Thursday, September 9, 2010

Event 2 Recap

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold'em

Day two of the Borgata Poker Open began Thursday at 11am with Event 2, the $200 +$30 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry tournament. The players began with a 25,000 chip stack, but unlike event 1, this event's levels only last 15 minutes. Hence the "Turbo". Players also had the option of re-entering (up to two times) if they busted out during the first six levels.

When the entry period was over, a total of 594 entries generated total buy-ins of $118,800. The final 54 players would earn a share with the eventual winner taking home $28,693.

Most notable among today's field was Jason Young, (Suffern, NY) owner of one WSOP bracelet which he won in 2008 ($335k). Jason also won a Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em event here at Borgata during the 2009 Winter Poker Open ($102k). Unfortunately, Jason failed to cash in this event.

Also playing today was Steve Dannenman, (Severn, MD) 2005 WSOP Main Event runner-up ($4.25 million). Steve has cashed seven times here at Borgata over the years, but also failed to make the money in this event.

A couple of well-known local players played but did not make the money: Jay Johnson (Philadelphia, PA) has several past cashes here, as does Eric 'clown fish' Doerr (Newark, DE).

Josh Brikis of Pittsburg, PA has been enjoying some notoriety lately due to TV coverage of the 2010 WSOP Main Event. He spent some time at the ESPN feature table, eventually finishing in 55th place ($138k). He cashed in four other WSOP events this summer, including one final table. He's also got several cashes here at Borgata and his lifetime tournament earnings has topped $1 million. He failed to add to that considerable poker resume today, as he busted out before they reached the money.

Past WPT final tableists fared better today. Matt Stout (Galloway, NJ) and Soheil Shamseddin, (Houston, TX) have both made WPT televised final tables. In fact, they shared the same piece of TV felt last November at the Foxwoods World Poker Finals. Matt finished 3rd ($265k) and Soheil took second ($463k). Today, Matt managed to squeak into the money, finishing 53rd for $461. Soheil survived all the way to 15th place before running pocket Tens into pocket Aces. He claimed $1,152 for his efforts.

Another WSOP Bracelet holder was in the field today. Andre Boyer (Montreal, Canada) earned his bracelet playing No Limit Hold'em in 2005 ($682k). He has numerous other cashes at the WSOP and here at Borgata, bringing his lifetime earning to over $1.1 million. He added to that total today as he made it all the way to 5th place, earning $6,453.

Giuseppe Pantaleo came all the way from West Germany to play here at Borgata. A former office worker, he turned poker-pro last December and has already cashed in two European Poker Tour events. Today he added another cash to his record, finishing 3rd for $10,371.

The final two players both happen to be from New York. Jerry Callahan (Oyster Bay, NY) will be celebrating his birthday on Saturday and picked up an extra $16,132 to help him celebrate, finishing in second place.

The pivotal hand for TJ Jaimangal (Queens,NY) came when three-handed. In a battle of the blinds, chip leader Giuseppe Pantaleo shoved from the small blind and TJ called from the big. His A7 held up against Giuseppe's K9 and TJ doubled-up, claiming about two-thirds of all the chips in play. He held onto those chips and eventually claimed all the rest. He takes home $28,693 and the beautiful Borgata trophy for his victory here today.

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