Saturday, September 11, 2010

21st place - Vargas

Event 6: $250 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Playing 6k/12k blinds with 2k antes.

Brandon Vargas - 21st place

The utg player opened for 33k and Brandon Vargas (sb) called. The flop came A K J and Brandon checked. His opponent bet 40k, Brandon shoved, and got called. Brandon held QT suited for the Broadway straight and the current nuts. The utg player held pocket Kings for middle set. It was all over on the turn when another Ace came, giving his opponent the full house. Brandon finished 21st for $868.

This is Brandon's second cash in two days. He finished 6th in the PLO tournament yesterday, earning $1,854.

Tops in Chips

Event 6: $250 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Top Chip Counts as of the break:

John Lee - 345k
Michael Scotti - 312k
Brandon Vargas - 280k
Brian Nardone - 274k
Jonathan Tsang - 225k

37 players returned to action with blinds of 5k/10k with 1k antes.

On a flop of K7T seat 1 moved all in. Adam Sanders tanked for a bit, got a chip count, then called showing pocket 7s for middle set. Seat 1 held 54 for the flush draw. Turn was the 6 giving seat 1 more outs with the open-ender, but the river was another King, pairing the board and giving Adam a boat and the pot. He chipped up to ~225k.

Pedro Torres got his last chips in with Q8 and called by Brandon Vargas who held AJ. An Ace on the flop was all it took for Brandon to claim the pot. Pedro claimed 32nd place and $604.

Cho Yeung (with his cousin and poker coach in the background)

After Michael Scotti (Queens, NY) opened for 40k, Cho Yeung moved in for 98k on top. Michael thought about it, then made the call with AK. Cho was racing with pocket 5s. The board came clean, Q T T 2 6, and Cho doubled up to about 280k.

Down to 26 players now.

"Action Bob" stirs up the action

Event 5: $1000+90 No Limit Hold'em

"Action Bob" Hwang

As the 59 remaining players were headed to break, we caught another monster pot in the process. An early position player opened the pot for 4k and was called before "Action Bob" Hwang moved all in. A 4th player called all in, and the early position player also called, as did the original caller. The hands were then revealed:

Player 1: A K
Player 2: A Q
"Action Bob" Hwang: Q Q
Player 4: A Q

The player with AK had everyone barely covered, but was unable to find an ace or a king to have the triple eliminated. Instead, Action Bob's pocket queens held up through a board of J 5 2 T 6, and he now sits on roughly 150k.

A unique winning hand

Event 5: $1000+90 No Limit Hold'em

Chris Unique

We arrived at Chris Unique's table as he was all in for 2,100, barely more than the big blind of 1,600. Both the button and the big blind called Unique's all in, and checked it down on every street. On the river, the button showed nine high, which the big blind could not beat. Amazingly, Unique tabled ten high to scoop the pot and more than triple up.

On the very next hand, Unique was all in for 8,700 with A Q and found a caller in the big blind with A T. Unique's hand again held up through a 9 Q 7 9 K board. He now sits on 19,800 in chips.

Bubble Burst -- In The Money!

Event 6: $250 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Play resumed after dinner and players were busting out at a steady clip. Of the 64 players who left for dinner, only 63 returned. One player never came back and his stack was being blinded off.

With 60 players remaining, the blinds increased to 2k/4k with 400 antes.

Mike Ferrugiari's pocket Kings held up against pocket Jacks and another player was sent packing.

Pocket Aces held up against AK and another player reported to the rail.

Blinds went up to 3k/6k with 500 antes.

51 players were still in the hunt, along with an empty seat being blinded off.

Jonathan Tsang

Jonathan Tsang (New York, NY) opened for 35k and got raised another 45k on top. He called the raise to see a flop of J J 2. Jonathan announced he was all-in and his opponent folded. With that pot, Jonathan chipped up to ~240k.

Blinds went up to 4k/8k with 500 antes with 50 players remaining.

47th place

The empty chair was all-in for 7,800 in the big blind and finished in 47th place, two off the money.

A player's pocket Queens were cracked by AK - 46 players remained.

The call was made to halt to begin hand-for-hand play on the bubble, but the final hand in progress on table 1 saw a short-stack all-in and called by two players. On the flop of A J 2, one player moved in and the other folded. The all-in player held AT and was dominated by AK. No help as the last two came J 2 and one more hit the rail.

With 45 players remaining, the bubble had burst and they were in the money!

Recap For Event 3 ($500 + $60 No-Limit Hold'em)

Matthew Klein of Tiffin, Iowa, is the winner of Event 3, $500 + $60 No-Limit Hold'em, earning $48,844. Klein started the final day in the middle of the pack, but by the time the final table started with 10 players, Klein had taken the chip lead, and cruised to the victory. At one point at the final table, Klein had more than twice as many chips as anyone else.

Winner Matthew Klein (Tiffin, Iowa)

The tournament began on Friday with 373 players. The total buy-in for the event was $186,500, and the top 36 players would finish in the money. The field reached the money bubble shortly before midnight.

The biggest hand of Day 1 came during hand-for-hand play with 37 players left. Eugene Kleyman and Cedric Corum both checked to the river on a board of 6c 4 4 2 4. Then they got it all in -- both players had flopped a full house. Corum had 66 for sixes full, but Kleyman's 64 rivered quad fours to win the pot. Kleyman cashed but didn't survive the day, while Corum came back to make Day 2, finishing in 17th place ($1,538).

Day 2 began with 23 players, and Josh Emerson was in 22nd place. But he did much better than expected as he made the final table, finishing in 5th place for $10,492.

After Emerson's bustout, the tournament wrapped up rather quickly, with Matthew Klein coming out on top. Here's a look at the results for the final table:

1st: Matthew Klein (Tiffin, Iowa) - $48,844
2nd: Cuong Phung (Atlantic City, NJ) - $27,136
3rd: Colin Maneval (Newton, MA) - $16,824
4th: Perry Johnston (Oak Island, NC) - $13,568
5th: Josh Emerson (White River, VT) - $10,492
6th: John Cleaver (Wilmington, DE) - $8,864
7th: Bastian Fischer (Denmold, Germany) - $7,146
8th: Mickael Morgousky (Brooklyn, NY) - $5,336
9th: Vatthana Souryachak - $3,619
10th: Ralph Caparotti (Frederick, MD) - $2,352

Will "The Thrill" Failla thriving

Event 5: $1000+90 No Limit Hold'em

We found Will "The Thrill" Failla sitting on a stack of about 130,000. When we asked him how he acquired his stack, Failla simply stated, "I won a few coin flips."

Matthew Klein Wins!

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

When heads-up play begins, Matthew Klein has the chip lead over Cuong Phung, but not by a lot. It doesn't take long for this one to come to an end, and Klein was the last player standing.

Winner Matthew Klein ($48,844)

Cuong Phung finishes as the runner-up, earning $27,136 for second place.

Runner-Up Cuong Phung ($27,136)

Matthew Klein wins Event 3 of the Borgata Poker Open ($500 + $60 No-Limit Hold'em), winning $48,844 along with a very nice trophy. Congratulations, Matthew!

1st: Matthew Klein (Tiffin, Iowa) - $48,844
2nd: Cuong Phung (Atlantic City, NJ) - $27,136

Event 5 Payouts

Event 5: $1000+90 No Limit Hold'em

Players are back from their one hour dinner break and have 20 minutes remaining at 500/1k. Here are the payouts that they are playing for:

Entries: 292
Total Buy-In: $292,000


1 $79,307
2 $46,735
3 $26,908
4 $21,809
5 $16,994
6 $14,162
7 $11,330
8 $8,498
9 $5,666
10-12 $3,682
13-15 $3,116
16-18 $2,832
19-27 $2,549

Colin Maneval Eliminated in 3rd Place

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

This final table is rapidly coming to a conclusion.

Colin Maneval moves his short stack all in from the button with K8, but he's dominated by Matthew Klein's A8 in the big blind.

The board comes Q 10 5 2 6, and Klein wins the pot with ace high. Maneval is eliminated in 3rd place, earning $16,824.

Colin Maneval (3rd Place)

3rd: Colin Maneval (Newton, MA) - $16,824

Perry Johnston Eliminated in 4th Place

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

Perry Johnston picked the wrong time to flop top pair.

After a flop of A K 3, Johnston (small blind) and Cuong Phung (big blind) reraised each other back and forth until they were all in. Johnston had A-7 for top pair, but Phung had K3 for bottom two pair. Phung was the shorter stack, so he needed his hand to hold up to stay alive.

The turn was the 2, the river was the 4, and Phung won the pot, building his stack all the way up to 1,785,000. Johnston was knocked all the way down to 83,000 -- just two big blinds.

Perry Johnston (4th Place)

Johnston moved all in from the button on the next hand, and Cuong Phung flat-called from the small blind. Chipleader Matthew Klein folded the big blind, later admitting he maybe should have called (even with weak cards) to increase chances of busting the short stack.

Johnston showed Q5, but he'd need to improve to beat Phung's AK. The board came K 4 2 K 6, and Phung won the pot with trip kings to finish off Johnston. Johnston finishes in fourth place, earning $13,568.

4th: Perry Johnston (Oak Island, NC) - $13,568

Josh Emerson Eliminated in 5th Place; Klein Still Crushing

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

When everyone folds to Josh Emerson on the button, he moves his short stack (231k) all in with K-6 offsuit, hoping to pick up the blinds and antes. But chipleader Matthew Klein calls to force a showdown with QJ.

The board came Q-10-9-x-10, and Klein won the pot with two pair, queens and tens. Josh Emerson was eliminated in 5th place, earning $10,492.

Josh Emerson (5th Place)

A few minutes later, the final four players took a break, and the blinds would be increasing to 20k/40k with a 4k ante when they returned. Here are the official chip counts, as well as the number of big blinds that each stack represents:

Seat 5. Matthew Klein (Tiffin, Iowa) - 2,195,000 (54 bb)
Seat 6. Colin Maneval (Newton, MA) - 387,000 (9 bb)
Seat 7. Perry Johnston (Oak Island, NC) - 984,000 (24 bb)
Seat 8. Cuong Phung (Atlantic City, NJ) - 901,000 (22 bb)

5th: Josh Emerson (White River, VT) - $10,492

Dinner Time

Event 6: $250 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

At 8pm, the clock was stopped and the remaining 64 players were sent on a one-hour dinner break. Play will resume at about 9pm.

Our dinner break chip leader

Event 5: $1000 + $90 NL

Steven Collins is all smiles after dinner

With 95 players remaining and heading to dinner break, we scanned the field for the chip leader when we happened upon Steven Collins being pushed a gigantic pot, and he excitedly reported how the hand went down.

An early position player opened to 4k at 500/1k blinds. Two other players called, as did Collins, when the big blind made it 12k more. All folded to Collins, who decided to push all in with his 55♣. The big blind, having him covered, made the instacall with A♠ A. When the board ran out JK 6 4 3, Collins rivered a flush to send him to dinner with a healthy stack of 124,700, good for the chip lead.

Collins is a newlywed, and he explained to us that he pushed all in figuring he'd either be out and would go have a nice dinner with his wife, or he'd win the pot and have extra financial motivation to justify getting a room for the night at Borgata. It looks like his reasoning paid off.

Bastian Fischer (7th) and John Cleaver (6th) Eliminated

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

We've just had two eliminations in the span of ten minutes.

Bastian Fischer was down to about 13 big blinds and moved all in with A-4 suited. Unfortunately, chipleader Matthew Klein called with 10-10, and Fischer's best hope was to catch an ace -- until the flop came 10-9-3. Klein had a set, and Fischer needed a runner-runner miracle that didn't come.

Bastian Fischer (7th Place)

Bastian Fischer is eliminated in 7th place, earning $7,146. Meanwhile, the rich get richer as Matthew Klein is just a few chips shy of the 2 million mark.

A few hands later, John Cleaver was short-stacked and all in from the big blind with K-9 against Cuong Phung on the button with Q-10. Phung caught a queen on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Cleaver in 6th place. Cleaver earned $8,864.

John Cleaver (6th Place)

The final five players are guaranteed at least $10,492, with $48,844 going to the winner.

7th: Bastian Fischer (Denmold, Germany) - $7,146
6th: John Cleaver (Wilmington, DE) - $8,864

Spirit of 76

Event 6: $250 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

After the button opened for 8k, Brandon Vargas (Malvrne, NY) popped it to 20k from the small blind. Button shoved and Brandon called showing two black Kings. The button held AQ. The flop came A 7 2 with two spades, so the button took the lead with a pair of Aces. The last two cards were running spades, however, and Brandon made the nut-flush to scoop the pot.

Pedro Torres

Pedro Torres and seat 4 were all-in pre-flop. Pedro's pocket Aces were a big favorite against pocket Kings and the board ran clean. The stacks were very close and had to be counted down, but Pedro had his opponent covered. He's now up to 142k.

Pedro is from Puerto Rico, but is currently in the army stationed at Ft. Dix. Thank you for your service, Pedro!

After a ten minute break, play resumed with level 14, blinds 1,500/3,000 with 400 antes.

Brian Nardone

I perused the chip stacks during the break and Brian Nardone (Sewell, NJ) has taken the chip lead with ~152k.

Mike Ferrugiari (West Islip, NY) is second with ~148k.

76 players remain. Average stack is 59,600.

Matthew Klein Is Running Away With It

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

Matthew Klein raises from the button to 55k, and Perry Johnston calls from the big blind. The flop comes J J 10, and both players check.

The turn card is the 9, Johnston bets 100k, and Klein thinks for a bit before min-raising to 200k. Johnston quickly calls, and the river card is the A. Johnston checks, and Klein says, "300."

Johnston says, "I think you got there," and he folds Q9 face up -- two pair, jacks and nines, with a missed open-ended straight-flush draw. Klein turns over 87 for a jack-high straight on the turn as he takes the pot.

Matthew Klein with his mountain of chips

Johnston still has about 545k, while Klein increases his chipleading stack to about 1.65 million -- more than twice as much as anyone else at the table. (Colin Maneval is second with 725k.)

Notable Chip Counts

Event 5: $1000 + $90 NL

Tyler Patterson 86k
Keith Crowder 50k
Will "The Thrill" Failla 42k
Gordon Eng 30k
Dwyte Pilgrim 23k
Joanne Monteavaro 21k
"Action" Bob Hwang 18k
Manny Patel 15k
Barry Leventhal 9k

Mickael Morgousky Busts in 8th Place

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

Mickael Morgousky moved all in from the button, and Joshua Emerson thought for a little while before calling all in for 292k with Js10s. Morgousky showed 2h2s, and it was a race situation.

The board came 10d 8d 6h 8h 6d, and Emerson paired his ten on the flop to win the pot and double up to 620k. Morgousky dropped down to about 60k -- less than three big blinds.

It's worth pointing out that Emerson started the day in 22nd place with 23 players remaining, but he has battled his way to the final table with a chance to win it.

Joshua Emerson, the Comeback Kid?

The next hand, Morgousky moved all in from the cutoff, and this time it was John Cleaver who called form the big blind with 6c6d. Morgousky once again showed 2c2h, only this time he was dominated and facing elimination.

The board came Jh 8d 4d 3c Ac, and Cleaver won the pot with his pocket sixes to win the pot. But it was a small pot, and Cleaver is still short with 250k (10 bb).

It may be a while before Mickael Morgousky plays pocket deuces again -- he played them in back-to-back hands and they bounced him out of this tournament. Morgousky earns $5,337 for his 8th-place finish.

Mickael Morgousky (8th Place)

8th: Mickael Morgousky (Brooklyn, NY) - $5,337

Updated Chip Counts

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

The final eight players just took a 10-minute break, and here are the updated chip counts with the number of big blinds each stack represents. When play resumes, the blinds will increase to 12k/24k with a 3k ante.

Seat 1. Bastian Fischer (Denmold, Germany) - 600k (25 bb)
Seat 2. Joshua Emerson (White River, VT) - 328k (13 bb)
Seat 3.
Seat 4. John Cleaver (Wilmington, DE) - 167k (6 bb)
Seat 5. Matthew Klein (Tiffin, Iowa) - 1.1 million (45 bb)
Seat 6. Colin Maneval (Newton, MA) - 715k (29 bb)
Seat 7. Perry Johnston (Oak Island, NC) - 850k (35 bb)
Seat 8. Cuong Phung (Atlantic City, NJ) - 355k (14 bb)
Seat 9. Mickael Morgousky (Brooklyn, NY) - 360k (15 bb)
Seat 10.

Chipleader Matthew Klein

Chip Leader (?)

Event 6: $250 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Players are busting at a steady clip. They're already down to 11 tables and looks like they're about to break another, which would mean 100 players remain.

Tony Moore

This stacks are changing rapidly and tough to count, but it looks like Tony Moore (Emporia, VA) is the chip leader with about 110k.

Average stack with 100 players is roughly 45k.

Blinds are now up to 1k/2k with 300 antes.

Ralph Caparotti (10th) and Vatthana Souryachak (9th) Bust

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

There have already been two quick bustouts from the final 10 players.

Shortstack Ralph Caparotti said that he'd have to make a move soon (starting the final table with only 5 big blinds), and when he found 33 in middle position, he moved all in for about 100k. It folded to Mickael Morgousky in the big blind, who insta-called with QQ.

Ralph Caparotti (10th Place)

The board came A 9 5 7 7, and the pocket queens held up for Morgousky. Ralph Caparotti was eliminated in 10th place, earning $2,352.

A short while later, Vatthana Souryachak was all in preflop with A-Q against Colin Maneval's A-9. If you remember this post from yesterday (click here), then you know that Maneval started the money bubble with just 40k before sucking out a bunch of times to finish the day as the chipleader.

Vatthana Souryachak (9th Place)

Well, Maneval's run-good returned, at least for this hand, and he paired his nine on the board to win the pot and eliminate Vatthana Souryachak in ninth place. Souryachak earns $3,619. Maneval now has about 765k, and is contending for the chip lead once again.

Colin Maneval

10th: Ralph Caparotti (Frederick, MD) - $2,352
9th: Vatthana Souryachak - $3,619

Final Table Chip Counts

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

Here are the seating assignments and chip counts for the final 10 players. The blinds are 10k/20k with a 3k ante.

Seat 1. Bastian Fischer (Denmold, Germany) - 445,000 (22 bb)
Seat 2. Joshua Emerson (White River, VT) - 470,000 (23 bb)
Seat 3. Ralph Caparotti (Frederick, MD) - 100,000 (5 bb)
Seat 4. John Cleaver (Wilmington, DE) - 310,000 (15 bb)
Seat 5. Matthew Klein (Tiffin, Iowa) - 710,000 (35 bb)
Seat 6. Colin Maneaval (Newton, MA) - 620,000 (31 bb)
Seat 7. Perry Johnston (Oak Island, NC) - 530,000 (26 bb)
Seat 8. Cuong Phung (Atlantic City, NJ) - 555,000 (27 bb)
Seat 9. Mickael Morgousky (Brooklyn, NY) - 270,000 (13 bb)
Seat 10. Vatthana Souryachak - 310,000 (15 bb)

Final Table for Event 3

Play will continue today until they reach a winner. Here's a look at the remaining prizepool:

1st: $48,844
2nd: $27,136
3rd: $16,824
4th: $13,568
5th: $10,492
6th: $8,864
7th: $7,146
8th: $5,337
9th: $3,619
10th: $2,352

Down to the Final 10

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

With 11 players left, there was a big hand at each of the final two tables, but only one resulted in an elimination. (Which means we've reached the final table.)

On one table, there was a flop of K 8 7 between Cuong Phung and Perry Johnston. Johnston checked, Phung bet 50k, and Johnston called. The turn card was the 5, putting three hearts on the board, and Johnston bet 95k. Phung asked for a count of Johnston's remaining stack (229k behind), and tanked for a while until someone called the clock.

Cuong Phung tanks during the hand

Shortly after the clock was called, Phung folded, and Johnston showed 109 for a ten-high flush with an open-ended straight-flush draw. Phung dropped down to about 555k, while Johnston moved up to about 530k.

At the other table, Dan Retallick moved all in from the small blind for about 200k, and Matthew Klein called from the big blind with KQ. Retallick's Q9 was dominated, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Q 6 5 8 10, and Klein won the pot with a pair of queens and his king kicker to eliminate Retallick in 11th place.

Dan Retallick (11th Place)

The final 10 players redraw for seats at a single table, and a seat map with chip counts will be posted soon.

11th: Dan Retallick (Morrisville, PA) - $2,352

Event 6 Payouts

Event 6: $250 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Entries: 453

Total Buy-In: $113,250


1 $28,067
2 $16,203
3 $9,887
4 $7,964
5 $6,262
6 $5,218
7 $4,174
8 $3,186
9 $2,198
10-12 $1,429
13-15 $1,099
16-18 $868
19-27 $681
28-36 $604
37-45 $549

16 tables remain, so 160 or fewer players.

$1k Chip Leader

Event 5: $1000 + $90 NL

Jason Gole

As players are on a 15 minute break, Jason Gole (Bridgewater, NJ) appears to be the early chip leader with ~75k.

Play resumes with Level 7 (250/500/50).

Cuong Phung Takes the Chip Lead

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

And then there were twelve.

And then there were eleven.

Charles Maltzman was all in preflop with 7-7, but he ran into Cuong Phung's 9-9. The board came A-10-3-6-6, and the pocket nines held up for Phung to win the pot. Maltzman was eliminated in 13th place, while Phung's stack of 585k moves him into the chip lead.

At the other table, a hand between Roland Israelashvili and John Cleaver extended into the break. After a flop of A 7 5, Israelashvili bet 60,000 from the big blind, and Cleaver moved all in from the button for about 330k.

Roland Israelashvili (12th Place)

Israelashvili tanked for a while, and finally asked, "Will you show?" Cleaver nodded, and Israelashvili flashed an ace and folded. Cleaver turned over A K for top pair, top kicker. Israelashvili said, "I had ace-king too." Cleaver laughed and said, "I think you would've snap-called me." Israelashvili came clean and said, "Well, I could've sucked out." After the hand, Cleaver was up to 450k, and Israelashvili was down to about 170k.

When the break ended, the blinds increase to 8k/16k with a 2k ante. In the first few minutes of action, Roland Israelashvili was eliminated in 12th place.

As soon as one more player is eliminated, the final 10 will combine to a single table and continue playing down to a winner.

13th: Charles Maltzman (West Orange, NJ) - $1,809
12th: Roland Israelashvili (Forest Hills, NY) - $2,352

Two Ducks Beat Two Big Chicks

Event 6: $250 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Playing 400/800 with 75 antes.

After 3 players limped, the big blind raised to 5k. One player called the raise, then the lady at the table moved all in for 2,575 on top. After verifying that the original raiser cannot re-raise, Joseph Si (Queens, NY) called and both other players came along for the ride.

Joseph Si

The flop came K 6 2 -- all hearts -- and it was checked to Joseph, who announced he was all-in. The other two players with chips quickly mucked. The all-in player said she was drawing dead and mucked her hand. Joseph collected the pot and stacked up about 63k in chips -- might be good for the chip lead at this point.

Adam Sanders

Another three-way pre-flop all-in. Two players both held AQ ("Big Chick") and Adam Sanders (Atlantic Island, NJ) held pocket deuces ("Ducks"). The board rolled out T 8 5 5 K and the Ducks held up. One Big Chick was busted and the other was left short-stacked. Adam chipped up to about 35k.

Adam asked me to send a shout-out to the "36-ers"! Consider it done.

They're down to 22 tables now, so fewer than 220 players remain.

13 Lucky Players Left in Event 3

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

Three more eliminations in the $500 + $60 No-Limit Hold'em event has the field down to 13 players.

Javier Fernandez was short-stacked and moved all in under the gun with 8 8, and Vatthana "Vee" Souryachak moved all in over the top from the button with A K. The board came K 3 2 5 6, and Souryachak paired his king on the flop to win the pot and bust Fernandez in 16th place. Souryachak now has about 300k in chips.

Deonarine Itwaru (15th Place)

The 15th-place finisher was Deonarine Itwaru. I met Itwaru yesterday on the money bubble, and he told me I should take his photo and put him in the blog, because his wife needed to know that he was going to make a deep run and survive to Day 2. I told him that if that was the case, I'd just wait to take his photo on Day 2.

Itwaru did survive to Day 2, but caught some horrible luck with 15 players left. He was all in preflop and poised to double up, with his A-Q dominating another player's A-J. But the board brought a jack, and just like that, Itwaru was out in 15th place. He's a nice, personable guy, and you can see the photo I promised him posted above.

Dan Retallick was riding high until he lost some chips to John Cleaver in a battle of the blinds. Cleaver raised from the small blind to 36,000, and Retallick moved all in from the big blind, covering him. Cleaver tanked for about a minute before he called with K J, and he was ahead of Retallick's Q 10. The board came A 8 6 7 A, and Cleaver doubled up to about 405k, and Retallick dropped to about 390k.

While writing up this post, we also lost James Martini in 14th place. The final 13 players are currently playing with blinds at 6k/12k with a 2k ante.

16th: Javier Fernandez (New York, NY) - $1,538
15th: Deonarine Itwaru (Ozone Park, NY) - $1,809
14th: James Martini (Cliffside Park, NJ) - $1,809

Lewis Looking Good

Event 5: $1000 + $90 NL

A Peek at Hulking Lewis

Borgata regular Wayne Lewis (Galloway, NJ) is catching some good natured ribbing for his attire. The table is debating on whether his green shirt makes him look more like the Hulk or Shrek, but we're going with the Green Goblin as Lewis gobbled up chips early.

Earlier in the day Lewis flops a set of 7s to win a 38k pot, which knocks out Soheil Shamseddin (Houston, TX) and crippled a third player holding JJ. The hand took Lewis to 68k and he's back at that mark after losing a big pot.

Level 6 (200/400/50 ante) is underway.

Aces Good

Event 6: $250 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

After Brian Munshower (Apollo, PA) raised and got one caller, the player in seat 10 moved all-in for ~6k. "This is the first hand he's played all day" said James Boyle. Brain gave it some thought, then made the call (the other player opted out).

Seat 10 held KJ. "I'm just hoping for diamonds" he said. Brian was ahead with AQ off, but the flop came K J 6 giving his opponent the lead with two pair. Turn was a 6, pairing the board. An Ace on the river gave the lead and the pot back to Brian with a better two pair. Seat 10 thought he had won the pot and didn't realize the paired board gave Brian Aces-up and a better two pair.

Peter Wilinski

On the next table over, a three-way pre-flop all-in was underway. Peter Wilinski (Stanford, CT) had the lead with pocket Aces (both red). His two opponents held pocket Tens (both black) and KJ.

The flop changed everything: KJT, making a set of Tens and top two pair ahead of Peter's Aces. He picked up the gutshot straight and flush draws, though. Turn was a complete blank, the 3. River was the Q, which completed the Broadway straight for Peter. He scooped the pot, sending two players to the rail at the same time.

31 tables remain, so 310 or fewer players are still in action.

$250 Numbers

Event 6: $250 + $30 NL

As the cage verifies the tournament receipts, the unofficial number of entrants is 453.

That means 45 places will be paid as the field fights for the estimated first prize of $28,000.

Level 7 (300/600/75 ante) continues.

Maltzman Busts Bell, and No Luck For Corum

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

The final 18 players have redrawn for seats at the final two tables, and it didn't take long to get another elimination.

Final Two Tables

Everyone folded to Charles Maltzman in the small blind, and he bet a stack of grey (100,000) to put shortstack Richard Bell (big blind) all in.

Bell called with Ad6c, but Maltzman had him dominated with AhQc. The board came Qh7s5c5dAc, and Maltzman won the pot with two pair, aces and queens, to eliminate Bell in 18th place.

A few minutes later, Cedric Corum busted in 17th place. Corum ran into some bad luck late in this tournament, as he lost a big pot on the money bubble yesterday when his full house lost to his opponent's rivered quads. It was the hand of the day yesterday, and you can read about it by clicking here.

18th: Richard Bell (Forest Hill, NY) - $1,538
17th: Cedric Corum (West Orange, NJ) - $1,538

Event 3 Payouts

$500 + $60 No Limit

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


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

Early Eliminations

Event 3: $500 + $60 NL

It doesn't take long for players to hit the rail as the short stacks are shoving early and often.

Place - Name - Amount

23 Victor Espinal (Bloomfield, NJ) $1,357
22 Joe Boatwright (Woodbridge, VA) $1,357
21 Charles Boncich (N. Massapequa, NY) $1,357
20 George Griffith (Woodland Hills, CA) $1,357
19 Charles Luizza (Mount Sinai, NY) $1,357

One notable who cashed is Borgata regular Joe Boatwright. He's a retired Army Major who was touched that there was a moment of silence earlier in the day in remembrance of the 9/11 victims.

"It's an emotional day," he says, "I'm glad they did it.

Payday for Boatwright

The final two tables are now doing the final 18 re-draw.

Blinds are 5k/10k with a 1k ante.

$1k Numbers

Event 5: $1000 + $90 NL

292 players is the official "unofficial" total, which will put first place at more than $79,000.

As the cage verifies the official number, 27 players can expect to get paid.

Level 4 (100/200) is winding down.

Event 3 Plays to a Winner Today

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

Day 2 of Event 3 is underway with 23 players (already in the money) battling their way to the final table and the first-place prize of $48,844.

To see today's starting chip counts, click here.

You Snooze, You Save?

Event 6: $250 + $30 NL

Rip Van Rob

Robert Nguyen (Brooklyn, NY) is a Borgata regular who was profiled during the Borgata Summer Poker Open. So it was a surprise to see him playing in a $250 tournament, instead of the $1k.

"I over slept and I'm running bad," says Nguyen. "You can do one or the other, but you can't do both," as he gives up on a pot with pocket 7s.

Nguyen's hoping a deep run in this event will build his confidence and his bank roll.

Level 3 (75/150) is underway.

Drawing (Almost) Dead

Event 5: $1000 + $90 NL

Michelman (r) Manages a Chop to Dentale's Disbelief

The board is 3-3-2-2 and Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) check raises Ken Michelman (Los Angeles, CA) and is at risk.

Dentale turns over 2 5 for a full house and says, "you're drawing dead."

"No I'm not," Michelman calmly replies as he watches the miracle 3 hit the board for a chopped pot.

Michelman's A Q is a non-factor and he splits the 17k with Dentale.

"Story of my life," says Dentale, who's twice as bitter when another player says he folded a three and the 3♣ was the last one in the deck.

Level 2 (50/100) wrapping up.

Becareful Where You Sit!

Event 6: $250 + $30 NL

With the $1k in full swing, the players for the next Main Event continue to file into the back of the Event Center. The key for the players and dealers is to make sure Event 6 players don't sit in the $1k tournament.

Event 6 players start with 10k in chips and the levels are 30 minutes long.

Shuffle up and deal!

"I Would've Called....

Event 5: $1000 + $90 NL

....if this were an internet tournament."

The board is K 6 4 when Soheil Shamseddin (Houston, TX) moves all-in during the tournament's first orbit.

Greg Joslyn (Milford, NJ) debates on a call and tells Shamseddin that he has the nut flush draw. After Joslyn folds, Shamseddin shows 4 7 for a pair of 4s.

"I know he's not calling because it'll be another week before he plays in another $1,000 tournament," says Shamseddin who risked 14k to win a 1k pot.

"If we were on-line I definitely would've called," says Joslyn who's not quite ready to gamble.

Joselyn, Just a Click Away

Moment of Silence

Event 5: $1000 + $90 NL

As the $1k event kicks off, the players engage in a moment of silence in memory of the victims of 9/11. This the 9th anniversary of the tragedy that shook this country to it's core.

The field starts with 15k in chips and levels are 50 minutes long, blinds are 25/50 and the cards are in the air!

Today's Events

Saturday, September 11 - Event Center

11AM: $1000 + $90 No Limit Hold'em
  • 15,000 in starting chips
  • 50 minute Levels Final Table: 60 minute Levels
  • two-day event (Day 2 starts to 2PM on Sunday)

12PM: $250 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

  • 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 4 Final Results

Borgata Poker Open 2010
Event 4: $350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha High
September 10

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


Event 3 Chip Count Leaders

Borgata Poker Open 2010
Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em
September 10-11

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


Day 1 Ends With Colin Maneval in the Lead

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

During the final few hands of the night, Dan Retallick three-bet from the button, his opponent moved all in from middle position with K K, and Retallick called with Q Q.

The board came Q J 8 4 7, and Retallick flopped a set of queens to win the pot and bust his opponent. When play ended a few minutes later, Retallick had 346,000.

Day 1 ends with 23 players, and Colin Maneval -- who went from the bottom to the top of the counts during the money bubble period -- finishes as the chipleader. The full list of chip counts will be posted overnight, but here is an unofficial list of some counts we got off the chip bags:

Chipleader Colin Maneval - 511,500

Colin Maneval - 511,500
Bastian Fischer - 352,500
Dan Retallick - 346,000
Perry Johnston - 321,000
Ralph Caparotti - 303,500
Cuong Phung - 256,000
Charles Boncich - 238,000
Jim Martini - 238,000
John Cleaver - 216,500
Javier Fernandez - 184,000
Victor Espinal - 176,500
Roland Israel - 127,000
Deonarine Itwaru - 100,000

Tomorrow (Saturday), the final 23 players will return to the Borgata Event Center at 2:00 pm ET to play down to a single winner. And we'll be providing live coverage here on the Borgata Poker Blog.

Colin Maneval Goes On a Heater From 40K to 585K

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

When the Money Bubble began, Colin Maneval (from Newton, MA) was down to about 40,000 in chips. But he went on a major heater, and in his own words, said he sucked out four to six different times on his way to 585,000.

Chipleader Colin Maneval

A hand or two after he told me this, Maneval had John Cleaver all in after a flop of A Q 5. Maneval had A K for top pair, and Cleaver had Q 2 for a pair of queens with a flush draw. The turn was the 4 to complete Cleaver's flush, but Maneval could make a higher flush with another club. But the last card was the J, and Maneval shipped about 100,000 over to Cleaver, dropping down to about 472,000.

Event 4 Recap

Event 4: $350 + $50 PLO

91 players turned out at noon Friday for the $350 + 50 Pot Limit Omaha tournament. Total buy-ins for the event came to $31,850 and only the final nine players would get a piece.

Among the players willing to brave the Omaha frontier was WPT final-tableist Soheil Shamseddin (Houston, TX). Soheil finished 15th in the $200 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold'em event the day before, but he did not last long today.

Anthony Caruso (Medford, NJ) won the $700 No Limit Hold'em 6-max event here at Borgata during the Summer Poker Open ($16k) and went deep today. He was the chip leader for quite a while, but ended up running pocket Kings into pocket Aces. He finished 5th for $2,168.

Hamdy Abdalla (Waterbury, CT) was chip leader very early in the tournament, but slid into the middle of the field. He committed the last of his chips with pocket Aces and ended up in a three-way all in with Jim Weaver (Pittsburgh, PA) who also had pocket Aces, and big stack Matt Delano (Mt. Laurel, NJ). Matt had pocket Jacks suited in diamonds and made a diamond flush to bust two players at once. Hamdy finished 4th ($2,780) and Jim finished 3rd ($3,707).

Matt Delano had nearly 90% of all the chips at the start of heads-up play against Daniel Wasserberg (New York, NY). It only took a few hands and it was all over. Daniel earned $5,870 for second place. Matt took home $10,813 and the beautiful Borgata trophy.

Matt is only 25 years old and a single guy. He works as a chef in an Italian restaurant and plays poker recreationally here in Atlantic City. Omaha is his favorite game, obviously.

PLO Champion - Matt Delano

Event 4: $350 + $50 PLO

At the start of heads-up play, Daniel Wasserberg had 85k in chips and Matt Delano had all the rest (825k).

Playing 8k/16k blinds.

Daniel took a look at a couple of hands, but then decided to take his shot with J854. Matt held T876. The board ran out A J 2 T 9 and Daniel caught the back-door flush to take the pot and the tournament.

Matt Delano is the PLO champion, earning $10,813.

Daniel Wasserberg finished 2nd, earning $5,870.

Matt is a recreational tournament player who learned the game playing in the Atlantic City casinos. Omaha is his favorite and he came to town for a week just to play this event. Now he might try his luck at a couple of other ones. He's single and only 25 years old. He earns his living as a chef in an Italian restaurant.

"I Wish They Had a Bad Beat Jackpot For Tournaments"

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

The money bubble continues with 37 players, and a huge hand developed at Table 3 that caught everyone by complete surprise.

Eugene Kleyman raised from middle position to 16,000, and Cal Corum (West Orange, NJ) called from the small blind. Both players quickly and quietly checked to the river on a board of 6 4 4 2 4.

At that point, Corum bet 20,000, and Kleyman thought for a moment before saying "Raise" and putting out a stack of 20,000. Then Corum said "All in" before Kleyman had decided how much to raise. The dealer tried to pause the action, but Kleyman just shrugged and put out a token raise as he said, "I call."

Kleyman turned over 6 4 for a flopped full house (fours full of sixes) that improved to quad fours on the river. Corum was shocked, and flipped over 6 6 for sixes full of fours.

The hand was over before other tables knew anything was happening, but players quickly came over to see the quads vs the full house.

Kleyman's stack was counted down, and it was 79,700, and Corum shipped that amount over. After the hand, Kleyman had 238k to Corum's 162k.

Eugene Kleyman doubled up on the Money Bubble with quads over a full house

As he was stacking his chips, Kleyman said, "I wish they had a bad beat jackpot for tournaments." A few players pointed out that the hand wouldn't have qualified for most jackpots, because he didn't have two of the quad cards in his hand. But Kleyman was just joking around.

As hand-for-hand play continued on the money bubble, talk continued about the hand. Kleyman said that when he flopped a full house, he was thinking to himself, "I hope he has aces." Corum said he slow-played his full house, thinking, "He's got to be making a move soon."

Kleyman then explained why he didn't insta-call with the nuts when Corum moved all in on the river. "I couldn't believe he moved all in. I thought, 'Are there five 4's in this deck?' "

A few minutes later, Kleyman told Corum, "I hope you take second place. Seriously."

One last postscript. Kleyman has been updating his friends via text messages, but his phone's battery died shortly before that hand, so they won't know what happened until they read this post in The Borgata Blog.

Update: I've been misspelling Eugene Kleyman's last name as "Klaeyman." I think I've fixed it everywhere it appears, but I apologize for the error.

PLO 5th - 3rd Places

Event 4: $350 + $50 PLO

Playing 6k/12 blinds.

Anthony Caruso's stack had been dwindling in size when he found himself faced with a 30k bet from Matt Delano. Anthony raised the pot and Matt announced he was all in. Anthony called all-in, showing AKK6. Matt was ahead with AA76. The board came 5 5 2 6 3 and changed nothing. Matt's Aces-up took the pot. Anthony finished 5th for $2,163. Not bad for his first ever Omaha tournament.

Matt opened for 30k and Jim Weaver called from the big blind. On the A K 8 rainbow flop, Jim checked and Matt fired 60k. Jim min-raised to 120k and Matt announced he was all-in (148K on top). Jim gave it some thought, said he felt like Matt had a set of Kings, and mucked his hand.

With that pot, Matt had 440k and the chip lead. Jim was left with about 200k.

Jim Weaver - 3rd place

Hamdy Abdalla - 4th place

Matt opened for 40k, then Hamdy Abdalla raised pot (which put him all-in for 136k). Jim then moved in for 243k. Matt had both players covered and had to think for a bit, but then decided to call. Here are their hands:

Jim AAQ8
Hamdy AA43
Matt JJT8

Jim and Hamdy both had pocket Aces. Then the board came T9944 and Matt made a diamond flush to scoop the pot. Hamdy finished in 4th place $2,780. Jim finished 3rd for $3,707.

Cal Corum Is On the Comeback Trail

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

With 37 players left, and only 36 getting paid, the field is on the money bubble and playing hand-for-hand. Whenever there is an all-in situation, players from other tables crowd around to see if somebody is going to bust.

Players crowd around a table on the Money Bubble

Table 3 has seen the most interesting action on the bubble so far.

With the board showing 9 7 5 10 on the turn, Cal Corum checks from the big blind, and the under-the-gun player bets 39,000 (with ~55,000 behind). Corum asks for a count, and then checks his own stack before he says, "I'm all in." His opponent insta-folds, and Corum takes the pot to build his stack to about 250,000.

Cal Corum (left, seat 10) forces a fold from the player in seat 1

It's a nice turnaround for Corum, who receives congratulations from a few players at his end of the table. They're congratulating him not just for this hand, but for a comeback from being all in as a short stack just 30 minutes earlier.