Sunday, November 11, 2012

Event 7: 3rd Place - Condina

$400 + 50 Seven Card Stud   

Vinny Condina (Egg Harbor City, NJ)

Vinny Condina battle back from the short-stack a couple of times, but finally succumbed to the relentless aggression of Joseph Marttine.

Vinny will take home $2,270 for his third place finish today.

Event 5: Winning and Losing With Pocket 4s

$260 + $40 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo No Limit Hold'Em

The Austen Johnson show continues. Just minutes after losing more than a Million in chips to Sean Hu when his pocket fours lost to a pair of nines (despite three spades on the flop, but no flush), he called DJ MacKinnon for about 650K with, you guessed it, pocket fours.

This time they held up.

MacKinnon takes fifth.

                                                    5th place, DJ MacKinnon, (Buffalo NY)

Event 6: Break Time Chip Counts

$260 + $40 + $20 Ladies Deep Stack Yellow Chip Bounty NLH    

While the Ladies took a break, I checked out their stacks.  Here are some rough counts:

Robin Lee - 480k
Leanne Rosenblatt - 360k
Kim Findura -  235k
Judy Bielan - 220k
Rona Reis - 220k
Lisa Pickell - 90k
Esther Taylor - 50k

Level 19:  Blinds 5k/10k with 1k ante.

Event 6: 8th Place - Martin

$260 + $40 + $20 Ladies Deep Stack Yellow Chip Bounty NLH 

Nancy Martin (Washington Crossing, PA)

Nancy Martin got her last chips in against big stack Robin Lee and came up short.  Robin collected another bounty, while Nancy will collect $676 for 8th place.

Robin has extended her chip lead.  She sitting behind about 500k now.

Event 4 Recap

$500 + $60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Jedial Pires (Stone Harbor, NJ) bulldozed his way through the tournament with 17 bounties, but
the construction company owner hit a rock of a player in poker pro Matt Iles (Atco, NJ) when he got heads up.

On the final hand, Iles' A J eliminated Pires' K Q♠ when an ace hit the flop.

"Finally," said Iles who won $33,673 and the Borgata Fall Poker Open trophy. "I've played in 20 Borgata series without a win."

Prior to the elimination, Iles pocket queens survived Pires missed flush draw to take control of heads up play.

"It's okay," said Pires, who added $19,845 to his part time poker bankroll.  "He got a couple of good hands at the end."

Pires was on a roll the entire two-day tournament, seizing the chip lead before the Day 1 dinner break, and was in contention the entire way.  In contrast, Iles was slow and steady and on the brink of elimination when he got a much needed double-up at the final table when he was down to ten big blinds.

15 players returned for Day 2 and when the final table began, Pires knocked out five of the first six players as he totaled $3,400 in bounties throughout the tournament. But it was Iles who got the knockouts that mattered most, the final two.

Three-handed play began with Iles, Pires and Cherish Andrews all relatively even in chips, but Pires once again extended his lead.  That left the other two player dead even in chips at 750k, and when Iles knocked Andrews out in third place it got him within striking distance to control heads up play.

The tournament began with 248 entries, who put up a total buy-in of $124,000. 

Players who made the money included WSOP bracelet holder Mike "Little Man" Sica (26th), 2012 WSOP Main Event 20th place finisher Paul Volpe (23rd), and Borgata regulars Mike Dentale (18th), Brian Woods (13th) and Mike Melkersen (11th).

Both Iles and Pires are Borgata regulars who are looking forward to playing in the Championship event. Pires focuses a lot of his play in cash games, while Iles is thrilled to add this Borgata win to his resume that includes more than $200,000 in career tournament earnings.

Final Table Results


1 Matt Iles (Atco, NJ) $33,673
2 Jedial Pires (Stone Harbor, NJ) $19,845
3 Cherish Andrews (Brigantine, NJ) $11,427
4 Sina Sader (Downingtown, PA) $9,262
5 Kyle Bowker (Walton, NY) $7,217
6 Steven Polimeni (Cornwall, NY) $6,014
8 Damon Sita (Alexandria, VA) $3,608
9 Adel Shakerian (Falls Church, VA) $2,406
10 Adam Feldman (Wyomissing, PA) $1,564


Event 5: Johnson Rivers

$260 + $40 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo No Limit Hold'Em

Things keep going Austen Johnson's way, and his play is drawing a small crowd of onlookers

Sean Hu raised Johnson 475,000 on the turn. An ace on the river, however, gave Johnson the pair, the hand an better than 600K more in chips.

Guess who the chip leader is.

Event 6: 9th Place - Mevorah

$260 + $40 + $20 Ladies Deep Stack Yellow Chip Bounty NLH   

Carolyn Mevorah (Staten Island, NY)

Carolyn Mevorah lost the last of her chips, and her bounty, to Leanne Rosenblatt (Brigantine, NJ).  She will pick up $507 for 9th place.

Event 7: Stacks Flattening

$400 + 50 Seven Card Stud   

Limits are up to 8k/16k.

The final three are pushing chips around the felt and are now close to even in chips.

William Ray showed K Q T 9 and got called by Joseph Marttine, who showed K Q 5 2.

On the river, William bet 16k and only had 2k left, but Joseph surrendered.

That pot brought Williams stack up to ~120k.

Joseph was down to ~145k.

Vincent Condina is back in the hunt with ~140k.

Event 6: Bubble-Lady

$260 + $40 + $20 Ladies Deep Stack Yellow Chip Bounty NLH  

It wasn't long before Sam Loza (Ft. Lee, NJ) got all-in against big stack Robin Lee.

Sam Loza Bubbles

Sam's KQ of diamonds was trailing Robin's AT of spades.  Then Robin flopped a flush draw.  It was over on the turn when Robin made the nut flush to take the pot.

Sam will take 10th place, becoming this event's Bubble-Lady.

Nine players remain.  Average stack is 186k.

All are guaranteed to leave with at least $507 (plus whatever bounties they have collected along the way).

Event 5: 6th Place- Boatwright

$260 + $40 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo No Limit Hold'Em

                                                 Daryl L. Boatwright (Sicklerville NJ) $3,253

Boatwright goes all in with king, jack, but gets no help and is knocked out by an ace. He takes 6th

Event 6: Final Table Lineup

$260 + $40 + $20 Ladies Deep Stack Yellow Chip Bounty NLH  

The Ladies are down to the final ten and have moved to the final table.

It is also bubble-time, as one more lady will leave without cashing.

Here's the new lineup:

Seat - Player
  1. Nancy Martin
  2. Robin Lee
  3. Esther Taylor
  4. Sam Loza
  5. Judy Bielan
  6. Kim Findura
  7. Carolyn Mevorah
  8. Lisa Pickell
  9. Rona Reis
  10. Leanne Rosenblatt

Event 5: 7th Place - Thaler

$260 + $40 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo No Limit Hold'Em

                                                           Baruch Thaler (NYC) $2,603

Thaler matched queens, went all in for about 300K, but was tripped up by another pair with a better kicker. He takes 7th place.

Event 5: Johnson Breaks two

$260 + $40 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo No Limit Hold'Em

9th place, Byung Yoo, (Norwood NJ) $1,301

8th place, Gary Ackerman (Collegeville PA) $1,952
Austen Johnson padded his chips and sent Gary Ackerman (8th) and Byung Yoo (9th) to the rail.

Yoo had lost most of his chips the previous hand to Don Lotano when his pocket jacks got no help on the board and Lotano's pocket Kings broke him. Yoo then goes all in blind for about 40K
Bad timing as Johnson and Ackerman showed down on  the hand all in. Johnson took the hand with trip jacks over two pair, knocking out both opponents.

Johnson takes back the chip lead with about 2 Million.

Event 7: Marttine Leads

$400 + 50 Seven Card Stud  

Joseph Marttine (Ridgefield, NJ) is the chip leader with over 240k.

William Ray (Harrisburg PA) is a distant second with about 100k.

Vincent Condina (Egg Harbor City, NJ) is third with about 50k.

Level 19:  Limits 6k/12k.

Event 6: Lee Leads Ladies

$260 + $40 + $20 Ladies Deep Stack Yellow Chip Bounty NLH 

The Ladies are down to 13 remaining, with only 9 getting paid.  The money bubble looms.

Level 17:  Blinds3k/6k with 500 ante.

Average stack is ~129k.

Robin Lee

Robin Lee (Norwich, CT) is the clear chip leader with about 300k.

Event 4 Champion - Iles

$500 + $60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Matt Iles (Atco, NJ) 

Matt Iles has Jedial Pires on the ropes and gets the knockout with A J vs K Q♠ for his 10th bounty.

Iles flops an ace to win the tournament and trophy, and the poker pro is thrilled to add a Borgata title to his resume.

"Finally," he says. "I've played in 20 Borgata series without a win."

The key hand in heads up play came when Iles had pocket queens against a suited AK for Pires who missed his flush draw in the one million chip pot.  The hand "cut his legs out," says Iles, who was able to control the rest of the action.

Iles has more than $200,000 in career tournament earnings, including multiple Borgata final tables over the last few years.

Event 4: 2nd Place - Pires

$500 + $60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Jedial Pires (Stone Harbor, NJ via Brazil) 

After a pivotal missed flush draw, Jedial Pires finishes runner-up to Matt Iles.

On the final hand, Pires is down to 300k and has K Q♠ against A J. Iles flops an ace to secure the win and the trophy.

"It's okay," says Pires who owns a construction business and plays poker part time.  "He got a couple of good hands at the end."

When Pires missed the flush draw, Iles won the hand with pocket queens for a one million chip pot and control of heads up play.

In addition to winning nearly $20,000 as runner-up, Pires picked up 17 bounties for an additional $3,400.

"I love it," says Pires when asked about the bounty format and is looking to continue his success into the Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship event.

Event 7: 4th Place - Zimmet

$400 + 50 Seven Card Stud 

'Grandpa' Jay Zimmet (Manalapan, NJ)

Well, we will not have a repeat Stud Champion today.

'Grandpa' Jay Zimmet has hit the rail in 4th place.  "Tell my grandkids I crapped out" Jay said.

He'll pick up $1,513 for his work here today.

Event 5: 10th Place - Hayden

$260 + $40 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo No Limit Hold'Em

Dan Hayden, Stafford Va. ($846)

Event 7: 5th Place - Ippolito

$400 + 50 Seven Card Stud 

Peter Ippolito (E Meadow, NY) 

Peter Ippolito was all-in on third street against Joseph Marttine.

By the river, Peter had failed to make a pair and was busted in 5th place ($757).

Four Studs remain.

Event 7: Goners

$400 + 50 Seven Card Stud 

Bill 'Bumpereno' Munley

Bumpereno Munley (Throop, PA) has busted out and will not be re-peating his win from September.

Also gone from the final table is Paul Nevin (Philadelphia, PA).

Only 6 Studs remain, with only 5 getting paid, which means it is bubble time!

Event 5: 11th Place

$260 + $40 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo No Limit Hold'Em

Ten players remain in Event 5 and we have a final table.

Yong Choe of Pallisades Park NJ takes 11th place and $846.

Event 4: Eye on the Prize

$500 + $60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Jedial Pires (Stone Harbor, NJ)
 3.2 Million Chips

Matt Iles (Atco, NJ)
1.5 Million Chips

Event 6: Ladies Hunting Bounties

$260 + $40 + $20 Ladies Deep Stack Yellow Chip Bounty NLH

Level 15:  Blinds 2k/4k with 400 ante.

The ladies are down to the final two tables, with 18 ladies still in the hunt for bounties -- and no men.

'Nuff said about that.

Average stack is 93k.

Still in the hunt are
Esther 'E-Tay' Taylor
Nancy Martin
Lisa Pickell
Leanne Rosenblatt

Event 5: 12-17th Place

$260 + $40 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo No Limit Hold'Em

They're dropping quick as Event 5 races to a final table.

12: Brian Dare, Laurel Md. - $846
13: Dennis Summers, Charlottesville Va. - $716
14: Rod Faigao, Linden NJ - $716
15: David Johnston, Somers Point NJ - $716
16: Henry Fellela, Johnston RI - $651
17: Kenneth Gallo, Upper Saddle River NJ - $651

Event 4: 3rd Place - Andrews

$500 + $60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Cherish Andrews (Brigantine, NJ) 
Blinds 12k/24k/3k ante

Matt Iles raises the button to 48k, Cherish Andrews moves all in for ~750k from the BB, and Iles calls with a nearly identical sized stack.

Iles: AQ
Andrews: 44

Iles hits a queen on the river and all but knocks out Andrews from the tournament as she has Iles covered by 2k.

Andrews is out the next hand and says, "I'm disappointed. I wanted the win, it would have been my first. But there's still plenty more."

Iles (1.5 million) is now heads up with Jedial Pires who has the chip lead with 2.2 million.

Event 7: Studs Return

$400 + 50 Seven Card Stud

The final nine Studs are back from dinner and back in action.

Level 16:  Limits 3k/6k.

Still in the hunt are:

2012 BPO Stud Winner Bill 'Bumpereno' Munley


2011 BFPO Stud Winner 'Grandpa' Jay Zimmet.

Event 5 - Johnson Takes 1.4 Million in Chips

$260 + $40 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo No Limit Turbo

Few things are as sweet as hitting a nut flush on the river. And Austin Johnson just proved it. His Ace, 9 of diamonds netted him about $1.4 million in chips as he tripled up with a third diamond coming out on the river.
That leaves him with about 1.8 million and the chip lead.

Event 6: Back From Break

$260 + $40 + $20 Ladies Deep Stack Yellow Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em

The women are back from dinner break with 23 players out of  total 67 entries still in it. $5,914 goes to the winner out of a $17,420 prize pool.
Three tables left and cards are in the air.

Event 5: 20-19th Place - Mosca/Polilitus

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em 

20. Robert Mosca (Bronx, NY)
19. Anthony Povilitus (Archibald, PA)

Both players walk out with $586, and the remaining players are returning momentarily from dinner.   After Austen Johnson was crippled, he shoved without calls three time, and then doubled up the hand before dinner to over 430,000.

Event 4: Final Three - Even Steven

$500 + $60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Chip Counts

Jedial Pires (Stone Harbor, NJ) 1.4 million (58 BB)
Sina Sader (Downingtown, PA) 1.2 million
Cherish Andrews (Brigantine, NJ) 1.1 million

Blinds moving up to 12k/24k/3k ante.

Event 4: 4th Place - Sader

$500 + $60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Sina Sader (Downingtown, PA) 

Blinds 10k/20k/3k ante

Sina Sader is blinded down to just 92k (9 BB) and is all in with AK against the J 6 of Jedial Pires.

"You're in trouble," Pires says softly with a smile, as he points to the jack.  Sure enough, Pires flops a jack and Sader is out in 4th place.

It's Pires 17th bounty earning him $3,400.

Event 5: Baruch Triples, Johnson Crippled

$240 + 60 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em 

In simultaneous hands, Austen Johnson (7 7) was crippled by Gary Ackerman (K K) in a 800,000 pot. While that hand was going on Thaler Baruch was all-in with A 6 against two other players holding pairs pre-flop.  Baruch turned an ace, and tripled up to over 435,000.  Players are now going on dinner break.

Event 4: 5th Place - Bowker

$500 + $60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Kyle Bowker (Walton, NY) 

Blinds 10k/20k/3k ante

Kyle Bowker is down to 10 big blinds and open-shoves 220k with QJ.  Cherish Andrews calls with AJ and it holds to take her stack to 1.1 million.

Andrews, who got a double-up through Matt Iles for a 900k chip pot earlier in the level, knocks Bowker out in 5th place.

Event 5: Dinner Vouchers Handed Out

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em

The tournament directors are handing out dinner vouchers for the remaining players, who will have an hour to nourish themselves at the end of the current level (18 minutes).

Here are the players to cash so far ($586):

27. Antonio Payne (Hazlet, NJ)
26. Edward Prindiville (Brick, NJ)
25. Carmine Ciccone (Brooklyn, NY)
24. Dawn Faktor (Colts Neck, NJ)
23. Michael Nifosi (Cortlandt Manor, NY)
22. David Chou (Hoboken, NJ)
21. Jeff Bicer (Ashburn, VA)

Event 5: What "Hu" Know About Chips?

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em 

Sean Hu's Pyramid

It only took a matter of three hands for Sean Hu to become our overwhelming chip leader.  He made a bold all-in call with bottom pair and an open ended straight draw (bottom pair was good), and the picked up aces (won the hand), and cracked aces with pocket fours.  He now has about 1.3 million.

Event 7: Payouts

$400 + 50 Seven Card Stud

Entries: 39
Total Buy-In: $15,600


  1. $6,809
  2. $3,783
  3. $2,270
  4. $1,513
  5. $757

Event 5: Payne Pings Merson & Makes the $$$

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em 

Making The Money Reduces Antonio's Pain

Antonio Payne (Hazlet, NJ) is the first to cash in this event and had some inspiration along the way. 

The Borgata regular and East Coast grinder sent a tweet to 2012 WSOP Main Event winner Greg Merson and got a response.


Trying to ship Borgata's event 5 from 2 big blinds.

never give up :) 


Payne says he was down to 14k (blinds 2,500/5k) and battled back for a min cash of $586. He and Merson have mutual friends in common and Payne was glad to get some Twitter-love.

Merson was crippled to just two big blinds on Day 5 of the Main Event, before fighting back to win 
poker's most coveted bracelet and the $8.5 million prize.

Unfortunately, Payne didn't rally for the win, but was happy to make the money.

Event 5: Hand For Hand

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em 

...No more.  As we were getting ready to type the hand for hand post, we heard some expletives coming from a nearby table.  We walked over to find Austen Johnson on the good end of an all-in this time, holding 9 9 against the 8 8 of his opponent.  The board ran clean for Johnson, and being that his opponent was well over 100,000, Austen is now the chip leader in this event (580,000).

Event 4: Grinding 'Em Up

$500 + $60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Pires (left) Collects Chips While (l-r) Sader, 
Bowker, Andres & Iles Hang Around

Blinds: 8k/16k/2k ante

Jedial Pires continues to extend his chip lead by winning the blinds and antes with preflop raises.

On a hand that goes to the river, Pires check-calls the flop and turn before he and Kyle Bowker check the river. "King," says Pires who shows K 4 on a king high board. 

Bowker mucks and sees his stack dwindle to 300k.  He and Sina Sader are the short stacks, while Cherish Andrews and Matt Iles are a distant second to Pires 1.7 million.

Event 6: Payouts

$260 + 40 + 20 Bounty Ladies NL Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Entries: 67
Total Buy-In: $17,420


  1. $5,914
  2. $3,210
  3. $2,028
  4. $1,521
  5. $1,183
  6. $1,014
  7. $845
  8. $676
  9. $507

Event 5: Bubble Looms

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em 

With 32 players remaining, we are now four from the money.  Once we lose four players, everyone left will be guaranteed at the least $586.  There's $18,216 up top for this event, and that's surely what everyone left has their eye on.

Event 5: A Nice Summers Day

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em 

Coming back from break, the big stack among the remaining players belongs to Mike Summers (Charlottesville, VA).  He sits with about 325,000, and contrary to what we wrote minutes ago, he has a TON of cashes at the Borgata.  Mike goes by his middle name, and when searching prior results, it's not until he gave us his first name did we find his career earnings.

Summers has $330,000 in career earnings, most recently in the $2,500 Main Event in the Borgata Summer Poker Open.  Mike finished 8th for just over $21,000 in that event.

Event 4: 6th Place - Polimeni

$500 + $60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

 Steven Polimeni (Cornwall, NY)

 Blinds 6k/12k/2k ante

Steven "Paco" Polimeni drops his last 100k with pocket 9s against the A 8 of chip leader Jedial Pires.
Pires flops an ace to win the hand for his 16th bounty, worth $3,200. He now has 1.4 of the 3.7 million chips in play.

Polimeni finishes in 6th place for the largest cash of his career which he dedicated to "all my Tampa peeps."

Event 5: Things Moving Quickly

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em 

As players go on break, the bubble just creeps up and hits us in the face.  With 32 players remaining, we are only five from the money.

The numbers are moving up like crazy, with the blinds coming back to 5,000/10,000/1,000, and a chip average already over 201,000.  It shows you the structure of this event, that just 40 minutes ago the chip leaders were at 200,000 (now that's the chip average).

Event 6: Bounty Still Out For "Mad Dog"

$260 + 40 + 20 Bounty Ladies NL Hold'em 

The ladies were just coming back from break when we scanned the main poker room, and they were coming back to Level 10 (600/1,200/200).  There were 50 players remaining from the 67 that began the day, one of those to be sent to the rail was Jamie Kerstetter.

The ladies are still working on removing "Mad Dog" Shasho from the tournament, but he continues to survive and sits with just below average chips.

Event 7: Stud Updates

$400 + 50 Seven Card Stud

Players from this event are currently in the middle of Level 11 with limits are 1,000/2,000.  There are now 27 players remaining from the 39 that started at 1:00 pm.

Event 4: 7th Place - Noyes

$500 + $60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Dave Noyes (Reading, PA) 

Blinds 6k/12k/2k

Dave Noyes busts after losing back-to-back hands to Matt Iles.

First Noyes flops a set of 4s, but Iles turns a flush and doubles 201k, cutting Noyes down to 170k.

On the ensuing hand, Iles raises to 25k, Noyes moves all in for 135k more and Iles calls.

Noyes: KQ
Iles: 99

Flop: 2 8 Q (Noyes pair of queens)
Turn: 9 (Iles set of 9s)
River: Q (Iles full house)

Noyes bad run of cards knocks him out in 7th place, while Iles is up to nearly 400k.

Event 5: Chip Leaders

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Sean Hu

With the way this tournament is structured, quickly accumulated an above average stack is key ( is in any tournament).  The blind to chip average ratio is definitely different that a non "turbo" event, and our two chip leaders have put themselves in good spots.

The only two players in the room currently over 200,000 are Sean Hu (New York, NY) and Jeff Bicer (Ashburn, VA).

There are currently 48 players remaining from the original 258 entrants.  The chip average among those players sits at 135,000.

Event 5: Frustration Level... High

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo No Limit Hold'em

Austen Johnson (Woodsboro, MD) continues his roller coaster trend, losing a sizable pot after chipping up to just under 180,000.

There were three players all-in, and Austen was holding A10 against K Q (off-suit), and A♣ 10. The flop ran out all hearts, and Austen was no longer a favorite to chop the hand.  The turn brought another heart which sealed it for Johnsen, and his stack went back down to 120,000.  The recipient of the chips was Gary Ackerman, who was our 4th place finisher in the largest field Borgata ever hosted (Event 1 of the 2012 Borgata Poker Open).  He took home over $111,000 in that tournament, which carried a $1 Million Dollar Guarantee.

Event 4: 7th Place - Sita

$500 + $60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Damon Sita (Alexandria, VA) 

Damon Sita is the latest victim of Jedial Pires who continues to run hot. Sita flops a set of 7s, but Pires goes runner-runner for a straight with AK.

Sita is on the rail in 7th place after sending 150k to Pires who is now up to 1 million chips.

Event 5: Payouts

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Entries: 258
Total Buy-In: $67,080


  1. $18,216
  2. $10,735
  3. $6,181
  4. $5,010
  5. $3,904
  6. $3,253
  7. $2,603
  8. $1,952
10-12. $1,301
13-15. $846
16-18. $651
19-27. $586

Event 4: Andrews Gives Some Back

$500 +$60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Short stack Sina Sader is all in for 100k and after a count Cherish Andrews calls.

Sina: A 7
Andrews: A 10

The board runs out with a 7 on the turn and river to give Sader the winner with trip 7s.

Sader is just over 200k, while Andrews drops to 400k.

Event 6: No Fury...

$260 + 40 + 20 Bounty Ladies NL Hold'em (Re-Entry)

As mentioned earlier, it's best not to get on the bad side of the players during a ladies tournament.  Mike "Mad Dog" Shasho is the one male entrant in the field, and the ladies have decided to add an "extra" bounty to whomever knocks Mike out.

Event 4: Andrews Doubles Through Bowker

$500 +$60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Cherish Andrews is all in for 250k with AK against the AQ of Kyle Bowker.  Andrews' hand holds to double-up and knock Bowker out of the chip lead down to 750k.

Jedial Pires is the chip leader with 900k.

Event 4: Impromptu Break

$500 +$60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Players took a quick five minute break at the start of the 5k/10k/1k level.

Kyle Bowker (1 million) and Jedial Pires (900k) continue to be the big stacks.

Event 5: Ready For The Long Haul

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Players are on a break right now, and they will be coming back to Level 17 with blinds at 2,500/5,000/500.  With the blinds that high right now, and they stacks where they stand, we should see some serious action coming back.

Event 4: 9th Place - Shakerian

$500 +$60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Adel Shakerian (Falls Church, VA) 

Adel Shakerian defends his big blind and then check raises all in for 100k on a K 7♣ 2 flop.
Jedial Pires calls with pocket jacks and is way ahead against Shakerian's Q 2 as neither player holds a diamond.

The board runs out diamond-diamond and Pires jacks hold to knockout Shakerian in 9th place.

It's Pires 14th bounty of the tournament for a total of $2,800 and now has 900k.

Event 4: 10th Place - Feldman

$500 +$60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Adam Feldman (Wyomissing, PA) 

Adam Feldman's pocket kings are rundown by the AQ of Jedial Pires who spikes an ace on the turn.  Pires adds 128k to his stack, while Feldman is out in 10th place.

Event 5: At Least Football Is On

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em (Re-Entry)

It's never a good feeling to bust from a tournament, but it's somewhat of a consolation prize that you can head to the poker room and play cash while watching NFL.  Some notables mentioned earlier to hit the rail:

Mike Dentale
Norman Michalek
Kevin McColgan

Twitter Love For All Events Running

Event 4: Back From Break

$500 +$60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

 Final Table Just Before Break

On the last hand before break Steven "Paco" Polimeni (Cornwall, NY) moves all in on a board of 2♠ 4♠ 4 6♠ for 226k.  Matt Iles goes in the tank and asks if Polimeni will "show" if he folds.

Polimeni agrees, and after Iles throws his hand in the muck, he tables A A♣ and says,
"that's for Mom and Joe in Tampa, they follow the blog."

Players are now refreshed from a 15 minute break as the purple (500) chips have been colored up.

10 players remain with an average stack of 372k (47 BB) with blinds now at 4k/8k/1k ante.

Event 5: Structure Change

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em 

As the minutes wind down on Level 14, the blinds levels will be going to 30 minutes long at Level 15. Approximately 130 players remain in the room, and the chip leader looks to sit with about 125,000.

Event 4: Final Table

$500 +$60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 Adam Feldman (Wyomissing, PA) 224k
2 Dave Noyes (Reading, PA) 333k
3 Jedial Pires (Stone Harbor, NJ) 720k
4 Damon Sita (Alexandria, VA) 186k
5 Sina Sader (Downingtown, PA) 235k
6 Kyle Bowker (Walton, NY) 950k
7 Adel Shakerian (Falls Church, VA) 130k
8 Steven Polimeni (Cornwall, NY) 320k
9 Cherish Andrews (Brigantine, NJ) 350k
10 Matt Iles (Atco, NJ) 340k

Event 4: 11th Place - Melkersen

$500 +$60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

 Mike Melkersen (New Market, VA) 

Mike Melkersen is all in for 175k with AQ against the AJ of Cherish Andrews. A jack on the turn gives Andrews the pair, but Melkersen an open ended straight draw which bricks the river.

Melkerson finishes in 11th place.

The remaining 10 players are drawing for their final table seats.

Event 6: The Champ Is Here

$260 + 40 + 20 Bounty Ladies NL Hold'em

Level 5 is ticking down with blinds at 150/300/25, and another new face has been spotted in the crowd.  Our Ladies Event winner from our most recent series (Borgata Poker Open), Ruth Ruffman (Colts Neck, NJ) took her seat directly next to Jamie Kerstetter.

Ruth bested a solid field during our last series, outlasting a final table than consisted of Marguerite Spagnuaolo, Hellen Ellis, Grace Sun, and Nancy Martin.  Ruffman took home $10,518, and earned her first live tournament win.

Event 4: 12th Place - Kleyman

$500 +$60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

 Oleg Kleyman (Brooklyn, NY) 

 Kyle Bowker continues to run hot as he knocks out another player with pocket aces.  This time it's Oleg Kleyman who has A K and a flush draw for the last of his 250k. 

Bowker dodges hearts with his bullets and sends Kleyman out in 12th place.  Bowker is now the chip leader with more than 900k.

Event 4: 13th Place - Woods

$500 +$60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Brian Woods (Lutherville, MD)

 Brian Woods' pocket 6s run into the pocket aces of Kyle Bowker for his last 83k.  Woods finishes in 13th place.

Event 5: Twitter Shot

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em

Event 5: Color Up Break

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em

Players are on a 15 minute color break, while the tournament directors remove the green chips from play.  When the players return they will be in Level 13 with blinds at 1k/2k/300, and and will two more levels at the 15 minute structure.  Once we reach Level 15, the blind levels will last 30 minutes each.

Event 4: 14th Place - Sande

$500 +$60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)
 LJ Sande (Wethersfield, CT) 

LJ Sande moves all in for 100k after the flop and is snap called by Matt Iles who has a set of 10s.
Sande's pocket 9s are no good and he finishes in 14th place.

Event 5: Bad Spot, Good Result

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Anthony Conti (Queens, NY)

Anthony Conti (Queens, NY) found himself in a less than enviable spot, at his K Q (diamonds) was all-in and up against K K and Q Q.  The flop brought him a flush draw, and the eruption from his table was evident that he had turned the flush and had both opponents drawing dead.  Conti sits now with about 70,000, and looks to push forward after that good fortune.

Event 4: Reminder of What's on the Line

$500 +$60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Entries:  248
Total Buy-In:  $124,000


1:         $33,673
2:         $19,845
3:         $11,427
4:           $9,262
5:           $7,217
6:           $6,014
7:           $4,811
8:           $3,608
9:           $2,406
10 - 12:  $1,564
13 - 15:  $1,323

Event 7: Faces In The Crowd

$400 + 50 Seven Card Stud

It's a certain breed of players who play in the stud events each series, but there are definitely not many marks among those.  After a quick scan of the field, we saw some notables at their seats:

"Miami" John Cernuto
William "Bumpereno" Munley
Mike Oar
Amnon Fillipi
Chris Reslock

Event 6: Taking A Break

$260 + 40 + 20 Bounty Ladies NL Hold'em 

Jamie Kerstetter (Far Left) and Jennifer Shahade During Break

The ladies are on their first break of the day, and both Kestetter and Shahade take some time to talk to some of the other players in the event.  Both ladies are part of the Grindettes, a group of female poker players, and have both spent time coaching others in the fine art of poker.

Event 6: Heavy Hitters Arrive

$260 + 40 + 20 Bounty Ladies NL Hold'em

We noticed some late arrivals to the field, both who have seen some real success as of recently here at the Borgata.  Jamie Kerstetter (Monroe Twp, NJ) cashed in four events in the most recent Borgata Poker Open series in September, the biggest being in the televised WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship event, finishing 12th for over $44,000. Esther Brady (Havertown, PA) also took her seat late, returning to Borgata after finishing third in October's Borgata $250K Guaranteed Deepstack Double Play ($31,303).

Event 4: 15th Place - Sansone

$500 +$60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Alan Sansone (Clifton, NJ)

Alan Sansone put his last 95k all in against Sina Sader and is in a race with AQ vs pocket jacks.  Iles flops a jack and hits a full house on the turn to eliminate Sansone in 15th place.

Event 7: Five Cards Not Enough

$400 + 50 Seven Card Stud

There was a point in time when the poker community knew nothing of the popularity no limit hold'em was going to have.  It was all limit hold'em and today's Event 7 game, seven card stud.  The cards are in the air, and although this tournament carries the "semi-turbo" name, it is still a tournament which will be slow to unfold.

Event 4: Final 15 Restart

$500 +$60 + $200 Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Day 2 of the double black chip bounty tournament is underway with 15 players remaining.

Jedial Pires (Stone Harbor, NJ via Brazil) is the chip leader with 525k (105 BB).

The average stack is 248k (50 BB) with blinds resuming at 2.5k/5k/500 ante.

Players a guaranteed  $1,323 for a 15th place finish while playing for the top prize of $33,673.

Event 5: First Break

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em 

Players are on their first break of the tournament, and have another nine minutes to decide whether or not they would like to register or re-enter.  They will be coming back to Level 9 with blinds at 400/800/75.

Event 5: Chipping Up

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Austen Johnson

Austen Johnson (Woodsboro, MD) is seeing some success in the early stages of this event.  A Borgata tournament regular, Austen has over $200,000 in lifetime earnings, $130,000 of which came from a solid run in the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open.  Being that Johnson is sitting right in front of the media table, it is easy to see the ups and downs in the early levels of an event like this.

**Only minutes after the post, we realized why there was some frustration evident on Austen's part:

Event 4: Moments Until Restart

$500 + 60 + 200 Bounty No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The remaining fifteen players from yesterday's Event 4 are starting to file in the Signature Room, and un-bag their chips.  Jedial Pires (Goina Goias, Brazil) is the returning chip leader, coming back with 525,000.

Event 5: Twitter Time

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Event 5: Clock Is Ticking

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo NL Hold'em (Re-Entry)

As expected, the chips are moving at a fast and furious pace, while the Signature Room fills up close to capacity.  Players will have another two levels to either register (or re-enter), and have through the break which follows (10 minutes) to decide what to do.

Event 6: Ladies Time

$260 + 40 + 20 Bounty Ladies NL Hold'em (Re-Entry)

It's time for the women to take center stage, and the announcement for the beginning of Event 6 (Ladies Bounty) is moments away.  We have already seen many familiar faces taking their seats, including:

Nancy Martin
Lana O'Brien
Kim Edmonds

Now you definitely don't want to get on these women's nerves during the ladies event, because the wrath will be felt.  Only seconds after taking his seat among the ladies, Mike "Mad Dog" Shasho is stirring the proverbial pot.

** Although this is labeled a "ladies" event, there is no rules excluding anyone of any race, color, gender playing in any of Borgata's events.

Event 5: Late Arrivals

$260 + 40 Deeptstack Semi-Turbo No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

It's better late then never, and the field continues to grow larger as the clock strikes high noon.  Players are in Level 4 with blinds at 100/200, and we saw some more faces we recognize walking in:

Mike Dentale
Kevin McColgan

Event 5: Back To Back?

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

In an attempt to do what only a few people have, Khaled Alwan (Wayne, NJ) tries to win back to back events.  Now it's not like Brian O'Donaghue, who won events that were back to back in schedule as well, since Alwan missed yesterday's scheduled events while winning on Day 2 of the H.O.R.S.E.  It's a tough feat none the less, and it's surely be an uphill climb.

Event 5: We Know You

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

It's an early start on a already packed football Sunday, but we are starting to see some of those familiar faces walking through the door.  One in particular was Greg Bock (New York, NY) who after finishing 16th earlier this morning in Event 1, told himself he wasn't going to play this event.  Looks like plans changed as he heads towards his table.  Also strolling in the Signature Room:

Howard Wolper
Andy Santiago
Austen Johnson
James Tedrow
Jeff Bicer

Event 5: Easy Like A Sunday Morning

$260 + 40 Deepstack Semi-Turbo No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

It's gonna be a full day of poker at the Borgata, with four different events for players to choose one.  It's turbo time to kick off the day though, and the cards are already in the air.  Players will start with 25,000 in chips (the deepstack part), but blinds will last 15 minutes for the first 15 levels.  Afterwards they will go to 30 minutes, but the action will be quick today.  The re-entry option is there for players who like, and a quick scan of the room will bring us our notables for this morning.

Borgata Tournament Leaderboard Update (11/11)

Borgata Fall Poker Open Leaderboard
By participating in any Borgata Fall Poker Open event (November 8-21, 2012), players earn points based upon the Borgata Fall Poker Tournament Leaderboard Formula.

Below are the top scores for the 2012 Borgata Fall Poker Open Leaderboard*
(Final Results from events: 1, 3, 23, 24, 25)

371.250:  DANIEL WALSH
236.250:  HYON KO
192.000:  KHALED ALWAN
184.125:  JOHN TAVSS
161.000:  DONAL DRIL
138.950:  DYLAN GANG
112.700:  MICHAEL ORY
101.250:  JARED JAFFEE

Event 4 - Seat Assignments

Borgata Fall Poker Open
Event 4:  $500 + $60 + $200 Double Black Chip Bounty
No Limit Hold'em
November 10-11, 2012

Entries:  248
Total Buy-In:  $124,000

Players Remaining: 15
Average Chip Stack: 248,000

T1 | S1 -  DAVID NOYES (READING, PA):  400,500
T1 | S2 -  KYLE BOWKER (WALTON, NY):  362,000
T1 | S3 -  OLEG KLEYMAN (BROOKLYN, NY):  327,500
T1 | S4 -  BRIAN WOODS (LUTHERVILLE, MD):  109,000
T1 | S5 -  DAMON SITA (ALEXANDRIA, VA):  184,000

T2 | S2 -  ALAN SANSONE (CLIFTON, NJ):  102,000
T2 | S5 -  MATTHEW ILES (ATCO, NJ):  300,000
T2 | S6 -  SINA SADER (DOWNINGTOWN, PA):  361,000

Event 1 Recap

$500 + $60 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The third time was the charm for Dan Walsh (Holmdel, NJ) who busted out of this tournament twice before going all the way to the finish line.  The currency broker earned $143,114 in his first-ever tournament win.  It was a hard-fought victory as well, since he began day two ranked 142nd out of 204 returning players, with a below average stack.

Hyon 'Jay' Ko (Fairfax, Va) only fired one bullet on his way to a second-place finish, good for $85,663.  Ko is a professional poker player who is originally from Korea, but now calls the US home.  He's been playing professionally for six years and usually sticks to cash games, but is looking to play some more tournaments during this series.  "Borgata tournaments are the best" he said.

Third place went to Dilip Ravindran (Jersey City, NJ) who is a software engineer by day.  He prefers the $5/$10 No Limit cash games, but enjoys the occasional tournament.  He also struck out of this event twice, firing three bullets to claim third place and $53,118.

The opening event of the second annual Borgata Fall Poker Open was pushed back a day, due to the ravages of mother nature, but Superstorm Sandy and the subsequent nor'easter did not deter the poker enthusiasts who turned out in droves for this event.  The $500,000 guarantee on total buy-ins was crushed by 1,431 entries.  Total buy-ins came to $715,500.

This event paid a $3,000 bonus to the chip leader at the end of days 1A and 1B.  In an unusual coincidence, the two players who collected the bonuses both made the final table.  They actually sat next to each other with two tables remaining, then again at the final table.

Day 1A chip leader Jordan Ludwick (Cherry Hill, NJ) finished 8th for $16,926.  Day 1B chip leader Jared Jaffee (Brooklyn, NY) finished 9th for $12,178.

By far the most accomplished player to make the final table was Will 'the Thrill' Failla.  He has over $3.6 million in lifetime earnings which includes one WPT title and two Open titles here at Borgata.  He also narrowly missed being the Season X WPT Player of the Year.  Failla battled his way to the final table, but came up short of his third Borgata Open title when he busted out in fourth place ($44,722).

Taya Kuznetsova, (Brooklyn, NY) the Ukrainian power-lifting champion, was the last woman remaining in this event.  She departed in 5th place ($37,154).

"You gotta get lucky and you gotta play well"  if you're going to win one of these, Walsh explained.  Even though the power has been restored at his home, he's going to stick around and play some more tournaments.  "If you're going to play poker, Borgata is the place to do it", he said.

Final Table Results
1 -   Dan Walsh (Holmdel, NJ)  $143,114
2 -   Hyon 'Jay' Ko (Fairfax, Va)  $85,663
3 -   Dilip Ravindran (Jersey City, NJ)  $53,118
4 -   Will 'the Thrill' Failla (Smithtown, NY)  $44,722
5 -   Taya Kuznetsova (Brooklyn, NY)   $37,154
6 -   Daniel Spanton (N Plainfield, NJ)  $30,136
7 -   Frank Ficadenti (Springfield, VA)  $23,207
8 -   Jordan Ludwick (Cherry Hill, NJ)  $16,926
9 -   Jared Jaffee (Brooklyn, NY)  $12,178
10 - Abe Faroni (Philadelphia, PA)  $8,050


Event 1: 1st Place - Walsh

$500 + $60 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Dan Walsh (Holmdel, NJ)

After 21 hours of play on day two, Dan Walsh emerged on top of the heap with all 35 million chips in play.  For his victory he will collect $143,114 and his first Borgata Poker Open trophy.

Dan Walsh has been living at Borgata for the last 11 days since Superstorm Sandy knocked out his power at home.  The power has been restored and Dan has his first poker tournament trophy to put on display.

Event 1: 2nd Place - Ko

$500 + $60 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Jay Ko (Fairfax, Va)

Hyon 'Jay' Ko came up short and had to settle for a second place finish, earning $85,663.  The Korean citizen is a permanent resident of the US, but still moves around quite a bit, playing poker professionally.  He prefers cash games, but plans to play some more tournaments during this series.

Event 1: 3rd Place - Ravindran

$500 + $60 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Dilip Ravindran (Jersey City, NJ)

It didn't take long for Dilip Ravindran to ship his chips over to the chip leader, Dan Walsh.

Dilip busted out in 3rd place, good for $53,118.

Event 1: Break Time Chip Counts

$500 + $60 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
Here are the rough chip counts (in millions):

Dan Walsh - 16.6
Dilip Ravindran - 11.9
Jay Ko - 7.3

Play resumed with blinds of 250k/500k with 50k antes.

Event 1: 4th Place - Failla

$500 + $60 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Will 'the Thrill' Failla (Smithtown, NY)

 Will Failla moved in dark from the small blind and got called by Dan Walsh in the big blind.

Will squeezed to find K4 of spades.  Dan had him dominated with KT of clubs. 

The board ran out K 8 7 J 9 with thre clubs giving Dan a flush.

Will busted out in 4th place, earning $44,722.

End of level and the final three are taking a short break.

Event 1: 5th Place - Kuznetsova

$500 + $60 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Taya Kuznetsova (Brooklyn, NY) 

Dilip Ravindran opened for 930k utg.  Action folded around to Dan Walsh in the big blind, who raise another 970k on top.

Dilip gave it some thought, then let it go.

Dilip opened for 950k and Jay Ko kicked it on up to 2.4 million.  Dilip let it go.

Taya Kuznetsova (utg) moved in for her last 1.94 million.  It folded to Dilip in the big blind, who called the extra 1.54 million, showing 54 of spades.  Taya had K9 of spades.

The board ran out Q 5 4 4 Q and Dilip took the pot with 4s full.

Taya Kuznetsova finished in 5th place, earning $37,154.

Taya has been the lone female remaining in this event for many hours. 

Dilip is up to over 11 million.