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.

4th - DeGeorge

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Andrew DeGeorge (Pitman, NJ)
4th - $21,928

In the biggest hand of the tournament, there's a three-way all-in and Andrew DeGeorge is left on the outside with a 4th place finish.

DeGeorge shoves all-in for 2 million, when Ben Butler repops to 8 million and is quickly called by Bill Patterson.

DeGeorge: K 10
Butler: KK
Patterson: AA

"I picked the wrong time to make a move," says DeGeorge, who missed on slim straight and flush draws. DeGeorge is eliminated while watching Patterson scoop a 12 million chip pot as his aces hold.

"I'm exhausted," said DeGeorge, "But I'm very pleased. This is great."

Play is now three handed as Butler loses half his stack.

5th - Munshower

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Brian Munshower (Apollo, PA)
5th - $18,000

Brian "Munsh" Munshower's pocket 10s are rundown by the A Q of Mike Wilson as he's eliminated in 5th place.

Wilson opens for 500k from UTG, when Munshower shoves 2.5 million with his pocket pair. Wilson makes the call and wins the coin flip when an ace flops.

Munshower is now left routing for his friend from Western Pennsylvania as Bill Patterson is still
in the final four.

6th - DeLio

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

John DeLio (Boothwyn, PA)
6th - $14,564

Mike Wilson gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar, but John DeLio ends up with crumbs as he's eliminated in 6th place.

DeLio opens for 500k, when Wilson pops it to 4.5 million and DeLio makes the call with QQ. "You got me," says Wilson, "I was trying to make a move," as he turns over A 2.

Unfortunately for DeLio the flop brings an ace and an end to his tournament.

"I like the way I played," says DeLio. "I was tight the first day, loose the second day, and mixed it up at the final table."

Super Six

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Seat-Name-Chip Count (in millions)

1. Bill Patterson (New Kensington, PA) 6.0
2. Brian Munshower (Apollo, PA) 1.75

5. Mike Wilson (Manassa, VA) 3.6

7. John DeLio (Boothwyn, PA) 3.6

9. Andrew DeGeorge (Pitman, NJ) 3.0
10. Ben Butler (S. Williamsport, PA) 6.0

Blinds 100k/200k/25k ante

Event 2 Champion - TJ Jaimangal

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

Playing 150k/300k with 40k antes.

Fran Grotton was pot committed on the blind and got no help on the board. He finished 4th, earning $10,371.

Fran Grotton - 4th place

Giuseppe Pantaleo moved all-in from the small blind and TJ Jaimangal called from the big. Giuseppe held K9 and was trailing TJ's A7. The board came A T 6 8 A and TJ took the pot. His all-in was 4.865 million, so he doubled to almost 10 million. Giuseppe was left with ~600k.

Playing 200/400 with 40k antes.

Giuseppe moved all-in for 560k from the button and Jerry Callahan called (dark) from the big blind. Giuseppe was ahead with A3. Jerry held QJ suited. The board came K 8 5 2 6 and Giuseppe doubled up with Ace-high.

Jerry moved all-in from the small blind and Giuseppe called all-in for 1.4 million from the big. Jerry held J9 and was racing against Giuseppe's pocket 2s. The board was a dry 7 6 4 7 8 and Giuseppe doubled up again. With 2.9 million, he was now ahead of Jerry's 2.2 million.

Jerry opened for 800k on the button and Giuseppe moved all-in from the small blind. TJ got out of the way and Jerry called, showing Q2 suited. Giuseppe held pocket Tens and was ahead, but the board came Q 9 4 J 4 and Jerry doubled up. Giuseppe was back to 685k.

Giuseppe Pantaleo (3rd) and Jerry Callahan (2nd)

After posting his ante and 400k big blind, Giuseppe had only 205k left and said "I'm not going to fold". TJ opted out, but Jerry moved in, showing QJ offsuit. Giuseppe was surprised to find he was ahead with pocket 9s, but they did not hold up. The board came J 5 4 A 2 and Jerry took the pot with a pair of Jacks. Giuseppe took 3rd place and $10,371.


TJ Jaimangal - 1st place

When heads-up play began, TJ had about a 2:1 chip lead over Jerry. It was over quickly and TJ had all the chips.

Jerry Callahan finished 2nd for $16,132. A nice way to celebrate his birthday, which is coming up on Saturday.

TJ earned $28,693 for 1st place, along with the Borgata trophy.

7th - Miranda

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Joe Miranda (Bethpage, NY)
7th - $11,618

Joe Miranda shoves 1.4 million and is called by Mike Wilson who has him covered.

Miranda: AJ
Wilson: AK

The board runs clean and Miranda's out in 7th place. "It was great, I can't ask for anything else," says Miranda. "It's a win in my book, I made the final table"

This level is winding down with blinds at 60k/120k/20k ante.

8th - Shapiro

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Dan Shapiro (Great Neck, NY)
8th - $8,837

Dan Shapiro is still shaking his head after busting in 8th place. "I had a really bad feeling," he says about pocket 9s, "I should've mucked the hand."

Mike Wilson raises 3x to 360k from under the gun. It folds around to Shapiro in the small blind, who says, "I thought, this doesn't feel right. I can't just call, it's shove or fold and I should've folded."

Shapiro shoves for his final 1 million chips and his bad feeling is justified when Wilson turns over Q Q. The board runs clean to end Shapiro's day.


Event 2: 6th Semless; 5th Boyer

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

Playing 120k/240k blinds with 30k antes. Average stack is 2.47 million.

David Semless - 6th place

David Semless made his short-stacked desperation-shove with 87 and got no help from the board. He finished 6th for $5,301.

Andre Boyer - 5th place

Andre Boyer tried to make a move holding 93 off, but ran into KJ. He also got no help from the board and finished 5th, earning $6,453.

The final four are taking a break. Here are the chip counts:

Jerry Callahan - 5.625 million
TJ Jaimangal - 5.05 million
Giuseppe Pantaleo - 3.45 million
Fran Gottron - 610k

9th - Scarpa

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Gregory Scarpa (Staten Island, NY)
9th - $6,055

With the blinds at 50k/100k Brian Munshower opens the betting to 230k. Gregory Scarpa looks at A Q in the big blind and ships a total of 1.7 million

Munshower snap calls and turns over J J. The board runs clean and Scarpa's eliminated in 9th place.

"I never thought I'd be here," says Scarpa after surviving an all-in during Day 1 when his A 2 was dominated by A J. "If you had told me I'd still be playing (Thursday) at 9 o'clock, I would've said you were crazy."

Event 2: 10th - 7th places

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

Playing 80k/160k with 20k antes.

Giuseppe Pantaleo moved in for 880k utg+1 and Chris Bonita called from the cutoff. Giuseppe's A4 off was in bad shape against Chris' AQ off. Then the board came 7 5 3 2 5 with four clubs. Giuseppe held the Ace of clubs for the nut flush to double up. Chris was left with about 200k.

Chris got his last chips in against George Montebello. George's AJ dominated Chris' A2. No suckout this time as a Jack on the flop was all George needed to take the pot. Chris Bonita finished in 10th place for $1,498.

Andre Boyer open-shoved for 650k and Jeff Lee called on the button. Andre's T6 off was a coin-flip against Jeff's pocket 3s, but Andre said T6 was his favorite hand. I guess so, as the board came T 6 2 J 6 giving Andre a boat and the pot. Jeff was left with 230k.

Playing 100k/200k with 30k antes. Greg Merritt shoved, Jeff Lee committed the last of his chips, then Giuseppe Pantaleo moved all-in to make it a three-way. Jeff held AJ offsuit; Greg held pocket 3s, and Giuseppe held AK suited. The board came A 6 4 T 7 and Giuseppe took the pot with his kicker. Jeff Lee finished 9th for $2,305 and Greg took 8th and $3,284. With that pot, Giuseppe was up to ~3.2 million.

Andre Boyer opened for half a million, Fran Gottron committed his last 100k, George Montebello called, and TJ Jaimangal called. On the flop of T 9 8 with two spades, it was checked to Andre, who moved all-in. George called (TJ folded). Andre held AK; George held AJ; and Fran held QT and the best hand. The last two came J7 and Fran took the main pot with his straight, chipping up to over 600k. Andre and George split the side pot.

Three players limped and Jerry Callahan checked his option in the big blind. The flop came K 8 2 rainbow. It was checked to George Montebello (hijack) who bet 400k. The other two limpers folded and Jerry made it 1.225 million straight. George called, leaving himself only ~500k behind. Turn was a 7 and Jerry moved in. George called, showing QJ (Queen-high). Jerry held K7 for two pair and George was drawing dead. He finished 7th for $4,206.

10th - Rockwell

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Eric Rockwell (Chesapeake, VA)
10th - $3,927

Eric Rockwell sees Q 4 suited from the button and only has the blinds to beat, unfortunately for him his shove for 750k runs smack dab into John DeLio'spocket aces.

"Not much I could do," says Rockwell, "I was short stacked and a suited queen looks good in that spot."

Event 1 Final Table

$350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Final Table of 10

Seat-Name

1. Bill Patterson (New Kensington, PA)
2. Brian Munshower (Apollo, PA)
3. Dan Shapiro (Great Neck, NY)
4. Joe Miranda (Bethpage, NY)
5. Mike Wilson (Manassa, VA)
6. Eric Rockwell (Chesapeake, VA)
7. John DeLio (Boothwyn, PA)
8. Gregory Scarpa (Staten Island, NY)
9. Andrew DeGeorge (Pitman, NJ)
10. Ben Butler (S. Williamsport, PA)

Jason Young, Josh Brikis, Jason Warriner & Leanne Rosenblatt
Railing Brian "Munsh" Munshower

11th - Migs Misses Final Table

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Rich "Migs" Migliorisi (Brooklyn, NY)
11th - $3,927

After two days of solid play Rich "Migs" Migliorisi's run is over one spot off the final table. Migs opens for 300k, when Ben Butler raises 500k more.

"Migs" shoves all in for more than 2 million chips and Butler snap calls.

"I knew it," says Migliorisi, who sees his J J is dominated by A A. When the board runs clean, Migs is out in 11th place.

"I just knew that's what he had," Migs says, adding, "I'm so mad at myself, I just need to fold there."



12th - Basile Bows Out

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

John Basile (Brooklyn, NY)
12th - $3,927

In one of the few hands that sees action all the way to the river, John Basile is knocked in 12th place by John DeLio .

Both players check the flop of 10-4-Q.

The turn is an 8, Basile bets 830k and Delio calls.

The river is a 9, Basile shoves for one million chips and DeLio snap calls.

Basile: 6 7 (10 high straight)
DeLio : A J (Jack high straight)

The nearly 4 million chip pot is one of the largest so far in the tournament as Basile is eliminated.

Final Table Lineup and Chip Counts

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

Final table seat assignments and chip counts as of dinner break:

Seat - Player - Hometown - Chips
1 - David Semless - Voorhees, NJ - 1.6 million
2 - TJ Jaimangal - Queens, NY - 1.05 million
3 - Chris Bonita - Winthrop, MA - 1.43 million
4 - Jerry Callahan - Oyster Bay, NY - 4.52 million
5 - Greg Merritt - French Town, NY - 590k
6 - Andre Boyer - Montreal, Canada -1.57 million
7 - Jeff Lee - Fort Lee, NJ - 1.32 million
8 - Giuseppe Pantaleo - West Germany - 615k
9 - Fran Gottron - Lagrangeville, NY - 625k
10 - George Montebello - Centereach, NY - 1.44 million

Play has resumed with blinds of 80k/160k and 20k antes.

13th - Chiarulli Checks Out

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Peter Chiarulli (Brooklyn, NY)
13th - $2,946

When is AQ better than AK? When a queen hits the river.

That's the unfortunate fate for Peter Chiarulli who loses his last 1.1 million chips with "big slick" to Bill Patterson's A Q.

Chiarulli's eliminated in 13th place.

Clash of the Titans

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

Playing 50k/100k with 10k antes.

With two players all-in, Jeff Lee (Fort Lee, NJ) made the call holding A3. The board came 3 3 x A x and Jeff busted both of them. With that pot he chipped up to about 2 million.

Jeff Lee

Jeff then opened for 200k and seat 5 moved all-in for just over twice that. Jeff called, tabling A3 off (again). His opponent held AQ and the lead. This time Jeff got no miracle and his opponent doubled up. Jeff was left with about 1.6 million.

Giuseppe Pantaleo has about 2.2 million and Chris Bonita has about 1.75 million.

Soheil Shamseddin (cutoff) moved all-in and got called by Jerry Callahan in the big blind. Soheil's pocket Tens were a big dog to Jerry's pocket Aces. The board ran out J 5 5 3 A and Jerry took the pot. Soheil took 15th place. Jerry chipped up to ~2.1 million.

Tam Nguyen (Harrisburg, PA) got all-in holding pocket Tens against a player holding A3. The board came K 7 4 3 A and Tam reported to the rail in 14th place.

Playing 60k/120k with 20k antes:

On the river with a board of T T 4 3 A, Giuseppe Pantaleo moved all-in and got the insta-call from Jerry Callahan. Giuseppe held T8 for trip Tens, but Jerry tabled QT for the same hand with better kicker. Jerry doubled up to ~4.5 million to take a monster chip lead. Giuseppe was left with ~700k.

Jerry Callahan

Ten players remain. They're coloring up some of the gray chips and moving to a single table, then taking a one-hour dinner break. Play will resume at about 8:30pm.

TJ has made the final table and wants to say "Hello" to his sons, Justin & Jonathan. Consider it done, TJ.

Dinner Break

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

The 13 remaining players are on a one hour dinner break.

Table 1


Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 Bill Patterson (New Kensington, PA) 2 million
2. Dan Shapiro (Great Neck, NY) 990k
3. Gregory Scarpa (Staten Island, NY) 1.6 million
4. Andrew DeGeorge (Pitman, NJ) 2.7 million
5. Peter Chiarulli (Brooklyn, NY) 1.2 million

7. Joe Miranda (Bethpage, NY) 1.3 million
8. Eric Rockwell (Chesapeake, VA) 900k


Table 2

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1. Rich "Migs" Migliorisi (Brooklyn, NY) 2.9 million

3. John DeLio (Boothwyn, PA) 1.3 million
4. Brian Munshower (Apollo, PA) 1 million

6. Mike Wilson (Manassa, VA) 3.4 million
7. John Basile (Brooklyn, NY) 1.9 million
8. Ben Butler (S. Williamsport, PA) 2.8 million

14th - All Hope is Gone

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Jason Hope (Mantua, NJ)
14th - $2,946

Brian Munshower lands the body blow and Ben Butler finishes the job as the two combine to knock out Jason Hope in 14th place.

Munshower doubles through Hope with 99 vs AQ. The the 1.3 million chip pot leaves Hope with only 30k, which Butler wins on the next hand.

Butler wakes up with pocket aces and all hope is lost for Hope who's AJ is domianted.

Blinds are now 50k/100k/5k ante.

(Another) New Chip Leader

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

Blinds are now 40k/80k with 5k antes. 27 players remain, making the average stack 550k. That means an average stack is less than 7 big blinds.

Chris Bonita

A three-way pre-flop all-in over on table three had the shortest-stack holding KQ, the middle stack holding AK, and Chris Bonita (Winthrop, MA) in the lead with pocket Tens. It was nearly over when the flop came T 9 9 giving Chris the full house. Only running Kings or Queens would make any difference. The last two came 8 4 and two players were eliminated. Chris chipped up to over 1.4 million and the chip lead.

Giuseppe Pantaleo is up to ~1.3 million.

Two with one Blow (16th & 15th)

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Mike Walsh (Glassboro, NJ)
15th - $2,946

Marc Lome (Eden Prarie, MN) only has 125k and is all-in from early position.

Mike Walsh (Glassboro, NJ)
shoves all-in with one million chips and Andrew DeGeorge is put to the test.

After mulling it over, DeGeorge makes the call and is ahead of both players.

DeGeorge: QQ
Walsh: JJ
Lome: Q 10

DeGeorge's queens hold and he eliminates both players.



Marc Lome (Eden Prarie, MN)
16th - $1,865

New Chip Leader

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

Break time at the end of 24 levels of play and 33 players remain. Average stack is 450k.

Giuseppe Pantaleo

Giuseppe Pantaleo (West Germany) is the chip leader with 1.055 million. Until last December, he worked in an office processing orders. He quit his job to be a professional poker player and plans to play as many events in the BPO as he can.

All the yellow 1k chips have been colored up. Play has resumed with 30k/60k blinds and 5k antes.

17th - Rea Hits the Road

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Jon-Michael Rea (Steubenville, OH)
17th - $1,865


Jon-Michael Rea (Steubenville, OH) shoves his last 200k and is isolated by Gregory Scarpa.

Scarpa's A6 dominates Rea's Q6 and it holds.

Rea's out in 17th place ($1,865).

18th - Mueller

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Brandon Mueller (York, PA) only had 200k during the 18 player redraw. The big hit comes when he loses close to one million with pocket queens when his opponent over shoved with A9 and hit an ace on the turn.

Mueller busts in 18th place ($1,865) when the last of his chips go to Brian Munshower.

Final 2 Tables

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Table 1

Seat-Name

1 Bill Patterson (New Kensington, PA)
2. Dan Shapiro (Great Neck, NY)
3. Gregory Scarpa (Staten Island, NY)
4. Andrew DeGeorge (Pitman, NJ)
5. Jon-Michael Rea (Steubenville, OH)
6. Marc Lome (Eden Prarie, MN)
7. Joe Miranda (Bethpage, NY)
8. Eric Rockwell (Chesapeake, VA)
9. Mike Walsh (Glassboro, NJ)

Table 2

Seat-Name

1. Rich "Migs" Migliorisi (Brooklyn, NY)
2. Peter Chiarulli (Brooklyn, NY)
3. John DeLio (Boothwyn, PA)
4. Brian Munshower (Apollo, PA)
5. Brandon Mueller (York, PA)
6. Mike Wilson (Manassa, VA)
7. John Basile (Brooklyn, NY)
8. Ben Butler (S. Williamsport, PA)
9. Jason Hope (Mantua, NJ)

Bubble Blown

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

Players were busting out so fast they called for all tables to halt so they could get an accurate player count. When they did, they found exactly 54 players, which meant the bubble had already burst and all remaining players were in the money! (If they re-entered, they're only making $1. If they re-entered twice, they're still behind.)

Matt Stout got his last chips in and lost, finishing in 53rd place, earning $461. He re-entered, so that's a net profit of $1 for the day's work.

Matt 'Allinat420' Stout

Tony Hornback was the chip leader, briefly, with ~800k. As I watched, that all changed. After a player opened for 45km, Tony shoved from the small blind. Brian Ali (Brooklyn, NY) was in the big blind and called all-in. The opened folded and Tony showed pocket Jacks. Brian held pocket Kings and a huge lead. The board came 5 4 2 9 9 and Brian doubled up to ~560k while Tony was left with ~550k.

Greg Merritt

That made Greg Merritt (French Town, NJ) the leader with 675k. Jerry Callahan (Oyster Bay, NY) is second with 610k and Eric Ferrell (Brooklyn, NY) is third with 599k.

45 players remain and they're guaranteed to cash for at least $519.

Approaching the Bubble

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

Eight tables remain, so fewer than 80 players are still in the hunt.

George Montebello

Three of those players are currently stacking more than half a million chips. George Montebell0 (Centereach, NY) is approaching 600k. Chris Lindh has about 540k.

Two more tables have broken. Six tables remain with 60 or fewer players. They're currently in level 21 with blinds of 10k/20k and 2k antes.

Migs Replaces the Gobbler

$350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

After surging towards the chip lead, James "The Gobbler" Nilsen (Brooklyn, NY) gets involved in a couple of hands with Mike Wilson (Manassas, VA) and is eventually knocked out.

Wilson says that Nilsen made a 600k bet after the flop and after Wilson shoved all-in for 1.1 million with middle pair, Nilsen folded and is left with only 500k. A few hands later Nilsen is on the rail.

Wilson is continuing a steady climb and is one of the chip leaders with 3.6 million.

After "The Gobbler" leaves table 1, seat 10, he's replaced by his good friend Rich "Migs" Migliorisi (Brooklyn, NY) who's been moved from table 3.

Pink is the New Peach

$350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Alvin Slicing the Watermelon

In the past, the 100k chips were a peach color, but on the last color up break the brand new pink or "watermelon" chips have replaced them.

23 players remain with an average stack at one million chips.

Blinds are now 30k/60k with a 5k ante.

Pretty in Pink

Event 2 Payouts



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

Level 18 is done and players are on a break while the staff colors up the black 100 and purple 500 chips.

Before the break, Steve Dannenmann raised utg+1 and was 3-bet by the player in seat 3. Steve made the call and the flop came A A T. Steve checked and his opponent moved all-in. "You really want to do that? I've got AK and you've got AQ and you lose." After a bit more chatter, Steve conceded, showing his KJ (nothing but a gutshot). Sure enough, his opponent held AQ and collected the pot.

Mirsad Kovaci & Steve Dannenmann

Steve is still in and doing fine, sitting next to Mirsad Kovaci (who barely missed the money earlier in event 1). David Semless is also at their table and is the big stack with ~355k.

Over on table 6, John MacCabe (Princeton, NJ) is sitting behind ~380k and the likely chip leader. Charles Boncich (Massapequa, NY) has about 355k. Chris Lindh has about 260k.

About 100 players remain. Only the final 54 will get paid, as follows:

Entries: 594
Total Buy-In: $118,800

Place-Amount

1 $28,693
2 $16,132
3 $10,371
4 $8,239
5 $6,453
6 $5,301
7 $4,206
8 $3,284
9 $2,305
10-12 $1,498
13-15 $1,152
16-18 $864
19-27 $634
28-36 $576
37-45 $519
46-54 $461

Event 1 Payouts

$350 + $50 Deep Stack

As the field shrinks, the money grows. Here's another look at the payouts.

Entries: 964
Total Buy-In: $337,400

Place-Amount

1 $73,638
2 $43,364
3 $26,182
4 $21,928
5 $18,000
6 $14,564
7 $11,618
8 $8,837
9 $6,055
10-12 $3,927
13-15 $2,946
16-18 $1,865
19-27 $1,538
28-36 $1,342
37-45 $1,211
46-54 $1,080
55-63 $982
64-72 $884
73-81 $785
82-90 $720

Blinds Up...Again

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

Event 2 keeps rolling along and as another tables breaks only 13 remain (130 players). Chris Lindh (Goshen, NY) has a mountain of chips and Steve Dannenmann (Baltimore, MD) is also still in the field.

Recently knocked out is Josh Brikis (Pittsburgh, PA) who busts when AQ loses to AQ. "I had diamonds, it came out hearts."

With blinds going up every 15 minutes, go ahead and assume they're ALWAYS up.

Blinds are 4k/8k/500 ante....er make that 5k/10k/500 ante.

Au Revoir Odette

$350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Getting Miggy with It

Day 1 chip leader Odette Tremblay (Las Vegas, NV) spends most of her day spinning her wheels and after the proverbial peloton reels her in, she's forced all-in with only 10 big blinds.

Tremblay has pocket 8s from the small blind and Rich "Migs" Migliorisi (Brooklyn, NY) makes the "no brainer" call with K Q and hits a queen on the flop to eliminate Tremblay in 35th place.

Two hands later "Migliorisi" reraises to 310k on a flop of K-8-7 and his opponent folds helping build his stack to 1.5 million.

"Migs" began the day third in chips and is still near the top. Also peddling towards the 2 million chip mark is his buddy James "The Gobbler" Nilsen (Brooklyn, NY) who's sitting with 1.7 million.

Also at Nilsen's table is Tony Rodriguez (Brooklyn, NY) who's at 1.2 million.

Blinds continue at 15k/30k/4k ante.

Lee Leads; Shamseddin Second

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

After level 12, players enjoyed a break while the green 25 chips were colored up.

Jason Young won't be coming back from break. He's lost the last of his chips. " Now we booze" he says. "That's our new catch-phrase." He's still hanging around, though, sweating his boy Brian Munshower in event 1.

Josh Brikis reports he up to ~60k. That massage must have helped.

John Lee

After play resumed, I scoured the field for the big stacks. John Lee (Westwood, NJ) is leading with ~255k. Looks like Soheil Shamseddin is second with ~200k.

Soheil Shamseddin

Some other chip counts:
Eric Doerr - ~140k
Matt Stout - ~100k
Jay Johnson - ~35k

The blinds continue to climb. They're now playing 1,500/3,000 with 400 antes. 25 tables remain in action (250 players).

"The Man Who Grinds"

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em

Casmiro Cataliott (Atlantic City, NJ) is "the Man who Grinds". He started today with 183k in chips when there were 110 players. He says he hasn't played a hand all day and they are now down to 54 players. He's still got about 10k.

The Man Who Grinds

Casmiro is a poker dealer over at the Taj and his kids put him in this tournament for his birthday, which was August 29th. He's got four kids and 5 grand-kids. Will they get a piece of his winnings? "The kids will get most of it" he says. He's guaranteed to earn at least $1,080.

While I was watching his table, Odette Claire Tremblay raised to 65k. Casmiro moved all-in for another 35k on top and of course Odette made the call. Casmiro's JT suited needed help against Odette's A8 off. The flop brought what he needed when it came J 3 3. The last two rolled off 7 Q and "the man who grinds" doubled up to about 200k on the first hand he played all day.

Odette Claire Tremblay

It looks like Ilya Teplitsky (Brooklyn, NY) has taken the chip lead with about 1.1 million. James 'the Gobbler' Nilsen (also of Brooklyn, NY) is the only other player I see over the million-mark, with about 1.05 million.

George Carter (Baltimore, MD) is up to about 990k and Brian Munshower (Apollo, PA) is up to ~840k.

Break time for this crew with 53 players still in the hunt for the top prize of over $73k.

(Just before the break James 'the Gobbler' Nilsen chipped up to 1.5 million to claim the chip lead and make my post obsolete.)

James Nilsen - chip leader

Turbo Notables

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

WSOP bracelet holder Jason Young is up to about 60k. It would be about 150k if his flopped set had held up, according to him.

Josh Brikis (Pittsburgh, PA) fell prey to one of those blind all-ins during the early levels and had to re-enter. He's now struggling with about 18k, but not letting it get him down as he enjoys his massage.

Josh Brikis and masseuse

Eric "clown fish" Doerr (Newark, DE) is up to ~90k. Also in today's field are Matt Stout (Galloway, NJ) and Soheil Shamseddin, Houston, TX) who have both made WPT televised final tables. In fact, they shared the same piece of TV felt last November at Foxwoods World Poker Finals. Matt finished 3rd ($265k) and Soheil took second ($463k).

594 Players for Event 2

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

After six levels of play, players took a break and the opportunity to re-enter event 2 has come to an end. Play resumed after the break with level 7, blinds 300/600 with 75 antes.

There were 494 players in this event and 100 re-entries, making the final player count for this event 594.

Playdown -- Bubble Burst -- In The Money!

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em

With 96 players remaining, there was a flurry of action during the last 15 minutes of the level. (Steve Dannanmann has busted out and resumed his seat over in event 2.)

Anthony Hill (Egg Harbor City, NJ) doubled through Emad Wahba (Parma, OH) when his pocket 8s held up against Emad's nut flush draw. Anthony chipped up to about half a million.

Mike Wilson (Manassas, VA) has grown his stack to about 1 million and may have overtaken Odette Claire Tremblay (N. Las Vegas, NV) for the chip lead.

Mitchell 'Mike' Wilson

Mirsad Kovaci (Allentown, PA) moved in and got looked up by Vijay Paharia (Pleasantville, NJ). Mirsad's KJ would need to improve to beat Vijay's pocket Queens. The flop brought Mirsad a King, but also delivered a third Queen for Vijay. When the case Queen hit the turn, Vijay took the pot with quads and Mirsad took the walk - 94th place.

Mike Leah (Las Vegas, NV) got all-in with AK against the AQ of Edmund McCarthy (Souderton, PA). The board ran dry and Mike doubled through. Edmund was left short and was soon all-in for his last 25k. He got called by both James Nilsen (Brooklyn, NY) and then Mike Leah moved all-in. James opted out. This time Mike held AQ and was leading Edmund's T7 off. The flop came 9 5 2 and changed nothing. Then a Ten hit the turn, giving Edmund a pair and the lead. It was not enough, however, as the ubiquitous Ace on the river gave Mike the bigger pair and the pot. Edmund departed in 92nd place.

As the floor called for play to halt in preparation for hand-for-hand bubble action, there were only three minutes left in the level. On the first hand, those minutes ran out as players waited for a hand to complete on table two. When it was over, another player had busted out and become today's bubble-boy.

With 90 players remaining, they are all now in the money and insured at least a min-cash. No more hand-for-hand play is needed. They put 3 minutes back on the clock and got back to business.

Event 1 Resumes

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em

About 110 players have taken their seats for day two of event 1. It didn't take long once cards were in the air. David Meagher was all-in on the first hand holding A9 off. Bad news for him was that Jeremy Cole held AK and took the pot. David reported to the rail, leaving the rest one spot closer to the money.

The final 90 will get paid, so 19 more will have to go broke before the cash register rings.

Dannenmann Double-Dipping

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

Everyone's favorite runner-up, Steven Dannenmann, is double-trouble today. He's playing this event now and at noon he will be playing day two of event 1, which he survived yesterday (winning a $6 bet from Jason Young in the process).

As luck would have it, Jason and Steve were assigned to the same table today and were having some fun with the re-entry concept. They're raising without looking at their hands. While I was watching, Jason made it 1k utg (50/100 blinds) and Steve (two seats to his left) made it 5k, also in the dark. Action folded around to Tim Strickland (Rocky Mtn, NC) in the big blind, who moved all-in for about 19,300.

Jason then decided to look at his cards and mucked A2. Steve made the call in the dark. Tim tabled 98 off and was actually ahead when Steve revealed his 54 suited in diamonds. The flop came J 8 3 rainbow and Tim extended his lead with a pair of 8s. The last two were 7 4 and no help for Steve. Tim doubled up to almost 40k.

Steve was left with about 3,300 and was all-in on the next hand. The player on the button called as did Jason Young in the big blind. On the flop of A 7 2 - all diamonds - Jason moved all-in. The button folded and Jason tabled Q9 with the 9 of diamonds for the flush draw. Steve rolled over his 83 offsuit (no diamond) and was drawing thin. It was over on the turn when the Jack of diamonds fell, completing Jason's flush. Jason collected the pot and got his $6 last-longer bet back from Steve, who headed to the re-entry cage to get some more chips. Why not? He's still got a half a hour before he has to resume play in event 1.


Jason and Steve having fun (player in between, not so much)

Event 2 Underway

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

Cards are in the air here in the Borgata Event Center as Event #2, the Deepstack Turbo with Re-entry event begins. This event is similar to event #1 in that players began with 25,000 chips, (deepstack) but today the levels will only last 15 minutes each (turbo).

With the relentlessly increasing blinds, players will feel the pressure to get in the action. No worries, however, as they can re-enter the event twice (during the first 6 levels) if they bust out. They will re-enter as a new player with a fresh stack of 25k and a new table and seat assignment, which is the main difference from a re-buy event.

Today's Events

Thursday, September 9 - Event Center

11AM: $200 + $30 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold'em
  • 25,000 in starting chips
  • 15 minute Levels
  • Players may re-enter two (2) additional times within first 6 Levels
  • one-day event

3PM: $200 + $30 Survivor No Limit Hold'em

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • 20 minute Levels
  • Approximately one (1) in every ten (10) players will win $2,000 CASH
  • one-day event

7PM: $150 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • 20 minute Levels
  • one-day event

Day 2 coverage of event 1 ($350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em) begins at 12 Noon.

Event 23 Final Results

Borgata Poker Open 2010
Event 23: $150 + $30 No Limit Hold'em
September 8

Entries: 155
Total Buy-In: $23,250

FINAL RESULTS
1. MICHAEL ENDRESS (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $6,766
2. MARTIN WILLIAMS (HAMPTON, VA): $3,721
3. BORIS KRAVETS (FLANDERS, NJ): $2,142
4. JOSHUA LAWRENCE (JACKSONVILLE, FL): $1,804
5. SALVATORE PIPITONE (PARAMUS, NJ): $1,353
6. MICHAEL BUSHWELL (EAST HANOVER, NJ): $1,128
7. ALFRED WARRINER (ABSECON, NJ): $902
8. DAVID SHAKER (DOWNINGTOWN, PA): $677
9. JOSEPH CAPUTO (MILLERSVILLE, PA): $508
10. JOHN DOODY (MARCO ISLAND, FL): $451
11. ROBERT SANTILLI (JACKSON, NJ): $451
12. JEDRAYE TOTANES (BROOKLYN, NY): $451
13. HASKEL MENSER (WALL TWP, NJ): $395
14. PETER EVANS (WILLOW STREET, PA): $395
15. PETER MYLENKI (ABSECON, NJ): $395
16. EUGENE HICKMAN (IJAMSVILLE, MD): $338
17. VICTOR FILLETTI (MARLBORO, NJ): $338
18. JAMES OROSZ (BROADVIEW HTS, OH): $338

Event 22 Final Results

Borgata Poker Open 2010
Event 22: $150 + $30 SURVIVOR No Limit Hold'em
September 8

Entries: 129
Total Buy-In: $19,350

FINAL RESULTS
1. PETER NEFF (HAZLET, NJ): $1500 Cash
2. JAMES WEAVER (CORAOPOLIS, PA): $1500 Cash
3. FRITZ STONER (LANCASTER, PA): $1500 Cash
4. THOMAS FRANCIS (MANALAPAN, NJ): $1500 Cash
5. NICHOLAS CALLAMARAS (UNION BEACH, NJ): $1500 Cash
6. MICHAEL ROMANO (LINCROFT, NJ): $1500 Cash
7. JOSEPH FERRONI (BURLINGTON, CAN): $1500 Cash
8. YONAS DEBESAI (ALBANY, NY): $1500 Cash
9. MYONGSUP SONG (FOREST HILLS, NY): $1500 Cash
10. DENNIS DEALMEIDA (HARRISON, NJ): $1500 Cash
11. MENGTSUNG HUANG (CHERRY HILL, NJ): $1500 Cash
12. FRED ALESI (ISLIP TERRACE, NY): $1500 Cash
13. DANKO CIKLIC (BOONTON, NJ): $770 Cash

Event 1 Chip Leaders

Borgata Poker Open 2010
Event 1: $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
September 8 - 9

Entries: 964
Total Buy-In: $337,400

END OF DAY 1 CHIP LEADERS:
1. ODETTE CLAIRE TREMBLAY (N LAS VEGAS, NV): 932,000
2. JAMES NILSEN (BROOKLYN, NY): 885,000
3. RICHARD MIGLIORISI (BROOKLYN, NY): 675,000
4. STEVEN MLENAK (TOMS RIVER, NJ): 577,000
5. EMIL LEBOVICH (HIGHLAND, NJ): 560,000
6. MITCHELL WILSON (MANASSAS, VA): 526,000
7. YOON CHEON (ALPHARETTA, GA): 456,000
8. ILYA TEPLITSKY (BROOKLYN, NY): 454,000
9. GREGORY SCARPA (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 425,000
10. JIA LIU (NORWICH, CT): 411,000
11. LONG PHI PHAM (OZONE PARK, NY): 407,000
12. DANIEL CAI (BROOKLYN, NY): 405,000
13. ANDREW DEGEORGE (PITMAN, NJ): 395,000
14. ANGELO WEDRA (PALISADES PK, NJ): 386,000
15. SEAN RICKER (ROCHESTER HILLS, MI): 385,000
16. BRIAN MUNSHOWER (APOLLO, PA): 383,000
17. EMAD WAHBA (PARMA, OH): 378,000
18. AMIR QUMSIEH (LYNCHBURG, VA): 359,000
19. JON-MICHAEL REA (STEUBENVILLE, OH): 346,000
20. JEREMY CHAMPION (KINGS MTN N, NC): 313,000
21. MICHAEL MARUCCI (ORANGE, NJ): 307,000
22. ERNEST EMERSON (OCEAN CITY, MD): 295,000
23. JAMES NELSON (ROCK TAVERN, NY): 280,000
24. MIRSAD KOVACI (ALLENTOWN, PA): 271,000
25. ERIC ROCKWELL (CHESAPEAKE, VA): 269,000
26. MATTHEW D COLLINS (PHILADELPHIA, PA): 264,000
27. STEVEN KINGSLEY (NEW YORK, NY): 264,000
28. SAMUEL TUCKER (ODENTOWN, MD): 264,000
29. PEDRO MUNOZ (ELIZABETH, NJ): 254,000
30. GEORGE CARTER (BALTIMORE, MD): 242,000
31. JOSEPH CERVERA (BROOKLYN, NY): 241,000
32. JAMES STENELLA (PIPERSVILLE, PA): 237,000
33. RUI CONCEICAO (LANDSDALE, PA): 234,000
34. THOMAS RODRIGUEZ (BROOKLYN, NY): 233,000
35. KOBI WALDFOGEL (PHILADELPHIA, PA): 232,000
36. MARC LOME (EVEN PRAIRIE, MN): 230,000
37. JOSEPH MIRANDA (BETHPAGE, NY): 227,000
38. ANTONIO PRINCIPATO (ANALOMINK, PA): 227,000
39. ANTHONY SNYDER (LEONIA, NJ): 226,000
40. CHRISTIAN CURRY (LEWISTOWN, PA): 224,000
41. WILLIAM PATTERSON (NEW KENSINGTON, PA): 223,000
42. MICHAEL PURCHER (MT SINAI, NY): 223,000
43. FRANCIS LOCRAFT (ANNAPOLIS, MD): 218,000
44. VIJAY PAHARIA (PLEASANTVILLEP, NJ): 218,000
45. KEITH MASON (BRONX, NY): 214,000
46. ANTHONY MANCERI (MANORVILLE, NY): 209,000
47. DANIEL SHAPIRO (GREAT NECK, NY): 208,000
48. STEPHEN SUTTON (LANGHORNE, PA): 206,000
49. ERIC MACDONALD (HERNON, VA): 201,000
50. JEREMY JOSEPH COLE (NEW CASTLE, DE): 196,000
51. TAM CHI LY (LANSDALE, PA): 194,000
52. EDWARD FARB (FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ): 191,000
53. YEVGENIY SORKIN (ROCKVILLE, MD): 191,000
54. CASIMIRO CATALIOTI (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ): 183,000
55. FRANCIS LIONG (TOMS RIVER, NJ): 183,000
56. CHRISTOPHER BOFFA (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 182,000
57. CHARLES MICALIZZI (JERSEY CITY, NJ): 181,000
58. RYAN CHAPMAN (GERMANTOWN, MD): 180,000
59. BRITTANY BARON (ARLINGTIINGTON, VA): 176,000
60. MUKALA SIKYALA (OXON HILL, MD): 176,000
61. JOHN DEGEORGE (TOMS RIVER, NJ): 175,000
62. BENJAMIN BUTLER (S WILLIAMSPRT, PA): 173,000
63. KENNETH PECORARO (MONMOUTH BEACH, NJ): 172,000
64. STEPHANIE HUBBARD (HAZLET, NJ): 169,000
65. LAWRENCE LAKATOSH (RED LION, PA): 168,000
66. ANTHONY HILL (EGG HARBOR CITY, NJ): 167,000
67. GREGORY RUDOLPH (OCEANSIDE, NY): 166,000
68. SYLVAIN BOUDREAU (MONTREAL, CAN): 163,000
69. JAMES OSTRANDER (SOUTHERN PINES, NC): 160,000
70. SUNGWOO TAE (PALISADES PK, NJ): 159,000
71. ROBERT BUFF (STROUDSBURG, PA): 156,000
72. PETER CHIARULLI (BROOKLYN, NY): 154,000
73. JOHN BASILE (BROOKLYN, NY): 153,000
74. RONALD MCDONALD (FORT VALLEY, VA): 151,000
75. KYLE MESSNER (OCEAN, NJ): 149,000
76. GREGORY KOLO (ROCKY RIVER, OH): 145,000
77. BRANDON MUELLER (YORK, PA): 141,000
78. EDMOND MCCARTHY (SOUDERTON, PA): 136,000
79. LISA VANLANDINGHAM (WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ): 135,000
80. MICHAEL WALSH (GLASSBORO, NJ): 132,000
81. FRANK DEFUSO (READING, PA): 127,000
82. ERIC MUNOZ (BRONZ, NY): 127,000
83. ANTOINE ST LOUIS (W HEMPSTEAD, NY): 127,000
84. JOHN WARHURST (CHESAPEAKE BEACH, MD): 126,000
85. JOHN DELIO (BOOTHWYN, PA): 122,000
86. MICHAEL LEAH (LAS VEGAS, NV): 122,000
87. JASON TESTER (LITTLE RIVER, SC): 117,000
88. BENNY DEJACKMO (NUTLEY, NJ): 115,000
89. JASON HOPE (MANTUA, NJ): 115,000
90. PAUL VALENZUELA (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 112,000
91. STEVEN DANNENMANN (SEVERN, MD): 109,000
92. STEVEN GUSIKOFF (FLUSHING, NY): 109,000
93. MARK FIOCCO (PENNSVILLE, NJ): 108,000
94. MICHAEL EVANS (LA PLATA, MD): 107,000
95. DAVID MEAGHER (MONKTON, MD): 97,000
96. JOHN RABEL (VIRGINIA BCH, VA): 97,000
97. NICOLE MILLER (MILLERSPORT, OH): 91,000
98. JOHN KELLY (CUMBERLAND, MD): 82,000
99. RICHARD GERVASI (PHOENIXVILLE, PA): 78,000
100. VINCENT VENNERI (PHILADELPHIA, PA): 71,000
101. CHRISTINE SAZON (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA): 68,000
102. EDWARD BARBACCIA (PATERSON, NJ): 64,000
103. PETER NEFF (HAZLET, NJ): 64,000
104. SALAH LEVY (WESTFIELD, NJ): 60,000
105. SAMUEL PARZOW (SEVERN, MD): 60,000
106. SABINO GARGANO (ELMONT, NY): 59,000
107. THAN NGOC DINH (PHILADELPHIA, PA): 58,000
108. RICARDO FRANCO (PHILADELPHIA, PA): 57,000
109. GUY GELLATLY (MONROE, CT): 56,000
110. MICHAEL BROADHURST (EGG HARBOR TWP, NJ): 43,000

Event 1 Day 1 Recap

$350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

The Borgata Poker Open is underway with 964 players hitting the tables for the first of 21 Events over the next 16 days.

The field featured notables pros Steve Dannenmann (Baltimore, MD), Josh Brikis (Pittsburgh, PA) and Jason Young (Suffern, NY), but only Dannenmann made it through to Day 2.

"It was a long day" says, the 2005 WSOP Main Event Runner-up who bagged a below average stack of 109k, "I didn't have many hands, so it was a grind."

Dannemann and the rest of the field are chasing Odette Tremblay (Quebec, Canada) who finished Day 1 with 932k. Tremblay used a balance of good play and good fortunate to knock out three players during the last level. All three times she held an ace to take large pots.

Josh Brikis, who finished 55th in the 2010 WSOP Main Event and former bracelet winner Jason Young were both knocked out before Level 7.

The total buy-in of $337,400 has the field battling for the top prize of $73,638. The top 90 players cash in the event and the 110 remaining players return with an average stack of 219k.

Play resumes Noon Thursday as the players vie for the first Championship of the series.

Event 2 gets the day started at 11 am with a $200 + $30 Deep Stack Turbo NL Tournament

Dannenmann Hanging On

In the Books

$350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

The first day of the Borgata Poker Open is in the books as 110 players are bagging and tagging for the night.

Odette Tremblay (Quebec, Canada) is the chip leader with 932k. Other big stacks include James "The Gobbler" Nilsen (Brooklyn, NY) with 885k and Rich "Migs" Migliorisi (Brooklyn, NY) with 675k.

The average stack is 219k and when play resumes Noon Thursday the field will only be 20 players away from hitting the money.

The top 90 players cash as they compete for the top prize of nearly $74,000.

A full list of chip counts will be posted later this morning.















"The Gobbler" & "Migs"

Lots of Action

$350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

With the short stacks in survival mode, the action is fast and furious. Tuan Gbehan (Toms River, NJ) 3-bet shoves from the BB for 37k more, but the original raiser gets out of the way and Gbehan stays on life support.

Ernie Emerson (Ocean City, MD) gets a huge double-up when he shoves with AA and is against 88. The aces hold and Emerson's up to 350k. "I told these boys I was only playing pocket aces," he says. "Now I can go to sleep."

And Table 9 continues to see flopped sets. Paulie "Peru" Valenzuela (Staten Island, NY) is all-in and behind with 77 vs 10 10, but a 7 comes on the flop to give Valenzuela new life.

There's Less than 30 minutes of play for the night.

Purple Purge

After 13 hours of poker, players are starting to get restless. The floor managers are clearing the purple (500) chips as we're set for one more level of play.

140 players remain with an average stack of 172k. A couple of players have cracked the 500k mark as they themselves up for a deep run during Thursday's Day 2 play.

Level 18 (5k/10k/1k ante) is set to go as the short stacks look to double-up or end the misery before the remaining players bag and tag for the night.

Breaking It Down

$350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

The floor managers continue to break tables and now 17 remain putting the field at 170 players.

The average stack is 142k as the big stacks approach the half-million chip mark.

Rich "Migs" Migliorisi (Brooklyn, NY) is the unofficial leader with 460k, while Long Phi Pham (Queens, NY) is in the neighborhood with 430k.

Play continues until 2 am, with the remaining players returning at Noon Thursday to play for the nearly $74,000 first prize.

Level 17 (4k/8k/500 ante) continues.