Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Event 10: Double Up X 2

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

With 6 players per table, everyone wants to make the final table and continue to move up in the payouts.

10-12 earns $1,001.

Gordon Eng wins a true battle of the blinds when his QQ holds up against Eric Natishvili's 10-10.

Gordo had to sweat a J-9-K flop and did.

He's up to 350,000 with that double up.

Mark Borges (Hoboken, NY) at the other table also doubled his stack.

Ilya was looking for his 11th bounty of the night but failed when his A-9 had kicker problems against Mark's A-K of hearts.

Board ran dry and Borges sails up to over 300,000.

Event 10: Break Time

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Our thirteen remaining players are on a brief color-up break.

Everyone trying to capture all of the 3,435,000 total chips in play and the Borgata trophy.

Play began at 11am with 229 entrants.

When play continues Level 17 blinds continue at 3000 / 6000 with 500 antes.

On a sidenote, Ilya did in fact break his bounty record as he now has 9.

Event 10: Nasser Nixed

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Nasser Khan - 14th Place - $855

After grinding all day, Nasser Khan's first 2012 Borgata Spring Poker Open event comes to an end.

The dialysis center executive chases hearts and comes up short.

He sticks in his 150,000 stack with 7 3 on a board of 8♠ A 4.

Jerry Callahan snap calls and shows K♠ 8.

Turn brings a J♣ and river falls Q♣.

With that pot, Jerry is now the tournament leader with 481,000.

Nasser second guessed his decision and was surprised Callahan called so quickly. He plans on playing again in tomorrow's event.

Event 10: Nice Knowing You

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Event 10 continues in Borgata Poker Room. With blinds and antes ballooning, players have made some quick exits.

We're now down to 16 players.

17th Nica Vasile (Forest Hills, NY) - $777
18th Lisa Whaley (Lake Hopatcong, NJ) - $777
19th Ameer Bashar (Jamaica, NY) $700
20th Christopher Senape (New York, NY) $700
21st Mark Scellato (Jackson, NJ) - $700
22nd Lucky Lee Kirsch (Cold Spring Harbor, NY) $700

Lee's pocket tens didn't hold up and he busted out in 22nd place. No action all day then three big hands almost back to back to back.

Event 10: Callahan Guns Down Three

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Jerry Callahan - 340,000 & 8 Bounties

Jerry Callahan knocks out three short stacks after hitting a flush on the turn.

J-10 of hearts worked out to the tune of three $100 black bounty chips for Jerry.

"After one short stack shoved for 40,000 then another shoved for 40,000 and another for 50,000, I had to call" said Callahan.

Ilya Vasserman also has 8 bounties which ties his own personal best. Can he break his own record? We'll keep you posted.

22 Players remain.

Blinds are up to 3000 / 6000 with 500 antes.

Event 10: Quick-Lee Up & Down

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Avid Borgata Blog fan"Lucky" Lee Kirsch was card dead most of the day until waking up to AA and AK in back to back hands against the same opponent.

In hand #1 his AA held up against KK bringing Lee's stack to 100,000. Opponent with KK said he was salivating when Lee raised him.

In hand #2, Lee looks down at AK of spades and announces "all in". Same Opponent, directly to his left, calls and tables AJ.

Jack in the window gives Opponent the double up.

Lee was upset with the "steam call". "You had to know I had a monster" said Kirsch.

Lee's down to 45,000 looking to build back.

Gordon Eng, seated to Lee's right, has knighted Lucky Lee, "The Real Lee" poking fun at some of the other Borgata regulars with Lee in their name.

Event 10: What Can Brown Do For You

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Patrick Brown - 250,000

Patrick Brown (Brooklyn, NY) knocks out the bubble in a sick hand that has everyone excited.

Opponent held 66 as the flop brought 6-4-10.

Patrick, holding A-10 off, bet 50,000 feeling confident with top pair.

Sixes shoved and Patrick called.

Turn paired the board with a four and you guessed it, a ten spiked the river.

Patrick had the better full house and knocked out the bubble in dramatic fashion.

"You better say your prayers kid" said the upset Bubble Boy.

Patrick learned his game off of one of Borgata's Best, Dwyte Pilgrim.

Three tables remain - everyone is in the money and will share part of the $80,150 Total Buy-In.

We'll play this one to conclusion here in the Poker Room.

Event 10: Dubimchik With Chips

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Alex Dubimchik (Philadelphia, PA) - 360,000

As the bubble looms, ladies luck strikes Alex Dubimchik.

Player opens for 12,000, Alex flats with QQ, and Goron Eng raises to 52,000 holding KK.

Gordon jams his monster stack on a flop of Q-7-6. Alex snaps with the set and just like that becomes the new chip leader.

Gordon couldn't believe it but took the hit like a pro. He's down but not out.

Hand for hand continues...

Event 10: Lisa Last

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

James Karalis, Lisa Whaley, & Anthony Spadola

At a different table, Melanie Borchetta (Lagrangeville, NY) got her short stack in with A-10 on a board of 3-2-4-2-6 and finished the double bubble in 29th Place.

That leaves Lisa Whaley our Last Woman Standing.

She's above average with 150,000 and looking to be the last person standing.

Tablemate Anthony Spadola (Hamilton Square, NJ) says hi to his kids, Brielle, Tristan, and Jordon saying, "Daddy will be home late tonight".

Hand for hand with four tables remaining.

27th place looking at 700. 28th gets a pat on the back!

Event 10: Two Birds With One Stone

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Lisa Whaley (Lake Hopatcong, NJ) gets the best of George Fotiadis when her AA sets up against George's KK. Lisa does not get his $100 bounty as George was left with under 1000.

Lisa plays with George quite frequently at Borgata but said she's usually on the other end of the punishment.

The next hand George's 10-4 fell to Opponent's 9-9. Two players were bounced in the hand.

Down to 30 as the bubble quickly approaches.

"I'm repeating tomorrow in Omaha 8" said George who left smiling.

Event 10: Gordo In Good Shape

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Gordon Eng - 180,000

Gordon Eng grinds his way to 180,000 and is among the chip leaders as the bubble approaches.

"Still got a long way to go" laughed the Borgata regular who knows it's about to get fun.

Four tables of bounty hunters are trickling back from dinner break.

33 players remain with the top 27 getting part of the 480,150 Total Buy In.

Average chip stack is 107,344.

Event 8 Recap

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

Mikey "Muscles" and Mike "The Mad Dog" were side-by-side at the final table, but only one of the Borgata regulars could win the title.  In the end Mikey "Muscles" Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) beat Dean Chen (Ellenville, NY) heads up as Mike "Mad Dog" Shasho finished third at the Borgata Spring Poker Open.

"It feels great," says Dentale who won his second Borgata trophy and $31,716 to go along with it. "I keep playing the same game, the big thing is that my hands held up."  Like on the final hand when his A 3♣ held against Chen's K♠ 9.

"I played pretty well," says Chen, who takes home $17,620 as runner-up. "When the blinds get this high, the cards matter and I didn't hit anything."

The final two took different paths to heads up play.

Chen held the chip lead most of the final table after winning a huge pot with pocket aces against 9th place finisher Matt Piccolo (Dumont, NJ). On the flip side Dentale came to the final table as the short stack, but his patience paid off as he doubled-up twice, including with pocket jacks against Chen, to get off life support. 

While Chen and Dentale watched their chip stacks fluctuate, Shasho was slow and steady for his 3rd place/$10,924 payday. He didn't have any final table knockouts, but Shasho did record his second final table of the series (5th place Event 5/$6,600).

The tournament began with 346 entries for a total buy-in of $121,100.  The field featured Spring Poker Open event winners Brian Lemke (Event 1/$111,076) and Manh Nguyen (Event 2/$30,159), along with 2010 Borgata Poker Open Champion Dwyte Pilgrim ($734,000), but none of them made the money.

Recognizable names who did cash included three time WSOP bracelet holder "Miami" John Cernuto (34th place/$705) and Day 2 casualty Roman Valerstein (24th/$881).

Valerstein was 4th in chips on the restart, but his pocket 10s and pocket kings were cracked early and he was the first elimination of the 24 returning players.

There was also an early exit for chip leader Neel Mazumdar (Wallingford, CT) who was beaten by a two outer on the river by Deon Nossel (New York, NY), who turned his good fortune into a 7th place/$4,640 finish.  Mazumdar settled for 19th place/$881.

For Dentale it was solid play and good fortune that earned him his second title.  "I really didn't get cards," he said. "I just make sure I put my chips in with the best of it."

The New York businessman now has bookend trophies and back to back Spring Poker Open victories after winning his first title last year for $57,000.

Final Table Results

1st Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) $31,716
2nd Dean Chen (Ellenville, NY) $17,620
3rd Mike Shasho (Ramsey, NJ) $10,924
4th Peter Dene (Pearl River, NY) $8,810
5th Jeremiah McKenna (Norwalk, CT)$6,813
6th Casey Keith (Greenville, NC)$5,756
7th Deon Nossel (New York, NY)$4,640
8th Sungwoo Tae (Piscataway, NJ) $3,465
9th Matt Piccolo (Dumont, NJ) $2,349
10th Rob Brown (Milford, NH) $1,527

Event 8: 1st Place - Dentale

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY)

Mike Dentale limps from the button, Dean Chen moves all in for 2.1 million, Dentale calls.

Dentale: A 3♣
Chen: K♠ 9

Flop: A 10♣ 7 (Dentale pair of aces)

Turn: J♣

River: K

Dentale's pair of aces are best as he eliminates Chen to take the title.

"I folded seven or eight hands in a row and was patient," says Dentale who wins his second Borgata trophy.  "I knew if he shoved I would have the best hand and it held up."

Dentale, who owns a windows company in New York, won a title in the 2011 Borgata Spring Poker Open for $57,000 and this is his second cash of this series after finishing 13th in Event 5 for $1,925.  

Mike Dentale takes home $31,716 for his year's win and is look forward to the Championship Event (April 15-19).

Event 8: 2nd Place - Chen

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

  Dean Chen (Ellenville, NY)

Dean Chen's tournament comes to an end when he moves all in with K♠ 9 against Mike Dentale's A 3♣.  Chen doesn't get any help and when Dentale hits the flop he wins the tournament with a pair of aces.

"I played pretty well," says the full time pro. "When the blinds get this high, the cards matter and I didn't hit anything."
This is Chen's second cash of the Borgata Spring Poker Open after his 15th place finish in Event 1 for $4,292.

Dean Chen's runner-up finish gets him another $17,620.

Event 10: Dinner Break Chipleader

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Eric Natishvilli (Hoboken, NJ)

Our Dinner Break Chipleader is no stranger to the Borgata Spring Open. He's played every Nio Limit event with mediocre results, the $1/2 No Limit cash-game grinder is finally in position to make a deep run. Natishvilli  leads the field with 33 players left.

Event 8: Heads Up

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

Chip Counts

Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) 5.3 million
Dean Chen (Ellenville, NY) 3.4 million

Event 8: 3rd Place - Shasho

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

Mike Shasho (Ramsey, NJ) 

Mike Shasho all in and at risk for 1.6 million vs Mike Dentale.

Shasho: A♣ 9
Dentale: 8♣ 8

Flop: 2♠ 6 7♠

Turn: 5♣ (Shasho with gutshot straight draw)

River: 5

Mike "Mad Dog" Shasho doesn't win the race and is on the rail.

"I feel great," says Shasho, who picks up his second final table of the Borgata Spring Poker Open (5th place Event 5 - $6,600). "I've been a lot more patient and folding more."

Shasho is a retired retail jeweler who now spends his time at the poker tables and with vintage cars. He says the "Mad Dog" nickname comes from his wild days at the cash tables.

Shasho finishes in third place for $10,924.

Mike Dentale and Dean Chen are now heads up for the title.

Event 10: Dinner Break

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

All players on Dinner Break,
play resumes in 1-hour.

Number of Entries: 229
Players remaining: 33

Blinds: 1,500/3,000/400a

Top 5 Chip-Counts
Eric Natishvilli - 262,600
Alex Dubinchik - 208,000
Karl Tretter - 198,000
Bernard Liberati - 193,000
Jerry Callahan - 190,000
Gordon Eng - 180,000

Event 9 Recap

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)       

Dan Maisano (Arlington, VA) claimed his first win in a major tournament today, taking the top prize in the Pot Limit Omaha event.  His victory over runner-up Mark Wahba (Cleveland, OH) earned him $8,511 and the Borgta Spring Poker Open Trophy.  Wahba had to settle for second place and $4,682.

Wahba won event 4, the $400 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em just a few days ago, earning $32,267.  He's already atop the Spring Poker Open Leaderboard, and today's second place finish will extend his lead.

The field of 117 players generated total buy-ins of $29,250 and included many familiar faces.  Among them were WSOP bracelet holder and three-time Borgata Open trophy winner Chris Reslock; Joe Liberta (one Borgata Open title); and Manh Nguyen (two Borgata Open titles).  None of these made it to the cash, however.

Maisano actually got all-in during the re-entry period holding two pair with nut-flush-draw against a straight wrap and busted out.  He opted to re-enter and this time held on to the end.  Referring to the final table, he said "These guys were pretty tough -- all good players". 

Dan 'Megatron' Maisano has been playing poker since college, but this is his first win in a major event.  "Freshman year...we had a game every single night, from 10pm to 5am."  He's self-employed in marketing and plays poker when he can work it into his schedule.

Final Table Results
1.  Dan Maisano (Arlington, VA)  $8,511
2.  Mark Wahba (Cleveland, OH)  $4,682
3.  Anthony Zinno (Cranston, RI)  $2,695
4.  Kevin Wolbach (Macungie, PA)  $2,270
5.  Ravi Dalsania (Middletown, DE)  $1,702
6.  James Weaver (Coraopolis, PA)  $1,419
7.  Aaron Pinson (Baltimore, MD)  $1,135
8.  Michael Geddes (New York, NY)  $851
9.  John Del Rossi (Mantua, NJ)  $638
10.  Bill Ricciardelli (Poughkeepsie, NY)  $567

Event 9: 1st Place - Maisano

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)      

Dan Maisano (Arlington, VA)

Dan Maisano conquered the field of 117 Pot Limit Omaha players to claim the top prize of $8,511 and the Borgata Spring Poker Open trophy.

Dan has been playing poker since college, but this is his first win in a major event.  "Freshman year...we had a game every single night, from 10pm to 5am."  He's self-employed in marketing and plays poker when he can work it into his schedule.

Event 9: 2nd Place - Wahba

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)     

Mark Wahba (Cleveland, OH)

Mark Wahba came up short of winning his second event during this Borgata Spring Poker Open.  He finished second for $4,682.

Just three days ago, Mark picked up $32,267 for winning event 4, the $400 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em event.

Event 8: Final Three Chip Counts

 $350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Name-Chip Counts

 Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) 5.2 million
 Mike Shasho (Ramsey, NJ) 2.2 million
 Dean Chen (Ellenville, NY) 1.3 million

Event 9: 3rd Place - Zinno

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)      

Anthony Zinno (Cranston, RI)

Anthony Zinno was next to report to the rail.  He finished in 3rd place, earning $2,695.

"I love strategy games"  Anthony said.  He's a self-taught poker player "learning from my mistakes".  He loves all the games, but PLO is is favorite.

Event 8: 4th Place - Dene

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

 Peter Dene (Pearl River, NY) 

In the biggest pot of the tournament Peter Dene makes a move against Mike Dentale and ends up on the rail.

On a flop of 5 9 K♠, Dene bets 1 million and Dentale calls.

Turn: A♠

Dene moves all in for 1.1 million and has Dentale covered.

After going in the tank, Dentale says, "I don't think I'm good enough to fold this."  A minute later Dentale makes the call.

Dentale: A♠ 5(two pairs)
Dene: 9 7♠ (pair of nines)

When the river bricks, Dene is out in 4th place.  

"I had him after the flop and I thought he was going to fold," says Dene, a high school teacher in New York who's on spring break.  "I tried to make a move, but he made a great call and I guess I got out played a little bit."

Dentale is now the massive chip leader with more than 5 million chips.

"He told me he respected my game, which I really appreciated," says Dene,  "I only play home games and to go against guys who are here all the time is pretty good."

Dene finishes in 4th place for $8,810.

Event 9: 4th Place - Wolbach

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)     

Kevin Wolbach (Macungie, PA)

Blinds: 15k/30k

With four players remaining, the average stack is 585k (19.5 big blinds).

It didn't take long for Kevin Wolbach to be dispatched.  He finished 4th ($2,270).

Event 9: 5th Place - Dalsania

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)     

Ravi Dalsania (Middletown, DE)

Blinds:  10k/20k

After Dan Maisano limped, Kevin Wolbach moved in his last 87k.  Mark Wahba called from the big blind and Dan came along for the ride.

Dan & Mark checked down the board of J♠83Q♠9♠.   Kevin said "nuts" and showed A♠K♠KQ for the nut flush to take the pot, tripling up.

Blinds Up: 15k/30k

Ravi moved in for his last 49k utg.  Both blinds called and checked down the board of K 9 7 Q K.

Dan showed JT33 for the King-high straight to take the pot.  Mark & Ravi mucked.

Ravi Dalsania finished in 5th place, earning $1,702.

Four players remain.

Event 8: Final Four Chip Counts

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

Blinds 50k/100k/10k ante

Name-Chip Count (in millions)

Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) 2.2
Mike Shasho (Ramsey, NJ) 1.3
Peter Dene (Pearl River, NY) 2.6
Dean Chen (Ellenville, NY) 2.7

Event 10: Chip & Chair

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

A Chip and a Chair, literally...

George St Lawrence (Goshen, NY)

Down to his last chip, literally only one black (100) chip in his stack with Blinds at 6,000/1,200/200a. Without enough to even post the ante, St Lawrence needed a miracle, and that's exactly what he got. The "luckbox" gives us his account on his climb back to 19,000 chips:

rivered a set of 10's - back to 1,000
pocket 99's held vs two overs - up to 4,000
limp/trapped the Big Blind with AA - doubled to 19,000

Event 8: 5th Place - McKenna

 $350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Jeremiah McKenna (Norwalk, CT)

Jeremiah McKenna came to the final table third in chips, but couldn't get anything going and is out in 5th place.  

"I was getting eaten up by the blinds," says McKenna who now has two final tables in the series.  "I got no cards at the final table."

McKenna is down to 225k when he's all in against Mike Dentale and Mike Shasho. The board is 10 6 8 4, when Dentale bets into a dry side pot and gets Shasho to fold.

McKenna: A 9
Dentale A 8

The river bricks and Dentale knocks McKenna out with a pair of eights. 

"I feel pretty good," says the poker pro who finished 7th in Event 7, Deep Stack Semi Turbo ($1,497).  "It's better than a ham sandwich," he jokes about his 5th place finish for $6,813.

Event 8: 6th Place - Keith

 $350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

 Casey Keith (Greenville, NC)

Casey Keith is all in for 335k and is at risk against Mike Dentale.

Keith: A♠ 5♠
Dentale: 6 6♣

Flop: 8♠ 8♣ 3

Turn: 2

River: J♣

Keith, who's spending his first week at Borgata, is out in 6th place.  Being a short stack for the last 14 hours, I'm pretty happy," says Keith, who picks up his second cash of the series (18th/$730).  "I just didn't get lucky in the end.

Keith's 6th place finish earns him $5,756.

Event 9: 6th Place - Weaver

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)    

James Weaver (Coraopolis, PA)

 Blinds Up:  10k/20k

Dan Maisano rivered a wheel to take a pot from James Weaver, who was left with only 40k.

A couple of hands later, Kevin Wolbach limped, James moved all-in for his last 27k, Anthony Zinno (button) called and both blinds came along for the ride.

They all checked to the river as the board came K Q Q K 7.  Anthony bet 30k into the dry side pot and everyone else folded.

Anthony showed 77xx for the rivered full boat.  James mucked.

James Weaver finished in 6th place, earning $1,419.

Five players remain.  The next one to go picks up $1,702.

Event 10: Big Pot

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

We got action folks, chips are flying in Event #10.

Robert Albert - AA
Eric Natishvili - 22
Aziz Wehbey - A3

Pre-flop action was standard - open raise, call, call.
Flop: 82K
All the chips go in the middle, 3-way all-in.
Turn: 3
River: J

Robert Albert - Eliminated
Eric Natishvili - Wins Side Pot
Aziz Wehbey - Wins Main Pot

Event 9: Stuck at Six

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)    

Blinds Up:  10k/20k

The final six are moving chips around the felt.  Rough counts:

Dan Maisano - 775k
Mark Wahba - 730k
Anthony Zinno - 285k
Kevin Wolbach - 220k
James Weaver - 180k
Ravi Dalsania - 175k

Event 8: Final Table Chip Counts

 $350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Blinds 40k/80k, 10k ante

Dean Chen (Ellenville, NY) 2.7 million
Peter Dene (Pearl River, NY) 1.9 million
Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) 1.5 million
Mike Shasho (Ramsey, NJ) 1.1 million
Jeremiah McKenna (Norwalk, CT) 850k
Casey Keith (Greenville, NC) 515k

Event 9: Dalsania Triples

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)    

Blinds: 8k/16k

Dan Maisano limped, Ravi Dalsania limped, then Anthony Zinno (sb) potted to 80k. 

Mark Wahba (bb) called, Dan folded, and Ravi moved all-in for 87k (7k more).  Both blinds called.

Anthony and Mark checked down the board of Q 6 2 6 3.  Anthony showed AKT4 for nut-no-pair.

Ravi rolled over AA75 to take the pot with Aces-up.  He more than tripled up to 325k.

Event 9: Break Time Chip Counts

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)    

Play resumed after the break with level 21, blinds 8k/16k.

Rough chip counts as of the break:

Mark Wahba - 660k
Dan Maisano - 475k
Kevin Wolbach - 441k
Anthony Zinno - 300k
James Weaver - 285k
Ravi Dalsania - 150k

Average stack is 390k (24 big blinds).

Event 8: 7th Place - Nossel

 $350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

 Deon Nossel (New York, NY)

Blinds 30k/60k, 5k ante

Dean Chen opens to 125k
Deon Nossel moves all in for 280k more and is at risk
Chen calls

Nossel: K♠ K♣
Chen: A 8

Flop J 5♠ 7♣

Turn: 4(Chen's over card picks up gutshot straight & flush draws)

River 3

Deon Nossel loses to Chen's flush and is out in 7th place for $4,640. Chen extends his chip lead to 2.7 million.

Event 9: Dalsania Doubles

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)   

Blinds Up: 6k/12k 

On a flop of J T 9 with two hearts, Ravi Dalsania (button) bet pot (48k).  James Weaver raised enough to cover Ravi's stack.

Ravi called all-in, showing KQT6 suited in hearts, for the nut straight with second-nut-flush-draw.

James held 8744 for the bottom end of the straight.  The last two were offsuit 9 J and Ravi doubled to ~215k.  James was down to ~310k.

Mark Wahba potted pre-flop and got a call from Ravi and one other player.  On the flop of J 9 4 rainbow, Mark bet the pot and both opponents folded.

End of level and time for a break.

Event 8: 8th Place - Tae

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

 Sungwoo Tae (Piscataway, NJ)
Blinds 20k/40k/4k ante

Sungwoo Tae moves all in for 270k and is at risk
Casey Keith calls

Tae: A 7
Keith A 10

Tae picks up a flush draw with the 7, but the river bricks and Tae is out in 8th place earning $3,465.

Keith now has 960k.

Event 10: Payouts

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

1st - $21,768
2nd - $12,828
3rd - $7,386
4th - $5,986
5th - $4,665
6th - $3,887
7th - $3,110
8th - $2,332
9th - $1,555
10-12th - $1,011
13-15th - $855
16-18th - $777
19-27th - $700

Event 10: Field Stats

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Number of Entries: 229
Players remaining: 80

Blinds: 6,000/1,200/200a

RJ Windows - 183,000

Random Chip-Counts:
Ameer Bashar - 173,000
Gordon Eng - 70,200
Jerry Callahan - 63,000
Lee Childs - 62,000
Russell Crane - 23,700

Event 9: 7th Place - Pinson

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)  

Aaron Pinson (Baltimore, MD)

  Blinds: 6k/12k

Next to go was Aaron Pinson.  He finished in 7th place, earning $1,135.

Mark Wahba has taken the chip lead.  He's up to ~550k.

Six players remain.  Average is 390k.

Event 8: 9th Place - Piccolo

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

 Matt Piccolo (Dumont, NJ) 

Blinds 20/40, 4k ante

Matt Piccolo limps from the button
Casey Keith completes from the SB
Dean Chen raises from the BB to 120k
Piccolo calls, Keith folds

Flop: K 10 J

Chen bets 200k
Piccolo shoves 900k
Chen calls.

Chen: A♠ A
Piccolo: J♠ 9♠ (middle pair, gutshot straight draw)

Turn: 5♣

River 3

Piccolo bricks the turn and river and is out in 9th place.  "I'm pretty mad," says the gregarious player, who finished 5th ($13,000) in a deep stack during 2001 Borgata Poker Open. "I just spazzed off all my chips."

Chen is now the chip leader with 2.5 million, surpassing Mike Dentale who is at 1.5 million after starting the final table with a 300k short stack.

Matt Piccolo finishes in 9th place for $2,349.

Event 9: 8th Place - Geddes

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)  

Michael Geddes (New York, NY)

Blinds Up: 6k/12k

Mark Wahba limped, then Michael Geddes (cutoff) raised pot (45k) leaving only 4k behind.  Kevin Wolbach called from the small blind and Mark Wahba came along for the flop:

A 6 3 -- all clubs.  Kevin bet 10k, Mark called, and Michael put his last 4k in the pot.

The last two cards were 2 3 and were checked down.

Michael held A984 for Aces with 9 kicker.  Kevin held AKT4 for Aces with King kicker.  Mark mucked.

Kevin took the pot, chipping up to ~495k.

Michael Geddes took 8th place and $851.

Event 9: 9th Place - Del Rossi

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry) 

John Del Rossi (Mantua, NJ)

Blinds: 5k/10k

After Dan Maisano limped, John Del Rossi moved his short-stack all-in.  Dan made the call.

Dan:  8543
John: AQJ9 (ss)

The board came J 8 2 3 8 and Dan made trips on the river to take the pot.  He's up to ~570k

John will take home $638 for 9th place.

Eight players remain.  Average is 366k.

Event 9: Kings-Up Good for Double-Up

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry) 

Blinds: 5k/10k

Kevin Wolbach limped, then Aaron Pinson raised pot.  Anthony Zinno (button) re-potted.  Back to Kevin, who folded.  Aaron called all-in.

Aaron: KK32
Anthony: AQJT (ss)

The board came 9 6 6 9 7 and Aaron doubled up with Kings-up.

Event 8: 10th Place - Brown

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

Rob Brown (Milford, NH) 

Blinds 12k/24k/3k ante

Peter Dene opens to 75k
Rob Brown shoves 490k
Dene calls

Brown: Q 10
Dene: A A

Brown is drawing dead on the turn and is out in 10th place for $1,527.

Dene is up to 1.3 million

Event 9: Final Table Chip Counts

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry) 

End of level 18 and the final 9 are taking a break.

Blinds: 4k/8k

On the last hand before the break, Ravi Dalsania was all-in on the flop of 8 7 7 against James Weaver.  Ravi was in good shape with 87xx (full house) against James' KKxx.  No King appeared on the board and Ravi doubled up.

Here's the final table lineup with chip counts:

Seat - Player - Chips
1 - Ravi Dalsania - 55k
2 - Kevin Wolbach - 465k
3 - Aaron Pinson - 91k
4 - James Weaver - 80k
5 - Anthony Zinno - 560k
6 - Mark Wahba - 280k
7 - Dan Maisano - 560k
8 - Mike Geddes - 150k
9 - John Del Rossi - 70k

After the break play resumed with level 19, blinds 5k/10k.

Event 9: 10th Place - Ricciardelli

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)

Bill Ricciardelli (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Blinds: 4k/8k

Not long after they settled into their seats at the final table, Bill Ricciardelli was getting up again.  He busted out in 10th place ($567).

Nine players remain.  Average is 260k.

Event 9: 11th Place - Stone

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)

Travis 'Jay' Stone (Norfolk, VA)

Blinds: 4k/8k

Jay Stone was the next to depart.  He finished 11th for $567.

With his departure, the final ten drew seats and moved to the final table.

Event 8: Final Table

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

Seat-Name-Chip Counts

1 Jeremiah McKenna (Norwalk, CT) 1.25 million
2 Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) 300k
3 Mike Shasho (Ramsey, NJ) 930k
4 Peter Dene (Pearl River, NY) 815k
5 Rob Brown (Milford, NH) 478k
6 Deon Nossel (New York, NY) 900k
7 Sungwoo Tae (Piscataway, NJ) 380k
8 Matt Piccolo (Dumont, NJ) 1.3 million
9 Casey Keith (Greenville, NC) 392k
10 Dean Chen (Ellenville, NY) 1.9 million

Event 9: 12th Place - Nettles

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)

Kevin Nettles (Pottstown, PA)

Blinds: 4k/8k

On the turn with a board of A 7 5 A, Anthony Zinno (bb) checked, Aaron Pinson bet 19k, Kevin Nettles called, and Anthony checked-raised big.  The other two surrendered the pot.  Anthony is approaching 500k.

Kevin Nettles was left short-stacked and got his last chips in against Mike Geddes.  Mike took the pot.

Kevin took $567 for 12th place.

Event 8: 11th Place - Jiang

$350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

Yonghui Jiang (New York, NY)

Event 8: 12th Place - Saladin

 $350 + $50 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Rob Saladin (Chester, NY)

Event 8: 13th Place - Haughton

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

Milton Haughton (Jamesport, NY)

Event 8: 14th Place - Wieczorek

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

Raphael Wieczorek (Paderborn, Germany)

Event 8: 15th Place - Deutsch

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

Jake Deutsch (Staten Island, NY)

Event 10: Break Time Tweets

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Unofficially, there were 229 entries in this event.  18 tables (180 max) remain.

Here are some updates, via Twitter:

Manh Nguyen ‏ @MunMunny
Busted out of Event 10. JJ > 22. Called an all in on the river. 8923Kdd

Gordon Eng ‏ @Flashgordon227
40k 2 bounties 100bbs now don't know what to do with these chips

Jerry Callahan ‏ @callahanja911
At 38k at 2nd break. Still no bounties haven't had a spot to even attempt yet. Coming back to 300/600 w/ 75 #bso2012

Lee Childs ‏ @leechilds
34k. 600/75. One bounty. #bso2012

Matt Iles ‏ @mattyiles
34k going into 300 600

John Allan Hinds ‏ @JABistro
Back above ss again finally. 16k coming back to 300/600/75 #teammurder

Event 9: 13th Place - Huang

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)

Don Huang (Leesburg, VA)

 Blinds: 3k/6k

Don Huang got his last chips in the middle against Anthony Zinno, but Anthony made a flush on the turn to take the pot.  He chipped up to ~280k.

Don finished in 13th place ($497).

Blinds are up to 4k/8k (level 18).

Event 8: Play Resumes

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

15 players remain with an average stack of 577k (24 BB). 

Deon Nossel and Robert Saladin are the big stacks, each with more than 1 million chips.

Blinds are now 12k/24k, 3k ante.

Event 9: 14th Place - Tarabochia

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)

Joseph Tarabochia (Las Vegas, NV)

 Blinds: 3k/6k

Joseph Tarabochia got his last chips in soon after play resumed.  He came up short and Kevin Wolbach collected the last of his chips.

Joseph will collect $497 for his 14th place finish.

13 remain.  Average is now 180k.

Event 8: 16th Place - Whaley

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

Edgar Whaley (Johnstown, NY) has pocket jacks cracked on the last hand before break by Robert Saladin (Chester, NY).  Saladin has A 8 and flops an ace to take Whaley's last 250k.

Whaley is out in 16th place for $998.

Players are on a 10 minute break.

Event 8: 17th Place - Zoldak

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

John Zoldak (Staten Island, NY) gets his last 130k all in against the pocket 8s of Yonghui Jiang (New York, NY). The 8s hold and Zoldak is out in 17th place for $998.

Event 9: Break Time Chip Counts

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)

End of level.  Break time.  Time to count the chips:

Don Maisano - 433k
Kevin Wolbach - 265k
Mark Wahba - 240k
Anthony Zinno - 225k
Mike Geddes - 210k
Ravi Dalsania - 190k
Aaron Pinson - 180k
Jay Stone - 170k
John Del Rossi - 145k
James Weaver - 111k
Kevin Nettles - 85k
Don Huang - 80k
Bill Ricciardelli - 34k
Joseph Tarabochia - 8k

14 players remain.  Play resumed with blinds of 3k/6k.  Average stack is 167k.

Event 10: Tweet-Time

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Some updates from the Twitter-verse:

Matt Iles ‏ @mattyiles
28k from 15k. No bounties tho....yet.... Going into 100 200

Gordon Eng ‏ @Flashgordon227
17k from 15k pretty uneventful so far. Grinding as usual @BorgataPoker #teamtorture

Jerry Callahan ‏ @callahanja911
Good start in event 10. Up to 36k from 15k starting. Now to get some bounties #bso2012

Edward Pham ‏ @EdwardPhamPoker
Out of 500 bounty @BorgataPoker in undramatic fashion...

Keep those Tweets coming!  #BSO2012

Event 8: Final Two Tables

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

Table 1


1 Sungwoo Tae (Piscataway, NJ)
2 Deon Nossel (New York, NY)
3 Rob Brown (Milford, NH)
4 Dean Chen (Ellenville, NY)
5 John Zoldak (Staten Island, NY)
6 Milton Haughton (Jamesport, NY)
8 Yonghui Jiang (New York, NY)
9 Mike Shasho (Ramsey, NJ)

Table 2

1 Peter Dene (Pearl River, NY)
2 Matt Piccolo (Dumont, NJ)
3 Casey Keith (Greenville, NC)
4 Robert Saladin (Chester, NY)
5 Jake Deutsch (Staten Island, NY)
6 Edgar Whaley (Johnstown, NY)
7 Jeremiah McKenna (Norwalk, CT)
8 Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY)
9 Raphael Wieczorek (Paderborn, Germany)

Event 9: 15th Place - Miller

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)

Boris Miller (Oceanside, NY)

Blinds Up: 2,500/5k

Boris Miller was the next to depart this PLO event.  He finished 15th for $497.

Ravi Dalsania is the chip leader with ~310k.  14 players remain.  Average stack is 209k.

Event 8: 18th Place - Opie

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

As Neel Mazumdar is eliminated in 19th place, Joseph Opie (Fair Haven, NJ) is right behind him in 18th.  Opie earns $998 with the pay jump and won't be part of the redraw.

The remaining 17 players are picking new seats at the final two tables.

Event 8: Speachless

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

Neel Mazumdar (Wallingford, CT) is on the rail after suffering a horrible beat from Deon Nossel (New York, NY), who was all in and at risk for 453k.

Mazumdar: Q♠ Q
Nossel: A Q♣

Flop: A♣ 6 9♠ (Nossel 95% favorite with pair of aces)

Turn: Q(Mazumdar 95% favorite with set of queens)


A classic suck, re-suck and re-re-suck as both players hit two-outers, but Nossel has the bigger full house (aces full of queens).

Nossel's double-up leaves Mazumdar with only 65k.  Mazumdar is out two hands later in 19th place, earning $881

"I'm speechless," says Mazumdar on his way to the cage, "I've got nothing to say."


Nossel's good fortune propelled him to a 7th place/$4,640 finish

Event 9: 16th Place - Cope

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)

Tom Cope (Westport, CT)

 Blinds: 2k/4k

Tom Cope's short-stack didn't last long and he was next to depart finishing 16th for $426.

Aaron Pinson was all-in for 36,500 on a flop of 9 7 2 against Don Huang (again).  Don had AT84 (open-ender).  Aaron had 7654 (middle pair). 

The last two came 7 2 and Aaron claimed the pot with trip 7s, doubling up.

Event 8: Going Fast

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

Here are the latest eliminations with players earning $881.

Place - Name 

21 Don Lotano (Matawan, NJ)
22 Alex Dadoyan (Secaucus, NJ)
23 Gerald Sosler (Purchase, NY)
24 Roman Valerstein (Newtown, PA)

Event 8: "Absurd" End for Valerstein

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

Roman Valerstein (Newtown,PA) was 4th in chips to start the day, but is first on the rail in 24th place.

First his pocket 10s are cracked by Rob Brown (Milford, PA) who spikes an ace on the river while holding A 8.

After shipping 270k in the double-up, Valerstein, who's stack is cut in half, calls Mike Shasho's preflop raise and flop bet on a board of J J 2.  When an 8 hits the turn all the chips are in and Valertstein is in big trouble with pocket kings against Shasho's pocket 8s for a full house.

Valerstein misses his two-outer on the river and is out in 24th place for $881.

Here's Valerstein's latest tweet.

Absurd. Gg. Tt<a9 aipf vs then flat kk, flat jj2 flop get it in vs 88 on 8 turn

Event 9: 17th Place - Urioste

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)

Luis Urioste (Flushing, NY)

Blinds: 2k/4k

Luis Urioste limped utg, Kevin Wolbach limped, Ravi Dalsania limped, then Tom Cope (sb) potted (24k).  Luis moved in for 25,500 total and everyone called.

The flop came J J T and Tom bet the pot.  Kevin folded and Ravi re-potted all-in.  Tom called.

Tom: AAJ9 (trip Jacks, Ace kicker)
Ravi: JT85 (Jacks-full)
Luis: KK22 (two pair)

The last two peeled off 9 4 and Ravi scooped both pots.  Luis was busted and Tom was left with only 5,500.

Luis Urioste finished in 17th place for $426.

Event 9: 18th Place - Feldman

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)

Adam Feldman (Wyomissing, PA)

Blinds: 1,500/3k

Adam Feldman was the first PLO player felled in today's action.  He'll collect $426 for his 18th place finish.

Blinds are up to 2k/4k for level 15.

Aaron Pinson was all-in holding KJJ8 (ss- diamonds) against Don Huang's 9862 (ss - diamonds).  The board ran out T 9 7 2 Q and Aaron made a straight to double-up.

Event 8: Play Resumes

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

24 players are back to play for the top prize of $31,716.

Blinds are 8k/16k with 2k antes (level 22).

Here's a reminder what they're playing for:
1st $31,716
2nd $17,620
3rd $10,924
4th $8,810
5th $6,813
6th $5,756
7th $4,640
8th $3,465
9th $2,349
10-12 $1,527
13-15 $1,175
16-18 $998
19-27 $881

Event 9: PLO Resumes

$250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)

18 Pot Limit Omaha players have returned to carve up the prize pool.  All 18 are in the money and guaranteed to leave with at least $426.

Play resumed with blinds of 1,500/3k with 12:30 remaining in level 14.

Here's a reminder of what they're playing for:
1st - $8,511
2nd - $4,682
3rd - $2,695
4th - $2,270
5th - $1,702
6th - $1,419
7th - $1,135
8th - $851
9th - $638
10-12th - $567
13-15th - $497
16-18th - $426

Event 10: Late Arrivals

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Blinds Up:  50/100

More Borgata regulars are piling in and they're up to 18 active tables now.

Joining the hunt for bounties are:
Dwyte Pilgrim
Thomas Hoglund
Don Brown
Bob Haavind
Martha Patella

Event 10: Familiar Faces

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Blinds: 25/50

17 tables are in action already today with a short line a registration.

This is a no re-entry event, but late registration is open through level 4 (until about 1:15 pm).

Familiar faces already in action today:
Grodon Eng
Michael Borovetz
Bob Santilli
Stephanie Hubbard
Andrew Klein
Greg Glassman
Christopher Leong
Danny Yousefzadeh

Event 10: Bounty Hunting Has Begun

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Today's new main event is another Bounty tournament, with a $100 price tag on every player's head.  They player who busts them will collect their Black Chip in addition to their tournament chips.

Each player started with 15,000 tournament chips.

Level 1 blinds are 25/50 and the first ten levels are 30 minutes long.  After that, they go to 40 minutes.

This is a one day event, so they'll play all night until only one Bounty Hunter remains (and he/she gets to keep his/her own $100 bounty).

April 10


11AM: Event 10 - $350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-10: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 11+: will last 40 minutes each
  • 1-Day event
3 PM:  Event 30 - $200 + $30 Survivor No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 25 minutes each
  • Approximately 1 in 10 will win $2,000 Cash
  • 1-Day event
7 PM:  Event 31 - $150 + $30 No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 20 minutes each
  • 1-Day event

      Event 9 Chip Counts - Day 2

      Borgata Spring Poker Open
      Event 9 - $250 + $30 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High
      April 9 - 10, 2012

      Entries:  117
      Total Buy-In:  $29,250

      Average Chip Stack:  130,000

      T1 | S1 - ANTHONY ZINNO (CRANSTON, RI):  118,000
      T1 | S2 - AARON PINSON (BALTIMORE, MD):  44,500
      T1 | S3 - TRAVIS STONE (NORFOLK, VA):  114,000
      T1 | S4 - MICHAEL GEDDES (NEW YORK, NY):  272,000
      T1 | S5 - KEVIN NETTLES (POTTSTOWN, PA):  228,500
      T1 | S6 - JOHN DELROSSI (MANTUA, NJ):  74,000
      T1 | S7 - DON HUANG (LEESBURG, VA):  129,500
      T1 | S8 - BORIS MILLER (OCEANSIDE, NY):  47,500

      T2 | S1 - MARK WAHBA (CLEVELAND, OH):  238,000
      T2 | S2 - LUIS URIOSTE (FLUSHING, NY):  62,000
      T2 | S3 - KEVIN WOLBACH (MACUNGIE, PA):  156,500
      T2 | S4 - JAMES WEAVER (CORAOPOLIS, PA):  90,000
      T2 | S5 - DANIEL MAISANO II (ARLINGTON, VA):  199,000
      T2 | S6 - RAVI DALSANIA (MIDDLETOWN, DE):  202,500
      T2 | S7 - JOSEPH TARABOCHIA (LAS VEGAS, NV):  22,500
      T2 | S8 - ADAM FELDMAN (WYOMMISSING, PA):  102,000
      T2 | S9 - THOMAS COPE (WESTPORT, CT):  175,000

      Event 8 Chip Counts - Day 2

      Borgata Spring Poker Open
      Event 8 - $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
      April 9 - 10, 2012

      Entries:  346
      Total Buy-In:  $121,100

      Average Chip Stack:  360,000

      T1 | S1 - CASEY KEITH (GREENVILLE, NC):  99,000
      T1 | S2 - NEEL MAZUMDAR (WALLINGFORD, CT):  784,000
      T1 | S3 - YONGHUI JIANG (GREENVILLE, KY):  643,000
      T1 | S4 - ROBERT SALADIN (CHESTER, NY):  287,000
      T1 | S5 - MICHAEL DENTALE (BROOKLYN, NY):  302,000
      T1 | S6 - RAPHAEL WIECZOREK (DELBRUECK, SOM):  313,000
      T1 | S7 - ALEX DADOYAN (SECAUCUS, NJ):  103,000
      T1 | S8 - DEON NOSSEL (NEW YORK, NY):  385,000

      T2 | S1 - SUNGWOO TAE (PISCATAWAY, NJ):  305,000
      T2 | S2 - JEREMIAH MCKENNA (NORWALK, CT):  219,000
      T2 | S3 - DEAN CHEN (ELLENVILLE, NY):  770,000
      T2 | S4 - MICHAEL SHASHO (RAMSEY, NJ):  361,000
      T2 | S5 - GERALD SOSLER (PURCHASE, NY):  224,000
      T2 | S6 - JOSEPH OPIE (FAIR HAVEN, NJ):  462,000
      T2 | S7 - ROBERT BROWN (MILFORD, NH):  304,000
      T2 | S8 - ROMAN VALERSTEIN (NEWTOWN, PA):  500,000

      T3 | S1 - MILTON HAUGHTON (JAMESPORT, NY):  453,000
      T3 | S2 - DON LOTANO (MATAWAN, NJ):  141,000
      T3 | S3 - EDGAR WHALEY (JOHNSTOWN, NY):  332,000
      T3 | S4 - MATTHEW PICCOLO (DUMONT, NJ):  399,000
      T3 | S5 - PETER DENE (PEARL RIVER, NY):  431,000
      T3 | S6 - JOHN ZOLDAK (STATEN ISLAND, NY):  317,000
      T3 | S7 - ROBERT TAYLOR (GARWOOD, NJ):  367,000
      T3 | S8 - JACK DEUTSCH (STATEN ISLAND, NY):  212,000

      Event 9: In The Money

      $250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)

      Mike Geddes (New York, NY)
      Chip Leader

      Mike Geddes (New York, NY) is the chip leader as the remaining 18 player are in the money and return noon Tuesday to play for the $8,511 top prize.

      Remaining Players

      Name-Chip Count 

      Mike Geddes 272k
      Mark Wahba 238k
      Kev Nettles 228.5k
      Ravi D 202.5k
      Dan Maisano 199k
       Don Huang 195.5k
      Tom Cope 175k
      Kevin Wolbach 156.5k
      Anthony Zinno 118k
      Travis Jay Stone 114k
      Adam Feldman 102k
      James Weaver 90k
      John Del Rossi 74k
      Luis Urioste 62k
      Boris Miller 47.5k
      Aaron Pinson 44.5k
      Bill Ricciardelli 42k
      Joseph Tarabuchia 22.5k

      Event 9: Bubble Boy

      $250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)

      Josh Mischel (Baltimore, MD) is the bubble boy after his pocket aces are cracked and he's left with one purple (500) chip.  Unfortunately for him there's no chip and a chair miracle and he's out the next hand.

      The remaining 18 players are all in the money as they bag and tag.

      Event 8: Day 1 Chipleader

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

      Neel Mazumdar (Wallingford, CT)

      The East Coast grinder 5-bet shoved 58♣ during the last level to scoop a monster pot and become the Chipleader in Event #8. Mazumdar is looking for his first 5-figure score when play resumes tomorrow at 12pm.

      Event 8: Day 1 Ends

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

      Play has ended for the Day, the field returns tomorrow at Noon.

      Number of Entries: 346
      Players remaining: 24
      Total Prizepool: $121,100

      Top 5 Unofficial Chip-Counts:
      Neel Mazumdar - 784,000
      Dean Chen - 770,000
      Yong "Jason" Jiang - 643,000
      Roman Valerstein - 500,000
      Joseph Opie - 462,000

      Event 9: Bubble Time

      $250 + $30 Big Stack PLO (Re-Entry)

      Play is now hand-for-hand as 19 players remain and 18 reach the money.

       Luis Urioste (Queens, NY) knocks out the latest victim and gets a double-up by flopping the nut flush. A third player bets into a dry sidepot and Urioste is the beneficiary.

      Joe Liberta was knocked out in 21st position.

      In an interesting side note Mark Wahba is at ~245k and MIA. He was the chip leader when he didn't return from the last break two levels ago and is now being blinded off.

      Play will continue until the bubble breaks.

      Event 8: End is Near

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

      Day 1 play is coming to an end, updated Chip-Counts coming soon...

      Recent Eliminations:
      27th - Timothy Ward - $881
      28th - Joseph Nichols - $705
      29th - Susan Ryan - $705

      Event 8: Aggro Kids

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

      Roman Valerstein & Joseph Opie

      Aggression wins, and these two "young guns" have plenty of it. Two of the biggest stacks in the tournament are seated beside each other with 27 players left on Day 1.

      Event 8: Friendly Fire

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

      Rob Brown vs Neel Mazumdar
      Pair over pair between friends/roommates/poker buddies.

      Rob Brown shoved 16 big blinds with 66,
      Neel Mazumdar calls with 77♠,
      Brown sucks out and flops the 6♠,
      Mazumdar sighs,
      Brown scoops.

      Both players have 370,000 chips with 30 minutes left on Day 1.