Thursday, September 16, 2010

Chipleader: Gavin Smith

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

We scanned the field during the last break before dinner to find the chipleaders, and the biggest stack belonged to a familiar face -- Gavin Smith.

Chipleader Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith leads with 103,000, and he is closely followed by Christopher Bolt with 94,700. There are several other players around the 80,000 mark, including local hero and WSOP bracelet winner Brian Lemke (83,000).

Alexander Queen, who won the Borgata Summer Poker Open Main Event this summer (earning $355,535), just busted a player. Queen's AK took the pot against AJ on a board of AK7A9 -- full house over trips. Queen now has about 65,000 in chips.

Gordon Eng was short-stacked before the break, but got it all in preflop against two other players. Eng's A-A held up against A-K and Q-Q on a board of 107674. Gordon busted one player and nearly tripled up to 39,000.

Mike Beasley Back in the POY Chase

Mike Beasley is currently ranked #6 in Card Player's 2010 Player of the Year race, but he still chose to take time off after the World Series. He hasn't given up the chase (Tom Marchese, who busted out of this event earlier today, is the current points leader), but Beasley felt that he could use a few months to relax and recharge. Now that he is playing at the Borgata, he is prepared to play a heavy schedule of events the rest of the year as he tries to accumulate POY points. Good luck, Mike!

Here's a look at the updated chip counts:

Gavin Smith - 103,000
Christopher Bolt - 94,700
Brian Lemke - 83,000
Olivier Busquet - 75,000
Alexander Queen - 65,000
Dale Pinchot - 60,000
Kevin Calenzo - 50,500
Roy Winston - 50,000
Mike Leah - 49,000
Steve Dannenmann - 48,000
Chris Bell - 47,000
Allen Bari - 45,500
Maria Ho - 44,000
"Action" Bob Hwang - 41,000
Josh Brikis - 40,000
Gordon Eng - 39,000
Eric Siegel - 38,000
Matt Brady - 37,500
Jason Dewitt - 35,000
Josh Emerson - 32,500
Chris McCormack - 31,000
Mike Beasley - 29,000
Robert Cheung - 29,000
Adam Ehrlich - 21,000
Matt Matros - 21,000
Dwyte Pilgrim - 20,000
Nick Binger - 16,500
Andy Rosen - 15,000
Mike LaTour - 13,000
Joanne Monteavaro - 13,000
Christian Harder - 12,000
James St. Hilaire - 10,000
Jesse Naginuma - 8,000

Joanne Dorin - Eliminated
Will "The Thrill" Failla - Eliminated
Bastian Fischer - Eliminated
Giuseppe Pantaleo - Eliminated
Jacquelyn Scott - Eliminated
Nancy Todd Tyner - Eliminated

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