Saturday, November 17, 2012

Event 17: Wertman Doubles

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

On a flop of 5 7 J♠ John Wertman (Dallas, PA) is all in for 103k with K J, for top pair and flush draw, vs his opponent's two pairs 7s and 5s.

The river brings the 2 to give Wertman the flush and new life.

29 players remain, five from the money.

Event 17: Inching Closer

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Another table is down as we're now at 30 players, just six from the money.

Blinds moving up to 1.5k/3k/400 ante.

Still Playing:

Sam Bernstein
Dave Inselberg
Mike Borovetz
Alex Queen
Brock Parker
Will Failla
John DelRossi
Max Digilov
Dan Wach
Paul Volpe
Dan Buzgon
Perry DeBarr
Brian Altman
Dave Inselberg

Event 17: Max Cracks Back

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

When he's not folding 3 9, Max Digilov (Staten Island, NY) gets some stress relief from Sharice who's part of the top notch Borgata massage therapy team.

While getting treatment, Digilov flops a set of 3s to knockout a player who hit top pair, top kicker with AQ.  Digilov is up 300k, while the field is down to 32.

Sharice Giving Max a Workout

Birdseye View

Event 17: Jacks Crack Kings

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Brian Altman (Longmeadow, MA) has pocket jacks against pocket kings.  A king on the turn sends his opponent into a fit, "you're luck, you're really lucky," he says on his way out the door.

Altman is one of the big stacks with 450k as we're now 12 players from the money.

Event 17: Doubling Up and Doubling Again

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Players are falling fast and 36 remain, but some just won't let themselves go.

John Del Rossi of Mantua Pa. saw two all -in double-ups in just three hands turn his 50K stack into 220,000.

First he hit a set of kings, doubling up off of Dan Wach, and then got right back into it with Mr. Anonymous.

First Anonymous tipped his cards too soon after Del Rossi held back about 10K of his stack. He showed jack, king thinking Del Rossi was all in..

Since Del Rossi had ace, king, well, he did go all-in. The ace held up.

Just like that, Del Rossi is back in the mix.

Event 17: Money Watch

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

40 player remain with an average stack of 143k (60 bb) and all eyes will be on the money bubble over the next two levels.

We're 16 spots from the money with players returning from a 10 minute break.

Blinds are now 1,200/2,400/300 ante as they play for a min cash of $1,666 on their way to the $58,865 top prize.

Event 17: DeBarr Watches Two De-Part

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Perry Picks Off Sanders & Dentale

Blinds 1k/2k/300 ante

Perry DeBarr (Falls Church, VA) opens to 5,200, David Sanders (Mt. Laurel, NJ) calls. Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) moves all in for 40k.

DeBarr calls the all in (leaving 250k behind), Sanders moves all in for 100k, DeBarr calls.

DeBarr: K♠ Q
Dentale: A♣ 10
Sanders: A♠ Q♠

Before they run the cards, DeBarr points to the king and says, "I got this."

Board: K 5 2♣ 4♣ 9 

A king on the flop confirms DeBarr's run good vibes, sending Dentale and Sanders to the rail.  He's now the chip leader with 450k.

Event 17: When Not Going All In Still Works.

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Sometimes a little finesse can make a splash. Nick Petrangelo of Feeding Hills Mass. found that out when he had Eugene Foulksman deeply pot committed.

Petrangelo bet 85K, on the turn, well above the about 65K Foulksman had left.

Not much difference really, but Foulksman still called all in. 

Both showed a top pair of jacks, but Petrangelo's king kicker beat Fouksman's queen.

Down to 48 players an eight tables.

Event 17: Wach in the Park

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Wach Wakes Up with Kings, While Andrews Can't Hang On

After knocking out good friend Cherish Andrews (Brigantine, NJ) with pocket kings, Dan Wach (Boonton, NJ) is now the chip leader with more than 300k.

54 players remain with an average stack of 106k (53 BB); blinds up to 1k/2k/300 ante.

Event 17: Another Queen Down, One Remains

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Smiling Andrews Before Sending In 30 Bigs

It's been a bad level for what used to be trip queens.

Moments after Amanda Musemeci (Philadelphia, PA) has her kings cracked, Cherish Andrews (Brigantine, NJ) sends the the last of her 50k to Dan Wach (Boonton, NJ) when her 77 is crushed by KK.

That means the last lady sitting is Jamie Kerstetter (Monroe Twp., NJ) who is at 75k and coincidentally moved to the seat previously occupied by Musemeci.

 Kerstetter, from Trips to Queen High

Event 17: Two Ladies Left

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

                                                                     Musumeci goes all in
Three women were left in the field after the break, but now we're down to two.

Amanda Musumeci of Philly, and a Borgata fave, was tripped up by Karthik (who like Cher only goes by one name),who rivered for a set to knock Musumeci out.

Musumeci called Karthik all-in for an about 150K pot and was looking strong with pocket kings against pocket jacks.

But a jack on the river ended Musumeci's run.

Event 17: First Out After The Break

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Mark Darner of Winter Park Fla. sent the first player to the rail after dinner when his pocket aces held up against pocket kings.

He tried to make it two in the row the very next hand with pocket 10s against the pocket queens of Joe Opie of Fair Haven NJ, who was all in for about 13K.

A queen on the flop and a pair on the board eventually gave Opie the boat and Darner's streak of busting players never got started.

Event 17: Back From Dinner

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Dinner break is over. Cards are in the air.

Fifty-nine players remain at 10 tables.

Blinds are 800-1,600, 200 ante.

Event 17: Numbers Game

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Number of Entries:  229
Players Remaining:  59
Chips in Play:  5.725 million

Average Stack:  97k (61 bb)
Big Stack:  270k (169 bb)

Next Blinds:800/1,600/200 ante
Play Resumes: 8:40 pm

Total Buy-In:  $229,000
First Prize:  $58,865
Places Paid: 24

Event 17: Break Time Chip Counts

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Players reporting their chip counts via Twitter:

Dave Inselberg 120k
Jake Schwartz 61k

Busting just before break:

Michael Marder
Bob Hwang
Brian O'Donohue

Event 17: Dinner Break

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The 59 remaining players are on a one hour dinner break.

A. Nonymous (Alexandria, VA) is the chip leader with 270k. Despite remaining a mystery man, he's become more well known after his 7th place finish in Event 16 for $4,916.

A couple of other players are in the 225k range including Dan Wach (Boonton, NJ) and Perry DeBarr (Falls Church, VA).

Play resumes at 8:40 pm.

Event 17: Borovetz Doubles, DiBella Busts

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Mike Borovetz doubles 33k through Bob Hwang with J 10 on a jack high flop vs Hwang's pocket 9s.

Hwang drops to 45k.

A few hands later Eugene Fouksman takes out John DiBella who misses his OE straight draw.

Another table is down and now 66 players remain on 11 tables as the natives are getting restless for the dinner break.

The average stack is 87k (73 bb) with blinds at 600/1,200/200 ante.

Event 17: Featured Table

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

(l-r) DiBella, Inselberg & Borovetz

Event 17 winner John DiBella, who just earned $36,870, is at our unofficial featured table with 40k, half the average stack.

DiBella is joined by Mike Borovetz, Dave Inselberg, Bob Hwang, Eugene Fouksman and John Wertman.

Blinds are 600/1,200/200 ante; 30 minutes until the 7:40 dinner break.

Event 17: 6 Max Attack

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Herm "Chirping" About his 3-way Knockout

Mark Herm (Philadelphia, PA) knows how to break a table.  Just as their table is about to break, there's a four way all in and Herm knocks out three players.

Andrew Badecker (Vernon, CT) moves all in for 17k, Herm calls (70k total), a third player moves all in for 38k and another player is also all in for 18k.  Herm makes the call.

Badecker: KJ
Herm: AQ
Player 3: 99
Player 4: 88

Board: 6 7 3 5 Q

The river queen gives Herm the scoop and he's now up to 150k.

Herm was a high stakes online player, screen name 'dipthrong,' before Black Friday.  He has nearly $200,000 in career live tournament earnings and has just started a podcast called the Chip Herm Show.

Herm is also friends with Badecker, who was the inaugural winner of the Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship event for $389,000.  He says the early exit will give him extra sleep as he's prepared to defend his title.

And he's hoping that he only needs to play Day 1A, "people aren't afraid to put their chips in here at Borgata."

Event 17 - Payouts

Borgata Fall Poker Open
Event 17:  $1000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em
November 17-18, 2012

Entries:  229
Total Buy-In:  $229,000

1:          $58,865
2:          $34,985
3:          $26,656
4:          $21,102
5:          $16,660
6:          $12,217
7:            $9,441
8:            $6,664
9:            $3,887
10-12:    $2,777
13-18:    $2,221
19-24:    $1,666

Event 16 Recap

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)     

John DiBella (Eastchester, NY) flopped a set on the last hand against top two pair to win the $700 No Limit event, good for $36,870.  This is his first Borgata Open title, even though he has had several cashes and final tables here previously.  The real estate investor had to cut the post-game interview short as he bought into today's $1k SixMax and was being blinded off.

DiBella was lucky to get heads-up.  When three-handed play began, he had only 300k and was the short stack looking across the felt at two stacks of 1 million plus.  He continued to grind and caught a double-up from third-place finisher Joe Liberta (Berlin, NJ) when his AJ held up against Liberta's A9.

Liberta busted out soon after, running A7 into David Johnston's AQ.  He picked up $11,675 for third place.  Liberta was looking for his second Borgata Open title today to go with his win in the 2011 BPO $350 Deep Stack No Limit event ($49k), but came up short.

Second place and $20,279 went to David Johnston (Somerspoint, NJ).  David started day two dead last in chips among the final eight players.  He caught a double-up early with AT against KQ suited and parlayed those chips into a runner-up finish.

181 entries generated total buy-ins of $126,700.  The final 18 players got a piece of the prize pool.

John DiBella won the 2012 PCA $10k Main Event in January, taking home over $1.7 million.  When asked how this win compares to his PCA win in January, John replied "It's always good to win". 

Final Table Results
1 - John DiBella (Eastchester, NY)  $36,870
2 - David Johnston (Somers Point, NJ)  $20,279
3 - Joe Liberta (Berlin, NJ)  $11,675
4 - Bart Dowling (Bronx, NY)  $9,832
5 - William Tonking (Flemington, NJ)  $7,374
6 - Alex Hardy (Bala Cynwyd, PA)  $6,145
7 - A. Nonymous (Alexandria, VA)  $4,916
8 - Robert Stan (Bridgeport, CT)  $3,687
9 - Dan Corbett (Liverpool, NY)  $2,765
10 - John Aglialoro (Haddonfield, NJ)   $2,458


Event 17: Less than 100 to Go

$1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

92 of the more than 200 players who began the day are on a color-up break; green (25) chips are no longer in play. 

The average stack is 64k (64 bb) with blinds moving up to 500/1k/100 ante; this will be the last 40 minute level.

Still in the Field

Brian O'Donohue
Brock Parker
Dan Wach
David Sanders
Dave Inselberg
Amanda Musumeci
Alex Queen
Bob Hwang
John DiBella
Mike Borovetz
Jamie Stetter
Michael Marder
Jeremy Brown
Paul Volpe
Daniel Buzgon
Mike Dentale
Lyle Diamond
Will Failla
Abe Korotki
Dilip Ravindran

Event 17: Blinds Up, Players Down

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)     

Level 8:  Blinds 400/800 with 75 ante.

All the Six Max tables are in the Signature Room and only 17 are left (102 players).

Montel Williams has busted out after firing two bullets.  Apparently he ran into Brian O'Donoghue's pocket Kings, then pocket Aces.

David Stefanski hit the rail when his AK suited failed to improve against Alex Smith's pocket 8s.

Mark Epstein got his Aces cracked and has busted out.

Event 16: 1st Place - DiBella

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)     

John DiBella (Eastchester, NY)

John DiBella flopped a set of sixes on the last hand to beat top two pair and take the win.  He earned $36,870 for his first place finish, along with his first Borgata Open trophy.

Event 16: 2nd Place - Johnston

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)     

David Johnston (Somers Point, NJ)

David Johnston was all-in pre-flop holding AJ against John Dibella's pocket 6s.

The flop was a killer -- A J 6 -- giving David top two pair and giving John a set.  "If I hadn't gone all-in pre-flop, it would have gone in on the flop" said David.

The last two were bricks and John had all the chips.

David finished in 2nd place, earning $20,279.

Event 16: Eye on the Prize

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)     

John DiBella & David Johnston Battling Heads-Up

Early in this heads-up match, John DiBella has taken the lead.  He's up to ~1.9 million to David's 800k.

Both players have their eye on the prize -- $36,870 and the Borgata Open Trophy.

Event 16: 3rd Place - Liberta

 $700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)     

Joe Liberta (Berlin, NJ)

Joe Liberta got his chips in with A7 suited against the AQ suited of David Johnston.

The board ran out Q J 7 Q T and was all David.

Joe busted out in 3rd place, earning $11,675.

The final two began heads-up play nearly dead even in chips with about 1.35 million each.

Event 17: DiBella Back in the Lead

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)     

Level 24:  Blinds 12k/24k with 3k ante.

John DiBella has fought his way back into this from short-stack to chip leader.

The full double-up came with him holding AJ and getting action from Joe Liberta, who had A9.

The best hand held up and just like that, John is up to 1.3 million and in the lead again.

Event 17: Tweet Time

$1000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)      

Keeping up with the field via Twitter:

Vinny Pahuja ‏@vinpahuja
Got like 32k from 25k in @BorgataPoker 1k 6max. @ravirags1234 here to keep me entertained. Around 200 players I think. 250/500 next

Mark Epstein ‏@eppy12588
31k going up to 250/500/50

Robert Hwang ‏@ActionBobNJ
Tab extends reentry to level 6. I bust last hand level 6. Thanks tab!! Just cost me an extra $1090

Brian O'Donoghue ‏@Hutch3276
21k at end of reenries. Montel stuck all the chips in when i had KK and then AA

Michael Marder ‏@MMarder86
21.025k coming back to 250/500/50. End of reentry. #BFPO17 #sixmax

adam lippert ‏@lippypoker
Got 135k at 250-500 good level

Amanda Musumeci ‏@TheReaLMander
30big'n.... double up coming?

Tim Reilly ‏@TimReillyPoker
Back from second break with a lil over 50k. Lost a big one when aces got cracked. 250/500/50

Event 16: 4th Place - Dowling

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)     

Bart Dowling (Bronx, NY)

Bart Dowling put his last chips in on the turn with both straight and flush draws, but whiffed on the river.  Joe Liberta picked up the last of Bart's chips.

Bart finished 4th for $9,832.

David Johnston is now the chip leader with ~1.3 million.

Joe Liberta is second with ~ 1 million.

John DiBella is third with ~300k.

Borgata Leadearboard Update (11/17)

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, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36)

515.925:  JEDIAL PIRES
396.250:  DANIEL WALSH
306.400:  MATTHEW ILES
290.175:  KHALED ALWAN
277.525:  PAUL VACCHIO
273.250:  ILYA DYMENT
246.050:  BRUCE YAMRON
245.600:  TOBY KASSER
236.250:  HYON KO
230.138:  TONY TRAN
202.488:  XIAOFENG HU

Event 16: Johnston Climbing

 $700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)     

On a flop of K J 6 with two clubs, John DiBella bet (button) and David Johnston check-raised him all-in.

John gave it some thought, then folded.  Seemed to tilt a little as he got up from his chair and took a short walk before returning.

John was left with about 470k.  David chipped up to ~800k.

Event 16: Johnston Doubles Thru Liberta

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)     

David Johnston got all-in holding A9 off against the pocket 5s of Joe Liberta.

The board came J 8 2 3 A and David caught his Ace on the river to double up.

David's up to about 640k.  Joe dropped to about 700.

Event 16: Break Time Chip Counts

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)     

Level 23:  Blinds 10k/20k with 3k ante.

Chip counts as of the break:

Joe Liberta - 983k
Bart Dowling - 833k
John DiBella - 615k
David Johnson - 295k

The final four are back on the felt following their break.

Event 16: New Chip Leader

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)     

Bart Dowling (bb) and Joe Liberta (button) get to the river with a board of 7 6 5 2 5 (spade flush possible on turn, board paired on river).

Bart bet and sent Joe into the tank.  He decided to call.  "Good call" said Bart, as he mucked his hand.

Joe rolled over pocket Aces to take the pot. 

Joe's now up to 1 million chips, good for the chip lead.

Bart was left with about 700k.

Event 17: Williams Out & In Again

$1000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)     

According to Michael Marder's tweets, Montel Williams busted out.

According to Brian O'Donoghue's tweets, Montel re-entered and doubled up through Brian with AQ out-flopping Brian's pocket Kings.  Brian dropped to 20k.

Event 16: Four-bets Rule

  $700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)    

Joe Liberta opened for 32k utg.

Bart Dowing (bb) raised to 96k.

Joe four-bet and Bart folded.

A bit later, John DiBella opened for 35k on the button.

David Johnston raised from the big blind.

John four-bet and David folded.

The final four continue to push chips around the felt.

Event 16: Chip Counts

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)    

Level 22:  Blinds 8k/16k with 2k ante.

Bart Dowling is cruising in the chip lead.  He's up to ~1.2 million followed by:

Joe Liberta - 800k
David Johnston - 400k
John DiBella - 300k

Event 17: Familiar Faces

$1000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)    

More regulars are popping up in he Poker Room:

Joseph Brand
Eugene Fouksman
John Del Rossi
Kyle Bowker
Aaron Massey
Jonas Wexler

And checking in via Twitter:

Daniel Chan ‏@DanielChanPoker

Robert Hwang ‏@ActionBobNJ
Late reg the borgata 1k six-max. This looks a heck of a lot better than the usual late reg table.

Lee Childs ‏@leechilds
Back from another awesome @anteupmagazine cruise. Straight to Borgata for the $1k six max. 25k at 100/200.

Dan Spirer ‏@danspirer
Borgata 6 Max Table 1 tough table Nice to end up hear in 12 hour 

John Nidhiry ‏@johnnidhiry
my first poker tournament tweet: doing horribly in the borgata $1090 6max. At least Montel Williams is by my table.

Event 16: 5th Place - Tonking

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

William Tonking (Flemington, NJ)

William Tonking got his chips in the middle with A4, but was up against the A9 of Bart Dowling.

The better hand held up and Bart took the pot.  He's now the chip leader with about 980k.

William, who started the day as chip leader, busted out in 5th place, earning $7,374.

Event 16: 6th Place - Hardy

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Alex Hardy (Bala Cynwyd, PA)

William Tonking opened for 35k utg, then David Johnston made it 80k on the button.  Alex Hardy (bb) shoved for 155k.

William bowed out, but David called.

William had pocket 9s.  David was racing with AK of spades.

The board ran out with a 9, but also with three spades, giving Alex a set, but giving David the back-door flush.  He's up to ~500k.

Alex busted out in 6th place, earning $6,145.

Event 16: Break Time Chip Counts

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Level 21:  Blinds 6k/12k with 2k ante.

The final six have returned from their break.  Here are some rough chip counts:

Joe Liberta - 650k
Bart Dowling - 600k
John DiBella - 570k
David Johnston - 340k
William Tonking - 310k
Alex Hardy - 160k

Event 17: Registration Update

$1000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Level 3:  Blinds 75/150

The late registration and re-entry period has been extended through level 6, which means until about 3:30 pm.

They're in level 3 and already getting some action via Twitter:

Amanda Musumeci ‏@TheReaLMander
Lost flush to a better flush vs @johnlak 20k now at 150 :/

alex rocha ‏@THE_ALEX_ROCHA
Have only played one hand with guy in Armani Exchange zip up and am already super over him. #Cranky #IWontSleep

Tony Sinishtaj ‏@ToNiSiNz
Limp 150, raise to 400, bb 2250, limper calls, raiser calls. Bb all in for 20k on the flop. fold fold. #real1k6maxhand

Brian O'Donoghue ‏@Hutch3276
Played a hand poorly, pretty mad at myself #bouncebacktime

Michael Marder ‏@MMarder86
Oh btw, Montel Williams is to my imm left #BFPO17 #sixmax

Event 17: SixMax Overflow

$1000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Level 3:  Blinds 75/150.

The SixMax event has overflowed the 26 tables in the Signature Room and now has tables 27+ going in the Poker Room.

Spotted in the Poker Room:

David Inselberg
Alex Smith
Jamie Kerstetter
Alex Rocha

Also checking in via Twitter:

adam lippert ‏@lippypoker
Playing 1k 6-max with the infamous @Hutch3276 in position weeeee

Brian O'Donoghue ‏@Hutch3276
Playing 1k 6max, guy is 4xing everything #isthatgood cc @lippypoker

Mark Epstein ‏@eppy12588
26k going up to 75/150 only good player at the table is on my direct right

Amanda Musumeci ‏@TheReaLMander
28 k from 25k ss on 1st brk goin back to 75/150 with @johnlak joining me at tbl. Glgl paliosss

Michael Marder ‏@MMarder86
24.1k/25kss coming back to 75/150. Currently 5 handed at one of the softer tables in the field. #BFPO17 #sixmax 

Event 16: Liberta Doubles Thru DiBella

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

On the river with a board of J 9 4 A 6, (no flush possible) Joe Liberta was all-in against John DiBella.

John had AQ for top pair, but Joe had A9 for two pair to take the pot.  He doubled up to ~755k, taking the chip lead.

John was left with about 360k.

Event 16: DiBella Retakes Lead

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Level 20:  Blinds 10k/20k with 1k ante.

On the turn the board read A 9 5 6 (two spades).

Alex Hardy (bb) checked and John DiBella (hijack) checked.

River was another 6.

Alex checked.  John bet 125k.  Alex gave it some thought, then open-folded his pocket Kings.

John didn't show, but later claimed he had the straight (87) with the gutterball on the turn and that the Ace on board killed his action.

John's up to 670k and back in the chip lead.

Event 17: SixMax'ers Checking In Via Twitter

$1000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Getting the scoop via Twitter on who's playing today:

Michael Marder ‏@MMarder86
Getting underway shortly here @BorgataPoker for the $1090 six max event. 25kss, 40min lvls, 25/50 for now. #BFPO17 #sixmax

Robert Hwang ‏@ActionBobNJ
Bowling with Matthew much more fun than 500 blinds and no antes. See you all level 4!

Cherish Andrews ‏@CherishAndrews

Amanda Musumeci ‏@TheReaLMander
BFO 1k 6max today! Gl!

kou vang ‏@killatyven
borgata 1k 6max here we cummmm... as hard as I can possibly be..25k starting stack 50 min rounds....

Michael Dentale ‏@Mikunbelievable
Just sat down to play the Borg 1k 6max. Win or die!

Alex Queen ‏@ArgentinaBoy
1k 6-max tournament today at the borgata

Tim Reilly ‏@TimReillyPoker
Just regged the 6max @BorgataPoker and im happy with my table. So deep and short handed time to go to work. #WorkhardPlayhard 

Roman Valerstein ‏@GrimeRat420
Playing the 1090 6max today, 120 registrants so far but its re-entry and reg is open for 6 40-minute levels so total should hit 200. 25k ss 

Event 16: 7th Place - Anonymous

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

A. Nonymous (Alexandria, VA)

A. Nonymous limped in early and action folded around to Bart Dowling in the big blind, who announced he was all-in.  A. Nonymous called all-in, showing pocket 9s.  Bart had AT suited.

The board fell A 6 2 J 2 and Bart took the pot, chipping up to ~570k and the chip lead.

A. Nonymous busted out in 7th place, earning $4,916.

Event 16: 8th Place - Stan

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Robert Stan (Bridgeport, CT)

After shipping the double to David Johnston, Robert Stan was left short.  He busted out soon after on 8th place, good for $3,687.

Event 16: Play Resumed

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

After coloring up the purple 500 chips, they got cards moving.

Level 19:  Blinds 4k/8k with 1k ante.

In early action, David Johnston doubled up through Robert Stan when his AT held up against Robert's KQ suited.

Event 17: Cards Fly

$1000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Today's Main Event is a Deep Stack (25,000 chips to start) and is played six-handed (six-max).

Late registration and re-entry is available through level 4 (until about 2:10 pm).

The first ten levels are 40 minutes, then they increase to 50 minutes for the rest of the tournament.

Level 1 Blinds:  25/50.

Cards and chips are in motion.

Saturday, November 17

TODAY'S EVENTS (Poker Room & The Signature Room) 

11AM: Event 17 - $1000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 25,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-10: will last 40 minutes each | Levels 11+: will last 50 minutes each 
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 4 
  • 2-Day event with two starting days.  Day 2 begins Sunday at 1PM

12 PM: Event 37 - $270 + $30 Championship Qualifier No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-15: will last 25 minutes each | Levels 16+: will last 30 minutes each 
  • Approximately 1 in 10 will win $2700 entry into the Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship
    (Nov 18 - 21, 2012)
  • 1-Day event  

7 PM: Event 38 - $540 + $60 Championship Qualifier No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-15: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 16+: will last 40 minutes each 
  • Approximately 1 in 5 will win $2700 entry into the Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship
    (Nov 18 - 21, 2012)
  • 1-Day event 

Event 16: Shut it Down, Play Resumes 11 am

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

William Tonking
Chip Leader
The last 8 players have bagged and tagged for the night.

William Tonking (Flemington, NJ) is the chip leader with 611k, getting a huge double-up late in the night.  Mr. Anonymous 5-bet jammed into Tonking's pocket kings as he doubled 253k to take the lead.

The average stack is 338k (42 bb) as blinds are moving up to 4k/8k/1k ante.

Players agreed to begin the restart at 11 am, instead of the originally scheduled 1 pm.

Here's how the final table looks and what they're playing for:

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 Bart Dowling (Bronx, NY) 208k
2 Robert Stan (Bridgeport, CT) 277k
4 Alex Hardy (Bala Cynwyd, PA) 487k
5 (**Anonymous**) 432,500
6 William Tonking (Flemington, NJ) 611k
8 John DiBella (Eastchester, NY) 375k
9 Joe Liberta (Berlin, NJ) 160k
10 Dave Johnston (Somers Point, NJ) 130k

Remaining Prize Pool

1st          $36,870
2nd          $20,279
3rd          $11,675
4th            $9,832
5th            $7,374
6th            $6,145
7th            $4,916
8th            $3,687

Event 16: 9th Place - Corbett

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Dan Corbett (Liverpool, NY)

Dan Corbett is all in for 80k with A9 against Mr. Anonymous who flops a queen while holding KQ.
Corbett is out in 8th place.

Event 16: Double-Double

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Dan Corbett doubles through Mr. Anonymous for 121k, who then turns and ships 142k to Robert Stan who gets the double-up.

Event 16: 10th Place - Aglialoro

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

John Aglialoro (Haddonfield, NJ) 

John Aglialoro is all in for 100k with A 9 against the pocket aces of  Bart Dowling. The rockets hold and Aglialoro is out in 10th place.

Event 16: Back From Break

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds up to 3k/6k/500 ante
Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 Bart Dowling (Bronx, NY) 130k
2 Robert Stan (Bridgeport, CT) 160k
3 John Aglialoro (Haddonfield, NJ) 105k
4 Alex Hardy (Bala Cynwyd, PA) 550k
5 (**Anonymous**) 703k
6 William Tonking (Flemington, NJ) 230k
7 Dan Corbett (Liverpool, NY) 150k
8 John DiBella (Eastchester, NY) 415k
9 Joe Liberta (Berlin, NJ) 115k
10 Dave Johnston (Somers Point, NJ) 200k

Event 16: Final Table

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

The final table is underway with Alex Hardy and the anonymous player battling for the chip lead, each with more than 500k.

The average stack is 272k (54 bb) with blinds at 2,500/5k/500 ante.


1 Bart Dowling (Bronx, NY)
2 Robert Stan (Bridgeport, CT)
3 John Aglialoro (Haddonfield, NJ)
4 Alex Hardy (Bala Cynwyd, PA)
5 (**Anonymous**)
6 William Tonking (Flemington, NJ)
7 Dan Corbett (Liverpool, NY)
8 John DiBella (Eastchester, NY)
9 Joe Liberta (Berlin, NJ)
10 Dave Johnston (Somers Point, NJ)

Event 16: 11th Place - Bernstein

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Sam Bernstein (Englewood, NJ) is all in with AK against an anonymous players A8.  An eight hits the turn and Bernstein is out in 11th place to earn $2,458.

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

Event 16: 12th Place - Pahuja

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Vinny Pahuja moves all in with K 9 against his opponents A J♣.

The flop brings an ace and two clubs, the turn and river are both clubs as Pahuja busts to a rivered flush.  Pahuja earns $2,458 for his 12th place finish.

Event 16: 13th Place - Leskowtiz

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Bryan Leskowtiz (Leominster, MA) runs pocket 8s into the pocket 10s of Dave Johnston (Somers Point, NJ)

Leskowtiz bags $2,151 for his 13th place finish.

Event 16: 14th Place - Morgan

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Blinds 2,500/5k/500 ante

Brian Morgan (Gansevoort, NY) ships 150k with 7 4 against the pocket 9s of Alex Hardy.  Morgan hits a 7, but doesn't get any other help.  He earns $2,151 for his 14th place finish.

Event 16: 15th Place - Lakatosh

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

John Lakatosh (Red Lion, PA) finishes in 15th place when his AQ doesn't improve against the pocket kings of chip leader Robert Stan.

Lakatosh is a true Borgata regular and grinder who adds $2,151 to his bank roll.

Event 16: 16th Place - Yazici

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Bradley Yazici (Essex, MD) moves all in with A 4 against the AK of William Tonking.  Yazici flops a 4, but a king on the river sends him to the rail in 16th place for $1,843.

Event 16: Two Down

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Andrew Glauberg (aka Anonymous 2) is out in 18th place when his AJ doesn't connect against Brian Morgan's pocket pair.

Event 10 winner Harry Korotki (Owings Mills, MD) is next to go when his KQ is no good against Alex Hardy. 

Korotki finishes in 17th place, he and Glauberg earn $1,843 for their min cash.

Event 16: Final Two Tables

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The final 18 players are in the money, but a couple of them are playing coy with their identity.

Here's what we know:

Table 1


1 Robert Stan
2 Joe Liberta
3 John Lakatosh
4 Anonymous 1
5 David (Guess my Last Name)
6 Vinny Pahuja
7 Dan Corbett
8 John DiBella
9 Sam Bernstein

Table 2


1 Bradley Yazici
2 Bart Dowling
3 Alex Hardy
4 Bryan Leskowtiz
5 Brian Morgan
6 Harry Korotki
7 William Tonking
8 Anonymous 2
9 John Aglialoro

Event 16: Bubble Breaks

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'Em (Re-Entry)

R.A. Engel is the Bubble Boy after being crippled by a set of sevens from William Tonking that cost him $107K. Engel called all in with a pair of 10s and got no help on the turn or river.

His last 3K went on the next hand to Robert Stan, who paired a jack on the river to beat Engel's ace.

The remaining 18 get paid.

Event 16: Aces Cracked, Now Bubbling

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

An anonymous player limped and then checks the flop. The turn brings a 9, where another anonymous player moves all in and the original player calls with pocket aces.

The big blind turns over 9 4, two pair, to get the knock out.

"If you bet the flop I fold," says the winner. "I only had a pair of fours."

"I wanted to try and get something out of it," said the busted player, but he got more than what he bargained for.

19 players remain, one spot from the money, and play is now hand-for hand.

Event 16: Staring Down Hearts

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'Em (Re-Entry)

"Bad" Bart Dowling of the Bronx stared down a board with three hearts showing, while he could only make a pair of nines. 

The bet came for 50K on a pot already at 50K. 

Dowling stewed, sweated and then made the bet. 

Turns out he called a bluff. No hearts, just an ace high. 

The nines won and Dowling's stack grows. 

Event 16: Stayin' Alive

$700 + $60 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

William Tonking (Flemington, NJ) is all in for 69k with K 10 vs A A .

Flop: 9 8 6 (Tonking flush draw)

Turn: 3 (Tonking flush, Opponent nut flush draw)

River: 5 (no change)

Tonking dodges a diamond on the river and gets the double-up.  His anonymous opponent is out a few hands later, thinning the field to 20.