Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Event 20: 8th Place - Panfil

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NL (Re-Entry) 

Radu Panfil (Brooklyn, NY) 

Event 20: 9th Place - Shapiro

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Steve Shapiro (Rockaway, NY)

Event 20: 10th Place - Hyman

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Steve Hyman (Rochester, NY) 

Championship: Color-up Break

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

Chip Leader Pahuja (right) & Mark Herm

46 players are on break for the purple (500) chip color-up.  One more elimination before we hit the next pay jump.

Vinny Pahuja (Hicksville, NY) is the chip leader with more than one million, while Nick Salimbene (Brick, NJ) has dropped below that mark.  He's in the 900k range along with Matt Matros (Brooklyn, NY)

The average stack is 420k (42 bb) with blinds going to 5k/10k/1k ante.

Championship: Matros Takes Bite Out of Mad Dog

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

On a board of Q 8 2 (two hearts) the J hits the turn.

Matt Matros (Brooklyn, NY) checks, Mike "Mad Dog" Shasho (Ramsey, NJ) bets 20k, Matros raises to 85k, Shasho calls.

River: 4♣

Matros bets 191k, Shasho calls.

Matros: A Q
Shasho: 10 9

Matro's nut flush takes a big chunk of Shasho's stack (~325k) and he's out an orbit later. Shasho's pocket 3s are counterfeited and the double paired board gives the winner to a player holding AK.

Shasho is out in 50th place earning $6,052, while Matros has a stack of 950k.

Event 20: Final Table

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 Jimmy Barago (Wantagh, NY) 510k
2 Larry Abrams (Mahwah, NJ) 240k
3 Leonardo Palermo (Toms River, NJ) 370k
4 Dave Kressel (Brooklyn, NY) 350k
5 Steve Shapiro (Rockaway, NY) 100k
6 Tony Clementi (Blue Bell, PA) 630k
7 Aaron Pinson (Baltimore, MD) 150k
8 Michael Cicalese (Haddon Heights, NJ) 315k
9 Steve Hyman (Rochester, NY) 160k
10 Radu Panfil (Brooklyn, NY) 250k

Championship: Great Scott! One Million Chips

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

 Baumstein First to 1 Million

Scott Baumstein (New York, NY) is the first to one million chips.  He's just ahead of several players in the 900k range including: Vinny Pahjua, Paul Spitzberg and Matt Matros

Pahuja just lost a chunk after 5-bet folding to Jeff Papola's all in.

Championship: 55th-63rd Places ($5,276)

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


55 Jason "Gorilla Fish" Evans (Woodbridge, VA)
56 Arthur Peters (Brick, NJ)
57 Tom Ross (Brooklyn, NY)
58 Dan Buzgon (Marlton, NJ)
59 Todd Rodenborn (Morganville, NJ)
60 Joe Wilamowski (New York, NY)
61 Scott Blackmon (Egg Harbor Twp. NJ)
62 Joe Gibbons (Tarpon Springs, FL)
63 Brian Moriorty (Pearl River, NY)

Championship: Gorilla Fish Gets Chop

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

(l-r) Evans, Hayden Fortini & Spitzberg

Jason "Gorilla Fish" Evans (Woodbridge, VA) is in bad shape with J 9 against the A 9 of Pual Spitzberg (Tenafly, NJ), but a pair of 9s and pair of 8s on the board give each a full house and a chopped pot.

Spitzberg continues to be one of the big stacks with 800k.


Evans busts a few hands later in 55th place.

Championship: Moriarity First to Cash, Gibbons Follows

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

Ryan Moriarty (Pearl River, NY) is first to cash in the Borgata Fall Poker Open when his K 2 doesn't improve against the pocket 4s of Brian Lemke (Norristown, PA).

Moriarty finishes in 63rd place and is followed by Joe Gibbons (Tarpon Springs, FL) in 62nd place.

Both players min cash for $5,276.

Blinds are 4k/8k/500 ante in this 93 minute level because they put half the time back on the clock from the money bubble.

Championship: Dinner Time Tweets

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

Play will resume at about 9:35pm in a few minutes. 

Here are some Tweets from the break:

Allen Kessler ‏@AllenKessler
In the money @BorgataPoker main event. Long bubble. Guaranteed over $5k now. About 200k in chips 4000-8000 500 (yes 500) @SavagePoker

Daniel Buzgon ‏@WiLDmAn_75
Crippled but Itm. 90k going to 4k/8k. Folded some big hands near the bubble. #ohwell #isuck

Christian Harder ‏@realcharder30
In the money @BorgataPoker fall open 2700$-- have about 240k at 4/8k

Lee Childs ‏@leechilds
Finally in the $ and on dinner break. 63 players left. 215k. Blinds are 4k/8k/500.

Vinny Maglio ‏@VinnyMags
Dinner break in the borgata 2700 with 600k starting 4/8k

brock parker ‏@brock_parker
350k, (little more than avg) in the money on dinner break

Brian O'Donoghue ‏@Hutch3276
Dispiste what the blog says, i am still in w 140k on dinner at 4/8k and itm

[Blog error fixed!]

Matt Matros ‏@Matt_Matros
@borgatapoker Dinner break. 465k. Average is 300k with 63 players left. We are in the money.

mark herm ‏@dipthrong
In the money got 240k big blind is 8k

Vinny Pahuja ‏@vinpahuja
ITM @BorgataPoker 2700. Around 860k over 8k. We play till 2am or 27 tonight and play till completion tmrw. GL all still in! 

Championship: Payouts

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

Here's a reminder of what's at stake.

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

Event 20: Bubble Breaks in 11 am Tournament

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

The flop is 10 10 4 and a player is all in with QQ for 70k. Dave Kresser (Brooklyn, NY) has trip 10s with A 10 and his hand holds.

The knockout sends the final 18 players into the money for a min cash of $723. The final two tables are redrawing for seats as they chase the $14,451 first prize.

Championship: No Pease for Ron, Bubble Boy

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

Ron Pease (Glastonbury, CT) moves all in from the button for 100k and Brian Morgan (Gansevoort, NY) calls from the SB.

Morgan: 5 5♠
Pease: Q♣ J♣

Flop: Q 10 5♣ (Morgan set of 5s)

Turn: K♠ (Pease OE straight draw)

River: 8

Pease bricks the river and is the bubble boy, sending the remaining 63 players into the money. Everyone is guaranteed $5,276 and can now focus on the trophy and the $372,568 top prize.

With the knockout Morgan is up to 600k.

Here's Pease's latest tweet as the players are on a 75 minute dinner break.

Ron Pease ‏@wivawat04
Just bubbled. Pretty miserable going home not playing poker before thanksgiving, maybe not after either

Championship: Stuck at 64

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

It has been almost an hour since they began playing hand for hand.

Blinds have increased and they're still stuck at 64 players.

Level 20:  Blinds 4k/8k with 500 ante.

When the bubble finally breaks, they'll get dinner.  Until then, they go hungry.

Championship: Water Boy, Not Bubble Boy

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

Super short stack Joe Gibbons (Tarpon Springs, FL), is all in and more than doubles-up when he turns a full house with pocket 8s.

Gibbons, who is now known as the "water boy" after being featured in the blog on Day 1B, sees a flop with Nick Salimbene (Brick, NJ) and Allen Kessler (Las Vegas, NV).

After all three players checked the flop, Gibbons checks the turn, Salimbene bets 28k, Kessler calls and Gibbons moves all in yelling, "the water boy could be the bubble boy."  A crowd draws around Table 6 to see the action.

Salimbene calls 22k more and Kessler folds. Gibbons shows the full house and Salimbene has pocket 9s. He misses his two outer on the river and sends 40k to Gibbons, who is at more than 100k after than hand.

And his stack keeps growing.

On the next hand, Gibbons gets pocket 8s again and ends up with a straight.  The water boy, who dropped to as low as 20k, is now up to 200k.

This table is working hard at trying to break the bubble as they're playing pots.  One hand prior to Gibbon's back-to-back pocket 8s, Salimbene and Vinny Maglio (Revere, MA) played a pot to the river with Salimbene winning with a rivered straight.

Hand-for-hand play continues.

Event 20: Numbers Game

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Number of Entries: 191 
Players Remaining:  21
Chips in Play:  2.865 million

Average Stack:  136k (27 bb)
Big Stack:  495k (99 bb)

Next Blinds:2.5k/5k/500 ante
Play Resumes: 8 pm

Total Buy-In:  $49,660
First Prize:  $14,451
Places Paid: 18 ($723 min cash)

Championship: Bubble-Time

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

Somewhere along the way we lost Darren Elias (Montclair, NJ).

With 63 players remaining, they began playing hand-for-hand until one more player is busted.

They were supposed to go on dinner break at 7:30pm, but that is on hold until the bubble bursts.

Championship: Nearing the Money

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

67 players remain, making the average 288k.

Matt Stout

Matt Stout is approaching 700k and definitely the chip leader.

Kyle Bowker's got ~660k and possibly second in chips.

Abe Korotki and Scott Baumstein both have close to 600k.

Four more to go to reach the money, with the dinner break looming at 7:30pm.

Event 20: Dinner Break

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Tony Clementi (Blue Bell, PA) is the clear chip leader with 495k with play stopping for the one hour dinner break.

21 players remain with 18 getting paid.  It will be a long break for the short stacks who maybe suffering indigestion waiting for the bubble to break.

Championship: Two More Out the Door

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

Stephanie Hubbard (Hazlet, NJ) got her chips in with pocket Kings, only to run into Abe Korotki's (Bethany Beach, DE) pocket Aces. 

The Aces held and Stephanie was busted.

Her departures leaves Christine Brewer (Port Monmoth, NJ) as the last woman sitting.

Alex 'Jedi' Nepomnyaschiy also busted out.

70 players remain.  Average stack is 276k.

63 get paid, so they're just 7 spots away from the money.

Level 19: Blinds 3k/6k with 500 ante. 

Event 20: Clementi Swings for Fences

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

Tony Terrorizing the Table

As we close in on the money bubble (18 cash), Tony Clementi (Blue Bell, PA) is the clear chip leader with 315k.  He has 7 bounties worth $700 and is more than free rolling in the event.

Other recognizable faces still in the hunt for the $14,451 first prize include Marguerite Spagnuolo (Staten Island, NY) and Leonardo Palermo (Toms River, NJ).

Championship: Another Two Gone

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

Day 1B second in chips Wu Zhou (State College, PA) got all-in with pocket 7s.

Allen 'Chainsaw' Kessler (Las Vegas, NV) looked him up with pocket Jacks.

The Jacks held up and Allen chipped up to ~195k.  Wu was busted.

After a Mark Darner (Winter Park, FL) shoved, Matt Stout (Las Vegas, NV) called.

Mark had AJ.  Matt was dominating with AQ. 

The board came Q 7 5 T 2 and Matt sent Mark to the rail.  He's now up to ~600k and possibly the chip leader.

Event 20: Falling Fast

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NL (Re-Entry)

The 11 am trophy tournament is down to four tables and 35 players.

The average stack is 82k (27 bb) with blinds at 1.5k/3k/400 ante.

Championship: Little Man Lost

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

Mike 'Little Man' Sica (N Brunswick, NJ) opened for 12,500. 

Gary Ackerman (Collegeville, PA) called on the button.

Brock Parker (Silver Spring, MD) raised to 40k from the small blind.

Mike gave it some thought, then moved all-in for 178,800 straight.

After getting the count, Gary folded.

Brock called, showing pocket Queens.

Mike had AK offsuit.

The board ran out Q 6 2 J 3 and Brock took the pot, chipping up to over 500k.

Little Man reported to the rail.

78 players remain.  Average stack is 248k.

Championship: Big Bustouts

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

Tim Reilly shoved from the cutoff and got looked up by Dwyte Pilgrim on the button.

Tim's QJ was dominated by Dwyte's AJ.  The better hand held and Tim was toast.

Al Wasserberger ran pocket Tens into pocket Aces for most of his chips. 

The last ones went in with AJ and lost to A5.

Also gone:

Matt Brady
Michael Nye
Ketan Pandya

Championship: Table Ten Next to Break

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

End of level 17 and time for a break.  About 90 players remain.  Average stack is 215k.

Table 10 has morphed into a beast of a different type, with three very big stacks.  Seated there are

Vinny Pahuja
Mike Shasho
Irv Gotti
Paul Spitzberg
Christine Brewer

Vinny is the chip leader with ~560k.

Mike Shasho's got about 400k.

Paul Spitzberg has about 470k.

This will be the next table to break when seats are available, and the players are anxious for a move.

Level 18: Blinds 2,500/5,000 with 400 ante.

Play resumed after the break.

Championship: The Thrill is Gone

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

Will 'the Thrill Failla (Smithtown, NY) open-shoved (utg+1) and action folded around to Paul Spitzberg (Tenafly, NJ) in the big blind, who looked him up.

Will:  77
Paul:  AQ suited

The flop came K K Q and left Will drawing to two remaining 7s.  Neither appeared and he was busted.

Paul is up to ~474k.  Not bad for a guy who was down to only 8k at 2:30, when the blinds were 1,200/2,400 (less than 4 big blinds). 

Championship: Table 7 Got Worse

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

I didn't think it could get any tougher, but it has.  Table 7 continues to be a beast of a table.

Eric Panayiptou (Toms River, NJ) busted out and was replaced by Gary Ackerman (Collegeville, PA).

Dan Walsh (Holmdel, NJ) busted out and was replaced by Brock Parker (Silver Spring, MD).

Now the lineup looks like this:

Darren Elias
Jon Turner
Jeff Papola - 1 WSOP bracelet
Gary Ackerman
Brock Parker - 2 WSOP bracelets
Lee Childs
Kyle Bowker
Mike 'Little Man' Sica - 1 WSOP bracelet

Championship: Matros Cracks Aces

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

Matt Matros (Brooklyn, NY) was moved to table 1 and on his first hand there was in the cutoff.  Saad Ghanem (utg) opened for ~10k, Matt raised to ~24k, and Saad four-bet.  Matt called.

On the flop of 9 8 5 rainbow, they got all the chips in the middle.

Saad:  AA
Matt  QT suited (gutshot)

Turn was a Ten giving Matt more outs.  River was a Jack which was the gutterball he needed for his straight.  He took the pot and Saad hit the rail.

Also gone:

Amnon Filippi
Wade Woelfel
Magnus Nadezhda
Barry Leventhal
John Ciofalo
Michael Marder (99 < AA)

Borgata Tournament Leaderboard Update (11/20)

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 Main events: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19 
 Secondary events: 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43)

565.725:  JEDIAL PIRES
410.975:  DANIEL WALSH
399.500:  PAUL VACCHIO
346.450:  KHALED ALWAN
335.850:  MATTHEW ILES
302.700:  ILYA DYMENT
260.775:  BRUCE YAMRON
260.325:  TOBY KASSER
244.863:  TONY TRAN
236.250:  HYON KO
216.300:  DANIEL CHAN
213.375:  KYLE BOWKER

Event 20 - Payouts

Borgata Fall Poker Open
Event 20:  $260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em
November 20, 2012

Entries:  191
Total Buy-In:  $49,660

1:         $14,451
2:           $7,948
3:           $4,576
4:           $3,854
5:           $2,890
6:           $2,409
7:           $1,927
8:           $1,445
9:           $1,084
10 - 12:     $963
13 - 15:     $843
16 - 18:     $723

Event 20: Still Hunting Bounties

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 11:  Blinds 800/1,600 with 200 ante.

70 players remain out of 191 entries. 

Only 18 get paid, so there's still a long way to go.

Championship: Blinds Up, Players Down

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

Level 17:  Blinds 2k/4k with 400 ante.

During the previous level:

Mike Melkersen (New Market, VA) got his last chips in with pocket Tens and was racing against KJ offsuit.

The board ran out K 7 2 2 Q and spelled the end for Mike.

Also reporting to the rail:

Jeremiah McKenna
Chris Bell
Eric Panayiotou
Mike Summers
Chad Batista
Paul Shedaker
Rep Porter
Richard Marshall, Jr.
Alex Rocha

Championship: Shasho's Set Sacks St. Hilaire

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

Mike 'Mad Dog' Shasho (Ramsey, NJ) opened for 7k from the cutoff.

James St. Hilaire (Glen Burnie, MD) three-bet to ~21k from the button.

Mad Dog snap-four-bets to 50k.

James shoves for ~110 total, making it 60k more to Mad Dog.

Mad Dog calls the all-in, showing pocket 5s.

James is ahead with pocket 8s.

There's a 5 in the window, giving Mad Dog a set.  No help for James and he was busted.

Mad Dog is up to ~400k.

Championship: Next Break Table

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

Table 15 was one tough lineup, with more "old school" players and fewer "twenty-somethings".

Seated there were:

Paul Spitzberg
Matt Matros
Vitaly Kovyazin
Mike 'Mad Dog' Shasho
Tony Behbahani
Mike 'Little Man' Sica
Matt Glantz

Luckily for them, they were the first table to break after starting level 16.  Now these guys are scattered around the room.

Championship: Time to Check the Tweets

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

Lots of Tweets from the field over the last break:

Tim Reilly ‏@TimReillyPoker
After losing a 190k pot and being down to 40k I have grinded it up to 130k at 1200/2400/300. #whogonestopmenow #weneedit

Ron Pease ‏@wivawat04
Chip count is somewhere between 260k and 180k 3k bb next

RepPorter ‏@RepPorter
Day 2 at borgata. I have 170k. Ave is 143k. 644 started. 135 left. 63 get paid

Al Wasserberger ‏@AlWasserberger
Getting there is good. 350k-ish coming back to 300/1500/3000 #borgatachampionship #oldguysalwayshaveit #fb

brock parker ‏@brock_parker
About 400k ,avg 143k, 135 players paying 63

Michael Marder ‏@MMarder86
62.9k coming back to 1500/3k/300. Won a key flip when I had ~16k QJss>TT aipf, #grinding hard since. #BFPO18 #TeamOneTime

Matt Matros ‏@Matt_Matros
@borgatapoker Day Two, first break. 288k. Lots of good hands, only one bad.

Brian O'Donoghue ‏@Hutch3276
150k on break. Ch cld 3 street w A high for 130k pot correctly. A lil out of my comfort zone

James St. Hilaire ‏@JamesStHilaire
120kish at 1.5-3k. Decent table and not playing like poo today. Gonna run it up

Lee Childs ‏@leechilds
149k at break. Going to 3000/300 coming up. 135 left. Avg stack 143k 

Championship: Latest Departures

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

Level 16:  Blinds 1,500/3,000 with 300 ante.  Play resumed.

Before the break, Roman Valerstein ran his pocket Queens into pocket Kings and was busted.

Also gone:

John DiBella
Anthony Gregg
Shawn Busse
Kevin McColgan
Ryan D'Angelo
Peter Ippolito
Joey Cappello
Grace Sun
Anthony Caruso

Championship: Break Time

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

End of level 15 and time for a break.

Down to 15 tables.  Fewer than 135 players remain in the battle.  They're now enjoying 15 minutes away from the felt.

Average stack is ~143k.

Michael Esposito (Seaford, NY) is the chip leader with ~560k -- and the only player with over 500k in chips.

Several players are in the 400k range.

Championship: Toughest Table

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

 Seven is a lucky number for a lot of people, but today, table 7s is the nut-worst in the tournament.

Seated there are

Darren Elias
Jon Turner
Jeff Papola
Eric Panayiotou
Dan Walsh
Lee Childs
Kyle Bowker
Roman Valerstein

Seat 4 is empty and I have immense sympathy for the unlucky player to draw that seat.

Championship: Chips Flyin', Players Bustin'

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

Saad Ghanem (Rosedale, MD) doubled up with pocket Kings.

Matt Iles (Atco, NJ) lost most of his stack when his flopped flush was beat by a boat on the turn.  He than ran pocket Jacks into pocket Kings for the rest.

Also gone:

Jamie Kerstetter
Feming Chan
Taya Kuznetsova
Mark Epstein  (AJ < 22)
David Heck

Championship: Up & Downs

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

Stephanie Hubbard (Hazlet, NJ) doubled up when her pocket Aces held up against pocket Jacks.  She's up to 105k.


Niall Farrell
Alan Haddy
Jason Deutsch
Eric Ladny
Michael Borovetz
Russell Crane
Adam Gerber
David Kim
Javier Fernandez
Nick Petrangelo
Mike Santoro

Championship: Tough Table

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

Level 15: Blinds 1,200/2,400 with 300 ante.

There are no easy tables in a field like this, especially as the number of players remaining gets smaller and smaller.

Sometimes you get a tough table draw and your best hope is that your table will break and you'll get moved to a new one.

Unfortunately for the players at table 1, they break from high to low, so table 1 will never break.

The overnight random table draw piled all these players here:

John DiBella - 2012 PCA winner, $1.9 million lifetime
Anthony Gregg - 2009 PCA winner, $2.8 million lifetime
Saad Ghanem
Michael Esposito - WSOP Main Event Octo-niner, 7th for $1.2 million
Mike Summers

Championship: Reported via Twitter

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

Sometimes the poker tweets are a little too technical, too shorthand, or too wordy, so these have been translated:

Christine Brewer (Port Monmouth, NJ) doubled up with pocket Jacks against pocket Tens.

Ron Pease (Glastonbury, CT) flopped trip 7s to crack pocket Aces and win a big pot.  He's up to ~270k.

Joshua Weizer (Meadowbrook, PA) is up to ~300k.

Todd Terry (Hoboken, NJ) got his chips in with pocket Tens, but ran into pocket Kings and was busted.

Championship: Sica Doubles with Quads

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

On the turn with a board of 8 7 3 J (badugi) two players checked to Mike 'Little Man' Sica, who bet 18k.

Shon Makaton (Alpharetta, GA) raised to 40k, nearly covering Mike's remaining stack.

The third player folded and Mike put the rest of his chips in and got called.

Mike:  77 (set of 7s)
Shon: 95 off (double-gutted)

River was the case 7, giving Mike quadzilla and the (more than) double-up.

Championship: Glantz Doubles

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

Matt Glantz (Lafayette Hill, PA) was all-in with pocket Kings.

Russell Crane (Howell, NJ) looked him up with AK suited.

The board changed nothing and Matt doubled up.

Championship: Tedrow Tossed

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

Altman Baruch (Monsey, NY) had AQ of spades.  James Tedrow (Youngwood, PA) had pocket 8s.

At the river, James had a set of 8s, but Altman had a flush.

James reported to the rail.

Also gone in early action:

Cherish Andrews  (77 < QQ)
Warner Clipper
David Zeitlin  (AK < AA)
John Del Rossi
Joseph Opie
Kyle Burnside (22 < 99)

Championship: Failla Doubles

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

On the first hand of play, Benny Bianco (Franklin Square, NY) opened, then Will 'the Thrill' Failla (Smithtown, NY)  moved in for ~57k.

Andrew Powderly (Reisterstown, MD) moved in over the top for ~118k.

Benny got out of the way.

Will:  QQ
Andrew:  KK

Looked like Will was headed for the rail, but then the board ran out Q J 3 5 7.

Will doubled up with a set of Queens.  He's now over 120k.

Championship: Underway!

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

Level 14:  Blinds 1k/2k with 200 ante.

Levels are 75 minutes long now and for the remainder of the tournament.

Cards are in the air here in the Poker Room.

187 players out of 644 total entries made it to day two and are hoping to make it to the top prize of $372,568.

Only 63 get paid, so it will be a while before they reach the money, with a min-cash good for $5,276.

Championship: Day Two Begins Soon

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

Day two of the Championship event gets underway at noon, or a few minutes after.

Here's what Twitter has to say about it:

Michael Dentale ‏@Mikunbelievable
My thoughts and condolences go out to everyone who is going to bust the main today. Just make sure you tweet about it. Makes me feel better.

Tim Reilly ‏@TimReillyPoker
Day 2 of the @borgatapoker main event. 60k at 1000/2000/200 time to grind it up

David Zeitlin ‏@SugDpoker
Day 2 of Borgata Fall Open Main in half an hour. 20 bigs. Thinking of our beloved mutt Ruthie who is having her 2nd ACL surgery today.

Mark Epstein ‏@eppy12588
20/187 day 2 of 2700 borgata main. 177k @ 1k/2k w avg stack being 103k. 63 places pay w 1st being $372k. Tough table #vamooo

Stephanie Hubbard ‏@StephHub31
Day 2 of BFPO about to start.. 187 left.. 63 pay.. I have 64K in chips.. Blinds 1K/2K to start.. Let's go!

Brian O'Donoghue ‏@Hutch3276
Day 2 of bfo main. 43k at 1/2k, l Around 180 left, 64ish pay, 372k up top 

Event 20: Salsburg Hunting Bounties

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Matt Salsberg (Studio City, CA) won the WPT Grand Prix de Paris championship in September for over $545k, bringing his lifetime earnings to almost $1 million.

He busted out of the Championship event yesterday, but he's back today, hunting for black chips in this bounty event.

Also turning up:

James 'Suits' Salters
Steve Eyzerovich

Event 20: Familiar Faces

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

We're in the back of the Poker Room, including the high limit area, today.

Lots of familiar faces out hunting bounties this morning:

Bob Haavind
Ari Engel
Don Brown
Michael Forca
Doug Pinto
Joe Boatwright
Howard Wolper
Len Vizirov
Andrew Klein
Ibra Ibraimovic
David Hurwitz
Jordan Ludwick
Michael Brown
Wazir Baksh
Jim Wiley

Event 20: Bounty Hunting Begun

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
Today's one day trophy event is a Bounty event, with $100 on the head of every player.

They began with 15,000 chips, plus one Black Chip for their bounty.

Level 1 Blinds are 25/50 and levels are 25 minutes long, until registration closes at the end of level 6.

Then levels will be 30 minutes long for the rest of the event.

Players who bust out can give it another try (as many as they like) until registration closes.

Cards are in the air!  Let the Bounty Hunting begin!

Championship - Day 2 Table Assignments

Borgata Fall Poker Open
Event 18:  $2500 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em
November 18 - 21, 2012

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

Players Remaining:  187
Average Chip Stack: 103,300

T01 | S02 -  JERRY ATKINS (NEW YORK, NY):  121,500
T01 | S03 -  JOHN DIBELLA (EASTCHESTER, NY):  120,900
T01 | S04 -  ANTHONY GREGG (COLUMBIA, MD):  223,300
T01 | S05 -  SAAD GHANEM (ROSEDALE, MD):  106,200
T01 | S06 -  MICHAEL ESPOSITO (SEAFORD, NY):  336,800
T01 | S08 -  BRIAN MORGAN (GANSEVOORT, NY):  215,300
T01 | S09 -  JAMES LILLIS (ROBINSVILLE, NJ):  70,000

T02 | S03 -  PETER TKACHUK (VINELAND, NJ):  84,900
T02 | S04 -  MARK THOMA DARNER (WINTER PARK, FL):  266,700
T02 | S05 -  RALPH PORTER (WOODINVILLE, WA):  134,900
T02 | S06 -  AMNON FILIPPI (NEW YORK, NY):  30,000
T02 | S07 -  FEMING CHAN (WEST WINDSOR, NJ):  42,900
T02 | S08 -  BRIAN LEMKE (NORRISTOWN, PA):  95,300

T03 | S01 -  MATTHEW BRADY (HAVERTOWN, PA):  37,300
T03 | S02 -  SHE LOK WONG (QUEENS, NY):  28,800
T03 | S03 -  ADAM TEASDALE (WILMINGTON, NC):  87,800
T03 | S04 -  JINGLIN CHEN (BROOKLYN, NY):  86,200
T03 | S05 -  MAGNUS NADEZHDA (PALATINE, IL):  47,600
T03 | S06 -  CHAD BATISTA (CORAL SPRINGS, FL):  180,000
T03 | S07 -  PATRICK CHAN (BROOKLYN, NY):  88,800
T03 | S08 -  SCOTT BLACKMAN (EGG HARBOR TWP, NJ):  135,000

T04 | S01 -  MARK HERM (CHESTERBROOK, PA):  135,000
T04 | S02 -  CUONG PHUNG (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ):  119,000
T04 | S04 -  SHAWN BUSSE (MAASAPEQUA, NY):  35,000
T04 | S06 -  ALAN HADDY (NAPLES, FL):  34,800
T04 | S09 -  WADE WOELFEL (MANKATO, MN):  157,600

T05 | S01 -  BARUCH ALTMAN (MONSEY, NY):  76,500
T05 | S02 -  PAUL SHEDAKER (CROYDON, PA):  34,500
T05 | S03 -  JOHN DELROSSI (MANTUA, NJ):  124,800
T05 | S06 -  ERIC LADNY (MERCERVILLE, NJ):  58,200
T05 | S07 -  THOMAS STALBA (HAMMONTON, NJ):  105,600
T05 | S09 -  JAMES TEDROW (YOUNGWOOD, PA):  47,700

Tuesday, November 20

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

11 AM: Event 20 - $260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-6: will last 25 minutes each | Levels 7+: will last 30 minutes each
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 6
  • 1-Day event  

12 PM: Event 18 - $2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
             Day 2
  • Day 2 & 3 Levels:  will last 75 minutes each 
  • Day 2 will end at 18 players or 2AM, whichever comes last
  • 3-Day event with two starting days.
    Day 2 begins Tuesday at 12PM
    Day 3 begins Wednesday at 12PM 

6 PM: Event 44 - $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  

Event 19 Recap

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

Big hands and fast action were the keys to this tournament and in the end it's Jason Nagers (Prince Fredrick, MD) who takes the trophy and the $14,493 top prize in this event of the Borgata Fall Poker Open.

Nagers had a dominating chip stack when he was heads up with Stephen Scales (Red Bank, NJ) and finished the job on the first hand after he knocked out David Caputo (Staten Island, NY) in third place ($4,589) with a flopped straight. Scales bagged $7,971 as runner-up.

Nagers run at the title began when he got into a 1.3 million chip pot with WSOP bracelet holder Chris Reslock (Atlantic City, NJ) just before the final table. 

Nagers flopped a pair of kings and faded Reslock's flush draw to claim the chip lead.  Reslock, left with only 10k, was eliminated in 11th place ($966) on the next hand.

The final table featured multiple Borgata regulars including Leanne Rosenblatt (4th) who reached her second final table of the series (Event 6, 2nd Place / $3,210). Also in the final ten were Asa Berger (5th), Lana O'Brien (7th) and Kori Hunter (10th).

The field began with 166 entries for a total buy-in of $49,800.

Just missing the money was former chip leader Andrew Interdonato (Washington, DC) who lost to  a four flush, two spots from the money.

Final Table Results

1 Jason Nagers (Calvert, MD) $14,493
2 Steve Scales (Middletown, NJ) $7,971
3 David Caputo (Staten Island, NY) $4,589
4  Leanne Rosenblatt (Brigantine, NJ) $3,864
5 Asa Berger (Chalfont, PA) $2898
6 Jay Pusey (Landenberger, PA) $2,415
7 Lana O' Brien (Englishtown, NJ) $1,932
8 Peter Grzesnikowski (Furlong, PA) $1,449
9 Graham Cleverley (Ridgewood, NJ) $1,087
10 Kori Hunter (Ellicott City, MD) $966


Event 19: 1st Place - Nagers

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

Jason Nagers (Calvert, MD)

The win, trophy, and rights to a sick brag go to Jason Nagers, who had a dominating chip lead going into heads up.

HU action was over remarkably quickly, and Jason was more than happy to say "cheese!" and pose with his 1st place trophy.


Event 19: 2nd Place - Scales

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

Steve Scales (Middletown, NJ)

Congratulations to Steve Scales, who finished with a 2nd place win and $7,971. Good game, sir!

Event 19: 3rd Place - Caputo

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

D.M. Caputo (Staten Island, NY)

D.M. Caputo got the last of his chips in on the flop vs. Nagers; the board that did him in was 678 7 8.
Caputo: 69 off
Nagers: 9cTc
The 3rd place finish is worth $4,589 and a trip to bed, which Caputo says is all he wants right now. 

Event 19: 4th Place - Rosenblatt

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

Leanne Rosenblatt (Brigantine, NJ)

Nagers opens out of the small blind for 100k, and hometown hero Leanne (in the big blind) comes over the top and gets her whole 255k stack in the middle. Nagers tanked for 30 - 45 seconds and called with Ks3c... Ms. Rosenblatt has him dominated with Ad3d and in addition to a K in the window, Nagers also four flushes just to drive the point home.

This is Leanne's second final table at this year's Fall Open here at Borgata, and when asked "I'm pleased with my results thus far, but of course will not stop striving for that first place win."

We're behind you 100%, young lady!!

Championship: Esposito Leads Day 1B

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

Michael Esposito
Day 1B Chip Leader

Octo-niner Michael Esposito (Seaford, NY) is the Day 1B chip leader with 336,800, earning him the $3,000 bonus.  He was well ahead of second place Wu Zhou (State College, PA) who bagged 278,100 and the $2,000 prize.

"It's nice," said Esposito, but I wasn't playing for it."

Case in point, on the final hand of the night he showed his generosity by sending a double-up to Christine Brewer (Port Momouth, NJ), who was all in with pocket 5s.  Esposito's A 9 didn't connect and he lost 30k on the hand.

Esposito has played numerous tournaments at Borgata, but this is his first big event since winning $1.3 million with his 7th place finish last month at the WSOP Main Event.

"I've never had any luck at Borgata," said Esposito, who said he built his stack with a set of 8s in a 230k pot after the dinner break. "I've gone deep many times, but haven't had the luck. But I love playing here."

The race for second place was much tighter and went to Zhou who is on Thanksgiving break from Penn State University.  He just edged out a handful of players including Mike Shasho (Ramsey, NJ) who had one of the big stacks most of the day.

Approximately 129 players finished Day 1B and will join the 58 players from Day 1A for 187 players returning for Day 2.

Play resumes noon Tuesday with Vinny Pahuja (Hicksville, NY) leading the way as the Day 1A chip leader with 412k (206 bb).

The average stack at 103k (52 bb) with blinds beginning at 1k/2k/200 ante.

Day 1B Big Stacks

Michael Esposito336,800
Wu Zhou 278,100
Abe Korotki 260,000
Mike Melkersen 256,200
Mike "Mad Dog" Shasho 247,300
Dan Walsh 230k
Brock Parker 219,400
Brian Morgan 215,300

Check back after 9 am for chip counts and Day 2 seat assignments

Wu Zhou
Day 1B Second in Chips

Event 19: 5th Place - Berger

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

Asa Berger (Chalfont, PA)

And, sadly, we say goodbye to Asa Berger who was just eliminated by Steve Scales. Berger, the short stack with just over one BB, shoved pre-flop with KTo and Scales called from the BB with As6s. Scales hit the 6 and scooped the pot. Asa, or "Atlantic City Ace" to people in the know, finishes in 5th place, saying "Borgata runs the BEST tournaments... I'll be back for the Winter Open."

Event 19: 6th Place - Pusey

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

Jay Pusey (Landenberger, PA)

Pusey's 88 were no match for Steve Scales' TT, especially after a T comes in the window to give Scales a set.  Pusey ships 150K to finish in 6th.  The good news is that he's taking home $2,415 and final table bragging rights.

Event 19: 7th Place - O'Brien

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

Lana O' Brien (Englishtown, NJ)

Leanne Rosenblatt is the last woman standing after Lana O'Brien, a local favorite, is eliminated in 7th place. Her Jd7d couldn't connect with the cards it needed to complete the flush or straight. As she was departing the room, she was heard saying "I'll be back Wednesday." 'Atta girl, Lana... 'atta girl.

Event 19: 8th Place - Grzesnikowski

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

 Peter Grzesnikowski (Furlong, PA) 

We catch the action with a flop of 6 8 2 and Jason Nagers betting out 84K. Grzesnikowski shoves almost 700k & gets snap called by Nagers, who covers.

Grzesnikowski: KK
Nagers: 6s8s

The turn & river are no help to Grzesnikowski, and Nager's two pair scoops a pot worth over 1.3M.

Peter goes home with $1,449 and an 8th place finish.

Championship: Dash for the Cash

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

The last level of the night is underway and Michael Esposito (Seaford, NY) is still the chip leader with 320k.

Mike Shasho (Ramsey, NJ) is hanging on for second place with 260k, while a handful of players are creeping towards 200k.

The top two stacks pick up the end of night bonus; $3,000 for first and $2,000 for the second biggest stack of Day 1B.

Event 19: And Then There Were 8

Shorty Graham Cleverley (Ridgewood, NJ) exits in 9th place after calling Steve Shales' open shove with KQ. Shales tables AA; the AKJ flop holds, and Cleverly takes home $1087 for his 9th place finish.

Cleverley takes 9th

Championship: Short Stack Ninja

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

Lieblein's All Day Grind

We first caught up with Corey Lieblein (Port Washington, NY) this time last year on his way to the final three tables of the 2011 Borgata Fall Poker Open. 

If he's going to make it to Day 3 this time, or even Day 2, Lieblein has a lot of work to do.  He's been all in 12 times, getting four double-ups.

"I've been short stacked since noon," says the consumer electronics company owner, "Big chunks of chips," he says about the hands he's lost.

Lieblein's been as low as 7k and says his average stack throughout the day has been in the 10k-15k range, and once got back to the 30k starting stack, but it was short lived. He's currently at 11k  heading to the last break of the day.

Lieblein picked up $9,000 for last year's 23rd place finish.  The way he's running now, he may be happy if he bags 9k in chips at the end of the night.

Championship: Octo-Niner Takes Chip Lead

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

Espo Out in Front

Michael Esposito (Seaford, NY) has jumped to the top of the chip counts.

The 7th place finisher at this year's WSOP is the first to crack 300k after he won a pot from John Ciofalo (Newburgh, NY). Esposito c-bets the king high flop, Ciofalo folds and Esposito shows pocket queens.

Esposito won $1.3 million for his finish at this year's Octo-nine.

Former chip leader Mike Shasho is bleeding a bit and has gone from 270k to 240k and it's the same story for Mike Melkersen, who's gone from 160k to 140k

The penultimate level of the night is underway with blinds at 600/1,200/100 ante.

Recently Busted

Eugene Fouksman

Event 19: 10th Place - Hunter

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

Kori Hunter (Ellicott City, MD)

Event 19: Final Table

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

The big stacks at the final table are Graham Cleverley & Jason Nagers each with ~675k. Leanne Rosenblatt is at 500k after doubling-up Lana O'Brien just before the final table.


1 D.M. Caputo (Staten Island, NY)
2 Jay Pusey (Landenberger, PA)
3 Kori Hunter (Ellicott City, MD)
4 Steve Scales (Middletown, NJ)
5 Jason Nagers (Calvert, MD)
6 Leanne Rosenblatt (Brigantine, NJ)
7 Graham Cleverley (Ridgewood, NJ)
8 Lana O'Brien (Englishtown, NJ)
9 Asa Berger (Chalfont, PA)
10 Peter Grzesnikowski (Furlong, PA)

Event 19: Huge Hand Sets Final Table

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

The noon tournament is coming down to the wire and WSOP bracelet winner Chris Reslock (Atlantic City, NJ) just misses the final 10.

On a board of K 4♣ 2♣ Reslock and Jason Nagers (Calvert, MD) are all in and each have ~320k.

Reslock: A♣ 10♣ (over card, nut flush draw)
Nagers: K♣ 6♣ (pair kings)

Turn: Q (no change)

River: 4♠

Reslock misses his 10 outs (7 clubs & 3 aces) and after the count has just 10k more than Nagers who doubles 313,500 to take the chip lead.

Reslock is out the next hand and finishes in 11th place for $966.