Friday, September 17, 2010

Updated Chip Counts; Mark Baatz Busts in 13th Place

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

The players just returned from break to increased blinds of 8,000-16,000 with a 2,000 ante.

In the first few minutes, Mark Baatz was all in from the big blind with 7-7 against David Diaz's Q-Q in late position. The board blanked out for Baatz, and after riding the short stack all day, he finally fell victim to the larger stacks in 13th place, earning $4,409.

Here are the official chip counts from the break, updated for both Baatz and Diaz:

Scott Anderson - 1,300,000
David Diaz - 1,130,000
Andrew Dykeman - 590,000
Leonard Cortellino - 560,000
Josh Brikis - 440,000
James Newton - 370,000
Alex Rocha - 320,000
Joanne Monteavaro - 317,000
Gary Lobello - 265,000
Shawn Busse - 260,000
Star Moore - 210,000
Mike Summers - 145,000

In The Money!

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6-Hand Max No Limit Hold'em

Three more players were gone when I returned to the floor, so the remaining 27 are all in the money.

Chris Bonita

On a flop of T 93, Chris Bonita (cutoff) checked. John Myung (button) bet 15k. Chris called. Turn was the 2. Check, bet 27k, call. River was the T. Chris checked a third time. After a few seconds thought, John checked behind. Chris showed Q9 for a pair of 9s. John mucked.

Sirous Jamshidi made a flush with his AK of clubs to beat Matt Marafioti's AK. Sirous doubled up to about 90k.

End of level and players are taking ten.

Even Stevens

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6-Hand Max No Limit Hold'em

Steve Wiggins

Steve Wiggins of Douglas, GA, is up to about 300k and very close to Steven Levy, who is also right around 300k. Luke Tsevdos has about 280k and Dan Spirer is also sitting behind about 280k.

On a flop of A95 three players got all their chips in the middle. Ray Shackelford (Fredericksburg,VA) had pocket 9s for top set; another player had pocket 5s for middle set; the third had 76 for flush draw with gutshot. The last two came Q3 and the third player was busted. Ray nearly tripled up and set of 5s was left very short.

On a flop of 3 2 2 with two clubs, Sam Husaynue shoved for ~129k. Luke Tsevdos tanked for a while until Sam called for the clock. Luke eventually mucked his pocket Tens face up. Sam didn't show.

Charles Furey busted out. Ralph Pecorale is out. Jessica Desantis is gone. Brent Keller is also history.

Level 16, blinds 2k/4k with 400 antes.

30 players remain at five tables. Only 27 will get paid, so they're at bubble + 2.

17th Place: Seth Berger - $3,747

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

Seth Berger has been eliminated in 17th place when his Q8 failed to outrun the pocket kings of Josh Brikis.  Sethwill take home $3,747 for his finish.

18th Place - Gavin Smith - $4,409

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

A million chip pot was created when Gavin Smith picked up pocket aces against his Scott Anderson's pocket kings.  A king spiked on the flip and left Gavin crippled with about 40,000.  He was out 18th a few hands later, good for $4,409.

Steven Stumbles; Vladimir Shows a Bluff

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6-Hand Max No Limit Hold'em

Steven Levy was up to ~280k, then he mis-read a raise from "Mikey All-In" (Brooklyn, NY) and shoved. Mikey insta-called, showing pocket Kings. Steven held pocket 8s. The board came A Q 6 3 9 and Mikey doubled his 78,300 chip stack, denting Steven's stack back to ~200k.

On the river with a board of QQ89T, seat 3 (sb) bet 6,200. Vladimir Kochelaevskiy (button) raised another 20,900 on top. Seat 3 tanked for a bit, then folded. Vladimir showed A6 off (nothing but Ace-high).

Down to 36 players now.

Recent eliminations

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

The following players have been recently eliminated.  They will receive $3,306 for their efforts.

19th: Ed Corrado - $3,306
20th: Andrew Youngblood - $3,306
21st: Jason Dewitt - $3,306
22nd: Brian Lemke - $3,306
23rd: Roy Winston - $3,306
24th: Mike Beasley - $3,306
25th: Andrew Touchette - $3,306
26th: Richard Barbato - $3,306
27th: Eric Salinas - $3,306

Roy Winston eliminated

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

Andrew Dykeman raised UTG, and next to act, Roy Winston shoved his stack of about ten big blinds in.  All folded back to Dykeman, who made the instacall with pocket kings.  Winston had AK, and failed to improve to exit the tournament in 23rd place, good for $3,306.

No More Funston, No More Thrill

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6-Hand Max No Limit Hold'em

Luke Tsevdos flopped top set (Queens) and won a big pot, chipping up to ~300k, definitely good for the chip lead.

Joseph 'JoeyTheB' Brooks

Joe Brooks (Egg Harbor TWP, NJ) got all-in holding a set of 3s (bottom set) only to find that Dan Spirer (New Hope, PA) had a set of Jacks (top set). No miracle for Joe and he was busted.

Lance Funston

Will 'The Thrill' is gone. So is Lance Funston (Philadelphia, PA).

On the turn with a board of J 9 9 6, seat (sb) checked, Steven Levy (bb) bet 18k. Seat 1 then check-raised to 38k. Steven called and the river was a 3. Seat 1 checked again. Steven asked what he had left (80-something-k) then opted to check behind. "Jack" said seat 1. Steven rolled over pocket Queens to take the pot. He's up to ~250k now.

42 players remain. 27 get paid.

Eric Salinas Eliminated in 27th Place

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

There was a battle of the short stacks at Table 2, as Eric Salinas was all in with A-J against the 8-8 of Dennis Summers. The bad news for Summers is that two other players at the table said they both folded an eight, so if Salinas flopped a pair, he would have no redraws to a set.

The flop came Q-J-3 with two spades, and Salinas took the lead with a pair of jacks. But Summers is the only one with a spade in his hands -- and he catches a runner-runner flush to win the pot. Eric Salinas is eliminated in 27th place, earning $3,306, while Summers improves his stack to about 135,000.

Dropping Like Flies

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6-Hand Max No Limit Hold'em

The bust-outs are coming quickly now as players pick a hand and make their stand.

Chris Bonita's pocket Tens held up to bust a player holding pocket 6s.

Vladimir Kochelaevskiy

After seat 1 limped, seat 2 raised to 6,700, then Vladimir Kochelaevskiy made it 20k to play. Seat 5 moved all-in for a few thousand more. The first two got out of the way and Vladimir made the call. His AK was racing against pocket Queens. It was a short race as the board came A K 5 4 4.
Vladimir took the pot, sending another player to the rail.

Over on table six, the flop read Q 8 3 and seat 6 moved all-in. Luke Tsevdos insta-called, showing pocket 8s for middle set. His opponent held pocket Tens and was way behind. The last two came running 3s and Luke collected the pot with 8s full. He chipped up to ~180k and may have taken the chip lead.

57 players remain at ten tables.

Recent eliminations

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

The following players have been recently eliminated following the money bubble.  They will receive $2,645 for their efforts.

28th - Vincent Teutonico
29th - "Action" Jeff Hwang
30th - Steve Dannenmann
31st - Sean Wallace
32nd - Dale Pinchot
33rd - Adam Ehrlich
34th - Adam Hui
35th - Boris Kotleba
36th - Kevin Shamloo

Dentale Dusted

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6-Hand Max No Limit Hold'em

Players returned from dinner and finished the level, then continued into level 11 with blinds of 600/1,200 and 200 antes.

Sam Husaynue stacking Mike Dentale's chips

When an F-bomb outburst drew my attention from across the room, I arrived at table nine to find that Mike Dentale had busted out. As I re-created the action from the remaining players, a short-stack was all-in with AK. Mike had A9 suited and had flopped a flush draw. Sam Husaynue (W. Bloomfield, MI) had pocket Tens and had flopped a set. Mike made his flush on the turn, but tbe board paired on the river giving Sam the full boat and the pot, while sinking Mike and the other player.

With that pot, Sam chipped up to ~130k.

Looks like Steven Levy is still the chip leader with ~160k.

Down to 13 tables now, so 78 players remain. Average stack is ~57k.

Official Chip Counts From the Dinner Break

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

While the players were on dinner break, we got an exact count for each of the remaining 28 players. They have just returned to action, and 30 minutes have been added to the clock with blinds at 3,000-6,000 with a 500 ante. (Presumably the time was added to compensate somewhat for the extremely long 72-minute hand-for-hand period on the money bubble.)

Joanne Monteavaro - 527,000
Leonard Cortellino - 516,000
David Diaz - 483,500
Gavin Smith - 412,000
Manelic Minaya - 384,000
Andrew Dykeman - 320,000
Andrew Touchette - 313,500
Andrew Youngblood - 284,000
Ed Corrado - 254,000
Star Moore - 247,000
Anthony Gelfen - 239,500
Jason Dewitt - 198,000
Mark Baatz - 188,500
Brian Lemke - 179,000
Roy Winston - 162,500
Josh Brikis - 161,000
Scott Anderson - 155,500
Richard Barbato - 132,000
Petros Uyanik - 135,000
Mike Beasley - 114,000
Seth Berger - 113,000
Eric Salinas - 112,500
Shawn Busse - 103,500
Francis Anderson - 91,500
Dennis Summers - 77,500
Gary Lobello - 71,500
Vincent Teutonico - 44,500
James Newton - 43,500

One-Hour Dinner Break

With 28 players remaining, the field takes a one-hour dinner break. We've compiled a list of the remaining players, and we will post a complete list of official chip counts by the end of the dinner break.

The Bubble Has Burst!

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

According to his Twitter feed, Gavin Smith has been taking some abuse on the money bubble, but his chip stack has been holding relatively steady. That is, at least until he woke up with pocket kings in late position -- moments before Josh Brikis woke up with pocket aces in the small blind.

The board came up blank, and Brikis doubles up with his pocket aces to about 153,000. Gavin Smith is still healthy with 308,000.

At the next table, Anthony Gelfen is all in with QQ against Chris Back's K10. The board comes 975K6, and Back pairs his king on the turn to win the pot and eliminate Gelfen in 37th place.

Bubble Boy - Anthony Gelfen

The money bubble lasted a surprisingly long time -- one hour and 12 minutes.

The remaining 36 players are all in the money, guaranteed at least $2,645. First prize in this event is $119,034, and there is still a fairly long way to go before someone wins this thing late tonight.

Dodging the Deck

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6-Hand Max NL

Luke Looking Good

Luke Tsevdos (Highland Heights, OH) gets his stack to 150k just before the dinner break by doing some tap dancing. From the BB Tsevdos calls Seat 1's 1k button raise.

Flop: 8 5 9

Seat 1: Bets 4k
Tsevdos: Raises to 11k
Seat 1: All-in 55k total
Tsevdos: calls

Tsevdos: 5 8 (bottom two pairs)
Opponent: 10 J (flush draw & open ended straight draw)

Turn: 10♣ (adds two pairs and trips draw)

22 Outs: Any spade for a flush, any seven or queen for a straight, any nine or jack a higher two pair, or either 10 for trips.

River: 6

Seat 1 misses everything and his out the door."I dodged a million outs," says Tsevdos, who's relieved to survive a 50/50 bullet.

Players are currently on a one hour dinner break.



Money Bubble: Short-Stack Update

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

The bubble has been going on for a while now without any bustouts. Josh Brikis was the shortest stack remaining with 37,400, but he moved all in with A-Q to steal the blinds and antes, and now has about 47,000.

The other two short stacks are Mark Baatz (62,000) and Adam Hui (70,000). Baatz has been short all day, and whenever we count his stack, he's been joking that he must be up amongst the chipleaders.

Whatever Baatz has been doing so far, it's working, but he still needs to survive at least one more bustout before he'll make it to the money.

Levy Breaks Torpedo

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6-Hand Max NL

Levy "Sets" Up Torpedo

Torpekay "Torpedo" Habashzada's legend was born during Borgata's Summer Poker Open when she took down the $560 Deep Stack. Her aggressive and at times maniacal play keeps opponents on their heels, which she displays again in this short-handed event.

One player said she "controlled" the table for an hour and a half, helping build her stack to more than 100k. But as easily as she builds a stack, it can just as quickly disappear.

Steven Levy (Peabody, MA) has pocket kings on a board of K 10 3 9 and check raises. The Torpedo reraises all-in and has Levy covered as both players have roughly 70k and Levy calls.

Levy: KK
Habashzada: KQ

Levy's ahead with a set of kings, but the Torpedo has outs with a jack on her gut shot straight draw. The river is a deuce to cripple Habashzada who's out a few hands later.

"She was very tough to play against," says Levy, who doubles his stack to 140k.

Money Bubble: 37 Left

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

With 40 players left, it's time to take a break, but Gavin Smith and Allan Vrooman are still involved in a pot. After a flop of 1022, Gavin checks the big blind, Vrooman bets 14,000 from the cutoff, and Gavin check-raises to 51,000. Vrooman moves all in, and Gavin insta-calls with A2 for trip deuces. Vrooman shows KK for an overpair, and he'll need to improve to stay alive. The turn is the 2, the river is the 10, and Gavin Smith wins the pot with quad deuces to bust Allan Vrooman. That pot takes Gavin up to about 270,000.

So there are 39 players left at the break, and here are some of the notable chip counts at that point:

David Diaz - 430,000
Joanne Monteavaro - 390,000
Andrew Youngblood - 308,000
Chris Back - 305,000
Andrew Dykeman - 292,000
Jason Dewitt - 275,000
Gavin Smith - 270,000
Leonard Cortellino - 250,000
Dale Pinchot - 178,000
Shawn Busse - 174,000
Adam Ehrlich - 170,000
Mike Beasley - 166,500
Mike Summers - 155,000
Gary Lobello - 154,000
Petros Uyanik - 135,000
Roy Winston - 125,000
Sean Wallace - 93,000
Brian Lemke - 70,000
"Action" Bob Hwang - 58,000
Maria Ho - 57,000
Josh Brikis - 53,000
Steve Dannenmann - 50,000
Kevin Calenzo - 20,200

When play resumed, the blinds increased to 2,500-5,000 with a 400 ante. Within the first few minutes, shortest stack Kevin Calenzo was eliminated in 39th place.

Moments later, Brian Lemke was all in under the gun with AK against Shawn Busse's AQ in the small blind. The board came 106238, and Lemke took the pot with his king kicker to double up to about 150,000.

A few minutes later, Maria Ho was all in from the button with 87 against Dale Pinchot's AK in the small blind. The board came AQ3J6, and Maria Ho was eliminated in 38th place. Dale Pinchot moved up to about 225,000.

With 37 players remaining, the field begins hand-for-hand play.

In one of the first hands on the bubble, Gavin Smith played a big pot against Gary Lobello. The board showed K4279 with about 100,000 in the pot, Lobello checked the big blind, Gavin bet 52,500, and Lobello folded. Gavin took the pot, increasing his stack to about 320,000.

Gavin Smith - 320,000
Dale Pinchot - 225,000
Gary Lobello - 154,000
Brian Lemke - 150,000

Short Handed Payouts

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6-Hand Max NL

Number of Entries: 297

Total Buy-In: $297,000

Place - Amount

1 $80,665
2 $47,534
3 $27,368
4 $22,182
5 $17,285
6 $14,405
7 $11,524
8 $8,643
9 $5,762
10-12 $3,745
13-15 $3,169
16-18 $2,881
19-27 $2,593

Chip Counts

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6-Hand Max NL

Jessica Desantis, 23k

As players return from their second break of the day, the big stacks are more than 50k.

The largest so far is Marc Lome (Minneapolis, MN) who's at 74k.

A look at some other counts:

Torpekay "Torpedo" Habashzada 56k
Steve "Wreckin' Ball" Fiorentini 51k
Joey "The B" Brooks 50k
Michael Schneider 45k
Dwyte Pilgrim 33k
Sirous Jamshidi 32k
Mike Leah 28k
Jessica Desantis 23k
Keith Crowder 23k
Tom Marchese 14k
Will "The Thrill" Failla 14k
Matt Matros 12k
Will Jaffe 8k

Level 7 (250/500/50) is underway.

Down to 40 Players; 36 Get Paid

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

With 40 players remaining, the average chip count is about 151,000. Gavin Smith had catapulted up to about 370,000 at one point, but has since dropped back down to about 280,000.

David Diaz - 360,000
Gavin Smith - 280,000
Andrew Dykeman - 275,000
Leonard Cortellino - 268,000
Chris Back - 265,000
Andrew Youngblood - 247,000
Sean Wallace - 218,000
Joanne Monteavaro - 185,000
Roy Winston - 170,000
Edward Corrado - 165,000
Mike Beasley - 160,000
Jason Dewitt - 158,000
Francis Anderson - 150,000
Adam Ehrlich - 145,000
Steve Dannenmann - 133,000
Brian Lemke - 118,000
Josh Brikis - 115,000
Alex Rocha - 93,000
Eric Salinas - 93,000
Maria Ho - 68,000
"Action" Bob Hwang - 52,000
Kevin Calenzo - 40,000

Alex Rocha moved all in under the gun for 28,700, Andrew Youngblood called from middle position, and Andrew Dykeman moved all in over the top from the button. Youngblood folded, saying he had A-J suited.

Rocha showed Ah4h, but he'd need to improve against Dykeman's QcQd. The board came Jc10c10hAd4c, and Rocha paired his ace on the turn to win the pot and triple up. Youngblood was frustrated that he folded A-J and would have busted Rocha, and said to Dykeman, "Man, why didn't you just call? We would've busted him!" For his part, Dykeman didn't seem concerned with the number of players remaining. The money bubble is getting closer, with 36 getting paid and 40 players remaining.

Massaging the Situation

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

Gavin Keeps it Going

After coming back from break with the chip lead, Gavin Smith orders up a massage and keeps the mojo going.

Smith calls an all-in preflop bet of 30k with A Jand hits the nut flush on the turn.

"Why do people keep messing with me when I'm getting a lucky message," says Smith who now has 370k.

Fashionably Late

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6-Hand Max NL

Bonita "Set"-ting up for a Big Day

He doesn't use a Phil Hellmuth entourage when arriving at a big tournament, but Chris Bonita (Winthrop, MA) does follow the 11 time WSOP bracelet winner's lead when it comes to showing-up late.

Bonita, who already has two cashes in this Borgata Poker Open, didn't arrive until the third level (75/150), but quickly doubles his stack. On his third hand of the day, Bonita flops a set of 10s, bets every street and doubles his stack as his opponent mucks on the river.

Bonita, who finished 10th in the Deep Stack Turbo (Event 2), says he'd like to develop a Hellmuthian like brigade. "I tried, but nobody will follow."

Level 6 (200/400/50 ante) continues.

List of Chipleaders, Topped by Gavin Smith

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

The remaining 53 players just took their first break of the day, and the blinds have increased to 1,500-3,000 with a 400 ante. The top 36 get paid, so there is still a ways to go before they reach the money bubble.

Here's a look at the top 8 chip counts at the break:

1. Gavin Smith - 295,000
2. Chris Back - 260,000
3. Andrew Dykeman - 243,000
4. Leonard Cortellino - 235,000
5. Francis Anderson - 203,000
6. Sean Wallace - 200,000
7. David Diaz - 199,000
8. Josh Brikis - 198,500

And a few others further back in the field:

Brian Lemke - 150,000
Joanne Monteavaro - 139,000
Steve Dannenmann - 133,000
Adam Ehrlich - 107,000
Robert Cheung - 53,000
Roy Winston - 47,000
Tyler Patterson - 41,000
Allen Bari - 26,000

Update: Allen Bari - Eliminated

Late in the last level, Allen Bari and Sean Wallace played a huge pot. With 14,000 in the pot from preflop action, the flop came 863. Wallace checked the big blind, Bari bet 7,500, and Wallace check-raised to 20,500. Bari moved all in, and Wallace quickly called with Q9 for a queen-high flush. Bari showed 66 for a set of sixes, but he'd need the board to pair to bust Wallace. The turn was the 10, the river was the 5, and Wallace took the pot with his queen-high flush to double up.

That pot knocked Bari down to about 26,000, and shot Wallace up to about 200,000. As you can see on the list above, this hand catapulted Wallace up among the chipleaders, while Bari is short-stacked with only 8 big blinds.

Update: Allen Bari was eliminated in the first 10 minutes after the break.

Gavin Smith Takes Two in a Row and Other Action

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

With the board showing 1074A on the turn, Gavin Smith checks the big blind, Eric Salinas bets 8,000 from the cutoff, and Gavin quickly calls. The river card is the J, and Gavin bets 40,000. Salinas tanks for a bit before he says, "You trying' to bluff me again, buddy?" Gavin says nothing. Salinas thinks a bit longer and folds, saying, "I'll get you next time." Salinas drops down to 50,000, and Gavin moves up to about 200,000.

The next hand, Jeff Coutroulis moves all in under the gun, and Gavin Smith calls from the small blind with 1010. Coutroulis shows AQ, and he'll need to improve to stay alive. As the board comes Kc4228, Coutroulis says, "At least I'm losing to Gavin." Gavin takes the pot with his pocket tens, and Coutroulis is eliminated. Gavin improves to nearly 250,000 in chips.

The next hand, Travell Thomas moves all in with a short stack from the cutoff, and Chris McCormack wakes up in the big blind with QQ. Travell shows K10, and he'll need to improve. The board comes 76295, and McCormack takes the pot with his queens to bust Travell Thomas. McCormack now has about 70,000 in chips.

At Table 1, Leonard Cortellino has apparently built up a loose image. Cortellino had a raise of 14,200 in front of him in the small blind, and George Antonakos was thinking from the button. Antonakos reraises another 21,300, and Cortellino asks for a count of his remaining chips. (Antonakos has about 46,000 behind.) Cortellino moves all in, and Antonakos asks, "Is this one of those times where you actually have it?" Cortellino says nothing, and Antonakos thinks a bit longer and folds. As Cortellino takes the pot and begins stacking chips, Antonakos says, "How could you possibly be bluffing there?" Cortellino builds his stack to about 177,000, while Antonakos drops to about 46,000.

Here are some updated chip counts:

Andrew Dykeman - 250,000
Gavin Smith - 250,000
Jason Dewitt - 192,00
Leonard Cortellino - 177,000
Allen Bari - 165,000
Mike Beasley - 99,000
Dale Pinchot - 95,000
Gordon Eng - 90,000
Maria Ho - 87,000
Brian Lemke - 73,000
Eric Salinas - 50,000
George Antonakos - 46,000
Kevin Calenzo - 40,000

Olivier Busquet - Eliminated
Jeff Coutroulis - Eliminated
Matthew Haynes - Eliminated
Travell Thomas - Eliminated

In the Field

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6-Hand Max NL

More than 280 players registered for the event, here's a look at some notables (alphabetical).

James Boyle
Joey "The B" Brooks
Olivier Busquet
Sheree Bykofsky
Gene Castro
Feming Chan
Mike "Unbelievable" Dentale
Jessica Desantis
Eric "Clown Fish" Doerr
Will "The Thrill" Failla
Ted Geier
Will Jaffe
Sirous Jamshidi
Mike Leah
Tom Marchese
Matt Matros
Dwyte Pilgrim
Al Riccobono
Mike "Little Man" Sica
Eric Siegel
James St. Hilaire
Todd Terry
Jason Young
Dave Zeitlin

Players are back from break as Level 4 (100/200) is underway.

TwoTabling

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6-Hand Max NL

Busquet Back at 6 Max

After busting as one of the short stacks in the $1,500, Olivier Busquet is back playing in the 6-max.

"It really wasn't a tough decision," the 2009 Borgata Open Poker Champion says about playing in two events on the same day. "The contrast made it easy. I was so short there ($1,500) that I could push my luck and would be happy to play for awhile because these (6-max) stacks are so deep that with my style, whatever I lose I could get back quickly."

Busquet played the first hour in the 6-max and left 19k on the table when he switched tournaments. When he got to the $1,500 it only takes six hands for him to ship the last of his chips with pocket 5s as he busted short of the money.

Busquet returned to the short-handed game and only missed one set of blinds while he was away.

Level 3 (75/150) is winding down as players are closing in on their first break of the day.

Olivier Busquet Busts; Matthew Haynes Blinds Out

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

We've already lost the two shortest stacks. Olivier Busquet started the day with 12,600 (6 bb), and got it all in with 5-5 against another player's 10-10. Five cards later, and last year's WPT Borgata Poker Open champion was eliminated from the $1,500 + $150 event. He immediately took his seat in today's $1,000 + $90 6-max no-limit event.

64 out of 65 Players Returned For Day 2

The shortest stack from yesterday was Matthew Haynes, who started with 6,600 (3 bb). He may have overslept, or he may have given up any hope and abandoned his stack. Either way, his stack has been blinded down to the felt and he is out of the tournament.

Adam "GoodBet" Ehrlich doubled up early with A-A against Peter Ippolito's A-K. Ehrlich now has about 90,000, and Ippolito dropped down to about 31,000. Ippolito picked up a preflop pot soon after to increase a bit to 40,000.

Day 2: Shuffle Up & Deal

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

Most of the players are seated and ready to go, so it's time to shuffle up and deal. The blinds begin today at 1,000-2,000 with a 300 ante.

There are two players who haven't arrived as of the first few hands: Matthew Haynes (6,600) and Chris Back (43,300 in chips). Haynes in particular better arrive soon or else he'll arrive to an empty stack.

In the first few hands, Tyler Patterson doubled up with 8-8 against Christopher Bolt's 10-10. Bolt made a set, but lost to Patterson's 10-high straight. Patterson doubles up to about 67,000, while Bolt drops down to about 130,000.

Day 2 About to Begin

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

Day 2 is about to begin with 65 players remaining. The chipleader is Andrew Dykeman of Jacksonville, Florida with 236,600, though Jason Dewitt (213,500), Allen Bari (179,000), and Gavin Smith are all among the top seven.

Other notable players still alive with above average chip counts include Roy Winston, Gordon Eng, Brian Lemke. You can find a complete list of starting day chip counts by scrolling down on this page.

Action is set to begin in a few minutes (12:00 noon), and we'll be providing live updates all the way to a winner tonight. Stay tuned.

Tourist on Permanent Vacation

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6 Hand Max NL

Self admitted tourist Gene Juergens (Brighton, MI), who infused the Summer Poker Open Championship Event with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, is back at Borgata, but not for long.

On Juergens' third hand of the day, Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) leads out for 1k on a board of 8 5 4. Juergens raises to 3k, Dentale moves all-in and Juergens calls.

Juergens: Q 5 (middle pair)
Dentale: 10 10 (over pair)

The board bricks out, Dentale doubles up and Juergens is out the door.

Juergens was one of the final 48 players to make it to Day 3 and just missed the money in June. Click here for a look at what we'll miss seeing with his early elimination.

Deep Stacks, Short Handed

Event 16: $1,000 + $90 6-Hand Max NL

One of the more popular events is playing short handed, with no more than 6 at a table. In the early stages, tables can drop to only 4 players at a time, but until everyone settles in, things are shorter than that.

"Deal to all stacks," is the edict from tournament director Tab Duchteau, as the tournament is underway.

At his table Matt Matros (Bronxville, NY), raises the only other player, who folds to give Matros the blinds and an extra 75 chips for his 15k starting stack. Nearby Ted Geier (Sunnyside, NY) is a one man band for the first hand until Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) arrives to watch him scoop the 75 chip pot.

One person yells, "chip leader," as the first hand is in the books.

Blinds start at 25/50 and levels are 40 minutes long.

Event 14 Chip Count Leaders

Borgata Poker Open 2010
Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No Limit Hold'em
September 16 - 17

Entries: 303
Total Buy-In: $454,500

END OF DAY 1 CHIP COUNT LEADERS:
1. ANDREW DYKEMAN (JACKSONVILLE, FL): 236,600
2. DAVID DIAZ (BARTLETT, TN): 229,300
3. JASON DEWITT (DECATUR, GA): 213,500
4. ALEXANDER ROCHA (S SETAUKET, NY): 208,200
5. VASILLIOS HRISAFINIS (BRICK, NJ): 180,000
6. ALLEN BARI (W ORANGE, NJ): 179,000
7. GAVIN SMITH (LAS VEGAS, NV): 176,700
8. RICHARD BARBATO JR (BEL AIR, MD): 174,700
9. CHRISTOPHER BOLT (NASHVILLE, TN): 166,500
10. ANDREW TOUCHETTE (WAKEFIELD, MA): 154,900
11. ANTHONY GELFEN (REISTERSTOWN, MD): 140,200
12. ROBERT CHEUNG (BURNABY, CAN): 137,700
13. MANELIC MINAYA (TAMPA, FL): 129,900
14. SHAWN BUSSE (MAASAPEQUA, NY): 126,200
15. ROY WINSTON (LAS VEGAS, NV): 125,000
16. SETH BERGER (MALVERN, PA): 124,900
17. VINCENT TEUTONICO (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 124,600
18. GORDON ENG (CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ): 121,800
19. MARC DAVIS (ORLANDO, FL): 118,800
20. ERIC SALINAS (GREENWICH, CT): 113,300
21. GARY LOBELLO (HOLMDEL, NJ): 110,300
22. SEAN WALLACE (HORSHAM, PA): 106,200
23. KEVIN CALENZO (NEW HARTFORD, NY): 105,700
24. CHRISTOPHER LINDH (GOSHEN, NY): 105,500
25. BRIAN LEMKE (NORRISTOWN, PA): 104,300
26. LEONARD CORTELLINO (LEWISTON, ME): 99,700
27. WILLIAM BEASLEY (HOLLYWOOD, FL): 96,000
28. ADAM HUI (MARKHAM, CAN): 96,000
29. SCOTT ANDERSON (CANDOR, NC): 95,400
30. ANDREW YOUNGBLOOD (DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI): 94,900
31. DENNIS SUMMERS JR (CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA): 93,300
32. EDWARD CORRADO (NAPLES, FL): 88,400
33. SCOTT LAZEWSKI (MANALAPAN, NJ): 82,000
34. NORMAN RODRIGUEZ (POINCIANA, FL): 76,500
35. JOSHUA BRIKIS (MONROEVILLE, PA): 76,400
36. RYAN CAREY (SOMERSET, MA): 74,900
37. LUIS NARGENTINO (FLORAL PARK, NY): 74,700
38. PETER IPPOLITO (E MEADOW, NY): 74,300
39. SCOTT MATAYA (MORRIS PLAINS, NJ): 74,000
40. ALEX SANTIAGO (W HARTFORD, CT): 71,400
41. ROBERT HWANG (BARNEGAT, NJ): 70,200
42. GEORGE ANTONAKOS (BALTIMORE, MD): 67,400
43. PETROS UYANIK (ATHENER RING, GER): 63,800
44. ROGER WELLMANNHARRIS (ALPHARETTA, GA): 59,400
45. JAMES NEWTON (EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ): 56,800
46. JOANNE MONTEAVARO (BRONX, NY): 54,600
47. DALE PINCHOT (YARDLEY, PA): 54,200
48. MARIA TING YU HO (ARCADIA, CA): 51,700
49. FRANCIS ANDERSON (WAPPINGERS FLS, NY): 51,600
50. STAR MOORE (BROOKLYN, NY): 50,900
51. KAVON SHAMLOO (ASBURN, VA): 50,700
52. ADAM EHRLICH (PHILADELPHIA, PA): 47,800
53. JONAS WEXLER (SOUTHAMPTON, PA): 46,900
54. CHRISTOPHER BACK (VANCOUVER, CAN): 43,300
55. ALLAN VROOMAN (GREENVILLE, NC): 41,200
56. MARK BAATZ (BRIELLE, NJ): 40,100
57. BORIS KOTLEBA (BRATISLAVA, SLO): 37,800
58. TRAVELL THOMAS (BUFFALO, NY): 33,000
59. STEVEN DANNENMANN (SEVERN, MD): 30,900
60. JEFFREY COUTROULIS (TAMPA, FL): 28,200
61. TYLER PATTERSON (EVERETT, WA): 26,600
62. CHRIS MCCORMACK (PRT JEFFERSON, NY): 25,000
63. MICHAEL CASTALDO (PALISADES, NY): 20,900
64. OLIVIER BUSQUET (KATONAH, NY): 12,600
65. MATTHEW HAYNES (LEVITTOWN, PA): 6,600

Recap for Event 15: $300 + $50 Seniors No Limit Hold'em

 Tom "Mark Em Down" Noyes, 1st Place

Whoever thought that seniors go to bed early was obviously not present for Event 15.  257 players signed up for today's $300 + $50 Seniors No Limit Hold'em tournament, and it was 13 hours before a final table was reached, and over 3 more hours to complete the final table.

Stan Weiss, who won WPT's Mirage Poker Showdown in 2006 for $1.4 million, was in attendance.  So was Adam Varrenti, 4th place finisher in the Seniors event during the Borgata Spring Open.  Both failed to make their way to the money.

Neither had it as rough as James Boyd, who won the Seniors event during the Spring Open for $18k.  Boyd was running strong with 50 players left, but was the bubble boy when his pocket queens were cracked by the pocket tens of Preston Fouke. That hand propelled Fouke to the final table, but he was eliminated in 9th place when he ran into two sets in a row.

Richard Pilchman from Brick, NJ is another player that has had success at the Borgata Poker Open, final tabling Event 10: $350 + $50 Omaha Hi-Lo.  Pilchman added another final table to his resume today, getting 7th place for $2,991 when his ace ten failed to hold up against Joe Gallinaro's king queen.  Closely on the heels of Pilchman's elimination, fellow Omaha final tablist Tom "Mark Em Down" Noyes (2nd place) eliminated Barry Noyes in 5th place.

That elimination happened at around 2:30am, but it wasn't until 4:30am when Tom "Mark Em Down" Noyes was crowned champion.  Like Pilchman, Noyes had final tabled the Omaha event, but Noyes received a 2nd place finish in that event.  Today, Noyes has bested his own performance with a 1st place finish, good for $20,940.

Noyes is an 82 year old poker player, and this is his first tournament win.  When being handed his trophy and payout slip, Noyes was more interested in combing his hair for his winners picture and was joking about needing a makeup girl.  With the money he has won today, he could afford to hire one for his final table pictures.

1st - Tom "Mark Em Down" Noyes (Clarks Summit, PA) $20,940

Event 15: $300 + $50 Seniors No Limit Hold'em


Tom "Mark Em Down" Noyes has won the Seniors Event, taking home $20,940 for his efforts.  Here are the top 5 finishers:

1st Place - Tom "Mark Em Down" Noyes (Clarks Summit, PA) $20,940
2nd Place - Ken Alston (Berlin, NJ) - $12,340
3rd Place - Jim Governa (Richboro, PA) - $7,105
4th Place - Joe Gallinaro (Brooklyn, NY) - $5,759
5th Place - Charles Laphan - $4,487

6th Place - Smith, 7th Place - Pilchman

Event 15: $300 + $50 Seniors No Limit Hold'em

Barry Smith, 6th Place
On an AKT flop, Barry Smith was all in holding K4 against the KT of Tom "Mark Em Down" Noyes.  Smith was drawing to runner runner and failed to hit, putting him out in 6th place for $3,739.

Richard Pilchman, 7th Place

Richard Pilchman was all in preflop for 88k holding AT against the KQ of Joe Gallinaro.  Four clubs came on board to give Gallinaro the winning flush and sending Pilchman to the rail in 7th place.  He will receive $2,991 for his efforts.

8th - Jacoby, 9th - Fouke, 10th - Miller

Event 15: $300 + $50 Seniors No Limit Hold'em

Ken Jacoby, 8th Place

Action was fast paced as soon as the final 10 hit the felt, and we saw three quick eliminations.  Ken Jacoby from New York, NY was eliminated in 8th place when his pocket sixes failed to improve against Barry Smith's pocket tens.  Jacoby will receive $2,244 for his efforts.

Preston Fouke, 9th Place

Preston Fouke was the victim of two sets.  In the first hand, Fouke held top pair against a set.  Short stacked, he went all in shortly thereafter with AQ and was racing against his opponent's pocket jacks.  A jack hit the flop, and Fouke was sent to the cage to collect $1,496 for his 9th place finish.

Mitchell Miller's KT failed to improve against the pocket aces of Ken Alston.  Miller will receive $972 for his 10th place finish.

Bag & Tag

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

Chip Leader Andrew Dykeman

Andrew Dykeman (Jacksonville, FL) used a royal flush to propel himself to the top of the chip counts after Day 1 of the tournament. Dykeman finished with 236,600 and is 7,600 ahead of David Diaz (Memphis, TN), who's second in chips.

A full list of chip counts will be posted later this morning as approximately 67 players remain with an average stack of 90k. The top 36 cash in the event as they fight for the $119,034 top prize.

Play resumes Noon Friday with 30 minutes left on level 13 (1k/2k/300 ante).

Leaders & Notables


Andrew Dykeman 236,600
David Diaz 229,000
Jason DeWitt 213,500
Alex Rocha 208,200
Alan Bari 179,000
Gavin Smith 177,000
Richard Barbato Jr 174,700
Chris Bolt 166,000
Andrew Toulette 155,000
Robert Cheung 137,700
Seth Berger 124,900
Sean Wallace 106,200
Chris Lindh 105,500
Leonard Gortellino 99,700
Andrew Youngblood 94,900
Josh Brikis 76,400
Joanne Monteavaro 54,600
Maria Ho 52,000
Steve Dannenmann 36,600
Tyler Patterson 26,100
Olivia Busquet 12,600

Alex Rocha Bagging and Tagging
as veeRob and Tyler Patterson (R) Chat

Final table reached

Event 15: $300 + $50 Seniors No Limit Hold'em

With the elimination of our 11th place finisher, the remaining 10 players are now at the final table.  Here are seating assignments and rough chip counts:

Seat 1 - Barry Smith (Queens, NY) - 215k
Seat 2 - Joe Gallinaro (Brooklyn, NY) - 280k
Seat 3 - Tom "Mark Em Down" Noyes (Clarks Summitt, PA) - 315k
Seat 4 - Ken Alston (Berlin, NJ) - 190k
Seat 5 - Jim Governa (Richboro, PA) - 160k
Seat 6 - Ken Jacoby (New York, NY) - 95k
Seat 7 - Charles Laphan - 770k
Seat 8 - Preston Fouke (Hagerston, PA) - 170k
Seat 9 - Richard Pilchman - 160k
Seat 10 - Mitchell Miller - 60k

Almost Halfway Home

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

Players are on their last break of the night. They'll return to start the next level, but will shut Day 1 down at 2 am.

One of the larger stacks says he's fortunate to still be playing. David Diaz (Memphis, TN) hits a straight flush the on the river for one of his few outs to double his last 6k and stay alive. The J is the miracle card that's propelled him towards the top.

A look at the bigger stacks:

Andrew Dykeman 245k
David Diaz 220k
Roy Winston 135k
Gavin Smith 120k
Mike Beasley 100k

69 players remain with an average stack of 89k.

Play resumes with Level 13 (1k/2k/300 ante).

Runner, Runner, Royal

Event 14: $1,500 + $150 No-Limit Hold'em

Action Andrew

Listening to the talk at table 3 you get the feeling Andrew Dykeman (Jacksonville, FL) is an action junkie, so A 10 is right up his alley.

Three players see a flop of J 10 9 and all three see the turn for 6k.

Turn: Q

One player bets 13k, Dykeman calls, third player folds.

River K

The action is checked to Dykeman who bets 20k and is called.

Dykeman shows the royal flush and after his opponent mucks, scoops a 96k pot to take him to 158k.

A person on the rail says there's no way Dykeman shuts it down with 90 minutes left in Day 1 play. "You haven't seen him play all day. There's no way."