Monday, November 19, 2012

Championship: Late Night Rounds

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Borgata Babe Aura & Gibbons

Three more levels of poker will have play wrapping up at 2:45 am, so hydration is key.

Joe Gibbons (Tarpon Springs, FL) is doing his part on Table 9 as be buys his table mates a round of water.

Level 11 (500/1k/100 ante) is underway.

Championship: Chirp Counts

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

There won't be a repeat winner at the Borgata Fall Poker Open as 2011 winner Andrew Badecker (Vernon, CT) tweeted his bust.

Other players tweeting their chip counts include:

Dan Buzgon 145k
Al Wasserberger 131k
Matt Iles 105k
Ron Pease 79k
Dave Zeitlin 72k
Niall Farrell 53k
Steve Scales 14k


Andrew Badecker
Steve Ryan
Orson Young

Championship: Rare 20 Minute Break

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

 Break Time Dash
The green (25) chip color-up break is a rare twenty minutes so the remaining tables in the Poker Room can be relocated to the Signature Room.

At last count six tables are moving and we'll have a total of 23 in one place.

207 players remain with an average stack of 61k (61 bb) with blinds moving up to 500/1k/100 ante.

Championship: Table 18 Evaporates

 $2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

After trading chips all day, Table 18 finally got it's first elimination to which Mike Marder (Sewell, NJ) says, "we got 'em right where we want 'em"

The table breaks shortly after that and has Dan Currie (Centerville, VA) walks by media row says, "when I come back to win this, I want everyone to know my journey."  He says he's been grinding less than 10 big blinds the last few hours and is happy that he'll be on Table 1 and not moving again the rest of the night.

Championship: Big Stacks

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Mike Shasho (Ramsey, NJ) continues to lead the chip counts with 260k.  The next closest stack is in the 125k-150k range and includes Mike Melkersen (New Market, VA) with 135k.

Anyone with more than 100k has their eye on the bonuses that are awarded to the two end of night chip leaders.

The big stack gets $3,000, while second overall earns $2,000.

Recent Eliminations

Bart Dowling: "never got anything going"
Bob Hwang: "my chip count is easy, zero"

Event 19: Bubble Breaks

$300 + $40 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Rosenblatt (2nd from left) & 17 Others in the Money

It's heartbreak hotel for two players when the bubble breaks..  Former chip leader Andrew Interdonato (Washington, D.C.) loses when he flops a queen, but his opponent hits running diamonds for a four flush to knock Interdonato out in 20th place.

The bubble then breaks when Leanne Rosenblatt (Brigantine, NJ) hits a two pairs on the turn in a 160k pot to bust a player who flopped two pairs.

The final 18 players are in the money for a $725 min cash and are playing for the $14,493 first prize.

Championship: Brewer Chugging Along

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Brewer Breaks Little

Christine Brewer (Port Monmouth, NJ) has been on a nice run since dinner break.

First hand back she doubles to 72k with AK vs A8, then at the end of the next level she busts former WPT Player of the Year Jonathan Little (Las Vegas, NV).

Again Brewer has AK, this time against Little's pocket queens and flops an ace to add 32k. She's now at 100k.

Blinds are now 400/800/75 ante.

Championship: Table 18 Stalled

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Tables have been ten-handed all day, but now they are going nine-handed as players bust out.

Unfortunately for table 18, they've not busted anybody all day.  All these players are still there, pushing the same chips around the felt:

This may mean that all these players are fairly evenly matched in skill, but it also means no one is building a big stack because the same 300k in chips (30k starting stack, 10 players) is all that is on that table.

Event 19: Blinds Up, Players Down

$300 + $40 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Approaching the end of blind level 2,500/5,000 with 500 ante.

In a few minutes, blinds will be going up to 3k/6k with 500 ante.

33 Players remain; average stack is ~101k.

Still a long way to go to reach the money at 18.

These are some of the Borgata regulars still in the hunt:

Marguerite Spagnuolo
Leanne Rosenblatt
Chris Reslock
Wooyang Lin
Andrew Interdonato
Lana O'Brien

Championship: Slowing Down

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Play isn't nearly as rambunctious as it was prior to break as the dinner carbs have everyone a bit sluggish.

We've seen a couple of all ins go uncalled, including at Mike Melkersen's table.  A player moves all in and says, "it's the most chips I've had all day."

"Exactly," quips Melkersen, "that's why I'm wondering why you'd want to give them to me."

Melkersen folds a nine, which is top pair, and says, "I know you're on a flush draw,"

Melkersen picks up free information as the player shows him a set of 4s.

Level 9 (300/600/75 ante) is underway.

Event 19: Back In Action II

$300 + $40 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Baruch Building Stacks

The noon tournament is back from dinner break and closing in on the money.  45 players remain and 18 get paid. Thaler Baruch (Brooklyn, NY) is the chip leader with 187k.

Championship: Poker Room Update

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Level 9: Blinds 300/600 with 75 ante.

Eight tables remain active in the Poker Room with some big names still in the hunt.

Defending Champion Andrew Badecker has landed at table 29 in the seat vacated by Matt Salsberg.

Michael Esposito

On his right is 2012 WSOP Main Event Octo-niner Michael Esposito (Seaford, NY).  Michael finished 7th in that event, good for over $1.25 million.

Also at table 29:
Rick Austin
Miguel Borrero
John Moore
Tony Behbahani

Championship: Back in Action

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Players are back from dinner break and continue to file into the Signature Room where 21 tables are running.  The Poker Room still has eight tables, and as the field thins the remaining players will relocate across the hall to the Signature Room.

There are still 10 minutes left on Level 8 (250/500/50 ante), as the play 135 straight minutes before the next break.

Championship: Dinner Time Tweets

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Lots of Tweets during dinner break:

Jonathan Little ‏@JonathanLittle
At 53k going to dinner break. I won 2 hands that level but lost a nice one where I made a large hero fold. Dinner now.

Jason Estock ‏@JasonEstock
35250 and on dinner break 

Ron Pease ‏@wivawat04
Got 67,175 on. 75 minute dinner break #Starving

Niall Farrell ‏@Firaldo87poker
63k at dinner

David Zeitlin ‏@SugDpoker
47k at dinner. 4 bet/folded in a spot where I should have called off. 300-600 in 75 mins.

Matt Matros ‏@Matt_Matros
@borgatapoker Dinner break. 61k.

Mark Epstein ‏@eppy12588
75m dinner break...60k w 17m left in 250/500/50 level

Cherish Andrews ‏@CherishAndrews
Dinner break with 35k.

James St. Hilaire ‏@JamesStHilaire
71k from 30 on dinner break. Going to 3-600 when we return.

Michael Marder ‏@MMarder86
45.775k on dinner. Coming back to ~15min of 250/500/50. Puts me just about the chip avg. #BFPO18

Al Wasserberger ‏@AlWasserberger
Down to 41k at dinner but feeling good. #BorgataChampionship

David Stefanski ‏@DaveStefanski
68k on dinner break..table just got a lot tougher.. @VinnyMags just sat down on my left and Jon Turner has also joined the festivities

Jason Deutsch ‏@MrPerfekt
Unfortunate last few hands, like 65k on dinner

Daniel Chan ‏@DanielChanPoker
80k at dinner break

brock parker ‏@brock_parker
125k coming back from dinner break.

Bryan Leskowitz ‏@BryanLeskowitz
22,950 on dinner break. Not the best, but certainly could be worse!!

Event 19: Numbers Game

$300 + $40 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Number of Entries:   166
Players Remaining:  45
Chips in Play:  33.2 million

Average Stack:  74k (25 bb)
Big Stack:  187k (62 bb)

Next Blinds:1,500/3k/400 ante
Play Resumes: 8:25 pm

Total Buy-In:  $49,800
First Prize:  $14,493
Places Paid: 18

Championship: Dinner Time

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

The clock was stopped at 7:30 pm with about 15 minutes remaining in the level.

Players are on a 75-minute dinner break.  Play will resume at 8:45 pm.

According to the board, 280 players remain (1B).  Average stack is ~46k.

Event 19: Dinner Break II

$300 + $40 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The noon tournament is also on dinner break.  45 players remain and we've found a couple of big stacks.

Thaler Baruch (Brooklyn, NY) 187k
Lee Hirsch (E. Meadow, NY) 180k
Chris Reslock (Atlantic City, NJ) 176k

Play resumes at 8:25 pm

Championship: Lots of Action

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

John Lakatosh got his chips in with pocket Kings, but was run down by QQ.

Amanda Musumeci was all-in with AK, but lost a race against pocket 9s.

Meanwhile, Mark Epstein got his chips in with AQ on a Q 6 5 board, only to find out he was losing to pocket Aces...then another Queen on the turn gifted him the double-up.

Championship: True Min Cash

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Chadha Ready to Chow

A few minutes before dinner break, the dinner vouchers are passed out and Carlos Chadha (Washington, DC) is thrilled to keep his streak alive.

"I've played about 30 live tournaments, 15 at Borgata and have gotten a voucher every time."

Chada says he's planning on hitting Noodles of the World (NOW) while on the 75 minute break.

Championship: Salsburg Sent Packing

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Matt Salsberg

WPT titleist Matt Salsberg was on his second bullet and down to ~24k when he got involved in an all-in holding AK.  His opponent had pocket Queens and they held up, crippling Matt's stack.

Despite a triple-up with pocket Kings, Matt busted out a couple of hands later.

Championship: Poker Faces

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Before & After

We're impressed with the many faces of Saad Ghanem (Rosedale, MD).

Earlier in the Borgata Fall Poker Open he was looked like Grizzly Adams, now he's sporting the Clark Kent look (minus the glasses).

Championship: Goners

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These folks have disappeared from the Signature Room, which is down to  22 tables:

Mickey Woll
Fritz Stoner
Jake Schwartz
John Hinds
Billy Pillosoph
Eric Doerr
Danny Howe
Adam Lippert
Carless 'Joe' Boatwright
Paul Vacchio

Event 18 - Championship Payouts*

Borgata Fall Poker Open
Event 18 - Championship No Limit Hold'em
November 18 - 21, 2012

Entries:  644
Total Buy-In: $1,610,000

1:          $372,568
2:          $209,480
3:          $131,895
4:          $107,067
5:            $85,344
6:            $70,602
7:            $56,637
8:            $42,672
9:            $29,482
10 - 12:  $20,172
13 - 15:  $14,741
16 - 18:  $10,862
19 - 27:    $8,534
28 - 36:    $7,603
37 - 45:    $6,827
46 - 54:    $6,052
55 -63:     $5,276

Championship: Few Chips and a Dream

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Chad Batista

Chad Batista is down to only ~12k, but he's not out.  As long as he's got chips, he's got a chance.

Chad played day 1A yesterday, but busted out after the dinner break.

He kicked off his poker career in 2006 when he won a WSOP Circuit Championship and more than $260k.  His lifetime earnings are over $777k.

Event 19: 90 Left in Noon Tournament

$300 + $40 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Interdonato Into the Chip Lead

Andrew Interdonato (Washington, DC) has the chip lead at 160k (133 bb) with 90 players remaining.

The average stack is 37k (31 bb) with blinds at 600/1,200/200 ante.

Championship: Running the Numbers

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Total entries 1A: 216
Total entries 1B: 428

Overall Total: 644

Total chips in play 1A: 6,480
Total chips in play 1B: 12,840

Overall Total chips in play:  19.32 million

Players remaining 1A (after 13 levels): 58
Players remaining 1B (after 6 levels): 310

Average stack 1A (after 13 levels):  112K
Average stack 1B (after 6 levels): 41k

Total Buy-ins:  $1.61 million

Championship: 750 Bet Turns into 75k Dusting

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Shasho (right) in the Tank, One Hand Before the 
Player on his Right Sends him 75k

Blinds 150/300/25 ante

On the last hand before re-entry closes, an unknown player bets 750 of his 75k stack, Mike Shasho (Ramsey, NJ) moves all and has the player covered.

"I have ace-king suited," says Shasho, "I've been doing this all day."  After a a minute goes by, the player calls and is crushed.

Shasho has pocket aces against the players pocket 8s and the aces hold.  Shasho literally talks his opponent into dusting off 75k, who is now on the rail with a chance to re-enter.

Shasho is the chip leader with 217k (543 bb) with blinds moving up to 200/400/50 ante.

Championship: Break Time Chip Chirps

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

End of level 6 and time for a break, which is the end of the re-entry/registration period.

Chip counts via Twitter:

Mike Shasho - 217,000
Matt Iles - 75k
Kyle Burnside - 75k
David Stefanski - 66k
Al Wasserberger - 60k
Ron Pease - 54k
Matt Matros - 52k
David Zeitlin - 45k
Action Bob Hwang - 43k
Mark Epstein - 42k
Joshua Weizer - 39k
Kou Vang - 39k
Jason Estock - 38,050
Jonathan Little - 37k
Michael Marder - 35,325

------ Starting Stack: 30k -------

Matt Salsberg - 28k
Brian Leskowitz - 19,300
Ari Engel - 15k

Play resumed after the break with

Level 7:  Blinds 200/400 with 50 ante.

Championship: Early Signature Chip Leaders

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)    

Among players in the Signature Room:

 Michael Nye

Looks like Michael Nye is the early chip leader with ~133k.

Brock Parker is right on his heels with ~110k.

Approaching the end of the re-entry period with just a couple of minute left in level six.

Event 19: Working Vacation for Leventhal

$300 + $40 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Leventhal Leaves Noon Tournament Early
After bagging 109k (55 bb) on Day 1A, Barry Leventhal (Brooklyn, NY) is using the day off to play in the noon tournament.

It's a short day for him as his pocket queens are beaten by AK when a king hits the board.

No harm, no foul for Leventhal who will be back Tuesday for Day 2 of the Championship Event.

Championship: Out & In Again

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Two tables have broken here in the Signature Room, so players are starting to move around the room.

Busted players are also reappearing after re-entering.

Mark Ketteringham has re-entered and landed at table 24 with Jeremiah McKenna.  This will be the next table to break in the Signature Room.

Action Bob Hwang got his chips in with pocket Queens against AK and came up on the losing side of that coin flip.  He's fired bullet #3 and landed at table 11.

Dan Buzgon also busted out and also fired bullet #3, and also landed at table 11 with:

Neville Darrell
Walt English
Brock Parker
David Sanders

Championship: Badecker Back to Defend

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Badecker Bracing for Another Long Journey

After busting on Day 1A, defending champion Andrew Badecker (Vernon, CT) is back to fire his second bullet.

Badecker won the inaugural 2011 Borgata Fall Poker Open in the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning for $389,000.

After playing all night, Badecker got a ride back to Connecticut where he was on time for turkey and pumpkin.  No word if the trophy was used as a table centerpiece.

At today's table Badecker is joined by Wayne Lewis (Galloway, NJ) and Ilya Dyment (Brooklyn, NY), who won Event 15 (Omaha H/L 8B) for $13,038.

Event 19 - Payouts

Borgata Fall Poker Open
Event 19: $300 + $40 big Stack No Limit Hold'em
November 19, 2012

Entries:  166
Total Buy-In;  $49,800

1:           $14,493
2:             $7,971
3:             $4,589
4:             $3,864
5:             $2,898
6:             $2,415
7:             $1,932
8:             $1,449
9:             $1,087
10 - 12:      $966
13 - 15:      $845
16 - 18:      $725

Championship: Names Dropping

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Busted (not sure if re-entering):

Ilya Dyment
Ian Palomo
Leonardo Palermo
Abe Korotki
Elliot Zaydman

Busted & Re-entering:

Billy Pillosoph
David Inselberg
Will Failla

Registration is still open, through the break after this level.

Championship: Liberta sQUADshes DeLio

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

The board shows K♣ 4 K♠ 4 K for a full house and John DeLio (Boothyn, PA) bets 6k. Joe Liberta (Berlin, NJ) goes in the tank before moving all in for 19,575 more.

DeLio asks, "is registration still open?" After getting confirmation, DeLio says, "I can't fold, call."

Liberta shows him A♣ K for quads and DeLio tables 10♣ 10♠ for a higher full house than on the board.

DeLio is left with 475 in chips and is out the next hand.

On his way to re-enter he tells the story of how he hit quads during September's Borgata Poker Open only to lose to a straight flush.

DeLio is quickly becoming the poster boy for all those who have been coolered.

Championship: Name Dropping

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Level 6:  Blinds 150/300 with 25 ante.

Russel Crane, winner of the 2001 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship (almost $277k) has turned up at table two with:
Kevin Chen
Dan Wach
Joshua Weizer

Harrison Gimbel (who played day 1A yesterday) has turned up at table 17 with
Niall Farrell
Paul Shedaker

Nick Petrangelo (who also played 1A) has landed at table 19 with Natale Kuey and Steve Eyzerovich.

Adam Lippert's re-entry landed him at table 20 with
 Joanne Monteavaro
Orson Young
Joe Boatwright

Gary Ackerman has re-entered and landed at table 25 with
Angel Gonzalez
David Zeitlin
Wade Woelfel

Championship: Numbers Climbing

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Pleasant hello from (r-l) Wayne, Dean, Jesus & Matt

With ~400 players on Day 1B, the total field has surpassed the 600 player mark (216 for Day 1A), meaning the $1 Million Guaranteed prize pool has been met.

As players continue to register, new tables are open including the latest in the Poker Room which
features Matt Brady (Havertown, PA), Jesus Cabrera (Atlanta, GA), Dean Marco (Glendora, NJ) and Wayne Pleasant (Atlanta, GA).

Championship: Chip Chirps

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Twitter chip counts from the break:

Brock Parker - 90k
Matt Iles - 74k
Al Wasserberger - 68k-ish
David Stefanski - 58k
Ari Engel - 49k
Matt Matros - 47k
Ron Pease - 45k
Jonathan Little - 44k
Mark Epstein - 37,500
Niall Farrell - 37k
Steve Scales - 36k
Action Bob Hwang - 34k
Amanda Musumeci - 34k

------ Starting Stack: 30k -------

Michael Marder - 28,300
Jason Estock - 23,750
David Zeitlin - 23k
Kou Vang - 22k
Phil Weast - 19,400

Event 19: Registration Closed

$300 + $40 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

More than 150 players are in the noon tournament.

Registration is closed with the start of Level 7 (300/600/75 ante).

With 136 players remaining, the average stack is 25k (42 bb).

Championship: Another Tough Table

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Level 5:  Blinds 100/200 with 25 ante.  Play has resumed.

Table 9 is turning into a monster.  This photo was taken just before they went on break.

Jared Jaffe was moved to table 9 when his previous table broke.  Now he's seated with:

Feming Chan
Jake Schwartz
Ibra Ibraimovic
John Hinds
Sirous Jamshidi (was away from table when photo was taken)
Dan Buzgon

Championship: Woll Whacks Williams

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

On a flop of 9 8 2, Mickey Woll bet and after some thought, Travis Williams moved in.

Mikey called, showing pocket 8s for middle set.  Travis had T7 for the open-ender.

The last two fell 4 A and Travis was busted.  Mickey chipped up to ~65k.

Travis, who is a black-belt Tweeter, summed it up thusly:

Wish I were kidding, but I'm #out. c/o opened, I 3b out the sb, flat his 4b, c/rai OESD on flop vs his flopped set. 63K pot in bb200.

Not sure if Travis plans to re-enter.

End of level 4 and time for a break.

Championship: Outs & Ins

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  


Gary Ackerman * has hit the rail.  Not sure if he's re-entering.
Adam Lippert is re-entering.


Will 'the Thrill' Failla
Aaron Massey *
Esther 'E-Tay' Taylor *
Ari Albilia *

* Played day 1A.

Championship: Mad Dog Mike

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

After a bunch of limpers, Mike 'Mad Dog' Shasho raised to ~4k.   Greg Ostrander shoved for ~20k with pocket Tens.

Mad Dog had pocket Queens.  They held up and Mad Dog is up to ~70k.  Greg was busted.  Not sure if he's re-entering.

Mike was recently diagnosed with ADD and the meds haven't kicked in yet, so he's still the old Mad Dog we're used to.  Who knows what he'll be like when the meds start working.  He may need to get a new nickname.

Event 19: Familiar Faces

$300 + $40 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Level 5:  Blinds 150/300 with 25 ante.

142 entries so far in this event.  Just some of the familiar faces in the crowd:

Dean Chen
Jedial Pires
Chris Reslock
Don Brown
Michael Wang
Michael Forca
Frank Ficadenti
Lana O'Brien
Leanne Rosenblatt
Andrew Klein
Tiffany Williamson

Registration is still open for this event through the break after level 6.

Championship: Tough Table

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Level 4:  Blinds 100/200.

Table 18 has filled up with a tough crowd.  Seated there are:

Taya Kuznetsova
Steve Ryan
Nick Salimbene
Brian O'Donoghue
Alex 'Jedi' Nepomnyaschiy
Michael Marder
Dan Currie

Just an example of the players the Borgata Open events attract.

Championship: More Faces

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Benny Bianco, who won $319k in the 2012 BPO kickoff event with over 3,700 entries, busted out.

He's re-entered and landed at table 6 in the seat formerly occupied by Jordan Ludwick.

In the Signature Room, the tables are filling up:

Paul Vacchio
Paul Volpe
Saad Ghanem *
Kevin Chen
Joshua Weizer
Joey Cappello
Phil Weast
Cuong Phung
Mickey Woll
Travis Williams
Mike Morgousky
Abe Korotki
Mike Kalfa
Mark Herm *
Dilip Ravindran
David Inselberg
Leonardo Palermo
Rob Klein
Eric Panayiotou *
Timothy Finne
Scott Baumstein
Edward Pham
Danny Howe
Daniel Chan
Adam Cook
Taya Kuznetsova
Nick Salimbene
Brian O'Donoghue *
Alex 'Jedi' Nepomnyaschiy
Dan Currie
Steve Eyzerovich
Orson Young *
Joe Boatwright
Ilya Dyment

* Played day 1A.

Championship: Chip Chirps

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Chip counts reported via Twitter during the break:

Matt Iles - 70k
Ari Engel - 57k
Al Wasserberger - 56k
Andy Frankenberger - 45k
Action Bob Hwang - 37k
Niall Farrell - 36k
David Stefanski - 36k
Brian Leskowitz - 34,375
Matt Matros - 33k

------- Starting Stack: 30k -------

Mark Epstein - 30k
Michael Marder - 28,750
John Lakatosh - 27k
Phil Weast - 25k
David Zeitlin - 25k
Joshua Weizer - 24k
John Hinds - 24k
Kou Vang - 22k

Championship: Killer Corner

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Level 3:  Blinds 75/150.  Play has resumed following the break.

Table 32 (in the Poker Room) is a killer.  At one end of that table are:

Dan Walsh
Greg Ostrander
John Lakatosh
Joe Verrecchia

and at the opposite end of the table (not pictured) is Mike 'Mad Dog' Shasho.  Should make for some interesting action as the day progresses.

***Update:  Joe Verrecchia busted out with top pair vs. trips.  Not sure if he plans to re-enter.

Championship: Poker Room Faces

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Dropped into the Poker Room to check out the tables over there (27-34, so far):

Maurice Paradis
David Heck
Gary Ackerman *
Anthony Caruso *
Ari Engel *
Mark Ketteringham *
Joe Liberta *
Lance Funston
Jia Liu
Rick Austin
John Moore
Tony Behbahani *
Mike Melkersen *
Alex Rocha
Matt Glantz *
Collin Whyte *
Matt Iles *
Dan Corbett
Ryan D'Angelo
Tony Sinishtaj *
Amanda Musumeci *
Grace Sun
Dan Wach *
Greg Ostrander
John Lakatosh
Joe Verrecchia *
Mike 'Mad Dog' Shasho
Maruti Yarlapati *
Mike Omelchuk
Tony Hill

* Played day 1A.

End of level 2 and time for a break.

Championship: Checking in via Twitter

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The Twitterverse has exploded with tweets about the Championship.  Here are some of them:

Ari Engel ‏@realAriEngel
Playing day 1b of borgata $2700 main. Congrats @vinpahuja @MattStoutPoker on finishing 1,2 in chips and getting the bonus. #imcomingforu

David Zeitlin ‏@SugDpoker
Drove down to Borgata for day 1B of Fall Open Main. Packed my Jim Brown jersey in case I need to run through some tackles on day 3.

Mark Epstein ‏@eppy12588
2700 main event today at Borg...well rested and ready for this one

Jared Jaffee ‏@jaredjaffee21
Bout to kick off day 1 of borgata fall open main event .... Feeling good #winning

Michael Marder ‏@MMarder86
$2700 Main Event @BorgataPoker $1milly gtd Day 1B #BFPO18 #TeamOneTime #letsgo!!

Niall Farrell ‏@Firaldo87poker
Okok, let's try this again, day 1b borgata fall open, hopefully easier table than yesterday

matt salsberg ‏@msalsberg
Playing the Borgata fall main open.

Steve Ryan ‏@SteveRyanPoker
Borgata Fall Open Main. 5th bullet... Errr maybe 1st I forget Playing 3 handed at the moment. Heard Vin bagged 411... Wow

Christine Brewer ‏@CBrewer_09
BFO main event today, lets go!!!

Jake Schwartz ‏@Jake11291
Ready to give @WiLDmAn_75 all of my chips today. He finally gets to sit at the table with the deadest of the dead money

Michael Marder ‏@MMarder86
30kss, 1hr lvls, 25/50 for now. 4 handed currently with @SteveRyanPoker and two others. #BFPO18

Chris Farley ‏@farley2508
Playing the borgata 340 today

Bryan Leskowitz ‏@BryanLeskowitz
Borgata Day 1B 2700 main.. 30kss. Feeling good and ready to go.

Joe Verrecchia ‏@JoeDeertay
Starting today at table 32 seat 4. Looks like a good draw but too bad we'll be moving soon

Cherish Andrews ‏@CherishAndrews
Attempt #2 at this main event thing.

Phil Weast ‏@Prowannabe
Borgata Main Event. Go time!

Ron Pease ‏@wivawat04
At least the days about to get better.. @BorgataPoker main starts in ~30 mins for meee

Amanda Musumeci ‏@TheReaLMander
One more shot at borgata main. Glll

alex rocha ‏@THE_ALEX_ROCHA
Playing Day 1b of this Borgata bird. Time to win! Gl to all my friends playing. #WeenEatIt

Jason Deutsch ‏@MrPerfekt
Borgata main event---got the $37 million dollar man on my right--should be a fun day

Trevor Savage ‏@TreMomey
Going to late reg the borgata fall open main event since we will be playing til 3 am.

Jonathan Little ‏@JonathanLittle
I'm playing day 1b of borgata's $2700 main event. I'm at my peak if 30125 from a 30k start! My table seems wild again.

adam lippert ‏@lippypoker
Playing main today 30k to start. Got Matt matros and other regs at my table.

Championship: Seat Open

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Level 2:  Blinds 50/100.

We've heard the call of "Seat Open!" a few times already, but the most recent saw the departure of Jordan Ludwick (Cherry Hill, NJ).

Mike Santoro opened, got a flat from Richard Marshall, then Jordan raised to 2k.  Mike called and Richard raised. 

Jordan called to see a King-high flop with two diamonds. Richard led out, Jordan shoved and Richard called.

Jordan:  AQ (no pair, no draw)
Richard:  KK (top set)

Jordan was drawing slim to back-door outs which didn't materialize.  He headed for the rail (not sure if he will re-enter).

Richard chipped up to almost 60k.

Jordan won the $350 Deep Stack NL event during the 2012 Borgata Summer Poker Open for over $58,000.

***Update:  Jordan re-entered, but was assigned to a table over in the Poker Room.

Event 19: Cards Fly

$300 + $40 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Today's other event is the $300 Big Stack NLH event and it is taking place in the Poker Room.

The Big Stack means players started with 20,000 chips.

This is also a re-entry event, which means players who bust-out may re-enter as many times as they like until registration closes, which is after level 6 (about 3:20pm).

Level 1:  Blinds 25/50.

Levels are 30 minutes long and this is a one day event, so they'll play all night until a winner is determined.

Championship: More Familiar Faces

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

More familiar faces in the Signature Room:

Jim Wiley
Andy Frankenberger
Ian Palomo
Eugene Fouksman
Cornel Cimpan
Joe Gibbons
Paul Shedaker
Steve Ryan
Michael Marder
Natale Kuey
Joanne Monteavaro
Ibra Ibraimovic
Melad Marji
Bart Dowling
Action Bob Hwang *
Benny Bianco
Stephen Reynolds *
Jeremiah McKenna
David Zeitlin
Wade Woelfel *
Jared Jaffee
Niall Farrell *
Paul Spitzberg

* Played day 1A.

Championship: Signature Overflow

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Table 1-26 are in the Signature Room and tables 27+ are in the Poker Room.

Already in action in the Signature Room are these familiar faces:

Mike Devinsky
Michael Borovetz *
Javier Fernandez
Mike Lydon
Jon Little *
Jason Deutsch
Abe Faroni
David Kim
Joe Pitti
Thomas Maguire
Jordan Ludwick
Billy Pillosoph
Mike Santoro
Cherish Andrews *
Elliot Zaydman
Fritz Stoner
Feming Chan
Jake Schwartz *
John Hinds
Sirous Jamshidi
Dan Buzgon *
Fran Cipriano
Adam Lippert
Matt Matros *
Neville Darrell *
Walt English
Brock Parker *
David Stefanksi
Joe Loguidice
Eric Doerr
Alex Queen
Joe Wertz
James St. Hilaire

That's just the first half of the room!

* Played day 1A.

Championship: New Twist!

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

There's a new twist on the Fall Poker Open Championship event.

In the past, there has been a cash bonus for the chip leader at the end of days 1A and 1B.

This time, the top TWO in chips will be rewarded with a bonus!

$3,000 will be awarded to the chip leader at the end of Day 1B.

$2,000 will be awarded to the player finishing second in chips at end of Day 1B.

For Day 1A, Vinny Pahuja was the chip leader with 411,800, earning the $3,000 bonus.

Matt Stout was second in chips with 349,800, earning $2,000.

The race is on for the bonuses for 1B!

Championship: Day 1B Underway!

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
             $1,000,000 GUARANTEED

Day 1B of  the Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship is underway!

Players started with 30,000 chips and levels are one hour long today (days 2-3 will be 75 minute levels).

Players who bust out may chose to re-enter as many times as they like through the end of the registration period (break after level 6 or about 5:45 pm).  
Level 1 Blinds: 25/50.

Let the cards and chips fly!

Borgata Tournament Leaderboard Update (11/19)

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, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41)

540.525:  JEDIAL PIRES
396.250:  DANIEL WALSH
384.775:  PAUL VACCHIO
325.725:  KHALED ALWAN
306.400:  MATTHEW ILES
273.250:  ILYA DYMENT
246.050:  BRUCE YAMRON
245.600:  TOBY KASSER
236.250:  HYON KO
230.138:  TONY TRAN
202.488:  XIAOFENG HU
201.575:  DANIEL CHAN

Event 18 - End of Day 1A Chip Counts

Borgata Fall Poker Open
Event 18:  $2500 + $200 Championship NLH
November 18-21, 2012

Day 1A Entries:  216
Day 1A Remaining Players:  58
Day 1A Average Chip Stack:  111,500

14.  MARK ROSE (ORLANDO, FL):  133,200
19.  JERRY ATKINS (NEW YORK, NY):  121,500
25.  ANDREW EGAN (HOCKESSIN, DE):  106,400
27.  ANDRE NYFFELER (MAHWAH, NJ):  100,100
31.  JENNIFER SO (GALLOWAY, NJ):  86,000
37.  BARUCH ALTMAN (MONSEY, NY):  76,500
50.  ARTHUR PETERS (BRICK, NJ):  54,600
55.  TODD TERRY (HOBOKEN, NJ):  39,300
57.  AMNON FILIPPI (NEW YORK, NY):  30,000

Monday, November 19

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

10 AM: Event 42 - $270 + $30 Super Turbo Survivor No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-15: will last 10 minutes each | Levels 16+: will last 15 minutes each 
  • Approximately 1 in 10 will win $2700 CASH
  • 1-Day event 

11 AM: Event 18B - $2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
             $1,000,000 GUARANTEED 
  • Players start with 30,000 in tournament chips 
  • Day 1 Levels:  will last 60 minutes each | Day 2 & 3 Levels:  will last 75 minutes each 
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 6 
  • 3-Day event with two starting days.  Day 2 begins Tuesday at 12PM
  • $3,000 will be subtracted from the prize pool and awarded to the chip leader at the end of Day 1A and leader at end of Day 1B; 
  • $2,000 will be subtracted from the prize pool and awarded to the player finishing second behind chip leader at the end of Day 1A and the player finishing second behind chip leader at end of Day 1B 

12 PM: Event 19 - $300 + $40 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 20,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 30 minutes each 
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 6
  • 1-Day event  

6 PM: Event 43 - $100 + $20 + $25 Green Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips
  • This is a Bounty tournament. Players must have their Bounty chips clearly displayed on table in order to remain active in tournament
  • Levels will last 20 minutes each 
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 6
  • 1-Day event  

Championship: Vinny Takes Top Prize, Stout Second

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Kenny Confirms Pahuja's Chip Count

There were no surprises on the last few hands as Vinny Pahuja (Hicksville, NY) bags the chip lead with 411,800 and the $3,000 bonus.  Matt Stout (Las Vegas, NV) is second with 349,800 to earn $2,000 as runner-up.

After Pahuja folds his last hand of the night, Stout yells across the room, "you're safe, I don't think I can win 70,000 on this hand," and with that Stout folds.  The two had been the top stacks since before dinner break and were never threatened the rest of the way.

Approximately 60 players remain (28% of  the starting 216), putting the average stack at 108k (54 bb) when play resumes with blinds at 1k/2k/200 ante.

Day 1A finishers have Monday off as they wait for Day 1B to play before returning noon Tuesday for Day 2.

Here's a look at the big stacks.

Vinny Pahuja 411,800
Matt Stout 349,800
Mark Darner 266,700
Emannuil Digilov 257,000
Jason Evans 249,700
Anthony Gregg 223,300

Check back after 9 am for a complete list of chip counts

Championship: 4 Hands to Go

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

The clock has been stopped and dealers have been instructed to deal four more hands.  At the end of those hands, players will bag and tag for the night.

Short stacks have the option to surrender their chips and take another shot on Day 1B.

All surviving Day 1A players will return Tuesday for Day 2.

Event 17: Recap

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

Will "The Thrill" Failla got his third Borgata Open win (and fourth overall Borgata tournament win) and the first of this Borgata Fall Poker Open, after outlasting a field of 229 entries in a marathon tournament that lasted two very long sessions.

And it was no surprise that Failla and Borgata newcomer Dilip Ravindran ended up locked in a long heads-up battle after the marathon tournament. But the die was cast after one critical hand.

Failla went all-in with AK suited against Ravindran's pocket 10s. Failla thought he had Ravindran crippled when an Ace came on the flop, but a 10 on the turn gave Ravindran 2.5 million in chips, and cost Failla an almost two to one chip advantage.

But Failla fought his way back and the two were almost even in chips at the end.

"I was surprised about how long we went heads-up. I thought it would go a lot faster," Failla said. "It was a good match. But I really thought I had him on the ropes and then the 10 comes on the turn. But it was a great match-up."

The $58,865 win was Failla's first of the Borgata Fall Poker Open and his fifth final table of this series. Failla is currently second on the Borgata Leaderboard and likely to move up. And, of course, expect him in the Championship Event Field on Monday (Nov. 19).

For Ravindran, it was his third cash and second final table of the BFPO. He finished third in Event 1 ($53,118).

"I'm really not a tournament player," Ravindran said. "But I've really enjoyed this and I appreciate the hard work they do here." He earned $34,985. "I got lucky in a few spots even to make the final table," he said. "And I thought I was drawing dead with those 10s. But it's been really enjoyable and I loved playing with Will and Paul (Volpe) there at the end.

The $1,000 + $90 Deep Stack Six-Max No Limit tournament started at 11 am Saturday, but didn't see the bubble break on the final 24 until about 2am. Sunday's session, with 20 players returning, went from 1pm to 1am.

Total buy-ins for the tournament was $229,000 with 229 players at $1,000 a head.

Throughout the final table, Ravindran was pushing much of the action. In the end he moved all in more than 10 times, getting called only about three times (once knocking Volpe out in third place). Still, Failla was the clear chip leader most of the way, grinding down the table's chip stacks and sending more than a few to the rail.

There's a reason poker players are called grinders and this was the tournament to understand why.

Final Table Results: 
1 - Will Failla (Smithtown NY), $58,865
2 - Dilip Ravindran (Jersey City) $34,985
3 - Paul Volpe (Westchester Pa.) $26,656
4 - Kyle Bowker (Walton NY) $21,102
5 - John Del Rossi (Manuta) $16,660
6 - Ian Searing (Smithtown NY) $12,217 
7 - David Inselbeg (Long Beach NY) $9,441


Event 17 Winner - Failla

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

Will "the Thrill"Failla (Smithtown, NY) 

Will Failla outlasts Dilip Ravindran to win the tournament and in the process continues to put his stamp on the 2012 Borgata Fall Poker Open.

It's an astonishing 5th final table for Failla in the series and marks the third time he's won a Borgata series trophy.

The win will also put Will "the Thrill" into first place on the Tournament Leaderboard standings, after beginning the day in second place.  The $58,865 prize now gives him more than $3.5 million in live career tournament earnings.

With his third trophy, Failla joins the short list of three time winners*, joining Chris Reslock, Howard Wolper, Bill Blanda and Yuebin Guo.

Failla is quick to point out that he has four Borgata trophies if you include his 2007 win in a $300,000 guarantee tournament.

Failla's 2012 Borgata Fall Poker Open Domination

Event #-Date-Place-Amount Won-Format

17  Nov 17  1st / $58,865 - No Limit Six-Max Deep Stack        
15  Nov 15  5th / $2,607 -  Omaha H/L 8B                            
13 Nov 14  2nd / $3,819 -  No Limit Hold'em Ante Only
  9 Nov 12    7th / $900 - Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack              
  1 Nov 8      4th / $44,722  - No Limit Hold'em Deepstack

Totals: 5 Final Tables / $110,913

*Borgata trophy stats only include those won in an Open series      

Event 17: 2nd Place - Ravindran

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

 Dilip Ravindran (Jersey City, NJ) 

After a long heads up battle with Will Failla, Dilip Ravindran finishes runner-up.

This is Ravindran's second top three finish of the series after taking third place in Event 1 for $53,118.

Event 17: Failla Defeats Ravindran

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

(l-r) Ravindran & Failla on the Break

In a bizarre scene, Will "the Thrill" Failla (Smithtown, NY) defeats Dilip Ravindran (Jersey City, NJ) heads up after the two were even in chips most of heads up play.

On the first hand after the break, Failla wakes up with pocket queens and before we knew it he had all the chips, the trophy and the $58,865 first place prize.

Ravindran finishes in second place and earns $34,985 for his effort.

Failla & Ravindran After the Tournament

Event 17: Flopping the Biscuit

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

(l-r) Dealer Jermaine, Ravindran, Duchateau and Failla

Will Failla continues to entertain the late night rail birds, including Tournament Director Tab Duchateau, with his witty commentary.

On a board of A 2 4, Failla leads out getting Dilip Ravindran to fold.

"I asked Jermaine to flop me the biscuit, you know what that is," asks Failla.

He then proudly shows 3 5 for the nut straight.

Time is up on the level giving Ravindran and Failla a 10 minute break.

Championship: Dropping Like Flies

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

On the last level of the night we'll be seeing opposite ends of the spectrum. 

The short stacks are looking to double-up or bust so they can take advantage of the Day 1B re-entry, while the big stacks have their eye on the $5,000 worth of prizes that go to the chip leader ($3,000) and second place ($2,000).

Blinds are now 800/1,600/200 ante.

Event 17: The Grind

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

Will Faillia and Dillip Ravindran have been battling heads-up for more than an hour.

Ravindran seemed to have Failla on the ropes after the one all-in battle. Failla had ace king suited against Ravindran's pocket 10s. The flop brought an ace, but the turn brought a 10.

Failla was down to $1.5, giving over 2.5 million to Rivendran 2.5. But a half hour of grinding later, the two are about even. and just over 3 million each.

And it goes on.

Championship: Hubbard Moving Up

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Didn't catch Stephanie Hubbard's rise to 150k, but here's the Twitter update in more than 140 characters.

Stephanie Hubbard ‏@StephHub31

At 150K.. Raised hijack AK get repopped by AQdd flop A102dd check raise flop all in on turn and I hold :)


I flatted pre and I check raised flop (correction)


Travis Greenawalt has just hit the rail as Level 12 (600/1,200/100 ante) is winding down.

Championship: Blinds Up, Players Down

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Aaron Massey, Matt Brady and Tony Sinishtaj, Brock Parker and Tim Reilly are some of the recent casualties as we're down to 79 players on nine tables.

The average stack is 82k (68 bb) with blinds going up to 600/1,200/100 ante.

Championship: Kessler Doubles

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Jaffe (left) Limbers Up for His All-in Bluff, 
While Barry Leventhal Stacks Chips

On a board of 3 9 Q 9 x board, John Jaffe (Western, MA) moves all in for 32k. Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler reluctantly makes the call and hears, "your good."

Kessler tables KQ for the winning two pairs, while Jaffe shows a missed flush draw.

"I only called because I wanted a fresh stack," says Kessler, referring to the Day 1B re-entry option.

Kessler doubles 24k, leaving Jaffe with 7,600 and a positive attitude.