Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Champ: Cornell Doubles Through Abrams

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

The bags were out and ten players were ready to shut it down for the night and return Thursday for the final table. But no so fast says Cameron Cornell, who has one foot out the door against Larry Abrams.

Cornell is all in and at risk with J J♠ against the A♠ Q♠ of Abrams.

Flop: 6 Q A

Cornell flops two pairs and the pens are poised for the bag and tag

Turn: K♣

Cornell picks up a gut shot straight draw and has 6 outs (four 10s, two jacks) which he hits when the 
 J hits the river.

Cornell's set of jacks keeps him alive as he doubles 506k and we play on.

Event 19: Break

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

MJ Bernstein (Chicago, IL) takes out Borgata regular, Steve Ryan.

Bernstein shows 10-10 vs. Ryan's A-Q.

MJ wins the classic race when the board falls, 9-9-7-J-2.

The kid from Chicago is now up to 470,000 and happy to be in the money.

Champ: 12th Place - Sharp

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Larry Sharp (North Wales, PA)

Larry Sharp shoves with J-10 off and gets called by monster stack of Jia Liu (Brooklyn, NY) who tables A-K off.

Both players hit their top card on the flop but Liu's better pair holds.

Board: 5-J-A-9-6

Larry Sharp busts out in 12th Place earingin $16,315.

Down to 11 players which means we're on the Final Table bubble.

Playing until one more player busts then calling it a night.

Champ: Shorties Double

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Larry Sharp (North Wales, PA) ships 264,000 on the button with A♣ 2♣ and after a moderated tank session, Matt Woodward (Waterbore, ME) calls with A 2 in the big blind.

Flop comes J 3♣ 8 .

Sharp fears runner runner hearts but instead smacks out runner runner 9♣ 5♣ .

Larry doubles thru Matt.

On the other table, short stack Ofir Mor (Woodmere, NY) doubles thru Cliff Josephy (Muttontown, NY).

Mor has 99 vs. Josephy's A-8 on a 7-9-8-10-5 board.

Ofir Mor now has 500,000.

Champ: 13th Place - McGarry

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Tom McGarry (Hazlet, NJ)

Blinds 12k/24k, 3k ante

On a flop of 3♠ 6♠ 2♣, Tom McGarry moves his last 230k all in.  Jia Liu calls and Matt Woodward goes in the tank and folds.

McGarry: A Q♣
Liu: K K♣

Turn: 8

River: 10♠

Pocket kings hold for Jia Liu who extends his chip lead as he closes in on 3.5 million.

Tom McGarry is out in 13th place, good for $12,550.

Champ: Break Time Chip Counts

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Players are on a 10 minute break as 13 players remain with an average stack 1.2 million (50 BB).
Blinds going up to 12k/24, 3k ante.

Name-Chip Counts

Jia Liu -3 millionRuss Dykshteyn - 2.4 million
Chad Batista -2.4 million
Larry Abrams -1.6
Cliff Josephy -1.4 million
Michael Borovetz -1.2 million
Matt Woodward -1.1 million
Robert Pardo -  900k
Ofir Mor -429k
Mike Meskin - 395k
Larry Sharp - 371k
Tom McGarry - 303k
Cameron Cornell -229k

Event 19: Bubble Breaks

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Shawn Dullavin Breaks Bubble

Congratulations to Shawn Dullavin (Ridgefield Park, NJ) and the other 89 players who will all earn part of the $156,400 Total Buy-In.

Shawn held A-7 and called Benjamin Aminoff's (Long Island) K-Q of diamonds all-in shove.

Board ran: 8-6-10-5-7

Once it was official the field burst into applause.

Benjamin Aminoff - Bubble Boy

Benjamin was upset, but a good sport. "Being the bubble is something everyone should experience in life at least once" said Aminoff.

Level 20 blinds remain 6000 / 12,000 with 2,000 antes.

Ave. stack - 255,556

Playing this one until conclusion tonight.

Event 19: Double Bubble

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Floor kicks off hand for hand play with 92 players remaining - top 90 make the cash.

A short stack ships with A-Q up against another A-Q. Shortie has to sweat a flush draw on the flop and survives with a chop.

Then John Vlahov (Bayshore, NY) pushes his last 30,000 UTG holding 6-6 and runs into James Sloat (Halethorpe, MD) who tables QQ.

Queen in the window followed by 7-9-A-A gives Sloat the Boat.

John goes out as the tournament double bubble. Now one away from the money.

James Sloat says hi to his wife Sherri & family Kyrsten, Jenifer, & Ariana.

Champ: 14th Place - England

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Brian England (Hazlet, NJ)

After two hands against Larry Abrams (Mahwah, NJ), Brian England is out of the Championship in 14th Place.

In the first hand, Brian lead out on the turn and river but got called by Larry.

Board J-7-Q-5-2

Larry showed A-J for the huge pot that left England with only 290,000.

A few hands later Brian shoved with A♣ 5♣ and Larry called holding J J.

England had some hope on a flop of 10♣ 10 6♣ , but failed to club on a turn card 5 and river Q .

We're down to 13 players.

Blinds: 10,000 / 20,000 with 2,000 antes.


$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Blinds 10k/20k, 2k ante

Larry Sharp opens to 43k
Matt Woodward moves all in for 545k total
Sharp calls

Sharp: K♠ K♣
Woodward: K Q♣

Flop: J 10♣ 6(Woodward OE straight draw)

Turn: 9♣ (Woodward straight)


Woodward's turned straight gives him a double up to 1 million, while Sharp drops to 900k.

Event 19: White Lightening Strikes Again

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Antoine White & Mickey Woll

Antoine White (Baltimore, MD) credits his lucky river hit to the espresso martini Mickey Woll bought him.

Antoine is up around 800,000 and leads the field after knocking out two players.

Three players were all in each with 260,000. Antoine had 10-10 and was behind against JJ and AA. After a board of 2-5-5-3, Antoine "White Lightening" strikes the river and spikes a 10.

Mickey Woll has been playing some great poker as of late. In the 2012 Borgata Spring Poker Open he has a 6th Place finish in Event 15 for $5,373 and a 1st Place victory in Event 16 for $42,373.

Copper 25,000 chips are on the tables as players just returned from a ten minute break.

Blinds 4000 / 8000 with 1000 antes.

Ave. stack - 196,581.

117 Players remain - top 90 make the money.

Min cash is $334 and 1st Place earns $34,132.

Champ: Meskin Doubles

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

On a flop of 10 Q♠ A♠, Brian England bets 50k, Cameron Cornell raises to 155k, followed by Mike Meskin's annoucement that he's all in. 

After a deliberate count, Meskin puts 31k on top, England fold and Cornell cracks a smile and calls.

"Ship it," says Meskin, as he turns over K♣ J♣ for a flopped straight, but he's not out of the woods.  Cornell has top two pairs with A Q♣ and has full house outs.

Turn: 3

River: 2

Meskin dodges the final two cards and has new life with more than 400k, while Cornell drops to 350k.

Blinds moving up to 10k/20k, 2k ante.

Champ: Gutsy Call by Liu

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

 Liu (left) in the Tank, while the Rail Birds Hover

Jia Liu checks the river and is facing a 450k bet from Matt Woodward on a board of 6 5♠ 8♠ K 5♣.

After counting down his stack he sees the bet is about half of his remaining stack. Liu quietly says, "call," and Woodward taps the table acknowledging that he's beat and mucks his cards.

Liu lets out a sigh of relief and shows is winning pocket 10s and scoops the 1.5 million chip pot.

Liu is now close to 2 million chips, while Woodward is left with 660k.

Event 19: Frank The Bank

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Frank "The Bank" Rothgeb (Washington, DC) - 500,000

Looks like 2nd in chip honors so far goes to Frank Rothgeb.
Frank says hi to Randy Casper and the Boys.

No monster hands for Frank, just a steady climb in the right direction.

In fact he even folded a made flush with a straight flush draw against a huge raise.

168 players remain.

923 entries.

Ave. stack - 136,905

Champ: 15th Place - Branas

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Elan Branas (Addison, TX)

Elan Branas had a ton of fun playing in the Championship but his journey to the top spot comes to an end.

After dinner, Elan was short stacked and looking for a spot to survive or double up.

He shipped with A-3 and was called by Cliff Josephy who tabled A-6.

The courteous Josephy shouted out, "Chop, Chop" and after the flop of 7-K-K that seemed like a distinct possibility.

Alas the turn brought a 6 and the river a 9 sending Branas home in 15th Place earning $12,550.

Event 19: Chip Leader

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Bob Teti (Washington Township, NJ) - 600,000

The very first hand after dinner break Bob Teti gets a 300,000 gift after hitting the second nut flush on the turn.

Bob held K♣ J♣ vs. Opponent's A♣ J .

Bob jammed his made hand and got called by top pair / nut draw.

Board ran: 2♣ 5♣ 10♣ J♠ 9♠

Bob faded another club, knocked a player out, and is now stacking up as the tournament chip leader.

Mad Dog Mike Shasho is seated to Bob's left and could not believe his good fortune and double-up.

Blinds: 3000 / 6000

Event 19: Long Time, No See

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Michael 'MJ' Bernstein (Chicago, IL) won the $1k No Limit event here during the 2009 Borgata Winter Open, taking home almost $150,000.  

Between 2001 and 2010, MJ was a regular on the east coast poker circuit, (he doesn't fly, so has to drive to his poker destinations) winning an NAPT event at Mohegan Sun in early 2010.  After amassing over $300,000 in tournament earnings, he dropped off the poker radar for over a year.

 Michael 'MJ' Bernstein

He surprised us all when he turned up for the Borgata Spring Poker Open this year after his long absence.  He's back on the poker tour and ready to play.  With three final tables and one win since February, the time away from the felt hasn't hurt his game.

MJ cashed in event #4, $400 Big Stack No Limit, and was going to play the main event, but was in a pretty bad accident last Monday and was in no shape to play.  He's playing in this event now, along with 919 other hopefuls.

He'll be back for the Summer Open in June and ready to make another run for his second Borgata Open title.

* Update:  MJ played into the wee hours of the morning, eventually finishing in 12th place for $1,820.

Event 19: Payouts

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)



Number of Entries: 920

Total Buy-In - $156,400

Event 19: Dinner Break Update

$170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) 

920 entries started in this event and as of dinner break, they're down to 17 tables (170 players max).

90 will get paid, so when they return from dinner, it will start to get interesting.

Champ: Chip Counts

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

With 15 players remaining, the average stack is 1.04 million.  Here are some rough chip counts:

Russ Dykshteyn - 2.3 million
Chad Batista - 1.84 million
Matt Woodward - 1.64 million
Robert Prado - 1.47 million
Jia Liu - 1.34 million
Larry Sharp - 1.3 million
Michael Borovetz - 900k
Brian England - 860k
Larry Abrams - 820k
Cliff Josephy - 750k
Tom McGarry - 725k
Cameron Cornell - 675k
Ofir Mor - 575k
Mike Meskin - 240k
Elan Branas - 36k

Champ: Dinner Time

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

The clock has been stopped and the final 15 players have been rewarded with a 75 minute dinner break. 

Play will resume at 8:45pm.

Champ: 16th Place - Melikian

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Ara Melikian (Scarsdale, NY)

Ara Melikian (button) raised, then Chad Batista (bb) three-bet.  Ara shoved and Chad called, showing A7 off.

Ara was ahead with pocket Queens.  Then the board came A K 2 T 6 and Chad took the pot with a pair of Aces.  He's now over 1.9 million.

Ara finished in 16th place ($9,413).

Champ: 17th Place - Paradis

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Maurice Paradis (Jewett City, CT)

Maurice Paradis got his short-stack all-in and Chad Batista looked him up. 

Maurice had AT suited, but was dominated by Chad's AJ.  The board ran out A 9 7 Q 4 and Chad's kicker played.

Maurice finished in 17th place, earning $9,413.

Champ: Chip Counts

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Play resumed after the break with level 23, blinds 8k/16k with 2k antes.

Rough chip counts with seat assignments, as of the break:

Table 1
1 - Tom McGarry - 770k
2 - Robert Pardo - 1.6 million
3 - Jia Liu -  1.3 million
4 - Ara Melikian - 290k
5 -
6 - Maurice Paradis - 125k
7 - Chad Batista - 1.5 million
8 - Matt Woodward - 1.5 million
9 - Michael Borovetz - 650k

Table 2
1 - Elan Branas - 136k
2 - Larry Sharp - 1.2 million
3 - Mike Meskin - 300k
4 - Russ Dykshteyn - 2.2 million
5 - Ofir Mor - 620k
6 - Brian England - 1.05 million
7 - Cameron Cornell - 580k
8 - Larry Abrams - 750k
9 - Cliff Josephy - 557k

Champ: Doublin', Doublin'

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Mike Meskin check-raised Brian England (button) on the flop of Q 9 6 with two clubs.  Brain called.

Turn was the Queen of clubs.  Mike checked, Brian bet ~80k, Mike check-raised, again, to ~200k, Brian shoved, and after a few seconds, Mike called.

Brian had T8 of clubs for the flush.  Mike has AQ for trip Queens.  River was a 3 and Brian doubled up.

Mike was left short and on the next hand, Larry Sharp opened for 26k and Mike moved all-in for 127k.

Larry made the call, showing KQ off.  Mike had AJ off.

The board came Q J 8 K J -- with four diamonds, and neither player had a diamond.  Mike took the pot with trip Jacks, doubling up.

End of level and time for another break.

Champ: 18th Place - Cipriano

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

 Fran Cipriano (Watertown, CT)

Blinds 6k/12k, 1k ante

On a flop of K 9♣ J♠ Robert Pardo bets 90k
Fran Cipriano moves all in for 253k total
Pardo tank-calls

Cipriano: K♣ Q♣ (pair of kings, gutshot straight & back door flush draw)
Pardo:K J(two pairs)

Turn: 7♣ (Cipriano adds the flush draw)

River: 7

Pardo wins the hand with two pairs and now has 1.6 million chips.
Frank Cipriano is on the rail in 18th place and gets the pay bump to $9,413.

Champ: 19th Place - Saklad

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Steve Saklad (Hartsdale, NY)

On a flop of 9 9 5, Steve Saklad got all his chips in the middle against Matt Woodward.

Steve had pocket Aces for Aces-up.  Matt had pocket 9s and had flopped Quadzilla.  Only running Aces would save Steve (998:1 odds) and that didn't happen.  Matt took the pot, chipping up to ~1.3 million.

Steve finished in 19th place, earning $6,903.

Down to 18 players at two tables.  Average stack is 867k.

Champ: 20th Place - Pham

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Ed Pham (Lansdale, PA)

The board is 2♠ 7♣ 2♣ when all the chips go in.  

Ed Pham: A♠ 7 (two pairs)
Jia Liu: A 2 (trip 2s) 

Turn: 8♠

River: Q

Pham ships 500k+ across the table as Pham takes his stack to 1.4 million.

Ed Pham finishes in 20th place for $6,903.

Champ: Abrams Doubles Through England

 $2500 + $200 Championship NLH

We pick up the action on the board of 9♠ 8 ♠ 3 ♠ 2 6, and Larry Abrams is all in for 351k and called by Brian England.  Abrams turns over 4s 5s for the flopped flush, England mucks.

Abrams takes his stack to 900k, while England is down to 350k.

Champ: 21st Place - McAlister

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Jeff McAlister (Corpus Chirsti, TX)

McAlister is all in with 99 vs the AK of Mike Meskin.  When a king flops McAlister is out in 21st place for $6,903.

Champ: 22nd Place - Sun

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Grace Sun (Merrick, NY)

Blinds 6k/12k, 1k ante

Grace Sun raises the button to 30k, Larry Sharp makes it 77k from the SB. Sun ships 350k total, Sharp calls.

Sun: A 8
Sharp: K K

Flop: 7 6 3

Turn: 5 (Sun OE straight draw)

River: X

Grace Sun is out in 22nd place and heads to the cage to collect $6,903.

Champ: Melikian Survives

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

Ara Melikian got his short-stack all-in against Chad Batista.  Ara's pocket 7s held up against Chad's AK and Ara doubled up to ~360k.

Champ: 23rd Place - Inselberg

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

David Inselberg (Long Beach, NY)

David Inselberg got his last chips in with AK and was racing against Jia Liu's pocket Tens.  The board came 9 6 5 4 7 and Jia's pair was good.

David finished 23rd for $6,903.

Champ: Chip Leaders

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Russ Rakes Chips, While Mike Dentale Watches

Just back from break and Russ Dykshteyn is still the chip leader with 2.1 million chips.

Several players are at or above the 1 million chip mark including Matt Woodward and Chad Batista
who are at 1.3 million.

Blinds are now 6k/12k, 1k ante.

Champ: 24th Place - Wach

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

Dan Wach (Boonton, NJ)

Dan Wach (cutoff) and Cliff Josephy (utg) got tangled in a pot.  On the river, the board read K 5 4 9 9.  All the chips went in and Dan showed KJ for Kings-up.  Cliff had KQ for Kings-up with a better kicker to take the pot.

Dan Wach finished in 24th place ($6,903).

End of level and players took off for a break.

Champ: 25th Place - Gonzalez

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH    

Angel Gonzalez (Brooklyn, NY)

In a battle of the blinds, Angel Gonzalez (sb) and Robert Pardo (bb) took a flop of K 6 2.  Angel bet 70k and Robert called.

Turn was a Queen.  Angel announced he was all-in and Robert snap-called.  Angel had pocket Aces.  Robert had Q2 off and had turned two pair.

River was a 9 and Robert took the pot.

Angel busted out in 25th place ($6,903).

Champ: 26th Place - Lakatosh

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

John Lakatosh (Red Lion, PA)

Elan Branas raises to 26k, John Lakatosh moves all in for 100k total.  Lakatosh has K Q against pocket 8s, but loses the coin flip,.

Lakatosh finishes in 26th place, earning $6,903.

Champ: 27th Place - Luciano

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH    

Rocco Luciano (Philadelphia, PA)

Rocco Luciano and Michael Borovetz were all-in pre-flop.

Michael's AJ was in bad shape against Rocco's pocket Queens, but then the board came A J 4 3 7 and Michael took the pot with top two pair.

Rocco took 27th place and $6,903.

Champ: 28th Place - Rohde

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Danny Rohde (New York, NY)

Danny Rohde min-raised, then after giving it some thought, Fran Cipriano moved all-in.  Danny called all-in and showed AQ off.  Fran had pocket Jacks.

The board fell 3 4 2 3 6 and Danny was busted in 28th place ($6,275).

The final 27 drew for seats and moved to the final three tables.

Champ: 29th Place - Pahuja

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Vinny Pahuja (Hicksville, NY)

Vinny Pahuja open-shoved for 187k and Matt Woodward (button) moved in to isolate.  The blinds got out of the way.

Vinny's A9 was dominated by Matt's AQ.  The board came Q T 2 J J and Matt took the pot.

Vinny finished in 29th place ($6,275).

Champ: 30th Place - Campbell

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Bill Campbell (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

Bill Campbell got his chips in the middle holding AK and was racing against the pocket Queens of Larry Sharp.

The Queens held up and Bill finished in 30th place, earning $6,275.

Champ: 31st Place - Petrangelo

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Nick Petrangelo (Feeding Hills, MA)

Nick Petrangelo, who suffered multiple bad beats earlier in the day, is out with pocket 9s against Chad Batista's pocket kings.  Petrangelo loses his last 140k and is out in 31st place for $6,275.

Champ: 32nd Place - Dentale

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY)

Blinds 5k/10k, 1k ante 
Dentale at risk for 130k all in preflop.

Mike Dentale: K K
Ofir Mor: Q♠ Q♣

Flop: A 5 9

Turn: 8♥  (Mor loses the Qas an out; it would give Dentale a flush)

River: Q

The one outer stuns Dentale and he's on the rail.  On the prior level, Dentale shipped 106k to Vinny Pahuja in a double-up holding AJ vs Pahuja's AK.

Mike Dentale finishes in 32nd place for $6,275.

Champ: 33rd Place - Chou

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

Ben Chou (Astoria, NY)

Ben Chou and Tom McGarry got all their chips in pre-flop.  Ben had AJ suited and was dominated by Tom's AQ off.

The board ran out 9 8 5 4 A and Tom's kicker played.

Ben Chou finished 33rd for $6,275.

Champ: 34th Place - Sinishtaj

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

 Tony Sinishtaj (Flushing, NY)

Play resumed after the break with

Level 21, blinds 5k/10k with 1k antes.  

Tony Sinishtaj got his short-stack in the middle with JT suited, but was up against Mike Meskin's pocket Queens.

Tony picked up a flush draw, but it did not come through and he was busted, finishing 34th for $6,275.

Champ: 35th - Palomo

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Ian Palomo (New York, NY)

On the last hand before break Ian Palomo and Russ Dykshteyn play the biggest pot of the tournament.  Dykshteyn is the chip leader with 1.2 million, while Palomo is a top 10 stack with 750k.

Blinds 4k/8k/500 ante

Palomo (CU) raises to 18k
Dykshteyn (BB) raises to 50k
Palomo makes it 85k total
Dykshteyn 5-bet shoves 1.2 million and has Palomo (750k) covered.
Palomo calls

Dykshteyn A♠ 2♠
Palomo: K K♣

An ace flops and the table can't believe it.  Just like that Palomo is on the rail and Dykshteyn extends his chip lead and now has 2 million.

Palomo, one of the Borgata good guys, takes the beat in stride and winds up 35th for $6,275.

Champ: Unbelievable!

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

Danny Rohde was all-in for 121k, then Mike 'Unbelievable' Dentale moved in for his last 55k from the small blind.  Jia Liu (bb) gave it some thought, then folded.

Mike had AQ suited and was dominated by Danny's AK off.

The flop came K J 5 with none of Mike's suit.  He was left with four outs to make Broadway.  Turn was a 9 and no help.

Then a Ten landed on the river, giving Mike the straight and the double-up to ~130k.  Danny was left with ~65k.

Champ: 37th Place - Escobalez

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

John Escobalez (Taunton, MA)

John Escobalez got his last chips in with AK, but ran into the pocket Kings of Michael Borovetz.  The board came Q 5 2 9 5 and Michael took the pot.

John will take home $5,648 for 37th place.

Table 5 was broken and those players moved to the remaining four tables.

With 36 players left, the average stack is ~433k.

Champ: 38th Place - Dugan

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Will Dugan (Ventnor, NJ) 
Will Dugan ships 130k with 7♣ 8♣ and is up against the K♠ J♠ of Jia Liu who leads the entire hand and wins it with a flush on the river.

Dugan earns $5,648 for 38th place.

Champ: 39th - Litwin

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Morgan Litwin (Brookfield, CT)

Morgan Litwin puts 250k all in with A Q against the K K of Mike Meskin.  The kings hold and Litwin is out in 39th place, good for $5,648.

Champ: Josephy Doubles

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

On the river with a board of 9♣64♠5J♠, Michael Borovetz (cutoff) bet 80k, Cliff Josephy (sb) check-raised  all-in for 250,500 and called by Michael. (Both players had checked the turn).

Michael had J9 for two pair (missed flush draw).

Cliff had 8♣7♣ (turned straight).

Cliff doubled up to ~640k.  Michael was left with ~400k.

Champ: Last Woman Sitting

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

Grace Sun is the last woman sitting in this event.  She just took a nice pot from Morgan Litwin.

On the river with a board of 6 5 3 4 3 with three clubs, Morgan checked, Grace moved in, and Morgan folded.  Grace showed AQ of clubs (turned nut flush).  Grace is up to ~330k.

When Grace was down to only 20k yesterday (average was about 80k) she talked to WSOP bracelet winner Ken 'Teach' Aldridge.  He loaned her his WSOP bracelet to wear for luck.  Teach had recently busted out, so he loaned her the bracelet.  It has apparently been good luck for her, since she survived the bubble yesterday.

Elan Branas doubled up through Larry Abrams when his AJ held up against Larry's A6.  The final board was A 4 2 K 9.

Champ: 40th Place - Bardah

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

Ronnie Bardah (Brockton, MA)

Steve Saklad opened for 19k, then Ronnie Bardah moved in for 117k.  Dan Wach called, then Steve tanked for a bit, deciding to fold.

Ronnie had pocket Kings.  Dan had AK.  The board came A A 8 J 6 and Dan took the pot with trip Aces.

Ronnie Bardah finished in 40th place ($5,648).

Champ: Double-up with Quads

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Blinds 3k/6k/500

Francis Cipriano raises to 20k, Vinny Pahuja makes it 50k, Cipriano ships 182k total.

Pahuja's Q Q is in trouble against Cipriano's A A which ends up making quad aces.

Cipriano doubles-up, while Pahjua drops to 130k.

Champ: 41st Place - Hubbard

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Stephanie Hubbard (Hazlet, NJ)

Stephanie Hubbard raises 17k preflop, Tom McGarry calls and both see a jack high flop.  Hubbard checks, McGarry bets 25k and Hubbard tanks.

After a few minutes, Hubbard sticks 88k all in and McGarry calls. Hubbard has A 5 for a pair of fives, while McGarry has a winning pocket pair of 10s.

Stephanie Hubbard finishes in 41st place, earning $5,648.

Side note: Hubbard's elimination leaves Grace Sun as the last woman standing.

Champ: 42nd Place - Hasan

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

Shiraz Hasan (Middletown, DE)

Ara Melikian opened for 20k, then Shiraz Hasan moved all-in.  Russ Dykshteyn called, then Ara folded.

Shiraz had AK off and was racing against Russ' pocket Jacks.  The board came J 8 3 9 8 and Russ took the pot with Jacks full.

Shiraz Hasan finished in 42nd place, earning $5,648.

Champ: 43rd place - Stefanski

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

David Stefanski (East Lyme, CT)

David Stefanski was all-in for his last ~80k holding AQ off against Angel Gonzalez' pocket 5s.

There was an Ace in the door, but when the dealer spread the flop, there was a 5 right behind it.

Angel took the pot with a set of 5s.  David took 43rd place and $5,648.

Champ: Back From Break

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Level 20:  Blinds 4k/8k, 500 ante

Play has resumed after the break.

43 players remain.  Average stack is 363k.

An interesting Tweet from the break:

Ronnie Bardah ‏ @RonnieBardah
Just AA 3 times last level and NO ACTION!! Wow..going to 4-8k...200k in chips 43 left @BorgataPoker main #teamMurder #teamjewballs

Champ: New Chip Leader

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

End of level 19 and time for a break.

Chad Batista has taken the chip lead.  He's up to 940k.

Matt Woodward has dropped to second with 815k.

The short-stack is David Stefanski.  He's down to ~80k.

Champ: 44th Place - Ladny

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Eric Ladny (Mercerville, NJ)

Eric Ladny was all-in pre-flop holding AK suited and got looked up by Chad Batista, who had pocket Queens. 

The flop came A Q T, giving Chad a set, but giving Eric hope with a gutshot, needing a King to make Broadway.

The last two came 9 6, however, and Eric was busted.  He finished 44th for $5,648.

Champ: 45th Place - Scales

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Steve Scales (Red Bank, NJ)

Will Dugan was all-in pre-flop holding 88.  Steve Scales moved in behind him with AQ suited.  Everyone else got out of the way, including Mike Dentale, who says he folded AK.

The board came J T 6 2 6 and Will doubled up.  Steve was left with ~50k.

He was all-in soon after, holding QJ, but ran into the pocket Queens of Jeffrey McAlister.  The board came  K 6 2 7 K and Jeffrey collected the last of Steve's chips.

Steve Scales finished in 45th place ($5,648).

Champ: Irish Poker - Dublin Up

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Eric Landy is at risk for 200k with Q Q and is in bad shape against Nick Petrangelo's A A. "Solid poker," Landy smirks after a queen flops and doubles-up with a set of queens.

Steve Scales doubles 51k with A J vs K Q and is on his way to table 1 with new life.

Champ: 46th Place - Monteavaro

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Joanne Monteavaro (Bronx, NY)

Joanne Monteavaro moves her last 120k all in with AQ and is dominated against the AK of Eric Landy.
The board is no help and Monteavaro finishes in 46th place for $5,020.

Table 6 is being broken as we're 9-handed on five tables and moving up the pay scale.   37th-45th places take home $5,648.

Champ: 47th Place - Putinas

 $2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Gintautas "G" Putinas (Richmond, VA)

"G" Putinas is all in for his last 24k. John Lakatosh & Joe Neiman check it down from the blinds.  .  Putinas doesn't connect with K J and Neiman shows the winner with 7 8 for a pair of 7s

Putinas takes home $5,020 for his 47th place finish.

Champ: 49th - Primavera; 48th - Darden

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

 Joe Primavera (Brooklyn, NY)

Joe Primavera got all-in pre-flop holding pocket 6s, but ran into Morgan Litwin's pocket Aces.  The Aces held and Joe busted out in 49th place ($5,020).

Paul Darden Jr. (Hampton, CT)

Paul Darden was all-in pre-flop holding AK off against Fran Cipriano's pocket Kings.  The Kings held up and Paul was busted in 48th place ($5,020).

John Escobalez's pocket Aces held up for a double-up via Michael Borovetz' AK.

Champ: 50th Place - Tabatabai

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Ali Tabatabai (Cockeysville, MD)

Ali Tabatabai runs pocket queens into the pocket kings of Cameron Cornell.  Tabatabai ships 195k across the table and finishes in 50th place for $5,020

Champ: 51st Place - Dever

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Cathy Dever (Ephrata, PA)

Cathy Dever is a victim of set over set vs Steve Saklad.

Dever starts the hand with 250k and ships all in when she turns a set of 5s.  Saklad flopped a set of 7s and sends Dever to the cage with $5,020 for her 51st place finish.

Champ: Blinds Up

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

Level 19:  Blinds 3k/6k, 500 ante

Back from break.  Play has resumed.  51 Players remain.

Champ: 52nd Place - Sardella

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Andrew Sardella (Clifton Park, NY)

Blinds 2,500/5,000, 400 ante

Andrew Sardella got all his chips in the middle with pocket Jacks against Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy, who had AT.  The flop came A 8 5 7 K and Cliff took the pot.

End of level, short break, then back for level 19.

Champ: Branas Doubles

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Blinds 2,500/5,000, 400 ante

On a flop of J 7 2 rainbow, both Elan Branas (bb) and Brian England (button) checked.  Turn was a 9.  Elan led out for ~60k and Brian announced he was all-in. 

Elan tanked for about 5 minutes, then the clock was called.  Before his time expired, he called all-in.

Elan had KJ (pair of Jacks) and had Brian's QJ out-kicked.  River was a Ten and Elan doubled up.

Champ: 53rd Place - Aaronson

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Robert Aaronson (Brooklyn, NY)

 Blinds 2,500/5,000, 400 ante

Robert Aaronson was all-in pre-flop holding pocket 9s but ran into the pocket Jacks of Edward Pham (Lansdale, PA).

The Jacks held up and Edward took the pot.  Robert finished in 53rd place, earning $5,020.

Champ: 54th Place - Milo

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

 Rich Milo (Franklin Square, NY)

Returning short stack Rich Milo has less than the big blind with 4k and is all in with pocket 2s. He's up against Dan Wach who has K 3 and hits a three on the flop.

Rich Milo his the first player to cash the Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship, finishing in 54th place for $5,020.