Sunday, September 12, 2010

Twelve Ladies Playing

Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

Table 1

1 Felicia Shearin (Washinton, DC) 34k
2 Karen Gustafson (Rehobeth Beach, DE) 288k
3 Sherry Herman (Farmingdale, NJ) 100k
4 Phuong Nguyen (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ) 207k
5 Maureen Michilovich (New York, NY) 36k
8 Lynne Bennett (Ontario, Canada) 121k

Table 2

1 Jenny Chang (Ellicott City, MD) 94k
4 Elaine Rawn (Toronto, CA) 122k
5 Nancy McLaughlin (Broomall, PA) 45k
6 Liping Zhang (Doylestown, PA) 205k
7 Christine Hirsch (Peeksville, NY) 188k
8 Bonnie Castillo (W. Friendship, MD) 36k

In The Money

Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

Place - Name - Amount

18 Marcia Kuntz (Washington, DC) $448
17 Karen Perez (Chalfont, PA) $448
16 Zem Mustefa (New York, NY) $448
15 Alida Veliu (Wyckoff, NJ) $523
14 Marguerite Spagnuolo (Staten Island, NY) $523
13 Beth Russo (Parlin, NJ) $523

Players are on a 10 minute break

The Roller Coaster Ends For Soheil Shamseddin

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

Earlier, Soheil Shamseddin mentioned that his roller-coaster chip counts have bounced from 10,000 to 150,000 several different times today. The final drop was the steepest, as he went from nearly 150,000 to 0 in a single hand. Here are the details from the man himself.

Soheil raised from late position with A-6, and the player on the button called. The flop came A-10-6, and Soheil made a roughly pot-sized bet with his two pair. The button called.

The turn card was a jack, and Soheil made another big bet, about 3/4 the size of the pot. The button moved all in, and Soheil thought his opponent had something like A-Q (pair and a gutshot) or J-10 (two pair).

Soheil called, but his opponent turned over K-Q for an ace-high straight on the turn. Soheil needed to fill up on the river to stay alive, but the last card was a 5, and Soheil Shamseddin was eliminated from the tournament.

Expect Soheil to return tomorrow to play the Omaha Hi-Lo tournament, and expect just as much action from him.

Updated Chip Counts; 130 Players Left

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

The players take a break between levels, and this break includes a color-up because the blinds are increasing to 3,000-6,000 with a 500 ante. There are 13 tables remaining (between 120 and 130 players), and the top 63 will finish in the money.

Here are updated chip counts for the players we've been covering so far. (Average stack is about 125,000.)

Gary "Lindell" King - 398,000 (66 bb)
Josh Martin - 270,000 (45 bb)
Robert Nguyen - 250,000 (41 bb)
James Boyle - 230,000 (38 bb)
Aerial Noseworthy - 223,000 (37 bb)
Bo Toft - 170,000 (28 bb)
Tony Shurilla - 90,000 (15 bb)
Rich Austin - 80,000 (13 bb)
Doug Carli - 52,000 (8 bb)

Jerry Callahan - 0
Tuan Gbehan - 0
Sirous Jamshidi - 0
Nancy Martin - 0
Joanne Monteavaro - 0
Brian Munshower - 0
Lisa Pickell - 0
Soheil Shamseddin - 0 (Details Coming)
Mike "Little Man" Sica - 0

4th Place - Gordon Eng (Cliffside Park, NJ)

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

Gordon Eng

A short stacked Gordon Eng put the last of his chips in with jack ten and was called by Kevin Colenzo holding ace ten.  Eng failed to improve and will take home $21,809 for his 4th place finish.

Prior to that, Derek Buonano from Tolland, CT was eliminated in 5th place for $16,994 shortly after doubling up Colenzo.

Final 2 Tables

Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

The bubble breaks and the remaining 18 players have redrawn for their seats at the final two tables.

Table 1


1 Felicia Shearin (Washinton, DC)
2 Karen Gustafson (Rehobeth Beach, DE)
3 Beth Russo (Parlin, NJ)
4 Phuong Nguyen (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ)
5 Maureen Michilovich (New York, NY)
6 Karen Perez (Chalfont, PA)
7 Marguerite Spagnuolo (Staten Island, NY)
8 Lynne Bennett (Ontario, Canada)
9 Alida Veliu (Wyckoff, NJ)

Table 2

1 Jenny Chang (Ellicott City, MD)
2 Marcia Kuntz (Washington, DC)
3 Zem Mustefa (New York, NY)
4 Elaine Rawn (Toronto, CA)
5 Nancy McLaughlin (Broomall, PA)
6 Liping Zhang (Doylestown, PA)
7 Christine Hirsch (Peeksville, NY)
8 Bonnie Castillo (W. Friendship, MD)
9 Sherry Herman (Farmingdale, NJ)

Calenzo doubles up through Buonano

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

Kevin Calenzo was all in preflop holding AQ against the KT of Derek Buonano.  Calenzo had quite the sweat as the flop fell 78J, giving Buonano a flush draw, a gutshot straight draw, and two live cards to make a pair.  Amazingly, Calenzo faded Buonano's huge draw when the turn and river fell 37.

Updated chip counts at break

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

The trophy

The 5 remaining players have just returned from a ten minute break.  Here are rough chip counts as the players return:

"Will The Thrill" Failla (Commack, NY) - 1.6M
Steven Collins (Rutherford, NJ) - 1.15M
Derek Buonano (Tolland, CT) - 575k
Kevin Calenzo (South Amboy, NJ) - 500k
Gordon Eng (Cliffside Park, NJ) - 425k

6th Place - Tomislav Dobrilovic (West Nyack, NY)

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

Tomislav Dobrilovic

Tomislav Dobrilovic got the last of his chips in with ace ten, but he was dominated by the ace jack of Steven Collins.  Collins ended up making trip jacks to eliminate Dobrilovic in 6th place, earning $14,162.

Hand-for-Hand

Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

Jenny Lee (Ellicott City, MD) wins another race, this time with AQ vs 3 3, to put the ladies on the bubble.

Lee flops an ace and, for good measure, hits another on the river to reduce the field to 19 players.

Players are on a 15 minute break as the floor director colors-up the black (100) chips. When they return, play will be hand-for-hand until the money bubble breaks with one more elimination.

Blinds will be 4k/8k/500 ante.
Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

Dawn Wilno (Hamilton, NJ) is on the rail after putting in her last 45k with pocket jacks. She's up against Jenny Chang (Ellicott City, MD), who has A K and hits a king on the flop.

Wilno's out in 22nd place, while Chang is sitting on 140k. After another elimination, 20 players remain with an average stack of 77k.

Blinds are 3k/6k/500 ante.

Chipleaders Have Trouble Holding Onto Their Chips, Except For Lindell

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

At the dinner break, there were nine players with more than 200,000 in chips, with the blinds at 1,200-2,400 and a 300 ante. But rechecking those stacks when the players returned found many of them lost a substantial portion.

The overall tournament chipleader, however, has only increased his stack since dinner. Gary "Lindell" King had 295,000 at the dinner break, but he now has about 340,000 -- and he had just lost a pot.

Chipleader - Gary "Lindell" King

Now that the blinds have increased to 1,500-3,000 (400 ante), King's chip stack represents 113 big blinds. A scan of the field showed nobody else close to 300,000 yet.

Meanwhile, Soheil Shamseddin continues his roller-coaster day, which is normal for him. In his own words, "My stack has gone from 150,000 to 10,000 like four different times."

Soheil currently has about 130,000 (43 bb). Josh Martin, sitting directly to Soheil's left (and who doubled through him earlier with the A-K vs. 4-2 suited) has about 200,000 (66 bb).

Rockets Survive

Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

On a board of A 2 4, Maureen Michilovich (New York, NY) leads from the big blind for 15k, Nancy McLaughlin (Broomall, PA) reraises all-in for 4,500 more and Michilovich calls.

McLaughlin: AA (set of aces)
Michilovich: Q J (flush draw)

The board is brick, brick and McLaughlin doubles to more than 30k, while Michilovich drops to 100k. McLaughlin's a Borgata regular who was featured, along with her husband, during the Spring Poker Open

22 players remain, 4 from the money.

7th Place - William Tonking (Flemington, NJ)

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

William Tonking

William Tonking got the last of his chips in with A7 against the QQ of Gordon Eng.  Tonking failed to find an ace on the 9K623and was sent to the rail in 7th place, earning $11,330.

Back from Break

Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

The all-ins continue to be fast and furious as 4 players have busted since returning from dinner break. 24 ladies remain with an average stack of 64k, as 18 making the money.

Blinds are up to 2k/4k/400 ante.

Impromptu dinner break

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

The remaining 7 players have decided to take an impromptu 30 minute dinner break.  They will return at 8:45pm.

A Moment of Zem

Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

Mustefa's "Suckout Smile"

Dawn Wilno (Hamilton, NJ) is poised to be the chip leader until a two outer on the river cripples her stack. Wilno makes it 12k and Zem Mustefa (Washington, D.C.) moves all in for 37k more and Wilno snap calls.

Wilno: KK
Mustefa: QQ

The river queen saves the day for Mustefa who takes down the 100k pot and drops Wilno to 22k.

"This happens to me every tournament," says Wilno, who's visibly frustrated. Meanwhile Mustefa shrugs her shoulders and as we snap her photo says, "this is my suckout smile."

The remaining 28 ladies are on a one hour dinner break with the average stack at 55k.

10 more eliminations and they hit the money.

Dinner Break Until 9:00 pm ET

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

The players take a one-hour dinner break with 22 tables still left in action (between 210 and 220 players). We'll identify the chip-leading stacks during the break, and post a list of chipleaders when they return from dinner.

Rich Austin Quadruples Up in a Three-Way All-In Situation

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

Rich Austin moved all in under the gun for 14,500, and a player called from middle position. Then a woman (also in middle position) moved all in over the top for 17,800. Then a late-position player moved all in over the top for about 155,000. It folded back to the second player, who folded. The three all-in players turned over their cards

Rich Austin: 77
Female Player: KK
Late Position: QQ

Board: 9 5 3 J 7

The board missed everyone -- until the river, when Austin spiked a set of sevens. The big blind said that he folded a seven, so Austin was drawing to one out.

The next hand, a player in middle position raised to 5,000, the cutoff called, and Austin moved all in from the big blind. The other two players folded, and Austin showed QQ.

In two hands, Rich Austin went from 14,500 to about 75,000 in chips.

100k and Beyond

Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

Rawn Raking in the Chips

The eliminations have been fast and furious as only 36 players remain. Elaine Rawn (Toronto, Canada) is the unofficial leader with 122k, as several have cracked the 100k chip mark.

Other players with 100k include:

Maureen Michilovich (New York, NY) 110k
Marguerite Spagnuolo (Staten Island, NY) 101k
Zem Mustefa (Washington, D.C. via Ethiopia) 100k

The ladies are set to go on to a one hour dinner break.

Recent eliminations

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

After Gordon Eng made a preflop raise, Tyler Patterson moved all in with pocket eights and was instacalled by Eng with KK.  Eng's hand held up through a board of 394TQ, and Patterson will be our 8th place finisher.  He will take home $8,498 for his showing.  Here are other recent eliminations:

9th - Miguel Borrero (Jersey City, NJ) - $5,666
10th - Andrew Youngblood (Dearborn Heights, MI) - $3,682

Soheil Shamseddin Hasn't Played a Few Hands Today

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

Stopped by Soheil Shamseddin's table, and he cheerfully reported that he's been playing very tight, and has only played a few hands today. It was surprising, because Soheil is known for being a wildman and playing nearly every single hand.

Well, his bluff didn't last long, because the table called him out and said he was playing in typical Soheil style. But whatever he was doing, it was working fairly well, because he had about 150,000 in chips.

Then, as if to prove the point, Soheil entered the next pot from middle position. Josh Martin called behind him (also in middle position), and the small blind raised another 15,000. Soheil and Martin both called.

The flop came Q J 2, the small blind and Soheil both checked, and Martin bet 25,000. The small blind folded, and Soheil thought for a bit before asking Martin, "So, do you have aces, or do you have kings?" Martin didn't answer, and Soheil eventually called.

The turn card was the K, and Martin began reaching for chips. The dealer stopped him, indicating that it was Soheil's turn to act. Soheil looked at Martin, waved his hand, and said, "All in." Martin paused for a moment, looked at his stack, and called all in for 48,400. He didn't seem too excited, until Soheil tapped the table and said, "Nice call."

Martin showed AK for a pair of kings with a gutshot straight draw, and Soheil turned over 42 for a pair of deuces. Soheil would need to catch a four or a deuce to bust Martin, but the river card was the Q, and Martin doubled up.

As Soheil counted out the chips from his stack, he said that he should have moved all in on the flop. Someone else might point out that perhaps he shouldn't have played 4-2 suited for a preflop raise, but that's just not Soheil's style.

Josh Martin (Mankato, MN) - 200,000
Soheil Shamseddin (Houston, TX) - 58,000

Final table chip counts

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

Seat 1 - Andrew Youngblood (Dearborn Heights, MI) - 135k
Seat 2 - Tomislav Dobrilovic (West Nyack, NY) - 380k
Seat 3 - Gordon Eng (Cliffside Park, NJ) - 560k
Seat 4 - Derek Buonano (Tolland, CT) - 415k
Seat 5 - Kevin Calenzo (South Amboy, NJ) - 240k
Seat 6 - Steven Collins (Rutherford, NJ) - 775k
Seat 7 - "Will The Thrill" Failla (Commack, NY) - 905k
Seat 8 - William Tonking (Flemington, NJ) - 560k
Seat 9 - Tyler Patterson (Everett, WA) - 265k
Seat 10 - Miguel Borrero (Jersey City, NJ) - 90k

Final table reached

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

With the elimination of Philippe Casciola in 11th place, our final table has just been reached.  The remaining 10 players are redrawing for seats and are settling into their new homes, all of them vying for the $79,307 top prize.  Here are the recent eliminations:

11. Philippe Casciola (New York, NY) - $3,682
12. Jesse Klein (Blue Bell, PA) - $3,682
13. Alex Kuchik (Brooklyn, NY) - $3,116

Recent eliminations

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

The 13 remaining players are now on break.  Here are the recent eliminations:

14. Allyn Marshall (Long Branch, NJ) - $3,116
15. David Katz (Cherry Hill, NJ) - $3,116
16. Charles Odom (Brentwood, TN) - $2,832
17. Timothy Bryan (Centerville, VA) - $2,832
18. Wayne Lewis (Galloway, NJ) - $2,832

Thinning Field, Strong Contenders

Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

Jennifer Keys (Norristown, PA) was recently eliminated by Terry Tallon (Fredrick, PA), as one Spring Final Table player knocks out another. Keys was the runner-up in April, while Tallon finished 7th.

In addition to Tallon, other remaining heavy hitters include:

Alida Veliu (2009 Winter Champ), Shanna Rae (2009 Winter - 4th place), Josephine Pysniak (2010 Summer - 3rd place), Dawn Wilno (2009 Summer - 4th place as Dawn Decarlo) Sheree Bykofsky (11 Borgata cashes since 2007), and Philadelphia grinder Sara Wasch (2010 Winter Open - 8th Place).


Wilno Leading the Way

Unofficial Chip Counts

Dawn Wilno (Hamilton, NJ) 62k
Re Raedy (Epsom, NH) 60k
Sheree Bykofsky 50k
Maureen Michilovich (New York, NY) 45k
Shanna Rae (Stafford, NJ) 40k
Josephine Pysniak (Woodbridge, NJ) 33k
Alida Veliu (Wyckoff, NJ) 17k
Sarah Wasch (Philadelphia, PA) 16k
Terry Tallon (Fredrick, PA) 12k

62 players remain with an average stack of 23k.

Blinds: 600/1200/200 ante

Steven Collins is running hot

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

Steven Collins tries to contain his excitement

Steven Collins started his day in the middle pack, and at his low point he had 75k.  But two hands have put Collins near the top of the leaderboard.  The first was easy for Collins as a short stack shoved in with 96and he made the easy call with pocket jacks, which held up.

The second hand gave Collins a ton of chips, but he had to get lucky to get the pot pushed his way.  After a raise and a reraise, Collins pushed all in having both opponents covered.  The shorter stack called all in, but the larger stack went into a tank and kept asking Collins if he had aces.  A clock was called, and the larger stack eventually called all in.  The hands were then revealed:

Steven Collins QQ
larger stack KK
smaller stack AJ

When the board fell 8T6J9, Collins rivered the winning straight and send two of his opponents to the rail to bring the field down to 15 players.

Back From Break

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

Players have just resumed play after their second break of the day. Level 7, blinds 600/1,200 with 200 antes.

Here's a random sampling of chip counts as of the break:
Jerry Callahan - 140k
Eric Siegel - 32k
Joanne Monteavaro - 90k
Mike 'Little Man' Sica - 55k
Tuan Gbehan - 60k
Doug 'Rico' Carli - 75k

I Know You!

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

Table 2 has a few recognizable faces.

Sirous Jamshidi (Broomall, PA) 2nd place Borgata Winter Open, Nancy Martin (Washington Crossing, PA), mother of poker pro Michael Martin and Tony Shurilla (Lower Longswamp, PA), the Original Gorilla are all here.

Jamishidi (80k), Martin (60k), Shurilla (42k) are all above the chip average of 40k.

On a board of K 8 A J, Shurilla leads out for 10k from the big blind and his opponent folds.

Level 9 (500/1k/100 ante) wrapping up as the green (25) plays will be removed on the next break.

Down to final 18 players

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

With the elimination of Sameer Bahalla in 19th place, we have now reached our final 18 players and have consolidated to two tables.  Bahalla entered day 2 in 6th place out of 30 remaining players, but he wasn't able to sustain his stack.  The following players will all receive $2,549:

19th - Sameer Bhalla (Lake Hiawatha, NJ)
20th - Odette Claire Tremblay (N. Las Vegas, NV)
21st - "Action Bob" Hwang (Barnegat, NJ)
22nd - George Mihas (Richmond, VA)
23rd - John Andress (Doylestown, PA)
24th - Artyem Perlov (Fort Lee, NJ)
25th - Richard Marthens (Oak Ridge, NJ)
26th - William Brindise (Rumson, NJ)
27th - Francis Petrillo (Union, NJ)

Ladies Payouts

Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

Number of Entries: 154
Total Buy-In $30,800

Place-Amount

1 $8,962
2 $4,929
3 $2,838
4 $2,390
5 $1,793
6 $1,494
7 $1,195
8 $896
9 $672
10-12 $598
13-15 $523
16-18 $448

Event 7 Payouts

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

Entries: 644

Total Buy-In: $225,400

Place-Amount

1 $52,495
2 $29,516
3 $18,584
4 $15,086
5 $12,025
6 $9,948
7 $7,980
8 $6,014
9 $4,155
10-12 $2,842
13-15 $2,077
16-18 $1,530
19-27 $1,203
28-36 $1,071
37-45 $962
46-54 $853
55-63 $743

"Action Bob" Hwang eliminated in 21st place

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

A short stacked Steven Collins pushed all in with A5 and a shorter stacked "Action Bob" Hwang called all in with a dominating AK.  Hwang flopped trip kings, but Collins flopped a flush draw.  When the J hit the turn, Collins took the lead, and his flush held up when a five hit the river.  Hwang will pick up $2,549 for his 21st place finish while the rest of the field gets closer to the pay jump at 18th place.

A Few Good Stacks

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

On the turn the board read J62T and the player in seat 1 checked. Matt Isherwood (Succasunna, NJ) bet 6,600. His opponent thought for a bit, then raised to 14,050. Matt then took his turn in the tank and decided to raise to 31,500.

Matt Isherwood

After his opponent mucked, Matt showed his A2 (nothing but bottom pair). With that pot, Matt chipped up to ~77k.

Blinds went up to 400/800 with 75 antes.

Table 48 was broken, so with 47 tables in play, 470 or fewer players remain. Average stack is approaching 35k.

Bernard D. Liberati

There's no way to positively identify a chip leader at this point and my chip estimates are out-dated before I even get them posted in the blog, but when I was on the floor, the biggest stack I found was Bernard D. Liberati (Cherry Hill, NJ) who had ~108k. John Scargofliero (Long Island, NY) had about 105k and Joanne Monteavaro had ~97k.

John Scarfogliero

Back at Borgata

Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

Rae Keeps Rolling

Shanna Rae (Stafford VA) has cashed 2 out of the 4 Borgata Ladies tournaments she's played in and is looking to make another deep run in the Borgata Poker Open. Rae currently has 34k and is one of the early chip leaders with 100 players left in the field.

"They have good structures compared to other ladies tournaments," she says. "The players here are little bit better."

Rae's last Borgata cash came in the 2009 Winter Open when she finished 4th, and while she also plays in "mixed" fields, Rae notes that there are "less egos with ladies tournaments."

Level 7 (300/600/75 ante) is underway.

Players on break

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

"Will The Thrill" Failla sits on a monster stack

The 21 remaining players are now on break as the tournament staff races off the 100 chips.  "Will The Thrill" is still the man to beat as he sits on about 800k.

Deep Stack Players

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

The Deep Stack-ers have returned from their second break to level 7, blinds 300/600 with 75 antes.

Ciampa wants to send a "shout out" to Elmont -- consider it shouted!

Final player count is 644. Payouts will be posted when available.

Here's a montage of some of the players I've recognized in the room (click '>' to play).

Failla bursts the money bubble

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

The money bubble has burst, and it was at the hands of chip leader "Will The Thrill" Failla.  Failla raised preflop with pocket kings, and our bubble boy called with AQ.  The rest of his chips inevitably went in on a queen high flop.  The remaining 27 are now guaranteed a payout of $2,549.
Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

During level 3, a loud round of applause erupted from the other side of the room where the Ladies are playing. Players in the Deep Stack stood up to see what was going on. Apparently the lone man that entered the event had busted out. As he was skulking away, Tab Duchateau says on the PA "and don't come back". LOL

After a break, the Ladies got back to business with level 4, blinds 100/200.

More notable ladies I spotted:

Terry Tallon

Terry Tallon (Boyertown, PA) finished 7th in the Spring Open Ladies event, earning $1,394.

Nancy McLaughlin

Nancy McLaughlin (Broomall, PA) finished 6th is the same event, earning $1,741.

Day 2 has begun

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

Play has begun for day 2 of Event 5. 30 hopefuls have returned, with 27 players making the money. 17 minutes into the level we've had our first casualty, and are now one player away from hand-for-hand play.

'Spanish Tommy' Doubles Thru Dentale

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

The Deep Stack players have just returned from their first break and begun level 4 with blinds of 100/200.

During the break, Mike "Unbelievable" Dentale came over to tell me a story. "You've got to put this in the blog", he began. During level 1 (25/50 blinds) Mike opened for 600 on the button and "Spanish Tommy" three-bet all-in for 15k from the small blind.


Mike looked him up with AQ and was ahead of Tommy's T7 off. The flop improved Mike's lead to two pair but then Tommy caught runner-runner to make a straight, doubling through Mike. "I lost 90% of my chips, but I'm still in" said Mike.

Unbelievable? Well, believe it!

Some Notable Ladies

Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

There are 15 tables full of Ladies across the room and a handful that I recognized.

Mojdeh Moayyed (Princeton, NJ) finished 7th in the Summer Open Ladies event, earning $1,097.

Guyana Petrossian (Manhattan, NY) finished 5th in the Spring Open Ladies event, earning $2,090.

Jennifer Keys

Jennifer Keys (Norristown, PA) finished 2nd in the Spring Open Ladies event, earning $5,921.

Jane Gold (Paramus, NJ) finished 15th in the 2008 Winter Open event, earning $1,149. (She is more well known as the mother of 2006 WSOP Main Event champ Jamie Gold.)

Rosa Lee Klaneski (Farmington, CT) claimed 3rd in the 2009 Foxwoods Poker Classic Ladies event ($11,201) and finished 11th in the 2010 Borgata Winter Open $200 No Limit event ($2,358). Rosa Lee is Executive VP and CIO of PokerFokus.

Deep Stack Notables

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

Level 3 has just begun with blinds of 75/150.

On my first pass through the room, I spotted quite a few regulars and players who have already cashed in Borgata Poker Open events in the previous few days. Here's just a short-list of them, in no particular order:

Rick Rossetti (1 WSOP Circuit Championship)
Nancy Martin
Robert Nguyen
James Boyle
Soheil Shamseddin (2 WPT main event Final Tables)
Peter Wilinski
Mike 'Little Man' Sica (1 WSOP Bracelet)
Ian Palomo
Eric 'clown fish' Doerr
Mike Dentale
Al Riccobono
Eric Siegel
Brian Munshower
James 'suits' Salters
Joanne Monteavaro
Michael Scotti
Rick Austin
Jonathan Tsang
Javier Fernandez

Rick Rossetti

Rick Rossetti is sporting his WSOP Circuit Championship ring, which he won in December 2006, along with $368,096. And of course his ubiquitous glass of red wine.

Players who were smart enough or lucky enough to register early are still arriving to take their seats, but registration has closed for this event.

Despite the fact that the $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em event is going on across the room, a couple dozen Ladies have opted to play with the big boys and entered this event.

Ladies Underway

Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em

The Ladies $200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em Event is underway on the far side of the Event Center. Ladies began with 10,000 chips and their levels last 30 minutes.

Late registrations will be accepted through the first two levels, or until about 1pm.

The concept of a "Ladies Only" event has become quite controversial in recent years and legally men have to be allowed to play due to laws against gender discrimination, but usually the guys don't bother the Ladies if there are other events to play.

No problem with that here at Borgata. Besisdes the main event ($350 Deep Stack NL Hold'em) that started just an hour before the Ladies, there is also a $150 + $30 Survivor tournament at 3pm and a $150 + $30 NL Hold'em tournament at 7pm.

Plenty of action today, so stay tuned!

Deep Stacks Rifling

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

Over 400 players have already registered for today's main event, the $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em tournament. Late registrations will be accepted through level 2 or until about 12:20pm.


Players started with 25,000 chips and levels will last 40 minutes.

Level 1 blinds are 25/50, so starting stacks are 500 times the big blind, hence the name Deep Stack.

The sound of chips being shuffled permeates the Event Center. Music to my ears.

You would think that 25,000 chips would last a while, but in the first 15 minutes, three players have already busted out.

Today's Events

Sunday, September 12 - Event Center

11AM: $350 + $50 DEEP STACK No Limit Hold'em
  • 25,000 in starting chips
  • 40 minute Levels
  • two-day event

12PM: $200 + $30 LADIES No Limit Hold'em

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

3PM: $150 + $30 SURVIVOR No Limit Hold'em

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • 20 minute Levels
  • Approximately one (1) in every ten (10) players will win $1,500 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 5 ($1000 + $90 No Limit Hold'em) begins at 2 PM.

Event 5 Chip Leaders

Borgata Poker Open 2010
Event 5: $1000 + $90 No Limit Hold'em
September 11 - 12

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

END OF DAY 1 CHIP LEADERS
1. EMANUEL "WILL THE THRILL" FAILLA (COMMACK, NY): 465,000
2. DEREK BUONANO (TOLLAND, CT): 288,100
3. ALLYN MARSHALL (LONG BRANCH, NJ): 270,000
4. STEVEN PAONE (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 257,300
5. ANDREW YOUNGBLOOD (DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI): 242,200
6. SAMEER BHALLA (LAKE HIAWATHA, NJ): 231,400
7. WILLIAM TONKING (FLEMINGTON, NJ): 220,500
8. JESSE KLEIN (BLUE BELL, PA): 212,000
9. ROBERT HWANG (BARNEGAT, NJ): 209,200
10. WAYNE LEWIS (GALLOWAY, NJ): 201,200
11. TYLER PATTERSON (EVERETT, WA): 174,300
12. KEVIN HOGAN (SO AMBOY, NJ): 130,100
13. DAVID KATZ (CHERRY HILL, NJ): 127,000
14. MIGUEL BORRERO (JERSEY CITY, NJ): 126,500
15. GEORGE MIHAS (RICHMOND, VA): 125,100
16. TOMISLAV DOBRILOVIC (WEST NYACK, NY): 123,200
17. STEVEN COLLINS (RUTHERFORD, NJ): 111,400
18. CHARLES ODOM (BRENTWOOD, TN): 107,100
19. GORDON ENG (CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ): 102,300
20. FRANCIS PETRILLO (UNION, NJ): 100,200
21. JOHN ANDRESS (DOYLESTOWN, PA): 95,500
22. WILLIAM BRINDISE (RUMSON, NJ): 90,700
23. ODETTE CLAIRE TREMBLAY (N LAS VEGAS, NV): 85,800
24. TIMOTHY BRYAN (CENTERVILLE, VA): 65,900
25. JONATHAN MARVINNY (BROOKLYN, NY): 62,900
26. JOHN WALSH (THIELLS, NY): 55,900
27. ALEX KUCHIK (BROOKLYN, NY): 54,900
28. ARTYEM PERLOV (FORT LEE, NJ): 50,200
29. PHILIPPE CASCIOLA (NEW YORK, NY): 49,900
30. RICHARD MARTHENS (OAK RIDGE, NJ): 44,900

Event 6 Final Results

Borgata Poker Open 2010
Event 6: $250 + $30 No Limit Hold'em
September 11

Entries: 453
Total Buy-In: $113,250

FINAL RESULTS
1. ANDREW BADECKER (VERNON, CT): $28,067
2. JOHN LEE (WESTWOOD, NJ): $16,203
3. JUAN CHIN (PEMBROKE PINES, FL): $9,887
4. JAMES SOLOMON (WILMINGTON, DE): $7,964
5. JOHN SPAGNUOLO (HOWARD BEACH, NY): $6,262
6. CHO YEUNG (NEW YORK, NY): $5,218
7. CHRISTOPHER MUELLER (BROOKLYN, NY): $4,174
8. BRIAN NARDONE (SEWELL, NJ): $3,186
9. PEDRO MUNOZ (ELIZABETH, NJ): $2,198
10. ANTHONY MOORE (EMPORIA, VA): $1,429
11. RUIBING LIN (FLUSHING, NY): $1,429
12. JONATHAN MCCARD (VERNON, CT): $1,429
13. DORIAN GRANT (MARIETTA, GA): $1,099
14. MICHAEL SCOTTI (BROAD CHANNEL, NY): $1,099
15. ADAM SANDERS (ATLANTIC HLDS, NJ): $1,099
16. STEPHEN COPPOLA (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $868
17. NICHOLAS SOOKRAJ (BRONX, NY): $868
18. HARRY PIACITELLI (PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA): $868
19. JONATHAN TSANG (COLLEGE PT, NY): $681
20. STEVEN MARTIN (WHIPPANY, NJ): $681
21. BRANDON VARGAS (MALVERNE, NY): $681
22. DANIEL DOZIER (CHESAPEAKE, VA): $681
23. DAVID BATTGLIA (BUFFALO, NY): $681
24. SALVATORE MANNINO (CHATHAM, NJ): $681
25. EDWARD SMITH (OCEAN CITY WO, MD): $681
26. ROSS SHAPIRO (BETHESDA, MD): $681
27. MICHAEL FERRUGIARI (WEST ISLIP, NY): $681
28. DAVID ROSENGARD (CHERRY HILL, NJ): $604
29. MATTHEW PINCUS (COLTS NECK, NJ): $604
30. CHRISTOPHER MASSA (LEONIA, NJ): $604
31. RICH AGNELLO (MAHWAH, NJ): $604
32. PEDRO TORRESPEREZ (FORT DIX, NJ): $604
33. JAMES LAINA (BROOKLYN, NY): $604
34. FRANK INGARDIA (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $604
35. SETH ZIMMERMAN (NEW YORK, NY): $604
36. ROBERT RICCI (RAHWAY, NJ): $604
37. MARK LAURIE (LONGWOOD, FL): $549
38. RUSLAN SHAMAL (BROOKLYN, NY): $549
39. WALLACE ROSSI (MT LAUREL, NJ): $549
40. DAMON HILTON (GALES FERRY, CT): $549
41. AUSTIN AMOROSO (BOONE, NC): $549
42. DENNIS BORRIES JR (BEL AIR, MD): $549
43. ALEXANDER HARIS (NEW YORK, NY): $549
44. ROBERT BLOUGH (VINELAND, NJ): $549
45. TOMMY LIU (S HUNTINGTON, NY): $549

Event 3 Final Results

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

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

FINAL RESULTS
1. MATTHEW KLEIN (TIFFIN, IA): $48,844
2. CUONG PHUNG (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ): $27,136
3. COLIN MANEVAL (NEWTON, MA): $16,824
4. PERRY JOHNSTON (OAK ISLAND, NC): $13,568
5. JOSHUA EMERSON (WHITE RIVER, VT): $10,492
6. JOHN CLEAVER (WILMINGTON, DE): $8,864
7. BASTIAN FISCHER (DENMOLD, GER): $7,146
8. MICKAEL MORGOUSKY (BROOKLYN, NY): $5,337
9. VATTHANA SOURYACHAK: $3,619
10. RALPH CAPAROTTI (FREDERICK, MD): $2,352
11. DANIEL RETALLICK (MORRISVILLE, PA): $2,352
12. ROLAND ISRAELASHVILI (FOREST HILLS, NY): $2,352
13. CHARLES MALTZMAN (W ORANGE, NJ): $1,809
14. JAMES MARTINI (CLIFFSIDE PK, NJ): $1,809
15. DEONARINE ITWARU (S OZONE PARK, NY): $1,809
16. JAVIER FERNANDEZ (NEW YORK, NY): $1,538
17. CEDRIC CORUM (W ORANGE, NJ): $1,538
18. RICHARD BELL (FORESTHILL, NY): $1,538
19. CHARLES LUIZZA (MOUNT SINAI, NY): $1,357
20. GEORGE GRIFFITH (WOODLAND HILLS, CA): $1,357
21. CHARLES BONCICH (N MASSAPEQUA, NY): $1,357
22. CARLESS BOATWRIGHT (WOODBRIDGE, VA): $1,357
23. VICTOR ESPINAL (BLOOMFIELD, NJ): $1,357
24. ALAN COLON (OCEANSIDE, NY): $1,357
25. IAN FRIEDLAND (MELVILLE, NY): $1,357
26. EUGENE KLEYMAN (BROOKLYN, NY): $1,357
27. CHRISTOPHER BONITA (WINTHROP, MA): $1,357
28. JAMES ZITO (NEW FREEDOM, PA): $1,085
29. SAMIR HICKSON (COLLEGEVILLE, PA): $1,085
30. JAMES BOYLE (HAVRE DE GRACE, MD): $1,085
31. KHALED ALWAN (WAYNE, NJ): $1,085
32. GEORGE WALTHER (HUNTINGTON STATION, NY): $1,085
33. BENJAMIN SCHOOLSKY (NORWOOD, NJ): $1,085
34. PETER MAVRO (DOUGLASTON, NY): $1,085
35. KEVIN KAIKKO (PRINCETON, NJ): $1,085
36. IAN PALOMO (NEW YORK, NY): $1,085

Event 5 Seating Assignments

FIRST NAME / LAST NAME / CHIP COUNT / TABLE / SEAT
PHILIPPE CASCIOLA 49,900 1 1
EMANUEL FAILLA 465,000 1 2
ARTYEM PERLOV 50,200 1 3
WAYNE LEWIS 201,200 1 4
GEORGE MIHAS 125,100 1 5
TYLER PATTERSON 174,300 1 6
STEVEN PAONE 257,300 1 7
DAVID KATZ 127,000 1 8
JONATHAN MARVINNY 62,900 1 9
CHARLES ODOM 107,100 1 10

KEVIN 130,100 2 1
JOHN WALSH 55,900 2 2
DEREK BUONANO 288,100 2 3
MIGUEL BORRERO 126,500 2 4
RICHARD MARTHENS 44,900 2 5
FRANCIS PETRILLO 100,200 2 6
GORDON ENG 102,300 2 7
WILLIAM TONKING 220,500 2 8
ODETTE CLAIRE TREMBLAY 85,800 2 9
SAMEER BHALLA 231,400 2 10

ANDREW YOUNGBLOOD 242,200 3 1
ROBERT HWANG 209,200 3 2
ALEX KUCHIK 54,900 3 3
ALLYN MARSHALL 270,000 3 4
WILLIAM BRINDISE 90,700 3 5
JESSE KLEIN 212,000 3 6
TOMISLAV DOBRILOVIC 123,200 3 7
TIMOTHY BRYAN 65,900 3 8
STEVEN COLLINS 111,400 3 9
JOHN ANDRESS 95,500 3 10

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

It was a long day for all players that made the final table in Event 6: $250 + $30 No Limit Hold'em. 453 players bought it at 12PM, and though the money bubble burst at around 10PM, it wasn't until after 2AM when the final table was reached. While the other event was bagging their chips for day 2, this event was scheduled to play down to a winner in 1 day. It would take over three more hours until a champion was crowned.

In the end, Andrew Badecker from Vernon, CT won $28,067 and the title after being the short stack for some time when playing five handed. Badecker generously used the words "all in" as his weekend roommate at Borgata, Jon McCard, watched on. McCard himself got 12th place in this event, and both players were seated at the same table for a stretch.

Badecker, 23, plays poker for a living, but his Borgata finish today is his biggest live cash in the databases to date. At last year's Borgata Poker Open, Badecker finished 5th in a $1,500 event for $21,420.

Though it was nearing 5AM when Badecker finally left the Event Center, Badecker plans to be back at 11am for Event 7: $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'Em. Either way, Badecker and McCard plan to return to Borgata again next weekend, hoping to have similar success that he did today.

Andrew Badecker defeats John Lee

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

Andrew Badecker

The final table had mostly been a shovefest, and when Andrew Badecker and John Lee began their heads up battle, not much change. Badecker held the chip lead when they began, and he emerged victorious after only a few minutes of play. Badecker shoved the button with J♠T♠ and Lee called with A♣4. When the board fell 57♠6TQ, Badecker won the hand with a pair of tens. After some deliberation, it was determined that Badecker had Lee covered. Badecker takes home $28,067 and the title for his 1st place finish, while Lee will have to settle for $16,203 for his 2nd place finish.

3rd Place - Juan Chin

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

Juan Chin - 3rd place

Andrew Badecker pushed all in from the small blind with Q♥T♥ and Juan Chin made the call from the big blind with A♠5♦.

When the board fell 3♠K♣2♠Q♠K♦, Chin found himself with just ace high, and he could not beat Badecker's turned pair of queens. Chin will receive $9,887 for his 3rd place finish.

4th Place - Jamie Solomon

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

Jamie Solomon

In the span of two hands, Jamie Solomon from Bloomington, DE was eliminated in 4th place. In the first hand, Solomon called Juan Chin's all in. Solomon had A♣J and was in a race against Chin's 9♠9. When the board fell 8♣7♣6T7, Chin made a straight and crippled Solomon.

On the very next hand, Solomon put the rest of his chips in with Q♠4♠ and found two callers. Juan Chin ended up betting John Lee off his hand on a 2J♠6♠ flop, and Chin tabled KJ♣. Solomon could catch any spade or any queen to survive, but Chin got the rest of Solomon's chips when the turn and river fell 8K♣.

Solomon will collect $7,964 for his 4th place finish.

5th Place - John Spagnuolo

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

John Spagnuolo

John Spagnuolo from Howard Beach, NY had his final table run cut short when his A♠Q was sucked out on when Andrew Badecker's 9♠7 found help on a 3♠5♠K7♣7. Spagnuolo will collect $6,262 for his 5th place finish.

7th Place - Mueller, 6th Place - Yeung

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

Chris Mueller

Chris Mueller from Brooklyn, NY pushed his last 100k or so in with K♣Q. Jamie Solomon made the call from the big blind with Q4. Mueller's dominating hand was good through the 738♣ flop. The 5♣ on the turn gave Solomon a gutshot, but he preferred to hit a pair to eliminate Mueller when the river fell the 4. Mueller will collect $4,174 for his 7th place finish.

Cho "George" Yeung

Shortly thereafter, John Lee called Cho "George" Yeung's all in. It was a race with Lee's 5♠5against Yeung's A♠8♠. Lee leaped out of his seat screaming, "A five in the door!" when the flop fell T♠A♣5♣, and Yeung was drawing dead when the turn fell the K. The meaningless 8 hit the river, and Yeung from Manhattan, NY was eliminated in 6th place for $5,218.

9th Place - Munoz; 8th place - Nardone

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

Pedro Munoz got his last chips in holding AJ against Andrew Badecker, who had him dominated with AQ. Big Chick held up for Andrew and he took the pot, continuing his miraculous come-back from near extinction. He was down to only 70k a short while ago. Now he's over 700k.

Pedro Munoz - 9th place

Pedro earned $2,198 for his 9th place finish. He wanted to say hello and he misses you to his wife Leslie and daughter Milla and tell them he's on his way home.

8 players remain.

Brian Nardone was dispatched in 8th place after being "card dead" for a while. He earned $3,186 for his efforts today.

Day 1 ends with Failla dominating

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

"Will The Thrill" Failla

With ten minutes left in the level, a number was drawn, and it was determined that all four remaining tables will play five more hands. In those fives hands, we lost at least one player. "Will The Thrill" Failla trapped a player with pocket aces, and Failla will advance to day 2 with the chip lead. Only three players are above the quarter million mark, with the average stack at just under 133,000.

"Will The Thrill" Failla - 465,000
Derek Buonano - 288,100
Steve Paone - 257,000

Tomorrow's ladies event will probably be one player shy as Odette Clarke was the sole female survivor with 85,800. Play will reconvene tomorrow at 2PM with 33 players vying for 27 paying spots, with all eyes on the $79,307 first place prize.

10th Place - Moore

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

Ruibing Lin (Queens, NY) was short-stacked and made his desperation shove. He got no love from the board and was busted in 11th place ($1,429).

The final ten players drew seats and moved to a single table. Here's the lineup:

Seat - Player - Hometown
1 - Jamie Solomon - Bloomington, DE
2 - John Lee - Westwood, NJ
3 - Andrew Badecker - Vernon, CT
4 - Cho "George" Yeung - Manhattan, NY
5 - Chris Mueller - Brooklyn, NY
6 - Brian Nardone - Sewell, NJ
7 - Juan Chin - Astoria, NY
8 - Tony Moore - Emporia, VA
9 - Pedro Menoz - Elizabeth, NJ
10 - John Spagnuolo - Howard Beach, NY

John Lee is the chip leader with ~1.112 million. Jamie Solomon is second with about ~1 million. No one else is anywhere close.

On the first hand, Andrew Badecker was all-in against Cho Yeung. Andrew held 74 suited against Cho's AJ. The flop came A 6 3 extending Cho's lead to a pair of Aces, but the last two came J 5 and Andrew caught a gutter-ball on the river to make a straight and double up. He's back to almost 500k. Cho was left with only ~70k.

Tony Moore - 10th place

Tony Moore busted out in 10th place, earning $1,429, so now they're at the 'official' final table of nine players.

12th Place - McCard

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

Andrew Badecker (Vernon, CT) opened for 45k, Jaime Solomon (Bloomington, DE) called on the button, then Jon McCard (also Vernon, CT) moved in for 107k more from the small blind. Cho Yeung (Manhattan, NY) called and the other two folded.

Jon McCard - 12th place

Jon had J8 and was behind Cho's AK. Jon paired his Jack on the flop, but by the river, Cho had caught a four-flush on the board to win the hand. Jon finished in 12th place ($1,429).

11 players remain.

On a flop of 9 6 5, Jamie Solomon (Bloomington, DE) got all-in against Andrew Badecker. Jamie was ahead with pocket Jacks. Andrew held K9 for top pair. The last two came 7 J and Jamie doubled up to over 800k. Andrew was left with only ~50k.

Soon after, Andrew was in for his last 39k against Chris Mueller (Brooklyn, NY). Andrew's T5 caught lucky against Chris' AJ when the board came K Q 2 3 5. Andrew doubled to ~100k.

In a battle of the blinds, Pedro Munoz (Elizabeth, NJ) got all-in against Ruibing Lin (Queens, NY). Pedro had T6; Ruibing had Q9. The board came J T 4 2 3 and Pedro doubled up, leaving Ruibing short.

End of level and players are taking ten.

Bhalla claims two victims

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

Sameer Bhalla

With less than 10 players to go until the money hits, Sameer Bhalla eliminated two opponents and brought the field that much closer to the money.

On the first hand, Bhalla's opponent opened to 13k at 1500/3k blinds, and Bhalla moved all in from the big blind. His opponent called and was at risk as Bhalla had him slightly outchipped. Bhalla had AJbut was up against JJ♣. Nevertheless, the poker gods smiled upon Bhalla when the board fell 23867 to give Bhalla a runner runner flush.

Shortly thereafter, one of the two remaining women in the field pushed her last chips in and Bhalla called from the big blind. This time it was Bhalla with the best hand, holding A♠A to his opponent's AJ. The worst hand did not improve this time with the board falling 7K8♣68 to eliminate another player.

14th - 13th Places

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

As I returned to the tournament floor, John Spagnuolo (Howard Beach, NY) was stacking chips. He's now up to 584k.

Michael Scotti - 14th place

14 players remain. Make that 13. Michael Scotti (Queens, NY) busted in 14th place ($1,099).

Dorian Grant (Atlanta, GA) moved all-in for his last 33k, John Lee (Westwood, NJ) called, then Juan Chin (Astoria, NY) raised to 90k straight. Ruibing Lin (Queens, NY) moved all-in for 104k on top of Juan's bet. John got out of the way and Juan made the call, showing KJ suited. Ruibing held AK off, and Dorian was dominated with A2 off.

That all changed on the flop, which came 8 4 2. Dorian took the lead with a pair of deuces. The last two came 4 2 and Dorian took the main pot to more than triple up. Ruibing took the side pot with AK-high.

Playing 10k/20k blinds with 3k antes.

Dorian Grant - 13th place

Dorian's luck did not hold, however. In a battle of the blinds, he limped the small, then John Lee made it 60k from the big. Dorian shoved for 240k all-in and John called, tabling pocket 3s. Dorian was racing with AK. The board bricked out and Dorian was sent packing in 13th place ($1,099).

19th place - Tsang

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

Brain Nardone raised with pocket Queens and Jonathan Tsang called with JT. A Queen hit the flop and Jonathan picked up an open-ended straight draw. They got all the chips in the middle and Jonathan made his straight on the turn, but the board paired on the river to give Brian the full house. Jonathan finished in 19th place earning $681.

With that pot, Brian is now up to 500k. John Lee is the chip leader with ~581k. These are the only two players over half a million chips as of the break.

Average stack is ~252k.

18 players remain and they're now on a break.