: A♠ 10♣

Flop: A 7♣ 3 (Zinno still leads)

Turn: 2♣ (Selbst adds flush draw)

River: 10

Zinno has a mini celebration as his pair of 10s gives him the chip lead and his cheering section erupts in joy.

Heads Up Chip Counts

Zinno: 23 million
Selbst 13 million

Championship: Just Deal with it

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

Blinds up: 200k/400k/50k ante

Dealers Jonathan, Glenn & Qianwen

Championship: Selbst Extends Lead

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH

Blinds 150k/300k/50k ante

Zinno & Selbst on Stage

Vanessa Selbst limps, Anthony Zinno Raises to 900k, Selbst calls.

Flop: A 7 4

Zinno fires 1.3 million, Selbst calls

Turn: 2♣

Zinno bets 2.6 million, Selbst calls

River: J

Both players check.

Zinno: Q 6 (Queen high)
Selbst: J 3 (pair of Jacks)

The nearly 10 million chip pot goes to Selbst who now leads Zinno 24 million to 11 million.

Event 25: In the money!

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 5K/10K Ante 1K

It took about one orbit of hand for hand play to burst the bubble. Early on in the bubble, a young lady named Diana moved all in. She had a big hand but didn't want to be called.



PLEASE DON'T CALL ME!!!!


Our bubble boy is Gabriel Ohana who recently took 2nd in the Pot Limit Omaha tournament for $6,635. Ohana had found himself getting blinded off and had the last of his chips in the middle from the big blind. He was able to pair his biggest card but so was his opponent. Ohana was unable to hit his kicker and he puts up a gracious smile as he heads to the rail.


Gabriel Ohana - Bubble Boy

Event 25 Payouts

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Entries: 335
Total Prize Pool: $64,990

Place - Amount

1st $17,543
2nd $9,749
3rd $6,064
4th $4,874
5th $3,834
6th $3,152
7th $2,535
8th $1,917
9th $1,300
10-12 $845
13-15 $699
16-18 $556
19-27 $455
28-36 $403

Championship: Trophy Time

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

Blinds 150k/300k/50k

WPT Champions Cup


Heads Up Chip Counts

Vanessa Selbst 18.6 million (62 bb)
Anthony Zinno 17.0 million (57 bb)

Remaining Prize Pool

1st $825,099
2nd $492,569
-------------
3rd Cong "Andy" Pham (Naples, FL) $301,225
4th Jeremy Kottler (Los Angeles, CA) $251,968
5th David Randall (Westerville, OH) $208,394
6th Eric Fields (Greensboro, NC) $168,610

Event 25: Falling Fast

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 18: Blinds 4k/8k/1k ante

Down to 47 players already.  36 get paid. 

Time to start thinking about the bubble.

Average stack is 178k.

Championship: 3rd Place - Pham

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH  

Blinds 120k/240k/40k ante

Cong "Andy" Pham (Naples, FL)
 $301,225


Cong Pham and Anthony Zinno are all in preflop with Zinno in the lead.

Zinno: A K♠
Pham: A♠ Q

Flop: K♣ 6 5 (Zinno pair of Kings)

Turn: 4♣ (Pham drawing dead)

River: 10♣

Zinno wins the hand to eliminate Pham in 3rd place for $301,225

"I'm happy with how I did," says Pham, this the largest cash of his career.  "I only made a few mistakes, but everybody makes mistakes."

Pham says the key hand for him came four-handed when Selbst stayed alive with a double-paired board to counterfeit his pair of 9s.  "That hurt. If I win that I'm in great shape," he says.

Pham is originally from Vietnam, 29-years-old and married with one daughter.

Heads Up Chip Counts (in millions)

Vanessa Selbst 18.6
Anthony Zinno 17.0

Championship: WPT Borgata Poker Open Video Review

The 2013 installment of the WPT Borgata Poker Open Champion event saw many things, showing us once again why it's one of the most prestigious events of the year.

Taking their seat in the Event Center for the event were past WPT winners, WPT players of the year, WSOP bracelet winners, a member of the "November Nine," and all of the familiar faces we know and love. We heard blockbuster announcement about the WPT World Championship event moving to Borgata (April 2014), and even saw a player open muck pocket kings after makings kings-full on the river.

 Now that last move may not have been the worst fold in the world, because that player currently sits with the chip lead at the final table. Here is a video recap turning four days of action into three minutes:

Event 25: Three-Way Sick Hand

 $200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

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

Gene Mazza

Gene Mazza (Elizabeth, NJ) jammed, then another player shoved over the top, then a third player called all-in for less.

The hands were tabled:

Gene: 6♣3♣
Unsub1: KK
Unsub2: QQ

It looked like Gene was in bad shape.  Then the flop came T7♣5♣, giving him both straight and flush draws.

Turn was the miracle 4♣, giving Gene the straight-flush and a lock on the hand.  The river was irrelevant to him, but not to the side pot. 

River was an 8.  Gene tripled up to about 120k.

The player with pocket Kings took the side pot and the player with Queens hit the rail.

Championship: Selbst Doubles Through Zinno

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

Blinds 120k/240k/40k ante

The seesaw continues and Vanessa Selbst switches places with Anthony Zinno as she goes from third place to the chip lead.

All in preflop:

Selbst (8.5 mill): A♠ J
Zinno (17.4 mill): A9

Flop: 2♠ 8 2 (Zinno flush draw)

Turn: A♣ (Zinno adds chop outs)

River: 10♣

Selbst's pair of Aces, Jack kicker takes her to nearly 18 million, while Zinno drops to less than 9 million.

Final Three Chip Counts (in millions)

Vanessa Selbst 18
Anthony Zinno 9
Cong Pham 9

Championship: Zinno Doubles Through Selbst

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH

Blinds 120k/240k/40k ante

After Vanessa Selbst chipped up into the lead with 15.6 million she gets into preflop raising war with Anthony Zinno.

Zinno makes it 500k from the button, Selbst 3-bets to 1.25 million. Zinno pops it to 2.5 million before Selbst moves all in putting Zinno in the tank.

Zinno makes the call for nearly 10 million and is at risk.

Zinno: J♣ J♠
Selbst: A9♠

Flop: 7 4♠ 2♠ (Zinno still leads)

Turn: K (no change)
River: K♠

Zinno fades the Ace on the river and jumps up to nearly 20 million chips, while Selbst drops to less than 6 million.

Final Three Chip Counts (in millions)

Anthony Zinno  19.9
Cong Pham  10.0
Vanessa Selbst  5.8

Event 25: Play Has Resumed

 $200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

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

Post-dinner play has resumed.  Now it is a race to the finish. 

61 players remain, only 36 get paid.

Championship: Must See WPT TV

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

The full WPT broadcast team and production team is on hand to grab all the action.  The tournament will air on various television outlets around the country in the spring of 2014 as part of the Season XVII schedule.

Royal Flush Girls - Angelique & Tugba

Mike Sexton & Vince Van Patten

Lynn Gilmartin

WPT Broadcast Team

Final Table Stage

Event 25: Photo Slideshow


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Event 25: Dinner Time

 $200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

End of Level 16: Blinds 2,500/5k/500 ante

Players have been rewarded with a one hour dinner break (and $10 dinner coupon). 

Play will resume at about 8:15pm with level 17, blinds 3k/6k/500 ante.

Only 7 tables remain with 61 players.  Average stack is 137k.

Arthur Gallinaro is the chip leader with about 440k.

Alan Colon

Alan Colon (Oceanside, NY) is second with about 400k.

Championship: 4th Place - Kottler

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

Blinds 100k/200k/30k ante

Jeremy Kottler (Los Angeles, CA)
  $251,968 

After shipping a double-up to Cong Pham, Jeremy Kottler is down to less than 3 million and at risk against Vanessa Selbst.

Kottler: 5♣ 5♠
Selbst:  A 6♣

Flop: A♣ 4♠ 8

Turn: A

River:7♠ 

Selbst's trip aces wins the hand and knocks out Kottler in 4th place.

"I still don't know," says Kottler moments after his elimination, reflecting on if it was mistake to be all in with AJ against Cong Pham's AK.

"It was a button vs small blind situation and he's a very aggressive player, so I just don't know," he says about the hand that crippled him.

Kottler earns $251,968, to push his career tournament earnings to nearly $1 million.  He considers himself semi professional and is also a commercial real estate broker.

This is Kottler's second career WPT televised final table (6th place, 2012) and first career Borgata cash.

"I'm drained," says Kottler while standing with his brother Zak, "it's been a grueling few days."

The Kottler brothers made history with the combined highest finish in a WPT event.  Zak finished 15th for $30,312 and along with Jeremy's 4th place finish they beat the mark set here last year.

Vinny and Mukul Pahjua held the previous record with Vinny finishing 16th and Mukul coming in 34th place during the 2012 WPT Borgata Poker open.

Final Three Chip Counts (in millions)

Cong Pham 13.8 
Selbst 13.0
Zinno 9.0

 

Championship: Pham Doubles Through Kottler, Back on Top

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

Blinds 80k/160k/20k ante

In a huge pot, Pham is back into the chip lead when he doubles through chip leader Jeremy Kottler after moving all preflop for 6.5 million.

Kottler: A J♠
Pham: A♣ K

Flop: 5 7♠ 3

Turn: 2♠

River: 6

Cong wins the hand with the King kicker and gets a double-up to 13 million, while Kottler drops to less than 3 million.

Championship: Event Center Tweets

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

Blinds 80k/160k/20k ante

 Zinno Looking Sharp with Mike Sexton

Event 25: Chip Leaders

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 16: Blinds 2,500/5k/500 ante 

They will go on dinner break at the end of this level.

Arthur Gallinaro
 
Arthur Gallinaro (Pembroke Pines, FL) is up to ~400k and appears to be the chip leader.

Arthur won the Seniors event here during the 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open, good for $14,360.

Asher Conniff appears to be second in chips with ~385k.

Championship: Selbst Doubles Through Cong

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH

Blinds 80k/160k/20k

On a board of J 9 10 Cong Pham moves all in, putting Vanessa Selbst in the tank before she eventually calls

Pham: 9 6 (pair of 9s, flush draw)
Selbst: AQ (over cards)

Turn: J (Selbst double-paired board outs)

River: 10♠

The double-paired board counterfeits Cong's pair of 9s and Selbst wins the hand with two pairs, Jacks & 10s with an Ace kicker to double-up to 7 million.

The hand drops Cong from the chip lead as he's down to 9 million.

Name-Chip Count (in millions)

Jeremy Kottler 11.1 (69 bb)
Cong "Andy" Pham 8.9
Anthony Zinno 8.8
Vanessa Selbst 7.0 (44 bb)

Championship: Selbst Shrinking

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH

Blinds 80k/160k/20k ante

 Selbst & Kottler

Vanessa Selbst and Jeremy Kottler see a board of 4 2 2♠ Q 4 and Selbst bets 850k.

Kottler moves all for 10 million and has Selbst covered before she folds dropping her stack to
2.6 million.

Since the hand, Selbst has moved all in three times, but hasn't been called.

Event 25: Tweet Shortage

 $200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 15: Blinds 2k/4k/400 ante

Not a lot of Tweeters in today's field and the one that I had has busted out.   Props to Jeff Cole for keeping us apprised of his situation:

Championship: Kottler Chipping Away Wins 5 Million Chip Pot

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

Blinds 80k/160k/20k ante

On a flop of 9♣ 9 5, Jeremy Kottler check-raises Cong Pham from 375k to 800k.

Pham takes it to 1.6 million before Kottler 4-bets to 2.7 million and Pham folds.

The 5 million chip pot goes to Kottler and the gap closes on Pham who still leads 15 million to 11 million.

Event 25: Queens of Leon

 $200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 15: Blinds 2k/4k/400 ante

Leon Motola

Leon Motola has already won the last-longer with his wife April, as she busted out earlier and has been sweating him for a few levels already.

Leon was just all-in and in bad shape.  The player in seat 1 had KJ and was dominating Leon's QJ,

Then the board ran out K Q x x Q, giving Leon trip Queens and the pot.

He had his opponent covered and busted him.  Leon chipped up to about 150k.

Championship: Blinds Up / Kottler Gaining

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH

Blinds 80k/160k/20k ante


Name-Chip Count (in millions)

Cong "Andy" Pham 17.4 
Jeremy Kottler 8.9
Anthony Zinno 5.9 
Vanessa Selbst 3.4
-------------------------
5th David Randall (Westerville, OH) $208,394
6th Eric Fields (Greensboro, NC) $168,610

Event 25: Double, Bust, Double

 $200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 14: Blinds 1,500/3k/400 ante

Gil Sacks

Gil Sacks (Bala Cynwyd, PA) got all his chips in the middle holding A9 and was dominating his opponent's K9.

Then the flop came Q T 2, followed by a Jack on the turn, giving his opponent a straight.

Gil got up to leave, but then a King fell on the river, giving Gil Broadway and a much needed double-up.

Gil later got all-in against both blinds, who checked the flop, then bet turn and river.  Gil had pocket 6s and had flopped a set.   The small blind had pocket Kings, but the big blind had 42 and had turned a 6-high straight to take both the main and side pots.  This time Gil busted.


 Jimmy Wong

On a flop of 8 5 5, Gabriel Ohana bet, then Jimmy Wong (Brooklyn, NY) shoved for 32,900.

After some thought, Gabriel called, showing Q8 for a pair of 8s.

Jimmy tabled 54 suited for trip 5s.  The last two were 7 3 and Jimmy doubled up to about 90k.

Championship: 5th Place - Randall

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

Blinds 60k/120k/20k ante

David Randall (Westerville, OH)
$208,394

David Randall finishes in 5th place when his J♠ J are busted the A9 of Jeremy Kottler

Randall's all in is for 3.1 million.

Flop: A K♣ 8 (Kottler leads)

Turn: 10 (Randall adds gutshot straight draw)

River: 10♣

There's no Jack or Queen on the river and Randall is out in 5th place for $208,394, while Kottler takes his stack to nearly 9 million.

"There's a lot of things you can't control," says the 26-year old poker professional, "I did the best I could and put my self in position, it just didn't work out. But I'm happy with how I played, it just didn't work out.

Randall pushes his career earnings past the half million mark which was $472,000 prior to the tournament. This cash is second only to third place finish at an event from the 2010 WSOP.

Randall cashed earlier in the series with a 9th place finish in the 6-max.  He's a three year pro who has a marketing degree from John Carroll University.

Championship: 15 Minute Break

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

11 min left on Level 60k/120k/20k ante

Name-Chip Count (in millions)

Cong "Andy" Pham 17.5
Jeremy Kottler 6 
Vanessa Selbst 4.8 
Anthony Zinnom 4.3 
David Randall 3.1

Championship: Kottler Doubles Through Kong

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

Blinds 60k/120k/20k ante

Kottler & Phong

Jeremy Kottler is all in for 3.1 million and against chip leader Cong Pham who's the first player to cross the 20 million chip park.

Kottler: A♣ K
Pham: A♠ Q♠

Flop: 8♣ 5♣ 9

Turn: 9♣ (paired board, gives Pham chop outs)

River: A♣

Both players pair their Ace with Kottler winning the hand with the King kicker.

Kottler doubles to 6 million and is now second in chips, while Pham drops to 17 million, but still has more than half the chips in play.

Event 25: Conniff Cracks Aces

$200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 13: Blinds 1,200/2,400/300 ante 

Players have returned from another break.  During the previous level:

 Asher Conniff

With a shorter stack all-in holding pocket Aces, Asher Conniff has him covered, but is behind with pocket Kings.

Then Asher spikes a King on the flop to take the pot, sending another victim to the showers.  Asher is up to ~130k.

Event 25: Big Stacks Building

 $200 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 12: Blinds 1k/2k/300 ante

Gabriel Ohana
 
Gabriel Ohana (Baltimore, MD) is the "black chip leader" at his table, as he seems to have collected most of the black chips.  He's up to about 70k.



Don't know who the overall chip leader is, but James Boyle (Havre de Grace, MD) is up to almost 150k.

Tables are breaking fast.  Birthday Boy Donny D'Amico has departed.

Championship: Blinds Up / Chip Counts

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

Blinds 60k/120k/20k ante



Chip Counts (in millions)

Cong "Andy" Pham  15.9
Vanessa Selbst 5.0
Anthony Zinno 6.1
David Randall 3.4
Jeremy Kottler 5.4
------------------------
6th Place - Eric Fields (Greensboro, NC) $168,610

Championship: 6th Place - Fields

$3300 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH 

Blinds 50k/100k/10k ante

Eric Fields (Greensboro, NC) 
$168,610

Eric Fields is poised for a triple-up, but the Barry Greenstein, Ace on the river ends his day.

Jeremy Kottler button raises to 200k, Cong Pham calls from the small blind, and Fields moves all in for 1.7 million.  Kottler makes the call before Pham quickly moves all in over the top for 12+ million.

Kottler goes into the tank before folding.

Pham: A K♣
Fields: J♣ J

Flop: 9 7 5 (Fields still leads)

Turn: 6 (Pham adds flush draw)

River: A♠

The pair of Aces gives Pham the pot and takes his stack to 15 million, more than double that of second place.

Fields is stunned in disbelief and says, "it had to be the river."

The 22 year-old has been playing poker professionally since graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in Business Management specializing in entrepreneurship.
Fields takes home $168,610 for his 6th place finish and more than 4-times his career earnings of $37,000.

Field's prior highest cash came in May ($23,000) when he won a WSOP circuit ring.