Monday, September 12, 2011

Event 10: Hand-for-Hand

$350 + $50 + $100 Bounty Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Number of Entrants: 317
Players remaining: 37
Chips In Play: 6.34 million
Average Stack: 171k (43 BB)
Blinds: 2k/4k/400 ante

Total Buy-In: $110,950
First Prize: $29,058
Places Paid: 36

Play is now hand-for-hand as we're just one player off the money. The next elimination puts the final 36 players into the money

Event 11: Bubble-Thon

$350 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha

Event 11 has been hand for hand for almost an entire level. Two tables of six and one table of seven remain.

Not too much action to report. Short stacks are being very patient.

Dave Watis (Maryland) was at risk against the opponent to his immediate right.

Watis held AA35 up against 7364. He was feeling good until seeing a monster flop for his opponent.

Flop 5-2-7.

Turn 10 and River 2 gave Dave aces up and a double up and as he said, "a little breathing room".

We'll let you know once the bubble breaks and we move down to two tables.

Event 8 Recap

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

After two days of poker and two and-a-half hours of heads up play Joey Liberta (Berlin, NJ) beat Mitchell Mantin (Las Vegas, NV) to win the title and the $49,029 first place prize. Mantin uses a set of 2s on the final hand for his first live tournament win of his career.

"It feels great, especially after a lot of deep runs," says the 22 year-old pro, who has a 2nd (Summer Open) and a 5th (Spring Open) earlier this year. "So I'm stoked to finally get a win."

Liberta says he grinded during Day 1, which saw 53 of the 580 players make it through to Day 2, and got hot the rest of the way.

Mantin's second place finish ($27,565) is his second cash of the Borgata Poker Open and he now has more than $57,000. "It's my second cash of the week," says the real estate investor. "I'm looking forward to the next event and jump in to play another."

Manh Nguyen (Munhall, PA) also picked up his second cash of the series, but the Event 4 winner ($49,000) was derailed in 10th place when confusion led to the river card going back in the deck. When 5th street was run again, his straight draw bricked the second time after connecting the first time through.

The field featured a lot of Borgata regulars including WSOP bracelet holder Mike "Little Man" Sica, Ryan Eriquezzo, Gordon Eng and James Boyle with Sica the only one to cash. The total buy-in of $203,000 was finally tapped into on the last hand of Day 1 when the bubble broke and sent 54 players into the money.

Mike Hahn (Indianapolis, IN) was the chip leader heading into Day 2 and maintained his stack until he was the first elimination at the final table finishing 9th for $3,938.

The stacks were deep enough at the final table for play to last 7 hours, including the marathon heads up session. In the end Borgata regular Liberta, who had his mother on the rail, took home the trophy.

"I'm really happy to get a win. It's awesome, especially in an Open Event.

Event 8 Champion - Liberta

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Joey Liberta (Berlin, NJ)
$49,029

The final hand is a classic race situation that Liberta wins over Mitchell Mantin (Las Vegas, NV) to clinch the title, the trophy and the Blue Shark Optics sunglasses.

Blinds: 120k/240k/30k ante

Liberta: 2♠ 2
Mantin A K ♣

Flop: 5♠ A♠ 6♠ (Mantin leads with a pair of aces, Liberta picks up flush draw)

Turn: 5♣

River: 2♣ (set of 2s for Liberta)

And with a lot of outs, Liberta hits the set to take the title.

Event 8: 2nd Place - Mantin

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Mitchell Mantin (Las Vegas, NV)
$27,565

Mantin and Joey Liberta (Berlin, NJ) play heads up for more than 2 1/2 hours, swapping the chip lead back and forth, before Mantin eventually falls to a set of ducks.

Mantin is a real estate investor who's been playing poker on the side for 7 years. "My son taught me the game and he was 14 (years old) then," says Mantin, who's son Andrew turns 21 in November and is itching to join his father on the Borgata felt.

This is Mantin's second cash of the series after finishing 6th ($29,663) in Event 1 putting his two payday total at more than $57,000.


Event 8: First All In, Call

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)


Joey Liberta and Mitchell Mantin have been heads up for 2 1/2 hours and we've seen our first player at risk. Mitchell Mantin min raises (100k/200k/30k ante), Liberta raises all in, and Mantin snap calls.

Mantin: A A
Liberta: 7 7

Mantin's aces hold and he doubles his 4.4 million stack to retake the chip lead.

Event 10: Last Lady

$350 + $50 + $100 Bounty Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Borchetta Barely Treading Water

More than 300 runners and Melanie Borchetta (Lagrangeville, NY) is the last lady standing with 50 players left.

"Anyone willing to teach me how to play this game I'm willing to pay for lessons," she says lamenting her 40k stack. "I need to be aggressive, like the cheerleaders say, be aggressive."

Borchetta says she hasn't had more than 40k since level 4 when she doubled her stack early in the tournament.

Event 11: The "Shaw"spank Redemption

$350 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha

Alan Marshall & Alan Shaw - A Tale Of Two Stacks

The last hand before a ten minute color-up break as Alan Shaw (Reading, PA) triples up.

Shaw's 7-8-K-K sees a sweet club-heavy flop of A-8-8 and he's holding two clubs.

"The 10-seat has been raising every pot. I was waiting for a hand to get him and this was it" explained Alan.

6-seat came along for almost all his chips holding A-J. With 90,000 in the middle, Shaw saw odds to call, not to mention he was holding far and away the best hand.

Trip 8's were good enough for Alan who river a flush on the river just to rub it in.

Alan Shaw, now sitting on one of the biggest stacks in the room just under 200K.

Meanwhile another Alan at the table, Alan Marshall (Long Branch, NJ) is predicting he'll be the bubble yet again. Alan is nursing a 30,000 short stack. Can he make it 18th or better?

Man, there's a lot of Alan's in this tournament. Who will be the LAST ALAN STANDING?

500 chips are off the table.

Event 8: Still Going

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

They've played two levels heads up and there haven't been any major changes. Mitchell Mantin has flipped the chip lead on Joey Liberta, as he now leads 9 million to 5.5 million, the same advantage Liberta had 90 minutes ago.

Players are just back from a 10 minute break as blinds are up to 100k/200k/30k ante as both players have more than 30 big blinds.

"We're pretty deep," says Liberta, "so it's been good."

"Pretty boring," adds Mantin, as neither player has been all-in and at risk since they started playing heads up.

Event 11: Allan Raises The Barrie

$350 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha

Allan Barrie - Chip Leader - 190,000

With 26 players remaining on three tables, Allan Barrie (Atlanta, GA) has edged out a couple other players, for the tournament chip lead.

Top 18 of our Big Stack PLO High Only players make the money with 18th min cash of $713.

We're playing this baby out all night until we crown a winner.

I think Allan was trying to fly under the radar as he mentioned he doesn't have "that" many chips.

Barrie got off to a solid start, hit a rough patch mid-way, patiently waited it out, and now was loving his dealer even stating, "Do you have to go?" when she was tapped out.

Level 15: Blinds 2,000 / 4,000

Event 10: Just the Facts

$350 + $50 + $100 Bounty Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Number of Entrants: 317
Players remaining: 59
Chips In Play: 6.34 million
Average Stack: 107k (45 BB)
Blinds: 1,200/2,400/300 ante

Total Buy-In: $110,950
First Prize: $29,058
Places Paid: 36

Anthanasios Diakos (Jersey City, NJ) continues to lead in chips with 405k (169 BB).

Still in the field:

Josh Brikis
Jason Young
Mike Dentale
Dave Zeitlin
Jared Jaffee
Matt "Muffins" Mazzeo
Leonardo Palermo
Jerry Payne

Event 9 Recap

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.
Congratulations to Borgata's first ever H.O.R.S.E. champion, Jeffrey Duvall from London, England. Jeffrey earns $14,319 for his two days of horse riding as he successfully hurdled all of the other 123 entrants.
This was an exciting day for Borgata as Razz has only recently been approved in NJ making this tournament the first ever HORSE event at the September Borgata Poker Open tournament series.
Of course the five all-in Limit games mixed in rotation included:
Hold'em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Stud, Eight or Better (Stud Hi/Lo).
Each game changes every 8 hands.
Duvall had to tangle with the last two Borgata HOSE winners, Glenn Englebert (Summer Poker Open) and "Hollywood" Dave Stann (Spring Poker Open). "Every time I win a tournament they stop having it," says Englebert who won the Limit event in the Winter Poker Open which is not on this series'  schedule. "It's okay because I like Razz," noting the "R" in HORSE.

When he realized he won't be known as the last HOSE winner in Borgata history he's quick to say that he won the last one he played. Both Englebert and Stann failed to cash.
Notable Vincent Basilicata (Queens, NY) won the HOSE event during 2010 Summer Open ($6,363). He made it to day 2, but did not make the final 18 who cashed.
WSOP bracelet holder Chris Reslock made day 2 and was the 1st player to cash (18th - $716).
What a day for our last woman standing, Kim Findura (Butler, NJ): In addition to two Ladies Event Borgata titles, Findura has a 2nd place finish in the 2010 Winter Open Omaha H/L event. She has $38,000 in career Borgata tournament earnings and added another $4,534 for her third place finish today. She called herself the cockroach that just wouldn't die.
A quick heads up for Ron "Schifty" Schiffman who battled Jeffrey Duvall many times but fell short today. Ron enjoys $7,874 for his second place finish.
But once again our big winner was Jeffrey Duvall who won all of the 1,845,000 chips in play.
From the total Buy-In of $49,200, Duvall takes a $14,319 first place slice of the cake.

Event 9: Jeffrey Duvall - 1st Place

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

Jeffrey Duvall - 1st Place - $14,319

Jeffrey Duvall from London, England is Borgata's first ever H.O.R.S.E champion.

He takes back to the UK the 2011 Borgata Poker Open trophy, the blue shark optic sunglasses, and $14,319 in US dollars.

Deuces were wild on the final 7-Card-Stud hand as Jeffrey's trips clobbered Ron "Schifty" Schiffman's pocket sevens in a very quick heads-up match.

Duvall confessed the key to his victory was a combination of big starting hands and winning every all-in.

Not to say it was easy as Jeffrey found himself short-stacked a good bit and hat to bounce back several times. Seemed like smooth sailing at the final table as our Borgata regular nursed a big stack and had his hands hold up time and time again.

Duvall says hi to his two daughters in CT and his three grandkids.


Congrats again to Jeffrey Duvall who rides off into the sunset on his high-horse as the first ever Borgata Hotel & Casino H.O.R.S.E champ.

Event 9: Ron Schiffman - 2nd Place

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

Ron "Schifty" Schiffman - 2nd Place - $7,874

Ron "Schifty" Schiffman (Cherry Hill, NJ) has battled Jeffrey Duvall many times over the years and today called him a great opponent.

Once Comeback Kim Findura was gone, with the blinds ballooning, the big stacked boys quickly took care of business.

Both were all in pre-flop on a 7-Card-Stud hand. Ron's wired seven's fell short against Jeff's deuce, deuce, deuce.

"The better man won today...Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you" laughed Schifty.

Ron is director of Worldwide Jet charter and soared high yesterday and today at Borgata Poker Open's first H.O.R.S.E event to the tune of $7,874 for second place.

Event 8: Heads Up

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Trophy Time
Joey Liberta (Berlin, NJ) is playing Mitchell Mantin (Las Vegas, NV) heads up for the title. Liberta has the chip lead 9 million to 5.5 million.

First place is $49,029, while the runner-up gets $27,565

Blinds are 80k/160k/20k ante.

Event 8: 3rd Place - Yoo

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Byung Yoo (Norwood, NJ)
$17,720

Event 9: Kim Findura - 3rd Place

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

Kim Findura - 3rd Place - $ 4,534

Comeback Kim Findura (Butler, NJ) is finally out. What a tournament our last woman standing had. She survived 6 or 7 all in's yesterday and another 6 or 7 today. She played the short stack to perfection at the final table - giving the boys a little (as she put it) "razzle dazzle".

But once razz round ended, Findura was felted by the 7-STUD hand of Jeffery Duval.
Duval managed to kill the cockroach - finally.

"He was open-ended and I had pocket fours. It got all in on 5th street and he hit his Jack for the straight" explained Kim.

Kim will return to her job as a full time software engineer as she's only able to play in this event.

"I just wanted to come in and play this since it was the first time Borgata had H.O.R.S.E" said Kim.

With her hit and run, she'll take back $4,534 to Butler.

Event 10: Chip Leaders

$350 + $50 + $100 Bounty Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Jared Jaffee (Brooklyn, NY) 175k
Anthanasios Diakos (Jersey City, NJ) 170k
Paul Weaver (Wilson, NC) 160k
Bruce Yamron (Naples, FL) 160k
Louis Diulio (Saratoga Springs, NY) 155k
Andy Sherman-Ash (East Lyne, CT) 147k
Renick Patterson (Wilmington, NC) 130k
Austen Johnson (Woodsboro, MD) 125k
Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) 120k

Event 8: 4th Place - Thurman

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Dennis Thurman (Fisk, MO)
$14,078

Thurman is knocked out when his KQ doesn't out race the pocket 8s of Joey Liberta. Thurman is out in 4th place, while Liberta adds 800k to his stack.

Event 9: Justin Finberg - 4th Place

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

Justin Finberg - 4th Place - $3,818

Justin Finberg (Pittsburgh, PA) drove across Pennsylvania into NJ just to play this event.

No stranger to poker as that's pretty much all Justin does. "I deal poker and play poker" said Finberg.

He lost a couple flips at the final table and agreed that Kim Findura just wouldn't go away.

Finberg went down in flames holding a razz hand where he was drawing dead before his last card was flipped. Justin shook hands with Ron Schiffman who just scooped all of Justin's remaining chips.

"I love H.O.R.S.E. and will be back next time" said Justin with a smile.

Event 9: Kim Comeback

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

"I'm like a roach guys, you cannot kill me" says Kim Findura after doubling her 115,000 stack against Ron Schiffman's KK92.

Kim's AQ53 sees a flop of J-3-5.

Schiffman was not pleased mumbling his two kings saw nothing but blanks.

Turn 8 and river 7 changed nothing.

Kim must have had a good dinner as we've only played a couple hands.

"Now we're even" says Kim after looking down at Justin Finberg's stack.


Event 8: 5th Place - Hanley

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Ryan Hanley (Mahway, NJ)
$11,027

Blinds 60k/120k/20k ante
On the first hand back from break the flop is 6 7 8 with two hearts, Hanley checks. Joey Liberta (Berlin, NJ) bets 400k, Hanley moves all in for 2 million more. Liberta snap calls and turns over pocket aces.

Hanley say's he stunned when he turns over K 10, "I thought I had two hearts," he says expecting to have a flush draw. Hanley is stuck with hoping for a 9 to fill a gut shot straight draw, but doesn't connect.

Adding insult to injury is a heart on a river which if he was holding the 10 he would have made the flush.

Hanley is out in 5th place, while Liberta takes the chip lead with 6 million.

Event 10: Late Reservations

$350 + $50 + $100 Bounty Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

The last of the four Main Events playing today in the Events Center is on dinner break as the starting field of 317 players is down to 10 tables and ~100 players.

Chip leaders will be updated shortly.

Let's eat!

Event 9: Dinner Time Chip Counts

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.    

Here are the chip count estimates as of dinner break for the final four:

Player - Chips
Ron Schiffman - 760k
Jeffrey Duvall - 715k
Justin Finberg - 260k
Kim Findura - 120k

Average stack is ~461k.

Event 8: Dinner Break

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Mitchell Mantin (Las Vegas, NV) has been on a heater to take the chip lead. He first doubles through Byung Yoo (Norwood, NJ) and then knocks out Dave Loy Song (Newburgh, NY) to push his stack to 5.3 million.

Play resumes at 8 pm with blinds at 60k/120k/20k ante.

Chip Counts

Mitchell Mantin (Las Vegas, NV) 5.29 million
Joey Liberta (Berlin, NJ) 3.4 million
Ryan Hanley (Mahway, NJ) 2.78 million
Byung Yoo (Norwood, NJ) 2.115 million
Dennis Thurman (Fisk, MO) 965k

Event 9: Dinner Time

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.    

Playing Omaha Hi/Lo, Limits 25k/50k

Justin Finberg was all-in on the turn with a board of K 9 5 5.  Justin held AJ54 for trip 5s.  Ron Schiffman held AAQT for a pair of Aces.  He needed an Ace on the river to bust Justin.  River was a 3 and Justin doubled up to ~140k.

After a few more hands, the clock ran out and it was time for dinner.  Play will resume at about 8pm.

Event 8: 6th Place - Song

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Dave Loy Song (Newburgh, NY)
$9,058


Loy Song was slow and steady all day, but just came up short in the end. He's a full time musician in the West Point Band and played in the tournament with his girlfriend and fellow band member Carla Moebius.

Both are Staff Seargants in the Army and play poker for fun on their off days.

Loy Song Tunes Out Moebius Who's there for Support

Event 11: Payouts

$350 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha   

Entries: 140
Total Buy-In: $49,000

Place - Amount

1st  $14,258
2nd  $7,842
3rd   $4,515
4th   $3,802
5th   $2,852
6th   $2,377
7th   $1,901
8th   $1,426
9th   $1,069
10-12 $951
13-15 $832
16-18 $713

Event 8: 7th Place - Peacock

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Robert Peacock (Ridge, NY)
$7,187

Event 9: Shifting Chips

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.   

Chips are moving around the table as the final four battle it out.

Playing Stud

Ron Schiffman took a big pot from Jeffrey Duvall when Jeffrey surrendered on the river.  Ron showed Queens-up.

Playing Stud Hi/Lo

Jeffrey Duvall made Kings-up to double through Justin Finberg.  Jeffrey was back up to ~400k.

Another hand played out in similar fashion.  Jeffrey made Kings-up and scooped from Justin.  Justin was left with only ~200k.

Event 8: 8th Place - Villarreal

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Gonzalo Villarreal (East Hanover, NJ)
$5,612

Blinds 40k/80k/5k ante

Villarreal raises to 200k from the SB, Joey Liberta calls from the BB.

Flop: 3 7 3

Villarreal checks, Liberta is all-in, Villarreal calls for his last 475k

Villarreal: K♣ 6 (king high leads)
Liberta: Q♠ 10

Turn: 2♣ : (no change)

River: 10♣ (Liberta pair of 10s)

Villarreal is out in 8th place, while Liberta now has 4 million chips.

Event 9: Chip Counts

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.   

Another break is underway, so here are the latest chip count estimates:

Jeffrey Duvall - 600k
Justin Finberg - 510k
Ron Schiffman - 500k
Kim Findura - 220k

They'll return from break to limits of 25k/50k.

Leaderboard Update (9/12)

Borgata Poker Open Leaderboard Update

By participating in any Borgata Poker Open event (September 7-23, 2011), players will earn points based upon the Borgata Poker Tournament Leaderboard Formula.

Winners will be announced Monday, September 26:
  • 1st Place: $3,500 Entry for Borgata Fall Poker Open (November 9-23, 2011) 
  • 2nd - 4th Place: Sony Web TV 
  • 5th - 7th Place: Apple iPod Touch 
  • 8th - 10th Place: Nikon digital camera
Below are the top scores for the Borgata Poker Open Leaderboard contest through September 11 events*
*(Final Results from events 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34)


346.500 PTS:  VINCENT MAGLIO (REVERE, MA)
286.150 PTS:  BYUNG YOO (NORWOOD, NJ)
249.200 PTS:  MANH NGUYEN (MUNHALL, PA)
242.350 PTS:  ROBERT CHUNG-SHUI (NEW YORK, NY)
235.200 PTS:  JOSEPH WERTZ (MONTOURSVILLE, PA)
226.275 PTS:  SALVATORE PIPITONE (PARAMUS, NJ)
225.713 PTS:  BRIAN FOX (SEWARD, PA)
220.440 PTS:  TA WEY (HACKENSACK, NJ)
219.425 PTS:  GONZALO VILLARREAL (E HANOVER, NJ)
216.900 PTS:  JERRY PAYNE (CENTERVILLE, OH)
216.000 PTS:  DENNIS ROITMAN (BROOKLYN, NY)
210.000 PTS:  TOM LEE (DENVER, CO)
207.018 PTS:  SAAD GHANEM (ROSEDALE, MD)
204.000 PTS:  KENNETH MOYER (HATFIELD, PA)

Event 9: 5th Place - Chen

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.  

Playing Omaha Hi/Lo, 20k/40k Limits

Jinglin Chen raised utg and action folded around to Ron 'shifty' Schiffman in the big blind.  He re-raised and they got all the chips in the middle pre-flop holding

Ron:   AJ52
Jinglin: A932

 Jinglin Chen

The board came J 9 5 6 K making no low possible.  Ron took the pot with two pair.

Jinglin Chen (Bayside, NY) finished in 5th place, earning $2,863.

Event 10: Bounty-ful Harvest

$350 + $50 + $100 Bounty Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Al Riccobono Proudly Displays his
$100 Bounty for Taking out Lee Childs who re-entered
the Tournament

Event 9: Findura Doubles; Chen Short

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.  

Playing Stud Hi/Lo, 20k/40k Limits
 
On fifth street, Kim Findura got her last chips in against Jeffrey Duvall and they rolled over their hole cards
Jeffrey:  (72) A♣ K 6
Kim:   (A8) 4 J6

Jeffrey was ahead with a pair of Kings.  Both were looking for a diamond.  The last cards came
Jeffrey: K9♠
Kim:  A♠3♣

And Kim scoops the pot when she pairs her Ace and Jeffrey misses the low.  She was back up to ~300k.

 Playing Hold'em, 20k/40k Limits

On the river with a board of K 5 4 8 3, Jeffrey Duvall shows KQ for top pair.  Jinglin Chen mucks and was left with only ~100k.

Event 9: Chip Counts

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.  

Play resumed after the break with limits of 20k/40k.

Here are some rough chip counts as of the break:
Justin Finberg - 525k
Jeffrey Duvall - 420k
Jinglin Chen - 370k
Ron Schiffman - 305k
Kim Findura - 215k

Event 8: 9th Place - Hahn

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Mike Hahn (Indianapolis, IN)
$3,938

Blinds 30k/60/5k ante

Hahn is crippled by Joey Liberta when Hahn moves all in for 1.5 million and Liberta snap calls with AK. Hahn has 99 and when an ace hits the board is left with only 350k, while Liberta moves to 2.6 million.
Dave Loy Song takes the remaining chips with pocket 7s and Hahn is out in 9th place.

Event 9: Schiffman Scooped; Finberg Fills Up

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.  

Playing Omaha Hi/Lo, Limits 15k/30k

Jinglin Chen showed nut/nut on the river to scoop a pot from Ron 'Shifty' Schiffman, who held the second-nut-flush.

Playing 7-Card Stud, Limits 15k/30k

Justin Finberg boated up on the river to take a pot from Kim Finura.

They made it to the end of the level with no further bust-outs and took off for a 15 minute break.

Event 8: Final Table of 9

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 Robert Peacock (Ridge, NY) 539k
2 Gonzalo Villarreal (East Hanover, NJ) 879k
3 Mike Hahn (Indianapolis, IN) 850k
4 Joseph Liberta (Berlin, NJ) 1.4 mill
5 Dennis Thurman (Fisk, MO) 2.4 mill
6 Mitchell Mantin (Las Vegas, NV) 1.4 mill
7 Byung Yoo (Norwood, NJ) 1.1 mill
8 Dave Loy Song (Newburgh, NY) 2.5 mill
9 Ryan Hanley (Mahway, NJ) 3.3 mill

Event 9: 6th place - Beins

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.     

Playing Hold'em 8k/15k blinds, 15k/30k limits 

Terrance Beins got his last chips in pre-flop against Justin Finberg.  Terrance held A♠K♠ and was ahead of Justin's Q♣T♣, but then the flop came QJ♣9 giving Terrance a gutshot, but giving Justin a pair of Queens with open-ender.

Terrance Beins

Turn was the K♣, completing the straight for Justin.  River was the 8♣, improving Justin's hand to a flush.

Terrance Beins (Jackson, NJ) finished in 6th place, earning $2,386.

Event 8: Costly Mistake

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

As Matt Williams (New York, NY) was busting on table 2, an odd situation was unfolding on table 1, just before the final table.

On a board of 4 5 6 Dennis Thurman (Fisk, MO) bets 500k from the SB, Manh Nguyen (Munhall, PA) says, "call" assuming that the bet put him all-in.

Thurman: 10 10 (pair of 10s)
Nguyen: K 7 (over card, open ended straight draw)

Turn: Q (no change)

River: 3 (Nguyen hits the straight)

When the chips are counted Nguyen has 580k, meaning that he was never all-in and that a round of betting should have occurred after the turn. The Nguyen oversight and premature river card means the 3 is back in the deck and the hand gets a new river card.

After Nguyen's last 80k are in the middle, the new river is a brick and instead of doubling up, he's on the rail in 10th place.

Nguyen, who won Event 4 ($40,000), ends up with only $2,560 instead of a shot at another Borgata Poker Open title.

Event 8: 10th Place - Nguyen

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Manh Nguyen (Munhall, PA)
$2,560

Event 8: 11th Place - Williams

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Matt Williams (New York, NY)
$2,560

Event 9: Findura Survives Twice


$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E. 

Playing Hold'em 8k/15k blinds, 15k/30k limits

Kim Findura got all her chips in from the button against Jeffrey Duvall's big blind.  She had A5 off and was dominated by AJ offsuit, but then the board came K K 8 J A and they chopped the pot.

She was then all-in holding AJ against the pocket Tens of Jinglin Chen.  The board came A 8 4 7 Q and she paired her Ace to survive again.  She doubled up to ~140k.  Chen was left with ~140k.

Event 9: 8th - Machado; 7th - Finberg

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E. 

Vaughan Machado (Red Bank, NJ) was eliminated in 8th place, earning $1,432.

 Vaughan Machado

Playing 7-Card Stud

Jeffrey Duvall was heads-up with Erik Gorman on fifth street with these cards showing

Jeffrey: A T 8
Erik:  Q 8 5

Erik Gorman

Jeffrey bet and after a bit of think time, Erik raised, leaving himself just 11k behind.  Jeffrey obliged by raising and all Erik's chips were in the pot.  They showed

Jeffrey: A T 8 (A K) for a pair of Aces
Erik:  Q 8 5 (Q 7)  for a pair of Queens

The last two cards were dealt

Jeffrey: A T 8 (A K) 2 9
Erik:  Q 8 5 (Q 7) K 6

Jeffrey's pair of bullets held up to claim the pot, chipping up to 296k.

Erik Gorman (Matthews, NC) will claim $1,909 for his 7th place finish.

Event 9: 9th Place - Pacheco

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.    

Playing Razz

David Pacheco and Ron Schiffman got involved in a hand of Razz and showed these cards on sixth:

David: A J 9 5
Ron:   A A 6 5

David Pacheco

David got his last 26k in the pot to see his river card.  He held 8 4 3 for an 85-low.
Ron held 4 2 2 for a 65-low to take the pot.

David Pacheco (Fall River, MA) finished in 9th place, earning $1,074.

Event 10: Welcome Back

$350 + $50 + $100 Bounty Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

McFarland (left) Back on Table 10, while
Fernandez
(center) is All Smiles

The luck of the draw has Brad McFarland (Whitehall, PA) rejoining table 10 on his re-entry after his pocket 4s are beaten by the pocket 8s of Javier Fernandez (New York, NY).

"I wanted to come back with a fresh 20-thousand," he says, while McFarland welcomes him back with open arms.

"He's a good guy," says Fernandez, "he just gave me a $100."

The re-entry period is winding down and because this is a bounty tournament players can't surrender their chips at the end of level 6 (200/400/50 ante). Short stacks hoping to re-enter are simply looking to bust and start over because a small double-up is meaningless if they're still short.

Event 8: 12th Place - Cowap

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Steve Cowap (Indian Trail, NC)
$2,560

Event 8: 13th Place - Moutaquakil

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Mustapha Moutaquakil (Norwich, CT)
$1,969

Event 9: Beins Down; Findura Up

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.   

Playing Razz

Terrance Beins and Ron 'Shifty' Schiffman tangled in a pot and on the river, Shifty bet and Terrance made the call.  Shift showed an 875 and Terrance mucked.  After dropping that pot, Terrance was down to about 110k.

Kim Findura didn't get called on the river, but showed her 65 low anyway.  She pulled a nice pot and chipped up to ~120k.

Event 8: 14th Place - Henry Lu

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Henry Lu (Brooklyn, NY)
$1,969

Event 8: 16th - Mossey, 15th - Fratzola

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Frank Fratzola (Scranton, PA)
$1,969

Bryan Mossey (Orlando, FL)
$1,477

Event 9: Final Table Chip Counts

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.   

Here's the final table lineup with some rough chip counts, as of the break:

Seat - Player - Chips
1 - Jeffrey Duvall - 230k
2 - David Pacheco - 138k
3 - Ron Schiffman - 384
4 - Terrance Beins - 240k
5 - Jinglin Chen - 270k
6 - Vaughan Machado - 110k
7 - Kim Findura - 65k
8 - Erik Gorman - 96k
9 - Justin Finberg - 369k

Average stack is 205k.

Play resumed with blinds of 6k/12k.

Event 8: 18th - Khaimov, 17th - Madera

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Arturo Madera (Brooklyn, NY)
$1,477

Eduard Khaimov (Brooklyn, NY)
$1,477

Event 9: 11th - Oar; 10th - Lewis

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.  

Michael Oar (Cincinnati, OH) was eliminated in 11th place, earning $954.

Matthew Lewis (Plymouth, MN) hit the rail in 10th place ($954).

With those two gone, only nine players remain and they have drawn seats and moved to the final table.  They're taking a break before getting down to business.

Event 8: Final Two Tables

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Table 1

Seat-Name

1 Byung Yoo
2 Mustapha Moutaquakil
3 Mitchell Mantin
4 Joseph Liberta
5 Dennis Thurman
6 Bryan Mossey
7 Frank Fratzola
8 Manh Nguyen
9 Stephen Cowap

Table 2

Seat-Name

1 Dave Loy Song
2 Henry Lu
3 Robert Peacock
4 Eduard Khaimov
5 Mike Hahn
6 Ryan Hanley
7 Gonzalo Villarreal
8 Arturo Madera
9 Matt Williams

Event 9: Three More Goners

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.  

Three more players have reported to the rail as Ron 'Shifty' Schiffman continues to build his stack.  He's still the chip leader and up to about 400k.

These three are outta-here:
14th - John Randall (Crofton, MD) - $835
13th - Michael Sweeney (Scranton, PA) - $835
12th - Joseph Maas (Plymouth, MN) - $954

Event 10: Mad Hatter

$350 + $50 + $100 Bounty Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Elliott Enjoying a Stylish Look
Kate Elliott (Florence, SC) is a southern belle who loves the Kentucky Derby, especially the hats, and Borgata Poker.

"It keeps the light out of my eyes," she says of her hat and sunglasses combo, "and they hide my lyin' eyes when I need to."

Elliott is an author who today is looking to write an interesting chapter on poker.

Event 11: More PLOdders

$350 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha  

Several faces that we normally see playing No Limit Hold'em have turned up in this PLO event, perhaps after busting out of today's other event? 

Angel 'Pinky' Modica
Michael Shasho
Matt 'muffins' Mazzeo
Anthony Maio
Thomas Balla

Also appearing among the PLOdders are a couple of ejects from the HORSE tournament:

Chris Reslock
Bo Toft

13 tables are in action and registration should be closed.

They're currently in level 5 with blinds of 100/200.

Event 8: Chip Leaders

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Hanley has Chips

Number of Entrants: 580
Players remaining: 21
Chips In Play: 14.5 million
Average Stack: 690k (29 BB)
Blinds: 12k/24k/3k

Total Buy-In: $203,000
First Prize: $49,029
Places Paid: 54

Big Stacks

Ryan Hanley 1.5 mill
Henry Lu 1.3 mill
Mitchell Mantin 1.1 mill
Ryan Hanley 1.0 mill

Event 9: Two More Out The Door

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E. 

The HORSE-play has resulted in two more eliminations:

16th - Bo Toft (Yardley, PA) - $716
15th - Leslie Clemmer (Lincoln, DE) - $835

They're down to 14 players now.   Average stack is approaching 132k.




Event 8: Man Down

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Ray Didonato (Laurel Springs, NJ) is on the rail when he's up against the set of 6s of Frank Fratzola (Scranton, PA).

Didonato is out in 24th place earning him $1,083.

Mike Hahn (Indianapolis, IN), the chip leader to start the day still has more than one million chips even though he says he's 0 for 2 in all-in hands and has doubled-up two players.

Event 8: Out The Door

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)   

They're down to 27 players at three tables.  Here are some of the more recent bust-outs:

Earning $886:
40th - Stephanie Hubbard (Hazlet, NJ)

Earning $985:
36th - Ta Wey (Hackensack, NJ)
33rd - James 'Suits' Salters  (W Hempstead, NY)
32nd - Sheree Bkofsky  (Atlantic City, NJ)

Sheree was the last woman sitting in this event, so it's nothing but testosterone from here on.


Event 9: In The Money

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E. 

It took less than an hour of play for the field to be trimmed down to reach the money.  16 players remain at two tables.

Among those missing a payday was Vincent Basilicata.  He won the HOSE event during the 2010 Borgata Summer Open, but narrowly missed cashing here.

The first two players to his the payout desk were:
Chris Reslock (Atlantic City, NJ) - 18th place
Charles Townsend (Dagboro, DE) - 17th place

Both earned $716 for their efforts.

Event 11: PLOdding Along

$350 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha 

It is still early, but there are 12 tables underway with PLO action.

Famous faces in the field:
James Boyd
Keith Crowder
Paul Spitzberg
Billy Seymour

Event 8: Early Departures

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)  

Down to 45 players already.  The next nine to leave will stop to pick up $886 on the way.

Here are some of the early departures:
Denver Toth
Sung Ha Kim
James McDougall
Mike 'Little Man' Sica
Michael Shasho
Tony Antonious

Event 10: Name Dropping

$350 + $50 + $100 Bounty Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)   

WSOP Bracelet holder Jason Young arrived and took his seat at table 9, joining Todd Rebello, Nachman Berlin, and Odette Tremblay.  Everyone at this table would like to collect the bounty on his head.

Other late arrivals:
James Boyle
Frank Gangemi

Event 9: HORSEs Out of the Gate

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

123 players braved the new game of Razz, added to the former HOSE tournament to make it HORSE.

Only 24 made the day one cut at 2am.  They have returned to continue the race for the money.

Ron Schiffman of Cherry Hill, NJ, leads the pack with 155,000, about double the average stack of 77,000.

The final 18 are guaranteed to earn at least $716.  Here's a reminder of what's at stake:

Place - Amount

1st $14,319
2nd $7,874
3rd $4,534
4th $3,818
5th $2,863
6th $2,386
7th $1,909
8th $1,432
9th $1,074
10-12 $954
13-15 $835
16-18 $716

Event 11: PLO is a Go!

$350 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha

Pot Limit Omaha is not a game for the faint of heart.  Even though bets are limited by the size of the pot, the pots get big fast.  The 'Big Stack' in the title means players start with a hefty 20,000 chips, so they have more ammo to fire at the pot.

The first ten levels are 30 minutes long and players may register through the end of level four.

Blinds start at 25/25 and cards are in the air!

This is a one-day only event, so they will play as long as it takes tonight to determine a winner.

Last year, this event drew 91 entries and it was Matthew Delano of Mt. Laurel, NJ, who walked away with the top prize of over $10,000.

During the 2011 Summer Open in June of this year, this event drew 93 participants.  Jay Zimmet of Englishtown, NJ, took home over $11,000 for 1st place.

Event 8: Play Has Resumed

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Of the 580 players who entered this event, only 53 remain and have returned to continue play.  Mike Hahn of Carmel, Indiana, began the day with the chip lead.  He is the only player with over 1 million chips at the start of day two.

Blinds are 8k/16k with 2k antes.

All returning players have made the money and are guaranteed to leave with at least $788.  Here's a reminder of what they're playing for:

Place - Amount

1st     $49,029
2nd   $27,565
3rd    $17,720
4th    $14,078
5th    $11,027
6th      $9,058
7th     $7,187
8th     $5,612
9th     $3,938
10-12 $2,560
13-15 $1,969
16-18 $1,477
19-27 $1,083
28-36    $985
37-45    $886
46-54   $788 

Event 10: More Arrivals

$350 + $50 + $100 Bounty Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)  

More familiar faces are filling in the open seats in the Event Center:

Nicole Rowe
Abe Korotki
Sean Lango
Mike Dentale
Adam Lippert
Steven Cho

With a PLO tournament starting and noon and two events resuming from yesterday, the Event Center is abuzz with activity as players arrive and locate their tournament tables.

Event 10: Early Birds

$350 + $50 + $100 Bounty Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Twenty-four tables are in action as players continue to arrive and find their seats.

As with all re-entry events, the ten seats are left empty and used for early re-entering players.

The ability to register late allows some the option of getting an extra hour or so of sleep, if needed.

Among the early-birds here already are:
Todd Rebello
Nachman Berlin
Andre Boyer
Odette Tremblay
James 'Smiley' Chin
Mike Castaldo
Al Riccobono
Gordon Eng
David Zeitlin
David Laufer

 Tom Lee

Tom Lee, winner of the $1k No Limit event yesterday (event 6) and over $59,000, is already back in action here today.

Event 10: Bounty Hunters Begin

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Today's main event will once again bring out the Bounty Hunters.  Every player has a $100 price on their head and a black $100 cash chip on the felt.  The player who busts them and takes their last tournament chip, also collects their bounty.

This is also a re-entry event, which means players who have busted out may re-enter through the first six levels, which will be 45 minutes long.  They can re-enter as many times as they want, but each time they will have to come to the felt with another $100 chip for their bounty.  Late entries will be allowed through level six also.

Players began with 20,000 chips and blinds started at 25/50.

Cards are in the air!

These bounty tournaments are relatively new at Borgata so there were none during last year's Poker Open.   The first ones were held during the 2011 Summer Open and they've become so popular, they are even being offered in some of the nightly secondary events.

This is the second of four Bounty Main Events taking place during this tournament series.


Event 9 Chip Leaders

Borgata Poker Open
Event 9: $400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.
September 11-12, 2011

Entries: 123
Total Buy-in:  $49,200

Avg Chip Count:  77,000

END OF DAY 1 CHIP COUNT LEADERS:

1. RON SCHIFFMAN (CHERRY HILL, NJ):  155,000
2. MICHAEL OAR (CINCINNATI, OH):  143,500
3. VAUGHAN MACHADO (RED BANK, NJ):  139,000
4. MATTHEW LEWIS (PLYMOUTH, MN):  121,000
5. DAVID PACHECO (FALL RIVER, MA):  120,500
6. ERIK GORMAN (MATTHEWS, NC):  114,500
7. ROBERT TOFT (YARDLEY, PA):  100,000
8. MICHAEL SWEENEY (SCRANTON, PA):  95,000
9. VINCENT BASILICATA (LITTLE NECK, NY):  87,500
10. TERRANCE BEINS (JACKSON, NJ):  82,500
11. STEVEN PROSAK (ARLINGTON, VA):  78,000
12. JOHN RANDALL (CROFTON, MD):  75,500
13. KIM FINDURA (BUTLER, NJ):  67,000
14. JUSTIN FINBERG (PITTSBURGH, PA):  55,500
15. JOSEPH MAAS (PLYMOUTH, MN):  53,500
16. LESLIE CLEMMER (LINCOLN, DE):  52,500
17. SAMER SEDHOM (JERSEY CITY, NJ):  50,500
18. JEFFREY DUVALL (LONDON, ENG):  50,000
19. CHARLES TOWNSEND (DAGBORO, DE):  45,500
20. KEITH WISWALL (LEWES, DE):  45,500
21. CHRIS RESLOCK (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ):  44,500
22. JINGLIN CHEN (BAYSIDE, NY):  39,000
23. JAMES MOUTSATSOS (FLORAL PARK, NY):  24,000
24. RUSSELL SALZER (HOLLYWOOD, FL):  6,000

Event 8 Chip Counts

Borgata Poker Open
Event 8: $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
September 11-12, 2011

Entries:  580
Total Buy-in: $203,000

Avg Chip Count: 274,000

END OF DAY 1 CHIP COUNT LEADERS:

1. MICHAEL HAHN (CARMEL, IN):  1,031,000
2. HENRY LU (BROOKLYN, NY):  981,000
3. RYAN HANLEY (MAHWAH, NJ):  694,000
4. DENNIS THURMAN (FISK, MO):  512,000
5. PATRICK CHAN (BROOKLYN, NY):  505,000
6. MANH NGUYEN (MUNHALL, PA):  503,000
7. BYUNG YOO (NORWOOD, NJ):  501,000
8. ROBERT PEACOCK (RIDGE, NY):  477,000
9. ARTURO MADERA (BROOKLYN, NY):  466,000
10. MATTHEW WILLIAMS (NEW YORK, NY):  424,000
11. STEPHEN COWAP (INDIAN TRL, NC):  419,000
12. TA WEY (HACKENSACK, NJ):  405,000
13. AUSTEN JOHNSON (WOODSBORO, MD):  397,000
14. MITCHELL MANTIN (LAS VEGAS, NV):  396,000
15. JOSEPH LIBERTA (BERLIN, NJ):  384,000
16. ALEX KUCHIK (BROOKLYN, NY):  343,000
17. TYLER DIXON (LITHONIA, GA):  340,000
18. GONZALO VILLARREAL (E HANOVER, NJ):  309,000
19. FRANK MICELI (BARBOURVILLE, KY):  304,000
20. EVANGELO SIDERAS (HICKSVILLE, NY):  279,000
21. SARA STOHLER (RALEIGH, NC):  270,000
22. DAVID LOY SONG (NEWBURGH, NY):  240,000
23. DENNIS TOTH (SIDMAN, PA):  229,000
24. SHEREE BYKOFSKY (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ):  224,000
25. CHRISTOPHER MCCABE (ROLLINGS MEADOW, DE):  205,000
26. MICHAEL SHASHO (RAMSEY, NJ):  204,000
27. ANTHONY RUBERTO (EVERETT, MA):  195,000
28. RAYMOND DIDONATO (LAUREL SPRINGS, NJ):  181,000
29. JEFFREY KIM (HUNTINGTON VLY, PA):  181,000
30. CLAUDE PETROY (PITTSBURGH, PA):  179,000
31. TIMOTHY WARD (BRIDGEWATER, NJ):  179,000
32. NASHAAT ANTONIOUS (REDINGTON SHORES, FL):  177,000
33. MICHAEL SICA JR (N BRUNSWICK, NJ):  174,000
34. ROBERT PYNE (HUNTINGDON VLY, PA):  167,000
35. JORGE RIVERA CARRERO (BROOKLYN, NY):  155,000
36. KRISHNA KALIDAS (SOMERSET, NJ):  141,000
37. JAMES SALTERS (W HEMPSTEAD, NY):  141,000
38. STEPHANIE HUBBARD (HAZLET, NJ):  134,000
39. BRIAN KRUYD (BOONTON, NJ):  134,000
40. IURI MARTIROSIAN (BRICK, NJ):  128,000
41. MICHAEL GREEN (LORIS, SC):  127,000
42. NICHOLAS ROWE (LANSDALE, PA):  124,000
43. FRANK FRATZOLA (SCRANTON, PA):  123,000
44. EDUARD KHAIMOV (BROOKLYN, NY):  112,000
45. BRYAN MOSSEY (ORLANDO, FL):  110,000
46. CRAIG SANTORO (ANNANDALE, NJ):  105,000
47. JASON JIANG (BROOKLYN, NY):  103,000
48. MUSTAPHA MOUTAQUAKIL (NORWICH, CT):  102,000
49. FRANCESCO SALE (BROOKLYN, NY):  97,000
50. BARRY LEVENTHAL (BROOKLYN, NY):  95,000
51. JAMES MCDOUGALL (SCHWENKSVILLE, PA):  62,000
52. PATRICIA GABBARD (SOUTHPORT, NC):  32,000
53. SUNG HA KIM (FEDERAL WAY, WA):  8,000

Event 8: End of Day 1 Chip Counts

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Mike with More than a Mill

On the final hand of the night, Mike Hahn (Indianapolis, IN) not only helps break the bubble, but becomes the first player to crack the 1 million chip mark.

Elon Diamond (Miami, FL) is all in for 180k and Hahn makes the call. Hahn dominates with AK vs A10 and the elimination puts Diamond out in 54th place, while Hahn is the chip leader at 1,031,000.

The 53 remaining players battle for the $49,029 top prize as play resumes 12 pm Monday.

Number of Entrants: 580
Players remaining: 53
Chips In Play: 14.5 million
Average Stack: 274k (23 BB)
Blinds: 6k/12k/2k (13 minutes left on level)

Total Buy-In: $203,000
First Prize: $49,029
Places Paid: 54

Big Stacks


Mike Hahn 1 million (83 BB)
Henry Lu 981k
Ryan Hanley 694k
Dennis Thurman 512k
Manh Nguyen 503k
Byung Yoo 501k

An official list will be posted later this morning

Event 9: End of Day 1

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

Ron Shifting into First Place

Ron "Shifty" Schiffman (Cherry Hill, NJ) is the chip leader heading into Day 2 of the mixed game championship. Schiffman bags 155k as the final 24 players return to play for the $14,319 first prize.

The top 18 cash, which means 6 players walk away disappointed after waiting over night to see if they make the money. HORSE play resumes high noon Monday at the OK Corral (aka Event Center).

Number of Entrants: 123
Players remaining: 24
Chips In Play: 1.8 million
Average Stack: 75k

Total Buy-In: $219,000
First Prize: $14,319
Places Paid: 18

Chip Leaders

Ron Schiffman 155k
Mike Oar 143k
Vaughan 13k
David Pacheo 120k
Bo Toft 100k

An official list will be posted later this morning

Event 8: Two Bustouts, One Bubble Boy

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Two hands, two bust outs and one bubble boy is how Day 1 of the no limit tournament ends.

The eliminations happen simultaneously as Dave Loy Song (Newberg, NY) takes the last 11k from Frank Richardone (Staten Island, NY), while Mike Hahn (Indianapolis, IN) hauls in 180k from Elon Diamond (Miami, FL).

Because Diamond has more chips than Richardone on the final hand, Richardone is the bubble boy finishing in 55th place, while Diamond is the first to cash in 54th place for $788.

The field is now bagging and tagging as play resumes noon Monday.

Event 8: Bubble Watch

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

The last few eliminations means there's 55 players remaining, just one of the money. Play was scheduled to end at 2 am, but breaking the bubble is paramount. So nobody is going home until we're in the $$$$$$$$$$$$!

Event 9: Final Hand

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

It's one more hand before the horses are back in the corral. After bagging and tagging players will be on a 10 hour break before resuming play at high noon.

Chip leaders will be posted shortly.

Event 9: 26 Horses & 1 Philly

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

As she usually does, Borgata veteran Kim Findura (Butler, NJ) is the last lady standing in a male dominated game. 27 players remain, just 9 off the money, as the final hour of play of the night continues.

In addition to two Ladies Event Borgata titles, Findura has a 2nd place finish in the 2010 Winter Open Omaha H/L event. She has $38,000 in career Borgata tournament earnings.

Event 8: Chip Leaders

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Number of Entrants: 580
Players remaining: 72
Chips In Play: 14.5 million
Average Stack: 201k (20 BB)
Blinds: 5k/10k/1k

Total Buy-In: $203,000
First Prize: $49,029
Places Paid: 54

Big Stacks


Henry Lu (Brooklyn, NY) 530k (53 BB)
Matt Williams (New York, NY) 488k
Sallie Stohler (Raliegh, NC) 475k
Tony Antonious (Tampa, FL) 475k
Austen Johnson (Woodsboro, MD) 438k

Event 9: Chip Leaders

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

Number of Entrants: 123
Players remaining: 37
Chips In Play: 1.8 million
Average Stack: 50k

Total Buy-In: $219,000
First Prize: $14,319
Places Paid: 18

Big Stacks


Name-Chip Count

Mike Oar (Alexandria, VA) 113k
Vaughan Machado (Redbank, NJ) 95k
Samer Sedhom (Jersey City, NJ) 93k
Ron "Shifty" Schiffman (Cherry Hill, NJ) 85k
Russ Salzer (New York, NY) 74k

Event 8: Sledge Hammer

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

On a flop of A Q 10 all the chips are in the middle.

Austen Johnson: A 8
Denver Toth: K J (nuts)

Turn: 8
River: 8

Johnson goes runner-runner full house to double his 220k and leave Toth short and salty after flopping a straight.

"It's the worst beat I've ever taken," he says after his stack is decimated to 40k, "It feels like I was hit with a sledge hammer."

"What can I say, I run good at Borgata," says Johnson, who took home $138,000 in the Summer Open with first and third place finishes.