Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Event 1: Size Does Matter

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Down to 15 tables now.  150 players remain.  Average is 173k.

Random sampling of approximate chip counts:

Adam Cook - 400k
Joshua Supsak - 300k
Anthony Caruso - 300k
David Kim - 250k
Bob Haavind - 280k
Anthony Maio - 245k
Robert Varkonyi - 200k
Daniel Chan - 170k
Raj Patel - 145k

Event 1: Orson Ousted

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)  

Orson Young raised from the hijack and got three-bet by the button.

Orson shoved and after a little thought, he got the call.

His AJ was dominated by the button's AQ.  The board ran out 6 5 3 2 Q and Orson was toast.

16 tables remain.

Event 1: Back in Action

  $500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Cards are now back in the air.

Level 17, blinds 2,500/5k with 500 antes.

17 tables remain with 161 players.

Greg Glassman has hit some hard times and surrendered the chip lead.

Jerry Scotto

The overall chip leader is Jerry Scotto (Cherry Hill, NJ) with 600k+.

Brian Lemke is second with ~550k.

Average stack is ~162k.

Event 1: Color-Up Move-Time Break

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

End of level and time to color up the black 100 chips.  When they're done with that...

They're also relocating the remaining 6 tables in the Signature Room over to the Poker room.

Then players are getting a well-deserved break, after playing through three full levels.

Play will resume once all this business is taken care of.

Event 1: What're the Odds?!

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

The board has been updated to show 185 players remaining (total of both Signature Room and Poker Room).

Players are still split between two rooms, but that may change soon.

With the random nature of players busting and tables breaking, what are the odds that two of the remaining WSOP bracelet holders would end up at the same table AND be seated next to each other.

At table 45 in the Poker Room, Jeff Papola has landed in seat 1 and Brian Lemke is in seat 2.

To the best of my knowledge, the only other remaining WSOP bracelet holder in the field is Robert Varkonyi.  He's still in the Signature Room.

Evnt 1: Glassman Gaining

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Over in the Poker Room, it looks like Greg Glassman (Brooklyn, NY) may had squeaked into the chip lead.  He's up to ~435k.

 Orson Young & Greg Glassman

Greg is sharing the felt on table 38 with Adam Cook (Glen Burnie, MD).  Adam was the runner-up in the 2011 Spring Open Championship ($159,866).

Also on table 38 is Orson Young, (Oceanport, NJ) who had 4 cashes at the WSOP last summer, followed by a 2nd place finish in the 2011 Borgata Poker Open Purple Chip Bounty event ($59k).

Event 1: It's A Numbers Game

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Level 16:  Blinds 2k/4k, 400 antes.

1,041 entries

26,025,000 chips in play

205 players remain

127k average stack

$520,500 total buy-in

100 get paid

$1,010 for a min-cash

$111,076 for 1st place

Event 1: Latest News from the Twitter-verse

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Daniel Buzgon ‏ @WiLDmAn_75
I'm trying to think of a name to describe what I'm witnessing today. It's a combination of bingo, pin the tail on the donkey, and go fish.

Jim Morton ‏ @jemiii
BTW, in level 15 now. Just got moved to another table. Got AA first hand and my stack is up to 140k now! Sweet!

Vinny Pahuja ‏ @vinpahuja
Withering hard w 53k at 1500/3k. 200 or so left. @BorgataPoker 560 donkathon

Steve Scales ‏ @SteveScales 3 limpers, I pile JJ, called by big stack w K10. Flop K river J, 63K still short though at BB3K

Event 1: Morgovsky Leads Signature

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Blinds are up to 1,500/3,000 with 400 antes for level 15.

 Mickael Morgousky

Tough to call as some big stacks are building in the Signature Room, but it looks like Mickael Morgousky (Brooklyn, NY) may be the leader among the eight remaining tables.  He's up to about 350k.

Event 1: Dropping Like Flies

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Lots of stacks have reached that 'desperation shove' time, where it's all-in or nothing.

Chris Kusha was all-in with A2 against pocket Queens.  He's "busto" according to his tweet.

Jeff Hunter (Bronx, NY) had flopped two pair with his T8 on a flop of T 8 4.  When his opponent moved in over the top, Jeff said "You've gotta have a set of 4s." 

Sure enough, his opponent tabled pocket 4s for the set.  The last two community cards changed nothing and Jeff headed for the rail. 

Event 1: Signature Slimming

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Only nine tables remain in the Signature Room.  Among the players still alive in here are

Mike Linster
Sungwoo Tae
Christopher Lee
Jason Henrici
Hovan Nguyen
May Siu
Vinny Pahuja
Alex Rocha
Robert Varkonyi
Julie Cornelius

John Hinds is no longer among them.  He ran his pocket Tens in to pocket Aces.

Event 1: Play Has Resumed

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Dinner is done and players have returned to the felt.

Level 14 blinds are 1,200/2,400 with 300 antes.

Event 1: Lemke Still Leads

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

WSOP bracelet holder Brian Lemke (Norristown, PA) says it's been a slow and steady climb to the dinner break chip lead with 420k.  "I got a guy to call off with king high, but I was on a flush draw," he says laughing.

Lemke was holding 5 4 in a 100k chip pot and was looking for a river diamond, but was pleasantly surprised to pair his four to win the hand.  "That's the one that got me going," he says as his stack went from 150k to 200k.

Since winning his 2009 bracelet and amassing $1 million in career tournament earnings, Lemke has been laying low.  "Family stuff," he says about all the traveling he's done with his lacrosse playing sons.

Lemke's looking at playing in Day 2 of this event Thursday and is "definitely playing the main," and any event he can squeeze in on a weekday.

Event 1: Dinner Time

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

End of level 13 and time for dinner.

Players have been dispatched for one hour away from the felt.  Action will resume at 8:25pm.

About 27 tables remain (total) split between the Signature Room and the Poker Room.  That leaves about 270 players still in action.

Only the final 100 will get a piece of the $520,500 pie.

Event 1: Tough Table

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Table 35 over in the Poker Room is sporting a tough lineup.

Jeff Papola, (New York, NY) who was the runner-up in the 2012 Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship ($315,837) is seated there and doing well -- he's got about 170k.  He's also got a WSOP bracelet (2010) and a Borgata trophy from the 2011 Fall Open.

Jeff Papola, Mike McQuaid, Brian Ali, & David Kim

Also at that table are Brian Ali, (Brooklyn, NY) who has a WSOP Circuit Championship Ring from March 2011 ($139K) and David Kim (Flushing, NY) who had an 8th place finish in the $400 Deep Stack event during the 2012 Winter Open.

Event 1: Tweetville

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

Lot of limp shoving at my table. They are starting to convince me to do it. Hmm..maybe ill start running bad too while I'm at it.

350/1041 left in the 560 donkathon. 50k at 1/2k. New table w/ no one I recognize Paying 100 spots. 111k FTW. Dinner in 30 mins

Up to 115k at 2k lvl after JJ>98hh ai on 877r. Thank god I gave up bluffing for new years res, cuz I'm gettin looked up left & right

Event 1: Poker Room Update

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

For my first post of the Spring Open, I scoured the Poker Room to see how many tables were still in action over there.

19 is the number.

Among those 19 tables, I found these familiar faces:
Raj Patel
Dao Bui
Eric Doerr
Cathy Dever
Daniel Chan
Greg Glassman
Rick Rossetti
Grace Sun
Lucky Lee Kirsch
Dan Buzgon
Paul Leon
MJ Bernstein
Leonardo Palermo
Howard Wolper
Lana O'Brien
Steve Scales
Orson Young
John Lakatosh

Event 1: One Level, then Dinner

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed 

Players are back from break and playing one level before heading to dinner break.

300 players remain with an average stack of 87k (43 BB) as blinds are 1k/2k/300 ante.  The one hour dinner will be at 7:20 pm.

Event 1: Big Stack

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

Josh, Not Kidding Around

Josh Supsak (Westchester, NY) is no stranger to Borgata and is no stranger to the chip lead.  The full time pro finished 4th in Borgata's 2011 March Deep Stack for $36,000 and is looking for another deep run.

Supsak hits a set of 6s and the two big stacks are all in for a 270k chip pot.  Supsak's opponent has top pair and the nut flush draw, but doesn't connect giving Supsak the chip lead.

Level 12 (800/1,600/200 ante) winding down.

Event 1: Bracelet Holder on Top

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

Lemke Leading the Way

WSOP bracelet holder Brian Lemke (Norristown, PA) is one of only two players with more than 200k. Lemke is at 215k, while Russ Dykshteyn (Brooklyn, NY) is at 210k.

A handful of other players are in the 180k-200k range including Paul Leon (Virginia Beach, VA), who finished 7th in this event during the Borgata Winter Poker Open for $30,000.

Lemke has $1 million in career tournament earnings, including his 2009 bracelet win.

450 players remain with an average stack of 58k (36 BB) as blind are 800/1,600/200 ante.

 Russ Right Near the Top

Event 1: Payouts

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

Entries: 1,041
Total Buy-In: $520,500

Place - Amount

1st $111,076
2nd $66,746
3rd $40,391
4th $33,827
5th $27,769
6th $22,467
7th $17,923
8th $13,632
9th $9,340
10-12 $6,059
13-15 $4,292
16-18 $2,777
19-27 $2,272
28-36 $1,969
37-45 $1,767
46-54 $1,565
55-63 $1,414
64-72 $1,262
73-81 $1,161
82-90 $1,060
91-100 $1,010

Event 1: Falling Fast

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed   

Unofficially 525 players remain with an average stack of 50k (41 BB).  Blinds are 600/1,200/200 ante as approximately half of the 1041 starting field remains.

The following bustouts are brought to you by Twitter:

I'm OUT my JJ vs 22 board was clean flop and turn clean dirty 2 on the river I want to run good here just 1 time!

All in KTss v 99 & 44. Bricked it. Was a great spot to get back over 30bb. $400/$100 Bounty tomorrow.

Busto. I was a complete non factor today.  

Out...ripped in 19bb utg with AKo and run into JJ...

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Event 1: 50 Minute Men (& Ladies)

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed   

Level 11 (600/1,200/200 ante) is underway and levels are now 50 minutes long.

Meanwhile, we get this tweet from the back of the Signature Room where the $230 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo is taking place:

Sure, ill play the 4pm $230 deep stack turbo aka 'the desteamer'

Event 1: Break Time Tweets

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

Twitter Chip Counts

Jonathan Sorscher 118k
Lee Childs 62k
Tom Pomponio 62k
 John Lakatosh 60k
John Allan Hinds 48k
Steve Scales 40k
Brian O'Donoghue 31k
Dan Buzgon 30k
Gordon Eng 25k
Anthony Erekat 23k
 Lana O'rien 20k
Roman Valerstein 17k
Trevor Savage 17k
David Zeitlin 15k
Bob Hwang 13k

Event 1: Break Time & 4:30 pm Start

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

As we hit the third break of the day (level 9 complete), players waiting for the start of the 4 pm tournament are hanging out a little longer.  The large turnout for Event 1 means most of the tables are full and the afternoon tournament is now set for 4:30 pm.

The tournament associates are coloring up the green (25) chips and breaking tables to make room for the $200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo Re-entry event.

Event 1 resumes with level 10 (500/1k/100 ante) the last 30 minute level, after that all levels will last 50 minutes.

Event 1: Last Man Standing

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

Yosef & Jason

Jason Wittlin (New Fairfield, CT) and his long night of cash games almost cost him a spot in today's 1,000+ player field.  "I overslept and almost didn't make it," he says as the last player to enter the tournament.

Wittlin made it to the Poker Room in the early afternoon, but still had to wait in line.  When registration was shutdown every player who wanted a spot was in the field.

"I knew it was going to be a big one," says Wittlin, who's playing in his first Borgata tournament. He works with his father in the auto sales industry and has been cleared to play.  "I told him I was coming, plus he has to watch my dog."

Wittlin and Yosef Lider (Israel via New York, NY) were part of the last handful of players who helped fill up another tremendous Event 1 turnout

Event 1: Tough Tables

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

(L-R) Palermo, Tucker, Jones & Childs

Scanning the field of ~1,000 players (efforting official count) a couple of tables stand out.
Borgata regulars Leonardo Palermo & Lee Childs are at opposite ends of one table with 
Sam Tucker (Odenton, MD) and Dwayne Jones (Philadelphia, PA) caught in the middle.

Other interesting draws:  

Larry Gold & Will "the Thrill" Failla
Jenny So & "Lucky" Lee Kirsch 
Joe Mosca & "Grandpa" Jay Zimmet

Event 1: Twitter-verse

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

Some note worthy tweets as level 7 (250/500/50 ante) is underway.

There are a gazillion kajillion people here!

In a long line of people willing to scratch each others eyes out for the privilege of dumping another $560 into this thing.

28k starting 250/500. Woulda had 90k if my flopped flush held last hand before break. Got in v two sets and naked A who hit. :(

Event 1: Re-entry Closing

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

Level 6 is in the books and players have through the current break to re-enter the tournament.  Anyone who did not bust can surrender their stack and re-enter for a fresh 25k.

The fields is more than 950 players and the final count and prize pool will be announced later this afternoon.

Players who recently tweeted their chip counts:

Tom Pomponio 62k
Lee Childs 43k
Steve Scales 33k
Matt Kleckner 30k
Brian O'Donoghue 27k
Larry Gold 24k
Bob Hwang 19k
Mike Wolf 15k

Event 1: Deep 6 During Level 6

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

The term "deep 6" is a nautical term used to describe a submerged item that is difficult to recover at 6 fathoms (36 feet).  Players with short stacks are getting a similar vibe in level 6 (200/400/50 ante) as it's the last level to re-enter the tournament.

Shorties are moving all-in looking to double-up or bust with an option to re-enter for a full 25k starting stack. One player who won't be doing either is Jason Warriner (Absecon, NJ) who busts with A9 against AQ. 

"No re-entry, I'm already in twice," Warriner says disappointed that he's now busted for the second time and won't be entering a third.  "Event 1s are always great, I wanted to at least bag chips."

In the mob world Warriner is now Deep 6 or dead in this tournament, but he's already eying up the 4 pm event ( $200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo tournament). "That's poker," he says, "some days you run hot, others you can't get anything going."

All ins will be fast and furious during the next 30 minutes.

Event 1: Poker Room Champions

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed
 Pilgrim Posing with Some Bling

At least two Borgata Championship Event winner's are in the Poker Room, including Dwyte Pilgrim the 2010 WPT Borgata Poker Open winner ($734,000).

"Great to be back," says Pilgrim, who's eying a full series including the Spring Championship (April 15-19).  Pilgrim won three WSOP circuit rings before breaking through with his Borgata title.

Also in the field is Alex Queen (Bethlehem, PA), who won the inaugural Spring Poker Open Championship Event in 2010 ($356,000).  Queen has been a Borgata stalwart which includes winning last fall's heads up title, good for another $29,000.

Event 1: Long Lines = Large Prize Pool

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

Not only is there a steady flow of players re-entering the tournament in the Signature Room, but the Poker Room is jam packed.  The total head count is north of 850 entries as the registration line is still strong and new players continue to enter the tournament (in addition to all the re-entries).

WSOP bracelet holder Brian Lemke (Norristown, PA) is waiting to enter the field for the first time along with another Borgata regular Dave Grubb (Mays Landing, NJ).

Level 5 (150/300/25 ante) is off and running as players are keeping an eye on the clock.  Re-entry closes after level 6.

Event 1: Breaking it Down

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

On the first break of the Borgata Spring Poker Open here are the chip counts we tracked down via Twitter:

Lee Childs 56k
Jonathan Sorscher 40k
Steve Scales 34k
Brian O'Donoghue 30k
Dave Zeitlin 23k
Anthony Erekat 23k
"Miami" John Cernuto 23k
Trevor Savage 23k
Larry Gold 21k
Gordon Eng 19k
Lana O'Brien 18k
Steve Ryan 15k

Play resumes with level 4 (100/200).

Event 1: Early Double

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

White Lightening

Nothing like getting an early double-up on the third hand of the tournament.  "He gave me all his chips," says Antoine White (Baltimore, MD), "he didn't believe I had a king."

The flop comes down K 2 5 and all the chips are in the middle with White holding K 10 against pocket 9s.  White winds up with trip kings and takes his stack to 50k, while his opponent heads to the re-entry line.

"Hopefully not," says White who doesn't expect to have to re-enter, "that's the plan."

White is looking to build off his 23rd place finish in one event from this year's Borgata Winter Poker Open. He's up to 78k as level 3 (75/150) continues.

Event 1: How Tweet it Is

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed 

Throughout the next 2 1/2 weeks we'll be following players on Twitter and passing along tweets worth mentioning.  It's a great way to keep up with the action and to get a perspective on all things Borgata poker.

You can follow us at @BorgataPoker and we'll be using #BSO2012 as our hashtag. 

Here's an early look at those already firing off tweets:


Event 1: Familiar Faces

11AM: Event 1 - $500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

Bressler (left) Back at Borgata

Each Borgata poker series becomes a blur when you realize that players have five different events to play throughout the year.

The familiar faces making their way into The Signature Room includes a couple of former champions, including Author Bressler (Manalapan, NJ).

"It's great to be back," says the 2011 Senior Event Fall Open Winner ($15,000), "I just hope I'm still here tomorrow night," as he has an eye on the finale of this two-day tournament.

Bresser is in The Signature Room along with Robert Varkonyi (2002 WSOP Main Event Champion) and his wife Olga, WSOP bracelet holder Mike "Little Man" Sica, and Joe Mosca (Bronx, NY) who took down the Winter Open Big Stack re-entry ($51,000).

Event 1: Cards Fly

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

Action is underway with 26 tables in the Signature Room and 50+ in the Poker Room.  Players begin with 25k in chips and the first 10 levels last 30 minutes (11+/50 min). 

Blinds start at 25/50, button is in the seven seat, and the cards are in the air!

Event 1: Calm Before the Storm

11AM: $500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

  Signature Room Ready

The third annual Borgata Spring Poker Open kicks off in minutes.  The Signature and Poker Rooms are both set for action as players are waiting to take their seats.

We'll have wall to wall coverage over the next 17 days and 21 Main Events including the $1 Million Guaranteed Championship Event (April 15-19).

Welcome back to the blog and Borgata!

Wednesday, April 4


11AM: Event 1 - $500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

  • Players start with 25,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-10: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 11+: will last 50 minutes each
  • Players that bust within the first 6 Levels may Re-Enter (unlimited re-entries)
  • 2-Day event
4 PM:  Event 22 - $200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 25,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-15: will last 15 minutes each | Levels 16+: will last 25 minutes each
  • Players that "bust" within the first 8 Levels may Re-Enter (unlimited re-entries)
  • 1-Day event
7 PM:  Event 23 - $150 + $30 + $20 Yellow Chip Bounty NLH
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 20 minutes each
  • This is a Bounty tournament. Players must  have their Bounty Chip clearly displayed on the table in order to remain active in tournament.
  • 1-Day event