Friday, September 10, 2010

Money Bubble With Four Tables Left

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

When the field reached 40 players, they were down to four tables and just four spots away from the money (28th-36th places earn $1,085 each).

Keith Crowder, who finished 5th at last year's televised WPT Borgata Poker Open championship, was eliminated in 40th place.

With 39 players left, there were quite a few all-in situations, but no eliminations. There were a few chopped pots, like when two players both got it in with K-J after a king-high flop. In another hand, both players got it all in on the turn with trip nines, and the short stack was outkicked. But the river double-paired the board, and both players made identical full houses (nines full of queens) to chop the pot.

In most of the rest of the all-in hands, the short stack came out on top. Pocket queens held up in a race against A-K, and pocket jacks held up against pocket tens after a seven-high flop.

The short stacks held strong until one of them got it all in preflop with A-K, only to run into a big stack's pocket aces. That got the field down to 38 players -- two spots away from the money.

And that's where they currently stand as the blinds increase to 2,000/4,000/400 ante. Here are a few updated chip counts for players mentioned earlier in the updates:

Bastian Fischer: 405k
Javier Fernandez: 258k
Dan Retallick: 180k
Eugene Kleyman: 115k
Roland Israel: 85k

PLO 9th - 6th Places

Event 4: $350 + $50 PLO

Dan Horam

Dan Horam busted in 10th place, becoming today's bubble-boy.


Matthew Stevens - 9th place


Richard DeVito - 8th place

On a flop of 732 three players were all-in. The last two cards were 3T and Jim Weaver had rivered the nut flush with his A654. Matthew Stevens finished in 9th place, earning $927 and Richard DeVito finished 8th for $1,236.

With that pot, Jim became the chip leader with over 300k in chips.

Steve Kotatis - 7th place

Steve Kotatis was all-in with AKT2 double-suited against Matt Delano, who held JJ87 double-suited. The board was 9 6 5 A 2 and Matt's flopped straight was good for the pot. Steve finished in 7th place, earning $1,545.

Brandon Vargas - 6th place

In a battle of the blinds, Daniel Wasserberg (small) bet enough on the river to cover Brandon Vargas (big). The board read A Q Q K 7. Brandon thought about it, but only had about 12k left, and eventually decided to toss his chips in holding K995 (two pair). Daniel held AQ82 for a set of Queens to win. Brandon finished in 6th place, earning $1,854.

The final five are taking a break before the next level.

"This Has Been The Craziest Table All Day"

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

If you've been watching this year's WSOP coverage on TV, you may have noticed James Boyle, the lighthouse keeper from Havre de Grace, Maryland. He is seated at Table 6, and he says, "This has been the craziest table all day."

After a flop of Q 5 3, Boyle (small blind) was all in with Q 9 (pair of queens) against the big blind's A 4 (gutshot straight-flush draw with an overcard). The turn was the Q, and upon seeing his opponent's flush, Boyle started packing up to leave. But the river card was the 9, and a few players at the table gasped at the reverse. Boyle was so concerned with the flush, that he didn't notice that he had caught a runner-runner full house to double up.

Boyle's opponent (we'll call him Player X) was knocked down to ~18k, but he quickly doubled up the next hand with K 5 against Eugene Kleyman's Q 10 in the battle of the blinds. (A king on the flop was all it took.) The next hand, Player X moved all in from the button to win the blinds and antes. Player X now had about 44k, and was on his way to making a strong comeback.


Crazy Table 6: James Boyle (left, in blue) and Eugene Kleyman (wearing a sweatshirt in seat 8)

The next hand, Player X raised from the cutoff to 5,200, and Eugene Kleyman reraised from the button to 25,200. Player X moved all in with A Q, and Kleyman called with 4 4. If Player X could win this race, it would represent an incredible comeback and give him about 45 bb.

But the board came 9 8 3 9 J, and Kleyman won the pot with his pocket fours. Player X was eliminated, which is why I didn't get his name as he snuck out of the room.

The blinds have increased to 1,200/2,400/300 ante, and Table 6 broke shortly after these hands played out. The field is currently down to five tables.

Final Table of Ten

Event 4: $350 + $50 PLO

Anthony Caruso called the 6k big blind, then the short-stack in seat 6 moved all-in for his last 13k. Richard DeVito (bb) called the extra 7k as did Anthony. On the flop of 9 9 3 Richard bet 15k into the dry side pot and Anthony called. Turn was the J and Richard checked. Anthony bet the pot, which was more than Richard had left.

Richard tossed in the last of his chips, showing K985 for trip 9s. Anthony held A2xx for the nut flush. It looked like they were headed for a double-elimination and the money, but a King hit the river, giving Richard 9s full of Kings. He more than doubled up, while busting the short-stack.

With ten players left, they drew seats and moved to a single table. One more player has to go to reach the money. Here's the lineup:

Seat - Player - Hometown
1 - Anthony Caruso - Medford, NJ
2 - Dan Horam - Huntington, NY
3 - Matt Delano - Mt. Laurel, NJ
4 - Matthew Stevens - Brecksville, OH
5 - Daniel Wasserberg - New York, NY
6 - Brandon Vargas - Malverne, NY
7 - Steve Kotatis - New Milford, NJ
8 - Richard DeVito - Crestwood, NJ
9 - Hamdy Abdalla - Waterbury, CT
10 - Jim Weaver - Pittsburg, PA

Anthony Caruso is still the chip leader with about 190k.

On the first hand, the micro-short-stack of Brandon Vargas went into the pot. He ended up all-in against Richard DeVito. Brandon held AAxx and caught a third Ace on the turn. He more than doubled up.

A 3-Way Goes Dan Retallick's Way

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit
As is often the case, there has been a lot of action when the players return from dinner.
At Table 1, there was a three-way all-in after a flop of A♠ 107. The big blind was short-stacked and moved all in for 20,300. Then Dan Retallick (Morrisville, PA) moved all in over the top for 72,000. The third player in the pot (late position) asked for a precise count, thought for another two minutes, and called.
Board: A♠ 107
Big Blind: AQ♣ (pair of aces)
Dan Retallick (UTG): A♣ K♣ (pair of aces)
Late Position: 65 (flush draw)
The turn was the K♠, the river paired the board with the 7♣, and Retallick's pair of aces held up to bust the short stack and double through the big stack.
Retallick now has ~215k, though he is seated out of position to the right of Javier Fernandez (~235k), who was second in chips at the dinner break.
Big stacks Dan Retallick (left) and Javier Fernandez

11 Players Left at the Dinner Break

Event 4: $350 + $50 PLO
The final 11 players in Event 4 take their one-hour dinner break just two spots away from the money. (Top nine get paid at least $927, with $10,813 for first.)
Anthony Caruso has been on a self-described heater, and dominates the field with 222k. However, he lost a ~30k pot right before the dinner break to the player who is second in chips with 134k. Nobody else has more than 100k, even though the average is 83k. There are quite a few short stacks who will be trying to sneak into the money.
Caruso has said that while the money is nice, he really wants the trophy. His kids don't really understand poker, and a third-place finish (for example) doesn't mean a lot to them. But they understand winning and trophies, and Caruso would like to add another Borgata trophy to his mantel.
The dinner break will end at 9:00 pm, and the tournament will play down to a winner tonight.

Dinner Break Update

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

The clock has been stopped and the remaining 77 players have been sent on a dinner break.

Bastian Fischer

Bastian Fischer (West Germany) is the chip leader with ~237k. Javier Fernandez (New York, NY) is second with ~219k. They are the only two players over the 200k mark.

Javier Fernandez

Average stack is about 58k.

Play will resume at about 9pm.

Monster Pots and Monster Draws

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

A big pot transpired over on table 6. Giuseppe Pantaleo (who finished 3rd in event 2 yesterday) opened for 2,200 and got two callers. The flop came K 7 5 with two diamonds. Giuseppe bet 3,400 and got called by Eugene Kleyman (Brooklyn, NY). The turn was the T, which put two clubs on board.

Giuseppe Pantaleo and Eugene Kleyman

Giuseppe fired 7,400 and Eugene raised another 13k on top. Giuseppe shoved and Eugene called all-in with his last 61k. Giuseppe held 64 (open-ended with flush draw). Eugene was actually ahead with Q2 (Queen-high with flush-draw). The river brought the 6, completing Eugene's flush. He scooped the ~140k pot and possibly took the chip lead.

Roland Israel

Over on table 4, the clock was called on Roland Israel, who was looking at a flop of 9 7 4 -- all spades. The button had bet 7k. As the clock was ticking down, Roland announced he was all-in. The count was 23,600. George Walther (cutoff) thought about it for a few seconds, then called. The button mucked. Roland showed KT for the flopped flush. George held AJ for the nut-flush draw. The last two came 9 2 and Roland took the pot, chipping up to ~70k.

Mike Leah was collecting his things and walking away as I passed his table. Mike finished 32nd in event 1 yesterday, but failed to add to his poker resume today.

New Chip Leader

Event 4: $350 + $50 PLO

Just before break-time, a hand developed between big-stack Anthony Caruso and the player in seat 2. On the turn with a board of J 7 3 5, Anthony bet 6k and got called. River was another 3 and Anthony fired 8k. After a bit of time in the tank, seat 2 mucked his hand. Anthony showed K977 for 7s full of 3s. With that pot, Anthony extended his lead. He's now up to 108k and clearly the chip leader.

Anthony Caruso

Anthony won the $700 No Limit Hold'em 6-max even during the Summer Open here last June ($16,873) and wishes he was playing No Limit Hold'em now, due to the volatility of Omaha.

The final 16 are now on a break. Average stack is almost 57k.

Event 3: Payouts

$500 + $60 No Limit

Number of Entries: 373
Total Buy-In: $186,500


Place-Amount

1 $48,844
2 $27,136
3 $16,824
4 $13,568
5 $10,492
6 $8,864
7 $7,146
8 $5,337
9 $3,619
10-12 $$2,352
13-15 $1,809
16-18 $1,538
19-27 $1,357
28-36 $1,085

Color Up Break

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

Another level done and players are on break while they color up.

15 tables remain, so 150 or fewer players are still alive. Average stack is around 30k.

Jim Martini

Looks like Jim Martini (Lake Tahoe, NV) is the chip leader with about 90k.

Ian Palomo is doing well with ~74k. Keith Crowder, who made the WPT Televised final table here last year, (5th place, $188k) is holding his own with ~50k.

Lana Maier

Also in the field is Lana Maier, Director of Marketing for CardRunners. Lana finished 19th in the $1,500 HORSE event at the 2009 WSOP ($19k). Lana's got about an average stack of 30k.

Chip Leaders

Event 4: $350 + $50 PLO

As players return from break, here's a look at the unofficial top 5 chip counts.

Hamdy Abdalla (Waterbury, CT) 86k
Dan Horan (Huntington, NY) 74k
Matt Ford (Wilkes-Barre, PA) 58k
Rich DeVito (Crestwood, NY) 56k
Kevin O'Brien (Bound Brook, NJ) 50k

29 players remain with an average stack of 31k.

Level 10 (500/1k) underway.

Survival Guide to 7th Heaven

As we head into the weekend, here are seven helpful tips on getting the most out of your Borgata Poker Open experience:

1. Continue following the Official Blog and BorgataPoker on Twitter.

2. Check the Daily On-line Poker Schedule

3. If you bust in the Main Event, you've got Survivor & Second Chance Tournaments as alternatives

4. Sit and Go Tournaments are running all day in the Event Center

5. Complimentary Red Bull is available for all tournament players along with these Special Offers

6. Cash games are running 24/7 in the Poker Room where the Bad Beat Jackpot continues to grow

7. Shop & Dine while away from the tables

All things poker is at Borgata for the next two weeks, where you have a chance to win a Main Event title.

The crown jewel is the televised WPT Championship Event - $2 Million Guaranteed Prize Pool, which starts Saturday, September 18th.

Red Bull by Rachel

Event 4 Payouts & Chip Leader

Event 4: $350 + $50 PLO

Well, Dwyte Pilgrim didn't fare any better at PLO than he did at No Limit Hold'em. He's a goner along with over half the starting field. They're down to 42 players.

Hamdy Abdalla

Hamdy Abdalla (Waterbury, CT) is distancing himself from the field. He's up to ~89k chips (nearly 10% of the chips in play) and his closest competitor is in the 50k range.

Payouts

Entries: 91
Total Buy-In: $31,850

Place-Amount

1 $10,813
2 $5,870
3 $3,707
4 $2,780
5 $2,163
6 $1,854
7 $1,545
8 $1,236
9 $927

Slow But Steady

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

Matt Stout

Compared to yesterday's Deep Stack Turbo event, today's No Limit event seems very sedate. There is no flurry of all-ins and bust-outs. As a matter of fact, I had to rouse Matt Stout from his online-chess-playing stupor to get his picture. Matt better pay attention to the player in the 8 seat at his table: Giuseppe Pantaleo is a freshly-minted poker-pro from West Germany who finished third in yesterday's Deep Stack Turbo.

WSOP bracelet holder Andre Boyer took 5th in yesterday's Turbo and he's back at it again today. His table broke and he landed at table 14 with WSOP bracelet holder Jason Young. I can't swear to it, but I believe they are the only two bracelet holders in this event and they happen to be at the same table. Also sharing that piece of green felt is Chris Bonita, who finished 10th yesterday.

Alex Rivera

Alex Rivera finished 5th in this event last year and refers to himself as "last year's donk". Apparently after his opening bet of 9,900, a player shoved 180k on him and he snap-called with AJ. He managed to crack his opponent's pocket Kings by flopping an Ace. He's another one to watch out for. He was the chip leader at the end of day one yesterday and proved he can do some damage if he can gather some chips.

Alex is sharing a table with Travell Thomas, who just wanted me to take his picture, so here you go:

Travell Thomas

Joanne Monteavaro has been dispatched. She got her chips in good holding pocket Aces against pocket 6s, but a 6 on the river delivered the bad beat and Joanne reported to the rail (or perhaps the registration desk to enter the 4pm Survivor event).

Tom Dobrilovic has also busted out. He's now 0-for-3 at the BPO.

He's in good company, however. They're down to 21 tables now, which means 210 or fewer players remain. Average stack is about 21k.

Jason Young came over to report his bust-out. On a flop of K 8 7 he got all-in holding 87 (2 pair) against a player holding pocket Queens. A King on the river counterfeited him and ended his run today. "Now we're boozin'" he says.

How Many? How Much?

Event 4: $350 + $50 PLO

The unofficial total for the Pot Limit Omaha is 91 players. That means first prize will be around $11,000 with 9 places paid.

The entire prize pool list will be released later today.

Double Take

Event 4: $350 + $50 PLO

Pilgrim Plunges in to PLO

After busting in Event 3, Dwyte Pilgrim (Brooklyn, NY) is trying his hand at PLO.

"I thought I'd try my luck," says the WSOP Circuit NL specialist, "I figure I can play this game. It'll be a fun event for me."

Pilgrim says it's the first time he's played tournament Omaha and that he only had two minutes to spare before registration closed.

"It's how my daddy taught me how to swim," he says with a big smile, "just jump right in."

Pilgrim didn't last long in the NL tournament when he was pot committed with AQ and ran into AA, but now he's outlasted 1/3 of the Omaha field as 61 players remain. "My secret weapon is calculating the odds, that doesn't change no matter what the game."

Pilgrim is slightly below the starting stack of 10k and proud he outlasted Soheil Shamseddin (Houston, TX) who's considered one of the top Omaha players around.

It'll be interesting to see if Pilgrim summons his inner Michael Phelps or ends up with a belly flop.

Level 5 (150/300) is winding down.

Early Numbers

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

While the cage verifies the final totals, the unofficial number is 373 players for this two-day tournament.

That puts first prize in the $49,000 range, paying 36 spots.

Killer Table

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

Monteavarao & Brikis

Registration roulette has three Borgata regular stalwarts at Table 2. Joeanne Monteavaro (Bronx, NY) and Josh Brikis (Pittsburgh, PA) are side-by-side. While Manny Patel (Burlington, NJ) is sitting across from them.

"It's tough to get anything going with this guy on my left," says Monteavaro who's just above the starting 12k stack, as is Patel. Brikis has doubled his stack to 24k.

While walking by the table, one hand that's less than notable involves Monteavaro and David Harris (New York, NY) who chop a pot as both hold ace-king. Harris is also struggling to stay above the 12k mark.

Players are on a 10 minute break as Level 4 (100/200) is complete.

From Houston to Omaha

Event 4: $350 + $50 PLO

Soheil Looking for Another Cash

After navigating his way through Thursday's frenetic Deep Stack Turbo with a 15th place finish, Soheil Shamseddin (Houston, TX) is going with the more leisurely paced Pot Limit Omaha.

Shamseddin's an accomplished pro, who won a PLO title in California last month and will clearly have a bulls eye on his back.

More than 75 players are in the field as registration is now closed and the cage verifies the official number of players.

Level 3 (50/100) is winding down as players are set for a 10 minute break.

Who Dat?

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

More than 350 players are in the field as registration is open until the end of level 2

Today's list of notables include:

Josh Brikis
James Boyle
Joseph Brooks
Keith Crowder
Mike Dentale
Gordon Eng
Ryan Eriquezzo
Will Failla
Bob Hwang
Mike Leah
Chris Lindh
Joanne Monteavaro
Manny Patel
Dwyte Pilgrim
James Salters
Matt Stout
Jason Young

Level 2 (50/100) continues.

4 Card Fanatics

Event 4: $350 + $50 PLO

Tony Macchia (Garnet Valley, PA) &
B.J. Vanderwoude (New Rochelle, NY)

Ready for PLO

The first Omaha tournament of the Borgata Poker Open is underway with Pot Limit Omaha.

The die hards are are filling the back of the Event Center as they start with 10k in chips and levels last 30 minutes. Blinds start at 25/25 as PLO is off and running.

Seat Open

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

Rap-a-rap-a-rap, They Call Him the Rappa

It only takes Ed Rappa (Washington, D.C.) 14 minutes to double-up and and send seat 5 to the rail.

The flop is A 77. The original better leads out for 500, Rappa smooth calls and seat 5 makes it 2k. First player folds, Rappa raises to 5k and seat 5 shoves.

Rappa calls with A 7 and the full house has his opponent drawing dead with 5 7.

"The old guy took the young guys chips," says Rappa. "I feel bad, he was nice guy who welcomed me to the table."

Unfortunately for seat 5 the hospitality wasn't mutual.

Table Signs Are Down

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

The Event Center is buzzing again as players take their seats for today's two day tournament.

Entry gets you 12k in chips and with levels last 45 minutes. The button starts in the 7 seat and the blue deck is in play. Table signs are down and the dealers are dealing to all stacks.

Blinds start at 25/50 as the cards are in the air!

Today's Events

Friday, September 10 - Event Center

11AM: $500+ $60 No Limit Hold'em
  • 12,000 in starting chips
  • 45 minute Levels
  • two-day event (Day 2 starts to 2PM on Saturday)

12PM: $350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha High

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

4PM: $300 + $50 SURVIVOR No Limit Hold'em

  • 12,000 in starting chips
  • 25 minute Levels
  • approximately 1 in every 10 players wins $3,000 CASH
  • one-day event

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

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

Event 2 Final Results

Borgata Poker Open 2010
Event 2: $200 + $30 Deep Stack Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
September 9

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

FINAL RESULTS
1. TAITT JAIMANGAL (RICHMOND HILL, NY): $28,693
2. JEREMIAH CALLAHAN (OYSTER BAY, NY): $16,132
3. GIUSEPPE PANTALEO (BIELEFELD, GER): $10,371
4. FRANCIS GOTTRON (LAGRANGEVILLE, NY): $8,239
5. ANDRE BOYER (ACTON VALE, CAN): $6,453
6. DAVID SEMLESS (VOORHEES, NJ): $5,301
7. GEORGE MONTEBELLO (CENTEREACH, NY): $4,206
8. GREGORY MERRITT (FRENCHTOWN, NJ): $3,284
9. JEFFREY LEE (FORT LEE, NJ): $2,305
10. CHRISTOPHER BONITA (WINTHROP, MA): $1,498
11. BRIAN ALI (BROOKLYN, NY): $1,498
12. AARON AXEL (NEW YORK, NY): $1,498
13. RUSSELL FREDERICK (SAINT CLAIR SHORES, MI): $1,152
14. MINH TAM NGUYEN (LANCASTER, PA): $1,152
15. SOHEIL SHAMSEDDIN (HOUSTON, TX): $1,152
16. ANTHONY HORNBACK (LOUISVILLE, KY): $864
17. DEV MURJANI (BROOKLYN, NY): $864
18. TIMOTHY DALESSANDRO (WEST CHESTER, PA): $864
19. MATTHEW CHIARELLI (FRANKLIN SQ, NY): $634
20. MICHAEL MATRONE (MORGANVILLE, NJ): $634
21. ERIC FERRELL (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $634
22. JOANNA LEBAN (NEW YORK, NY): $634
23. MICHAEL VAILS (COLUMBUS, IN): $634
24. MIRSAD KOVACI (ALLENTOWN, PA): $634
25. ROHAN LONG (WINDSOR, CT): $634
26. FRED ALESI (ISLIP TERRACE, NY): $634
27. JOHN MACCABE (TITUSVILLE, NJ): $634
28. LARRY KANAVAS (DEER PARK, NY): $576
29. CHARLES BONCICH (N MASSAPEQUA, NY): $576
30. JASON HENRICI (OLD TAPPAN, NJ): $576
31. JOHN LEET (WEST PATERSON, NJ): $576
32. JOHN THEOFILOPOULOS (TORONTO, ONTARIO, 51): $576
33. ANDREW STRIJKER (LTL EGG HARBOR, NJ): $576
34. DANIEL DEUGENIO (PUNTA GORDA, FL): $576
35. JASON LLOYD (E BRUNSWICK, NJ): $576
36. YOUNGHYUN KIM (NEW YORK, NY): $576
37. DENNIS ZOLLO (MIDDLETOWN, NY): $519
38. THOMAS MCMACKIN (PHILADELPHIA, PA): $519
39. HERMENEGILDO TRILLO (ATLANTIC BCH, NY): $519
40. GEORGE CARRICO HUGHES (GAMBRILLS, MD): $519
41. JOSEPH CALANDRINO (OAKDALE, NY): $519
42. KONSTANTI EHLERT (EDISON, NJ): $519
43. EDWARD ESPINO (PISCATAWAY, NJ): $519
44. MICHAEL BETLEY (CLEVELAND, OH): $519
45. THAI PHAM (PISCATAWAY, NJ): $519
46. CLARENCE SENTER (FALLS CHURCH, VA): $461
47. CHRISTOPHER LINDH (GOSHEN, NY): $461
48. SARAH WASCH (PHILADELPHIA, PA): $461
49. PRANAV PANCHOLI (LAUREL, MD): $461
50. DANIEL BURNS (CARTHAGE, NC): $461
51. MATTHEW SILBERZWEIG (ELMONT, NY): $461
52. CARLO SANTOS (BLACKWOOD, NJ): $461
53. MATTHEW STOUT (CLIFTON, NJ): $461
54. ROBERT KLAUS (FLUSHING, NY): $461

Event 1 Final Results

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

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

FINAL RESULTS
1. WILLIAM PATTERSON (NEW KENSINGTON, PA): $73,638
2. MITCHELL WILSON (MANASSAS, VA): $43,364
3. BENJAMIN BUTLER (S WILLIAMSPRT, PA): $26,182
4. ANDREW DEGEORGE (PITMAN, NJ): $21,928
5. BRIAN MUNSHOWER (APOLLO, PA): $18,000
6. JOHN DELIO (BOOTHWYN, PA): $14,564
7. JOSEPH MIRANDA (BETHPAGE, NY): $11,618
8. DANIEL SHAPIRO (GREAT NECK, NY): $8,837
9. GREGORY SCARPA (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $6,055
10. ERIC ROCKWELL (CHESAPEAKE, VA): $3,927
11. RICHARD MIGLIORISI (BROOKLYN, NY): $3,927
12. JOHN BASILE (BROOKLYN, NY): $3,927
13. PETER CHIARULLI (BROOKLYN, NY): $2,946
14. JASON HOPE (MANTUA, NJ): $2,946
15. MICHAEL WALSH (GLASSBORO, NJ): $2,946
16. MARC LOME (EVEN PRAIRIE, MN): $1,865
17. JON-MICHAEL REA (STEUBENVILLE, OH): $1,865
18. BRANDON MUELLER (YORK, PA): $1,865
19. ERIC MACDONALD (HERNON, VA): $1,538
20. ILYA TEPLITSKY (BROOKLYN, NY): $1,538
21. YOON CHEON (ALPHARETTA, GA): $1,538
22. ANTHONY SNYDER (LEONIA, NJ): $1,538
23. STEVEN MLENAK (TOMS RIVER, NJ): $1,538
24. ANTHONY HILL (EGG HARBOR CITY, NJ): $1,538
25. JAMES NILSEN (BROOKLYN, NY): $1,538
26. JASON TESTER (LITTLE RIVER, SC): $1,538
27. THOMAS RODRIGUEZ (BROOKLYN, NY): $1,538
28. SAMUEL TUCKER (ODENTOWN, MD): $1,342
29. KOBI WALDFOGEL (PHILADELPHIA, PA): $1,342
30. FRANK DEFUSO (READING, PA): $1,342
31. ANTOINE ST LOUIS (W HEMPSTEAD, NY): $1,342
32. MICHAEL LEAH (LAS VEGAS, NV): $1,342
33. JEREMY CHAMPION (KINGS MTN N, NC): $1,342
34. BRITTANY BARON (ARLINGTIINGTON, VA): $1,342
35. ODETTE CLAIRE TREMBLAY (N LAS VEGAS, NV): $1,342
36. CHARLES MICALIZZI (JERSEY CITY, NJ): $1,342
37. SEAN RICKER (ROCHESTER HILLS, MI): $1,211
38. GREGORY RUDOLPH (OCEANSIDE, NY): $1,211
39. CASIMIRO CATALIOTI (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ): $1,211
40. ANTHONY MANCERI (MANORVILLE, NY): $1,211
41. LONG PHI PHAM (OZONE PARK, NY): $1,211
42. VIJAY PAHARIA (PLEASANTVILLEP, NJ): $1,211
43. STEVEN KINGSLEY (NEW YORK, NY): $1,211
44. CHRISTOPHER BOFFA (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $1,211
45. JAMES STENELLA (PIPERSVILLE, PA): $1,211
46. EMIL LEBOVICH (HIGHLAND, NJ): $1,080
47. SAMUEL PARZOW (SEVERN, MD): $1,080
48. ROBERT BUFF (STROUDSBURG, PA): $1,080
49. CHRISTIAN CURRY (LEWISTOWN, PA): $1,080
50. MICHAEL EVANS (LA PLATA, MD): $1,080
51. MICHAEL BROADHURST (EGG HARBOR TWP, NJ): $1,080
52. ERIC MUNOZ (BRONZ, NY): $1,080
53. JIA LIU (NORWICH, CT): $1,080
54. EMAD WAHBA (PARMA, OH): $1,080
55. KEITH MASON (BRONX, NY): $982
56. KYLE MESSNER (OCEAN, NJ): $982
57. MICHAEL PURCHER (MT SINAI, NY): $982
58. EDWARD FARB (FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ): $982
59. PEDRO MUNOZ (ELIZABETH, NJ): $982
60. EDWARD BARBACCIA (PATERSON, NJ): $982
61. SUNGWOO TAE (PALISADES PK, NJ): $982
62. ANTONIO PRINCIPATO (ANALOMINK, PA): $982
63. FRANCIS LOCRAFT (ANNAPOLIS, MD): $982
64. MUKALA SIKYALA (OXON HILL, MD): $884
65. JEREMY JOSEPH COLE (NEW CASTLE, DE): $884
66. PETER NEFF (HAZLET, NJ): $884
67. ERNEST EMERSON (OCEAN CITY, MD): $884
68. JOSEPH CERVERA (BROOKLYN, NY): $884
69. MATTHEW D COLLINS (PHILADELPHIA, PA): $884
70. THAN NGOC DINH (PHILADELPHIA, PA): $884
71. STEPHEN SUTTON (LANGHORNE, PA): $884
72. ANGELO WEDRA (PALISADES PK, NJ): $884
73. NICOLE MILLER (MILLERSPORT, OH): $785
74. TAM CHI LY (LANSDALE, PA): $785
75. GREGORY KOLO (ROCKY RIVER, OH): $785
76. SALAH LEVY (WESTFIELD, NJ): $785
77. JAMES NELSON (ROCK TAVERN, NY): $785
78. MICHAEL MARUCCI (ORANGE, NJ): $785
79. JOHN KELLY (CUMBERLAND, MD): $785
80. STEVEN GUSIKOFF (FLUSHING, NY): $785
81. SABINO GARGANO (ELMONT, NY): $785
82. RONALD MCDONALD (FORT VALLEY, VA): $720
83. LISA VANLANDINGHAM (WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ): $720
84. RYAN CHAPMAN (GERMANTOWN, MD): $720
85. FRANCIS LIONG (TOMS RIVER, NJ): $720
86. SYLVAIN BOUDREAU (MONTREAL, CAN): $720
87. GEORGE CARTER (BALTIMORE, MD): $720
88. AMIR QUMSIEH (LYNCHBURG, VA): $720
89. JOHN DEGEORGE (TOMS RIVER, NJ): $720
90. PAUL VALENZUELA (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $720

Event 1 Recap

$350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Two full days of play wasn't enough as Bill Patterson (New Kensington, PA) needed a third calendar day to win Event 1 of the Borgata Poker Open. Patterson outlasted 964 players to take home the $73,638 first prize.

"It feels good," says the 23 year old on-line heads up specialist, "once it got down to heads up I knew it was pretty much a lock to win." Patterson defeated Mike Wilson (Manassa, VA) who's runner-up finish earned him $43,364.

The tournament began Wednesday morning and featured notable pros Steve Dannenmann (Baltimore, MD), Josh Brikis (Pittsburgh, PA), Jason Young (Suffern, NY) and Mike Leah (Las Vegas, NV). Only Leah cashed with a 32nd place finish, with Dannemann making it to Day 2, but he just missed the money as the top 90 players were paid.

Odette Tremblay (Las Vegas, NV) was the Day 1 chip leader with more than 900k, but her tournament ended with a 35th place finish.

110 players returned for Day 2 and the money bubble broke less than one hour into Thursday's play as they chased the $337,400 total tournament buy-in.

As the field thinned the final table wound up with a strong Pennsylvania flavor. In addition to Patterson, his good friend from Western-PA Brian Munshower (Apollo, PA) finished 5th ($18,000).

Benjamin Butler (S. Williamsport, PA) finished 3rd ($26,182) and John DeLio (Boothwyn, PA) came in 6th ($14,564) giving the Keystone State 4 of the top 6 places. The 4th place finisher was Andrew DeGeorge (Pitman, NJ) who collected $21,928.

As the tournament crept into early Friday morning, Patterson takes the title when he and Wilson both flop a king. Patterson's K J is the winning hand when his kicker plays versus Wilson's K 5.

"I'm always disappointed," said Wilson, "but believe me waking up with $40-some thousand extra isn't so bad. But I would've liked to have had that trophy."

For Patterson this was his second 2010 Borgata final table after finishing 7th in $560 Deep Stack in Event 3 of the Summer Poker Open.

Event 1 Champion - Patterson

$350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Bill Patterson (New Kensington, PA)
1st - $73,638

After two long days and 45 minutes of heads up play Bill Patterson defeats Mike Wilson to win Event 1 of the Borgata Poker Open.

"It feels good," says the 23 year-old on-line heads up specialist, "once it got down to heads up I knew it was pretty much a lock to win."

The final hand comes down to the kicker as both players flop a king, but when Wilson's last 1.5 million is all-in on the turn, Wilson's dead to a 5, as Patterson's jack is way out in front.

Wilson misses the three outer and settles for second place.

"I played well up until the last hour when I played heads up," says Wilson. "Although I think I did the right play, my timing was wrong," he explains when his king high bluff against Patterson's two pairs was the pivotal heads up hand.

"I'm always disappointed, but believe me waking up with $40-some thousand extra isn't so bad. But I would've liked to have had that trophy."

Both players had strong support in the final stages of the tournament. Patterson's friend Brian Munshower, who finished 5th, was on the rail along with several other players from Western Pennsylvania.

"I was crippled early and was down to 10k," says Patterson, who didn't expect to make it through Day 1, but after his all-in J 10 flopped a straight against JJ, he was feeling confident.
"I went on a sick heater during Day 2, so it feels good."

For Patterson this was his second 2010 Borgata final table after finishing 7th in $560 Deep Stack in Event 3 of the Summer Poker Open.

Wilson's cheering section consisted of his girlfriend Christie McKeldin, who was visiting a casino for the first time. The two are on their way to Waterloo, NY where Wilson is set to meet McKeldin's mother for the first time.

"Oh God yes," said Patterson when asked if there will be more pressure in New York than what he felt while playing at Borgata, "I'm not good at meeting mothers."

Mike Wilson (Manassa, VA)
2nd - $43,364

McKeldin with an Eye on Wilson


Big Hand Heads Up

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Patterson & Wilson

After starting heads up play down in chips, Mike Wilson pulls even with Bill Patterson, and both have roughly 12 million chips.

Then on a board of 9 Q J A, Patterson bets 1.5 million and Patterson calls.

River: 6

Wilson leads again, this time for 3 million and Patterson calls.

"I have air," says Wilson, as he shows the K.

Patterson tables Q 9 for two pairs and the winner.

"I thought I get you to fold one pair there," says Wilson who's now down to 6 million and trailing 3 to 1 in chips.

Blinds are 150k/300k with a 25k ante.


3rd - Butler

Event 1: $350 + $50 NL Deep Stack

Ben Butler (S. Williamsport, PA)
3rd - $26,182

One hand can make all the difference in a poker tournament. For Ben Butler it came 4-handed, when his pocket kings ran into the pocket aces of Bill Patterson costing him 5 million chips and half his stack.

"If I win that hand, I knock out two players and we're heads-up," says Butler, who winds up in third place.

Butler ships his last 4 million chips to Mike Wilson when he gets it all-in with A9 vs A10. "I like deep stack play because you get to see more hands and flops, especially early in the tournament. You get a better feel for the players and the table."

The trip back to Central-PA will be a lot smoother after having to convince his wife, who's home with their two young children, that staying to play Day 2 was a good thing.

"I'm not even supposed to be here," he says. "I was just giving a friend a ride and would've gone back last night, but I survived. After I explained it to her she was okay with it and now I can get her a nice gift."

Heads up play is underway with Bill Patterson holding a slight edge over Mike Wilson.