Monday, September 13, 2010

New Chipleader Emerges as Old Chipleader Disappears

Event 10: $350 + $50 Omaha Hi-Lo

The word of the day for the Omaha tournament is "volatility." No chip lead seems to be safe, with 25 players remaining and blinds at 3,000-6,000 and limits of 6,000-12,000. The field is nearing the money bubble, as the top 18 players will get paid.

Our previous chipleader was Marc Matz (Clarks Summit, PA) with 106,000, but he has since been eliminated. The new chipleader is Tom "Mark Em Down" Noyes, who has about 210,000 -- far ahead of everyone else, at least at the moment. Noyes has had that nickname since 1956, working in the automobile business and the real estate business. Noyes was always marking down prices, so he became known as "Mark Em Down." Nowadays, he lives up to his nickname by marking down his chip count at each level change, so he can track his progress. (You can see his marked-up level sheet in the photo below.)

Chipleader Tom "Mark Em Down" Noyes

Here are some updated chip counts. The average chip stack is about 68,500.

Tom Noyes - 209,000
Jon Bloch - 150,000
David Pacheco - 128,000
Doug Robins - 125,000
Kim Findura - 122,000
Al Annunziata - 91,500
Barry Levy - 67,000
Colin Maneval - 32,000
Chris Reslock - 28,000
Eric Saunders - 28,000
Lou Ercolano - 12,500
Papa Levy - 10,500

Jerry Callahan - Eliminated (for real this time)
Marc Matz - Eliminated

Eric Saunders is short with 28,000 in chips, but he says he's already been all in "like ten times," and he's been able to survive this far. Hopefully, he can survive a little further to at least reach the money.

5th Place - James Boyle

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

Dao Bui completed the small blind and James Boyle checked his option. On the flop of J T 8 with two spades, Dao checked, James bet 500k, then Dao check-raised to 2 million straight. James tanked for a bit, then folded.

James Boyle - 5th place

James opened for 1 million (leaving just ~500k behind) on the button, then Jon-Michael Rea shoved from the small blind. James committed the rest of his chips, showing pocket 7s. He was crushed by Jon's pocket Queens. The board came T 5 5 9 8 and Jon took the pot. James took 5th place and $12,025.

Blinds are up to 100k/200k with 30k antes.

6th Place - Anthony Curcio

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

Playing 80k/160k with 20k antes.

After Dao Bui opened for 365k, David Taylor moved in from the big blind. Dao called, showing A7 suited. David held pocket Aces. They held up and David doubled up to ~2.8 million.

David has been annointed "D-Tay" by the spectators on the rail.

Matthew Butch shoved his last 305k in and got called by Jon-Michael Rea in the big blind. Matthew's AJ was ahead of Jon's A3 and it stayed that way when the board blanked. Matthew doubled up.

Anthony Curcio - 6th place

Anthony Curcio moved in from the small blind and D-Tay looked him up from the big. Anthony's AT off was ahead of David's A7 of clubs, but the board came Q 9 8 9 4 with three clubs, giving David the flush and the pot. Anthony got 6th place and $9,948.

D-Tay chipped up to about 4 million.

Omaha Chipleaders and the Comeback of Callahan

Event 10: $350 + $50 Omaha Hi-Lo

After another break (including a color-up), there are 37 players remaining in the Omaha Hi-Lo tournament. The top 18 players will finish in the money.

Here's a look at the chipleaders, along with some notable players still in the field. The average chip stack is about 46,500.

Marc Matz - 106,000
Jon Bloch - 99,000
Al Annunziata - 87,500
Papa Levy - 73,000
Barry Levy - 70,000
Jerry Callahan - 42,000
Kim Findura - 33,400
Colin Maneval - 27,000
Lou Ercolano - 12,000
Chris Reslock - 8,400
Mariealena D'Agostino - Eliminated

Mariealena was eliminated a short while ago, running into some bad luck after the dinner break.

Jerry Callahan (who I mistakenly busted earlier) was down to 9,800 when it was his big blind. He warned the rest of the table that he would not give up his blind, adding, "Feel free to fold and give me a walk."

They didn't give him a walk. Kim Findura limped from late position for 3,000, another player raised from the cutoff to 6,000, and Callahan reraised from the big blind to 9,000. Findura and the other player both called.

The flop came Ah Kd 4h, Callahan moved all in for his last 800, and the other two players both called and then checked it down. The final board showed Ah Kd 4h 8c 4d, and Callahan said, "I have a four." Findura showed As7d5h2c for a pair of aces with an 8-5 low, and Callahan turned over QcQd10c4c for trip fours. The third player mucked, and Findura and Callahan split the pot -- she took the low, and he took the high.

From that point, Callahan went on a little run, and at the break he had a nearly average stack of 42,000.

7th Place - Robert Noel

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

Robert Noel moved all-in and action folded to James Boyle on the button, who asked for the count. Robert had 990k. James called and the blinds both mucked. Robert said he only looked at one card, which must have been the Ace since he had A2 off. James had AQ. The board came K T T 8 6 and James took the pot.

Robert Noel - 7th place

Robert Noel finished in 7th place, earning $7,980.

End of level and players are taking a break. Here are the rough chip counts:

Dao Bui - 4.27 million
Jon-Michael Rea - 3.8 million
James Boyle - 3.5 million
David Taylor - 1.37 million
Matthew Butch - 1.33 million
Anthony Curcio - 1.32 million

8th Place - Jack Barnes

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

Jack Barnes shoved from the small blind and David Taylor called from the big. Jack's A3 was ahead of David's QT, but a Queen flopped. The Ten on the river was just gravy and David doubled up.

Dao Bui opened for 410k utg and Robert Noel made it 1 million straight. After a few seconds thought, Dao made the call. They checked down the board of K 5 5 K 8. Robert showed AQ. Dao held pocket 9s to pick up a nice pot. She's over 4.6 million now. Robert was left with ~1.8 million.

Jack Barnes - 8th place

After Robert Noel opened, Jack Barnes and James Boyle got all their chips in the middle against him. James was ahead with AK. Jack had AT and Robert was double-dominated with KT off. The board came 9 7 4 5 8 and James scooped the pot. Jack was busted in 8th place ($6,014) and Robert was left with ~900k. James chipped up to over 2.3 million.

Recap for Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Alex Kuchik, 1st Place

Not only was Event 9 the second Deep Stack Turbo of the Borgata Poker Open, but just like Event 2, players could re-enter twice after their initial buy-in. In all, there were 280 entries for this $350 + $50 buyin event.

"Will The Thrill" Failla and Tom Dobrilovic, who cashed in last night's Event 5 in second and sixth place, respectively, wasted no time in getting back to the tables. They both made it through the re-entry period but fell short of making the money. Other pros that did not make it to the cage include Dwyte Pilgrim and Mike Leah.

Italian Giuseppe Pantaleo found success in this tournament format, as he made his second final table appearance. Pataleo previously took 3rd place in Event 2, and he took 7th place today when his flopped set of threes was cracked by Wayne Temples' turned set of queens. Al Riccobono, who final tabled a Borgata Spring Poker Open tournament earlier this year, best Pantaleo by 1 spot, getting 6th place. After being short stacked for most of this final table, Pantaleo got the rest of his chips in with A3 and failed to suck out on Daniel Vranich's AK.

After a few more eliminations, it was a heated four handed battle between Alex Kuchik, Mike LaTour, Craig Rubenstein, and Wayne Temples. The four traded chips back and forth and each likely had the chip lead and the short stack at one time or another. Thanks to some solid poker playing and a few lucky pair-over-pair situations, Alex Kuchik finished victoriously.

Kuchik, a Brooklyn, NY resident who owns a toy shop, is a Borgata regular. While not a professional poker player, Kuchik has been playing poker "since Moneymaker," as he put it. Kuchik missed the final table yesterday in Event 5 when he got 13th place, but today he stands alone as a winner. This is his first tournament win, and at $26,616, is his first five figure win. After being declared the winner, Kuchik let out an excited roar that the entire Event Center could hear. He explained that he was really excited for the win.

While he plans to play the Championship Event this weekend, he's not sure what is next for him. "I told my friends that if I won a poker tournament that I'd be done with poker," Kuchik informs us, "but we'll see."

Boyle Coming Back

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

James Boyle was all-in again, this time against Robert Noel. James held pocket Tens and was racing against KJ suited. The board came Q 2 2 A 3 and James more than doubled up. He's got about 1.1 million now.

Blinds are up to 60k/120k with 20k antes. With 8 players remaining, average stack is over 2 million.

Final Five Tables

Event 10: $350 + $50 Omaha Hi-Lo

The Omaha Hi-Lo tournament is down to five tables, and there are now nine players per table instead of ten -- 45 players remain. Another 30-minute level has just expired, and the blinds are now 1,500-3,000 with limits of 3,000-6,000.

In the last post, we reported that Jerry Callahan was eliminated. Not true. Callahan is still alive with about 11,000 in chips.

After this level, the players will take a break, and we will get a complete list of chipleaders posted.

9th Place - Travis Wong

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

Travis Wong - 9th place

Travis Wong and Jon-Michael Rea got all-in pre-flop. Travis held AQ and was crushed when he saw Jon-Michael's AK. The board came K 6 2 9 9 and spelled the end of Travis' run. He finished in 9th place, earning $4,155.

Jon-Michael Rea stacked up ~4.4 million and took a significant chip lead with over 25% of all chips in play (16.1 million).

After surrendering his 100k big blind, James Boyle got all in from the small blind against Jon-Michael Rea (bb). James' K4 paired a King on the board and he doubled up to ~400k.

He then moved in from the button the next hand and picked up the blinds and antes.

Down to 51 Players

Event 10: $350 + $50 Omaha Hi-Lo

Back from dinner, and there have been quite a few bustouts in the first 30-minute level -- the field dropped from 67 players to 51. The final 18 players will finish in the money, earning at least $871.

The average chip stack is about 33,500, and the blinds have increased to 1,000-2,000 with limits of 2,000-4,000. Here are some updated chip counts:

Barry Levy - 58,200
Chris Reslock - 43,000
Colin Maneval - 38,000
Mariealena D'Agostino - 32,000

Jerry Callahan - eliminated
Janice Delaney - eliminated
Bo Toft - eliminated

Final Table Lineup & Rough Chip Counts

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

Final Table Lineup & rough Chip Counts
Seat - Player - Chips
1 - Robert Noel - 2.7 million
2 - Jack Barnes - 2.38 million
3 - David Taylor - 975k
4 - Matthew Butch - 1.2 million
5 - Travis Wong - 1.9 million
6 - Dao Bui - 2.8 million
7 - James Boyle - 370k
8 - Jon-Michael Rea - 1.9 million
9 - Anthony Curcio - 1.42 million

Play has resumed with blinds of 50k/100k.

10th Place - Rohan Long

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

Rohan Long - 10th place

Rohan Long got his chips in holding AT, only to face off against Robert Noel's pocket Queens. The Ladies held up and Rohan was sent packing in 10th place, earning $2,842.

Travis Wong raised to 200k, Robert Noel called from the button, then Jack Barnes raised another half-million on top. The other two folded and Jack took the pot.

Anthony Curcio opened for 200k, Dao Bui raised to 800k, then Jon-Michael Rea moved all-in. Anthony opted out and Dao called. Both players turned over pocket Kings. When the flop came rainbow, they chopped the pot.

End of level and players are taking a half-hour dinner break. Play will resume at about 9:10pm.

11th Place - Alexander Brody

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

Alexander Brody - 11th place

Alexander Brody decided to make his stand with 98 suited and was up against Matthew Butch's AT. Alexander caught an 9 on the flop, but Matthew caught a Ten for top pair. It held up as the board bricked out. Alexander finished in 11th place earning $2,842.

The final ten players drew for seats and moved to a single table where play resumed.

13th Place - Bodor; 12th Place - Gilpatrick

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

Janos Bodor - 13th place

Robert Noel opened for 180k and Janos Boder shoved for 495k on top. Robert called showing KT suited. Janos was way ahead with pocket Queens, but a King on the river ended his run. He finished 13th for $2,077.

Paul Gilpatrick - 12th place

Paul Gilpatrick got his last chips in holding QJ suited against Dao Bui's A7. The Ace-high proved good and Dao took the pot. Paul took 12th place and $2,842.

Dinner Break; 67 Players Left

Event 10: $350 + $50 Omaha Hi-Lo

There are 67 players remaining as the players take their one-hour dinner break. Action will resume shortly before 9:00 pm ET. The average chip stack is a little more than 25,500.

15th Place - Guttman; 14th Place - Sutherland

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

Hanoch Guttman - 15th place

Anthony Curcio raised from the button enough to cover a short-stacked Hanoch Guttman. Hanoch committed the last of his chips with a8. Anthony had him dominated with AQ. A Queen on the flop was all it took for Anthony to claim the pot. Hanoch claimed 15th place and $2,077.

William Sutherland - 14th place

Anthony raised again utg and action folded around to a short-stacked William Southerland in the small blind, who shoved. Anthony called, showing his pocket Aces. William's pocket 7s were in a world of hurt. He got no help on the board and busted in 14th place for $2,077.

16th Place - Anthony Erekat

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

Janos Bodor moved all-in from the cutoff and Anthony Erekat called from the small blind. Janos' AQ was dominating Anthony's AJ. The board came Q 9 4 3 T and Janos doubled up.

Hanoch Guttman moved all-in from the button and Matthew Butch called all-in from the small blind. Hanoch held J7 off and Matthew was ahead with AQ off. The board came Q T 8 6 A and Matthew doubled up to almost 1 million. Hanoch was left with ~150k.

Blinds up to 30k/60k with 5k antes.

Anthony Erekat shoved utg and Robert Noel called him down with AQ. Anthony's AT was in bad shape. The board came 8 5 4 6 5 and Robert doubled up to ~1.4 million. Anthony was left with ~275k.

Anthony Erekat - 16th place

Anthony got all-in and called by Travis Wong. Anthony's pocket 6s were a big dog against Travis' pocket 9s. He got no help from the board and was busted in 16th place, earning $1,530.

Level 10 Begins with 123 Players

Event 10: $350 + $50 Omaha Hi-Lo

The remaining 123 players return from break in the Omaha Hi-Lo tournament with an average stack of 13,900. Level 10 begins with increased blinds of 400-800 and limits of 800-1,600.

Mariealena D'Agostino

Mariealena D'Agostino is one of the players who has moved up the leaderboard with more than double the average stack. Mariealena is the wife of poker pro John D'Agostino, who made two televised WPT final tables here at the Borgata, finishing 4th in the 2005 WPT Borgata Poker Open ($349,685) and 2nd in the 2006 WPT Borgata Winter Open ($591,312). While her husband has had some big success in the WPT's high buy-in no-limit tournaments, Mariealena has been a long-time Omaha Hi-Lo specialist, and we expect her to do very well today.

Another player among the chipleaders is Colin Maneval (Newton, MA), who finished 3rd a few days ago in Event 3 ($500 + $60 No-Limit Hold'em).

Unfortunately, we've lost the always-entertaining Soheil Samsheddin, and the well-dressed Charlie Townsend (from the "Most Attractive Table in Omaha").

Colin Maneval - 33,000
Mariealena D'Agostino - 28,100
Jerry Callahan - 15,500
Bo Toft - 3,000
Janice Delaney - 1,500
Anthony Caruso - 0
Soheil Shamseddin - 0
Charlie Townsend - 0

17th Place - Robert Phillips

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

After the break, play resumed with 25k/50k blinds, 5k antes.

Robert Phillips - 17th place

After the utg player opened for 250k, Robert Phillips shoved for 600k. Dao Bui looked him up holding pocket Aces. Robert's AK was in bad shape. He got no help from the board and was busted in 17th place, earning $1,530.

18th Place - Joseph Cristinzio

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

The final 18 players drew seats and moved to two tables.

Joseph Cristinzio - 18th place

Soon after, Joseph Cristinzio moved all-in utg for 350k and got looked up by Rohan Long in the small blind. Joseph was ahead with AK against Rohan's AJ and held the lead when the flop came K J 3. The turn was a brick, but another Jack hit the river, giving Rohan trips and the pot. Joseph finished 18th place, earning $1,530.

End of level and players are taking a break. Here are some rough chip counts along with their current table and seat assignments:

Table 1
Seat - Player - Hometown - Chips
1 - Jon-Michael Rea - Steubenville, OH - 1.055 million
2 - Janos Bodor - Churchville, PA - 740k
3 - David Taylor - Elkridge, MD - 705k
4 - Anthony Erekat - Lodi, NJ - 890k
5 - Jack Barnes - Brick, NJ - 1.25 million
6 - Rohan Long - Windsor, CT - 804k
7 - Travis Wong - Rego Park, NY - 2.93 million
8 - empty
9 - Robert Noel - Johnstown, PA - 800k

Table 2
1 - Robert Phillips - no hometown - 600k
2 - Matthew Butch - Clarksburgh, NJ - 500k
3 - Dao Bui - Sterling, VA - 1.42 million
4 - James Boyle - Havre de Grace, MD - 625k
5 - Paul Gilpatrick - Audubon, PA - 750k
6 - William Sutherland - Shirley, NY - 800k
7 - Alexander Brody - Staten Island, NY - 475k
8 - Anthony Curcio - Clark, NJ - 1 million
9 - Hanoch Guttman - Brooklyn, NY - 935k

Alex Kuchik defeats Wayne Temples

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Alex Kuchik

Alex Kuchik has defeated Wayne Temples in a quick heads up match.  Details to follow.

3rd Place - Mike LaTour - $9,030

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Mike LaTour

Mike LaTour was all in preflop holding pocket eights against the JT of Wayne Temples.  Temples flopped trip tens and filled up on the turn, leaving LaTour drawing dead.  When a meaningless nine hit the river, LaTour was eliminated in 3rd place, and will take home $9,030 for his finish.

Temples doubles through LaTour

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Mike LaTour

Wayne Temples was all in preflop holding AQ and was called by Mike LaTour, who held A2.  There was no drama this time as the board fell 3287K, doubling Temples up to around 1.8M and dropping LaTour down to around 900k.

LaTour doubles through Temples

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo
Wayne Temples takes a hit to his stack

With the blinds at 100k/200k, Mike LaTour raised an additional 300k, and Wayne Temples moved all in, having LaTour covered.  LaTour made the call with QdQh, needing to fade the ace ten of Temples.  The Qs5c6s flop didn't give LaTour much of a sweat, and there were no runner runner shenanigans to save Temples.  LaTour's stack was counted down as 1.32M, so now Temples is the short stack.

LaTour doubles through Kuchik

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Alex Kuchik in happier times

Alex Kuchik open shoved from the button for 1.32M, and Mike LaTour made the call.  Kuchik held AQ, which had LaTour's A5 dominated.  That all changed on a 657 flop, leaving Kuchik drawing to one of the remaining three queens.  He hit it on the turn when it fell Q, and the T changed nothing.  Kuchik's pair of queens will take the pot, leaving LaTour on the short stack.

4th Place - Craig Rubinstein - $7,319

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

 Craig Rubinstein can't believe his eyes

At 70k/140k blinds, Wayne Temples opened the pot to 350k before Mike LaTour moved all in for 780k.  Craig Rubinstein made the call, and Temples got out of the way.  It was a race situation as LaTour held KJ to Rubinstein's 88.  The flop gave LaTour a gutshot straight draw when it fell T3A, and he added a flush draw when the turn fell A.  The 4 on the river completed LaTour's backdoor draw and left Rubinstein crippled.

On the next hand, Alex Kuchik opened the pot to 200k and Rubinstein called all in for less.  Temples made the call, and the three saw a 988 flop.  Temples bet out, which forced a fold from Kuchik.  Temples exclaimed, "I have an overpair," as he showed TT.  Rubinstein explained that he hadn't seen his hand as he tabled AT.  When the turn and river fell 52, Rubinstein failed to find an ace to stave off his elimination, and he will exit in 4th place, good for $7,319.

5th Place - Daniel Vranich - $5,703

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Daniel Vranich

Daniel Vranich has been eliminated after losing back to back hands in similar pair-under-pair situations.  In the first hand, he doubled up Alex Kuchik when Vranich's pocket sevens proved no match for Kuchik's pocket queens.  On the very next hand, Vranich open shoved with pocket deuces, and again Kuchik woke up with a bigger pair.  This time it was pocket jacks that Kuchik held, and the overpair again held up, this time to eliminate Vranich.  For his 5th place finsh, Vranich will pick up $5,703.

With play for handed, chip counts are roughly as follows:

Wayne Temples - 2.5M
Alex Kuchik - 2.5M
Mike LaTour - 900k
Craig Rubinstein - 900k

6th Place - Al Riccobono - $4,752

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Al Riccobono

A short stacked Al Riccobono moved all in with A3 and was called by Daniel Vranich with a superior AK.  When the flop fell with two kings on it, Riccobono was drawing dead and was eliminated in 6th place.  He will pick up $4,752 for his efforts.

7th Place - Giuseppe Pantaleo - $3,801

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Giuseppe Pantaleo

It was the hand before the hand that did it for Giuseppe Pantaleo.  In his penultimate hand, Pantaleo raised preflop and was three bet by Wayne Temples.  Panteleo called and they saw a flop of 832 rainbow.  Panteleo bet out, Temples went all in, and Panteleo instacalled with a set of threes.  Temples had pocket queens, but was able to hit a queen on the turn to win a massive pot and cripple Panteleo.

Pantaleo was then all in for less than the big blind on the next hand.  Temples raised preflop and Al Riccobono called all in.

Panteleo T6
Riccobono 99
Temples KT

Riccobono had his opponents drawing virtually dead when the flop fell 694, and he scooped the pot when the turn and river fell 7Q.  Pantaeleo will earn $3,801 for his 7th place finish.

8th Place - Gregory Best - $2,851

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Gregory Best

A short stacked Gregory Best got the last of his chips in in one of the best spots possible, with his pocket tens up against the T8 of Mike LaTour.  Unfortunately, Best's hand ended up on the worst when LaTour flopped the nuts on a J97 flop.  One of the three eights did not fall to chip the pot, and Best was eliminated in 8th place for $2,851.

9th Place - Brian Nichols - $1,901

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Brian Nichols

10th Place - Raid Etayyim - $1,236

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Raid Etayyim

A short stacked Raid Etayyim made a desperation shove with K3 and Craig Rubinstein holding A9 made the call.  Etayyim did not improve and will get $1,236 for his 10th place finish.

Final table reached

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Seat 1 - Brian Nichols - 185k
Seat 2 - Alex Kuchik - 645k
Seat 3 - Al Riccobono - 290k
Seat 4 - Gregory Best - 325k
Seat 5 - Raid Etayyim - 175k
Seat 6 - Daniel Vranich - 1.35M
Seat 7 - Giuseppe Pantaleo - 1.15M
Seat 8 - Craig Rubinstein - 250k
Seat 9 - Wayne Temples - 1.165M
Seat 10 - Mike LaTour - 1.45M

More DS Eliminations

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

15 Robert Santilli (Jackson, NJ)$1,046
14 Marc Davis (Orlando, FL) $1,046
13 Nino Lyons (Rockledge, FL) $1,046
12 Robert Ferla (Waldwick, NJ) $1,236
11 Rogelio Figer (Clinton, MD) $1,236

Players are redrawing for the final 10 seats.

DS Eliminations

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

The pace is so fast and furious all we can do is give you a glimpse of this crazy kaleidoscope of action. As Ben Coren hits the rail he gives a shout out to his wife Holly, saying "now I can buy her an early anniversary present."

A coach bag could be in Holly's future.

Here's a look at the first eliminations.

Place - Name - Amount

27 Daniel Amsalem (Brooklyn, NY) $856
26 Todor Blazveski (Wayne, NJ) $856
25 Zaher Saleh (Rocky River, OH) $856
24 Wade Woelfel (Mankato, MN) $856
23 Rachik Aleksanyan (Solon, OH) $856
22 Joshua Plummer (Salisbury, NC) $856
21 Dean Schutz (Stow, OH) $856
20 Jared Hutt (Forked River, NJ) $856
19 Thomas Navarra (Haverstraw, NY) $856
18 Benjamin Coren (Lansdale, PA) $951
17 Travell Thomas (Buffalo, NY) $951
16 Benjamin Klier (Versailes, KY) $951
Event 7: $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em

In a battle of the blinds, James Boyle (small) was all-in against Robert Noel (big). James held A8 and was ahead of Robert's KJ. The board came 9 6 5 Q 7 and James doubled up.

Jason Henrici - 21st place

Jason Henrici of Old Tappan, NJ, (bb) was all-in against Paul Gilpatrick of Audubon, PA (utg). Paul held AK and had Jason's A6 dominated. The board came 7 6 4 T T and Paul took the pot. Jason finished in 21st place ($1,203).

Jack Barnes (Brick, NJ) opened for 120k from the hijack and William Sutherland (Shirley, NY) called from the cutoff. The flop came Q 7 2 and Jack fired 200k. William called. Turn was a 6 and Jack fired 300k. William called. River was a 4 and Jack moved all-in for 229k. William called, showing pocket Tens. Jack rolled over pocket Aces to take the pot, doubling up to over 1.7 million, edging out Travis Wong for the chip lead.

Not for long, however, as Matt Isherwood (Succasunna, NJ) was busted by Travis, who appears to be back in the lead. Matt finished 20th for $1,203.

Official Numbers for the Omaha Tournament

Event 10: $350 + $50 Omaha Hi-Lo

The official numbers have been released, and here's a look at what the remaining 140 players are gunning for:

Number of Entries: 171
Total Buy-In: $59,850

1st: $17,417
2nd: $9,579
3rd: $5,515
4th: $4,644
5th: $3,483
6th: $2,903
7th: $2,322
8th: $1,742
9th: $1,306
10th-12th: $1,161
13th-15th: $1,016
16th-18th: $871

The field just started Level 9, with blinds at 300-600 and limits of 600-1,200. As mentioned before, there are 140 players remaining (they just broke down to 14 tables), with an average chip stack around 12,300.

Bang, Bang - Bubble Breaks

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Danny Does Damage

Danny Vranich (Palm Beach, FL) continues to dominate his table as he crosses the one million chip mark.

First he breaks the bubble with A Q to knock out a 17k stack in 28th place.

On the next hand Vranich raises to 75k, and Daniel Amsalem (Brooklyn, NY) comes over the top for 400k. Mike Latour calls for 58k total and Vranich calls with his 700k stack putting both players at risk.

Vranich: A K
Amsalem: A 10
Latour: 9 8

The board brings the 8 as Latour wins the main pot with a pair of 8s to triple-up.

Vranich wins the side pot worth 300k and takes his stack to 1.1 million, while Amsalem is the first player to cash, taking home $856 for 27th place.

Million-Chip Club

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

Down to 24 players now at three tables. Blinds are up to 15k/30k with 4k antes.

Travis Wong

At the last break, Travis Wong (Rego Park, NY) had taken the chip lead with 1.5 million. Robert Noel (Johnstown, PA) and William Sutherland (Shirley, NY) were both in the 1.24 million range.

Dao Bui (Sterling, VA) had about 1.1 million. Only one other players was over the 1 million mark.

Former chip leader Ibraim Ibraimovic (Brooklyn, NY) has busted out.

Big Stacks

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Giuseppe Going for the Double

As the 15 minute levels destroy the short stacks, a lot of players are accumulating a lot of chips.

Giuseppe Pantaelo (Bielfefeld, Germany) is making another Deep Stack Turbo run after finishing 3rd in Event 3. Pantaelo's a 22 year old pro from West Germany who's the first player to crack the half million chip mark with 502k.

Pantaelo says he's "playing well and running well," and that he's in the U.S. specifically to play in the Borgata Poker Open.

Here's a look at some of the big stacks.

Giuseppe Pantaelo (Bielfefeld, Germany) 500k
Danny Vranich (Palm Beach, FL) 400k
Clarence Temples (N. Myrtle Beach, FL) 374k
Robert Ferla (Waldwick, NJ) 300k

Blinds: 8k/16k/2k
Players Remaining: 32
Avg. Stack: 219k

The Most Attractive Table in Omaha

Event 10: $350 + $50 Omaha Hi-Lo

No, not Omaha, Nebraska, but it's likely the most attractive table in today's Omaha Hi-Lo tournament. Mariealena D'Agostino flagged me down to point out that her table was much better looking than most tables you'll find in a poker tournament.

Mariealena pointed out that both she and Janice Delaney (sitting next to her) were nicely dressed and wearing lipstick, and Charlie Townsend (sitting on the other side of Mariealena) was wearing a dress shirt.

The Most Attractive Table in the Room


Mariealena D'Agostino (left) and Janice Delaney

The field has just taken their second break of the day, and there are 165 players remaining at 17 tables. The blinds have increased to 200-400, with limits of 400-800. Here are some updated chip counts:

Anthony Caruso - 17,000
Colin Maneval - 15,000
Janice Delaney - 10,000
Mariealena D'Agostino - 9,700
Charlie Townsend - 5,800
Soheil Shamseddin - 3,300

Chip and a Chair

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

Playing 10k/20k with 3k antes.

Gary King shoved from the hijack and got the snap-call from Hanoch Guttman in the cutoff. After everyone else got out of the way. George said "oops" and showed JT off. Hanoch held pocket Aces. The board came 9 9 6 9 8 and Hanoch took the pot. The stacks had to be counted down and Gary was left with 4k in chips.

After posting the 3k ante, Gary had a single 1k chip left, which he tossed into the pot. Both blinds called and on the flop of K J 2, Jon-Michael Rea (sb) bet into the side pot and Sonali Virendra folded (bb). Gary held 97 suited and was actually ahead of Jon-Michael's 93 off. The last two cards were blanks and Gary took the main pot, chipping up to ~30k.

Gary was then all-in for 24k on the next hand with three callers. That pot ended up in a three-way chop among players holding a King -- including Gary.

Gary King - 39th place

Gary was once again all-in for 37k against two opponents, who checked down the board. One of them paired up and Gary was finally busted in 39th place, earning $962.

Two short-stacks were all-in, both holding pocket Aces. Robert Noel called the extra from the blind holding J5. Was a good investment and he won the pot and busted two players in the process. Robert is up to ~1.2 million.

Travis Wong busted a player and he's now up to ~1.6 million.

Blinds have increased to 12k/24k with 3k antes.

DS Turbo Payouts

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Number of Entries: 280
Total Buy-In: $98,000

Place - Amount

1 $26,616
2 $15,684
3 $9,030
4 $7,319
5 $5,703
6 $4,752
7 $3,801
8 $1,901
9 $2,851
10-12 $1,236
13-15 $1,046
16-18 $951
19-27 $856

Omaha Update

Event 10: $350 + $50 Omaha Hi-Lo

It will be a while before we receive official numbers for today's Omaha Hi-Lo tournament, but the field has just begun Level 5, with blinds at 100-200 and limits of 200-400.

Players began with 10,000 in chips, and levels are 30 minutes long, with a 10-minute break every three levels. Action will continue tonight until they are down to a winner.

The field for Omaha Hi-Lo

There are 17 tables in play, which gives us a current field of 160-170 players.

Break Time Leaderboard Update

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

The Deep Stack players are enjoying their first break of the day -- 47 of them are, that is. 18 players have already busted out (16 of them getting paid).

Ibraim Ibraimovic

Ibraim Ibraimovic (Brooklyn, NY) is leading the pack with 1.134 million chips. Anthony Curcio (Clark, NJ) is close behind with about 1 million. Dao Bui has been on a rush and is up to 984k. Travis Wong is fourth in chips with 840k.

Contest Winner

Congratulations to Richard Spigai (Middletown, NJ), winner of the Borgata Poker Open 2010 contest!

Richard has won entry into this year's WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship (September 18-23).


Mike's Math Lessons

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Pilgrim & Leah

Mike Leah (Las Vegas, NV via Canada) has been willing to gamble and math has helped him build an early stack.

On the first hand of the re-entry tournament, Leah and two other players go all-in "blind." Leah wakes up with J J and the hand holds. "I'm risking $400 to win 75 thousand chips," says the notable pro, "It's a re-entry tournament, why not?"

After tripling-up, Leah bides his time and uses math to guide him through another multi-way pot. An early position player shoves all in for 3k, 4 players call, including Sheree Bykfosky from the button and Dwyte Pilgrim in the SB.

After putting on his shades and counting a re-raise, Leah makes it 75k to go from the BB. Kent Bowley (Portland, ME) makes the call with only 28k, while all remaining players fold.

Leah: 7 5
Bowley: K10
3k short stack: 9 10

The board runs out A 3 4 6 J to give Leah a straight as he takes everything.

"I didn't think anyone was strong, but I also didn't think he (Bowley) would call," says Leah, who now has 150k. "It's simple math if everyone folds." Leah admits the odds are worse having to risk the extra 28k, but in the end it works out.

After Leah's table breaks he goes to 260k, but reports that he lost 200k pot with KK vs AK and is left with 60k.

Math says Leah was a 2 to 1 favorite to win the hand, but this time he's on the other side of the calculator.

Bubble Burst -- In The Money!

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

They got the cards in the air and it didn't take long before two players had been dispatched. With 63 players remaining, they are all in the money and much happier.

Table 8 has broken and 7 nine-handed tables remain.

Deep Stack Survivors

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Notables who survived the re-entry portion of the tournament:

Mike "The Nose" Castaldo
Mikey "Unbelievable" Dentale
Tom Dobrilovic
Will "The Thrill" Failla
Johanssy Joseph
Al Riccobono
Eric Siegel

Featured Table (#16)

Sheree Bykofsky (Seat 10)
Dwyte Pilgrim (Seat 1)
Mike Leah (Seat 2)

4 Card Runners

Event 10: $350 + $50 Ohmaha H/L 8B

The second Omaha tournament of the Borgata Poker Open is underway in the back of the Event Center. This is a high/low tournament that starts with 10k in chips.

Levels last 30 minutes and the cards are in the air

Better Than Aces

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

Dobs Doubles & Then Some

With an announcement that there's only 4 minutes left before the re-entry portion of the deep stack expires, Tom Dobrilovic (West Nyack, NY) pushes all-in for 28k. He gets two callers as players look to either double-up or re-up at the registration window.

Herbert Cheng (New York, NY) asks, "do you have aces?" Dobrilovic quickly says, "yes," and shows 4 2.

After a good laugh, Cheng shows he's way ahead with K K, while the third player has A 6 and is all-in for less.

Flop: 2
J K

Cheng flops a set of kings, but
Dobrilovic picks up a flush draw which he hits on the turn when the board runs out A 8♠. Dobrilovic wins everything with the only spade and takes his stack to nearly 80k.

"Let me shake your hand," Cheng says to the winner, as he sees his stack cut to 15k.


Dobrilovic's smiling like the butcher's dog and is looking for another cash after finish 6th in the $1k.

Players are back from break as re-entry is now closed.

Cheng Chopped Down by the 4

Bust, Re-Enter, Double

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

After shipping his initial 9k in chips with a blind bet from under the gun, Chris Lindh (Goshen, NY) likes gambling so much he's back at it after re-entering the tournament.

The cut off limps into the pot and Lindh, from the button, jams 25k with 8 9. The cut-off mulls it over and Lindh says, "let me help you out, what do you have?"

The player flips over Q 10 and Lindh shows him two under cards. After Lindh convinces him to call, the cutoff, as a 64% favorite, sees his slight edge go up in flames when an 8 hits the flop and river to give Lindh trip 8s.

"The only thing I don't want to see there is an over pair," says Lindh who's doubled his (second) stack to 50k. "And he wouldn't have called unless I told him to."

Blinds are flying into the fourth level and are 100/200.

Turbo x 2

Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NL

Not only is this the second Deep Stack Turbo of the Borgata Poker Open, but just like Event 2 players can re-enter twice after their initial buy-in (3 entry total).

The starting stacks are 25k with 15 minute levels. Buckle up and deal!

Event 8 Final Results

Borgata Poker Open 2010
Event 8: $200 + $30 Ladies No Limit Hold'em
September 12

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

FINAL RESULTS
1. LIPING ZHANG (DOYLESTOWN, PA): $8,962
2. PHUONG NGUYEN (EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ): $4,929
3. SHERRY HERMAN (FARMINGDALE, NJ): $2,838
4. LYNNE BENNETT (DURHAM, CAN): $2,390
5. ELAINE RAWN (ONTARIO, CAN): $1,793
6. KAREN GUSTAFSON (REHOBOTH BEACH, DE): $1,494
7. JENNY CHANG (ELLICOTT CITY, MD): $1,195
8. CHRISTINE HIRSCH (PEEKSKILL, NY): $896
9. NANCY MCLAUGHLIN (BROOMALL, PA): $672
10. MORAN MICHILOVICH (FLUSHING, NY): $598
11. BONNIE CASTILLO (WEST FRIENDSHIP, MD): $598
12. FELICIA SHEARIN (WASHINGTON, DC): $598
13. BETH RUSSO (PARLIN, NJ): $523
14. MARGUERITE SPAGNUOLO (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $523
15. ALIDA VELIU (WYCKOFF, NJ): $523
16. ZEMZEM MUSTEFA (INDIAN HEAD, MD): $448
17. KAREN PEREZ (CHALFONT, PA): $448
18. MARCIA KUNTZ (TAKOMA PARK M, MD): $448

Event 5 Final Results

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

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

FINAL RESULTS
1. KEVIN CALENZO (NEW HARTFORD , NY): $79,307
2. EMANUEL "WILL THE THRILL" FAILLA (COMMACK, NY): $46,735
3. STEVEN COLLINS (RUTHERFORD, NJ): $26,908
4. GORDON ENG (CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ): $21,809
5. DEREK BUONANO (TOLLAND, CT): $16,994
6. TOMISLAV DOBRILOVIC (WEST NYACK, NY): $14,162
7. WILLIAM TONKING (FLEMINGTON, NJ): $11,330
8. TYLER PATTERSON (EVERETT, WA): $8,498
9. MIGUEL BORRERO (JERSEY CITY, NJ): $5,666
10. ANDREW YOUNGBLOOD (DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI): $3,682
11. PHILIPPE CASCIOLA (NEW YORK, NY): $3,682
12. JESSE KLEIN (BLUE BELL, PA): $3,682
13. ALEX KUCHIK (BROOKLYN, NY): $3,116
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
19. SAMEER BHALLA (LAKE HIAWATHA, NJ): $2,549
20. ODETTE CLAIRE TREMBLAY (N LAS VEGAS, NV): $2,549
21. ROBERT HWANG (BARNEGAT, NJ): $2,549
22. GEORGE MIHAS (RICHMOND, VA): $2,549
23. JOHN ANDRESS (DOYLESTOWN, PA): $2,549
24. ARTYEM PERLOV (FORT LEE, NJ): $2,549
25. RICHARD MARTHENS (OAK RIDGE, NJ): $2,549
26. WILLIAM BRINDISE (RUMSON, NJ): $2,549
27. FRANCIS PETRILLO (UNION, NJ): $2,549

Event 7 Chip Count Leaders

Borgata Poker Open 2010
Event 7: $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
September 12 - 13

Entries: 644
Total Buy-In: $225,400

END OF DAY 1 CHIP COUNT LEADERS:
1. IBRAIM IBRAIMOVIC (BROOKLYN, NY): 753,000
2. ANTHONY CURCIO (CLARK, NJ): 692,000
3. ROBERT NOEL (JOHNSTOWN, PA): 680,000
4. GARY KING (ALLIANCE, OH): 500,000
5. JACK BARNES (BRICK, NJ): 420,000
6. AERIAL NOSEWORTHY (BOTWOOD, CAN): 402,000
7. DANIEL DIZENZO (SUSSEX, NJ): 397,000
8. WILLIAM GOWIE (HAVERTOWN, PA): 389,000
9. JOSHUA SUPSAK (LINWOOD, NJ): 371,000
10. MATTHEW BUTCH (CLARKSBURG, NJ): 368,000
11. WILLIAM SUTHERLAND (SHIRLEY, NY): 358,000
12. OREN SIEDLECKI (VALLEY STREAM, NY): 347,000
13. ROBERT NGUYEN (W. NEW YORK, NJ): 333,000
14. CARLOS BERENGUER (RUTHERFORD, NJ): 330,000
15. ARTHUR WINFIELD (DINWIDDIE, VA): 325,000
16. EMAD ALABSI (SOLON, OH): 322,000
17. SHERI MOORES (WAYNE, PA): 296,000
18. SALVATORE POPOLO (BROOKLYN, NY): 295,000
19. DAJUAN WHORLEY (ACCOKEEK, MD): 289,000
20. TRAVIS WONG (REGO PARK, NY): 287,000
21. TRISTAN BAUM (NEW YORK, NY): 286,000
22. NICHOLAS SPENCE (COLLEGEVILLE, PA): 284,000
23. JANOS BODOR (CHURCHVILLE, PA): 281,000
24. MATTHEW DAMON (MARSHFIELD, MA): 273,000
25. DAO BUI (STERLING, VA): 248,000
26. JOHN ROTHE (WANTAGH, NY): 246,000
27. MATTHEW ISHERWOOD (SUCCASUNNA, NJ): 238,000
28. NUENGRUETHAI KOYFONG-PHAN (LITHIA SPRING, GA): 238,000
29. JEREMY SOLOMON (ORELAND, PA): 233,000
30. JOSHUA MARTIN (MANKATO, MN): 229,000
31. HANOCH GUTTMAN (BROOKLYN, NY): 227,000
32. JACK DEUTSCH (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 226,000
33. MARCUS SEITZ (ALEXANDRIA, VA): 222,000
34. SONALI VIRENDRA (CLIFTON, NJ): 222,000
35. ROHAN LONG (WINDSOR, CT): 208,000
36. ROBERT PHILLIPS (GEORGETOWN, MA): 206,000
37. YOEL CACERES (LYNDHURST, NJ): 205,000
38. ANTHONY SHURILLA (ALBURTIS, PA): 201,000
39. RODNEY ORD (ELKRIDGE, MD): 198,000
40. DAVID TAYLOR (ELKRIDGE, MD): 194,000
41. SANDRA BOYD (WILLIAMSBURG, VA): 187,000
42. ALEXANDER BRODY (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 184,000
43. JAMES BOYLE (HAVRE DE GRACE, MD): 177,000
44. ANTHONY EREKAT (LODI, NJ): 177,000
45. JOSEPH CRISTINZIO (SEWELL, NJ): 166,000
46. JOHN CAMPBELL (HUMMELSTOWN, PA): 161,000
47. ROBERT DEPASQUALE (RANDOLPH, NJ): 161,000
48. GIOVANI TORRES (MIDDLESEX, NJ): 150,000
49. JASON HENRICI (OLD TAPPAN, NJ): 148,000
50. PAUL GILPATRICK (AUDUBON, PA): 145,000
51. JON-MICHAEL REA (STEUBENVILLE, OH): 144,000
52. MICHAEL NODA (PHILADELPHIA, PA): 142,000
53. JEREMY MOORE (COLUMBIA, NJ): 136,000
54. BRETT BAUMEISTER (EXTON, PA): 134,000
55. KRZYSZTOF MOCHOL (PENNDEL, PA): 117,000
56. HELEN SPOONER (INDIAN HEAD, MD): 115,000
57. RANSON NELSON (FREDERICKSBURG, VA): 102,000
58. RICHARD SERRANO (LONG BCH, NY): 100,000
59. RONALD BIGLIN (MURRELLS INLET, SC): 99,000
60. CARL RESTIFO (WARETOWN, NJ): 98,000
61. MICHAEL KATZ (E BRUNSWICK, NJ): 96,000
62. ERIC SAIKIN (SURPRISE, AZ): 81,000
63. WILLIAM ZGORSKI (HAMPSTEAD, MD): 80,000
64. VINCE EDWARDS (GLENN DALE, MD): 63,000
65. BERNARD COLLINS (BAYVILLE, NJ): 41,000

Event 8 Ladies Recap

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

Liping Zhang (Doylestown, PA) used experience and good fortune to win the Ladies event of the Borgata Poker Open. After finishing 4th in the Summer Open, Zhang topped 154 players to win the $8,962 first prize.

"I read a fortune cookie yesterday (Saturday) that said, 'You'll be traveling and come into good fortune,' and that's what I did," she said after winning with 109 on the final hand.

Zhang outlasts Phuong "Sandy" Nguyen (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ) and Sherry Herman (Farmingdale, NJ) who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

A lot of familiar faces who've recently made Borgata Ladies final tables were in the field, including heavy hitter Alida Veliu (Wyckoff, NJ) who finished 15th ($523) and has now cashed three times in the last 20 months, including 4th place (2010) and 1st place (2009) finishes in each of the last two Winter Opens.

Also picking up another final table was Nancy McLaughlin (Broomall, PA) who finished 9th ($672) after an 8th place finish in the Spring.

Midway through the event 4 big stacks emerged and they all rode the momentum to a payday.

Elaine Rawn (Toronto, Canada), who finished 5th ($1,793) and Maureen Michilovich (New York, NY), who came in 10th ($598) made the final table. While Marguerite Spagnuolo (Staten Island, NY) and Zem Mustefa (Washington, D.C. via Ethiopia) came in 14th ($523) and 16th ($448) places respectively.

The total buy-in of $30,800 was divided between 18 places and it took more than 14 hours for the Zhang to be crowned champion.



Day 1 Chipleaders

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

Day 1 of the Deep Stack tournament comes to an end at 2:00 am ET with about 70 players left -- less than a table away from the money bubble. (The top 63 get paid.) They will return tomorrow (Monday) at 2:00 pm ET to play down to a winner.

Official chip counts will be released by the casino and posted here overnight, but here is a look at the 14 players who finished the day with more than 300,000 in chips. (Average is about 230,000, and the blinds will resume at 6,000-12,000 with a 2,000 ante.)

1. Ibra Ibraimovic - 763,000 (63 bb)
2. Anthony Curcio - 692,000 (57 bb)
3. Robert Noel - 680,000 (56 bb)
4. Gary "Lindell" King - 500,000 (41 bb)
5. Jack A. Barnes - 420,000 (35 bb)
6. Dan Dizenzo - 397,000 (33 bb)
7. Bill Gowie - 389,000 (32 bb)
8. Josh Supsak - 371,000 (30 bb)
9. William Sutherland - 358,000 (29 bb)
10. Oren Siedlecki - 347,000 (28 bb)
11. Robert Nguyen - 333,000 (27 bb)
12. Carlos Berenguer - 330,000 (27 bb)
13. Arthur Winfield - 325,000 (27 bb)
14. Emad Alabsi - 322,000 (26 bb)

Chipleader Ibra Ibraimovic

Action resumes tomorrow at 2:00 pm ET, and we'll be providing live coverage all the way to the winner here on the Borgata Poker Blog.

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

Kevin Calenzo, 1st place

While not billed as deep stack tournament, Event 5: $1000 + $90 No Limit Hold'em sure played like one.  292 entrants showed up to play, and it took 27 hours to play down to a winner.

Two time WPT final tablist Soheil Shamseddin showed up to take a shot, but fell short of the money.  "Action Bob" Hwang was successful in cashing thanks to a four way all in on day 1, his pocket queens holding up against AK and two AQ's.  He took 21st place for $2,549.  Tyler Patterson, who's resume includes a six figure win at last year's Commerce Hold'em Series and a win earlier this year at the Pendleton Spring Poker Round-Up, got himself to the final table but had to settle for $8,498 for his 8th place finish.

When all was said and done, Kevin Calenzo from New Hartford, NY emerged victorious after an hourlong heads up battle with "Will The Thrill" Failla from Commack, NY. Failla had entered day 2 as the massive chip leader, having almost double the chips as second place, and held the chip lead until he reached heads up play with Calenzo.  When the final hand occurred, Calenzo holding a set of eights against the busted flush draw of Failla, neither was sure if Calenzo had ended the tournament or not.  After the players and tournament officials meticulously counted down the stacks, Calenzo was declared the winner.

Calenzo was pleased to finally claim his first title after getting close with a third place finish at a $2,500 Venetian Deep Stack in 2009 and a final table appearance at last month's World Series of Poker Circuit $1,500 championship event.  Calenzo started playing poker in 2003, but has since given up his past of working odd jobs to play poker professionally.  While he may take tomorrow off, Calenzo plans to play all of the remaining events in the Borgata Poker Open, including the $3,500 WPT Championship.

Kevin Calenzo defeats "Will The Thrill" Failla

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

Kevin Calenzo (left) and "Will The Thrill" Failla (right)

It took a cooler to get our two finalists all in, and on a 286 flop, they did exactly that.  Kevin Calenzo held the nuts with 88, but was vulnerable to "Will The Thrill" Failla's flush draw with KJ.  That draw failed to materialize when the turn and river came 97, and when the river landed, Failla humorously claimed he had a straight.  Both Calenzo and Failla's stack were counted down, and after a few minutes, it was determined that Calenzo had Failla slightly covered.  Calenzo will collect $79,307 for his 1st place finish, and Failla will collect $46,735 for his second place finish.

Will They Reach the Money Bubble Today?

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

After the final break of the day, there is about one hour left in the deep stack tournament before the 2:00 am finish line. There are 85 players remaining, and the top 63 will finish in the money. Will they reach the money bubble before the day ends?

No.

But they should get close. We'll be scouting out chipleaders to post for the end of the day.

3rd Place - Steven Collins (Rutherford, NJ)

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

Steven Collins

Steven Collins minraised the button, and Kevin Calenzo called from the big blind.  When the flop fell 744x, Calenzo check raised all in and Collins called.  Calenzo had flopped top pair with his T7, but Collins was favored with AK, holding a flush draw and two overs.  The turn and river bricked and sent the pot to Colenzo.  Collins was left with $26,908 for his 3rd place finish.

Though he won that pot, Kevin Calenzo enters heads up play at a chip disadvantage, with 1.472M in chips to "Will The Thrill" Failla's 2.816M.  The two took a brief ten minute break and have agreed to not take any more breaks until the match is over.

Ladies Champion - Zhang

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

Liping Zhang (Doylestown, PA)
$8,962

After 14 hours of play the action is fast and furious three-handed and when the dust settles Liping Zhang is the 2010 Borgata Poker Open Ladies Champion.

"I read a fortune cookie yesterday (Saturday) that said, 'You'll be traveling and come into good fortune,' and that's what I did," she said after winning with 109 on the final hand.

Zhang's championship is an improvement over her 4th place finish from the Summer Open. She outlasts Phuong "Sandy" Nguyen and Sherry Herman to take the title. "I usually don't play on Sundays," says Nguyen after finishing 2nd, "I just had a feeling to come out and play."

Nguyen adds that she made the decision one hour before the tournament and made the short drive from Egg Harbor Twp. to Borgata. In the past she's skipped the ladies events because she puts her family first, especially her 11 and 13 year old sons.


There were no signs or strong feelings for third place finisher Herman, who had this tournament on her calendar. "I consistently grew my stack," she says, "I played pretty conservatively. It was fun."


Phuong "Sandy" Nguyen (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ)
2nd - $4,929


Sherry Herman (Farmingdale, NJ)
3rd - $2,838


Herman, Nguyen & Zhang

4th - Bennett

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

Lynne Bennett (Ontario, Canada) 4th - $2,390

With play 4 handed, Lynne Bennett shoves 130k from UTG with A 8 off suit and runs into the pocket jacks of Liping Zhang. The jacks hold for Zhang and Bennett's out in 4th place.

Bennett, a writer for Poker Pro Magazine is in Atlantic City to cover the Borgata Poker Open, was able to squeeze in the ladies event into her schedule. "I snuck in an affordable tournament and did well," she says after her elimination.