Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Losers Stay Late So Winners Can Go Home

Event 11: Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em ($2,000 + $150)

There are many advantages to being in the Winners Bracket of a double-elimination heads-up tournament. The most obvious advantage is that if you lose a match, you get to keep playing. Another advantage is the fact that the four remaining players in the Winners Bracket have already guaranteed themselves a money finish, earning at least $6,209.

But a less obvious advantage is the fact that the Winners Bracket is done for the day, and most of them have been done for a while. But Round 5 of the Losers Bracket just began at 11:00 pm ET, and there are even some Round 4 matches in action. It's a late night for the players in the Losers Bracket.

Matt Lombardi

One of the players who seemed to be in good spirits, despite being in the Losers Bracket, is Matt Lombardi of Edison, NJ. He's currently playing his Round 5 match against Christopher Bolt. Lombardi won his first match of the day before losing in Round 2 to Jason Young, and Bolt won his first two matches before losing in Round 3 to William Blanda. The winner of this match will face Jason Young, so if Lombardi advances, he gets a rematch against the player who knocked him out of the Winners Bracket.

Something else interesting about Matt Lombardi? He's related to the legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi.

We'll be sticking around to keep you updated on the Round 4 and Round 5 matches in the Losers Bracket for as long as it takes. No matter how long it takes, action will resume in the heads-up tournament tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12:00 noon ET.

The bubble bursts!

Event 12: $300 + $50 No-Limit Hold'em

With 37 players remaining and on the bubble, John Chernosky from Brick, NJ had 18k when he had to post the big blind of 10k.  All folded to the button who minraised to 20k.  The small blind called, and Chernosky called all in, creating a side pot.  The two live players checked down every street on a Q844Q board, tabling AJ and AJ.  Chernosky tabled TT to claim the pot and survive the bubble.

On the very next hand, three players went out on three different tables.  The tournament staff determined who was the shortest stack, and that player will be the official "bubble boy."  Within a few minutes, three more had busted inside of the money, and there are now 31 players remaining.

Cuong Phung Moves Into the Lead as the Bubble Nears

Event 12: $300 + $50 No-Limit Hold'em

The field is down to 45 players, and the final 36 will finish in the money. We have a new chipleader, as Cuong Phung just eliminated a player to move into the lead.

Chipleader Cuong Phung:
Heading for his second final table this week?

Phung's opponent was all in from middle position with A2 against Phung's J9 in the small blind. One player on the other side of the table asked, "Did he really call with a jack?" Phung already had the big stack at the table, so he could weather the loss.

But the board came J 10 4 K 5, and Phung paired his jack on the flop to win the pot and bust his opponent. That hand took Phung from about 245,000 to 292,000, making him the new tournament chipleader. Phung already has a final table under his belt this week, finishing second in Event 3 over the weekend.

Former chipleader Mike Sheldon is still moving in the right direction, increasing his stack to 280,000 for a firm second place. Here's a look at some of the chip counts:

Cuong Phung - 292,000
Mike Sheldon - 280,000
Celso Garcia - 169,000
Ali Soleimanlov - 160,000
Steve Gill - 142,000
Marco Laviola - 127,000
Andre Boyer - 110,000
Emmanuel Desmarais - 93,500
Eric Doerr - 78,000
David Filippi - 59,000
Peter Capuano - 50,000
Rob Perry - Eliminated

Emmanuel Desmarais was involved in a big pot a short while ago that dropped him below 100,000. With blinds at 3,000-6,000 (500 ante), Steve Gill (Fountain Inn, SC) limped under the gun for 6,000, and Desmarais raised from early position to 22,500. Everyone else folded to the small blind, who apparently has been pestered by Desmarais earlier. The small blind pointed to Desmarais and said, "You! When it's your blind, I'm raising every time, no matter what my cards are." Desmarais just sat motionless with his hoodie up over his head, like he couldn't hear him.

The big blind folded as well, and then Gill paused before he moved all in for 63,800. Desmarais asked for an exact count, and then counted out the necessary chips from his stack to see what he'd have left. Desmarais pulled back his hoodie so he could get a good look on the pot, and he appeared to be doing pot-odds calculations. Desmarais eventually called, though neither player was too eager to expose their cards.

Gill turned over 77, and Desmarais showed AJ -- a race situation. As the dealer prepared the flop, the doorcard was clearly the A. But the flop came A 7 3, and several players reacted as Gill flopped a set of sevens. As soon as he saw the seven, Desmarais pulled his hoodie back up over his head.

The final board of A 7 3 10 10 gave Gill a full house (sevens full of tens) to win the pot and double up to 142,000.

And that's how Emmanuel Desmarais dropped below 100,000.

Winners bracket completed for the day

Christian Harder has defeated Jason Young to advance to the semifinals. Harder will be facing Jesse Yaginuma alongside Jack Schanbacher vs Robert McLaughlin. All four of these players are now in the money, as the worst they could do would be to lose their next match and lose their match in the losers bracket, giving them a 6th place finish. The four players are now done for the night, and will return tomorrow at 12pm. Meanwhile, the losers bracket will continue their matchups.

Dinner Break Update: Sheldon Still Dominant

Event 12: $300 + $50 No-Limit Hold'em

The remaining 74 players finish Level 14 and take a one-hour dinner break until 8:55 pm ET. When they return, the blinds will be 2,000-4,000 with a 400 ante. The average stack is about 76,000.

The top 36 players will finish in the money, guaranteed at least $653. A little more than half the remaining players will go home empty handed.

Mike Sheldon has only increased his lead in the last 45 minutes, and we've had a few other players make their way to the top of the leaderboard:

1. Mike Sheldon (Dresher, PA) - 267,000
2. Celso Garcia (Charlotte, NC) - 176,000
3. Emmanuel Desmanais (Montreal, Canada) - 156,000
4. Ali Soleimanlov (Fairfax, VA) - 155,000

Here are updated counts for other notables that we've mentioned to this point:

Marco Laviola - 132,000
Matt Lope - 90,000
Eric Doerr - 72,500
Rob Perry - 70,500
Andre Boyer - 68,500
Peter Capuano - 34,000
David Filippi - 32,500

Rob Perry was wrong in his prediction about Rob "Pops" Matos, because Matos busted in the last hour. Perry, however, is still alive with a nearly average stack, as you can see above.

Recent eliminations:

Rob "Pops" Matos - 0
Emad Alabsi - 0

The players will return from dinner about 8:55 pm ET, and continue playing tonight until they reach a winner.

Chipleaders at Level 13

Event 12: $300 + $50 No-Limit Hold'em

At the third break of the day, there were about 90 players remaining with an average chip stack of about 62,500. We scanned the field for chipleaders, and found the top four players. We got their names when they came back from break, but the chipleader still hasn't returned 10 minutes after the break. (Update: The chipleader showed up 15 minutes late.)

Mike Sheldon (Dresher, PA) - 218,000
Marco Laviola (North Bergen, NJ) - 157,000
Emmanuel Desmarais (Montreal, Canada) - 144,000
Matt Lope (Gloucester City, NJ) - 134,000

Chipleader Mike Sheldon after his 25-minute break.
(Everyone else took a 10-minute break.)

There are quite a few players above the 100,000 mark, so these leads aren't particularly safe. With the blinds at 1,200-2,400 with a 300 ante, here are some other notable stacks from the field:

Eric Doerr - 90,000
Emad Alabsi - 83,000
Andre Boyer - 70,000
Peter Capuano - 52,000
David Filippi - 52,000
Rob Perry - 43,000
Rob "Pops" Matos - 21,000

And a few players that we mentioned earlier who have since been eliminated:

Anthony Caruso - 0
Josh Emerson - 0
Colin Maneval - 0
Joanne Monteavaro - 0
Mike "Little Man" Seca - 0

Balboa vs Creed

Heads Up - Double Elimination ($2000 + $150)

Dwyte "Apollo" Pilgrim

Al Riccobono and Dwyte Pilgrim stage an epic heads up match that could easily have been the poker version of the Rocky script. After 3 hours and 20 minutes Pilgrim wins on a technical knockout that has both players lauding each others game.

"I won't have a tougher match the rest of the day," said Pilgrim who stays alive in the losers bracket, "we both played great the whole time."

"It was like Rocky and Apollo," said Riccobono, who's eliminated after losing his second match. "We both kept throwing punches and getting off the mat."

At different points throughout the match each player held a 3 to 1 chip lead, but each time the other player rallied. After two and-a-half hours they took a break and when play resumed Pilgrim had the upper hand.

"I went card dead," said Riccobono, who finished 6th in Monday's Deep Stack Turbo tournament, "he owned the last half hour. We're good friends and I hope he runs the table."

Pilgrim showed the mutual respect and said, "It went back and forth and wouldn't end. It just wouldn't end."

The end of the match was anti-climactic as blinds were 800/1600 and Riccobono was forced all-in blind with only 50k chips in play.

Pilgrim next faces the winner of the Joshua Hillock and Michael Affa match.

Al "Rocky" Riccobono

Official Numbers & Payouts

Event 12: $300 + $50 No-Limit Hold'em

The official payouts have been released for today's no-limit hold'em tournament.

Number of Players: 374
Total Buy-In: $112,200

1st: $29,386
2nd: $16,326
3rd: $10,122
4th: $8,163
5th: $6,312
6th: $5,333
7th: $4,299
8th: $3,211
9th: $2,177
10th-12th: $1,415
13th-15th: $1,088
16th-18th: $925
19th-27th: $816
28th-36th: $653

There are currently about 130 players remaining, so the average chip stack is about 43,000. The current blinds are 800-1,600 with a 200 ante.

Losers Bracket - 1st Round Complete

Heads Up - Double Elimination ($2000 + $150)

Phelps All Smiles to Begin Play

The biggest surprise in this tournament is the elimination of on-line heads up specialist and 2009 Borgata Poker Open Champion Olivier Busquet. Busquet goes 0-2 and is out of the tournament after losing a 2+ hour marathon match to Bill Blanda and Joshua Hillock.

Also on the rail is 14 time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps loses to Trevor Savage and Jesse Rockowitz.

The losers bracket first round is now complete as Davis loses to Binger and is the last player to go 0-2 to be eliminated from the tournament.

Early 3rd Round Winners

Heads Up - Double Elimination ($2000 + $150)

Hayden Fortini, Robert McLaughlin & Christian Harder are all 3-0 and into 4th round of the winners bracket.

Fortini def Schwartz
McLaughlin def Gross
Harder Def Najafabadi

2nd Round Complete

Heads Up - Double Elimination ($2000 + $150)

Bill Blanda defeats Feming Chan to clear all 2nd round matches in the winners bracket

Cracking Aces & A Winner By 6:00 pm?

Event 12: $300 + $50 No-Limit Hold'em

The no-limit hold'em tournament has been underway since 12 noon, and while we are still waiting on the official numbers and prizepool information, here's what we've got so far.

The field has just entered Level 8, with blinds at 400-800 and a 75 ante. There are currently 220 players sitting at 22 tables, and each player started the tournament with 15,000 in chips. This is a one-day tournament, so it'll play down to a winner tonight.

Peter Capuano caught a lucky break when he was all in preflop from the big blind with KQ against two other players with AA and AA. The board came 10 9 3 3 J, and the jack on the river evoked some loud shouts of surprise from the table as Capuano rivered a four-outer to make a king-high straight.

Capuano tripled up to 30,000, which puts him at the top of our short list of chip counts below.

Also playing today is Colin Maneval, who is coming off of two deep runs here at Borgata, finishing third in Event 3 on Saturday, and bubbling yesterday's Omaha Hi-Lo tournament.

Finally, Rob Perry called me over to his table to inform me that the guy to his right, Rob "Pops" Matos (I need to double-check that spelling), was going to win this event. Possibly by 6:00 pm. No evidence to back that up, and his chip stack seemed about average. But Perry said he was convinced that Matos was going to win the tournament, and that I should take his photo. To share the blame with the jinx, I included Perry in the same photo.

Rob "Pops" Matos (left) may have been jinxed by Rob Perry

However, as I was taking this photo, Matos picked up a pot with a flop bet, and turned over A-Q for top pair, top kicker with a flush draw. Perry took this as further evidence that Matos was predestined to win this tournament. (Yeah, I really need to confirm the spelling of his last name.)

Tiffany Michelle was also in the field today, but just busted a short while ago. She arrived at the Borgata with Maria Ho last night, so expect one or both of them to play more events this week.

Here are a few updated chip counts:

Peter Capuano - 30,000
Andre Boyer - 29,000
Anthony Caruso - 26,000
Rob Perry - 22,000
Rob "Pops" Matos - 20,500
Joanne Monteavaro - 20,500
Josh Emerson - 20,000
Mike "Little Man" Seca - 16,000
Colin Maneval - 13,500
Tiffany Michelle - Eliminated

More 2nd Round Winners

Heads Up - Double Elimination ($2000 + $150)

Winners are 2-0 and into the third round, losers fall to 1-1 and drop to the losers bracket.

Schwartz def St. Hilaire
Schanbacher def Moore
Yaginuma def Affa
Sackler def Finke
Young def Lombardi

Still Playing:

Blanda vs Chan

Losers Bracket - 1st Round

Heads Up - Double Elimination ($2000 + $150)

The losers of the following matches have been eliminated from the heads up tournament after going 0-2 on the day. The winners are still alive.

Leah def Suglia
Elias def Joslyn
Gerber def Kim
Jamshidi def Giordano
Rockowitz def Phelps
Riccobono def Cheng
Diaz def Kakon
Tyson def Chinni
Fong def Stiers
Lufkin def Cheung
North def Dobilovic
Hillock def Busquet
Patterson def Feder
Baumstein def Santangelo
Lamothe def Stout

Still Playing:

Davis vs Binger

Early 2nd Round Winners

Heads Up - Double Elimination ($2000 + $150)

Fortini def Rossetti
Shamseddin def Smith
McLaughlin def Mandavia
Gross def Savage
Bolt def Failla
Coutroulis def Pilgrim
Taylor def Vance
Castaldo def Santiago
Najafabadi def Neiman
Harder def Corcione

Shamseddin beats Smith

Heads Up - Double Elimination ($2000 + $150)

Two guys who enjoy poker, but love to talk just as much, had the spotlight to themselves in the Borgata Poker Open Heads Up tournament.

Poker pros Soheil Shamseddin and Gavin Smith faced off in the second round as Shamseddin won to move on. "We both enjoy conversation, besides just the poker," says Shamseddin, who's now 2-0 and into the third round. "Otherwise it gets boring."

Shamseddin ended the match when his A K finished off Smith's A 10 less than one hour into the match, as Smith drops into the losers bracket.

"I love it," says Shamseddin about the heads up format. "Not that many places have it. I'd play every tour stop if everyone had it. It suits my game, I'm crazy," he says with a laugh.

HU Payouts

Heads Up - Double Elimination ($2000 + $150)

Number of Entries: 64
Total Buy-In: 124,160

Place-Amount

1st $49,662
2nd $31,040
3rd $18,624
4th $12,416
5th $6,209
6th $6,209

2nd Round Featured Matches

Heads Up - Double Elimination ($2000 + $150)






Shamseddin vs Smith (r)





Two of the most colorful players kick off the second round in the winner's bracket as Gavin Smith takes on Soheil Shamseddin.

Other second round matches we're keeping an eye on include Bill Blanda vs Feming Chan & Jesse Yaginuma vs Michael Affa.

Those with a tough road in the losers bracket include Michael Phelps, Mike Leah & Olivier Busquet.

1st Round in the Books

Heads Up - Double Elimination ($2000 + $150)

Bill Blanda and Olivier Busquet stage an epic match that lasts 2 hours and 20 minutes before Blanda's finally able to move on.

"He played real solid," says Blanda, who's on a "mental break" after grinding against the on-line heads up specialist. "You can't anything away from him."

Blanda takes the early chip lead 5 minutes into the match when he jams on the turn with A 10on a board of 6 10 Q 7. Busquet tables A Q for top pair, top kicker and needs to dodge some outs.

Blanda gets the Kon the river for the nut flush to take a 44k to 6k lead. Busquet battles back several times but is eventually crippled on the second to last hand when Blanda's AK holds vs A3.

The other late finishing first round match has Jason Sackler knocking off Tyler Patterson

32 players are into the second round, while the 32 losers are still alive in the loser's bracket.

First Round Winding Down

Heads Up - Double Elimination ($2000 + $150)

Will's Talking Doesn't Thrill Al as
Failla Defeats Riccobono

Farzad Najafabadi def Jason Lufkin
Alex Santiago def. Matt Stout
Michael Castaldo def Francis Lamothe
Alex Santiago def. Matt Stout
Jason Young def Leonard Santagelo
Matthew Lombardi def Scott Baumstein
David Finke def Randy Feder
Jeff Coutroulis def Mark Tyson
Michael Affa def William Kakon
Jesse Yaginuma def Davis Diaz
Will Failla def Al Riccobono
Feming Chan def Joshua Hillock
Jeffrey Gross def Jesse Rockowitz
Robert McLaughlin def Nick Binger
Ankush Mandavia def Marc Davis
Lenny Schwartz def Mike Leah
James St. Hilaire def John Suglia
Richard Rossetti def Darren Elias

Early Returns

Heads Up - Double Elimination ($2000 + $150)

If Michael Phelps is going to cash, he's going to have to navigate the long hard road of the losers bracket after dropping his opening match to Trevor Savage.

Gavin Smith & Soheil Shamseddin both won their openers and are now playing in the second round.

Here are some of the early 1st round winners:

Hayden Fortini def Gregory Joslyn
Gavin Smith def Adam Gerber
Soheil Shamseddin def Alexander Kim
Jack Schanbacher def Sirous Jamshidi
Trevor Savage def Michael Phelps
Christopher Bolt def Herbert Cheng
Dwyte Pilgrim def Jesse Chinni
Matthew Vance def Joseph Stiers
Thomas Taylor def Michael Fong
Joseph Neiman def Paul Cheung
Christian Harder def Dale North
Robert Corcione def Tom Dobrilovic

Full Tables

Event 12 $300 + $50 NL

While the heads up tournament is in full swing in the front portion of the Event Center, full tables are underway for this no limit tournament.

Recognizable name include, Tiffany Michelle, James "Suits" Salters, & Eric Siegel.

Players start with 15k in chips, levels last 30 minutes and blinds start at 25/50.

Shuffle up and deal!

The Draw

Heads Up - Double Elimination ($2000 + $150)

Busquet Back to Defend & Play Heads Up

Gavin Smith, Olivier Busquet & Nick Binger are some of the poker headliners in one of the most anticipated events of the Borgata Poker Open. Throw in 14 time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, and you've got a heads up tournament that will be followed closely over the next two days.

Pro grinders Jesse Yaginuma (2009 Poker Open Champion), Christian Harder & Mike Leah are also in the field.

Smith, Busquet & Phelps are no strangers to this event or Borgata, as all three have played in multiple heads up tournaments here. For Smith, the Canadian pro returns for the first time since winning his first WSOP Bracelet.

Busquet's back to defend his 2009 WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship, in which he used his on-line heads up specialty to overcome a 14 to 1 heads up deficit to win the Main Event. While, Phelps is looking to make another splash after just missing the money in the Borgata Winter Poker Open in January.

Binger has more than $1.5 million in live tournament cashes and will be 1 of 64 players navigating their way through the double-elimination bracket, as the heads up champion will be crowned Wednesday night.

Players start with 25k in chips, each level is 20 minutes long and blinds start at 25/50.

Bill Blanda at the Big Board

Event 9 Final Results

Borgata Poker Open 2010
Event 9: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Turbo NLH
September 13

Entries:
Total Buy-In:

FINAL RESULTS
1. ALEX KUCHIK (BROOKLYN, NY): $26,616
2. CLARENCE TEMPLES (N MYTLE BEACH, SC): $15,684
3. MICHAEL LATOUR (CLAY, NY): $9,030
4. CRAIG RUBINSTEIN (NEW YORK, NY): $7,319
5. DANIEL VRANICH (LAKE PARK, FL): $5,703
6. ALBERT RICCOBONO (OSSINING, NY): $4,752
7. GIUSEPPE PANTALEO (BIELEFELD, GER): $3,801
8. GREGORY BEST (BURKE, VA): $2,851
9. BRIAN NICHOLS (EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ): $1,901
10. RAID ETAYIYIM (BROOKLYN, NY): $1,236
11. ROGELIO FIGER (CLINTON, MD): $1,236
12. ROBERT FERLA (WALDWICK, NJ): $1,236
13. ANTONINO LYONS (COCOA, FL): $1,046
14. MARC DAVIS (ORLANDO, FL): $1,046
15. ROBERT SANTILLI (JACKSON, NJ): $1,046
16. BENJAMIN KLIER (ASTORIA, NY): $951
17. TRAVELL THOMAS (BUFFALO, NY): $951
18. BENJAMIN COREN (LANSDALE, PA): $951
19. THOMAS NAVARRA (HAVERSTRAW, NY): $856
20. JARED HUTT (FORKED RIVER, NJ): $856
21. DEAN SCHULTZ (STOW, OH): $856
22. JOSHUA PLUMMER (SALISBURY, NC): $856
23. RACHIK ALEKSANYAN (SOLON, OH): $856
24. WADE WOELFEL (MANKATO, MN): $856
25. ZAHER SALEH (ROCKY RIVER, OH): $856
26. TODOR BLAZEVSKI (WAYNE, NJ): $856
27. DANIEL AMSALEM (BROOKLYN, NY): $856

Event 7 Final Results

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

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

FINAL RESULTS
1. JON-MICHAEL REA (STEUBENVILLE, OH): $52,495
2. DAVID TAYLOR (ELKRIDGE, MD): $29,516
3. MATTHEW BUTCH (CLARKSBURG, NJ): $18,584
4. DAO BUI (STERLING, VA): $15,086
5. JAMES BOYLE (HAVRE DE GRACE, MD): $12,025
6. ANTHONY CURCIO (CLARK, NJ): $9,948
7. ROBERT NOEL (JOHNSTOWN, PA): $7,980
8. JACK BARNES (BRICK, NJ): $6,014
9. TRAVIS WONG (REGO PARK, NY): $4,155
10. ROHAN LONG (WINDSOR, CT): $2,842
11. ALEXANDER BRODY (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $2,842
12. PAUL GILPATRICK (AUDUBON, PA): $2,842
13. JANOS BODOR (CHURCHVILLE, PA): $2,077
14. WILLIAM SUTHERLAND (SHIRLEY, NY): $2,077
15. HANOCH GUTTMAN (BROOKLYN, NY): $2,077
16. ANTHONY EREKAT (LODI, NJ): $1,530
17. ROBERT PHILLIPS (GEORGETOWN, MA): $1,530
18. JOSEPH CRISTINZIO (SEWELL, NJ): $1,530
19. ROBERT NGUYEN (W. NEW YORK, NJ): $1,203
20. MATTHEW ISHERWOOD (SUCCASUNNA, NJ): $1,203
21. JASON HENRICI (OLD TAPPAN, NJ): $1,203
22. ROBERT DEPASQUALE (RANDOLPH, NJ): $1,203
23. RICHARD SERRANO (LONG BCH, NY): $1,203
24. SONALI VIRENDRA (CLIFTON, NJ): $1,203
25. SALVATORE POPOLO (BROOKLYN, NY): $1,203
26. WILLIAM ZGORSKI (HAMPSTEAD, MD): $1,203
27. IBRAIM IBRAIMOVIC (BROOKLYN, NY): $1,203
28. BRETT BAUMEISTER (EXTON, PA): $1,071
29. HELEN SPOONER (INDIAN HEAD, MD): $1,071
30. EMAD ALABSI (SOLON, OH): $1,071
31. AERIAL NOSEWORTHY (BOTWOOD, CAN): $1,071
32. SANDRA BOYD (WILLIAMSBURG, VA): $1,071
33. TRISTAN BAUM (NEW YORK, NY): $1,071
34. OREN SIEDLECKI (VALLEY STREAM, NY): $1,071
35. KRZYSZTOF MOCHOL (PENNDEL, PA): $1,071
36. ANTHONY SHURILLA (ALBURTIS, PA): $1,071
37. NICHOLAS SPENCE (COLLEGEVILLE, PA): $962
38. CARLOS BERENGUER (RUTHERFORD, NJ): $962
39. GARY KING (ALLIANCE, OH): $962
40. WILLIAM GOWIE (HAVERTOWN, PA): $962
41. MARCUS SEITZ (ALEXANDRIA, VA): $962
42. DANIEL DIZENZO (SUSSEX, NJ): $962
43. SHERI MOORES (WAYNE, PA): $962
44. JACK DEUTSCH (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $962
45. MATTHEW DAMON (MARSHFIELD, MA): $962
46. VINCE EDWARDS (GLENN DALE, MD): $853
47. RONALD BIGLIN (MURRELLS INLET, SC): $853
48. JOHN ROTHE (WANTAGH, NY): $853
49. ARTHUR WINFIELD (DINWIDDIE, VA): $853
50. DAJUAN WHORLEY (ACCOKEEK, MD): $853
51. JEREMY SOLOMON (ORELAND, PA): $853
52. JOHN CAMPBELL (HUMMELSTOWN, PA): $853
53. JEREMY MOORE (COLUMBIA, NJ): $853
54. NUENGRUETHAI KOYFONG-PHAN (LITHIA SPRING, GA): $853
55. RODNEY ORD (ELKRIDGE, MD): $743
56. RANSON NELSON (FREDERICKSBURG, VA): $743
57. YOEL CACERES (LYNDHURST, NJ): $743
58. MICHAEL KATZ (E BRUNSWICK, NJ): $743
59. MICHAEL NODA (PHILADELPHIA, PA): $743
60. CARL RESTIFO (WARETOWN, NJ): $743
61. JOSHUA SUPSAK (LINWOOD, NJ): $743
62. ERIC SAIKIN (SURPRISE, AZ): $743
63. GIOVANI TORRES (MIDDLESEX, NJ): $743

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

Barry Levy

While No Limit Hold'em typically dominates the tournament circuit schedules, there's still plenty of room for the mixed games.  Event 10 was the second Omaha variant on the 2010 Borgata Poker Open schedule.  This time, 171 poker players ponied up their $350 + $50 buyin to try their prowess at Omaha high/low.  At the end of a fourteen hour day, Barry Levy from New York, NY emerged victorious to collect $17,417.

Omaha high/low specialist Mariealena D'Agostino was one of many in the field.  She had her stack built nicely early in the day, but a rough patch of cards sent her to the rail shortly after the dinner break.  Soheil Shamseddin also fell short, even though he won last month's Pot Limit Omaha high/low tournament at the Legends of Poker.  WSOP bracelet owner Chris Reslock found himself in the money, but just missed a final table appearance.

Two players that did advance to the final table were Barry Levy and Tom "Mark Em Down" Noyes, both of whom possessed the chip lead at different points heading into the money.  Noyes, from Clarks Summit, PA, was carrying a business card titled "Retired All American Poker Player," and he told us he had been using the "Mark Em Down" nickname as he was notorious for marking down car prices.

While Noyes was able to capture a 2nd place finish, good for $9,578, it was Barry Levy who ended up with the title.  Levy is no stranger to Omaha high/low titles, having won this year's LA Poker Classic tournament the day after final tabling a Pot Limit Omaha/8 tournament.  Levy has been playing tournament poker since 2002, and has been "playing cash games forever," as he tells it.  On top of playing, Levy also runs charity poker tournaments.

6th Place - Jon Bloch (Roslyn, NY) - $2,903

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

Jon Bloch

7th Place - Al Annunziata (Bayonne, NJ) - $2,322

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

Al Annunziata

8th Place - Eric Saunders (Hawthorne, NJ) - $1,742

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

Eric Saunders

10th Place - Bob Camano (Wall, NJ)

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

We have our first elimination at this final table.  Bob Camano from Wall, NJ was eliminated by Barry Levy.  Camano put the last of his chips in preflop with AA2x against Levy's Q234.  Though an ace hit the flop, by the river Levy had made the wheel and will send Camano to the rail in 10th place for $1,161.

Final table reached

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

With a handful of eliminations including WSOP bracelet owner Chris Reslock, the final table is now set.  Here are seating assignments and rough chip counts:

Seat 1 - Eric Saunders (Hawthorne, NJ) - 39k
Seat 2 - Doug Robins (Jackson, NJ) - 435k
Seat 3 - Richard Pilchman (Brick, NJ) - 150k
Seat 4 - Tom "Mark Em Down" Noyes (Clarks Summit, PA) - 75k
Seat 5 - Jon Bloch (Roslyn, NY) - 140k
Seat 6 - Cadace Verrastro (Point Pleasant, NJ) - 120k
Seat 7 - Al Annunziata (Bayonne, NJ) - 90k
Seat 8 - Bob Camano (Wall, NJ) - 30k
Seat 9 - Lou Erchlano - 65k
Seat 10 - Barry Levy (New York, NY) - 505k

13th Place - Kim Findura - $1,016

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

Kim Findura has been eliminated in 13th place when she turned the nut flush and her opponent made a full house.  Findura is two time Ladies Tournament champion at the Borgata.

The Money Bubble Has Burst!

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

Today's Omaha Hi-Lo tournament has finally reached the money. The remaining 18 players are guaranteed a piece of the following prizepool:

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

And here are some updated chip counts:

Barry Levy - 163,000
Tom Noyes - 145,000
Kim Findura - 113,000
Al Annunziata - 112,000
Lou Ercolano - 100,000
Chris Reslock - 35,000
David Pacheco - 31,000
Eric Saunders - 27,000

Lou Ercolano has been very short on chips for several hours, but finally caught a break on the money bubble, very quickly turning his 14,000 into 100,000.

Event 7 Recap

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

Among the 644 players who entered the second $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit tournament of this Borgata Poker Open, only 63 would take home a piece of the $225,400 buy-ins.

Despite starting play with 25,000 chips and blinds of only 25/50, three players managed to lose all their chips in the first 15 minutes. The pace of departures would continue steadily throughout the 15 hours of play on day one. Notable among the early departures was Rick Rossetti (Ventnor, NJ) who won the 2006 WSOP Circuit Championship at Harrah's, along with $368,096.

Another accomplished player who did not make it to day two was Mike 'Little Man' Sica (New Brunswick, NJ). Mike has one WSOP bracelet that he won in 2004, along with half-a-million dollars. He has numerous other cashes amounting to lifetime tournament earnings over $1 million.

Dwyte Pilgrim (Brooklyn, NY) has three WSOP Circuit Wins, including one Championship and has amassed tournament earnings in excess of $750,000 in under three years. Nevertheless, he also failed to advance to day two.

Two-time WPT TV Final-tableist Soheil Shamseddin (Houston, TX) has one cash in this Borgata Poker Open series, finishing 15th in the Deep Stack Turbo ($1,152) but couldn't accumulate chips in this event. He also departed on day one.

Sirous Jamshidi, (Broomall, PA) with over $1.7 million in lifetime earnings, couldn't make it to day two either. Neither could Doug 'Rico' Carli, (Alliance, OH) who holds the record for most cashes on the WSOP Circuit with 43. [His closest competitor has only 24 (Dean Schultz) and after him is none other than Dwyte Pilgrim, with 20 cashes.]

All that experience couldn't get these players through to day two, but 65 players made the cut and returned at 2pm Monday. Two of those would leave without getting paid.

Once the money bubble burst, departures continued at a steady pace through the next ten hours. At the end, it came down to two twenty-somethings and the experience of David Taylor (Elkridge, MD). David is a friend of everyone's favorite runner-up, Steve Dannenmann. In 2005, before beginning play at the final table of the WSOP Main Event, where he would eventually finish second, Steve called David for advice. Today, David accomplished his own 2nd place finish, earning $29,516. Matthew Butch (Clarksburg, NJ) took third place and $18,584.

The winner was Jon-Michael Rea, of Steubenville, Ohio. Jon credits poker pro Dean Schultz with teaching him to play poker, which he's been doing professionally for about three years. Before today, Jon has cashed in several events here at Borgata and around Atlantic City, but this is his first win. He earned $52,495 and took home the beautiful Borgata trohpy.

Champion - Jon-Michael Rea

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

Chip counts at the start of three-handed play:

Jon-Michael Rea 9.87 million
David Taylor 4.1 million
Matthew Butch 2.2 million.

Jon-Michael Rea - 1st place

It was over quickly and Jon had all the chips and a shiny new trophy. He earned $52,495 for the win.

David Taylor - 2nd place

David Taylor earned $29,516 for second place.

Matthew Butch - 3rd place

Matthew Butch took home $18,584 for third place.

3 Short-Stacks All In On the Bubble -- And All 3 Survive

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

With 19 players remaining, and only 18 getting paid, it's hand-for-hand time until the money bubble bursts. With three tables left, there was one extremely short stack on each table -- and all three were all in on the same hand.

With blinds at 4,000-8,000 (limits of 8,000-16,000), Lou Ercolano had two other players limp into his big blind, and he checked to see the flop with just 6,000 behind. The flop came A 8 5, and Ercolano asked, "Neither of you guys has a flush?" Ercolano moved all in for his last 6,000, and both players called and then checked down to the river on a board of A 8 5 J 4.

Barry Levy showed A1074 for two pair with an 8-7 low. The other player showed AAJ6 for a set of aces with an 8-6 low. And Ercolano turned over Q882 for a set of eights with an 8-5 low. So Ercolano took the low, and the third player took the high. Ercolano won the next pot, moving him out of the danger zone and up to 41,000.

And the two other short stacks? They both split pots with the low as well, and the money bubble continues. Here are a few updated chip counts:

Tom "Mark Em Down" Noyes - 183,000
Barry Levy - 168,000
Jon Bloch - 143,000
Kim Findura - 125,000
Chris Reslock - 53,000

Chris Reslock says he has been all in 10 different times so far and survived. His record is 17 different times, but that was in a seven-card stud hi-lo tournament.

4th Place - Dao Bui

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

Jon-Michael Rea opened for 475k and Dao Bui called from the big blind. They checked the 8 8 3 flop, then checked the Ace on the turn. River was a 4 and Dao checked. Jon bet 800k. Dao thought for a bit, then called, showing A4 for Aces-up. Jon had AJ to out-kick her for the pot.

Matthew Butch moved in for 300k and both blinds called. They checked the flop of Q 5 4, then when a 9 hit the turn, Dao bet 1 million. Jon folded Dao showed K9 for a pair of 9s. Matthew held AQ for a pair of Queens. River was a 6 and Matthew doubled up to ~950k.

Jon opened for 475k David Taylor called from the button and Dao called from the big blind. The flop was Q T 2; checked around. Turn was an 8 and Dao checked. Jon bet 800k. David and Dao folded. With that pot, Jon was over 7 million.

Matthew was all-in again from the small blind and called by Dao in the big. She had AK off and was ahead of his 62 off, but the board came T 6 5 3 2 and Matthew doubled up again to ~1.5 million.

Once again, Matthew was all-in and Dao called from the button, showing pocket Jacks. Matthew's QJ suited was in bad shape, but the board came T 6 3 5 Q and the river gave Matthew the bigger pair and another double to ~2.4 million.

Dao Bui - 4th place

Dao shoved and Jon called. Dao was racing with QT suited against pocket 7s. The board came Q 7 2 8 J and Jon took the pot with a set ofg 7s. Dao took 4th place and $15,086.