Thursday, April 12, 2012

Event 13: Dean Done

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

One man flops top pair with A-Q, another flops a set, and another flops a spade draw.

Dean Crocetto and electrician from South Philly is the first to ship the flop with A-Q. He was surprised to get two callers and was at risk for his tournament.

Spades came out giving the man with the flush the win.

Dean was upset he didn't go further but was happy for his Borgata hit and run.
He has to go back to Philly tonight.

13th Place - $951.

Down to two tables of 6.

Final table will kick off when there's 7.

Playing until conclusion here in the Signature Room.

Event 13: Mooney Money

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Two back to back hands for Brian Mooney against tournament chip leader Randy Pfeifer.

Hand 1, Randy raised on the button, Brian 3-bet, Randy 4-bet, and Brian 5-shoved. Randy folded and Brian flipped over KK.

The very next hand...Brian raises with AA, Randy puts out 200,000 with QQ, Brian jams and Randy calls. These guys are only 4-handed.

Brian's AA still has to fade an open ended draw on the turn. Even if Randy flatted Brian's first raise he would have gotten it all in on the turn.

Board: 2-10-J-K-7

The two basically trade stacks and positions.

Our new chip leader with just under 1 million is Brian Mooney (Queens, NY)

Blinds 4000 / 8000 with 1000 antes.

Event 13: Yinmi Yanked

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Yinmi Rodriguez (New York, NY)

Yinmi is out in 14th place after his 99 shove runs into AA of Melad Marji.

The hand that crippled the former chip monster was when he flopped the nut flush, got a guy with top pair to call him, then watched him hit runner, runner for a full house.

With that hand, Melad is back up to 500,000.

Event 13: Six Max Break

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Our Last Woman Standing, Jennifer Shahade (Philadelphia, PA) busted out in 16th Place for a $951 payday.

James Boccanfuso (Brooklyn, NY) told me his wired tens ran into pocket aces.

James also scores $951.

Been stuck on 14 players for a while on three short tables.

Blinds are 3,000 / 6,000.

Guys are on a ten minute break.

Event 13; Randy Rout

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Randy Pfeifer has separated himself from the rest of the field with twice as many chips as his nearest opponent.

Randy Pfeifer - 940,000
Brian mooney - 420,000
Sam Akiki - 400,000
Melad Marji - 275,000

Mike "Little Man" Sica is hanging on to his short stack. The teacher outlasted (the other Mike) his protege from Pittsburgh. Mike Borovetz never recovered from turning three sixes vs. the full house. He later called with top pair and ran into KK's for 18th Place.

14 Players remain.

Event 13: Leaderboard Leader

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Mark Wahba - 17th Place - $951

Mark Wahba is having one of the best poker weeks of his life and it comes as he celebrates his birthday with his Bro-gata's. Yesterday was the big day!

Listen to this...Mark already took down Event 4, finished 2nd in Event 9 (PLO), and tacked on another cash before this one. All those solid finishes keeps Mark atop the 2012 Borgata Spring Poker Open leaderboard.

"If I win that I'll be happy" said Mark referring to the top prize of the 2012 Summer Borgata Poker Open Championship buy-in.

He just busted out in 17th place after his short stack lost a race. Mark's 2-2 fell to Opponent's J-10.

It's only Spring and this guy's on a crazy heater.

Event 13: Recent Bust-Outs

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

All of the following players earned $713.

24th - Greg Pogarsky (Rexford, NY)
23rd - Richard Corley (Brooklyn, NY)
22nd - Jamie Kerstetter (Monroe Twp, NJ)
21st - Jack Wong (Flushing, NY)
20th - Frank Vulpis (Old Bridge, NJ)
19th - Daniel Maisanoll (Arlington, VA)

18th - Mike Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA) - $951

Event 13: Former Leader Falls

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Sam Akiki (Allendale, NJ) benefits from the once chip leader Dan Maisano (Falls Church). Dan took a hit earlier and steamed off the rest of his stack after hitting mid-pair on the flop.'

Sam had top pair with K-J and knocked out Maisano in 19th Place for $713.

Sam shoots up to 330,000.

We're now down to three tables.

Chips are flying fast and hard.

Event 13: Rowdy Randy Pfeifer

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Randy Pfeifer - 400,000

Not to be confused with Rowdy Roddy Piper, Randy Pfeifer (Buffalo, NY) doubled up huge against Mike Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA).

Pfeifer's JJ vs. Borovetz A6 on a board of 6-J-8-6-Q.

Both guys checked the flop but got em in on the turn. Mike felt he was good with three 6's but ran into Pfeifer's full house.

Randy's stack is now up to 400,000 which is only 50,000 short of the chip leader Melad Marji with 450,000.

19 Players remain on four tables.

Event 13: Last Woman Standing

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Jen Shahade (Philadelphia, PA) - Last Woman Standing

Congratulations to Jennifer Shahade our Last Woman Standing.

"I'm upset that Jamie is out...I really wanted the two of us to go heads-up" said Jennifer.

Good to see the Borgata girls are sticking together and have each others backs.

After the bubble broke, Jen was moved to Melad Marji's table who still has a ton of chips to push around.

Event 13: You Got Mooned

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Brian Mooney Whacks Two

Brian Mooney (Queens, NY) sees two shorter stacks shove in front, so he re-shoves with A-K.

Jamie Kerstetter tables K-J and Richard Corley flips 10-10.

Mooney hits two aces on the flop and fades a ten.

Prior to the hand Kerstetter tweeted it was time to shove - and shove she did.

Jamie exits in 22nd and Corley in 23rd place for $713 paydays.

Earlier Mike "Little Man" Sica knocked a short stack out and grew his stack around 100,000.

Event 13: Bubbled

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

We're down to 24 players in the Signature Room, all set to enjoy part of the $98,000 Total Buy-In, thanks to James Boccanfuso (Brooklyn, NY).

James knocked out Wade Woelfel (Mankato, MN) in 25th Place giving him the title of Bubble Boy.

Wade shipped his last 56,000 on the button holding K J. Folded around to James' big blind who called holding 9 9.

Nine on the flop gave James a set along with an open-ended straight sweat.

Flop: 9-10-8.

Wade couldn't connect on the turn 5 and river 6 and made the quick exit for no cash.

The rest of the field celebrated and headed out for a ten minute break.

Congrats...we'll be playing this one until conclusion tonight!

Event 13: Bluff You

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

James Boccanfuso (Brooklyn) - 120,000

James Boccanfuso was mixing it up earlier with Travell Thomas (Buffalo, NY).

James - "He bluffed me earlier, so I came back and got him twice."

The guys are currently at different tables but both can't wait to finish what they started.

Travell - "I make you do stuff you don't even do."

James is a self proclaimed poker degenerate. He plays a bunch of underground games in NY and has played with celebrities etc.

Looking to take down this event to propel him into the Borgata Championship this weekend.

We are officially on the bubble...hand for hand play has begun.

Event 13: We Three Kings

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Richard Corley Doubles Up!

Richard Corley (Brooklyn, NY) doubles his 55,000 stack as bubble time heats up.

Richard called off all his chips holding KK but found himself up against the one pre-flop hand that could beat him. Corley was looking for the exits, needing a miracle K to crack Opponent's Aces.

Sure enough the river kept the kid alive.

Board ran: 7-6-J-Q-K

After the dust settled, Richard said to his Opponent, "You're taking it well" commenting he was still smiling after the brutal blow.

Jamie Kerstetter added she was happy for Richard, "Seems like a nice guy, let him cash."

Meanwhile, Jen Shahade also doubled her 55,000 stack in an A-10 vs. 88 race where she hit a 10 on the flop.

Event 12 Recap

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

Scott Waddell (Downingtown, PA) claims top honors in the Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event after running rampant over the final table.  He'll collect $9,625 for his win today.  Second place went to Mike Fujita (Albany, NY) along with $5,225.   Anthony Zinno, 3rd place finisher in Event 9, (PLO-High) finished 5th today for $1,925.

Waddell was second in chips at the start of day two with 18 players returning.  He was the chip leader with 11 players remaining and held onto that lead until the finish.  He even scored a double knock-out when two shorter stacks were all-in.  Yuebin Guo (Brooklyn, NY) who has two wins already during this Borgata Spring Open, in HORSE and PLO, finished 7th ($1,375).  Anoput Phimmasone (Fairfax Station, VA) who started day two as the chip leader, finished 6th ($1,650).

81 players entered this $350 + $50 event, generating total buy-ins of $28,350.  Among those entrants were:   "Miami" John Cernuto, (3 WSOP bracelets);  Chris Reslock (1 WSOP bracelet, 3-time Borgata Open winner); Barry Levy (2-time Borgata Open winner); George Fotiadis (2012 Winter Open PLO H/L Champion); Joe Maher (PLO runner-up to Reslock in Sept. 2009); Bo Toft, (3rd place finisher in Omaha H/L 2012 Spring Open); Sirous Jamshidi; and Sach Ramrakhani.  None of these made it to day two or the money.

Waddell is a failed novelist who now plays poker for a living.  He's a self-taught poker player and has been playing for about 10 years.  "I come down to AC a couple times a year".  When I inquired about significant hands he remembered, he said "I sucked out on Miami John".

Final Results
1.  Ryan Waddell (Downingtown, PA)  $9,624
2.  Mike Fujita (Albany, NY)  $5,225
3.  Michael Farahnick (New York, NY) $3,300
4.  Dennis Moroni (Middletown, CT)  $2,475
5.  Anthony Zinno (Cranston, RI)  $1,925
6.  Anoput Phimmasone (Fairfax Station, VA)  $1,650
7.  Yuebin Guo (Brooklyn, NY)  $1,375                           
8.  Mike Melkonian (Egg Harbor City, NJ)  $1,100
9.  Nessim Hadiji (Vienna, VA)  $825

Event 12: 1st Place - Waddell

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B  

Ryan Waddell (Downingtown, PA)

When the chips settled, Ryan Waddell came out on top of the Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo heap.  For his win today, he'll earn $9,624.

Ryan is a failed novelist who now plays poker for a living.  He's a self-taught poker player and has been playing for about 10 years.  "I come down to AC a couple times a year".

When I inquired about significant hands he remembered, he said "I sucked out on Miami John".

Event 12: 2nd place - Fujita

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B  

Mike Fujita (Albany, NY)

Mike Fujita was all the way down to only 4k during level 14, when the blinds were 1,500/3,000, with 12 players remaining.  He came back from that point and made it all the way to 2nd place, earning $5,225.

He's a computer programmer for the state of New York, but comes to Borgata frequently.  "This is my favorite place to play poker" he said.

Event 12: 3rd - Farahnick

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B 

 Michael Farahnick (New York, NY)

Blinds Up: 6k/12k

A short-stacked Michael Farahnick was all-in twice against Mike Fujita and both times Michael scooped the pot.

He was back up to ~140k.   Then his luck turned.  He finished in 3rd place for $3,300.

He came to the final table as the shortest stack, but kept chopping or scooping to stay alive.

He's redeemed himself from his 35th place finish in the PLO (high only) tournament, where he got nothing but "low cards".  Michael lives in New York City, but is originally from Brussels, Belgium.

Event 13: Chip Counts

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Big Stacks

Melad Marji (Canastota, NY) 350k
Mike Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA) 325k
Dan Maisano (Falls Church, VA) 290k
Yinmi Rodriguez (Bronx, NY) 275k
Frank Volpis (Old Bridge, NJ) 230k

Play resumes at 8:05 PM

Event 12: 4th Place - Moroni

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B  

Dennis Moroni (Middletown, CT)

Blinds: 6k/12k

Dennis Moroni raised pot on the button and got called by Mike Fujita in the big blind.  On the flop of 7 5 4, Mike checked, Dennis put his last 22k in, and Mike snap-called.

Mike:  7642
Dennis: AAK4

The last two came 5 7 and Mike's flopped straight improved to a full house.  Dennis couldn't make a low and was busted in 4th place ($2,475).

Event 12: Break Time Chip Counts

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B 

Blinds Up: 6k/12k

Chip Counts for the Final Four:

Ryan Waddell - 440k
Mike Fujita - 290k
Dennis Moroni - 135k
Michael Farahnick - 100k

Average is 243k.

Event 13: Dinner Break - 11 from $$$

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Number of Entries: 245
Players Remaining: 35
Chips In Play: 3.7 million

Average Stack: 105k (35 BB)
Big Stack: 350k (117 BB)

Blinds: 1,500/3k,  400 ante

Total Buy-In: $98,000
First Prize: $25,188
Places Paid: 24

Play Resumes: 8:05 pm

Event 12: 5th Place - Zinno

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B  

Anthony Zinno (Cranston, RI)

Blinds: 5k/10k

Three players all-in pre-flop.

Anthony Zinno: AK86
Dennis Moroni: AKT3
Mike Fujita: AJ42

Board: Q J 9 J 7

Dennis scooped with the King-high straight.

Anthony Zinno finished in 5th place ($1,925).  Nice follow-up to his 3rd place finish ($2,695) in the Pot Limit Omaha event a couple of days ago.

End of level and the final four are taking a break.

Event 13: Quads x 2

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Two players with pocket pairs simultaneously hit quads on two different tables.

On table 6 Wade Woelfel (Mankato, MN) doubles his 48k stack when his pocket twos hit quads on the flop.

Frank Volpis (Old Bridge, NJ) waited until the turn for his pocket jacks hit four of a kind.  Volpis' opponent didn't go broke on table 5 as he ships 30k across the table.

Players are getting loud and restless.  Floor manager "G" has to tell two players to cool it after he makes a ruling, "it's almost dinner guys, that should help."

Dinner break is at 7 pm.

Event 12: 7th - Guo; 6th - Phimmasone

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B  

 Yuebin Guo                  Anoput Phimmasone
 (Brooklyn, NY)             (Fairfax Station, VA)
$1,375                               $1,650

Blinds: 5k/10k

Three players were all-in.

Yuebin Guo:  KQJT (spades)
Anoput Phimmasone: KT77 (hearts)
Ryan Waddell: A322 (diamonds)

The board was J 3 2 5 A with no flush possible and no qualifying low.  Ryan scooped the pot with trip 2s.

Yuebin Guo finished 7th for $1,375.
Anoput Phimmasone finished 6th for $1,650.

Yuebin Guo misses out on his third win in this series and fourth Borgata title.

Event 13: Flying Fast

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

The last level had 19 players hit the rail in 40 minutes and we're now down to 39 players with an average stack of 94k (39 BB).

Blinds are 1,200/2,400/300 ante as this is the last level before the dinner break.

Event 12: Scoop, Chop, Scoop/Double

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

Blinds Up: 5k/10k

Yuebin Guo raised to 30k and Michael Farahnick moved in for another 22k on top from the small blind.  Yuebin made the crying call, showing KQJ4.  Michael had AA52.

The board ran out T T 4 3 A and Michael made a wheel to scoop.  He doubled to ~105k.  Yuebin was left with ~45k.

A bit later, Yuebin was all-in pre-flop for his last 17k against two players.  Yuebin made the nut low to chop with Dennis Moroni, who filled a boat for the high.

Dennis Moroni was all-in on the flop after flopping a 6-high straight against Anthony Zinno's trips.  His hand held up and Dennis doubled up.

Event 13: Chip Stackers

 $400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Blinds 1k/2k/300 ante 

Big Stacks
Yinmi Rodriguez 250k
Melad Marji 225k
Mike Borovetz 165k
Frank Volpis 164k
Abraham Faroni 145k

Sach Ramrakhani 110k
Jamie Kerstetter 65k
Mike "Little Man" Sica 40k
Jennifer Shahade 38k
Mark Sykes 32k
Mike Linster 25k

Event 12: 8th Place - Melkonian

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B
Mike Melkonian (Egg Harbor City, NJ)

Blinds: 4k/8k

Michael Farahnick was all in with AK43 (ss) against Anthony Zinno's A762 (ds).  The board came A 5 5 J J and Michael scooped with Aces-up (no low possible).

Michael doubled up to ~50k.  Anthony was left with ~130k.

Five players saw the flop for the minimum:  Q J 7 with two spades.

Mike Fujita (sb) bet 25k. 

Mike Melkonian moved all-in.  Everyone else got out of the way and Fujita called.

Fujita:  QJT6 (ss: diamonds)
Melkonian:  AK95 (ds: spaces, clubs)

The last two came AJ giving Fujita Jacks-full and the scoop.

Mike Melkonian finished in 8th place ($1,100).

Event 13: Combining Forces

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

 Melad Marji
2nd in Chips (225k)

The last three tables from the Poker Room are now in the Signature Room as 58 players remain with an average stack of 63k (32 BB).

Yinmi Rodriguez (Bronx, NY) is still the chip leader with 250k, but Melad Marji (Canastota, NY) is right behind him with 225k.  Marji has been running hot since coming to table 1 and says he hit a 130k pot with AK against pocket 10s.

Blinds are 1k/2k, 300 ante.

Event 12: Chop, Chop, Chop, Scoop

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

Blinds: 4k/8k

Michael Farahnick was all-in pre-flop against two players and came out with a chop for half the pot.

He was all-in against against Mike Fujita and again chopped the pot to survive.

Yuebin Guo and Mike Fujita were all in and chopped.

Dennis Moroni limped and was heads-up against Mike Melkonian in the big blind.  On the flop of T 7 6, Dennis was all-in and called.

Dennis: A662
Mike:  AT44

The last two were Q 3 and Dennis scooped with a set of 6s and A2 for the nut low.  He doubled up to ~90k, leaving Mike with ~85k.

Event 12: Break Time Chip Counts

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B 

Level 17 concluded and players are taking a break while the 500 chips are colored up.

Here are some rough chip counts:

Ryan Waddell - 290k
Mike Melkonian - 140k
Yuebin Guo - 137k
Mike Fujita - 135k
Anthony Zinno - 130k
Anoput Phimmasone - 78k
Michael Farahnick - 36k
Dennis Moroni - 51k

Eight players remain.  Average stack is 121.5k.

Play resumed with Level 18 -- blinds are 4k/8k. 

Event 12: Fujita Scoops, Doubling Up

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

Blinds: 3k/6k

Ryan Waddell potted, then Mike Fujita re-potted, which put him all in.   Ryan gave it some thought, then called.

Ryan: AJ52
Mike: AA73

The board came J 5 4 2 8 and Mike made a wheel with his A3 to scoop the pot, doubling up to ~150k.  Not bad considering he was down to only 4k earlier today.

"Where's your wife?" someone asks, as she has been sitting on the rail watching her husband play.  Turns out she had gone downstairs to get ice cream and missed her husband's big double-up.

Event 12: 9th Place - Hadiji

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B 

Nessim Hadiji (Vienna, VA) 

Blinds Up: 3k/6k

After a couple of limps, Ryan Waddell made it 30k from the small blind.  The big blind folded, Michael Farahnick called, and Nessim Hadiji called from the cutoff.

The flop came K 7 6 rainbow and Ryan potted.  Michael and Nessim called all-in for less.

Nessim: AJ77 (trip 7s)
Michael: AT54 (open ender, low draw)
Ryan: AT42

The last two came 2 A and running spades, giving Ryan a back-door flush and the side pot and high-half of the main pot.  Michael took the low with his 54.

Nessim was busted in 9th place, earning $825

Event 12: Zinno Quartered, then Doubles

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

Blinds: 2.5k/5k

Three players have been all-in and survived by chopping the pot.

After a couple of limpers, Anthony Zinno potted (30k) from the small blind.  Dennis Moroni (utg) and Mike Fujita called.

The board came K 7 2 3 8 and was checked down.  Dennis showed AT43 for the nut low (A4) for half the pot.  Anthony had AK65; Mike had AKQQ and they split the high half of the pot with top pair, top kicker.

Soon after, Anthony was all-in pre-flop against Nessim Hadiji:

Anthony: AQT4
Nessim: KK32

The board came Q Q 2 9 8 and Anthony scooped with trip Queens.  He was back up to ~70k.

Event 13: Rodriguez Running Good

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Darcey Checks the Next Blind Level, 
While Yinmi Poses with the Big Stack

Yinmi Rodriguez (Bronx, NY) is the chip leader with 146k.  Jonathan Dimmig (Buffalo, NY) is second with 137, while recent trophy winner Dan Maisano (Falls Church, VA) is lurking in third place with 117k.

Event 13: Breaking it Down

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Number of Entries: 245
Players Remaining: 86
Chips In Play: 3.7 million

Average Stack: 43k
Big Stack: 147k

Blinds: 600/1,200, 200 ante

Total Buy-In: $98,000
First Prize: $25,188
Places Paid: 24

Event 12: Action Everywhere

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

Blinds Up: 2.5k/5k

On a flop of J 9 3, Mike Melkonian was all-in against Yuebin Guo.

Mike:  AAJ4 (trip Jacks)
Yuebin:  AK22 (nut-no-pair with back-door draws).

The last two were J 6 and Mike doubled up to ~180k.

Yuebin was left with ~120k.

On a flop of 9 7 3 with two diamonds, Anthony Zinno was all in, Yuebin Guo was all-in and Ryan Waddell had them both covered.

Anthony: A642
Yuebin: A432
Ryan: A963 (two pair)

The last two fell 2 Q and no one had diamonds for the flush.  Ryan took the high with two pair.  Yuebin took the low side pot and half the main pot with the same nut low as Anthony (A4).  Everyone survived.

Event 13: Payouts

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Entries: 245
Total Buy-In: $98,00

Place - Amount

1st $25,188
2nd $14,972
3rd $11,407
4th $9,031
5th $7,130
6th $5,228
7th $4,040
8th $2,852
9th $1,664
10-12 $1,188
13-18 $951
19-24 $713

Event 12: Final Table

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

Blinds:  2k/4k

Here's the final table lineup with approximate chip counts:

Seat - Player - Chips
1 - Anthony Zinno - 75k
2 - Nessim Hadiji - 140k
3 - Dennis Moroni - 35k
4 - Ryan Waddell - 280k
5 - Mike Fujita - 80k
6 - Yuebin Guo - 175k
7 - Mike Melkonian - 85k
8 - Anoput Phimmasone - 70k
9 - Michael Farahnick - 33k

Average stack is 108k.

They finished up the level and took off for a break.

Event 12: Bubble-Boy

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

Peter Ippolito (E Meadow, NY)

Blinds:  2k/4k

Peter Ippolito was all-in for his last 14k with action from Nessim Hadiji (button) and Mike Fujita (bb).

The board was checked down:  K 4 3 5 T.

Mike tabled K 6 3 2 for the 6-high straight to scoop.  Peter was busted in 10th place, becoming this event's bubble-boy.

Event 13: Big Stacks

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

 Maisano Moving to the Top

Tables are still split between the Signature Room & Poker Room and anybody with more than 100k is a big stack.  The chip leader is Dan Maisano, who's fresh off his PLO title for $8,511 in Event 9.

Blinds are now 500/1000, 100 ante.

Chip Leaders

Dan Maisano (Falls Church, VA) 110k
Chris Kusha (Staten Island, NY) 104k
Joseph Gargin (Brooklyn, NY) 89k

Event 12: Ippolito Quartered

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

Blinds:  2k/4k

Peter Ippolito was moved from table 1 to table 2 to balance and it was not a god move for him.

First, he was in a pot with Nessim Hadiji.

Peter:  AJ42
Nessim: A552

Board:  8 5 4 5 J

Both players had A2 for the nut low, but Nessim took the high with quad 5s, getting three-quarters of the pot.

Then Mike Fujita was all-in pre-flop against Peter.  Mike scooped the pot with two pair (no low qualified).

Peter was left with only ~20k.

Event 12: Ten on Two

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B
Blinds Up:  2k/4k

Pete Senak

Pete Senak (Benminster, NJ) got his chips in with a lot of outs, but whiffed them all.  He busted out in 11th place.

Ten players remain at two tables.  It's bubble time.  The next player to go earns zip, zilch, nada.

Average stack is 97k.

Event 12: Break Time Chip Counts

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

End of level and time for a break.

Here are some rough chip counts:

Ryan Waddell - 195k
Nessim Hadiji - 123k
Anoput Phimmasone - 115k
Yuebin Guo - 95k
Mike Melkonian - 90k
Peter Ippolito - 85k
Pete Senak - 75k
Anthony Zinno - 73k
Dennis Maroni - 55k
Michael Farahnick - 45k
Mike Fujita - 30k

Average is 88k.

Event 12: Two More Out the Door

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

Blinds 1.5k/3k

Jeff Madden

 Jeff Madden (Williamsville, NY) got his last chips in the middle against Yuebin Guo.  They both had two pair, with Yuebin's being higher.  Jeff whiffed his straight draw and he was busted in 13th place.

Yuebin is up to ~80k.

 Eric Judge

Eric Judge had trip 4s, but so did his opponent, who also had a better kicker.  Eric was busted in 12th place.

11 players remain.  Average stack is a little over 88k.

Event 12: Double, Double

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

Blinds 1.5k/3k

Peter Ippolito made quad Aces to double up.

Yuebin Guo was all-in holding AQQ3 against Michael Farahnick's AQT2.

The board came 7 5 4 2 J and Michael's deuce was counterfeited on the board, giving Yuebin the nut low to scoop with his pair of Queens.

Yuebin doubled up to 40k.

Event 12: Zinno Zaps Pena

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

Juan Pena (Richmond Hill, NY)

Blinds 1k/2k

Juan Pena's pair of aces are scooped by Anthony Zinno who has 3-4 for the low and a 9 high straight for the high hand.

Pena is out in 14th place, five spots off the money.  Thirteen players remain with an average stack of 75k (38 BB).

Event 12: Randy Runs Out of Chips

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

Randy Ohel (Henderson, NV)

Blinds 1k/2k

Randy Ohel, who has more than $181,000 in career earnings is on the rail as the short stack never gets anything going.  His JJ is bested by Nessim Hadiji (Vienna, VA) who's holding QJ and flops two pairs.

14 players remain with an average stack of 69k (35 BB).

Event 12: Heading Towards Pay Dirt

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

The 15 remaining players are back from break and Anoput Phimmasone (Fairfax Station, VA) is still the chip leader with 148k.  Ryan Waddell (Downingtown, PA) is still second with 125k.

The short stack is Peter Ippolito (East Meadow, NY) who's at 16k.

Here's what's at stake as we're six spots from the money:


1st $9,625
2nd $5,225
3rd $3,300
4th $2,475
5th $1,925
6th $1,650
7th $1,375
8th $1,100
9th $825

Event 13: Registration Closed

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

More than 200 players are in the field as registration is officially closed. Making it into his first event of the series is James Boyle (Havre de Grace, MD), a former Borgata Leaderboard Winner. 

Also in the field: Dave Zeitlin, Mike Sica, Miguel Borrero, Mike Linster.

Level 5 (150/300, 25 ante) is underway.

Event 13: Bubbling Over

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Kusha, Reslock & Wieczorek

Two players are back for more poker after just missing the money in Event 11. Chris Kusha (Staten Island, NY) says he was 15 spots off the money in the 1,105 player field, while Raphael Wieczorek (Paderborn, Germany) missed the cash by three.

Both are in the six-max and are book ends around Chris Reslock who had a short stay in yesterday's
PLO event.

Event 12: Early Casualties

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

Gregory Law (Lindenwold, NJ), Phil Federico (Mahopac, NY) and Isamu Okazawa (Gilbert, PA) are first out.  Federico and Law were the two returning short stacks.

15 players remain with an average stack of 65k (41 BB); blinds are now 800/1,600.

Event 12: Onward Omaha

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

The final 18 players are back, but only nine will be happy as half the remaining field will make the money.  And only one person will truly be happy with the $9,625 top prize.

Anoput Phimmasone (Fairfax Station, VA) returns as the chip leader with 123k (103 BB).  The average stack is 54k (45 BB) with blind at 600/1,200.

Shuffle up and deal!

Event 13: Seat Open

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

John Lakatosh (Red Lion, PA) is on the rail when he puts his last 6k chips in the pot on a 9 high board. "I knew he had ace-king," says Lakatosh, who watched a king hit the turn to beat his pocket 10s.

Bradnon Mifsud (New York, NY) is the beneficiary and is up to 30k, double the 15k starting stack.

"Guess I have to wait until 3 o'clock," says Lakatosh the diehard Borgata veteran.

The good thing about Borgata is that there's always another tournament.  Today's 3 pm is a $450 Survivor where ~1 in 10 wins $4,000.

Event 13: In the House

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

Familiar Faces

Larry Gold
Mark Sykes
Cathy Dever
Dan Buzgon
Mike Leah
Mike Summers
Mike Borovetz
Travis Greenawalt
John Allan Hinds
John Lakatosh
Lee Childs
Tony Antonious
Raphael Wieczorek
Fritz Stoner
Chris Kusha
Andrew Interdonato
And More Still Arriving......

First Appearance in the Spring Open

Ian Palomo
Jamie Kerstetter
Adam Lippert
Jennifer Shahade

Event 13: Deep Six

$400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack NL

The first six max of the Borgata Spring Poker Open is here and players are jazzed about the deep stacks and aggressive play that comes with short tables.  One caveat: NO re-entries. 

Players are locked into their 15k starting chips with levels lasting 30 minutes (Levels 11+/40 min.).  Blinds start at 25/50, the button is in the two seat and play is underway!

April 12


11AM: Event 13 - $400 + $50 Six-Max Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
  • 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 33 - $400 + $50 Survivor No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-10: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 11+: will last 40 minutes each
  • Approximately 1 in 10 will win $4,000 Cash
  • 1-Day event
7 PM:  Event 34 - $100 + $20 + $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 table in order to remain active in tournament.
  • 1-Day event

      Event 11 Recap

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
      With three players left, Sungwoo Tae ships with the nuts and soars up to ten million in chips. A few hands later in heads-up play against Vyacheslav Eyzerovich, Tae, a college student, wins the Borgata trophy and $47,160 cash.

      "I waited, and waited, and waited" confessed Sungwoo who was happy when his A-A held up against A-K in a monster final table pot worth 6 million chips.

      Event 11 kicked off at 11AM on Wednesday morning attracting 1,105 entries -- all vying for the a piece of the  $221,000 prize pool.

      With such a large field, play was spread in both the Poker Room and The Signature Room until 150 players merged around 10pm into the Poker Room.

      Cherish Andrews was the Last Women Standing, but just fell short of the final two tables.  She finished in 14th place for $1,822.  Other notables who went deep included Andrew Interdonato (33rd place for $836) and Kalid Ali (27th place for $965).

      But once again the winner of all 22,100,000 chips was the silent but deadly man named Sungwoo Tae. Enjoy your $47,160 impressive victory.

      Final Table Results:
      1. Sunwoo Tae (Piscataway, NJ) - $47,160
      2. Vyacheslav Eyzerovich (Staten Island, NY) - $28,340
      3. Lenbert Smith (Rosedale, NY) - $17,150
      4. Vinny Teutonico (Staten Island, NY) - $14,363
      5. Oron Unger (Staten Island, NY) - $11,790
      6. George Montebello (Centereach, NY) - $9,539
      7. John Ernst (Oakhurst, NJ) - $7,610
      8. Alex Rivera (Buffalo, NY) - $5,788
      9. Alex Cameron (Riverhead, NY) - $3,966
      10. Chris Brand (Little Egg Harbor Twn, NJ) - $2,572

      Event 11: 1st Place - Tae

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Sungwoo Tae (Piscataway, NJ)

      Around 7:15 AM in Borgata Poker room, Event 11 finally crowns a Champion and his name is Sungwoo Tae.

      A quiet guy who waited for good cards and got his chips in good.

      Sungwoo is a Student and this is by far his biggest Borgata cash.

      He's having a great 2012 Borgata Spring Poker Open with an 8th Place finish in the $400 Event on Monday.

      Tae got off to a great start with 200,000 chips after only three hours of play. His strategy - to sit on those chips as long as he could. He did not re-enter the tournament.


      Event 11: 2nd Place - Eyzerovich

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Vyacheslav Eyzerovich (Staten Island, NY)

      People call him Steve, the blog calls him "Alphabet Soup", and now you can call him a 2nd Place runner up who just scored a nice chunk of change to add to his Borgata bankroll.

      After Lenbert's misstep, Vyacheslav slipped up to 2nd. Yes, he was crushed with just a couple blinds up against the monster stack of Sungwoo Tae.

      Heads up only lasted three hands. Steve got his last 800,000 in with J-7 vs. K-9.

      Board ran: 10-8-4-8-6.

      Steve couldn't have done it without his friend Taisiya Kuznetsosa on the rail faithfully rooting him home.

      Event 11: 3rd Place - Smith

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Lenbert Smith (Rosedale, NY)

      After sucking out with 8-9 off against AA, Lenbert sailed into a third place finish.

      On a board of J-8-4-9 Sungwoo Tae shoved all in and Lenbert snapped off his last 5 million in chips.

      Lenbert showed 9-10 and Tae had 10-Q for the straight.

      River brought an 8.

      Event 11: 4th Place - Teutonico

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Vinny Teutonico (Staten Island, NY)

      An incredible turnaround for Vinny Teutonico. He was the short stack at the final table and everyone thought he was out the door. Then an crazy sick run that brought him all the way up to the table chipleader.

      Perhaps Vinny never shook his short stack game as things turn around the other way.

      Vinny's A-K faced a 4.9 million stack in Sungwoo Tae who tabled AA.

      Aces held and crippled Vinny. His final hand was J-3 vs. A-Q on a board of 9-5-6-A-3.

      "It's about time I made a final table...This is just the beginning" exclaimed Vinny.

      Great run for a nice guy who I'm sure we'll all see again here at Borgata.

      Event 11: 5th Place - Unger

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Oron Unger (Staten Island, NY)

      What a sick turn of events. Two of the biggest stacks at the table mix it up pre-flop.

      Oron Unger looked down at pocket aces and shoved. Okay, that makes sense. But Lenbert Smith called holding 8-9 off suit. Both guys had over 3 million in chips.

      Oron had to sweat a flop of J-10-8.

      Turn brought Lenbert the miracle 7 for the straight which held up. What?

      To rub it in, Lenbert scolds Unger for "playing too tight".

      A couple hands later Oron lost his last 100,000 when Q-10 ran into A-10.

      The length of this tournament must be getting to everyone.

      Event 11: 6th Place - Montebello

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      George Montebello (Long Island, NY)

      George finished up his wife's honey-do list and was able to come to Borgata and play a full day of poker. Good run for George who ended up losing a race holding A-K vs. Sungwoo Tae's 10-10.

      That hit cost George almost his entire stack. A couple hands later he was out.

      You can see people are starting to get tired and to some it is taking a toll.

      Congrats George - see you next time!

      Event 11: 7th Place - Ernst

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      John Ernst (Oakhurst, NJ)

      John's A-K ran into Alphabet Soup's KK on a board of 3-8-10-6-7, crippling him to only 510,000 chips.

      The next hand he raced off his big blind holding 10-8 against a 4-4 small blind shove from Lenbert Smith.

      Fours held on a dry run of 2-Q-6-7-5.

      Event 11: 8th Place - Rivera

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Alex Rivera (Buffalo, NY)

      Alex was the chipleader for a long stretch of the day.

      In the end his 3-3 ran into A-A of Lenbert Smith.

      Action was all in pre. Alex shoved and Lenbert called.

      Board ran: J-4-10-A-5.

      Alex will be playing some more events in the 2012 Borgata Spring Poker Open.

      Event 11: 9th Place - Cameron

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Alex Cameron (Riverhead, NY)

      Alex was severely crippled by Alex Rivera in an A-10 vs. 10-10 hand.

      Amazingly he hung on and moved up another spot after winning a couple all-in's.

      For example, K-2 survived immediately after. Alas, his tournament ended when K-4 fell against the other Alex at the table, Rivera's A-7.

      Board ran: 10-10-Q-6-5.

      Look for Alex to play another Borgata Event this weekend.

      Alex wanted to say hi to his wife Cheryl and his kids, Kiera & Quinn and big thanks for letting him play today. Dad did great and came close to the top spot.

      Event 11: 10th Place - Brand

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Chris Brand (Little Egg Harbor, NJ)

      Chris Brand is a College Student when he's not playing poker.

      His final hand involved three players. Chris shoved and was called by Oron U and George Montebello.

      George held A-K and jammed on a K-7-4 flop. Oron got out of the way and a showdown ensued.

      Chris flipped 10-10, didn't improve, and had his tournament end.

      Event 11: Final Table Is Set

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Final Table of Ten

      1. Alex Cameron - 1,300,000
      2. John Ernst - 5,900,000
      3. Sungwoo Tae - 3,000,000
      4. Alphabet Soup - 400,000
      5. Oron U - 2,800,000
      6. Alex Rivera - 900,000
      7. Vinny Teutonico - 1,600,000
      8. George Montebello - 2,300,000
      9. Lenbert Smith - 3,000,000
      10. Chris Brand - 1,000,000

      Congrats to our Final 10 who all survived a field of 1,105 entries.

      Top prize is $47,160 and the Borgata trophy.

      Event 11: No More Magic For Orlando

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      End of the road for the once chipleader Orlando Adames.

      He was ahead on his final hand holding A-10 but fell to Lenbert Smith's K-9 on a board of 7-Q-K-8-4.

      Great run and great day for Orlando who takes home $2,572 for his 11th place finish.

      He was also the final table bubble as out top ten will re-draw.

      Event 12: Andrews Out

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      End of the road for our Last Women Standing Cherish Andrews (Chambersburg, PA).

      First she lost holding JJ then she lost up against JJ.

      The hand that crippled Cherish came after she shipped all in holding JJ up against A-Q.

      She watched a Queen hit the flop and an Ace hit the turn for the loss.

      With only one big blind left she soon got it in with Q-10 and couldn't improve, losing to Opponent's JJ.

      Cherish earns $1,822 for her efforts today.

      In 13th Place is Edward Leach (Georgetown, MA) - $1,822

      Event 11: Three Way Action

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Christopher Tinari (Pompton Lakes, NJ) goes down swinging in a three-way all in slug fest.

      John Ernst (Oak Hurst, NJ) tables JJ up against AA and Christopher's short stacked Q-2.

      John hits a Jack on the flop and more than doubles up in the hand.

      Board: 7-7-J-Q-10

      Other Bust-Outs Include:

      19th - Mikhail Volfson (Brooklyn, NY) $965
      18th - Brian Walsh (Long Beach, NY) $1,179
      17th - Luis Urioste (Flushing, NY) $1,179
      16th - James Prendergast (Sterling, VA) $1,179
      15th - Christopher Tinari (Pompton Lakes, NJ) $1,822

      Event 11: Down To Two Tables

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Recent eliminations earning $965

      27th - Kalid Ali (Silver Spring, MD)
      26th - Marc Saia (Chesterbrook, PA)
      25th - Casey Keith (Greenville, NC)
      24th - Mark Buonadonna (Vineland, NJ)
      23rd - Eric Miller (Hicksville, NY)
      22nd - Lawno James (Hartford, CT)
      21st - Wei Wang (Holmdel, NJ)
      20th - Eric Lee (Shavertown, PA)

      17 Players remain on two tables.

      We will crown a champion today as this is a one day tournament.

      Event 11: Kevin Hits Hot Decki

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Kevin Modecki (Baltimore, MD) - 2,200,000

      The first player over the 2 million mark is Kevin Modecki. He's been under the radar most of the day but finds the right time to make moves and hit hands.

      Kevin is a huge Orioles fan and is curious if his team won tonight.

      Event 11: Field Is Shrinking

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Recent eliminations earning $836

      36th - Paul Goray (Glen Burnie, MD)
      35th - Arturo Sanchez (Westampton, NJ)
      34th - Gerry Paul Hoover (Middle River, MD)
      33rd - Andrew Interdonato (Washington, DC)
      32nd - Paul Pedretti (Mineda, NY)
      31st - Heather Everson (Washington, DC)
      30th - Allan Cohen (Brooklyn, NY)
      29th Alber Tarosian (Plainsboro, NJ)
      28th Richard Bentrewicz (Monroe, NJ)

      Event 11: Lenbert & Earning Chips

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Lenbert Smith (Queens, NY) knocks out Eric Miller and puts a dent into Orlando Adames in a three handed pot worth 1,400,000.

      Lenbert wakes up to QQ in the big blind and re-shoves Eric's all in bet of 235,000. Orlando comes along for the ride holding 66 in the small blind.

      Eric tables J-8 of diamonds and flops a J. QQ ends up holding on a board of J-2-4-K-9.

      Eric Miller (Long Island, NY) hits the rail in 23rd Place earning $965.

      Event 11: Chip Counts

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      More players over a million...

      Sung Woo Tae - 1,400,000
      Eric Lee - 1,500,000
      Brian Walsh 1,700,000
      Cherish Andrews - 1,100,000
      Orlando Adames - 1,100,000
      Chris Brand - 1,900,000
      "Alphabet Soup" - 1,200,000

      Recent Eliminations:
      Casey Keith (Greenville, NC) who lost a KJ vs. 55 race.

      Event 11: Good Branding

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Chris Brand (Little Egg Harbor, NJ) - 1,500,000

      With three tables remaining Chris Brand has the most chips at his table and second most chips in the room.

      Chip leader honors still goes to Alex Rivera with 1,600,000.

      In the running are Orlando Adames with 1,400,000, Eric Lee with 1,500,000 and Luis Urioste with 1,100,000.

      Event 11: Gone Baby Gone

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Recent eliminations all earning $750.

      40th - Douglas McGlothlin (Felton, DE)
      39th - WilliamTaveras (Bronx, NY)
      38th - Michael Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA)
      37th - Michael Dobbs (Sayville, NY)

      Event 11: Volf Eats Rabbit

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      There is no massive chip leader rather several players in the 1 million to 1.4 million range.

      Last Woman Standing is Cherish Andrews who just outlasted the woman known only as Rabbit.

      It was Mikhail Volfson (Brooklyn) who just ran over the Rabbit making her road kill for the night.

      Mikhail had 10 10 and flopped the world with 2-2-10.

      Rabbit didn't realize her K-J was drawing dead.

      Mikhail is now up over a million.

      31 Players remain.

      Event 11: Run Rabbit Run

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      "Rabbit" & "Cherish"

      And then there were two... Two ladies remain and will battle it out for the Last Women Standing.

      Cherish Andrews just grew her stack past a million after winning an A-10 vs. 55 race. She knocked the Opponent to her right out after spiking a ten on the flop.

      Then Rabbit (Atlantic City) doubled her short stack when her A-6 found an Ace up against Cherish's KK.

      Rabbit holding on to 240,000 with blinds ballooning at 15,000 / 30,000.

      Event 12: Bag & Tag

      $350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 8B

       Anoput Still Leading the Way

      The remaining 18 players have bagged and tagged for the night.

      Anoput Phimmasone (Fairfax Station, VA) has been the chip leader since well before dinner break and continues to lead the way with 123k.  "I'm going to win this," says Phimmansone, who's having a great time at the tables.

      Play resumes at noon as half the field gets paid; the top prize is $9,625.

      Remaining Players

      Name-Chip Counts

      Anoput Phimmasone 123,000
      Ryan Waddell 109,500
      Michael Melkonian 78,800
      Peter Senak 78,300
      Anthony Zinno 72,400
      Yuebin Guo 70,000
      Nessim Hadiji 59,700
      Isamu Okazano 57,300
      Michael Farahnick 56,700
      Eric Judge 47,800
      Mike Fujita 44,000
       Peter Ippolito 40,600
      Jeff Madden 38,300
      Randy Ohel 34,400
      Juan Pena 22,800
      Dennis Moroni 18,400
       Gregory Law 15,000
      Phil Federico 12,800

      Check back after 9 am for a list of table and seat assignments.

      Event 11: Busto

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      A few of Event 11's most recent bust-outs and prize money awarded.

      43th Place....Desmond Gulston (Brooklyn, NY).....$750
      44th Place....Arthur Bressler (Manalapan, NJ).....$750
      45th Place....Robert Taylor (Garwood, NJ).....$750
      46th Place....Daryl Boatwright (Sicklerville, NJ).....$665
      47th Place....Rachel Kraaz (New York, NY).....$665

      The rest of the field is vying for the impressive $221,000 Total Buy In.

      Event 11: Take Ten

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Lots of action in the Poker Room - really we're just getting started as we'll be playing throughout the morning.

      46 remaining players are taking a ten minute break.

      Who will win all 22,100,000 chips, the Borgata trophy, and the $47,160 first place prize?

      When players return the blinds will be 12,000 / 24,000 with 3,000 antes.

      Event 11: Huge Hand

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Orlando Adames - 1,200,000

      Orlando Adames (Franklin Square) is second in chips with 1,200,000 only to Alex Rivera with 1,600,000.

      Orlando won a big pot against Kalid Ali.

      On a spade heavy flop of K-7-J, Orlando checked, Ali bet 125,000 and Orlando shipped putting Ali at risk.

      Ali had a decision to make. This is what it's all about. Your tournament life on the line.
      Ali - "I have you on the flop, but I'll lose on the draw. Do I want to gamble or not?"

      Ali tanked and talked and almost had a clock called against him but he finally came to the right conclusion and folded A A.

      Orlando slapped his K-J against the felt proudly showing Ali and the blog that he had the goods.

      Orlando has support from his friend Robert DeStefano (from the same town) who has hit the rail from Event 11.

      Event 11: Steammates Chop

      $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Matt Galluzzo (Marlboro, NJ) is steaming mad after he flops the nuts, gets two callers, then ends up chopping after a turn and river bring a straight on the board.

      Matt's 5-8 vs. 5-4 vs A-K

      Flop falls 4-7-6 giving Matt the nut straight. A-K picks up a nut flush draw.

      Chips tumble into the middle. Galluzzo can taste the triple up.

      Not so fast - 4th street brings an 8 and 5th street a 5 for a straight on the board.

      Chop it up!

      55 players remain.