Thursday, April 19, 2012

Event 20: 10th Place - Giura

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

James Giura (Glen Ridge, NJ)

End of the road for James Giura who 3-bet Matt Burnitz who then felt priced in.

James tabled Q-9 and was way behind against Matt's 9-9.

Board ran: 8-8-10-K-K

It was only 186,000 more for Matt to call and he had the made hand.

Event 20: Chip Updates

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Here are some chip count updates grabbed during the break.

1. Eric Natishvili - 220,000
2. Jim - 283,000
3. Joe Liberta - 700,000
4. Comrad - 120,000
5. Howard Wolper - 215,000
6. Mark Borges - 180,000
7. Hal Stickel - 215,000
8. Donald Brown - 130,000
9. Matt Burnitz - 300,000
10. James Giura - 225,000

Next Blind is 10,000 / 20,000 with 3,000 antes.

Event 20: Top Ten Take Ten

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

In the second hand before the break Donald Brown (Westbury, NY) ships 210,000 with wired eights.

Short stack at the table, Eric Natishvili (Hoboken, NJ) calls with A-K.

Eric wins the race after hitting a King on the turn.

Board: 7-10-2-K-3

He doubles thru Donald and now has 230,000.

Champ Event Recap

 $2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Jia Liu (Brooklyn, NY) was dead and buried twice at the final table, but each time he kept his composure and survived to win the Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship.  Liu defeated Larry Abrams (Mahwah, NJ) heads up, holding K♣ 4 on the final hand, to win the title, the trophy and the $312,483 first prize.

"It's still not sinking in," said the 25-year-old, who out flopped Abrams' A♠ J♣ to complete the comeback from a 3 to 1 chip deficit. "I'm numb right now, this is sick."

Liu was feeling ill in a different way when he stared across the table at Russ Dykshteyn (Brooklyn, NY), who had 12 million of the 15 million chips in play while three-handed.  But despite holding less than 2 million and being down 6 to 1 in chips, Liu hung around.

"I was looking at second or third," said Liu, but Abrams had a different mindset.

"I was never intimidated by his (Dykshteyn's) stack," said Abrams, who earned $175,700 as runner-up. "You're deep enough (with chips) to keep playing. I knew a couple of double-ups and I'd be right there."

Dykshteyn, not only doubled-up each of his opponents, but his collapse resulted in a third place finish. "It happens," he said on his way to the cage to collect $112,950.

Abrams had a 2 to 1 chip lead when heads up play began and extended it to 3 to 1, but Liu stayed focus and had three key hands that led to the title.

First Liu flopped a straight against Abrams top pair, top kicker to double-up and pull even in chips. He followed that by not going broke with pocket aces.

Liu then flopped a flush when Abrams slow played pocket kings and won a big pot that gave him all but 750k of the chips, setting up the final hand.

It was a roller coaster day for Liu who began the final table as the chip leader with 4.2 million.

The field was quickly thinned with the eliminations of Mike Meskin, Mike Borovetz and Matt Woodward in 10th, 9th and 8th places respectfully.

The most recognizable names at the final table were next to go. Cliff  "Johnnybax" Josephy, a WSOP bracelet holder, finished 7th, followed by WSOP circuit championship Chad Batista in 6th place.

At that point Dykshteyn had half the chips in play.

After Cameron Cornell was eliminated in 5th place by 4th place finisher Robert Pardo, Dykshteyn knocked out Pardo to continue his march to the 12 million chip mark.

The tournament began with 520 entries for a total buy-in of $1.3 million. The field featured 13 WSOP bracelet holders and multiple WPT title holders.  In addition to Josephy, the bracelet holders included 3 time winner "Miami" John Cernuto, and two time winners Matt Matros, "Rep" Porter and Brock Parker*

The well decorated field also included 2010 WPT Borgata Poker Open Champion Dwyte Pilgrim, two time WPT winner Cornel Cimpan and 2005 WSOP Main Event runner-up Steve Dannenmann.

The five days of poker (two Day 1s) started with Woodward (1A) and Steve Saklad (1B) earning a $3,000 bonus as chip leaders at the end of their respective starting days.

Woodward worked his big stack to the final table, while Saklad cashed in 19th place for ($6,903).

By the end of Day 2 the field was trimmed to 54 players as everyone returning for Day 3 was in the money.  Those who cashed included WSOP bracelet holder and WPT titlist Paul Darden, Event 8 Champion Mike Dentale, Ian Palomo, Vinny Pahuja, John Lakatosh and Dave Inselberg.

Four woman made the money. Grace Sun (22nd) was the last woman standing and was joined at the pay window by Stephanie Hubbard, Joanne Monteavaro and Cathy Dever.

The last player to cash on Day 3 was Ofir Mor (in 11th place).  Mor was the third place finisher in the 2010 WPT Borgata Poker Open (he won $267,000 in that event). Mor's elimination sent the final 10 players into Day 4 and the final table.

Liu's thrilling day concluded with his largest poker payday -- which is nearly double his previous career tournament earnings of $182,000.

"This is my biggest accomplishment," says Liu, who joins Russel Crane (2011) and Alex Queen (2010) as Borgata Spring Poker Open Champions.

Final Table Results
1st Jia Liu (Broolyn, NY) $312,483
2nd Larry Abrams (Mahwah, NJ)$175,700
3rd Russ Dykshteyn (Brooklyn, NY) $112,950
4th Robert Pardo (Mount Vernon, NY) $89,733
5th Cameron Cornell (Asbury Park, NY) $70,280
6th Chad Batista (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $57,730
7th Cliff Josephy (Syosset, NY) $45,808
8th Matt Woodward (Las Vegas, NV) $35,768
9th Michael Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA) $25,100
10th Mike Meskin (Belmont, MA) $16,315

* Full List of Participants with WSOP Bracelet

Miami John Cernuto - 3 WSOP bracelets
Matt Matros - 2 WSOP bracelets
Ralph "REP" Porter - 2 WSOP bracelets
Brock Parker - 2 WSOP bracelets
Mike 'Little Man' Sica - 1 WSOP bracelets
Ken 'Teach' Aldridge - 1 WSOP bracelet
Kathy Liebert - 1 WSOP bracelet
Gavin Smith - 1 WSOP bracelet, 1 WPT title
Freddy Rouhani - 1 WSOP bracelet
Chris Bell - 1 WSOP bracelet
Jeff Papola - 1 WSOP bracelet
Brian Lemke - 1 WSOP bracelet

Championship Event Winner - Liu

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Jia Liu (Broolyn, NY) 

On the final hand Jia Liu puts Larry Abrams all in for his last 750k.

Liu: K♣ 4
Abrams: A♠ J♣

Flop: 7♠ 2♣ K (pair of kings for Liu)

Turn: 6♣

River: 7

Liu dodges the last three aces in the deck and is the Borgata Spring Poker Open Champion.  "It's still not sinking in," says the 25 year-old, who takes down his biggest poker score.  "I'm numb right now."

Liu doesn't consider himself a poker professional, but will now look to play in more tournaments. He considers this win redemption for the 2010 Borgata Spring Open when he cashed in 18th place ($4,000) after holding the chip lead at the bubble.

Liu says two pivotal hands helped win the title.  The first was not going broke with pocket aces against Abrams pocket 10s.

"I was supposed to be out with aces," he says acknowledging that had all the chips gone in preflop, Abrams would have hit a full house on the river to take the title.  Instead a scary board made it easy for him to fold to Abrams' river bet.

The other key hand came when Abrams slow played pocket kings and Liu flopped a flush to take all but 750k of Abrams' chips.

"This is my biggest accomplishment," says Liu, who wins the trophy and $312,483 as the Spring Open champion.

Liu's Crew

Championship Event Runner Up - Abrams

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Larry Abrams (Mahwah, NJ) 

Larry Abrams is the Borgata Spring Poker Open runner up and is a classy 2nd place finisher to Jia Liu. "Nice kid," says Abrams who loses with A♠ J♣ against Liu's K♣ 4 when a king flops.

"Nice, guy," Liu replies. And a nice friendly heads up match that lasts three hours.

"It was a lot of fun," says the business owner who pockets $175,700 as runner-up. "The final table was great."

Abrams is a regular tournament player when Borgata holds one of it's five series throughout the year.  The 45-year-old family man has two Borgata cashes for ~$9,000 each, including a 75th place finish ($9,644) in the 2011 WPT Borgata Poker Open.

Abrams had 3/4 of the chips in play at the dinner break, but ran into some bad luck later in the evening.  

One pivotal hand came when Abrams flopped top pair, top kicker with AJ, but Liu flopped the joint with Q 10.  The flopped straight gave Liu the much needed double-up and the stacks were virtually even after the hand.

"I played well, I can't complain," says Abrams, "I just couldn't finish it at the end."

Larry Abrams is the second place finisher who earns $175,700 for his four days of poker.

Champ: Liu Continues the Momentum

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Blinds 60/120k, 10k ante

Larry Abrams and Jia Liu go to the flop in a limp pot.

Flop: Q♠ 5♠ 4♠

Abrams check-calls Liu's 300k bet

Turn: 5♣

Abrams check-calls Liu's 500k bet

River: J

Abrams checks, Liu bets 800k, Abrams raises to 1.6 million, Liu calls

Abrams: K K♣ (pair of kings)
Liu: 10♠ 9♠ (flopped flush)

Liu's winning flush gives him all but 750k of the 15.6 million chips in play.

Event 20: Stuck On Ten

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

There's a shove every other hand but nobody wants to call or mix it up.

Finally Matt Burnitz (Paoli, PA) an Joe Liberta (Berlin, NJ) make it to the river.

Joe from the small blind with 10-J suited calls from the small blind. He hits a ten on the flop.

Board double pairs Kings and has a club flush possibility.

Joe checks the river and Matt fires away. Joe tanks and comes to the correct conclusion with a good call.

Board: 5-K-10-7-K

Pair of tens was good as Matt claimed to fold J-Q for the busted straight.

Joe increases his chip lead with 700,000.

Blinds are 8,000 / 16,000 with 2,000 antes.

Event 20: Final Table

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Final Table of Ten

1. Eric Natishvili - 200,000
2. Jim - 120,000
3. Joe Liberta - 600,000
4. Comrad - 250,000
5. Howard Wolper - 230,000
6. Mark Borges - 120,000
7. Hal Stickel - 230,000
8. Donald Brown - 110,000
9. Matt Burnitz - 300,000
10. James Giura - 120,000

Blinds: 6000 / 12,000 with 2000 antes.

Total Buy In - $42,900

First place - $12,485

Event 20: 11th Place - Kressel

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

David Kressel (Brooklyn, NY)

David Kressel ran into a flopped straight of Matt Burnitz (Paoli, PA).

David proudly showing his bounty chip of which he just lost.

Event 20: 12th Place - Cotcamp

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Dustin Cotcamp (Hopewell Junction, NY)

Dustin dusted off a ton of chips to Joe Liberta (Berlin, NJ) on a board of 4-4-J-10-10.

Joe tabled K-K and Dustin declined showing.

With only a few thousand let, Dustin went all in a couple hands later and failed to connect.

Champ: Ace on the Turn Closes the Gap

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Blinds 60k/120k, 10k ante

Larry Abrams and Jia Liu are all in preflop and Abrams is at risk for 3.175 million.

Liu: 10♠ 10♣ 
Abrams: A♣ 8

Flop: 6 8♠ 4♠

Turn: A(Abrams pair of aces)

River: 5

Abrams' pair of aces gets the double up and he's back to 6.4 million while Liu has 9.2 million.

Champ: Abrams Looks Up Liu

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

 Abrams Contemplates the Call

Blinds 50k/100k, 10k ante

The board is J♠ Q3 8 6♠ when Jia Liu bets 1.5 million putting Larry Abrams in the tank

After several minutes Abrams makes the call and Liu shows Q J♣ for two pairs, queens and jacks.

Liu now has the chip lead with 12.4 million and the momentum as this was the last hand of the level.

Abrams is down to 3.2 million (27 BB) as blinds are going up to 60/120k, 10k ante.

Event 20: Robert Robbed

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Robert "Hoss" Colao (Niagara Falls, NY)
13th Place - $728

Hoss was feeling good after his A-K hit an ace on the flop...then everything fell apart when Jim hit a set of sixes on the turn.

Hoss also earned 1 $100 black chip bounty.

Meanwhile on the other table, Daniel Gelbinovich (Brooklyn, NY) couldn't survive his A-K vs K-K battle. After that crippling blow, Daniel hung off for a few hands, then was out in 14th Place for $728.

Event 20: Zak Is Sacked

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Yulia Zakirova (Moscow)

Another race and another bust-out. Yulia Zakirova is vacationing at Borgata all the way from Moscow. She played in a couple tournaments and had a great time.

In her final hand of the night she got it in with 10-10 vs. A-K.

An ace hit the flop but the turn gave Yulia a flush draw. Alas it was not meant to be.

Zakirova captured 3 $100 Bounty chips.

Champ: Liu Dodges a Bullet with Bullets

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

50k/100k, 10k ante

Larry Abrams raises to 200k
Jia Liu makes it 600k
Abrams 4-bets to 1.2 million
Liu calls.

Flop: Q Q 5 (both players check)

Turn: 9 (both players check)

River: 10

Liu bets 1 million, Abrams moves all in, Liu tanks and folds.

Liu flashes A♠ A♣ and Abrams turns over pocket 10s for a rivered full house.

The players and the rail birds can't believe that all the chips did not end up in the middle.  If they had gone in before the river, the two-outer for Abrams would have been made for a dramatic finish.

Event 20: Kogler Croaked

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Jared Kogler (Medford, NY) has Q-J and hits a a Jack on the flop. He ships his short stack and is called by Opponent who shows two-pair with 9-6.

Board runs: J-9-6-5-K.

Down to 15 Players.

18th - James Stutzman (New York, NY) $624
17th - Kevin Campbell (Bayonne, NJ) $624
16th - Jared Kogler (Medford, NY) $624

Champ: Jia Straight Double Up

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Blinds 50k/100k, 10k ante

The board is J♣ 8♠ 9 3♣, when Jia Liu bets 800k.
Larry Abrams raises to 2 million, Liu moves all in for 3.4 million total, Abrams calls.

Liu: Q 10♣ (flopped straight)
Abrams: A J(top pair, top kicker, drawing dead)

The straight doubles Liu to more than 7 million, while Abrams drops to 8 million as they're virtually even in chips.

Event 20: Quad Nines

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Daniel Gelbinovich Has Good Luck With Quads

Daniel Gelbinovich (Brooklyn) goes all in for his tournament life with 9-9 and Dustin Cotcamp (Hopewell Junction, NY) calls.

Looks like a classic race between Daniel's 9-9 and Dustin's K-J off until Gelbinovich spikes not one, but two nines for QUADS.

Board ran: 10-A-9-8-9.

The kid doubles up and is ready to go deep.

In another hand at the table Robert "Hoss" Colao (Niagara Falls, NY) hits a six on the river for a life saving set.

Down to 16 Players.

Blinds are 4000 / 8000 with 1000 antes.

Event 20: Back On The Felt

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Play resumed in the Borgata Poker Room where the final two tables are battling it out.

Mostly small pots on both tables immediately after dinner.

Former chip leader David Kressel (Brooklyn) jams a flop of 7-3-J and is called.

David shows 6-6 and Opponent has J-7.

Turn brings another J for the full-house.

Kressel is crippled to 60,000.

Blinds: 3000 / 6000 with 500 antes.

Total chips in play = 2,475,000.

Champ: Poker NOW

 $2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Play has resume after Larry Abrams and Jia Liu both refueled at Noodles of the World (N.O.W).

Liu and his crew ate in the restaurant, while Abrams stuck to his four day routine of getting his food to go and relaxing in his room.

We'll see if the Chicken Pad Thai is better than the General Tso's Chicken when it comes to playing heads up poker.  Binds are up to 50k/100k, 10k ante.

Champ: Accolades

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Poker/Blogger expert Kaelaine Minton's hard work has compiled the following news and notes from the Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship. A look at some recognizable faces and their accomplishments.

Final Table:

6th Place ($57,730) - Chad Batista - 1 WSOP Circuit Championship Ring
7th Place ($45,808) - Cliff Josephy - 1 WSOP bracelet (2005, 7-Card Stud)


48th Place ($5,020) Paul Darden - 1 WSOP bracelet, 1 WPT title 

Championship Event Participants

Miami John Cernuto - 3 WSOP bracelets
Matt Matros - 2 WSOP bracelets
Ralph "REP" Porter - 2 WSOP bracelets
Brock Parker - 2 WSOP bracelets
Mike 'Little Man' Sica - 1 WSOP bracelets
Ken 'Teach' Aldridge - 1 WSOP bracelet
Kathy Liebert - 1 WSOP bracelet
Gavin Smith - 1 WSOP bracelet, 1 WPT title
Freddy Rouhani - 1 WSOP bracelet
Chris Bell - 1 WSOP bracelet
Jeff Papola - 1 WSOP bracelet
Brian Lemke - 1 WSOP bracelet
Cornel Cimpan - 2 WPT titles
Dwyte Pilgrim - 1 WPT title, 1 WSOP Circuit Championship Ring
Steve Dannenmann - 2005 WSOP ME runner-up

Event 20: Dinner Break

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)     

The final 18 players have taken off for a one-hour dinner break.  Play will resume at 8:30pm.

The average stack is 137,500.

Mark Borges is the chip leader with ~240k.

Event 20: Bubble Burst

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)     

Level 16:  Blinds 2,500/5,000, 500 ante

Eric 'clownfish' Doerr busted in 20th place, two from the money.

Don't have the name of the unfortunate bubble-boy, but he was all-in with pocket 7s and ran into Hal Stickel's  (Waretown, NJ) pocket Queens.

The final 18 drew for seats and moved to the final two tables.

12 minutes remain in the current level and once that runs out, they'll be heading out for a dinner break.

Champ: Dinner Break

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Liu (left) & Abrams Heads Up

Larry Abrams (12.1 million) and Jia Liu (3.5 million) are on dinner break and will resume play at ~8:15 pm.

When play resume blinds will be 50k/100k, 10k ante and Liu will have 35 BB.

Champ: Trophy Time

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Borgata Spring Poker Open Trophy

Jia Liu and Larry Abrams are heads up for the Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship.

Abrams has the chip lead with 11.4 million to Liu's 4 million as they play for the first place prize of $312,483.

The runner-up earns $175,700.

Event 20: Last Woman Sitting

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)     

 Yulia Zakirova

The last woman remaining in this event is Yulia Zakirova, who is here all the way from Moscow, Russia.

She's on vacation and making a trip from Boston to Miami and stopped in here to try her hand at live poker.  She learned to play online, since they don't have live poker where she's from.

She's short-stacked now and still two away from the money, but still in and has a shot.

They're on a color-up break and will be back in action shortly.

Champ: 3rd Place - Dykshteyn

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Russ Dykshteyn (Brooklyn, NY)

Blinds 40k/80k, 5k

Russ Dykshteyn raises to 240 from the SB
Larry Abrams calls from the BB

Flop: 6 4 4

Abrams bets 300k
Dykshteyn moves all in for 1.5 million total
Abrams calls

Abrams: 4 5 (trip 4s)
Dykshteyn Q 7

Turn: 8 (Dykshteyn drawing dead)

And with that Dykshteyn goes from chip leader with more than 3/4 of the chips in play to finishing in third place. "It happens," he says while walking to the cage.

Russ Dykshteyn earns $112,950 for his third place finish, by far the largest cash of his career.

Champ: Liu Doubles Through Dykshteyn

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Blinds 40k/80k, 5k

Russ Dykshteyn raises to 240k from the SB, Jia Liu moves all in from the BB for 2.2 million, Dykshteyn calls.
Liu: A♣ J
Dykshteyn K♠ J♠

Dykshteyn says, "nice hand," before the board offers no help and he doubles Liu.  Dykshteyn is now the short stack with 3.8 million (48 BB), while Liu is up to 4.4 million.

Event 20: Bubble Looms, Dinner Break Looms

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)    

With 22 players remaining, the blinds went up to 2k/4k with 400 antes (level 15).

A player was left short-stacked when his pocket 9s fell to A3 suited (Ace on the flop)

He doubled his ~5k stack once with AJ against Mark Borges' pocket 7s, but didn't last much longer after that.

Mark is up to ~235k and getting close to the chip leader.

With his departure, 21 players remain.  Three more must go to reach the money.

They're coming up on dinner break at 7:30pm also, so players are getting antsy.

Champ: Abrams Wins Two More

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Blinds 40k/80k, 5k

After winning 1.4 million chips from Russ Dykshteyn on one hand, Larry Abrams wins another big pot.

On a board of 4 3♠ 7♣ 2, Dykshteyn bets 1 million, Larry Abrams moves all in and Dykshteyn tank-folds and says, "nice bet."

Abrams shows pocket 8s and says, "it was good, right?"

Dykshteyn simply replies, "no," as his chip stack drops to 6 million, less than half of his high point of 12.3 million.

Abrams is the new chip leader with 7 million.

Champ: Chip Counts

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Blinds up 40k/80k, 5k

Russ Dykshteyn 7.5 million (94 BB)
Larry Abrams 4.7 million (59 BB)
Jia Liu 3.3 million (41 BB)

Event 20: Blinds Up

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)   

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

The dinner vouchers have been distributed more than an hour before dinner break, so players have become distracted by thoughts of food and seem to have slowed down the action.

28 players remain.  Ten more must go to reach the money.

Champ: Liu Gets a Piece

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Blinds 30k/60k, 5k ante

Jia Liu completes from the SB, Russ Dykshteyn raises to 225k, Liu re-raises to 700k, Dykshteyn calls.

Flop: 9♠ 3 8♠

Liu moves all in, Dykshteyn folds

Level is winding down.

Event 20: Zaydman Doubles

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)  

Blinds: 1,200/2,400, 300 ante

After a raise to 6,500, Eric Natishvili (Hoboken, NJ) 3-bet to 21k.  Then Elliott Zaydman (Glen Rock, NJ) moved all-in.

 Three-time Borgata Open winner Howard Wolper & Eric Natishvili

The opener folded and Eric called, showing pocket 9s.  Elliott was racing with KQ.

The board fell Q 5 2 8 J and Elliott doubled up to ~60k.  Eric was left with about 90k.

Still 30 players.  Only 18 get paid.

Champ: Chipping Away

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Blinds 30k/60k, 5k ante

Larry Abrams wins two pots from Russ Dykshteyn who, after giving each a opponent a double-up, is now bleeding chips.

On a board of 8♣ 2♠ A, Russ Dykshteyn bets 200k and Larry Abrams calls.

Turn: 2

Dykshteyn bets 1 million, Abram moves all in, Dykshteyn folds.

A few hands later Abrams wins a 1.5 million chip pot on a board of 2♣ 4 J♣ A♣ 5♠,  both players check the turn and river.  Abrams shows J 10♠ for the winner, Dykshteyn folds.

In the two hands Abrams adds 2 milllion chips and improves to 5 million, while Dykshteyn drops to 7.5 million.

Event 20: 30 Remain

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

The final 30 players have just returned from a break for level 13, blinds 1,200/2,400 with 300 antes.

 David Kressel

David Kressel (Brooklyn, NY) has emerged as the clear chip leader with ~220k.

Mark Borges just collected another bounty.  He's up to about 170k.

With 30 players remaining, the average stack is 82,500.

Champ: Abrams' Turn to Double

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

  Russ Dykshteyn, Larry Abrams & Jia Liu

Blinds 30k/60k, 5k ante

Larry Abrams gets his double-up through chip leader Russ Dykshteyn as the chips are all in preflop.

Abrams: A♣ 8♣
Dykshteyn: K♠ 8♠ 

Abrams flops an ace and doubles 1.46 million and is now just shy of three million while Dykshteyn drops to 9.5 million.

"Not going home just yet," says Abrams as he breaths a sigh of relief."

Event 20: Goners

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Peter Ippolito (E Meadow, NY) got his last chips in with AQ suited, but ran into pocket Aces.  Peter was dispatched and surrendered his bounty.

Also gone:
Alex Torres
Anthony Caruso
Adam Varrenti

Down to 34 players remaining. Average stack is ~73k.

Blinds are up to 1k/2k with 300 antes.

No player has distanced themselves from the field.  Several are hovering around the 120k-140k range.

Champ: Jia Alive

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Blinds 30k/60k, 5k ante

Jia Liu limps from the SB
Russ Dykshteyn raises to 175k
Liu moves all in for 1.5 million
Dykshteyn calls

Dykshteyn: 8♣ 8
Liu: 7♠ 7

The door card is the 7♣ and a set of 7s gives Liu the double-up.

Liu is now at 3 million, while Dykshteyn drops to 10.8 million.

Before the hand Liu jokingly asks Dykshteyn what he'll do if he doesn't win the tournament.

"I won't kill myself," Dykshteyn quips, "but I'll stop playing poker for a long time. At least a couple of weeks."

Event 20: Payouts

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Entries: 165
Total Buy-In: $42,900

Place - Amount

1st $12,485
2nd $6,867
3rd $3,953
4th $3,329
5th $2,497
6th $2,081
7th $1,665
8th $1,248
9th $936
10-12 $832
13-15 $728
16-18 $624

Champ: Blinds Up, Orange Down

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Players are on a 10 minute break as the orange (1k) chips are removed from play.

Russ Dykshteyn continues to lead the chip counts:

Name-Chip Counts (in millions)

Russ Dykshteyn 12.3 (205 BB)
Larry Abrams 1.8 (30 BB)
Jia Liu 1.5 (25 BB)

Event 20: Still Hunting for Bounties

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

They're down to 5 tables with fewer than 50 players remaining.

Some regulars still in:

Peter Ippolito
Joe Liberta
Eric Doerr
Elliott Zaydman
Adam Varrenti
Don Brown
Alex Torres
Howard Wolper
Eric Natishvili
Anthony Caruso

Only 18 will get paid, so there's still a long way to go.

Event 20: Borges Busts Another

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 

Mark Borges

The short-stack in seat 10 was all-in holding AK and racing against Mark Borges' (Glen Rock, NJ) pocket 8s.

The pocket pair held up and Mark Borges collected his fourth bounty of the day.  He's up to about 130k.

Champ: 4th Place - Pardo

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

 Robert Pardo (Mount Vernon, NY)
Blinds: 25k/50k, 4k ante

Jia Liu raises to 125k from the cutoff
Robert Pardo (Button) moves all in for 999k
Russ Dykshteyn (SB) goes in the tank and says, "sounds like a discount, I call."
Larry Abrams (BB) folds
Liu folds pocket 4s face up

Pardo: 5 5
Dykshteyn: K Q

Flop: J A Q (Dykshteyn pair of queens)

Turn: 8

River: K

Dykshteyn gets the knockout with two pairs kings and queens and continues to extend his chip lead.

Robert Pardo finishes in 4th place for $89,733 and this is by far the biggest tournament cash of his career.

"It was a good run," says Pardo who works in the public works industry.  "I was card dead for awhile and tried to hang around as long as I could. I'm disappointed, but I'm happy with the results."

Champ: Shifting Chips

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH      

Blinds: 25k/50k, 4k ante

On the river with a board of K 8 7 4 7, Larry Abrams bet and got called by Russ Dykshteyn.  Larry showed KT for Kings-up and Russ mucked.  Larry picked up a decent pot.

Rough chip counts:

Russ - 8.7 million
Larry - 4.3 million
Jia Liu - 1.8 milllion
Robert Pardo - 825k

Robert Pardo moved all-in again, but got no takers.

Champ: Big Stack Getting Bigger

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH      

Blinds: 25k/50k, 4k ante

Larry Abrams opened for 125k utg and Russ called from the big blind.  On the flop of T 9 7, both players checked.  Turn was an Ace.  Russ checked, Larry bet 175k, and Russ check-raised to ~800k.  Larry folded.  Russ showed 86 suited for the flopped straight.

Jia liu opened for 125k, Robert Pardo called from the button,  then Russ (sb) raised to 625k.  Jia folded quickly, but Robert agonized over it before surrendering.

Champ: Break Time Chip Counts

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH     

Chip counts as of the break:

Russ Dykshteyn - 7.9 million
Larry Abrams - 2.9 million
Jia Liu - 3.3 million
Robert Pardo - 1.5 million

Play resumed with blinds of 25k/50k with 4k ante.

Champ: Pardo Gives it Back

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH    

Blinds: 20k/40k, 4k ante

On the river with a board of J 4 2 9 K (back-door hearts) Russ Dykshteyn moved all in.

Robert Pardo folded, surrendering a massive pot.

Russ chipped up to ~8.2 million -- more than half the total 15.6 million chips in play.

Robert dropped back to ~1.2 million.

Average with four players remaining is 3.9 million.

After a few more hands, the level expired and players took off for a 15 minute break.

Champ: 5th Place - Cornell

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH   

Cameron Cornell (Asbury Park, NY)

Blinds: 20k/40k, 4k ante

Jia Liu opened for 100k on the button, Robert Pardo flatted from the small blind, then Cameron Cornell shoved from the big blind.

Jia folded and Robert asked for the count.  It was 567k more to him.  After a little think-time, he made the call.

Cameron had AJ offsuit and was dominating Robert's KJ offsuit.

Then the board ran out 5 4 4 K 6 and Robert hit a 3-outer on the turn to take the pot.

Cameron Cornell finished in 5th place, earning $70,280.

Cameron makes his living as a day trader, which has to be way more stressful than playing poker.  He's got a handful of cashes here at Borgata, including a final table during the 2012 Winter Open, but this is his largest tournament cash on record.

Champ: Pardo Doubles

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

Blinds: 20k/40k, 4k ante

Robert Pardo opened for 100k, Russ Dykshteyn raised to 300k, and Robert called.

On the flop of 9 x 2, all the chips went in the middle. 

Russ had A9 for top/top, but Robert had pocket 2s and had flopped the set.

Robert doubled up to over 1.6 million.

With five players remaining, the average stack is 3.12 million (78 big blinds).

Event 20: Registration Closed

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

According to the board, they got 165 entries for this Bounty event and 99 remain in action.

They're in level 7 (blinds 300/600, 75 ante) which means the entry/re-entry period is over.

This is a one-day event, so they'll play as long as it takes, until a winner is determined.

Champ: 6th Place - Batista

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

Chad Batista (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Play resumed after the break with blinds of 20k/40k and 4k antes.

Chad Batista had build his stack up to about 500k when he got all-in holding AQ against Jia Liu's pocket 9s.

The board came 5 5 2 6 9 and was no help to Chad.  Jia took the pot with a full house.

Chad Batista finished in 6th place, earning $57,730.

This is Chad's first visit to Borgata and it has been a profitable one.  He's been playing poker professionally for 8 years and jump-started his career winning more than a quarter-million dollars in the WSOP Circuit Champoionship at Caesar's Indiana in 2006.

His lifetime earnings are now well over $700,000.

Champ: Break Time Chip Counts

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH  

They finished the level and took off for a break.  Here are the approximate chip counts:

Russ Dykshteyn - 5.84 million
Jia Liu - 4.3 million
Larry Abrams - 2.6 million
Cameron Cornell - 1.23 million
Robert Pardo - 1.2 million
Chad Batista - 350k

Champ: 7th Place - Josephy

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Cliff Josephy (Syosset, NY)

Russ Dykshteyn opened for 75k utg, then Cliff Josephy moved all-in. 

Russ mucked his hand out of turn while the action was on Cameron Cornell in the big blind.

Cameron moved in, showing AQ off.

Cliff has AJ offsuit.

The board came T 6 2 7 3 and despite picking up a flush draw on the turn, Cliff couldn't get there.

Cliff 'Johnnybax' Josephy finished in 7th place, earning $45,808.

Cliff has been playing professionally for seven years since giving up a life as a stock broker.  He has one WSOP bracelet that he earned in 2005 playing 7-Card Stud and over $1.8 million in reported live tournament earnings.

Champ: 8th Place - Woodward

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Matt Woodward (Las Vegas, NV)

Chad Batista lost most of his chips to Russ Dykshteyn, then got all-in for his last 183k against Cliff Josephy.

Chad had 72 suited against Cliff's pocket 5s.  The board came T 7 3 4 A and Chad doubled up.

Matt Woodward opened for 65k utg, then Russ Dykshteyn raised to 165k from the middle.

Matt gave it some thought, then 4-bet to 365k.  Russ checked out his remaining stack, then moved all-in. 

Matt insta-called, showing pocket Aces.

Russ had pocket Jacks.

The board came K Q 6 6 J and Russ rivered a 2-outer to take the pot.

Matt Woodward finished in 8th place, earning $35,768.

Matt has been a professional poker player for the last ten years.  He's amassed over $2 million in tournament earnings, most of which came from his second place finish in the EPT Monte Carlo Championship in April 2009 ($1.8 million).  Today's 8th place finish is his first cash in a Borgata Open event.

Champ: 9th Place - Borovetz

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Michael Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA) 

On the turn with a board of K Q 9 4, Michael Borovetz was all-in holding K7 for top pair.

Unfortunately for Michael, Larry Abrams had flopped the joint with his JT.

Michael was drawing dead.  The irrelevant river card was an Ace, improving Larry's hand to Broadway.

Michael Borovetz finished in 9th place, earning $25,100.

Michael is a professional poker player, originally from Pittsburgh, who now resides in Staten Island, New York.  He's still a fiercely loyal Pittsburgh sports fan, "especially the Steelers" he says.

His greatest accomplishment outside poker is graduating with honors from Penn State with a degree in chemical engineering.

During this series, he amassed five cashes and two final tables, (including this one).  He finished 2nd in event 2, the $350 Black Chip Bounty NL event, good for $16,754 and $1,500 in bounties.

Champ: 10th Place - Meskin

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

Mike Meskin (Belmont, MA)

Mike Meskin open-shoved his short-stack from the cutoff.  After getting the count, chip leader Jia Liu made the call from the button.

After the blinds folded, Mike showed A7 suited.  Jia held pocket 8s.

The board came K J 9 K 8 and Jia improved to a full house to take the pot.

Mike Meskin finished in 10th place, earning $16,315.

Mike is a real estate investor who was born in Tehran, but now lives outside of Boston.  He finished 13th in the WPT World Poker Finals at Foxwoods in 2011, picking up $39,847.

At 51 years young, Mike was the elder statesman at this final table.  

Champ: Paging Russ Dykshteyn

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

Russ Dykshteyn was not here when play began, but he only missed a couple of hands before arriving. 

Plus the button began in the four seat, which was his, so he only lost a couple of antes and no blinds.

Champ: Final Table Underway

$2500 + $200 Championship NLH

There were 520 entrants in this event, but only ten remain.  They're all guaranteed to leave with at least $16,315, but one of these guys will take away over $300,000.

The final table is underway in the back of the Poker Room.  A little more than one hour remains in this level.

Blinds: 15k/30k, 3k ante

Here's a reminder of what's at stake:

1st    $312,483
2nd  $175,700
3rd   $112,950
4th   $89,733
5th   $70,280
6th   $57,730
7th   $45,808
8th   $35,768
9th   $25,100
10th $16,315

Event 20: More Familiar Faces

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Level 3:  Blinds 75/150

More Borgata Regulars and familiar faces have turned up in today's field:

Will Dugan
Miami John Cernuto
Carless 'Joe' Boatwright
Mark Borges
Len Vizirov

Event 20: Bounty Hunting

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Level 2:  Blinds 50/100

Blinds are up and players are down.  The cry of "Seat Open!" has been heard several times already.  That means bounties have been collected.  When a player collects a Black Chip, that's theirs to keep no matter what happens subsequently in the tournament.

Players have the option to re-enter and rejoin the action as many times as they want, through level six.

As of now, there is no waiting at the registration/re-entry window.

Leaderboard Update (4/19)

Borgata Spring Poker Open Leaderboard
By participating in any Borgata Spring Poker Open event (April 4-20, 2012), players earn points based upon the Borgata Poker Tournament Leaderboard Formula.

Below are the top scores for the 2012 Borgata Spring Poker Open Leaderboard*
(Final Results from events 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43,44)

558.910:  MARK WAHBA
463.043:  MANH NGUYEN
391.730:  SUNGWOO TAE
391.025:  PAUL DARDEN  JR
379.248:  MICHAEL WOLL
356.463:  JAMES SLOAT
353.800:  BRIAN LEMKE
333.420:  YUEBIN GUO
327.238:  DARYL BLACK
322.263:  ERIC DOERR
317.143:  QING GUO

Event 20: Familiar Faces

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Lots of familiar faces scattered among the 12 tables already in action:

Alex Torres
Sheree Bykofsky
Larry Gold
Howard Wolper
Jimmy Wong
Eric Natishvili
Elliott Zaydman
Don Brown
Grace Sun
Adam Varrenti
Sungwoo Tae

Event 20: Cards Fly

$260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Today's main event placed a $100 bounty on every player.  Any time a player busts out, they surrender their Black Chip to the player that busted them.

Players who are eliminated may choose to re-enter through the first six levels.  Late registration is also available through level 6.

Players began with 15,000 chips and 25 minute levels.  Starting with level 7, they increase to 30 minutes.

Level 1 blinds are 25/50.

Cards are in the air.

Championship Final Table

Borgata Spring Poker Open
$2500 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em
April 15 - 19, 2012

Entries:  520
Total Buy-In:  $1,300,000

T1 | S1  -  MATTHEW WOODWARD:  1,420,000
T1 | S2  -  CAMERON CORNELL:  851,000
T1 | S3  -  H MICHAEL BOROVETZ:  1,261,000
T1 | S4  -  RUSLAN DYKSHTEYN:  2,400,000
T1 | S5  -  LAWRENCE ABRAMS:  1,548,000
T1 | S6  -  CLIFF JOSEPHY:  1,033,000
T1 | S7  -  MIKE MESKIN:  429,000
T1 | S8  -  JIA LIU:  4,219,000
T1 | S9  -  ROBERT PARDO:  770,400
T1 | S10 - CHAD BATISTA:  1,600,000

April 19


11AM:  Event 20- $260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-6: will last 25 minutes each | Levels 7+: will last 30 minutes each
  • Players that "bust" within the first 6 Levels may Re-Enter (unlimited re-entries)
  • 1-Day event
12PM:  $2500 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em - Day 4 Final Table
  • Day starts at 12PM
  • Day 4 Levels: will last 75 minutes each 
  • 4-Day event
6 PM:  Event 45 - $150 + $30 Big Stack Semi-Turbo NLH
  • Players start with 20,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-15: will last 15 minutes each | Levels 16+: will last 25 minutes each
  • 1-Day event

      Event 19 Recap

      $170 + $30 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
      After 20 hours of poker, James Sloat wins the $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Deep Stack event. The top six held strong until they quickly fell one by one, leaving the top three finishers, coincidentally all from the state of Maryland.

      A key hand for Sloat came early in the tournament as he had the discipline to fold pocket nines pre-flop. In a bit of irony, the largest pot he scooped that shot him up amongst the chip leaders was a 4-bet shove with wired 99's. Of course they held up.

      Tons of deepstackers were lined up for this extremely popular event. Players loved that they had the ability to re-enter unlimited times within the first eight levels. And with 920 total entries all starting the day with 25,000 chips, a total of 23,000,000 chips were in play.

      Some familiar Borgata faces that cashed included Mike "Mad Dog" Shasho, Steve Ryan, Mickey Woll, Sungwoo Tae, James "Suits" Salters, Adam Lippert, and Ben Geller who finished in 18th Place earning $865. Everyone was gunning for the $151,708 prize pool.

      Once again, congratulations to our big winner, James Sloat (Halethorpe, MD) who hit more than his share of boats to take out the final table, and take down the $34,132 1st Place prize.

      Final Table Results

      1. James Sloat (Halethorpe, MD) - $34,132
      2. Antoine White (Baltimore, MD) - $20,101
      3. Behirooz Shahrzad (College Park, MD) - $12,137
      4. Frank Rothgeb (Washington, D.C.) - $10,164
      5. Eric Kolodny (Aventura, FL) - $8,344
      6. Harold Vasquez (Philadelphia, PA) - $6,751
      7. Matt Deluca (East Meadow, NY) - $5,386
      8. Frank Goguen (New Brunswick, Canada) - $4,096
      9. David Grana (Grand Island, NY) - $2,807
      10. Robert Cohen (Sommerset, NJ) - $1,820

      Event 19: 1st Place - Sloat

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

      James Sloat (Halethorpe, MD)

      Congratulations to James Sloat who outlasted 920 players and just won the $170 Deep Stack NLH. James takes home the Borgata trophy along with $34,132.

      He immediately thanked his wife Sherri for all her support. He also wanted to say hi to his friends Saad & Sean.

      Tonight's payday represents the largest Borgata cash for poker pro James Sloat.

      Event 19: 2nd Place - White

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

      Antoine White (Baltimore, MD)

      Antoine has been running well in the 2012 Borgata Spring Poker Open with multiple cashes. He's looking forward to playing a lot more poker in the future.

      Antoine says hi to "Mrs. Honesty"...

      Event 19: 3rd Place - Shahrzad

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

      Behirooz Shahrzad (College Park, MD)

      Event 19: 4th Place - Rothgeb

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

      Frank Rothgeb (Washington, D.C.)

      Frank had everyone laughing throughout the tournament and had a great time at Borgata.

      He stayed pace with all the youngsters and had the chip lead after dinner break for most of the tournament.

      Event 19: 5th Place - Kolodny

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

      Eric Kolodny (Aventura, FL)

      Eric Kolodny spends his free time playing faceupgaming online when he's not playing tournament poker live at Borgata.

      Event 19: 6th Place - Vasquez

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

      Harold Vasquez (Philadelphia, PA)

      Harold gives a shout out to Team Voltron!

      Event 19: 7th Place - Deluca

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

      Matt Deluca (New York, NY)

      Matt was short stacked and shipped with K-3. Unfortunately he ran into James Sloat's AA.

      Board: 10-K-10-10-2.

      Sloat finds another boat.

      Event 19: 8th Place - Goguen

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

      Frank Goguen (New Brunswick, NJ)

      Rough way to go for Frank Goguen who got it in good with A-9 vs. James Sloat's K-7.

      Sloat from the big blind spikes a seven on the river for the knock-out punch.

      Board: 8-Q-3-10-7

      Frank flew down from Canada and is a salesman when he's not playing poker.

      Event 9: 9th Place - Grana

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

      David Grana (Grand Island, NY)

      David lost most of his chips on an A-K suited vs. QQ race against Eric Kolodny.

      Two hands later he lost the rest of his chips when his A-9 suited ran into JJ of James Sloat.

      James shoved pre and David called.

      Board ran: 5-9-7-K-6

      Event 19: 10th Place - Cohen

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

      Robert Cohen (Sommerset, NJ)

      Robert Cohen is the first casualty at the final table. His K-Q shove in the big blind couldn't beat Behirooz Shahrzad's A-J.

      Board: J-Q-J-9-2

      Robert played in the WSOP Main Event last year.

      Event 19: Final Table Set

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

      Seat - Player - Chip Count

      1. Antoine White - 2,400,000
      2. Frank Goguen - 1,800,000
      3. Behirooz Shahrzad - 3,700,000
      4. Matt Deluca - 1,800,000
      5. James Sloat - 2,400,000
      6. Robert Cohen - 1,100,000
      7. Harold Vasquez - 1,700,000
      8. David Grana - 3,100,000
      9. Frank Rothgeb - 3,500,000
      10. Eric Kolodny - 2,100,000

      Event 19: Final Table Bubble

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

      Hee Joong Im (Flushing, NY) loses to a full-house and goes out in 11th Place.

      That means the Final Table is set with our top ten.

      Players are on a ten minute break while the floor re-draws seats.

      Blinds are 60,000 / 120,000 with 20,000 antes.

      Event 19: Bernstein Busto

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

      End of the road for MJ Bernstein who loses to pocket sevens then the very next hand gets pocket 77's and loses again.

      The one two punch busts Bernstein out in 12th Place for $1,820.

      In hand one, Bernstein's K-Q falls to Frank Goguen's 7-7 on a board of 3-8-A-5-2.

      In hand two, Bernstein has 7-7 and is up against Antoine White's 5-5.

      White calls for a five on the flop and sure enough the dealer puts a five right in the window.

      Board: 5-Q-10-3-6

      Event 19: Recent Bust-Outs

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

      Salvatore Zuarino (Garwood, NJ)

      Salvatore Zuarino got it in with A-2 vs. 6-5.

      Board fell: 10-9-6-7-6.

      Three sixes send Salvatore to the showers in 14th Place.

      21 - Keith Knecht (Levittown, PA) - $713
      20 - Scott Haddon (Lancaster, PA) - $713
      19 - Raymond Ross (Maple Glen, PA) - $713
      18 - Ben Geller (Far Rockawy, NY) - $865
      17 - Igor Izrayev (Egg Harbor Twp) - $865
      16 - Mark Zotti (Lake Hiawatha, NJ) - $865
      15 - Steven Meyerson (Virgina Beach, VA) - $1,365
      14 - Salvatore Zuarino (Garwood, NJ) - $1,365
      13 - Todd Stockwell (Cathedral City, CA) - $1,365

      Event 18: Two Tables Left

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

      Table 1:
      1. Harold Vasquez (Philadelphia, PA)
      2. MJ Bernstein (Chicago, IL)
      3. Robert Cohen (Sommerset, NJ)
      4. Todd Stockwell (Palm Springs, CA)
      5. Frank Rothgeb (Washington, DC)
      6. Antoine White (Baltimore, MD)
      7. Frank Goguen (New Brunswick, Canada)

      Table 2:
      1. Hee Joong Im
      2. David Grana
      3. Eric Kolodny
      4. Behirooz Shahrzad
      5. Salvatore Zuarino
      6. Matt Deluca (New York, NY)
      7. James Sloat (Halethorpe, MD)

      Event 19: Quadzilla Knocks Out Two

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

      Antoine White (Baltimore, MD) knocks out Borgata Regular - Ben Geller (Far Rockaway, NY) in 18th Place & Igor Izrayev (Egg Harbor Twp, NJ) in 17th Place.

      White held A-Q vs. Geller's 6-6 vs. Israyev's A-6.

      Two Queens on the flop and another on the river sent two players packing.

      Board: Q-5-Q-4-Q

      Antoine is now sitting on 2.2 million chips.

      Geller was crippled a few hands ago when his A-10 ran into an AA limper.

      Event 19: Bernstein Could Eat A Bear

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

      MJ Bernstein - Getting Wired

      MJ Berstein is seriously hungry - he's looking for some food runners.
      Don't forget, these guys have been playing poker since 11AM.

      MJ has one thing to say to his friends following the blog, "CAW, CAW, CAW!!

      He's hanging one to 700,000 ready to make a move.

      18 players remain on two tables.

      Event 19: Frank On Frank Crime

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

      In the last hand before a ten minute break both Franks mixed it up in a hand.

      Frank "The Bank" Rothgeb (Washington, DC) had A-10 and raised 250,000 against Frank Goguen (New Brunswick, Canada).

      Goguen jammed just under a million on a flop of J-9-2 and Rothgeb called.

      Goguen flipped over J-Q and top pair held up.

      Rothgeb was up to 4,000,000 but drops to 3,000,000.

      Goguen is up to 1,700,000.

      Event 19: Haddon Done

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

      Scott Haddon lost most of his chips after having his A-Q run into pocket QQ's on a board of 3-9-K-3-6.

      A few hands later he woke up to A-K and was called by the small blind tabling 4-8.

      Scott did not connect but his Opponent found two out of the three remaining fours in the deck.

      Board: 4-10-10-4-7

      Scott goes out in 20th Place earning $713

      Event 19: Tournament Update

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

      These 30 minute levels are flying by and of course the blinds keep increasing.

      We're now up to 30,000 / 60,000 with a 5,000 ante.

      There's 23,000,000 chips across the remaining three tables.

      With 22 players left, the average stack is 1,045,455.

      Entries an re-entries brought Event 19 to 920.

      Total Buy-In: $156,400.

      Event 19: Gone But Not Forgotten

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

      The following players each earned $622.

      35 - Michael Testa (Toms River, NJ)
      34 - Thomas Savitsky (Absecon, NJ)
      33 - James Salters (Rockville Cntr, NY)
      32 - Adam Lippert (Brooklyn, NY)
      31 - Mark Hathaway (Ipswich, MA)
      30 - Aleksandr Faynshtiyn (Brooklyn, NY)
      29 - Frank Gagliardi (Vineland, NJ)
      28 - Mohammad Malik (Lorton, VA)

      The following players each earned $713

      27 - Kevin Marrero (Bronx, NY)
      26 - Thomas McMillan (Walden, NY)
      25 - Joohee Woo (New York, NY)
      24 - Michael Cohen (Manalapan, NJ)
      23 - John Casey (Howell, NJ)
      22 - Thomas Migliorisi (W. Babylon, NY)

      Event 19: Oh Canada!

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

      Frank Goguen & Angie

      Frank Goguen (New Brunswick, Canada) is currently 2nd in chips with 2,000,000.

      He's seated at table one where Frank "The Bank" Rothgeb (Washington, DC) just move in with his 2,800,000.

      These two Franks are the top two in chips for the entire tournament. If they decide to tango, things will definitely get interesting.

      Frank & Angie traveled all the way from New Brunswick. Not New Brunswick, NJ, New Brunswick, Canada.

      Blinds up to 25,000 / 50,000 with 5,000 antes

      29 Players remain on four tables.

      Event 19: Can't Break The Bank

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

      Frank "The Bank" Rothgeb (Washington, D.C.) has regained the chip lead after winning a 1 million chip pot.

      From the 37 remaining players, Frank is tops with 2,800,000.

      Frank had 10-10 and raised 125,000. Opponent had QJ of clubs and saw a flop of Q-8-10 with two clubs.

      Frank bet his set of tens, was re-raised 680,000, jammed, and got called.

      Opponent whiffed all his outs twice and Frank took down a monster.

      1000 orange chips have been colored off the tables.

      Blinds are 20,000 / 40,000 with 4,000 antes.

      5 tables, 37 players remain.

      Playing until we have a winner!

      Who will take home the whopping $34,132 first place prize?

      Champ: Final Table Chip Counts

      $2500 + $200 Championship NLH 

       Chip Leader Jia Liu - 4.2 million

      The final 10 players return at noon in the Poker Room for their shot at the $312,483 first prize.

      The average stack is 1.56 million (52 BB) as play resumes with blinds at 15k/30k, 3k ante.

      Here's the final table list.

      Name-Chip Count

      Jia Liu (Brooklyn, NY) 4,219,000
      Russ Dykshteyn (Brooklyn, NY) 2,400,000
      Chad Batista (Fort Lauderdale, FL) 1,600,000 
      Larry Abrams (Fairlawn, NJ) 1,543,000
      Matt Woodward (Las Vegas, NV) 1,420,000
      Mike Borovetz (Pittsburgh, PA) 1,261,000
      Cliff Josephy (Queens, NY) 1,033,000
      Robert Pardo (Mt. Vernon, NY) 770,400
      Mike Meskin (Boston, MA) 429,000

      Champ: 11th Place - Mor

      $2500 + $200 Championship NLH

      Ofir Mor (Woodmere, NY)

      Good run for Ofir Mor who just busted out in 11th place with J J.

      Ofir opened for 65,000 and was called by Larry Abrams (Mahwah, NJ).

      On an all diamond flop of K 79, Ofir checked, Larry bet 80,000 and Ofir quickly shipped.

      Larry snap called K♣ Q, top pair and the Queen high flush draw.

      Turn and river ran 7♣ 4 clean.

      Mor started the hand with 605,000 chips, all of which moved over to Larry Abrams.

      Ofir finished the Championship in 11th Place earning $16,315.

      Mor took 3rd in the 2010 Borgata Poker Open WPT Championship final table in the event that Dwyte Pilgrim eventually won. Mor pocketed $267,000 that night.

      With that last hand the Championship Final Table is set and play comes to a halt for the night.

      Top ten are bagging and tagging their chips. Counts are coming...

      Champ: Fedora Friends

      $2500 + $200 Championship NLH

       Little Man Cruising with Sandra

      12+ hours of watching poker makes for a long day, but passing the time with new friends makes it easier.  "Little Man" Mike Sica and Sandra Cruz have been sweating their "horses" and share the same affinity for fedora hats.

      "I'm in heaven," laughs Sica, while posing with Cruz.

      Cruz passed on playing Day 1B so she and boyfriend Robert Pardo could relax Monday after he bagged and tagged on Day 1A.  "Little Man" busted on Day 2 and is now watching friend Mike Borovetz from the rail.

      Borovetz isn't just happy to make it to the final eleven, he's glad his hometown Pittsburgh Penguins stayed alive with a win against the Flyers. 

      Pardo is more somber after his Rangers lost in overtime to the Senators, something that had several people grumbling after the game.

      Blinds going up to 15k/30k, 3k ante.

      Champ: Two Pair For Abrams

      $2500 + $200 Championship NLH

      Larry Abrams doubles thru Russ Dykshteyn.

      Russ hit an ace on the flop and Larry turned two pair with J-9.

      Larry jammed the turn and Russ Called.

      Another Jack on the river gave Larry a full house. He goes from 600,000 to over 1,200,000.

      These two have mixed it up earlier as well.

      Larry 3-bet with K-Q suited and Russ 4-bet shoved with A-10 off. Larry folded and both players agreed to show their hole cards.

      The only other entertainment at the table comes from Mike Meskin (Belmont, MA) every time he goes all-in. It's a show worth of Umberto - Mike stands up, puts his jacket on, shouts out "Ship It", and dances around.

      The players are folding to his antics so we're not sure if he has the goods, or air.

      Players are on a ten minute break.

      Final table bubble continues...