Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Event 20: More Eliminations

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

Place-Name-Amount

19 Paul Lam (Regal Park, NY) $752
18 Stephen Payne (Pokomoke City) $835
17 Tony Mandia (Commack, NY) $835
16 Dennis Thurman (Fisk, MO) $835
15 Sean Wallace (Horsham, PA) $919
14 Jeffrey Coutroulis (Tampa, FL) $919
13 Rica Parris (Folcroft, PA) $919
12 Ephraim Uzan (Valley Stream, NJ) $1,086
11 Scott Israel (Plainview, NY) $1,086

Break Time

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Another level has concluded and players are taking a ten minute break.

Brandon Novena

Brandon Novena is still the chip leader with ~3.1 million.

28 remain and one more must go before this day will end. At 27, they will stop the clock and bag & tag the chips, returning at 11am on Wednesday.

Event 20: Flood of Bust Outs

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

(L-R) Bernier, (x), Leban, Allen, Cummins

After the bubble lasts more than one hour, the all-ins are fast and furious as the payout line continues to grow.

Here's a look at the recent eliminations:

Place-Name-Amount

27 Daryl Boatwright (Sicklerville, NJ) $752
26 Stephen Wiener (Deer Park, NY) $752
25 Brandon Allen (Miami, FL) $752
24 Cyrus Samii (Washington, DC) $752
23 Jonathan Bernier (Montreal, Canada) $752
22 Alan Cuter $752
21 Anne Cummins (Florissant, CO) $752
20 Joanna Leban (New York, NY) $752

Event 20: Never Ending Bubble

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

Uzan Hanging On

The money bubble is now into the third level of hand-for-hand play as the action has been crawling for the last hour.

The short stacks continue to survive their all-ins with some of the most improbable scenarios. Ephy Uzan (Brooklyn, NY), who only had 400 chips at one point earlier in the tournament, was down to the felt again when he held Q6 vs KK vs 77 in a three-way all-in.

The board runs out 2 2 2 A A for a three-way chop, aces full of deuces, as Uzan survives.

At another table, with blinds at 5k/10k/1k (ante), Daryl Boatwright (Sicklerville, NJ) is down to one single ante. He's all-in blind for 1k and turns his 10 6 into a straight to survive.

The clock has been called several times as players are taking a long time to make decisions for their tournament lives.

Alex Gentile watches Daryl Boatwright
Survive an All-in



Lamothe Lost; Pantaleo Put Out; Badecker Bounced

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Francis Lamothe

Francis Lamothe made his move with K9 suited and got looked up by Olivier Busquet, who held pocket 7s. The board came Q 6 3 4 T and Francis reported to the rail (32nd place, $13,008). Olivier has about 1.8 million.

Giuseppe Pantaleo, who has been on a downhill slide, got his last ~400k in and got called by John D'Agostino. Giuseppe's T8 suited was in bad shape against John's pocket Tens. The board came A J 5 6 9 and Giuseppe was busted. He earned 31st place and $13,008. John chipped up to ~1.91 million.

Brandon Novena opened for 55k from the cutoff, then Andrew Badecker moved all-in from the button for ~313k. After a bit of think-time, Brandon made the call. Andrew was ahead with AJ against Brandon's A9 suited. Of course we know the flop frequently changes everything. The board came 9 7 6 8 2 and Brandon took the pot with a pair of 9s.

Andrew Badecker, who won event 6, $250 No Limit Hold'em, ($28,067) was busted in 30th place, earning $13,008. Brandon chipped up to 2.9 million, good for the chip lead.

Binger Bounced; Fischer Falls

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Just before the break, some big hands took place.

Nick Binger got his chips in the middle with AQ, only to run into the AK of Rick 'Nooker' Bordain. The board came K J 9 K Q and Rick took the pot. Nick got 38th place and $11,674.

Dan Fischer

Dan Fischer got his chips in with KQ against Dan Makowsky. Makowsky had A9 and was ahead. That lead got bigger when an Ace flopped. Fischer was busted in 37th place ($11,674).

With 36 remaining, it was time to break a table, which they will do after the break.

Here are some chip estimates from the break:

Player - Chips
David Grana - 2,330,000
Brandon Novena - 2,160,000
Olivier Busquet - 1,950,000
Daniel Makowsky - 1,900,000
John D'Agostino - 1,765,000
Christian Iacobellis - 1,260,000
Ofir Mor - 1,230,000
Kia Mohajeri - 1,220,000
Emad Alabsi - 1,100,000
Rick 'Nooker' Bordain - 1,100,000
Dwyte Pilgrim - 979,000
Jeff Papola - 841,000
Kent Beaver - 825,000
Michael Simhai - 800,000
Ben Klier - 800,000
Andrew Badecker - 670000
Giuseppe Pantaleo - 640,000
Lee Childs - 487,000
Doug Kim - 487,000
Anthony Harb - 350,000
Mike Sexton - 315,000
Jeffrey Gross - 290,000
Francis Lamothe - 160,000
Andrew Kaplan - 160,000

Do I Know You?

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As the field thins, players are getting to know each other a little better.

To balance tables, Brandon Novena was just moved to table 2 where John D'Agostino has finished stacking his newly minted chips. As Novena unracks his chips, he notices D'Agostino
Full Tilt patch and asks how long he's had their sponsorship.

"I've been with them a long time," says D'Agostino. Andrew Badecker then jumps in and says, "at least since 2004, he was good back then."

D'Agostino laughs and adds, "you're right, that's before everyone got good. Now I just try to get lucky," perhaps referring to his recent come from behind win with AK vs KK to eliminate Sean Knitter.

As the table chat continues, D'Agostino explained that he doesn't play no-limit on-line, but mostly mixed games. Someone else jumped in, saying, "he's a pro, he's one of the guys, who's names show up in red."

During the recent break, Novena, who dabbles with on-line play, clarified that he
was wondering if D'Agostino still played a lot because he didn't see him a lot on-line.

Players are back from a 10 minute break, blinds are 10k/20k/2k ante.

D'Agostino Doubles

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John D'Agostino raised, Sean Knitter three-bet on the button, John shoved, and Sean called. John held AK suited and was crushed by Sean's pocket Kings. The flop reversed everything, however, when an Ace hit the board.

John D'Agostino

No King appeared to save Sean and when the stacks were counted, John had just a few more chips than Sean. John collected the monster pot, chipping up to 1.8 million. Sean went out in 40th place and collected $11,674.

Klier Chips Up

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Jason Tabachnik and Ben Klier

On the river with a board of K 6 5 7 2, Jason Tabachnik checked over to Ben Klier, who bet 324k. Jason tanked a bit, then made the call. Ben showed two red Aces and Jason mucked. With that big pot, Ben chipped up to ~1.7k. Jason was left with ~800k.

Emad Alabsi bet 95k on the river with a board of 7 6 6 2 5 and sent Olivier Busquet into the tank. Olivier surrendered and Emad took some chips off the leader.

Eliminations 43 to 64

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Place-Name-Place-Amount

43 DONNY ARIEL (BROOKLYN, NY)$11,674
44 JEREMY SCHWARTZ (NEW YORK, NY) $11,674
45 STAN SINCLAIR (DOUGLAS, GA) $11,674
46 WILLIAM SEYMOUR (GREENVILLE, NC) $10,340
47 LARS BONDING (LAS VEGAS, NV) $10,340
48 BRIAN ALLEN ( ENGLEWOOD, NJ) $10,340
49 CONG PHAM (NAPLES, FL) $10,340
50 MICHAEL SHASHO (RAMSEY, NJ) $10,340
51 MARC GOLDMAN (EASTON, PA) $10,340
52 TAHER ALISHEIK $10,340
53 PUAN TONG $10,340
54 CHRISTOPHER BACK $10,340
55 ALLAN LUBIN (WATCHUNG, NJ) $9,339
56 IRVING LORENZO (GLEN OAKS, NY) $9,339
57 SHAHRYAR ESLAMI $9,339
58 ROSS MALLOR (NEW YORK, NY) $9,339
59 JONATHAN LITTLE (PENSACOLA, FL) $9,339
60 DAVE SALVADOR (NIAGRA FALLS, ON - CANADA) $9,339
61 LAVIANO THOMAS (UPPER BROOKVILLE, NY) $9,339
62 TUAN GBEHAN (TOMS RIVER, NJ) $9,339
63 WILL SOUTHER (PENSACOLA, FL) $9,339

Latest Chip Estimates

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After a break, play resumed with level 23, blinds of 8k/16k with 2k antes.

42 players remain. Average stack is over 744,200.

Here are some chip estimates from the break and early minutes of the level:

Player - Chips
Olivier Busquet - 2,000,000
Brandon Novena - 1,410,000
David Grana - 1,400,000
Daniel Makowsky - 1,395,000
Giuseppe Pantaleo - 1,250,000
Jason Tabachnik - 1,200,000
Ofir Mor - 1,145,000
Christian Iacobellis - 1,130,000
Emad Alabsi - 1,110,000
Michael Simhai - 1,070,000
Kent Beaver - 1,000,000
Lee Childs - 820,000
Dwyte Pilgrim - 785,000
Jeff Papola - 700,000
Kia Mohajeri - 695,000
Nick Binger - 670,000
Doug Kim - 668,000
Sean Knitter - 595,000
John D'Agostino - 454,000
Dan Fischer - 430,000
Francis Lamothe - 425,000
Mike Sexton - 310,000
Anthony Harb - 280,000
Jeffrey Gross - 220,000

Event 20: Fab 40

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

40 players (4 full tables) remain as they're back from dinner break. Tony Mandia continues to lead the way with 260k.

A look at the big stacks:

Tony Mandia (Long Island, NY) 260k
R. Pludo (Philadelphia, PA) 190k
Scott Girard (Aldie, VA) 150k
Dennis Thurman (Fisk, MO) 130k
Alex Gentile (Long Island, NY) 120k
Scott Israel (Plainview, NY) 115k
Paul Lew (Queens, NY) 114k
Sean Wallace (Hatboro, PA) 90k

Blinds are 2k/4k/400 ante, and the average stack is 72k.

Bonding Busted; Sinclair Sacked

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Lars Bonding

Ofir Mor raised and Lars Bonding shoved on his left. Ofir made the call with AQ. Lars was trailing with J9. An Ace on the board sealed the deal and Ofir took the pot. Lars took 47th place and $10,340.

Stan Sinclair opened for ~50k and Brandon Novena called. The flop came K 7 6. Stan bet ~50k, Brandon raised to ~200k, Stan shoved and Brandon called. Stan held pocket Aces (no club) and was ahead of Brandon's KQ, but Brandon had a lot of outs.

The last two came 4 8 and Brandon made his flush on the river. Stan was eliminated in 45th place ($10,340). Brandon chipped up to ~1.4 million.


Event 20: Dinnner Break

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

Just before the dinner break, chip leader Tony Mandia (Long Island, NY) is moved to table 1. As he places 6 full racks on the table, Joe Boatwright (Woodbridge, VA) asks, "Is this for real?"

It is, as Mandia has a mountain of chips and appears to be the clear chip leader with more than 250k. As the floor arrives with gray (5,000) chips, it looks like it's a color-up break, but it's simply to condense Mandia's chips into more manageable stacks.

The 1.5k/3k/400 ante has just ended and players are on a one hour dinner break.

We'll verify the leaders as they return from break.

Moving Day for Feature Table

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Level 22, blinds 6k/12k with 1k antes.

Play resumed after dinner and the bust-outs resumed as well. Ali Eslami and Ross Mallor reported to the rail fairly quickly.

With 54 players remaining, table 7, which was our 'feature' table, broke and those players were moved into empty seats. Mike Sexton and Giuseppe Pantaleo both landed at table 5 with Christian Iacobellis, Jeremy Schwartz, and Lee Childs.

Drew helps Giuseppe move his mountain of chips

Giuseppe has so many chips, he had to get help from the floor when time came for him to relocate.

John D'Agostino went to table 3 with Emad Alabsi, Jeffrey Gross, and Francis Lamothe.

Dwyte Pilgrim ended up at table 1 with Lars Bonding, Jeff Papola, and Dan Makowsky.

Updated Chip Counts at Dinner Break

Players are now on dinner break, and we were able to obtain select chip counts.  They are as follows:

Giuseppe Pantaleo - 1,790,000
Olivier Busquet - 1,401,000
Thomas Taylor - 1,326,000
Michael Simhai - 1,181,000
Brandon Novena - 1,161,000
Emad Alabsi - 971,000
Jeff Papola - 892,000
Francis Lamothe - 809,000
John D'Agostino - 681,000
Sean Knitter - 671,000
Mike Sexton - 652,000
Stan Sinclair - 623,000
Dan Fischer - 599,000
Dwyte Pilgrim - 506,000
Lars Bonding - 450,000
Jeremy Schwartz - 446,000
Andrew Badecker - 338,000
Jeffrey Gross - 302,000
Lee Childs - 210,000
Ali Eslami - 178,000
Daniel Makowsky - 122,000

Dinner Time

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At the end of the level, players were dispatched for a 75-minute dinner break. Play will resume at about 7:40pm.

58 players remain. Play will continue tonight after dinner until only 27 are left.

Event 20: Major Heater

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

The Tony Snarl

While the Championship Event continues in the front of the Event Center, a few tables away the 12 pm tournament is cruising along.

Catching up with Tony Mandia (Long Island, NY), he tells us about two huge hands that takes his stack to more than 200k.

First he has AK against QQ, flops a king and wins a 100k pot. While Mandia is still stacking the chips, he has KQ in a blind vs blind battle.

The flop is Q24and Mandia says that the SB leads out for a big bet, "it was an insta shove and he called." His opponent shows down Q 6 and Mandia's king kicker is boss as he wins a 150k pot.

Now that Mandia has 210k on back-to-back hands, he says he's going to "push people around a little bit."

The Next Table To Break

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The stacked (chip-wise and name-wise) featured table

What we've been calling our featured table is the next table to break as soon as we lose 5 more players.  That means the remaining field will have to deal with chip leader Giuseppe Pantaleo (who just busted a player with KK vs AJ), John D'Agostino, Mike Sexton, and Dwyte Pilgrim.

Event 20 Payouts

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

Number of Entries: 287
Total Buy-In: $86,100

1st: $23,384
2nd: $13,780
3rd: $7,934
4th: $6,430
5th: $5,011
6th: $4,175
7th: $3,340
8th: $2,505
9th: $1,670
10th-12th: $1,086
13th-15th: $919
16th-18th: $835
19th-27th: $752

Chip Leaders Bunching Up

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Several players have bunched up at the top of the chip counts:

Olivier Busquet ~1.33 million
Brandon Novena ~1.32 million
Ben Klier ~ 1.29 million
Giuseppe Pantaleo ~1.22 million
Michael Simhai ~1.1 million

Olivier Busquet

Olivier Busquet is the defending champion in this event and no player has ever repeated as champion of a WPT event, so that would be quite an accomplishment if he can pull it off.

Recent eliminations: 64th through 81st

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64th: Mike "Little Man" Sica (North Brunswick, NJ) - $8,339
65th: Jia Liu (Brooklyn, NY) - $8,339
66th: Carter Gill (Madras, OR) - $8,339
67th: Daniel Suied (Billerica, MA) - $8,339
68th: Chinmay Patel (Huntington Valley, PA) - $8,339
69th: Alezander Kim (Hatboro, PA) - $8,339
70th: Jason Roberts (Las Vegas, NV) - $8,339
71st: Willaim Haley (Florham Park, NJ) - $8,339
72nd: Stuart Gelwarg (New York, NY) - $8,339
73rd: Robert Palmer (Cherry Hill, NJ) - $7,672
74th: Gregory Merson (Laurel, MD) - $7,672
75th: Jeffrey Chotikul (Eht, NJ) - $7,672
76th: Matt Brady (Havertown, PA) - $7,672
77th: Allison Schultz (Upper Saddle River, NJ) - $7,672
78th: Tom Thomas (Shelton, CT) - $7,672
79th: Dmitriy Shilnikov (Katy, TX) - $7,672
80th: Amir Genzel (Fresh Meadows, NJ) - $7,672
81st: Dan O'Brien (Las Vegas, NV) - $7,672

Double Ups and Bust Outs

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After losing a pot with a set of Aces to a gutshot that hit on the river, Tuan Gbehan doubled up when he flopped a set of deuces. He's back to ~400k.

Stan Sinclair
Over on table 2, Stan Sinclair is up to ~720k.


Emad Alabsi

Over on table 3, seat 4 (small blind) was all-in holding 98 suited and facing the pocket Kings of Emad Alabsi. The board changed nothing and Emad picked up the pot, sending another player to the rail. Emad is over 700k.

Recent eliminations

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82nd: Michael Connolly (Bronx, NY) - $7,004
83rd: Omar Taveros (Bronx, NY) - $7,004
84th: Richard Melton (Sunny Isles Beach, FL) - $7,004
85th: Frank Bonacci (Pittsburgh, PA) - $7,004
86th: Keith Crowder (Elkins Park, PA) - $7,004
87th: Alan Haddy (Oakland, NJ) - $7,004
88th: Francis Dougherty (Philadelphia, PA) - $7,004
89th: Thomas Taylor (Ontaria, Canada) - $7,004
90th: Ravi Challa (Beth Page, NY) - $7,004
91st: Jeremy Brown (Medford, CT) - $6,671
92nd: Ryan Raymond (North San Juan, CA) - $6,671
93rd: Jacobo Fernardez (Bronx, CA) - $6,671
94th: Fred Deguzman (Ottawa, Canada) - $6,671
95th: Albert Riccobono (Ossining, NY) - $6,671
96th: Frank Walker (Rockaway Park, NY) - $6,671
97th: Travell Thomas (Buffalo, NY) - $6,671
98th: Eric Stocz (West Bloomfield, MI) - $6,671
99th: Chris McCormack (Laurel Hollow, NY) - $6,671
100th: Payman Arjang (Woodland Hills, CA) - $6,671

80 Players Remain

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Down to ~80 players now.

Mike Sexton

Mike Sexton took a pot from Dwyte Pilgrim with pocket Jacks. Dwyte didn't show his hand, but claims he held pocket Tens. Mike is up to ~800k while Dwyte dropped to ~480k.

Olivier Busquet is up to about 1 million, putting him second in chips to Giuseppe Pantaleo, with 1.2 million.

Table 7 has become the center of the WPT universe with the cameras constantly hovering. Chip leader Giuseppe Pantaleo, Dwyte Pilgrim, Andrew Badecker, John D'Agostino, Rebecca Gennett, (last woman sitting) and Mike Sexton are all sharing that piece of felt.

Mike 'Little Man' Sica

Mike 'Little Man' Sica utters his classic "Start the car!" after putting his chips all-in. His opponent says "You just gave your hand away, I have to fold". Mike replied "If you fold, I can't lose!" as he collected the pot.

I believe Mike Sica, Mike Sexton, and Jeffrey Papola are the only WSOP bracelet holders still in.

Olivier Busquet and Jonathan Little are the only two WPT title holders still alive.

Event 17 Payouts

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Here's a reminder what they're playing for.

Place: Payout
1st: $733,802
2nd: $440,945
3rd: $266,835
4th: $223,475
5th: $183,449
6th: $148,427
7th: $118,408
8th: $90,057
9th: $61,706
10th-12th: $40,025
13th-15th: $28,351
16th-18th: $18,345
19th-27th: $15,009
28th-36th: $13,008
37th-45th: $11,674
46th-54th: $10,340
55th-63rd: $9,339
64th-72nd: $8,339
73rd-81st: $7,672
82nd-90th: $7,004
91st-100th: $6,671

Down to 90

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Now that the money bubble has burst, the short stacks are wasting no time getting their chips in the middle. Down to about 90 players already.

Jeffrey Gross
One player happy to still be here is Jeffrey Gross (Baltimore, MD).


Andrew Badecker

Andrew Badecker, who won event 6, $250 No Limit Hold'em, ($28,067) got his last chips in holding AJ against monster-stack Giuseppe Pantaleo, who had pocket 8s. The board came Q T 9 5 K, giving Andrew the straight on the river to double up.

Greg Merritt Is The Bubble Boy

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Greg Merritt Is The Bubble Boy

It was an exciting money bubble to say the least.  With 102 players remaining, John D'Agostino on the button called an all for 62k.  When his opponent tabled AK, D'Agostino exclaimed, "Why would I call your all in? You haven't played a hand all day."  He then proceeded to show a dominated AQ.  When the flop fell TJ4, D'Agostino perked up as he had picked up a gutshot, but was still drawing to 3 outs.  The 3 on the turn changed nothing -- D'Agostino would still need a king to eliminate his opponent.  In dramatic fashion, the river fell K, and just like that we were down to 101.

Amazingly, our next elimination came on table 7 as well, which we predicted would see some action today.  Greg Merritt started the action with a raise to 17k from the button, and Giuseppe Pantaleo called from the small blind.  The flop fell 248, and Pantaleo check raised Merritt's 45k bet to 100,500.  Merritt promptly moved all in, and Pantaleo snapped call, showing 22.  Merritt was in trouble, holding pocket kings.  When the turn and river fell 96, Pantaleo laid claim to Merritt's remaining stack of about 250k, and Merritt was the unfortunate bubble boy.

The remaining players were very celebratory, but none more than Travell Thomas who squeeeeeeeked into the money with a chip stack of 17k.  "170k?" someone asked.  "That's the next step," responded Thomas, who was thrilled with his guaranteed cash.  Meanwhile, Dan O'Brien bought himself a celebratory ice cream as he continues his run towards his second WPT final table this year.

Two to the Money

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With 103 players remaining (100 get paid) there was a 3-way all-in between Will 'Monkey' Souther, Ali Eslami, and defending champion Olivier Busquet. Will was the shortest stack all-in pre-flop. Ali was the second-shortest stack and he was all-in except for one 500 chip he left on his cards. Olivier had them both covered.

Will 'Monkey' Souther

On the flop of T 4 2, Ali tossed his last chip in, Olivier called, and the rolled over the hands. Will was ahead with pocket Kings. Ali held pocket queens, and Olivier held AK offsuit. The last two cards changed nothing and Will tripled up, Ali doubled collecting the side pot, and Olivier had to pay off everyone, but was still left with ~500k.

Down to 102 players and they began hand-for-hand play with two to go to the money.

Giuseppe Pantaleo

Giuseppe Pantaleo's mountain of chips is approaching 1 million. He's definitely the chip leader at this point.

All Eyes on Giuseppe Pantaleo

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WPT cameras catch action on the featured table


With a monstrous chip stack, the cameras have been focusing on Giuseppe Pantaleo a lot of the day.  He's been applying pressure to the shorter stacks at his table, and the TV cameras are anxious to catch the hand that gets the final 100 into the money.

Updated Chip Counts at Break

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Olivier Busquet - 850k
John D'Agostino - 543k
Doug Kim - 431k
Lee Childs - 345k
Dan O'Brien - 186k
Jonathan Little - 120k
Allen Bari - eliminated
Christian Harder - eliminated

Getting Close To The Money

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Returning from the break, there were 108 players remaining.  With the top 100 getting paid, it should not be long we are hand-for-hand, and the bubble will be burst.

Event 20: Notables

Event 20: $300 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

Fresh off his Event 19 win early Tuesday morning, less than 9 hours later Tyler Patterson (Everett, WA) is back at the tables. After winning $28,691, Patterson is looking for back-to-back titles.

Also in the field is Paul Spitzberg (Tenafly, NJ), who finished 2nd in Event 13 earning him $20,713.

Other notables include:

Sheree Bykofsky (Atlantic City, NJ)
Gene Castro (New York, NY)
Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY)
Adam Lippert (Brooklyn, NY)
Eric Siegel (Melville, NY)
Paul Spitzberg (Tenafly, NJ)

Brian Alan Doubles Up

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Borgata regular Brian Alan stopped by to tell us about a double up he had not long ago.  Alan had A9 and flopped a pair of nines, calling a raise on the flop.  When the turn paired the nine, giving Alan trips, the two got their chips in the middle, and Alan's A9 had his opponent's Q9 trumped.  He now sits on a stack of around 340,000.

Event 20 Is Underway

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

Cards are in the air for Event 20.  Players are still entering the tournament, so we don't have final numbers, yet.  Tyler Patterson, who won Event 19 last night at around 4am, is back in the field going for back-to-back wins.  Others have entered the tournament so they could be in the room when the money bubble broke in the Championship Event.  We'll keep you updated shortly on prizepool and payouts when they are released.

Bernard Lee Eliminated

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Bernard Lee stopped by the tournament reporting area to fill us in on his unfortunate elimination.  Lee held AQ and reraised his opponent out of the small blind.  The flop fell AT3♠, and Lee check raised all in for about 140k.  His opponent called and showed him pocket tens for a set, leaving Lee drawing to runner runner to survive.  Lee failed to pick up live outs on the turn, and he was sent to the rail a handful of tables short of the money.  Lee plans to go home and visit his family before hopping a flight for the World Series of Poker Europe.

Day 3 Has Begun

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Cards are back in the air for Day 3 of the Championship Event. 165 players have returned, and it's going to be a long day as only 27 players will return for Day 4.  With the top 100 players getting paid, the money bubble is on everybody's minds.  The top 2 chip leaders, John D'Agostino and Giuseppe Pantalo, happened to be seated two seats away on table 7, along with Dwyte Pilgrim and Andrew Badecker.  Three other stacks around the room sit on over a half million chips, and that number is bound to increase in short order.

Event 17 Chip Leaders

Borgata Poker Open 2010
Event 17: $3500 WPT Championship Event
September 18 - 23

Entries: 1,042
Total Buy-In: $3,438,600

END OF DAY 2 CHIP COUNT LEADERS:
1. JOHN DAGOSTINO: 681,200
2. GIUSEPPE PANTALEO: 668,100
3. FRANCIS LAMOTHE: 611,800
4. LARS BONDING: 521,900
5. MARC GOLDMAN: 506,600
6. ERIC SALINAS: 495,000
7. JENS EISNER: 477,900
8. STAN SINCLAIR: 449,300
9. JEFFREY PAPOLA: 447,300
10. BENJAMIN KLIER: 433,800
11. TAHER ALISHEIK: 433,200
12. EDWARD FOGLE: 425,700
13. CHINMAY PATEL: 418,600
14. TOM THOMAS: 410,500
15. KYLE LOMAN: 406,100
16. DWYTE PILGRIM: 400,000
17. CHRISTIAN IACOBELLIS: 387,800
18. DOUGLAS KIM: 380,800
19. ALBERT STRICKLAND: 363,500
20. GREGORY MERRITT: 361,400
21. JASON TABACHNICK: 357,200
22. OLIVIER BUSQUET: 355,400
23. KENT BEAVER: 353,400
24. JEFFREY GROSS: 339,550
25. DANIEL FISCHER: 330,200
26. ROSS MALLOR: 311,600
27. SETH BERGER: 304,400
28. BRANDON NOVENA: 299,400
29. BENJAMIN JOHNSON: 298,300
30. DAVID POULTER: 295,300
31. ANTHONY HARB: 292,000
32. JACOBO FERNANDEZ-HERNANDEZ: 275,400
33. ALEZANDER KIM: 270,100
34. DANIEL MAKOWSKY: 258,900
35. SEAN KNITTER: 256,300
36. ANDREW BADECKER: 255,700
37. VICHIEN SIPRAJIM: 248,900
38. WILLIAM CHILDS: 248,400
39. SHAHRYAR ESLAMI: 247,200
40. PUAN TONG: 247,000
41. STUART GELWARG: 245,300
42. DMITRIY SHILNIKOV: 238,200
43. DANIEL SUIED: 236,000
44. MATTHEW COHEN: 234,100
45. ANTONIO CAVEZZA: 232,800
46. KY MACPHERSON: 229,500
47. FRANK BONACCI: 220,300
48. SHAWN PILOT: 220,200
49. DAJUAN WHORLEY: 215,600
50. ANDREW YOUNGBLOOD: 215,600
51. MICHAEL SHASHO: 207,900
52. MATTHEW BRADY: 205,000
53. THOMAS TAYLOR: 204,100
54. ALLAN LUBIN: 203,800
55. TRAVELL THOMAS: 203,300
56. RAVI CHALLA: 200,900
57. PAYMAN ARJANG: 200,200
58. RICHARD MELTON: 199,000
59. MICHAEL CONNOLLY: 196,000
60. MICHAEL SEXTON: 195,000
61. KEITH CROWDER: 194,900
62. CARTER GILL: 193,600
63. OFIR MOR: 193,400
64. JAMES PETTIT: 190,300
65. CHRISTOPHER BACK: 189,100
66. IVAN MAMUZIC: 188,800
67. WILLIAM HALEY: 187,600
68. ROBERT PALMER: 185,200
69. BERNARD LEE: 184,500
70. NICHOLAS BINGER: 184,300
71. JOHN LEONARD: 183,700
72. ROBERT INFANZON: 181,000
73. ALEXANDER BERGER: 179,600
74. GREGORY MERSON: 177,400
75. OMAR TAVERAS: 176,100
76. FRANCO BRUNETTI: 175,900
77. JEFFREY CHOTIKUL: 175,000
78. JASON HENRICI: 174,900
79. STEVEN KARP: 173,600
80. DAVE SALVADOR: 173,400
81. CONG PHAM: 171,400
82. CHRISTIAN HARDER: 171,300
83. ALLEN BARI: 170,600
84. TUAN GBEHAN: 169,000
85. ERIC STOCZ: 167,200
86. DAVID PAPADATOS: 161,700
87. DANIEL OBRIEN: 156,700
88. TREVOR SAVAGE: 156,700
89. EMAD ALABSI: 151,400
90. LAVIANO THOMAS: 150,400
91. PAVEL MYNDROV: 146,800
92. JON FAVALORO: 146,200
93. MICHAEL SICA JR: 146,100
94. KIANOOSH MOHAJERI: 140,100
95. SEAN NOLAN: 139,400
96. JEFFREY GORDON: 139,200
97. RYAN RAYMOND: 139,000
98. JONATHAN LITTLE: 138,900
99. HIEU LUU: 138,600
100. KEY SONG: 138,500
101. FRANCIS ANDERSON: 135,000
102. ALBERT RICCOBONO: 131,300
103. JEFFREY ROTHSTEIN: 129,200
104. DARREN ELIAS: 128,900
105. DOMINIC REGGIMENTI: 128,100
106. BRYAN BINDERT: 125,800
107. CHRIS MCCORMACK: 125,000
108. GEORGE ANTONAKOS: 124,300
109. JAMES ST HILAIRE: 124,300
110. STEVEN AIEVOLI: 121,500
111. FRANK WALKER: 121,000
112. BRIAN ALLEN: 120,000
113. GEORGE FORST: 117,200
114. JIA LIU: 116,900
115. MATTHEW MARAFIOTI: 114,500
116. JASON ROBERTS: 108,600
117. SATURNINO RODRIGUEZ: 105,600
118. ANDREW KAPLAN: 104,900
119. FRED DEGUZMAN: 101,900
120. MICHAEL BUTTACAVOLI: 101,300
121. IRVING LORENZO: 100,600
122. JAMES WADE: 100,600
123. MICHAEL SIMHAI: 100,300
124. RICK BORDIAN: 99,800
125. ANDREW LEE: 97,000
126. SACHIN RAMRAKHANI: 97,000
127. MATTHEW KOLODZIEJ: 96,600
128. FRANCIS DOUGHERTY: 96,500
129. STEVEN KRASNER: 96,300
130. JEREMY BROWN: 95,600
131. VINEET PAHUJA: 95,100
132. WILLIAM PILOSSOPH: 90,400
133. AMIR GENZEL: 90,300
134. MICHAEL ARON: 90,000
135. DAVID GRANA: 89,900
136. ROMULUS SEGAL: 86,100
137. COREY SOUTHER: 84,500
138. DONNY ARIEL: 83,300
139. WILLIAM SEYMOUR: 79,800
140. WILLIAM BEASLEY: 71,600
141. FRANCIS VIZZA: 70,000
142. JAMES EUN: 69,500
143. JEREMY SCHWARTZ: 68,700
144. KENY REYES-HOLGUIN: 68,000
145. JOHN STEVENSON: 62,700
146. ALAN HADDY: 62,300
147. RYAN CAREY: 60,200
148. JOHN COURTNEY: 59,500
149. WAYNE LEWIS: 58,500
150. WADE WOELFEL: 58,100
151. MARC DAVIS: 57,400
152. ALLISON SCHULTZ: 55,000
153. MICHAEL GLICK: 53,400
154. MICHAEL GEORGIOU: 52,000
155. JAMES OSTRANDER: 50,800
156. MAX AMJADI: 47,200
157. FRANK GANGEMI: 47,200
158. JOHN AGLIALORO: 44,800
159. JOHN MYUNG: 44,200
160. REBECCA GENNETT: 43,800
161. SETH COHEN: 39,300
162. STEVEN SAUSER: 38,100
163. NICHOLAS HOJNOSKI: 37,100
164. MICHAEL DANGELO: 24,000
165. FRANCIS CIPRIANO: 20,700

Big Al Looking for "Fatty" Chips

WPT BORGATA POKER OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

The Fatty Boys, "The Nose & Big Al"

Heading into Day 3 of the WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship, "Big" Al Riccobono is 1 of 165 still alive for the 2010 title. The Borgata regular is hoping a deep run will help fuel interest in a new reality showing currently in production called, "Fatty's."

Riccobono and Mike "The Nose" Castaldo, both Borgata regulars, are the main characters and co-creators of a show that peeks into the lives of a group of “ordinary Joes” who come together at a ficticious poker club in New York.

“Call it Cheer’s around a poker table” says Riccobono. “These characters at Fatty’s will certainly keep your attention and it’s refreshing to finally see a reality show that men can really enjoy and relate to.”

Castaldo, the show’s star and club owner, is affectionately known as “The Nose” by those who know him best. “You don’t really have to ask why if you take one look at my gigantic beak," says Castaldo. "My boys at Fatty’s are no joke. We had an impressive first visit as a group to the WSOP back in June."

All “Fatty’s 10” players, as well as VIP member and the show hostess Lacey Jones, and Poker Players International Marketing Director, Eric Siegel, made it through to day two of the June tournament series event. "Although only two cashed (Siegel and Kenny Hofmann)," Castaldo adds, "we made an impact.”

Castaldo recently finished 11th in the Borgata Spring Open back in April and Riccobono final tabled last week’s Event 9 Deep Stack Turbo (6th) and has final tabled four events in the last five months, including two here at the Borgata, which he considers his “home away from home.”

Riccobono added, “I know we speak for all of us at Fatty’s when I say there is no place even close to the Borgata for hosting these tournaments and we are proud to be a part of it all.”

While Riccobono is below the chip average with 131k heading into Day 3, he's doing better than Castaldo who busted on Day 1. "I don't know if I'm a better player than he is," says Riccobono, "but for right now I'm still playing. I think anyone of us from Fatty's, under the right circumstances can play well enough to win a WPT title."

For more information about the show and it’s characters, visit their website at http://www.fattyspoker.com/

Event 19 Final Results

Borgata Poker Open 2010
Event 19: $350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em
September 20

Entries: 313
Total Buy-In: $109,550

FINAL RESULTS
1. TYLER PATTERSON (EVERETT, WA): $28,691
2. JAIME HERRERA (LONG ISLAND, NY): $15,940
3. ONOFRIO REINA (ELIZABETH, NJ): $9,883
4. ALEX TORRES (FAIRVIEW, NJ): $7,970
5. MARGUERITE SPAGNUOLO (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $6,163
6. MICHAEL CAZULL (HOWARD BEACH, NY): $5,207
7. PAUL GOMBERG (PHILADELPHIA, PA): $4,197
8. ANDREW KNEE (MOUNT SINAI, NY): $3,135
9. STEVEN CHO (DERWOOD, MD): $2,125
10. LUIS NARGENTINO (FLORAL PARK, NY): $1,381
11. ANDREW DYKEMAN (JACKSONVILLE, FL): $1,381
12. THOMAS LEONARD (SOUTH HADLEY, MA): $1,381
13. PATRICK ZIAGOS (FACTORYVILLE, PA): $1,062
14. JOHN KARCHER (ROCKLEDGE, PA): $1,062
15. MICHAEL EMORY (WILDWOOD, NJ): $1,062
16. ISMAIL HASSAN (BROOKLYN, NY): $903
17. SONNY CHAU (LEESBURG, VA): $903
18. MARK BERNSTEIN (MOORESTOWN, NJ): $903
19. DAVID HECK (COLTS NECK, NJ): $797
20. ERROL BENHAMOU (BRONX, NY): $797
21. DAVID STEVENS (WILTON, CT): $797
22. GLEB TRIBUSHNI (MAPLE, ONT): $797
23. ALON YEHUDAI (BROOKLYN, NY): $797
24. ERIC RUFFMAN (COLTS NECK, NJ): $797
25. JAMES WETHINGTON (RALEIGH, NC): $797
26. CHRISTIAN FARLEY (GLOUCESTER, NJ): $797
27. FREDRIC STOCKFIELD (PATTERSON, NY): $797
28. KELLY ARMENTROUT (ALEXANDRIA, VA): $638
29. ERIC SIEGEL (MELVILLE, NY): $638
30. BRADLEY WILSON (VICTOR, NY): $638
31. VICTORIA LARKIN (AUBURN, NY): $638
32. WILLIAM LAU (SEWELL, NJ): $638
33. MARTIN HJORTH (BORLERPD, DEN): $638
34. PETER REPOLE (COLLEGE PARK, MD): $638
35. GONZALO VILLARREAL (E HANOVER, NJ): $638
36. TODD MICHAEL (LANCASTER, PA): $638

Event 19 Recap

Event 19: $350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

Tyler Patterson of Everett, WA, crossed the country to play in the WPT Main Event. Unfortunately for Tyler, he didn't survive day one. Tyler fared much better in the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em preliminary event, where he finished in 8th place for $8,498.

Tyler is still going home with a trophy, however, as he just took down event #19, $350 No Limit Hold'em, outlasting 312 other players to take the top prize of $28,691. When heads-up play began, he had a significant chip lead over second-place finisher Jaime Herrera (Miami, FL). Jaime still managed to double-up a couple of times before his luck ran out.

On the final hand, Jaime got his chips in ahead with A5 against Tyler's Q8, but Tyler flopped a Queen and it was all over. Jaime had to settle for second place and $15,940.

The third place finisher was Onofrio 'Frank' Reina of Carteret, NJ. Frank has now made back-to-back final tables. He finished 6th in event 18 yesterday, earning $4,559. Today, his 3rd place finish was good for $9,883.

Another notable accomplishment was that of Andrew Dykeman of Jacksonville, FL. He finished 18th in event 12, $300 No Limit Hold'em a week ago, earning $925. He then finished 8th in event 14, $1,500 No Limit Hold'em a couple of days later, earning $13,006. Today's 11th place finish is his third cash of the series and earned him another $1,381.

Eric Siegel of Melville, NY, finished 29th, earning $648. Other familiar names who entered this event but did not cash are Mike Leah, (Las Vegas, NV) Mike Dentale, (Brooklyn, NY) and James Boyle (Havre de Grace, MD).

Champion - Patterson

Event 19: $350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

On the final hand, Jaime Herrera was all-in and ahead with A5 suited against Tyler Patterson's Q8 suited. The board came Q J 8 J 2 and Tyler won the pot and the tournament with Queens-up.

1st place - Tyler Patterson (Everett, WA) $28,691


2nd place - Jaime Herrera (Miami, FL) $15,940

3rd - Reina

Event 19: $350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

Frank Reina made his last stand with A4 and got called by big stack Tyler Patterson. Frank's A4 was ahead of Tyler's JT suited, but the board came K J 2 Q 8 and Tyler paired his Jack to win the pot.

3rd place - Onofrio "Frank" Reina (Carteret, NJ) $9,883

This is Frank's second final table in two days. He finished 6th in event 18 yesterday, earning $4,559.

4th - Torres

Event 19: $350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

On the last hand of the 20k/40k level, Alex Torres was all-in for his last 69k from the small blind. Both Jaime Herrera (bb) and Tyler Patterson (button) called.

On the flop of J 6 5, both checked. Turn was the 7 and both checked. River was the 8 and Jaime checked. Tyler bet 200k and Jaime folded. Tyler showed KQ for the flush and Alex mucked.

4th place - Alex Torres (Union City, NJ) $7,970

5th - Spagnuolo

Event 19: $350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

Marguerite Spagnuolo made her all-in move on the button and Tyler Patterson (bb) thought for a few seconds, then called with 87 suited.

Marguerite held pocket 6s and was racing for her tournament life.

The board came A 7 2 9 K and Tyler took the pot with a pair of 7s.

5th place - Marguerite Spagnuolo (Staten Island, NY) $6,163.

Yes, Marguerite is wearing a sign over her mouth that says "I think out loud".

6th - Cazull

Event 19: $350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

6th place - Michael Cazull (Howard Beach, NY) $5,207

7th - Gomberg

Event 19: $350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em


7th place - Paul Gomberg (Philadelphia, PA) $4,197

8th - Knee

Event 19: $350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em


8th place - Andrew Knee (Mt. Sinai, NY) $3,135

9th - Cho

Event 19: $350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em


9th place - Steven Cho (Derwood, MD) $2,125


10th - Nargentino

Event 19: $350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em


10th place - Luis Nargentino (Floral Park, NY) $1,381

19th - 11th Places

Event 19: $350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

Place-Name-Amount

19 - David Hook (Colts Neck, NJ) $797
18 - Mark Bernstein (Moorestown, NJ) $903
17 - Sonny Chan (Leesburg, VA) $903
16 - Ismail Hassan (Brooklyn, NY) $903
15 - Michael Emory (Peoria, AZ) $1,062
14 - John Karcher (Bristol,PA) $1,062
13 - Patrick Ziagos (Factoryville, PA) $1,062
12 - Thomas Leonard (South Hadley, MA) $1,381

After Marguerite Spagnuolo moved in, Andrew Dykeman moved in over the top. Marguerite's pocket Queens were racing Andrew's AK. The board came Q T 8 K 2 and Marguerite doubled up, leaving Andrew short.

Andrew shoved on the next hand and got called by the small blind. Andrew's J8 was dominated by A8. The board came Q T 6 Q K and Ace-high took the pot.

11 - Andrew Dykeman (Jacksonville, FL) $1,381.

With his bust-out, the final ten moved to a single table and got back to business.

Event 19: Eliminations

$350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

Place-Name-Amount

36 Todd Michael (Lancaster, PA) $638
35 Gonzalo Villarreal (Hanover, NJ) $638
34 Peter Repole (College Park, MD) $638
33 Martin Hjorth (Birkerod, Denmark) $638
32 William Lau (Sewell, NJ)$638
31 Victoria Larkin (Auburn, NY) $638
30 Bradley Wilson (Rochester, NY) $638
29 Eric Siegel (Melville, NY) $638
28 Kelly Armentrout (Alexandria, VA) $638
27 Rick Stockfield (Patterson, NY) $797
26 Christian Farley (Gloucester, NJ) $797
25 James Wethington (Raliegh, NC) $797
24 Eric Ruffman (Colts Neck, NJ) $797
23 Alon Yehudai (Fort Lauderdale, FL)$797
22 Gleb Tribushni (Maple, ON Canada) $797
21-David Stevens (Wilton, CT) $797
20-Errol Benhamou (Bronx, NY) $797

Event 19: Payouts

$350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

Number of Entries: 313
Total Buy-In: $109,550

Place - Amount

1 $28,691
2 $15,940
3 $9,883
4 $7,970
5 $6,163
6 $5,207
7 $4,197
8 $3,135
9 $2,125
10-12 $1,381
13-15 $1,062
16-18 $903
19-27 $797
28-36 $638

End of Day 2 Chip Counts

WPT BORGATA POKER OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith got all-in on the last hand of the night, racing his AK against pocket 6s. He failed to improve and was busted.

Jason Deutch ran his KQ into AQ and busted on the last hand. Nancy Todd Tyner and Chris Bell also busted on or near the last hand.

About 175 players will return tomorrow at 11am for day 3. Average stack is roughly 178,600. Only the last 100 will get paid.

Here are some end of day chip counts for the big stacks, notables, tweeters, and other random players.

Player - Chips
John D'Agostino - 681,200
Giuseppe Pantaleo - 668,000
Francis Lamothe - 611,800
Lars Bonding - 521,900
Marc Goldman - 506,600
Jens Eisner 477,900
Stan Sinclair - 449,300
Jeff Papola - 447,300
Benjamin Klier - 433,800
Taher Alisheik - 433,200
Kyle Loman - 406,100
Dwyte Pilgrim - 400,000
Christian Iacobellis - 387,800
Doug Kim - 380,800
Al Strickland - 363,500
Greg Merritt - 361,400
Jason Tabachinck - 357,200
Olivier Busquet - 355,400
Kent Beaver - 353,400
Dan Fischer - 330,200
Ross Mallor - 311,600
Seth Berger - 304,400
Ben Johnson - 298,300
Jacobo Fernandez - 275,400
Sean Knitter - 256,300
Andrew Badecker - 255,700
Lee Childs - 248,400
Dmitriy Shilnikov - 238,200
Danny Suied - 236,000
Tony Cavezzo - 232,800
Shawn Pilot - 220,200
DJ Whorley - 215,600
Matt Brady - 205,000
Travell Thomas - 203,000
Mike Sexton - 195,000
Keith Crowder - 194,900
Bernard Lee - 184,500
Nick Binger - 184,300
Christian Harder - 171,300
Allen Bari - 170,600
Tuan Gbehan - 169,000
Dan O'Brien - 156,700
Mike 'Little Man' Sica - 146,100
Jonathan Little - 138,900
James St. Hilaire - 124,300
Rick 'Nooker' Bordain - 99,800
Jeremy Brown - 95,600
Vinny Pahuja - 95,100
Will Souther - 84,500
Mike Beasley - 71,600
Jeremy Schwartz - 68,700
John Myung - 44,200

The complete list should be posted overnight.