Thursday, September 23, 2010

1.2 Million Chip Bets

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From the SB Dwyte Pilgrim calls 250k and Kia Mohajeri checks his option.

Flop: 2♣6♣9♠

Mahajeri bets 1.2 million, Pilgrim calls.

Turn: Q ♣

Mahajeri checks, Pilgrim bets 1.2 million

River: 3 ♣

Mahajeri checks, Pilgrim bets 1.2 million, Mahajeri calls.

Pilgrim shows 910♣ for a 10 high flush and Mahajeri mucks, as Pilgrim wins an 8+ million chip pot.

Heads-Up Lead Reversal

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Heads-up play began with Kia Mohajeri holding about a 3:2 lead in chips over Dwyte Pilgrim.  After about 18 hands of small-ball play, Dwyte had pulled dead even with Kia.   (If you can still call it "small-ball" when the minimum bet or raise is 400k.)

Then this hand occurred:

Kia limped on the button and Dwyte checked.  The flop rolled out Q 6 5.   Both checked.

The turn was the 8.   Dwyte bet 400k (the minimum).  Kia raised another million on top.  Dwyte called. 

The river was the K and Dwyte bet 400k.  Kia raised another 2.5 million.  After a few seconds thought, Dwyte called.  Kia showed A7 off for Ace-high.  Dwyte showed K7 for a pair of Kings to take the pot.

Dwyte has exchanged chip positions with Kia.  He now has about 19 million to Kia's 12 million.

Blinds went up to 250k/500k with 75k antes.

Heads Up Contrast

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Dwyte's Rail Birds
(AKA Pilgrim's Pigeons?)

Kia Mohajeri may have a 3 to 2 chip lead (19 million to 12 million) heading into heads up play, but Dwyte Pilgrim has Mohajeri outnumbered in support. Pilgrim's rooting section has been vocal all day, helping build excitement in the Event Center.

At the other end of the spectrum, Mohajeri doesn't have any visible supporters in the room as he's spent the last break by himself. It's an interesting contrast as the two play for the first place prize of more than $700,000

Kia Mohajeri Alone with his Thoughts

Show Me The $$$$

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Top Prize

The WPT Royal Flush girls have just delivered the first place prize money of $733,802, the Borgata trophy and the WPT bracelet.

Heads up play begins after the TV crew sets up for heads up play.

Royal Flush Girls

3rd Place - Ofir Mor - $266,835.

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Ofir Mor moved in on his button, but got no callers.  On the next hand, Kia Mohajeri opened for 2 million from the small blind, then Ofir moved in from the big.

Kia called, showing 87 suited.  Ofir was ahead with A4 offsuit.  Then the board came K 7 3 8 5 and Kia took the pot with two pair.   He's now got about 18.8 million of the 31 million chips in play.

Ofir Mor

After a three-way battle that lasted almost two and a half hours, Ofir Mor finished in 3rd place, earning $266,835.

Pilgrim Outkicks Mor

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Dwyte Pilgrim opened for 1 million on the button and Ofir Mor Pilgrim called from the big blind.  The flop came 9 4 3 rainbow and both checked.  Turn was a Ten and Dwyte bet 600k.  Ofir called.  River was a 5 and Dwyte bet 1.2 million.  Ofir called showing KT for a pair of Tens.  Dwyte showed AT for the same pair with better kicker to claim the pot.

Dwyte opened for 1.4 million and Kia Mohajeri three-bet to 4 million straight.  Dwyte let it go.

Rough chip counts:
Kia - 15 million
Dwyte - 13 million
Ofir - 3 million

Give and Take

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Dwyte Pilgrim opened for 900k on the button and Kia Mohajeri raised to 2 million straight from the small blind.  Dwyte made the call to see the flop come Q J 6 with two spades.  Kia moved in immediately.  Dwyte let it go.

Kia opened for 1.2 million on the button and Dwyte called from the big blind.  The flop came 9 4 3 with two spades.  Both players checked.  Dwyte bet 1.2 million in the dark before the turn, which was an offsuit Jack.  Kia called.  River was an offsuit King.  Dwyte checked,  Kia bet 3 million, and Dwyte folded.

Ofir Mor completed the small blind and Dwyte checked his option.  The flop came A 6 3.  Ofir checked and Dwyte bet 525k.  Ofir called.  Turn was the Q.  Both checked.  River was the T.  Ofir checked, Dwyte bet 1.4 million, and Ofir folded.

Kia raised to 1 million on the button and Dwyte called from the big blind.  The flop came J 4 3 and both checked.  Dwyte checked in the dark before the A hit the turn.  Kia checked behind.  River was the 4.  Dwyte checked, Kia bet 350k, and Dwyte took a few seconds to think.  He opted to call and Kia was reluctant to show.  Dwyte showed AQ for Aces-up.  Kia mucked.

Pilgrim Reclaims Chip Lead

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Dwyte Pilgrim has been chipping away at his two opponents, showing down the best hand when necessary, and showing a single deuce after bluffing someone off a pot.  He's up to 13.6 million now.

Kia Mohajeri has 10.775 million and Ofir Mor has 7 million.

Mohajeri Doubles Through Mor

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Kia Mohajeri opened for 900k on the button and Ofir Mor raised to 2 million from the small blind.  Dwyte Pilgrim folds his big blind and Kia calls.

The flop came Q J 5 and they quickly got all the chips in the middle.  Kia held pocket Kings and the lead.  Ofir held AJ for a pair of Aces.  The last two came 3 8 and Kia's Kings were good.  He doubled up to 11.45 million, retaking the chip lead.

Dwyte is right behind him with 10.7 million. Ofir is back to third, but still very close with 9.2 million.

"No-Fear" Mor Makes Hero Call

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Ofir Mor opened for 850k on the button and Kia Mohajeri called from the big blind.  The flop came A Q 4 rainbow.  Both players checked.

Turn was a Ten and Kia checked.  Ofir bet 600k.  Kia check raised another million on top.  Ofir called.

River was a 9 and Kia led out for 3 million.  Ofir tanked for quite a while, during which Dwyte Pilgrim got up from the table, chatted with his peeps on the rail, wandered around the audience shaking hands and bumping fists, and wandered back around to his chair.

Ofir "No-Fear" Mor

Eventually Ofir made the call.  Kia rolled over pocket 3s.  Ofir rolled over A8 for a pair of Aces to take the pot.  He chipped up to almost 14 million, taking the chip lead.  Kia was left with just under 6 million.

More of the Dwyte Pilgrim Show

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Kia Mohajeri opens for 700k on the button, Ofir Mor opts out, and Dwyte Pilgrim calls from the big blind.  The flop came 2 2 2 and both players checked.  Turn was a 6 and Dwyte led out for 400k.  Kia called.  River was a 7 and Dwyte bet 800.  Kia tanked for a couple of minutes, then folded.

Dwyte opened from the small blind for 750k and Kia raised 1.5 million more on top from the big.  Dwyte moved all-in and Kia went into the tank.  After a few minutes in the tank, Kia let it go.  Dwyte showed one card:  a deuce.  The crowd went wild.

Chip Counts

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Players have just returned from a break.  Here are the chip counts;

Kia Mohajeri - 15.05 million
Dwight Pilgrim - 11.125 million
Ofir Mor - 5.2 million

Blinds are still 150k/300k with 50k antes.

Premature Celebration

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Just one hand after eliminating Brandon Novena, Dwyte Pilgrim's looking for consecutive knockouts when Ofir Mor moves all-in. The bets is 2.775 million and Pilgrim calls.

Pilgrim: J10
Mor: K8

When the flop comes J104, Pilgrim runs across the stage and celebrates with his cheering section. Once the crowd settles down, Pilgrim returns to the table and sees the 8 on the turn and now has a real sweat.

Mor has several river outs: any heart, an 8 for trips, or a king for a higher two pairs.

River: K

And with that Mor goes runner, runner for two pairs, kings and eights to stay alive with a double-up.

Mor, who now has 5.5 million chips, shows little emotion as he calmly walks over to his fans and gives out a couple of high fives.

Pilgrim takes the small hit in stride as his stack drops to 10 million. On the next hand, he starts talking to WPT announcer Mike Sexton, who's off stage.

"Make sure you don't make me look too bad," says Pilgrim. "With all the celebrating and stuff."

4th Place - Brandon Novena - $223,475

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Brandon Novena

Brandon Novena moves all-in for 2.575 million, and Dwyte Pilgrim calls.

Novena: 6♠6♣
Pilgrim: KQ

Flop: K1010♣ (Pilgrim takes the lead with a pair of kings)

Turn: 2 (no help for Novena)

River: Q (two pairs for Pilgrim)

A second pair on the river gives Pilgrim the pot and eliminates Novena in 4th place earning him $223,475.

Pilgrim now has more than 12 million chips.

"No Fear, Ofir"

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As routing interests develop, Ofir Mor continually gets support when he pushes all-in and fails to get a call.

"No fear, Ofir!" they shout.

Mor and Brandon Novena are the two short stacks, as Dyte Pilgrim and Kia Mohajeri are battling for the chip lead.

Position Poker

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Three times in the last 10 hands Dwyte Pilgrim's been using his position on Brandon Novena to continually extract chips from the 24 year old.

The most recent comes on a board of K67 when Novena leads out for 1.1 million. Pilgrim quickly says all-in and Novena shakes his head.

After a few seconds, Pilgrim spills all his chips into the pot and Novena simply laughs and eventually folds. The crowd erupts as this is turning into a bit of a home arena for Pilgrim.

"That hurt. Even I felt it for the kid," says Pilgrim as he mucks the winner.

Pilgrim takes the chip lead with more than 14 million chips, while Novena continues to hemorrhage and is now the short stack with ~2.0 million.

Pilgrim Gets Value

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On a board of 8K54, Brandon Novena bets 600k. Dwyte Pilgrim raises to 1.2 million and Novena calls.

The river is the 6. Novena checks, Pilgrim value bets 325k and Novena calls.

Novena: AK (top pair, top kicker)
Pilgrim: K4 (two pairs)

Pilgrim wins the 4.5 million chip pot, taking his stack to 10.5 million, while Novena drops to 5 million.

Updated Stacks

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Seat-Name-Chip Count (millions)

1 - Kia Mohajeri 12.7
3 - Ofir Mor 3.2
4 - Brandon Novena 7.2
5 - Dwyte Pilgrim 8.3

Eliminated

5th Daniel Makowsky ($183,449)
6th Ben Klier ($148,427)

5th Place - Daniel Makowsky - $183,449

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Ofir Mor moved all-in from the cutoff and Daniel Makowsky did the same from the big blind.  Ofir's AQ off was dominated by Daniel's AK off.  It appeared that Ofir was destined for a 5th place finish, but the board came A Q 6 7 2 and Ofir took the pot with two pair, doubling up to almost 4.2 million.

 Daniel Makowsky

Daniel was left with only a couple of chips (50k) and was all-in for the small blind on the next hand.  Dwyte Pilgrim called from the button and Kia Mohajeri checked his option.  They checked down the board of J 8 8 J 7.  Kia held 62 off and was playing the board.  Dwyte showed AQ to take the side pot.  Daniel held pocket 5s and was counterfeited by the board.  Dwyte took the main pot as well, chipping up to almost 8 million.

Daniel Makowsky finished in 5th place, earning $183,449.

Novena Check-Raises Makowsky

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Daniel Makowsky opened for 500k and Brandon Novena called from the big blind.  The flop came T 5 4  and Brandon checked.  Daniel fired 700k, Brandon moved all-in, and Daniel folded.  Brandon picked up the pot.

Brandon Novena

Blinds went up to 125k/250k with 25k antes.

Novena Collects a Three-Way

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Dwyte Pilgrim opened for 450k utg.  Ofir Mor and Brandon Novena called from the blinds.  The flop came Q 8 7 and all three checked.  Turn was a 5 and Ofir bet 675k.  Brandon moved all-in.  Dwyte folded, as did Ofir.  Brandon collected the pot.

Bear in mind that at the current level, there is 425k of blinds and antes in the pot before any action occurs.

Chip Counts

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Chip counts, in millions:

Kia Mohajeri - 11.150
Dwyte Pilgrim - 9.025
Brandon Novena - 4.325
Ofir Mor - 4.200
Daniel Makowsky - 2.675

6th Place - Ben Klier - $148,427

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Kia Mohajeri raised to 500k from the small blind and Ben Klier moved all-in for 5.5 million from the big.  Kia snap-called, showing AQ off.  Ben held pocket Jacks. 

The flop came K T 4, giving Kia more outs.  He could win with any Ace, Queen, or Jack.  Turn was an inconsequential 6.  Then an Ace hit the river, giving Kia the bigger pair, the pot, and the chip lead.


Ben Klier

Ben Klier finished in 6th place, earning $148,427.

Following that hand, there was a short break.

Hat Trick for Pilgrim

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Dwyte Pilgrim opened for 500k utg and everyone folded.  That's one.

Ben Klier opened for 425k from the cutoff, Brandon Novena called from the small blind, then Dwyte raised to 1.1 million from the big blind.  Both opponents folded and Dwyte took the pot.  That's two.

The next hand,  Ofir Mor opened for 500k in the cutoff and Dwyte called from the small blind.  The flop came 8 6 4 with two clubs.  Dwyte led out for 800k and Ofir folded.  That's three in a row.

Makowsky Folds to Three-Bet, Twice

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Blinds went up to 100k/200k with 25k antes.

Daniel Makowsky raised utg and action folded around to Dwyte Pilgrim in the big blind.  Dwyte raised to 1.8 million straight.  Daniel tanked for so long, Dwyte finally called for the clock.  Daniel folded before his minute ran out and Dwyte pulled another pot.

A few hands later, Daniel opened for 550k on the button and Ben Klier shoved from the big blind.  Daniel tanked, again, for a couple of minutes, then let it go.  Ben picked up the pot.

Makowsky Doubles Through Pilgrim

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Daniel Makowsky

After Dwyte Pilgrim limped, Daniel Makowsky shoved for ~1.5 million.  Dwyte called, showing pocket 6s.  Daniel was way ahead with pocket Kings. 

The board came A T 9 8 2 and Daniel doubled up to ~3.3 million.  Dwyte was left with ~6.3 million.

Mohajeri Doubles Through Klier

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Current Chip Counts
Dwyte Pilgrim - 8.925 million
Ben Klier - 7.6 million
Ofir Mor - 5.5 million
Brandon Novena - 3.75 million
Kia Mohajeri - 3.635
Daniel Makowsky - 1.975

Kia completed the small blind and Ben checked his option.  The flop was A J 8.  Both checked.  Turn was the Queen of clubs.  Kia checked, Ben bet 250, Kia raised to 600k, Ben shoved, and Kia called all-in, showing 86 for the flush.  Ben held 53 for an inferior flush.  He was drawing dead.

 Kia Mohajeri

Kia doubled up to ~7 million.  Ben was left with ~4.1 million.

Pilgrim Takes the Chip Lead

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On the turn, the board read Q 9 7 Q and Ben Klier checked it over to Daniel Makowsky, who bet 350k.  Ben then check-raised to 1.1 million.  Daniel surrendered.

Brandon Novena opened for 375k on the button and Dwyte Pilgrim raised to 1.1 million from the small blind.  Brandon surrendered and Dwyte collected the pot.  He showed a single card:  the 4 of spades.

Ofir Mor opened for 375k and Brandon Novena called from the cutoff.  On the flop of J J 6, Ofir checked, Brandon bet 475k, and Brandon called.  Turn was an 8 and both checked.  River was a 4 and again both checked.  Brandon showed an 8 for two pair to take the pot.

The Dwyte Pilgrim show continued when he called Ofir's 375k open.  On the flop of Q T 9 Ofir check-called Dwyte's 400k bet.  Turn was a 6 and again Ofir checked.  Dwyte bet 625k and after some thought, Ofir mucked.  Dwyte pulled the sizeable pot.

Kia Mohajeri limped and Dwyte checked his option.  The flop came K J 9 and Dwyte checked.  Kia checked behind.  Turn was a 4 and Dwyte checked.  Kia bet 375k and Dwyte called.  River was an 8 and Dwyte led out for 800k.  Kia folded.  Dwyte is up to 9 million and takes the chip lead.

The Dwyte Pilgrim Show

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The first hand was finally dealt at the final table.  Blinds are 75k/150k with 25k antes.

Ben Klier raised from the button and everyone folded. 

On the second hand, Ben raised to 325k from the cutoff and Dwyte Pilgrim called from the big blind.  The flop came Q 7 2 and Dwyte checked.  Ben bet 400k and Dwyte called.  Turn was a 5 and both players checked.  River was another 2 and Dwyte led out for 275k.  Ben called and Dwyte showed a 7 for 7s-up.  Ben mucked.

Dwyte took the next pot with an uncontested raise from the small blind.

Dwyte Pilgrim with two of his three WSOP-C Rings

After Ofir Mor raised to 375k, Dwyte raised to 675k from the button.  Ofir called and the flop came J 6 2.  Both checked.  Turn was the 6 and Ofir checked.  Dwyte bet 925k and Ofir mucked.  Dwyte picked up his third pot in a row.

Final Table Taping Still Getting Ready

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The production crew is still preparing the set and the audience is still being seated, so there will be a bit of delay getting cards in the air.

The players are all present, but will be introduced as they enter the set for the cameras and audience. 

Kia Mohajeri, Ben Klier, Ofir Mor, Brandon Novena, Dwyte Pilgrim, and Dan Makowsky

Super Six

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(Top L-R) Klier, Pilgrim & Makowsky
(Bottom L-R) Mohajeri, Novena & Mor


The final six players return at 4 pm Thursday for the WPT taping of the final table. Here's a look at the chip counts and seat assignments.

Remaining Players Chip Counts (exact)

Position-Player-Chips

1 - Ofir Mor - 7.3 million
2 - Ben Klier - 6.625 million
3 - Brandon Novena - 5.125 million
4 - Dwyte Pilgrim - 4.8 million
5 - Kia Mohajeri - 4.225 million
6 - Dan Makowsky - 3.3 million

Final Table Seating

Seat-Player

1 - Kia Mohajeri - 4.225 million
2 - Ben Klier - 6.625 million
3 - Ofir Mor - 7.3 million
4 - Brandon Novena - 5.125 million
5 - Dwyte Pilgrim - 4.8 million
6 - Dan Makowsky - 3.3 million

Event 21 Final Results

Borgata Poker Open 2010
Event 21: $200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em
September 23

Entries: 324
Total Buy-In: $64,800

FINAL RESULTS
1. SIMON RUDIN (MONROE TWP, NJ): $16,971
2. AARON CARR (NEW YORK, NY): $9,428
3. ERIC OLSON (NEW YORK, NY): $5,846
4. DONALD POPOWSKI (HAMILTON, NJ): $4,714
5. GRANTEL GIBBS (WHITBY, CAN): $3,646
6. RAYMOND GIFFORD (ALSTON, PA): $3,080
7. MOSHE BERNSTEIN (BROOKLYN, NY): $2,483
8. THOMAS WHITMORE (MASSAPEQUA PARK, NY): $1,855
9. ALEX TORRES (FAIRVIEW, NJ): $1,258
10. RYAN MILLER (ANNANDALE, NJ): $818
11. MARK DIKKER (MORGANVILLE, NJ): $818
12. BRIAN KEANE (RIVERSIDE, NJ): $818
13. ANTHONY FORLINO (RIDGEWOOD, NJ): $629
14. GREGORY HARKER (NEW YORK, NY): $629
15. EUGENE CASTRO (NEW YORK, NY): $629
16. GODFREY OJEATOR (VENTNOR CITY, NJ): $534
17. ALLISON SCHULTZ (NEW YORK, NY): $534
18. STEVEN MANCUSO (CRANFORD, NJ): $534
19. GENNADIY PESELEV (GLENMONT, NY): $471
20. VINCENT DIPISA (CORAM, NY): $471
21. BRIAN KRUYD (BOONTON, NJ): $471
22. RONALD ROMER (CINNAMINSON, NJ): $471
23. WILLIAM KITZEROW (CENTREVILLE, VA): $471
24. MICHAEL RUSSO (PARLIN, NJ): $471
25. HAROLD VASQUEZ (PHILADELPHIA, PA): $471
26. LEANNE ROSENBLATT (BRIGANTINE, NJ): $471
27. VADIM SMIRNOV (MORGANVILLE, NJ): $471
28. RICHARD CEFALONI (WINTER GARDEN, FL): $377
29. ANTHONY MAGALLON (AVENEL, NJ): $377
30. ZEMZEM MUSTEFA (INDIAN HEAD, MD): $377
31. ROBERT KRZYKALSKI (BAYONNE, NJ): $377
32. EUGENE GOLD (NEW YORK, NY): $377
33. MARGARET FRIERMAN (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA): $377
34. THOMAS WATSON (LONG BCH, NY): $377
35. JOSEPH LESSARD (BETHPAGE, NY): $377
36. ATHANASIO KARAPANAGIOTIS (WARETOWN, NJ): $377

Event 21 Recap

$200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

The last one-day main event of the Borgata Poker Open began at noon Wednesday in the Poker Room with a price tag of $200 + $30, generating total buy-ins of $64,800. The final 36 would get a piece of that pie.

Among the 324 players who entered event 21 were:
Mike Summers, (Charlottesville, VA) who was looking to add to his second place finish in the $1,500 tournament (Event 14) where he earned $66,130;
Dao Bui, (Sterling, VA) Event 7, $350 Deep Stack, 4th place finisher for $15,086;
James Boyle (Havre De Grace, MD) Event 7, $350 Deep Stack, 5th place finisher for $12,025; and
Gene Castro (New York, NY).

None of these players made the final table.

With two tables remaining, Don Popowski's top pair held up against a straight-draw to scoop a monster pot, chipping up to 567k. Don (Hamilton, NJ) rode that big stack all the way to 4th place, taking home $4,714. Eric Olson (Cannon Falls, MN) did him one notch better with his 3rd place finish, earning $5,846.

In the end, it was Simon Rudin (Monroe TWP, NJ) who came out on top. He took home $16,971 and the beautiful Borgata trophy. Aaron Carr (New York, NY) had to settle for second place and $9,428.

Event 21: Champion - Rudin

$200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Simon Rudin (Monroe Twp., NJ) finished in 1st place, earning $16,971.

Event 21: 2nd - Carr

$200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Aaron Carr (New York City, NY) finished in 2nd place, earning $9,428.

Event 21: 3rd - Olson

$200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Eric Olson (Cannon Falls, MN) finished in 3rd place, earning $5,846.

Event 21: 4th - Popowski

$200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Don Popowski (Hamilton, NJ) finished in 4th place, earning $4,714.

Event 21: 5th - Gibbs

$200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Grantel Gibbs (Ontario, Canada) finished in 5th place, earning $3,646.

Event 21: 6th - Gifford

$200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Ray Gifford (Philadelphia, PA) finished in 6th place, earning $3,080.

Event 21: 7th - Bernstein

$200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Michael Bernstein (Brooklyn, NY) finished in 7th place, earning $2,483.

Event 21: 8th - Whitmore

$200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Tom Whitmore (Massapequa, NY) finished in 8th place, earning $1,855.

Event 21: 9th - Torres

$200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Alex Torres (Union City, NJ) finished in 9th place, earning $1,258.

Event 21: 10th - Miller

$200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Ryan Miller (Brigantine, NJ) finished in 10th place, earning $818.

Event 21 Final Table

$200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

Seat-Name

1 Aaron Carr (New York City, NY)
2 Michael Bernstein (Brooklyn, NY)
3 Eric Olson (Cannon Falls, MN)
4 Ryan Miller (Brigantine, NJ)
5 Simon Rudin (Monroe Twp., NJ)
6 Ray Gifford (Philadelphia, PA)
7 Don Popowski (Hamilton, NJ)
8 Alex Torres (Union City, NJ)
9 Grantel Gibbs (Ontario, Canada)
10 Tom Whitmore (Massapequa, NY)

End of Day 4 Chip Counts

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The final six players will return at 4pm Thursday for the TV taping of the final table.

Here are their exact chip counts and TV table seat assignments:

Seat - Player - Chips
3 - Ofir Mor - 7.3 million
2 - Ben Klier - 6.625 million
4 - Brandon Novena - 5.125 million
5 - Dwyte Pilgrim - 4.8 million
1 - Kia Mohajeri - 4.225 million
6 - Dan Makowsky - 3.3 million

7th Place - Jeff Papola - $118,408

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On the very next hand, Jeff Papola (cutoff) was all-in holding AT against Ofir Mor's (bb) pocket 7s. The board came K Q 9 K 2 and Ofir's pair was good for the pot.

Jeff Papola

Jeff Papola finished in 7th place, earning $118,408.

With his elimination, the TV final table was set! The final six players are baggin' & taggin' their chips now. Counts will appear momentarily.

8th Place - Andrew Youngblood - $90,057

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Drew Youngblood shoved from the cutoff for just over 1 million. Kia Mohajeri looked him up from the small blind, showing AQ suited. Drew held KJ offsuit and would need to improve to survive.

The board came Q 9 6 J 7 giving both a pair but Kia took the pot with a pair of Queens.

Drew Youngblood

Andrew 'Drew' Youngblood finished in 8th place, earning $90,057.

Chip Counts

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Another level has ticked away and there are still eight players in the hunt. Here are their approximate chip counts:

Ben Klier ~ 7.01 million
Ofir Mor ~ 5.19 million
Dwyte Pilgrim ~ 4.78 million
Brandon Novena ~ 4.74 million
Kia Mohajeri ~ 2.88 million
Jeff Papola ~ 2.365 million
Dan Makowsky ~ 2.335 million
Drew Youngblood ~ 1.87 million

Play resumed after the break with blinds of 100k/200k with 25 antes.

9th Place - Lee Childs - $61,706

WPT BORGATA POKER OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

Lee Childs moved in from the button for 1.48 million. Ofir Mor (bb) asked for the count, then folded.

On the next hand, Lee was all-in from the cutoff for 1.9 million. Ben Klier moved in from the button, having Lee covered. Both blinds folded and Lee showed pocket 9s. Ben had him notched with pocket Tens. The board came A T 8 3 2 and Ben took the pot with a set of Tens.

Lee Childs

Lee Childs finished in 9th place, earning $61,706.

Eight players remain. Play will continue tonight until only six are left.