Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Event 7 Recap

Event 7: $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em

Among the 644 players who entered the second $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit tournament of this Borgata Poker Open, only 63 would take home a piece of the $225,400 buy-ins.

Despite starting play with 25,000 chips and blinds of only 25/50, three players managed to lose all their chips in the first 15 minutes. The pace of departures would continue steadily throughout the 15 hours of play on day one. Notable among the early departures was Rick Rossetti (Ventnor, NJ) who won the 2006 WSOP Circuit Championship at Harrah's, along with $368,096.

Another accomplished player who did not make it to day two was Mike 'Little Man' Sica (New Brunswick, NJ). Mike has one WSOP bracelet that he won in 2004, along with half-a-million dollars. He has numerous other cashes amounting to lifetime tournament earnings over $1 million.

Dwyte Pilgrim (Brooklyn, NY) has three WSOP Circuit Wins, including one Championship and has amassed tournament earnings in excess of $750,000 in under three years. Nevertheless, he also failed to advance to day two.

Two-time WPT TV Final-tableist Soheil Shamseddin (Houston, TX) has one cash in this Borgata Poker Open series, finishing 15th in the Deep Stack Turbo ($1,152) but couldn't accumulate chips in this event. He also departed on day one.

Sirous Jamshidi, (Broomall, PA) with over $1.7 million in lifetime earnings, couldn't make it to day two either. Neither could Doug 'Rico' Carli, (Alliance, OH) who holds the record for most cashes on the WSOP Circuit with 43. [His closest competitor has only 24 (Dean Schultz) and after him is none other than Dwyte Pilgrim, with 20 cashes.]

All that experience couldn't get these players through to day two, but 65 players made the cut and returned at 2pm Monday. Two of those would leave without getting paid.

Once the money bubble burst, departures continued at a steady pace through the next ten hours. At the end, it came down to two twenty-somethings and the experience of David Taylor (Elkridge, MD). David is a friend of everyone's favorite runner-up, Steve Dannenmann. In 2005, before beginning play at the final table of the WSOP Main Event, where he would eventually finish second, Steve called David for advice. Today, David accomplished his own 2nd place finish, earning $29,516. Matthew Butch (Clarksburg, NJ) took third place and $18,584.

The winner was Jon-Michael Rea, of Steubenville, Ohio. Jon credits poker pro Dean Schultz with teaching him to play poker, which he's been doing professionally for about three years. Before today, Jon has cashed in several events here at Borgata and around Atlantic City, but this is his first win. He earned $52,495 and took home the beautiful Borgata trohpy.

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