Thursday, September 5, 2013

Event 2: Scales Sacked

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

Level 16: Blinds 2,500/5,000/500 ante 

Steve Scales

After one player limped, Steve Scales (Red Bank, NJ) shoved for 42k.

His opponent tanked for a couple of minutes, then made the call.

Steve was ahead with AQ.  His opponent had KT suited.

The board fell safe until the river, when a King landed.

Steve busted in 66th place, three spots from the money.

That left 65 players in action, with two more to go to reach a min-cash of $795.

Event 2: Twitter Abuzz With Bounty Hunters

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

Level 16: Blinds 2,500/5,000/500 ante  

As they approach the money bubble, twitter is buzzing with activity from the remaining players.

Event 1: Ace Jack is a good hand right?

$500 Buy-In + $60 Entry Big Stack No Limit Hold'Em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 50K/100K Ante 10K

Greg Weber opened under the gun and before it got back to him there was a re-raise and an all in shove for just over two million in chips. It was a good chunk of Weber's stack but ultimately he announced that he too was all in. The original three bettor folded and when Weber showed A-K stated that he folded the same hand. The all in player showed A-J and would need a lot of help in order to survive. He would receive just that when the board double paired on the turn giving both players two pair with an ace kicker. The player with A-J clapped his hands, happy that he was not going to be eliminated. His joy was short lived, however, as the dealer put an ace out on the river giving Weber aces up with a king kicker, good enough to best the A-J. Weber is up to approximately 7.5 million after the hand and is in great shape with 33 players remaining.

Greg Weber, Howell, NJ

Event 3: Tops in Chips

$400 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha H/L 8B

Level 13: Blinds 1,500/3,000

Ryan Waddell

Ryan Waddell (Downington, PA) has emerged as the chip leader with ~225k.

30 players remain -- only 18 get paid.

Event 2: Back From Break

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

Level 16: Blinds 2,500/5,000/500 ante  

With about 80 players remaining, they've resumed play after a break.

Michael Borovetz has taken the chip lead with about 670k.  He's also got 5 bounties in his pocket.

63 get paid, so the money bubble will be on everyone's mind.

Event 1: Come on, just one?

$500 Buy-In + $60 Entry Big Stack No Limit Hold'Em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 40K/80K Ante 10K

It's usually never a good idea to let your chip stack get down to only three big blinds. One, it doesn't really scare anyone off when you move all in. Two, even if you double up you're still in pretty much the same position you were in before. That being said, having some chips is better than having no chips and as long as you're alive you have a shot. This was the thinking of one short stacked player when he moved all in with Q♠T♠. Unfortunately for him he was called by the TT. "Queen of hearts," the all in player begged. No lady on the flop "Queen of hearts," he pleaded. No lady on the turn. The river... the Q. "That's my girl."

We're down to four tables of nine - a total of 36 players. The average chip stack is 2.5 million. The action is getting intense and poker players being the curious type are looking to get any advantage they can. After one particular hand where a player four bet shoved and induced a fold, everyone at the table started pleading for him to show his hand.


"Show one?"

"Come on..."

"Show the ace!"

The player mucked and the others were left to wonder exactly what he had.

Event 2: Fung Felts Two

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
Level 15: Blinds 2k/4k/400 ante 

Anthony Fung

In a three-way pre-flop all-in, Anthony Fung (Fairfax, VA) was ahead with pocket Kings and had both opponents covered.

One player held AK and the other held pocket 3s.

Anthony faded all their outs and scooped the pots.  He's up to ~350k and has added two more bounties to his collection.

Event 3: Spitzberg Scoops

$400 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha H/L 8B

Level 12: Blinds 1k/2k

Paul Spitzberg & Mo Farah

"You missed my big hand!" Paul Spitzberg said, as he waved me across the room.  Here's the hand as he recounted it to me:

Paul (Tenafly, NJ) got all-in on a flop of K Q 6 with two spades.  Paul held KKQx and had flopped top set.

Mo held AJ3x with a flush draw, straight draw, and back-door low draw. 

Somehow Paul managed to fade all of Mo's outs, scooping the pot for a double-up. 

Event 1 - Not a good sign (or is it)

$500 Buy-In + $60 Entry No Limit Hold'Em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 40K/80K Ante 10K when return from break

Players are on a quick 15 minute break. We're down to 41 players. Shortly before we went on break a short-stacked player moved all in over the top of a 175K opener and call of that raise for 405K total. Both players called prompting the short-stack to proclaim "that's not a good sign." The flop came 7♣5♠4♣ and both players not all in checked. They checked again on the Q turn and checked one more time on the 3♣ river. The short-stack proudly turned over A♣J♣ and said "the nuts". Both of the other players mucked their hand and the short-stack tripled up to approximately 1.4 million.

Event 1: Gee, what should I do here?

$500 Buy-In + $60 Entry Big Stack No Limit Hold'Em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 30K/60K Ante 5K

On a flop of AT♠4♠ Andjelko Andrejevic from Pinecrest, Florida had to be liking what he saw as he held pocket tens for a flopped set of tens. He had to like it even better when the other two players that saw the flop with him were both all in before the action got to him. Andrejevic didn't waste much time in calling. The first all in player held 9♠5♠ for a flush draw while the second all in player held A♣K for top pair top kicker. The turn was the A♣ giving everyone life to win the pot on the river. A non-paired board spade would give it to the first all in player. The remaining ace or a 4 would give it to the second all in player. If Andrejevic could avoid those situations he would win the pot and knock out both players. The river was the J and two more players are sent to collect their winnings. Andrejevic is up to approximately 5.4 million after the hand and is amongst the chip leaders.

Andjelko Andrejevic, Pinecrest, FL

Event 2: Will Thrilled with Kelli

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

Level 14: Blinds 1,500/3,000/400 ante  

Dealer Kelli

Will 'the Thrill' Failla (Commack, NY) was raving about his blue-shirted dealer Kelli.  "Put this in the blog" he insisted.

"She's the beast of all beasts of the dealers.  She's the nuts."  he continued.

"If she's not the best of all the dealers, I'll eat this poker table." Will concluded.

Since we hear lots of poker players complaining, it's nice to hear one complimenting a dealer, so we're happy to share it with the blogosphere.

Event 2: New Chip Leader

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
Level 14: Blinds 1,500/3,000/400 ante  

 Vinny Tronu

Vinny Tronu (Brigantine, NJ) is up to almost 400k and leading the bounty hunters with 7 bounties.

 Michael Borovetz

Another player building a big stack is Michael Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA).  He's up to 244k, but only has one bounty.

Event 1: Check his pockets

$500 Buy-In + $60 Entry Big Stack No Limit Hold'Em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 30K/60K, 5K Ante

We are losing players quickly as 17 players have been eliminated since we returned from the dinner break leaving us with 53 - the average stack is approximately 1.7 million. When one player busted instead of the dealer announcing that a player that was eliminated, the player with the winning hand yells "Seat Open Table Six!" - where's the referee throwing the 15 yard flag for taunting when you need him?

A short-stacked player moved all in for his last 385K and after doubling up with aces against pocket 7's, clapped his hands together acting as if he just won the tournament. Can't win it if you're not in it though, so I can understand his excitement. A friend at another table yelled "Rally Hoodie" as the player started stacking his newly acquired chips.

Mike Bennington is continuing his hot run. He's up to over seven million in chips. Bennington told me "they just keep coming." Another player at his table joked that he wanted security to check his pockets.

Event 2: Bounty Hunters Back

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

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

The Bounty Hunters returned from dinner and are back in action.

Daniel Gilmer

Looks like Daniel Gilmer (Cleveland, OH) is the chip leader.  He's up to ~270k.

Event 3: Omaha-lics Relocate to Event Center

 $400 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha H/L 8B

Level 10: Blinds 600/1,200

The Pot Limit Omaha players have returned from dinner to a new location -- they are now playing in the Event Center.

Six tables remain (nine handed = 54 players).  Average stack is ~41k.

A couple of big names did not survive early action.

Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Miami John Cernuto (Las Vegas, NV) busted out before dinner.

Also gone is three-time Borgata Open trophy winner Yuebin Guo (Brooklyn, NY).

Event 1: That sucks brother...

$500 Buy-In + $60 Entry Big Stack No Limit Hold'Em (Re-Entry)

Players have returned from the dinner break and there is a lot of bad beat action taking place now - which often happens when you are at this stage of the tournament. Short stacks push their chips into the middle, often not having enough chips to scare anyone off. Such was the case at one table where a short stack had moved all in with pocket kings and was up against a lone opponent holding AJ♣. A jack came on the flop and another jack hit on the river to eliminate the player holding kings. The winner of the hand could only mutter "That sucks brother" - he probably didn't feel too bad though as he started stacking the chips.

Event 3 - Payouts

Borgata Poker Open
Event 3:  $400 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B
September 5, 2013

Entries:  147
Total Buy-In:  $58,800

1:          $17,110
2:            $9,411
3:            $5,418
4:            $4,563
5:            $3,422
6:            $2,852
7:            $2,281
8:            $1,711
9:            $1,283
10 - 12:  $1,141
13 - 15:     $998
16 - 18:     $856

Event 2 - Payouts

Borgata Poker Open
Event 2:  $350 + $50 +$ 100 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em
September 5, 2013

Entries:  689
Total Buy-In:  $241,150

1:         $56,170
2:         $31,579
3:         $19,883
4:         $16,140
5:         $12,865
6:         $10,643
7:           $8,538
8:           $6,433
9:           $4,444
10 - 12:  $3,041
13 - 15:  $2,222
16 - 18:  $1,637
19 - 27:  $1,287
28 - 36:  $1,146
37 - 45:  $1,029
46 - 54:     $912
55 - 63:      $795

Event 1: Dinner Time

$500 + $60 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Returning to Blinds 50k/100k/10k ante

Play resumes after dinner at 8:20pm.

While the players are enjoying their dinner break, the orange 1k chips have been colored up.

Official player count is 70 players remaining.  Average stack is 1.28 million.

Event 2: Bounty Dinner Break

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

Dinner Break until 8:43 pm
Next Level: Blinds 1,200/2,400/300 ante 

Ankur Gupta, Second in Chips

134 players remain with an average stack of 77k (32 bb)

Chip Leaders

Daniel Gilmer (Cleveland, OH) 265k
Ankur Gupta (Rockaway, NJ) 250k
Mike Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA) 230k

"Pure Luck" & Walsh

On a hand that spills into dinner break there's a three-way all in.

Walsh: KQ
Simeon: 10 10
Opponent: 8 8

Ed Walsh (Newtown, PA) gets a triple up to 125k when he flops a Queen, while Pierreluc "Pure Luck" Simeon (Montreal, Canada) wins the side pot to break even. The third player loses half his stack and is down to 95k.

Event 1: All my love to Sweden

Big Stack No Limit Hold'Em (Re-Entry)
$500 Buy-In + $ 60 Entry

The players are now on a one hour dinner break and we are down to 79 players. Shortly before play stopped, Alida Veliu from Wyckoff, New Jersey stood up to a small blind bully that moved all in on her big blind. She looked down to see Big Slick and made the easy call. A king came on the flop and Veliu doubled up to approximately 675K. Veliu asked that I give a shout out to Sweden... not sure why she has so much love for a foreign country but here you go Alida: SHOUT OUT TO SWEDEN!

Alida Veliu, Wyckoff, NJ

Event 1: Where are my cards?

Big Stack No Limit Hold'Em (Re-Entry)
$500 Buy-In + $60 Entry

40K/80K/4K ante

Mike Bennington from Las Vegas, Nevada has so many chips in front of him, he can barely see his cards when they are dealt to him. He first has to grab the cards from in front of his massive chip stack and then carefully slide them around to the side in order to take a peek. It is a process that takes a few seconds. How did Mike get his chips? In a huge all in confrontation with another large stack. Mike held A-K and his opponent held queens. Mike would improve as would his stack - to just over four million in chips - making him the chip leader at the present time.

Mike Bennington, Las Vegas, NV

Here are some of the other chip leaders at this time:

Frank Pasquale 2.9 million
Andrew Demarco 2.2 million
Luis Diaz 2 million
John Dibella 2 million

Event 1: Oh Baby!, Pasquale Doubles into Chip Lead

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Blinds 30k/60k/5k ante

 Pasauale Picks up Huge Double

Frank Pasquale (Deer Park, NY) and Vincent Conte (E. Stroudsburg, PA) tangle in a big hand for the chip lead just before the break.

"I knew I had to be cautious," says Pasquale, "he's the only one who could hurt me."

Conte, who begins the hand with 2.2 million, raises to 85k and Pasquale, who starts with 1.5 million, calls.

Flop: 7 7 10

Pasquale checks, Conte bets 120k, Pasquale calls

Turn: 9 (check, check)

River: J

Pasquale checks, Conte bets 350k, Pasquale tank-shoves for 1.1 million, Conte tank-calls.

Pasquale turns over pocket Jacks for a full house and Conte mucks. Pasquale is up to 2.9 million, while Conte is cut to 950k.

"Real nice hand," says Conte, who is just below the 1 million chip average.

"Thanks, you hit the straight," asks Pasquale as Conte only smiles.

Pasquale plays poker full time and two weeks ago became a father for the second time. His wife Nicole gave birth to Mia Isabella.

"This means a lot," says Pasquale, who appreciates Borgata's blog coverage, "she's following at home since she can't be here with the baby.

88 players remain with an average stack of 1 million (13 bb) as blinds move up to 40k/80k/4k ante.

Frank Jr. & Little Sis Mia Isabella

Event 3: Registration Closed

 $400 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha H/L 8B

Level 7: Blinds 300/600

Players are back from their break and registration is closed.

Unofficially, there are 147 entries in this event.  When the numbers are finalized, the payouts will be posted in the blog.

Borgata Poker: Mikey's Moment

Little Man, Big Presence

"Little Man" Mike Sica's (N. Brunswick, NJ) cancer battle has been well publicized and it's great to see him back at Borgata.

While Sica is playing in the back of the room, 4-time Borgata trophy winner Will Failla offered some encouraging words which Viny Pahuja (Hicksville, NY) recapped on Twitter.

Currently 109 players remain in the $2 Million Guaranteed opening event with an average stack of 822k (27 bb).

Event 2: Pair of Queens

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

Level 9: Blinds 500/1k/100 ante 

Barsanti-Chou & Findura

Lots of familiar faces are in the bounty tournament including two of the more successful woman in Borgata history.

Patti Barsanti-Chou (Metuchen, NJ) and Kim Findura (Butler, NJ) have a combined five Borgata trophies.

Barsanti-Chou is one of only a handful of players with three trophies, while Findura has two.

When she's not tending to her 14 month-old baby, you'll find Findura playing $20-$40 limit in the high stakes area of the Poker Room, while Barsanti-Chou is in the health care industry.

Barsanti-Chou currently has 50k, while Findura is struggling at 17k.

Event 2: Bounty Chip Leader

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

Level 9: Blinds 500/1k/100 ante

 Alex Dubinchick

More than half the field is gone as 300 players remain of the 689 entries.

Alex Dubinchik (Philadelphia, PA) is the chip leader with 120k (120 bb)

The average stack is 34k (34 bb).

Event 1: $2 Million Guaranteed, Closing in on 2 Milly Chips

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Next Blinds 12k/24k/3k ante

Dave Eldridge, Chip Leader

Players are on break as some of the orange (1k) chips are removed from play.

137 players remain with an average stack of 654k (27bb).

Chip leaders with monster castles include Ryan Feldman and Eddie Hislop who are side-by-side.

Big Stacks

Dave Eldridge 1.9 million
Andrew DeMarco 1.8 million
Mike Bennington 1.7 million
Ryan Feldman 1.6 million
Eddie Hislop 1.6 million
Roman Valerstein 1.6 million
Sahu Habibi 1.5 million
Joe Ford 1.4 million
Joe DeSimone 1.4 million

  Ryan Feldman & Eddie Hislop

Event 3: Familiar Faces

 $400 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha H/L 8B

Level 4: Blinds 100/200

Several familiar faces opted to play Omaha today instead of the Bounty Bonanza going on up in the event center.  These are the ones I spotted on my first pass:

Chris Bourassa
Barry Levy
Allen Kessler
Luigi Grilla
Paul Spitzberg
Yuebin Guo
Chris Reslock
George Medrano
Miami John Cernuto
Allen Chou

Event 2: Bounty Reg Closed / 4 pm Survivor

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

Level 7: Blinds 300/600/75 ante

Players are back from break and registration is now closed.

Twitter chips counts include:

Gordon Eng 40k
Jim Morton 20k

The 4 pm Survivor tournament is setting up in the Event Center.

$350 + $50 Survivor No Limit Hold'em
  • 15k chips
  • 30 minute levels
  • ~1 in 10 players wins $3,500

Event 1: Wenshu Hot Your Hot

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Blinds 8k/16k/2k ante 

 Zhang Zing's Set

Wenshu Zhang (Philadelphia, PA) is up to 1 million chips and is run good isn't only in big pots.

Against a small stack of 200k, Zhang has A9 vs pocket 8s.  His opponent flops a set of 8s, but the board 5 flushes and the two split the pot.

Anyone in the 1-1.5 million range is a big stack.

Event 1: Twitter-verse

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Blinds 8k/16k/2k ante

Dan Buzgon (Marlton, NJ) reports via Twitter that he finished in 206th place for $1,442, while Vinny Pahuja (Hicksville, NY) takes a hit.

Event 1: Fandamonium

 $500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Blinds 8k/16k/2k ante

 Pillai Piling Up Chips

Shankar Pillai (New York, NY) wants to keep his fans posted with his 1.3 million chip count, among the chip leaders, as players return from break.  212 players remain with an average stack of 423k (26 bb).
Also looking for some love:

Event 3: PLO/8 Underway

 $400 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha H/L 8B

Level 1: Blinds 25/50

The Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo tournament is underway in the Poker Room.

Omaha players began with 15,000 chips. Levels 1-10 are 30 minutes long, then they increase to 40 minutes.

Cards are in the air.

Event 2: Bounty 500

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

Level 4: Blinds 100/200

More than 500 bounty hunters are in the field including those who cashed in Event 1

Chris Farley tweets
Registration is open through the break after Level 6 (~3:30 pm).

Event 1: Taking the Kelvin Temperature

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Blinds 6k/12k/2k ante

Jesus Ortiz (Bronx, NY), Table Change

On the Kelvin Temperature Scale, water freezes at 273k (that's temperature not chip counts!), but at Borgata the poker action is boiling over.

Currently 273 players remain with an average stack of 329k (27 bb) as tables are breaking fast and the payout line continues to grow.

Event 1: Millionaire Makers

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Blinds 5k/10k/1k ante

Thumbs Up for Ackerman

The big stacks now have more than 1 million chips including Jimmy Bergen (Sykesville MD), who began the day third in chips with 581k and has peaked at 1.2 million.

Also in the millionaire club is Gary Ackerman (Collegeville, PA) who has more than doubled his stack to 1 million. The big mover of the day is Lashawn Myles (Accokeek,MD) who's run his stack from a below average 172k to 1 million.

Start of Day 2 chip leader Brandon Markland (Dagsboro, DE) is heading the other direction and has seen his 639k stack cut in half.

Jimmy Bergen

 Lashawn Myles

Event 1: Borgata Pay Day

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Blinds 5k/10k/1k ante

Play resumes after a short break; those reporting to the payout line include:

Event 2: More Borgata Texas Hold'em Poker

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

Level 1: Blinds 25/50

As the bubble breaks in Event 1, the next Main Event of the Borgata Poker Open is underway in the back of the Event Center.

The Black Chip Bounty is always a fan favorite as players look to free roll with multiple $100 knockouts.

There are 15k starting stacks with Levels beginning at 30 minutes (Levels 11+ / 40 min.)

Unlimited re-entry is open for the first six levels.

Event 1: Bubbling Over

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Level 19: Blinds 4k/8k/1k ante

Vamshi Posing with his Payout Slip Next to 
Ioannis Konstantinidis (Ocean City, NJ); Both Make the Money
It's doesn't take long to hit the money, and when the heads are counted exactly 400 players remain with four players busting on the last hand before the count.

Vamshi Maddi (Iselin, NJ) held is breath until it's confirmed that he did make the min cash of $1,138.

Maddi loses a flip for 53k with A 9 against the pocket 7s of Rich Migliorisi (Brooklyn, NY) who hits a set on the turn.

The payout line is stacking up and includes Borgata trophy holder Alex Rocha (S. Setauket, NY). "Thank you, but what are we being congratulated for," says the disappointed grinder, who had his eye on a deep run.

Rocha has multiple Borgata final tables including a $151,000 win in the premiere event of the 2011 Borgata Winter Poker Open ($560 entry).

The rest of the players, including John Pantalone (Poughkeepsie, NY), are anxious to get back to the grind towards the $363,091 first place prize.

 Pantalone In the Money

Event 1: Early Exits

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Level 19: Blinds 4k/8k/1k ante

Chris Lindh (Brooklyn, NY) won't be adding another six figure payday to his bankroll after not getting the double-up he needed to start the day.  Lindh's A5 is busted by the AK of Vincent Conte (E. Stroudsburg, PA) who is now up over 500k.

Lindh, who cut his teeth at Borgata, finished 16th in this year's WSOP Main Event for $358,000.

Also reporting to the rail:

Event 1: Day 2 Restart

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Level 19: Blinds 4k/8k/1k ante

The front of the Event Center is packed with 466 returning players on 52, 9-handed tables

We're just 66 eliminations from the money, so we expect a barrage of bustouts in the first hour before a slow down at the bubble.

The average stack is 192k (24 bb) as they shoot for the $363,091 first place prize and the $1,138 min cash.

The action is underway with levels bumped up to 50 minutes for Day 2.

Event 1 - Start of Day 2 Table Assignments & Chip Counts

Borgata Poker Open
Event 1: $500 + $60 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em
September 3-6, 2013

Entries:  4,482
Total Buy-In:  $2,241,000
Players Remaining:  466
Average Chip Stack:  192,000

T01 | S01 - JONATHAN  NG:  164,000
T01 | S02 - BRANDON  MARKLAND:  639,000
T01 | S03 - ANTHONY  HILL:  69,000
T01 | S04 - BRIAN  HENRYK:  239,000
T01 | S05 - WAYNE  LEWIS:  307,000
T01 | S06 - SIDNEY  ZWEIGBAUM:  302,000
T01 | S07 - GEORGE  ZINATY:  226,000
T01 | S08 - ROBERT  DONALDSON:  188,000
T01 | S09 - JEREMY  HEDGSPETH:  125,000

T02 | S01 - ANTHONY  MASTRAGOSTINO:  147,000
T02 | S02 - PAUL  VACCHIO:  90,000
T02 | S03 - THOMAS  KINNEAR:  186,000
T02 | S04 - LASHAWN  MYLES:  172,000
T02 | S05 - JOSEPH  LEE:  76,000
T02 | S06 - SHANE  EDWARDS:  252,000
T02 | S07 - RUTH  RUFFMAN:  170,000
T02 | S08 - FEDERICO  OTTENIO:  139,000
T02 | S09 - RAUL  FERNANDEZ:  95,000

T03 | S01 - MICHAEL  BENNINGTON:  488,000
T03 | S02 - EDWIN  TORRES:  150,000
T03 | S03 - CARY  MARSHALL:  113,000
T03 | S04 - RAYMOND  MORGAN:  198,000
T03 | S05 - PHILIPPE  BEAUDOIN:  237,000
T03 | S06 - JUSTIN  WONG:  97,000
T03 | S07 - CHRIS  SORRENTINO:  73,000
T03 | S08 - LONI  HARWOOD:  286,000
T03 | S09 - CHRIS  MOLICA:  186,000

T04 | S01 - JOSEPH  MCTAMNEY:  139,000
T04 | S02 - NICK  BLACKBURN:  81,000
T04 | S03 - JEFFREY  PERZAN:  128,000
T04 | S04 - PAUL  LEE:  43,000
T04 | S05 - HOAMINH  NGUYEN:  135,000
T04 | S06 - MARSHA  WOLAK:  148,000
T04 | S07 - PATRICIA  HAGGERTY:  181,000
T04 | S08 - ANTHONY  DENICCO:  163,000
T04 | S09 - IRVING  PIMENTEL:  149,000

T05 | S01 - JAMES  KANG:  271,000
T05 | S02 - DAVID  NOVAK:  292,000
T05 | S03 - WEIYI  MO:  134,000
T05 | S04 - JAMES  MITCHELL:  135,000
T05 | S05 - ARTURAS  TAMOSIUNAS:  156,000
T05 | S06 - PRABHU  SATISH:  402,000
T05 | S07 - RAFAEL  HERNANDEZ:  370,000
T05 | S08 - ROMAN  VALERSTEIN:  242,000
T05 | S09 - CHAD  DUBIK:  376,000

T06 | S01 - SAHU  HABIBI:  235,000
T06 | S02 - FRANKLIN  PIERCE:  169,000
T06 | S03 - MARK  GUEST:  65,000
T06 | S04 - RAJEEV  MATHUR:  78,000
T06 | S05 - ILYA  VASSERMAN:  128,000
T06 | S06 - JACOB  MERENKO:  48,000
T06 | S07 - MICHAEL  NICETA:  210,000
T06 | S08 - MICHAEL  HOPKINS:  115,000
T06 | S09 - THOMAS  LIEB:  40,000

T07 | S01 - JASON  LASO:  92,000
T07 | S02 - JAMES  BERGEN:  581,000
T07 | S03 - PAUL  SENRA:  59,000
T07 | S04 - THOMAS  FERRIS:  178,000
T07 | S05 - JONATHAN  SORSCHER:  288,000
T07 | S06 - JOHN  NGUYEN:  397,000
T07 | S07 - ROBERT  PELLEGRINO:  410,000
T07 | S08 - MICHAEL  LAIOSA:  136,000
T07 | S09 - AARON  PINSON:  117,000
T08 | S01 - JOSEPH  GRODOWSKI:  130,000

T08 | S02 - ANDREW  SPEARS:  298,000
T08 | S03 - DAMIAN  ALONSO:  92,000
T08 | S04 - GEHRIG  WHITE:  211,000
T08 | S05 - AMIR  SADEGHY:  428,000
T08 | S06 - JOHN  RUDDY:  162,000
T08 | S07 - ALEXANDER  ROCHA:  148,000
T08 | S08 - RODNEY  RICHARDSON:  96,000
T08 | S09 - TONY  SINISHTAJ:  380,000

T09 | S01 - MICHAEL  TEPEDINO:  180,000
T09 | S02 - KEITH  SCHRODER:  96,000
T09 | S03 - TRAVELL  THOMAS:  192,000
T09 | S04 - SHOLOM  LIPSZYC:  300,000
T09 | S05 - JOHN  ZENTNER:  88,000
T09 | S06 - ALEX  APOSTOL:  152,000
T09 | S07 - JOHNNY  NGUYEN:  207,000
T09 | S08 - RYAN  JONES:  240,000
T09 | S09 - LOUIS  PELLETTERI:  200,000

T10 | S01 - MARSHALL  WHITE:  190,000
T10 | S02 - MATTHEW  SILBERZWEIG:  143,000
T10 | S03 - JAN  ALLEN:  124,000
T10 | S04 - WILLIAM  STANTON:  166,000
T10 | S05 - ANGELO  SORRENTINO:  285,000
T10 | S06 - DAVID  HECK:  248,000
T10 | S07 - ELDA  ESTEVEZ:  170,000
T10 | S08 - MARTINO  SCATURRO:  89,000
T10 | S09 - JOSEPH  GAY:  63,000

Thursday, September 5


12PM: Event 2 - $350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 15,000 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 1-10: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 11+: will last 40 minutes each 
  • Players that bust within the first 6 Levels may Re-Enter (unlimited re-entries) 
  • 1-Day event

2PM: Event 3 - $400 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha H/L 8B 
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-10: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 11+: will last 40 minutes each 
  • 1-Day event

4 PM: Event 28 - $350 + $50 Survivor No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 30 minutes each 
  • Approximately 1 in 10 players wins $3,500 CASH 
  • 1-Day event

7 PM: Event 29 - $150 + $30 + $50 Double Green Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • This is a Bounty tournament.  Players must have their Bounty chips clearly displayed on table in order to remain active in tournament
  • Levels 1-10: will last 20 minutes each | Levels 11+: will last 25 minutes each
  • Players that bust within the first 6 Levels may Re-Enter (unlimited re-entries) 
  • 1-Day event

    Event 1: By The Numbers

    $500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

    1A: 1,670
    1B: 2,812

    Total Entries:  4,482
    Total Buy-In:  $2,241,000

    Total Chips in Play: 89.64 million

    Players Returning for Day 2
    1A: 184
    1B: 282

    Total players starting day 2:  466

    Average stack: ~192k

    Places Paid:  400

    Event 1: Honorable Mentions

    $500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

    Borgata frequent flyer Dan Buzgon (Marlton, NJ) gets an honorable mention for day 1B.

    He bagged a very respectable 435k after firing four bullets in this event.  Dan made the televised final table of the 2011 WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship event, finishing 3rd for $335,433.

    Scott Baumstein (New York, NY) finished the day with 220k.  He's looking forward to playing online poker again in New Jersey when Borgata's online partner launches:

    Event 1: End of Day 1B Chip Leaders

    $500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

    Brandon Markland - Day 1B Chip Leader

    There was a flurry of activity at the end, but when the chips were counted, early chip leader Brandon Markland (Dover, DE) came out on top.

    He finished the day with 639k, good for the $2,000 chip lead bonus and the overall chip lead going into day 2.

    Brandon is a poker pro who lives at the beach and calls Deleware Park his home field, where he plays mostly $2/$5 cash games.  "This is the first tournament I've played in three years" Brandon told me.

    Jimmy Bergen - Second in chips on day 1B

    Second in chips was Jimmy Bergen, (Sykesville MD) who earned $1,000 for ending the day with 581k.  He will enter day 2 third in chips behind day 1A chip leader Hal Rotholz (628k).

    It was a heart-breaker for Romaine Lewis (Bridgeton, NJ) who ended the day with 580k, just 1k short of second place.  He'll enter day 2 fourth in chips overall.

    All day 1A and 1B survivors will return at 11am Thursday for day two.  The final chip counts and table draw for day 2 will be posted in the blog later in the morning.  (Check back after 9am.)

    Event 1: New Big Stacks

    $500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

    Level 18: 3k/6k/500 ante 

    With ten minutes on the clock, all tables will play three more hands, then bag & tag their chips.

    Two players are flirting with 600k as they approach the end of the night.

    Romaine Lewis & Bobby Noel

    Bobby Noel (Pittsburgh, PA) and Romaine Lewis (Bridgeton, NJ) are neck-and-neck, so the lead is too close to call.

    Close behind are:
    Jimmy Bergen 575k
    Tom Pomponio 515k

    Event 1: Push To The Finish

    $500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

    Level 18: 3k/6k/500 ante

    They've finally made it to the last level of the night.

    About 360 players remain in day 1B action.  Average stack is ~156k.

    Before the blinds went up, Brandon Markland (Dover, DE) got in a pot with a shorter stack.  All the chips went in on the turn.

    Brandon had AQ and had flopped a pair of Aces, but his opponent had KT suited and had flopped a flush.

    After shipping the double, Brandon was down to ~420k.

    Event 1: Bourassa Busted

    $500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

    Level 17: 2,500/5k/500 ante 

    Andrew Zhu

    On the turn with a board of A 6 5 A, Chris Bourassa (Leesburg, VA) jammed for ~125k.

    Andrew Zhu (South Plainfield, NJ) made the call.

    Chris tabled pocket Kings.

    Andrew held A2 for trip Aces.

    Chris was left looking for a King on the river, but it was a brick.  He was sent packing in the next-to-last level of the night.

    Andrew chipped up to ~350k.

    Event 1: Break Time Chip Chirps

    $500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

    Level 17: 2,500/5k/500 ante

    Tweet counts from the last break of the night:

    Brandon Lamora 294k
    Jonathan Sorscher 260k
    Vinny Pahuja 213k
    Artyem Perlov 190k
    Chris Bourassa 183.5k
    Jim Morton 172k
    >>>>> Average Stack 141k
    Diego 130k
    Rob Brown 100k
    John Gulino 95k
    Mark Redding 90,800
    Roman Valerstein 50k