Saturday, April 7, 2012

Event 5: Bubble Tweets

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

#BSO2012 Bubble Tweets:

From the Field:
Manh Nguyen - @MunMunny
On the bubble of Event 5. Bubble has been going on for an hour now. I hope it doesn't take super long! #BSPO2012

Jesse Cohen - @JCohen130
been on the bubble for almost an hour, 65k @ 15/3000

From the Rail:
James Nelson - @onewheelterr0r
@BorgataPoker looks like Sal Sineone wants a "sun's out guns out" showdown with @Mikunbelievable. #sleevesgentlemen haha.

Event 5: Clear the Rail

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Mike Dentale makes it 8k from the Button,
Soheb Porbandarwala 3-bets to 17k from the Small Blind,
Mike tank folds and demands "the clowns to clear the rail".

Bubble Watch continues...

Event 5: The Bubble

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Number of Entrants: 162
Players remaining: 19

We're officially on the Bubble, play is hand for hand.
Short stacks are in survival mode while big stacks bully.

Event 5: Cho Chips Up

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Jaeik Cho (Tokyo, Japan)
305,000 chips

The WSOP Circuit Champion (Caesars Atlantic City) is a threat late in the day. His calm demeanor and solid table presence has served him well, the young poker star just eclipsed the 300k chip mark.

Event 6: Champs in the Field

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Number of Entrants: 54
Players remaining: 36

Blinds: 300/600
Limits: 600/1,200

Poker Champions still alive:

"Miami" John Cernuto
3 WSOP Bracelets - 1996, 1997, 2002

Chris Reslock
WSOP Circuit Winner (2005), WSOP Bracelet Winner (2007)

Claudangelo Beaudouin
1st Place - 2009 WPT World Poker Finals (O8B)

Yuebin Guo
Borgata Spring Open Event #3 Champion

Event 5: Moving Day

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Sal Sineone (Florham Park, NJ)

The family man is making a Final Table push with 20 players left in Event #5. The New Jersey native doesn't want to talk about hand histories, just shoutouts for the kids.

To: Torre "the Jet" and Alexandra - Daddy's coming home with the money.

Event 5: Outdrawn

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Spring Open Event #2 Champion, Manh Nguyen, has Mike Dentale hot and bothered late in the day. Nguyen continues to run good, he outdraws "Mikey" on the river and the soundbites started flowing.

"I had a lock on the hand bro, the only thing that beats me is a red Queen...amazing how he gets there bro".

Both players stay on the grind with 20 players remaing.

Manh Nguyen - 121,000
Mike Dentale - 88,500

Event 6: Player Photo

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

CK "The Great"

The Limit O8B structure is so good, the bustouts are rare. Play continues with the majority of the field still alive.

Event 5: Cohen Chips Up

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Jesse Cohen (Ardmore, PA)

The online poker star now merging his game to the live scene is making waves late in the day in Event #5, his Twitter feed explains the grind:

- building, 58k @ 1/2k, 27 left

- got down to 13k then doubled, 29 left 18 cash

- 17k going into 8/1600 after dinner, 37 left #meh

- grinding 15-25bbs in this $770 for the past several hours, 45 left from 162, $33k for first

Event 5: Top Stacks

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Number of Entrants: 162
Players remaining: 26

Blinds: 1,000/2,000/300a

Top Chip-Counts:
Justin Burton - 181,000
Soheb Porbandarwala - 155,000
Mike Borovetz - 151,000
Jaeik Cho - 145,000
Wooyang Lin - 121,000
Len Vizirov - 111,000

Event 5: Linsanity

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Borgata Poker's version of Linsanity...

Wooyang Lin (Morristown, PA)

The Borgata regular brings his own version of Linsanity to the poker tables in the "Signature Room". He's using a miniature boxing glove card cap and throwing knockout blows to the field.

He's amongst the Chipleaders with a shrinking field, 3 tables left.

Event 6: O8B Back from Dinner

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Top Chip-Counts:
Jonathan Levy - 26,500
Josh W. - 24,500
Sergio Vargas - 24,100
George Gillis - 21,400
Sach Ranrakhani - 19,425

Still Alive:
"Miami" John Cernuto
Chris Reslock
Bo Toft
Howard Crash

Event 5: Leading Lady

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Lisa Wang (Chicago, IL)

Wang is a Management Consultant professional from Chicago, but no stranger to the green felt. She plays the WSOP every summer and thrives on multi-table tournaments.

The last lady standing is in total control, she leads the field in Event #5 with 145,000 chips.

Event 5: Back from Dinner

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Players are seated, cards in the air.

Post Dinner Break Chip-Counts:

Len Vizirov - 130,500
Barry Leventhal - 125,200
Abraham Korotki - 114,300
Soheb Porband - 110,000
Miguel Borrero - 99,000
Joe Liberta - 96,000
Dave Borovetz - 91,000

Paging Poker Players

Both Events on Dinner Break, play will resume in 15 minutes.

Event #5 - $700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
Event #6 - $350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Event 6: Tweet from Miami

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

An O8B update from one of the greatest, the 3 time WSOP bracelet winner tweets from Event #6.

John Cernuto - @MiamiJohnC
Omaha 8 players got another good structure but a low turnout as only 54 runners so far showed up for the event. Avg stack's 12, 14 for me.

Dinner Break Pics

Dinner Break Photos
compliments of The Cafeteria at Borgata

Phong "VIP" Nguyen shows off his chicken stir-fry from Panda Express.

Event #5 Railbirds enjoying ice cream from Ben & Jerry's.

Event 5: Dinner Break

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The clock has stopped for Dinner Break, players will return at 8:35pm.

Number of Entrants: 162
Players remaining: 36
Total Prizepool: $113,400

Still alive:
Mike Borovetz
Joe Liberta
Manh Nguyen
Barry Leventhal
Jesse Cohen
Mike Dentale

Recent Eliminations:
John Allan Hinds
Dwyte Pilgrim

Event 5: Hoover on the Hustle

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Gerry Hoover (Baltimore, MD)

The former Chipleader is back to his old ways, he's chipped back up to 90,000 to become a force in Event #5.

The part-time Engineer/Poker Player has high expectations after "running good" on the cash tables.

Event 5: Len is Lurking

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Len Vizirov (Chalfont, PA)

The cool, calm and collected weekend tournament player has 140,000 chips and plenty of confidence.

The 2012 Event #7 Winter Poker Open Champion is poised to capture another title, "I've always got a chance to win if I don't get unlucky" he tells us.

Vizirov has a top 3 stack with Dinner Break approaching.

Event 6: O8B Update

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Bo Toft (Yardley, PA) is no stranger to Borgata, the tournament regular and all-around nice guy is busy scooping pots in Event #6. He has 25,200 chips with re-runs of Frasier playing on his iPad.

Veteran pros, Chris Reslock and "Miami" John Cernuto, have average stacks with blinds and antes still small.

Event 5: Usual Suspects

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Number of Entrants: 162
Players remaining: 59

Familiar Faces still alive:

Mike Dentale - 127,000
Barry Leventhal - 91,000
Mike Borovetz - 82,000
Anthony Moore - 53,000
Dwyte Pilgrim - 37,000
Manh Nguyen - 33,000
Eric Siegel - 31,000
Jesse Cohen - 29,000
John Allan Hinds - 8,000

Event 4 Recap

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

While Mohammed Hakim (Parsipanny, NJ) was busy building a big stack, Mark Wahba (Cleveland, OH) waited patiently for his chance to strike. In the end, it was Mark Wahba who claimed the top prize of $32,267 and the Borgata Spring Open trophy.

The tide turned in Hakim's favor with eight players remaining.  Hakim was all-in with pocket Queens and racing against Borgata regular Jerry Callahan's AK suited.  Hakim flopped a set and turned a full house to double up, taking the chip lead.  Callahan (Oyster Bay, NY) busted out soon after in 7th place ($4,720).

Hakim took out most of the final table with while Wahba took out the rest, including Alex Rocha (S Setauket, NY) who won over $150,000 in the $500 No Limit event during the 2011 Borgata Winter Open.  Rocha finished 6th ($5,856). 

When Hakim and Wahba got heads-up, the chips were nearly even and it was anyone's game, but Wahba came out on top.

The field of 308 players ponied up $400 + $50 to enter generating total buy-ins of $123,200.  Among the field were many Borgata regulars, including Howard Wolper, 'Action' Bob Hwang, Russell Crane, Lee Childs, Eric Siegel, John Hinds, Mark Sykes, Mike Dentale, and Jerry Maher.

Also in the mix, but not cashing, were WSOP bracelet holder Jeff Papola and 2010 Borgata Poker Open Champion Dwyte Pilgrim.

Mark Wahba is a poker pro and comes all the way from Ohio to play the big tournaments at Borgata.  "I play cash games, too, but tournaments are what I really love" he said.  Now that he's familiar with the Borgata's Spring Poker Open Tournament Leaderboard promotion, "I'm gonna play 'em all!" said Wahba.

Final Table Results:
1.  Mark Wahba (Cleveland, OH)  $32,267
2.  Mohammed Hakim (Parsipanny, NJ)  $17,926
3.  Phong 'VIP' Nguyen (Fairfax, VA)  $11,114
4.  Fedor Khrapatin (Brooklyn, NY)  $8,963
5.  Mario Dragone (Totowa, NJ)  $6,931
6.  Alex Rocha (S Setauket, NY)  $5,856
7.  Jerry Callahan (Oyster Bay, NY)  $4,720
8.  Oren Taylor (Bridgeton, NJ)  $3,525
9.  Edwin Lau (Philadelphia, PA)  $2,390
10.  Hoa Nguyen (Fairfax, VA) $1,554

Event 4: 1st Place - Wahba

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Mark Wahba (Cleveland, OH)
Mark Wahba out-lasted 307 other players to claim the top prize of $32,267 and the shiny Borgata Spring Poker Open trophy.

Wahba  now has a second Borgata Open trophy to go with the one he took home during the 2011 Borgata Winter Open ($260 No Limit, $14,073).

He lives in Ohio, but comes to Borgata during the big tournament series to play the game he loves.  He'll play in the cash games, but tournaments are what he enjoys.

When not playing poker, Mark enjoys playing sports, especially basketball "and drinking...I drink and play sports".

Event 4: 2nd Place - Hakim

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Mohammed Hakim (Parsipanny, NJ)

Blinds: 30k/60k, 5k ante

When the final two got heads-up, their stacks were nearly identical, making the chip lead too close to call.

It was over quickly, with former chip leader Mohammed Hakim coming up short.  He's taking home $17,926 for second place.

Event 4: 3rd Place - P. Nguyen

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

 Phong 'VIP' Nguyen (Fairfax, VA)

Blinds Up: 30k/60k, 5k ante

In a battle of the blinds, Phong 'VIP' Nguyen was all-in from the small blind.  Mark Wahba looked him up from the big blind holding 63 off.  VIP was actually ahead with 74 off.

The board ran out J 8 5 2 4 and Mark made a 6-high straight to take the pot.

Phong 'VIP' Nguyen finished in 3rd place, good for $11,114.

VIP had a couple of cashes here during the 2012 Borgata Winter Open, then went to the WSOP Circuit event in Florida, where he made the final table, finishing 6th.  That was good for over $40,000.

He's continuing his hot streak back here at Borgata and we'll be seeing more of him during the Spring Open.

Event 4: 4th Place - Khrapatin

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

 Fedor Khrapatin (Brooklyn, NY)

Blinds: 20k/40k, 4k ante    

Fedor Khrapatin called all-in holding AJ suited.  He was racing against Mohammed Hakim's pocket 7s.

The board came 9 6 3 4 5 and Mohammed improved to a straight. 

Fedor Khrapatin finished in 4th place, earning $8,963.

Event 4: 5th Place - Dragone

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

 Mario Dragone (Totowa, NJ)

Blinds: 20k/40k, 4k ante  

In a battle of the blinds, Mario Dragone (sb) was all-in pre-flop against Mohammed Hakim (bb).  Mario's pocket Aces were way ahead of Mohammed's T 3.

The flop came A T 3, giving Mohammed two pair, but giving Mario a set of Aces.  The last two were 5 6 and Mario doubled up.

The same two tangled on the next orbit.  Mario (sb) had AJ and was all in on the river with a board of A 8 2 5 A (trip Aces).  Mohammed (bb) had 43, however, for the wheel to take the pot.

Mario Dragone finished in 5th place, earning $6,931.

Event 4: 6th Place - Rocha

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Alex Rocha (S Setauket, NY)

Blinds: 20k/40k, 4k ante  

Alex Rocha shoved his short-stack from the button and Mark Wahba (bb) looked him up.

Alex held 97 suited.  Mark had T2 off.  The board came T 4 2 6 A and was all Mark.

Alex Rocha finished in 6th place, earning $5,856.

Event 4: 7th Place - Callahan

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Jerry Callahan (Oyster Bay, NY)

Blinds: 20k/40k, 4k ante    

Mario Dragone was all-in with KQ against Jerry Callahan's QJ.  The board ran dry and Mario doubled up.

Jerry was all-in again soon after, this time holding KT and getting called by Fedor Khrapatin (bb) who held AJ.

The board came A Q 6 7 6 and it was curtains for Jerry.  He finished 7th for $4,720.

Event 4: 8th Place - Taylor

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

 Oren Taylor (Bridgeton, NJ)

Blinds: 20k/40k, 4k ante  

Oren Taylor (sb) got his short-stack in the middle holding AQ.  He was way ahead of big stack Mohammed Hakim's (utg) QT of clubs, but the flop came A T 5 with two clubs.

Oren picked up top pair, but Mohammed picked up a flush draw.  It was over on the turn when the 3 of clubs completed the flush.

Oren Taylor finished in 8th place, picking up $3,525.

Event 5: Fresh Faces

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Hoover (right) Waits to Act After Cho (left) Raises

Poker attracts a lot of different people and two new Borgata tournament players are strikingly different.  Jaeik Cho and Gerry Hoover are both at table 6, but the their contrasts are world's apart.

Cho is a 22 year-old from Japan, Hoover is 54 and originally from Louisiana.
Cho is an on-line pro, Hoover is a live player, who's a semi-pro.
Cho is visiting East Coast friends, Hoover is visiting from Baltimore.

Despite the differences, both are playing their first "real" Borgata tournaments.

Hoover emphasizes "real," because he's previously played at Borgata, but never for more than six hours at a time. "I wanted to see if I would have the stamina in a two day tournament," he says.

But for Cho poker is old hat. "I play a lot in Asia," says Cho, who's truly making his first trip to the casino.  He adds, "the games are tougher here. They're a lot softer back home."

And so far, so good as both players are top ten in chips with Cho at 65k, while Hoover's 75k leads the way.

Another stark contrast has Cho sitting on his economics degree from William & Mary College in Virginia to play professionally.  Meanwhile, Hoover is earning a few dollars at the tables as he's a tooling sales engineer who's in between jobs.

But when you're at the poker table age, ethnicity and careers don't matter, it's all about the cards and chip stacks.

Jaeik Cho

Event 4: Break Time Chip Counts

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

End of level and time for a break.  Here are some rough chip counts:

Mohammed Hakim - 1.5 million
Mark Wahba - 1.2 million
Fedor Khrapatin - 480k
Jerry Callahan - 335k
Phong Nguyen - 235k
Alex Rocha - 185k
Mario Dragone - 170k
Oren Taylor - 135k

With 8 players remaining, the average stack is 577k.

After the break, play resumed with blinds of 20k/40k and 4k antes.

Event 4: New Chip Leader

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Blinds: 15k/30k, 4k ante   

Mohammed Hakim was all-in pre-flop for 714k against Jerry Callahan.

 Mohammed Hakim takes the lead

Mohammed's pocket Queens were up against Jerry's AK suited.

The board came Q T 5 T K and Mohammed improved to Queens-full.  He doubled up to ~1.5 million, good for the chip lead.

Jerry was left with about 280k.

Event 4: 9th Place - Lau

 $400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Edwin Lau (Philadelphia, PA) 

Blinds: 15k/30k, 4k ante
VIP Nguyen opened for 65k.  After getting a count of his remaining chips, Edwin Lau moved in over the top.

VIP called all-in (168k total) showing QT off.  Edwin was racing with pocket 9s.  The board came A K Q 3 2 and VIP doubled up.

Edwin was all-in for less than the 30k big blind on the next hand.  The blinds called and checked down the board of A J 3 8 T.

Mark Wahba showed A7 suited for top pair to take the pot.

Edwin Lau busted in 9th place, good for $2,390.

Event 4: Double; Double

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Blinds: 15k/30k, 4k ante  

In a battle of the blinds, Fedor Khrapatin (bb) got all-in against Alex Rocha (sb).

Fedor's AK suited was crushing Alex's K5 suited.

The board came K Q 8 2 6 and Fedor doubled up to ~730k.  Alex was left with ~260k.

On the next hand, Mario Dragone was all-in for 106k.  Action folded around to Fedor in the big blind, who called.

Mario's AK suited was dominating Fedor's AQ off.  The board came K J 3 9 9 and Fedor doubled up over 250k.

"That's the first [all-in] hand I've lost this whole tournament" Fedor said.  "Make sure you put that in the blog".  Done.

Event 6: Erik the Great

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

Gorman (left) playing with Sergio Vargas (S. Hadley, MA) &
Kelvin Goode (Farmington, CT)

After his early elimination from Day 2 of Event 4 (18th place - $1,016), Erik Gorman (Matthews, NC) takes a break before playing the Omaha.

"I didn't come here to play no-limit," he says, "The only reason I was in (the NL tournament) was because I busted the H.O.R.S.E."

Gorman is making the most of his week at Borgata and is now looking for a deep run in the Omaha.

Event 4: 10th Place - H. Nguyen

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Hoa Nguyen (Fairfax, VA) 

Blinds: 15k/30k, 4k ante  

Hoa Nguyen opened for 68k.  Jerry Callahan (sb) raised to 155k.  After some thought, Hoa called.

Flop came A Q 9.  Jerry checked.  Hoa announced he was all-in.  Jerry snap-called.  Hoa held Q8 suited for middle pair but Jerry had AQ for top two pair.

The 8 on the turn was too little, too late for Hoa.  River was a 6 and Jerry took the pot, chipping up to over 1.2 million.

Hoa Nguyen busted out in 10th place, earning $1,554.

Event 5: Pilgrim & Shasho Lead

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Mike Movin' Up the Charts

Dwyte Pilgrim (Bronx, NY) and his first hand double-up has him at the top of the chip counts along with Mike "Mad Dog" Shasho (Ramsey, NJ). Both players are at 63k.

Also in the mix are Norman Rodriquez (Dominican Republic) and Mike Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA) who are at 61k and 57k respectfully.

Players are back from break as 87 players remain with an average stack of 28k (56 BB); blinds are 250/500/50 ante.

Event 4: Short Stacks Keep Doubling

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Blinds: 12k/24k, 3k ante 

Hoa Nguyen moved in and got no action.

He moved in again on the next hand (154k) and got called by Alex Rocha (bb) who had A3 off.  Hoa had T9 off.

The board came A J T 2 T and Hoa caught trips on the river to double-up to ~350k.

Next it was Mario Dragone who was all-in against VIP Nguyen.

Mario's AT off was dominated by VIP's AK off.

Then the board came J T 7 J 8 and Mario paired his kicker to double up to nearly 200k.

Another level is done and the blinds are going up to 15k/30k with 4k antes.

Event 4: Big Pots; Still Ten Handed

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Blinds: 12k/24k, 3k ante

Jerry Callahan opened for 51k from the cutoff, then Edwin Lau (button) 3-bet to 127k straight.

Action folded back to Jerry, who announced he was all-in. 

Edwin gave it some thought, then folded, leaving himself with about 200k. 

Jerry chipped up to 910k, good for the chip lead.

Mark Wahba opened for 54k from the cutoff, then Hoa Nguyen re-popped to 154k. 

Mark shoved (245k on top) and after some though, Hoa called.

Mark had pocket Jacks.  Hoa had KT suited. 

Board came T 9 7 Q K giving Hoa two pair, but giving Mark the straight.  He doubled up to ~880k.  Hoa was left with ~130k.

Event 5: Payouts

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Entries: 162
Total Buy-In: $113,400

Place - Amount

1st $32,998
2nd $18,150
3rd $10,450
4th $8,800
5th $6,600
6th $5,500
7th $4,400
8th $3,300
9th $2,475
10-12 $2,200
13-15 $1,925
16-18 $1,650

Event 4: Stuck At Ten

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Blinds Up: 12k/24k, 3k ante

Final table is still stuck at ten players.  Here are some rough chip counts:

Alex Rocha - 900k
Jerry Callahan - 590k
Hoa Nguyen - 510k
Mohammed Hakim - 450k
Fedor Khrapatin - 440k
Phong Nguyen - 420k
Edwin Lau - 360k
Mark Wahba - 340k
Oren Taylor - 320k
Mario Dragone - 135k

Event 4: Double; Double

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Blinds: 10k/20k, 3k ante

Oren Taylor was all-in pre-flop again, this time against Mario Dragone, for 189k.

Oren's pocket Tens were racing against Mario's KQ off.

The board came J 6 4 7 3 and Mario doubled up, again, to over 400k.

Then it was Mario's (sb) turn to be all-in against Mohammed Hakim (bb).  Mario's A9 off was dominating Mohammed's 96 suited.

The board came K Q J K Q and Mario's Ace-kicker played.  He doubled to ~140k.

Event 6: Omahalics

$350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

The first Omaha tournament of the Borgata Spring Poker Open is underway.  Players start with 12k in chips and levels are 45 minutes long.

Familiar Faces

Chris Reslock
Tim D'Allesandro
Bo Toft
"Miami" John Cernuto

This is a two-day tournament and cards are in the air!

Event 4: Final Table Lineup

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Just before moving to the final table, Alex Rocha's pocket Aces held up and he doubled up to nearly 900k, good for the chip lead (keep those Tweets coming: #BSO2012).

The final ten drew seat and moved to the final table.  Starting in the one seat:

Alex Rocha
Fedor Khrapatin
Mark Wahba
Hoa Nguyen
Oren Taylor
Mario Dragone
Mohammed Hakim
Phong 'VIP' Nguyen
Jerry Callahan
Edwin Lau

Shortly after play resumed, Oren Taylor was all-in and Jerry Callahan (bb) made the call with Q6.  Oren was ahead with KJ suited, then flopped a flush draw.

A Queen on the turn gave Jerry the lead, but Oren hit his flush on the river to double up to nearly 200k.  Jerry was left with about 490k.

Event 4: 11th Place - Matusow

 $400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

 Donald Matusow (Bryn Mawr, PA)

Blinds: 10k/20k, 3k ante

Don Matusow got his short-stack all-in and called in two spots, by Alex Rocha and Phong 'VIP' Nguyen.

They checked down the board of J 8 2 4 8.

Don had A5 for Ace-high.  Alex had A6 for a better kicker.  VIP had A9 for an even better kicker to claim the pot.

Don Matusow finished in 11th place ($1,554).

Event 4: 12th Place - Behbahani

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

 Kambiz 'Tony' Behbahani (Fairfax Station, VA)  

Blinds: 10k/20k, 3k ante

On the turn with a board of 6 x x 6, all the chip went in the middle.

Tony Behbahani was all in with pocket Kings, but Mark Wahba (sb) had 86 suited for trips.

Tony was busted in 12th place ($1,554).

Event 4: Break Time Chip Counts

 $400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

End of level and time for a break. 

Here are the estimated chip counts:

Jerry Callahan - 674k (33.7 big blinds)
Mohammed Hakim - 580k
Don Matusow - 450k
Hoa Nguyen - 450k
Phong 'VIP' Nguyen - 385k
Mark Wahba - 380k
Alex Rocha - 370k
Edwin Lau - 330k
Fedor Khrapatin - 265k
Mario Dragone - 260k
Tony Behbahani - 205k
Oren Taylor - 185k (9 big blinds)

Twelve players remain.  Average stack is 385k (19 big blinds). 

Play resumed with blinds of 10k/20k and 3k antes. 

Event 4: 13th Place - Brown

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Rob Brown (Milford, NH)

 Blinds: 8k/16k/2k ante

Rob Brown moves all in from the SB with K 6 and is called by Phong Nguyen in the BB with K 10. Nguyen wins the hand with a pair of 10s and takes his stack to 370k. 

Brown finishes in 13th place for $1,195. 

Event 4: 14th Place - Dimaya

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Hamilton Dimaya (Saddle Brook, NJ)

Blinds: 8k/16k/2k ante

Jerry Callahan (UTG) makes it 35k
Tony Behbahani (MP) calls
Hamilton Dimaya (BB) is all in for 130k and at risk
Callahan reshoves
Behbahani folds and shows A♠ Q♠

Dimaya: 8 8
Callahan: 10♣ 10

Flop: 6♣ 7♣ 2♠ 

Turn: 5 (Dimaya open ended straight draw)

River J

River Dimaya's tournament comes to an end in 14th place earning him $1,195.  Callahan is now the chip leader with 650k.

Event 4: 15th Place - Cohen

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

 Rob Cohen (Chappaqua, NY)

Rob Cohen (cutoff) moves all in for 95k and is at risk
Alex Rocha (SB) calls

Cohen: K 10
Rocha: AK

Flop: J Q J (Cohen open ended)

Turn: 8

River: 2 

Cohen doesn't connect and is out in 15th place and earns the pay jump of $1,195.
Rocha is now up to 340k.

Event 4: 16th Place - Del Rossi

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

John Del Rossi (Mantua, NJ)
Blinds: 8k/16k/2k ante

John Del Rossi (MP) moves all in for 108k
Mohammed Hakim (button) calls

Del Rossi: A♠ K
Hakim: 5♣ 5

Flop: Q♣ 8♣ 7♠

Turn: 3

River: 6♠

Del Rossi loses the coin flip and is out in 16th place for $1,016.

"I can't win the other side of the race," says Del Rossi, after losing back to back races with pocket 9s.  "If there's a silver lining, maybe I can make a run in the $770."

The Borgata regular is taking his profit and rolling it over into Event 5, which still has open registration.

Event 4: Nines Unkind to Rossi

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Blinds 6k/12k/2k

John Del Rossi goes from 370k to 125k when his pocket 9s fail to hold twice.

Del Rossi first doubles-up Oren Taylor who's holding AK and spikes a king on the river to more than double his 88k.

A few hands later it's 9 9♠ again for Del Rossi against the Q♣ 10♣ of Rob Cohen who's all in for 85k.

Flop: 5 6♣ 2♣ (Cohen flush draw)

Turn: 8♣ (Cohen flush)

River: J

Cohen doubles up while Del Rossi drops to 125k.

Event 4: 17th Place - Warriner

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Jason Warriner (Absecon, NJ)

Blinds 8k/16/2k ante

Jason Warriner (MP) opens to 33k
John Del Rossi (Button) moves all in
Warriner calls and is at risk for 120k total

Warriner: Q♠ 10♣
Del Rossi: K Q

Flop: 6♠ 7♠ 8♠
(Warriner has flush and gutshot straight draws, 50/50 to win the hand)

Turn: Q♣ (Del Rossi still leads with pair of queens, better kicker)

River: 7♣

Del Rossi wins the hand and knocks Warriner out in 17th place for $1,015.  Del Rossi now has more than 300k.

Event 4: 18th Place - Gorman

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Erik Gorman (Matthews, NC)

Blinds 5k/10k/1k ante

Gorman opens from under the gun to 26k
Hamilton Dimaya tank shoves 130k total
Gorman snap calls and is at risk

Gorman: J J
Dimaya: 8 8

Flop: A 8 4 (Dimaya set of 8s)

Turn: 9

River: 9

Dimaya's full house is the winner, knocking Gorman out in 18th place for $1,016.  Dimaya has been on a roll since returning as the short stack. After doubling through Gorman to start the day and then knocking him out, Dimaya is now an average stack with 260k.

Event 4: What's at Stake

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

The final 18 players are all in the money and are guaranteed at least $1,016.  Tony Behbahani has arrived and begins the day with a below average stack of 186k, but chip leader Hoa Nguyen is still MIA.


Nguyen arrives at 12:17 pm and says, "I was having lunch."


Short stack Hamilton Dimaya (Saddle Brook, NJ) doubles through Erik Gorman in a blind vs blind scenario.  Dimaya now has 80k.

Remaining Prize Pool

Place - Amount

1st $32,267
2nd $17,926
3rd $11,114
4th $8,963
5th $6,931
6th $5,856
7th $4,720
8th $3,525
9th $2,390
10-12 $1,554
13-15 $1,195
16-18 $1,016

Event 4: Play Resumes

$400 + $50 Big Stack NLH 

As the final 18 players take their seats, two players are conspicuously absent.  Tony Behbahani (Fairfax Station, VA) and chip leaer Hoa Nguyen (Fairfax, VA).

The average stack 257k (26 BB) as play resumes with blinds at 5k/10k/1k ante.

Cards are in the air!

Event 5: Strong Field

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Recognizable Faces in the Crowd

Dwyte Pilgrim
Lee Childs
Barry Levy
Paul Leon
Mike Dentale
Josh Cranfill
Eric Doerr
Bob Haavind
Vyacheslav Eyzerovich
Eric Siegel
Abe Korotki
John Allan Hinds
Roman Valerstein
Mark Sykes
Jason Young

Event 5: Double Trouble

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

DP Doubles-Up

Giving the chip lead to Dwyte Pilgrim, a former WPT Borgata Poker Open Champion, is one thing, but a double stack on the first hand of the tournament is ridiculous.

Holding J 10, Pilgrim and his opponent see a flop of 10 5 2 and Pilgrim calls a flop bet.  The turn brings another 10 and Pilgrim calls with trips.  The river is another 2 and when his opponent moves all in Pilgrim snap calls and shows the winning full house.

"My hand just kept getting better," says Pilgrim, who won his title in 2010 for $734,000. "Top pair, trips and a full house on the river."

Pilgrim, who now has 30k, is catching some good-natured ribbing from the other players at the table.

"I want my money back," says Ken Silverstein (Edison, NJ).  "His range is 3-7 and higher and now he has a double stack."

Also at the table is Mike Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA) who's fresh off his second place finish in Event 2 for $16,754.

Event 5: Rock & Roll

$700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The highest buy-in to date of the Borgata Spring Poker Open is underway. The $770 means a high caliber of play and a great prize pool.

Players love the 15k in starting chips and 40 minute levels (Levels 11+/50 min.). Unlimited re-entry is available for the first 4 levels, so those looking to fire multiple bullets are going to be aggressive early.

Blinds start 25/50 and the cards are in the air!

Saturday, April 7


11AM: Event 5 - $700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-10: will last 40 minutes each | Levels 11+: will last 50 minutes each
  • Players that bust within the first 4 Levels may Re-Enter (unlimited re-entries)
  • 2-Day event
3 PM:  Event 6 - $350 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B

  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 45 minutes each
  • 2-Day event

7 PM:  Event 26 - $200 + $30 + $100 Black 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

      Event 4 - Start of Day 2

      Borgata Spring Poker Open
      Event 4: $400 + $50 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em
      April 6 - 7, 2012

      Entries: 308
      Total Buy-In: $123,200

      T1 | S1 - MARK WAHBA (CLEVELAND, OH):  305,000
      T1 | S2 - FEDOR KHRAPATIN (BROOKLYN, NY):  373,000
      T1 | S4 - ROBERT BROWN (MILFORD, NH):  123,000
      T1 | S5 - MARIO DRAGONE (TOTOWA, NJ):  266,000
      T1 | S6 - EDWIN LAU (PHILADELPHIA, PA):  368,000
      T1 | S7 - HAMILTON DIMAYA (SADDLE BROOK, NJ):  39,000
      T1 | S8 - ERIK GORMAN (MATTHEWS, NC):  187,000
      T1 | S9 - JEREMIAH CALLAHAN (OYSTER BAY, NY):  420,000

      T2 | S1 - ALEXANDER ROCHA (S SETAUKET, NY):  265,000
      T2 | S2 - JOHN DELROSSI (MANTUA, NJ):  299,000
      T2 | S3 - OREN TAYLOR (BRIDGETON, NJ):  269,000
      T2 | S4 - MOHAMMED HAKIM (PARSIPANNY, NJ):  357,000
      T2 | S5 - HOA MINH NGUYEN (FAIRFAX, VA):  574,000
      T2 | S6 - ALFRED WARRINER (ABSECON, NJ):  135,000
      T2 | S7 - PHONG THAN NGUYEN (BRISTOW, VA):  100,000
      T2 | S8 - ROBERT COHEN (CHAPPAQUA, NY):  107,000
      T2 | S9 - DONALD MATUSOW (BRYN MAWR, PA):  229,000

      Event 4: Top Two

      $400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      The remaining 18 players return tomorrow at 12pm to fight for their share of the $123,200 Prizepool and coveted Borgata trophy. Top two big stacks pictured below.

      Hoa Nguyen - 574,000

      2nd in Chips
      Jerry Callahan - 420,000

      Event 4: End of Day Stacks

      $400 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Number of Entrants: 308
      Players remaining: 18
      Total Prizepool: $123,200

      Chip-Counts for Day 2:

      1 - Hoa Nguyen - 574,000
      2 - Jerry Callahan - 420,000
      3 - Fedor Kurapam - 373,000
      4 - Edwin Lau - 368,000
      5 - Mohammed Hakim - 357,000
      6 - Mark Wahba - 305,000
      7 - John Del Rossi Jr - 299,000
      8 - Oren Taylor - 269,000
      9 - Mario Dragone - 266,000
      10 - Alex Rocha - 265,000
      11 - Don Matusow - 229,000
      12 - Erik Gorman - 187,000
      13 - Kambiz Behbahani - 186,000
      14 - Jason Warriner - 135,000
      15 - Robert Brown - 123,000
      16 - Rob Cohen - 109,000
      17 - Phong Nguyen - 100,000
      18 - Hamilton Dimaya - 39,000