Thursday, January 21, 2010

Event #1: I Pity the Fool

Muk, who goes by "Clubber Lang," an awesome poker name if we've ever seen one, got all in with his opponent with 5 5 versus A Q. The board runs out 10 K 9 8 5 and Clubber doubles up in the short stack.

Events 2 & 3: Bubble Time

Both the $500 NL and the PLO tournaments have stalled two players away from the money.

Event #2 is at 38 players, with 36 taking the cash.
Event #3 PLO is at 20 players, as 18 collect.

It's been like this for the last 30 minutes, with a couple of sick hands in both tournaments.

We'll post 'em when we can!

Event #1: We're Back

Blinds are 60,000 / 120,000 with a 10,000 ante. Nineteen players are left. Redraw after one more bustout.

Event #1: Break

The remaining players in Event #1 are on a colorup break.

Event #1: Dr. Katz, Professional Acer

Michael Katz just busted a player with A-A versus A-J. The aces held up and there are now 20 players remaining.

Event #1: Adam Riss Eliminated

Ron "Schifty" Shiffman raises to 350,000 and Adam Riss, who owns software company SpectraWorx and lives in White Plains, re-raises all in. Gary Gurevic goes all in over the top. The call is 1,165,000, but Shiffman folds.

Riss: A Q
Gurevic: Q Q

Board: K 2 6 8 5

Adam busts out in 22nd. There are now 21 players remaining. At 18 players, there's a redraw to two tables.

Event #1: Fred Alesi Busted

Fred Alesi, who started the day with 530,000 but couldn't make anything happen, ran his Q-J offsuit into Brian Lemke's pocket kings and busted out around 25th place. Lemke has about 3,500,000.

Event #1: The Sweep

Bring Out Your Broom

A player raises to 500,000 and Joe "Sweep" Morrow raises to 925,000 all in. The opponent calls and turns over Ad 9d. Sweep has Ac Jc and the board runs out 2-10-J-A-x. The jacks and aces hold up and Sweep doubles through in the short stack.

Event #2: Sleepy Hollow

Stradley Staying Awake

Nobody can put their finger on it, but the $500 NL tournament is one of the more "sleepy" events the Borgata has had in a long time. "It's been like a leaky faucet, drip, drip, drip says one player."

45 players remain, but there's no gigantic stacks. "I don't know, it's been sluggish all day," says a player at Table 2, as pocket 3s hold up against 5 6 .

"A lot of nitty play right now," says a player across the table, "people might be hanging on to min-cash."

Bill Stradley (Boothwynn, PA) has had success at Borgata, including a third place finish in the March 2009 Borgata Deep Stack. Stradley deftly plays 8-8 and takes down a 15k pot to inch his stack just above the chip average of 75k.

"Everyone's starting out slow," he says, "It's only the second day, don't worry things will pick up."

With only nine players until the bubble, it'll be a good chance for aggressive players to pick up dead chips as players look to cash.

Players are on a 10 min break with play resuming at Level 13 (1,200/2,400/300 ante).

Event #1: Blinds Up

Blinds are 50,000 / 100,000 with a 10,000 ante. We're rolling right into the next level.

Event #1: Twenty-Five

There are now 25 players remaining. Everyone's reining it in a bit and taking a few deep breaths.

Event #3, PLO - Slowpokes

Another 50 minutes of play and only three eliminations in Pot Limit Omaha. This preceding a level with no bust outs. The field is down to 27 players with 18 making the cash.

Level 11 (600/1200) underway

Event #1: Schifty Ace-King

Ron "Schifty" Schiffman makes it 255,000 under the gun, and a player in late position bumps it to 700,000. Ron goes all in and his opponent calls, having him covered.

Ron: A K
Opponent: 9-9

Board: K K 3 6 4

The amazing flop doubles up Ron through his opponent, bringing him to 3,500,000 and close to the chip lead.

Event #1: Dr. Katz, Bustout Therapist

During the process of breaking a table at 27 players, Michael Katz bets 300,000 and seat 5 re-raises all in. Katz counts it out and eventually calls.

Katz: 10 9
Seat 5: 7 7

Board: Q 2 A 53

The turned flush eliminates seat 5. Katz moves up to 2,850,000 and there are now 26 players left on three tables. The pace of bustouts is starting to pick up.

Event #1: Break Come and Gone

The ten-minute break has come and gone and the blinds are 40,000 / 80,000 with a 5,000 ante. Thirty players remain.

Event #1: Ad Rock

On a flop of 7 9 2, seat 2 checks and seat 3 bets 140,000. Adam Riss raises to 340,000 and seat 2 check-raises all in. Seat 3 folds in disgust. Adam already has him covered, so:

Adam Riss: J 9
Seat 2: Q 8

The turn and river are J 6 and Seat 2 is eliminated in 31st. Adam moves up to about two million.

Event #3: Payouts

$350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha - High
Entries: 131
Prize Pool: $44,475

Place-Amount

1 $13,698
2 $7,561
3 $4,225
4 $3,114
5 $2,668
6 $2,224
7 $1,779
8 $1,335
9 $1,001
10-12 $867
13-15 $756
16-18 $667

Event #2: Update

65 players remain as Level 11 (800/1600/200) is underway.

They'll play down to 18 players or 2am whichever comes first.

The bubble breaks at 36.

Event #3, PLO: Grinding Away

Pot Limit Omaha didn't have any eliminations after the dinner break and there's still three full tables.

On a board of 6-3-6-6 Player A bets pot and puts Player B to the test. "Oh hell, I don't think I can fold this," says Player B, "I call."

Both players turn over full houses with Player B's K-K besting 10-10.

Tonight's play goes until 18 players remain or 2 am, which ever comes first.

Nearly everyone is routing for an early night (especially the bloggers!) as Level 10's (500/1k) underway.

Event #1: Welcome to The Ed

Seat 8 goes all in and local favorite "The Ed" calls with 7 7. Seat 8 turns over 8 8. It's settled, right? Wrong:

7 A A Q 2

The door card is the dreaded seven and Seat 8 is eliminated in 36th.

Event #1: Lemke Goes Limp

We've just heard that Brian Lemke lost half his stack with A-K versus A-Q. Ugh!

Event #3: Three Tables

Pot Limit Omaha continues to buzz along. The floor manager just broke another table and they're down to three with 30 players remaining.

The top 18 cash, so things should tighten up during Level 10, which starts in 10.

Event #2: Prize Pool

$500+ $60 NL Hold'Em
Entries: 368
Prize Pool: $178, 480

Place-Amount

1 $51,759
2 $29,985
3 $14,814
4 $12,494
5 $10,709
6 $8,924
7 $7,139
8 $5,354
9 $3,570
10-12 $2,321
13-15 $1,785
16-18 $1,249
19-27 $1,071
28-36 $892

Event #1: To the One Borough

Brian Grogan, who's got 1,200,000 in chips, would like to give a shout out to his boys back home in Queens.

Thirty-eight players remain.

Event #1: Level Up

Blinds are 30,000 / 60,000 with a 5,000 ante. It just got real!

Event #1: Break Time

The remaining 39 or so players in Event #1 are on a 15-minute color-up break.

Event #1: Let's Be Frankel

The Tower of Power

Seat 9 raises to 100,000 and Seat 2 goes all in. Harry Frankel calls the all in and Seat 9 folds.

Seat 2: A 9
Frankel Q Q

Board Q 52 A 9

Frankel busts a player in 40th and claims the chip lead at 2,500,000. Frankel is best known for having the 3 2 versus our hero Daniel Friedman, who finally busted a short time ago.

Event #3: PLO Update

Binns Inns Good Shape

Pot Limit Omaha is just back from dinner and John Binns is one of the clear chip leaders with 120k.

"Nothing too crazy," says the Ft. Myers, FL resident, "a lot of players looking me up with the worst of it."

It's been a few years since Binns has been back at Borgata, but made a special trip this Winter Open. "They spread really good tournaments and if you're coming to Atlantic City, this is the only place to be." Adding, "It's class act, the Las Vegas of the East Coast. I love it."

Level 9 (400/800) underway.

Event #1: Shifting Gears

"Shifty" Schiffman

Another guy topping the 2 million chip mark is Ron "Shifty" Schiffman (Cherry Hill, NJ). In a span of 12 hands he gets more than 1 million of them from Louis Menges (Holmdel, NJ).

First Schiffman flops a set of ducks on a board of 9 5 2 . Menges reraises with A K, is drawing dead and ships 800k to Schiffman.

A little later Schiffman's K-K has Menge's J-J dominated and holds up for another half-million in chips.

"There's a long way to go," says Schiffman, "we'll see what happens."

Blinds are up in 10 minutes.

Event #1: Vrooman Zoomin'

Three way all in preflop.

Bill Seeholzer A 10
Allan Vrooman Q Q
Player 3 K K

Board 9 3 K J 10

The rivered straight gives Allan the main pot and triples him up. Player 3 gets the sidepot with the set of kings as he had Allan covered, and Bill stays alive, barely.

Event #1: Forty-Five

There are 45 players remaining in Event #1 on six tables. They're playing all the way down to a single winner tonight, as long as it takes.

Event #1: 2 Million Chip Man

Lemke Laying Wood

When you're deep in a tournament it pays to not miss a hand. On the first hand back from dinner break Brian Lemke (Norristown, PA) wins a 2 million chip pot when he flops a set of threes.

Lemke raises 75k UTG and gets two callers. The board is 3 K A and Lemke c-bets 100k. Mid-position comes over the top for 800k and Lemke snap calls, showing 3 3 . His opponent sees the bad news and his flopped two pairs with A K doesn't catch up, giving Lemke the huge pot.

Lemke's been on quite a run after winning his first WSOP bracelet last June.

Blinds are 2ok/40k/4k ante.

Event #3: Chow Time

39 players remain with average stack of 34k.

18 players cash, with the top prize of approximately $13,700.

Event #2: Back From Dinner

110 players remain with an average of 33k.

Places Paid:36
Top Prize: $51,759
28-36, $892

Level 9 (500/1k/100 ante) off and running.

Event #1 & 2: Dinner Break

The remaining players in Event #1 and Event #2 are on a dinner break.

Event #1: Bad Beat Jackpot

We've just been informed that the bad beat jackpot was hit downstairs. One player involved in the hand received $51,000. Awesome.

In the meantime, there are 51 players remaining in Event #1.

The PPI Perspective

By Matt Stout, PPI Elite Player


I'm donking it up here at my home casino for the 2010 Borgata Winter Open. I managed to run up a 80k+ stack in Event 1 (from 25k starting stack) and bust by the eighth level after a series of coolers and busting AQo vs AQo all in preflop.

Today's event was even shorter for me, which is why I'm now sitting on the rail watching one of my horses who is deep in Event 1. Hopefully he can take it down for $99k and make up for my dismal start!

Unfortunately I'm going to miss the next few events here so that I can fly to Biloxi and play their WPT main event. As soon as I'm done with the tournament I'll be rushing back here to play the $1500 NL, $2k heads up, and main event.

I really love the main events and structures here, but I'm especially excited for the $2k heads up, double-elimination tournament. That should be a really fun event that I'd love to take down.

Good luck to everyone coming down for the 2010 Borgata Winter Open, and I encourage you to try the sausage and peppers sandwich! They've got this fat guy's approval.


Event #1: Schifty Kings

Ron "Schifty" Schiffman busted the same player he won against with deuces. This time he looked down at kings in the small blind and raised to 70,000. The big blind shoved for 500,000 in the big blind with jacks, and the kings held up.

Ron is up to 2,200,000 and appears to be the chip leader.

Event #1: Blinds Up

Blinds are now 15,000 / 30,000 with a 4,000 ante.

Event #1: Gurevic Eviscerates

A player on the button raises to 70,000 preflop and Gary Gurevic puts him all in. The button player eventually calls and turns over A 10. Gary has A Q.

The board runs out A A 2 3 4 and Gary busts the player, moving up to 1.8 million. There are now 60 players remaining.

Event #1: Schifty Deuces

Ron "Schifty" Schiffman tells us he called a 60,000 raise preflop with 2-2 and flopped 9-8-2. The opponent bet 120,000 and Ron made it 320,000. The opponent re-raised all in and Ron made the no-brainer call. The opponent turned over A-K and got no help.

Schifty is up to 1,700,000.

PPI Perspective - Haiti Relief Fund

By Jamie Kerstetter, Team PPI

Poker players around the world are uniting to aid in Haiti Earthquake disaster relief.

Here at the Borgata Winter Open, players can pledge to donate a small percentage of their tournament winnings to help this cause. All of your voluntary donations will be matched when you click this facebook link, then follow the instructions listed in the event details to donate.



I would love to be donating 2% of $99k for this one, but unfortunately, it was not in the cards. So chalk up a nice min-cash and a small donation to get the ball rolling on this fundraiser.

If you pledge and make a deep run in any of the BWO events, you'll get instant fame through blog coverage!

If you have any questions about this fundraiser, don't hesitate to contact me at jamie.kerstetter@gmail.com, or you can find me or Eric Siegel of PPI in the Event Center (behind massive stacks).

Event #1: Gurevic Guts Opponent

On a flop of Q 6 7, Gary Gurevic bets 55,000 and seat 5 calls. The turn is 6 and Gurevic bets 100,000. Seat 5 folds. Gurevic flashes Q J, rakes in an impressive pot and now has 1,500,000.

Event #3: Fly On The Wall

There's a stark contrast between the atmosphere at the no-limit tournaments, versus what we're seeing in the Pot-Limit Omaha corner of the Event Center.

The PLO players are laughing it up and have no problems busting each other's chops.

Here's a sample of what was over heard while walking by the tables.

"As soon as I found out he was my father, I got excited."

Seat:7 "You have no chance in prison. The Aryan Brotherhood isn't going to protect you in the yard."
Seat: 3 "What about the Italian mob?"

"Call the sheriff, there's been a robbery."

64 players remain as Level 7 (200/400) is set to get under way

Event #1: Friedman at Last

A Very Lucky Man

Daniel Friedman (Smithtown, NY) started the day with a ton of chips, but very nearly busted on the first hand of Day 2. His aces were cracked by 32with a flopped flush, and Daniel was left with 1,500 - just two chips.

Daniel managed to come back from half of a small blind and now sits on 460,000. The player to his right is the player that nearly busted him, and Daniel managed to get his revenge just before the break with A-A again versus K-6 and a flopped set.

Event #1: We are Back

Blinds are 12,000 / 24,000 with a 3,000 ante. Shuffle up and deal!

Event #1: Break Time

The remaning 73 players in Event #1 are on an extended 15-minute break.

Event #1: Fistful of Yen

Jonas Wexler bets 42,000 from late position and Jay Yen calls from the button. The flop is Qs Kh 7d and Jonas bets 66,000. Yen calls after pondering for a minute. The turn is 5c and both check. The river is 2d and both check. Yen shows As Jh for ace high and a busted straight draw, but it's good enough.

Event #1: Crazy 88

There are 88 players remaining in Event #1. The next few players out earn $955 for their trouble.

Event #1: Brian Woods Shout Out

Brian Woods from Baltimore is still hanging on in this event. He'd like to give a shout out to his wife, Emily, and his two daughters, Grace and Riley.

Event #1: Fred Folds

Fred Lays it Down

On a board of 9 9 6 Q, a player in seat 1 goes all in for 256,000. Fred Alesi goes into the tank for several minutes; eventually, seat 1 calls time. With two seconds to go, Fred folds his A 8 flush draw face up. "Nice hand," he says.

Ninety-eight players remain.


Event #1: Blinds Up

Blinds are 10,000 / 20,000 with a 3,000 ante. There are about 100 players remaining.

Event #2 - We Be Clubbing

Perry Clubs Leventhal

One of the more recognizable and colorful players at Borgata is Barry Leventhal (Brooklyn, NY), unfortunately he won't be painting a masterpiece in Event #2.

On a board of J 7 8 Leventhal moves all in with straight and flush draws with K 10 . Robert Perry (Highland Beach, FL) calls 18k with A Q ♣ and the nut flush draw. The board runs out club, club and Leventhal's done for the day.

"It's disappointing, but what are you going to do? It was all going to get in after the turn anyway."

On the flip side, Perry's feeling a lot better today than when he busted out of Event #1. "Yesterday was frustrating," he says with a stack of 80k. "I couldn't hit anything. Today is like falling down hill."

Perry's looking for another deep run after three final table finishes in the 2004 Borgata Poker Open.

Level 7 continues (300/600/75 ante). 160 players remain with an average stack of 23k.

Event #1: Schifty

Ron "Schifty" Schiffman (Cherry Hill) has just busted a player in 117th place in a big hand, and now sits on 1,200,000 in chips - putting him among our chip leaders.

Event #3 - PLO

The PLO event is down to just about 73 players. There are some nice sized stacks around but no one really dominating. Mike Sukonic is sitting on a better than average stack, and there is one table that has almost every player sitting on just around a starting stack.

"We're just pushing chips back and forth," said the 2 seat. They just went on break and we will try to get a list of the chip leaders.

They will be entering level 3 when they get back to 50-100 blinds

Event #1: Bubble Broke

The bubble has now burst in Event #1, and eliminations will happen very rapidly from this point onward.

Event #1: Dukha's Ducats

Athur Dukha calls a bet of 50,000 from seat 3 on a turn of 8 10 K 9. The river is 10and both players check. Arthur turns over 9 Q and takes it.

Event #1: Hand for Hand

We just hit 121 players, and are now hand for hand. Here are a few of the bigger chip stacks remaining.

Fred Alesi 530,000
Brian Grogan 1,450,000
James Wexler 600,000
Arthur Dukha 880,000

Event #1: On the Bubble

It's level 20, with blinds of 8,000 / 16,000 and an ante of 2,000. There are 123 players remaining and the cash happens at 120! Hand for hand is imminent.

Event #1: Break Time

The remaining players in Event #1, extremely close to the money, have just gone on a 10 minute break.

EVENT #1: Passing The Baton

Grogan, The New Chip Leader

Nicholas Savino (Marlboro, NY) began the day as the chip leader with 602k, less than 3 hours into Day 2 play he's on the rail and there's a new front runner. Brian Grogan (Glendale, NY) is the benefactor and now has 1.3 million chips.

Grogan holds Q 10 ♣ on a board of 10-8-8-2-8 and checks the river. Savino A Q moves all-in for 300k and Grogan snap calls for the huge pot.

"I was check-calling any bet there, I just happened that he pushed," says Grogan who began the day 15th in chips and won't be going anywhere for awhile. He's at table 1 which will eventually be the final table.

Updating the Field

Fred Alesi (Islip Terrace, NY) began the day second in chips and has moved from 550k to 750k.

Jonas Wexler (Southampton, PA) was third to start and is hovering just above his starting stack of 500k.

PLO EVENT #3

PLO is off and running with 131 players. There have been several eliminations already with players hitting the "pot button" once to often. "They just get pot happy with hands that aren't as strong as they seem to be when playing Hold'em." said Mike Sukonic.

We'll have updates as the play progresses.

Event #1: Inching Towards The $$$

The unofficial update: 19 tables, 167 players remain.

120 players cash

Top Prize: $99,919
101-120, $796

Event #1: Boyd Sent Packing

The cruel world of poker is felt in many ways: two outers, set over set and 4 flushes. For Jim Boyd (Martinsburg, WV) his pain is runner, runner. Boyd holds A J and moves all-in on a board of J 7 4 . Joe "Sweep" Maro (Aldan, PA) calls 175k with K Q and the board runs out heart, heart.

"What are you going to do," says Boyd, "he called me with king high." The hand cripples Boyd and sends him to the rail shortly after.

The boon propels Maro to more than 500k. "I didn't think he had an ace, let alone a jack," he says. "Look, he's a professional player, I'm just a cab driver from Delaware County (PA)."

Level 18 underway (5k/10k/1k ante).



Gordon Eng in the house!

I ran into Gordon while I was walking through the tournament floor and asked him how he was doing. "I'm not playing today. Took the day off." I laughed and said poker players don't get days off!

Gordon has been running hot lately and took 4th at the USPC main event and also won the $300 New Years Classic at the Taj.

"I've got a business partner coming in I have to pick up from the airport shortly, so I decided not to play." Gordon and his friend run a charity tournament for click2asia with Alicia Lee from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Gordon wanted to give a shout out to James "Smiley" Chin and Steve Cohen! Gordon steps back into the arena on Sunday for the $400

Event #1 - Chris Reslock Eliminated

Chris Reslock went into today a a short stack. "I was looking to shove my first few hands. Just so happens that 10-6 off was my best hand in 9!" said Chris. Unfortunately, he was called by the bb who held T-J and won the pot.

Chris picked up his things and proclaimed, "time for some Omaha!"

Stand by for final numbers on Event #2 and the PLO tournament!

Event #1 Update

"This is going to be a sick day", said Larry "I hate Facebook" Gold. Along with Craig Klein, who was playing very aggressively late last night. Craig is gone after proving his aggression. "All my hands basically played themselves out," said Craig.

With a succession of starting hands that included AK, AJ, AQ, and TT where he got some action pre and having to fold to missed flops and shoves by his opponents. One hand saw him try to steal the blinds with 4 5 s to a short sb who woke up to AA.

Klein called his shove being no more than half of his original bet, and hit some hope on a ragged flop of 2, 6, 8. The double gutter never came and Klein lost a good piece of his stack. "You're boy is trying to run the table over", laughed Gold.

The next hand, Klein woke up to A K . His preflop raise was called by a larger stack and they saw a very ragged flop, but giving Klein the flush draw. He check shoved his opponents bet and was called by 5-5. Good enough for middle pair, but behind two overs and flush draw of Klein. Unfortunately, the draw never completed and Klein went busto.

"I probably should have just shoved the flop and make him make up his mind, but it is what is. I'm not folding there ever, and I was just hoping for him to get it in pretty bad. "

Klein walked down the hallway to go get his buy-in into the PLO event!

Event #2 - Moving along

The field is filling up and I've spotted some notable players. Among them are Nicky Frangos, Barry Leventhal, Jason Young, and Matt Stout. Both Matt and Jason busted in yesterdays $350 Deep Stack and are at it again.

Taking a quick walk around the room, the action seems to be slow going. I watched 6 tables and neither table got past a flop after smallish bets. This shouldn't be anything out of the ordinary, but after yesterdays craziness, it may be a little surprising.

Players seem to be more focused today than I have ever witnessed. There is usually a lot of banter, or at least hello's and small talk as people get reacquainted or just trying to break the tension. For now, the room is quiet as a mouse. I even spotted one player sleeping. Again, not out of the ordinary to catch some closed eyes, but never in the first hour of a tournament!

The tournament floor is setting up for day #2 of Event #1 and those players should be hitting the floor shortly. Stay tuned for more action!

Event #2 - $500 + $60 NLH

Event #2 is under way with over 300 players and more registering. This has always been a great event for the Borgata with several players claiming it's their favorite. "The deep stack part of the tourney makes it a great value, and the buy-in entices a much broader spectrum of players to participate," said Eric Seigel.

We'll have all of the action as it comes!

EVENT 1 - $350 + $50 DEEP STACK NLH (DAY 2)

BORGATA WINTER OPEN 2010
Event 1 - $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
January 20 - 21

1,563 Entries Total Buy-In $547,050

End of Day 1 Chip Count Leaders


1 NICHOLAS SAVINO (MARLBORO, NY): 602,000
2 FRED ALESI (ISLIP TERR, NY): 554,000
3 JONAS WEXLER (SOUTHAMPTON, PA): 492,000
4 ANGEL LLAUGER (KISSIMMEE, FL): 456,000
5 FLORENTINO DELEON JR (JOPPA, MD): 445,000
6 HANOCH GUTTMAN (BROOKLYN, NY): 394,500
7 NALIN GADHIA (EDISON, NJ): 388,000
8 RONALD SESSINGER (WEST CHESTER, PA): 386,000
9 ALEXEI RODIONOV (SOUTHAMPTON, PA): 362,000
10 JOSEPH WERTZ (MONTOURSVILLE, PA): 353,000
11 MICHAEL BONNEY (GLASSBORO, NJ): 338,500
12 ROHN SCHUTSKY (FREEHOLD, NJ): 336,500
13 JAMIE KERSTETTER (MONROE TWP, NJ): 334,500
14 KENNETH TURCO (EAST WINDSOR, NJ): 332,000
15 BRIAN GROGAN (GLENDALE, NY): 323,000
16 WILLIAM NORTRUP JR (RED BANK, NJ): 321,500
17 JAY YEN (QUEENS VLG, NY): 315,000
18 STEVEN LANGERT (LAKEWOOD, NJ): 303,000
19 MIKE RODRIGUEZ (LEDGEWOOD, NJ): 299,500
20 JAMES MALTZ (ISLAND PARK, NY): 296,000
21 MICHAEL VALENTIN (BELLMORE, NY): 295,500
22 STANLEY FRIEDMAN (FREEHOLD, NJ): 293,500
23 LOUIS MENGES (HOLMDEL, NJ): 280,500
24 JOANNE MONTEAVARO (BRONX, NY): 276,000
25 CHRISTOPHER AIELLO (TOMS RIVER, NJ): 274,000
26 STEPHEN FREDA (CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, NJ): 273,500
27 ARTUR DUKAJ (YONKERS, NY): 267,000
28 RYAN ERIQUEZZO (DANBURY, CT): 265,000
29 JAMES BOYD (MARTINSBURG, WV): 255,500
30 OSCAR CASTAGNA (NEW YORK, NY): 255,000
31 JOSEPH POTENZA (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 255,000
32 MICHAEL CORRIGAN (BRIGANTINE, NJ): 251,000
33 HOWARD BROWN (VOORHEES, NJ): 247,500
34 DAVID RUSSELL MARTIN (CLERMONT L'HERAULT, ): 247,000
35 LARRY GOLDSTEIN (MEDFORD, NY): 247,000
36 ANTHONY BRUSCHI (POMPTON LKS, NJ): 245,000
37 ROBERT ERNEST (DANVILLE, PA): 245,000
38 GARY GUREVICH (RANDOLPH, NJ): 243,500
39 BRIAN LEMKE (NORRISTOWN, PA): 239,500
40 JEFFREY PLOSHNICK : 234,500
41 RICHARD HARRISON (SE WASHINGTON, DC): 233,000
42 JOHN CRUMLISH (PHILADELPHIA, PA): 232,000
43 TIFFANY SELBY (JENKINTOWN, PA): 232,000
44 LUA TRAN (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ): 230,000
45 JOSEPH GILLIES (BLACKWOOD, NJ): 228,500
46 JOSEPH GALDIERI (NANUET, NY): 222,000
47 ANTHONY DENICCO (POTTSTOWN, PA): 218,500
48 CHARLES SCHWARTZ (BRIGANTINE, NJ): 216,500
49 JOSHUA SUPSAK (LINWOOD, NJ): 216,500
50 NICHOLAS MENDOZA (SO AMBOY, NJ): 215,500
51 ROCCO LUCIANO (PHILADELPHIA, PA): 212,500
52 DANIEL WELLBORN (FAIRFAX, VA): 212,000
53 JERRY BURNETTE (MECHANICSVILLE, VA): 211,500
54 MIHRAN TCHATRDJIAN (JAMAICA, NY): 209,000
55 PETER SIGNORELLI (MT KISCO, NY): 208,500
56 ROCCO CORREALE (GREAT NECK, NY): 208,000
57 EPHRAIM UZAN (BROOKLYN, NY): 208,000
58 BRIAN BICKMORE (LORTON, VA): 206,500
59 MIKE CHO (ELLICOTT CITY, MD): 206,500
60 GREGORY KOLO (ROCKY RIVER, OH): 205,500
61 CRAIG KLEIN (MAPLESHADE, NJ): 205,000
62 STEVEN GOODEMOTE (BUFFALO, NY): 205,000
63 MINH VAN NGUYEN (BELL GARDENS, CA): 200,000
64 WILLIAM KEATING (LYNDHURST, NJ): 199,000
65 FRANK GIUNTA (COLLEGEVILLE, PA): 193,500
66 BERNARD HAGAN (PHOENIXVILLE, PA): 193,500
67 SAHU HABIBI (NEW YORK, NY): 191,000
68 ALEXANDER SHTEYMAN (EDISON, NJ): 189,000
69 TERECE JONES (PISCATAWAY, NJ): 188,500
70 MICHAEL MORGOUSKY (BROOKLYN, NY): 188,000
71 ANDREW FISHMAN (DEER PARK, NY): 188,000
72 THOMAS QUIGLEY (FORESTHILL, NY): 187,500
73 MARCUS HOUED (SO PLAINFIELD, NJ): 186,000
74 CHRIS RAGAVANIS (OLD SAYBROOK, CT): 185,500
75 CHRISTOPHER BOFFA (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 185,000
76 WILLIAM STANSFIELD (ENOLA, PA): 185,000
77 JORGE MEJIA (NORTH BERGAN, NJ): 184,000
78 RUSSELL KOLBERT (BROOKLYN, NY): 183,500
79 WILLIAM SEEHOLZER (PARMA HTS, OH): 182,500
80 CUONG PHUNG (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ): 181,000
81 JOSEPH DADDARIO (ST JAMES, NY): 178,000
82 TIMOTHY WELLS : 176,000
83 TERRENCE MARCHIO (NEW OXFORD, PA): 175,000
84 CHRISTIAN FRANCIA (BAYONNE, NJ): 174,500
85 STEVEN POLIMENI : 172,500
86 CRAIG PANELLA (MANALAPAN, NJ): 172,500
87 JESSE ALEXIS COHEN (ARDMORE, PA): 171,000
88 JAMES MCCLINTOCK (SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ): 171,000
89 CHRISTOPHER STEEDLE (W DEPTFORD, NJ): 171,000
90 DAVID NAU (DAVIDSVILLE, PA): 170,500
91 JOHN LEONARD (SPRING VALLEY, NY): 169,500
92 ADAM RISS (MOHEGAN LAKE, NY): 168,500
93 MICHAEL DANSKY (VOORHEES, NJ): 167,500
94 PAUL SERES (MINEOLA, NY): 166,500
95 JOSEPH BRATTOLE (PARSIPPIANY, NJ): 166,000
96 MARK BOWERSOCK (YOUNGSTOWN, OH): 165,000
97 JONATHAN HAMILTON (WARWICK, NY): 164,500
98 SANTO LISANTI (GLENSHAW, PA): 162,500
99 GERALD MACDONALD (DALLASTOWN, PA): 162,000
100 JOSEPH MARO (ALDAN, PA): 160,500
101 DEV MURJANI (BROOKLYN, NY): 159,500
102 JOHN WAGNER (CHESTERTOWN, MD): 158,000
103 VICTOR KUMATSKY (PARLIN, NJ): 158,000
104 GEORGE SAKELLARIDIS (GREENPORT, NY): 157,500
105 ANTHONY DEBLIECK (BRIGANTINE, NJ): 154,500
106 MICHAEL KATZ (MANALAPAN, NJ): 152,500
107 MICHAEL KAMINSKI (ALLEN TOWN, PA): 151,500
108 ALBERT FRAMPTON (MAPLE SHADE, NJ): 150,500
109 PETER BONAVITA (NORTHFIELD, NJ): 150,000
110 JEFFREY MULLER (SHARPSBURG, MD): 150,000
111 HOSS FATEMI (COLUMBIA, MD): 147,500
112 BRIAN PAGANO (GREENTOWN, PA): 146,500
113 CHRISTOPHER FANO (BLOOMFIELD, NJ): 144,500
114 JOHN DELAY (PHOENIXVILLE, PA): 143,500
115 JORGE RIVERA CARRERO (BROOKLYN, NY): 143,000
116 KENNETH SILBERSTEIN (PLAINFIELD, NJ): 142,000
117 PASQUALE BOFFICE (MANAHAWKIN, NJ): 142,000
118 JOSEPH LIPARI (SEWAREN, NJ): 140,500
119 DANIEL FRIEDMAN : 139,000
120 ERNEST MALLOZZI (MILFORD, CT): 137,500
121 JERMAIN COLLINS (NEWPORT NEWS, VA): 136,500
122 JAMES SCHWARTZ (N WANTAGH, NY): 135,000
123 HARRY FRANKEL (MONSEY, NY): 134,500
124 MICHAEL MILLIKIN (EAST LANSING, MI): 133,500
125 CARMELO CAMBARERI (MT KISCO, NY): 132,500
126 WILLIAM MAYROSE (ANNAPOLIS, MD): 132,500
127 BRIAN HEWITT (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 128,500
128 ALLAN VROOMAN (GREENVILLE, NC): 127,500
129 WILLIAM SIMPSON (SHELTON, CT): 127,000
130 DANOO NOOR (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 127,000
131 DONALD BROWN (WESTBURY, NY): 124,500
132 DEREK RICHARDSON (TOMSRIVER, NJ): 124,500
133 JEFFREY CARROLL (CHESTERTOWN, MD): 124,000
134 ROBERT ROSETTA (ROBBINSVILLE, NJ): 124,000
135 JUDITH MCCONNELL (WOODBRIDGE, VA): 123,500
136 CHAD SEAGRAVES (BURLINGTON, NC): 123,500
137 SIROUS JAMSHIDI (BROOMALL, PA): 122,500
138 JOHN DEGEORGE (TOMS RIVER, NJ): 122,000
139 WEI WEI (GALLOWAY, NJ): 120,500
140 ALLAN LUBIN (WATCHUNG, NJ): 120,500
141 VINEET PAHUJA (HICKSVILLE, NY): 118,000
142 WILLIAM HILL (CLARKSBURG, MD): 117,500
143 ROBERT NICHOLS (WOODSIDE, NY): 116,500
144 VINCENT DEMARCO (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 116,000
145 CHRISTIAN CURRY (LEWISTOWN, PA): 115,500
146 SCOTT WARDELL (TABERNACLE, NJ): 114,500
147 CHARLES KATZ (BROOKLYN, NY): 114,000
148 STEVE RYAN (NEW YORK, NY): 113,500
149 ANTHONY SALERNO (HOWELL, NJ): 112,500
150 STEVEN GRAY (CONWAY, SC): 112,000
151 EDWARD SLUSAREK (SOUTH AMBOY, NJ): 111,500
152 MICHAEL LYNCH (ODENTON, MD): 110,500
153 BRIAN WOODS (LUTHERVILLE, MD): 110,500
154 RYAN MONAHAN (LONG BEACH, NY): 110,000
155 CRAIG MCCORMICK : 110,000
156 IRA MENSH (OCEAN CITY, MD): 110,000
157 DICK CARSON (MANSFIELD, MA): 109,500
158 MARK REDDING (OAK HILL, VA): 109,000
159 ALON SHAHAR (FLUSHING, NY): 107,500
160 DYLAN DRAZEN (ASTORIA, NY): 107,500
161 JASON NGUYEN (NEWARK, NJ): 107,500
162 MICHAEL NODA (LAS VEGAS, NV): 106,500
163 GREGORY SPURDIS (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 106,000
164 JOSEPH SAVINI (JACKSON, NJ): 104,000
165 NICHOLAS DIGIACOMO (PHILADELPHIA, PA): 103,500
166 AMIR QUMSIEH (LYNCHBURG, VA): 103,000
167 PETER LUBRANO (BROOKLYN, NY): 102,500
168 SCOTT HADDON (LANCASTER, PA): 101,500
169 PAUL BADOLATO (FAIR LAWN, NJ): 100,500
170 CHARLES JONES (PITTSBURGH, PA): 100,500
171 DONALD BOIVIN (ANNAPOLIS, MD): 99,500
172 RAPHAEL TAL (ROSLYN, NY): 99,500
173 VINCENT DEPASQUALE (QUEENS VILLAGE, NY): 99,000
174 PATRICK ALAN WHITMORE (MARTINSBURG, WV): 97,000
175 VALENTIN LITA (ASHBURN, VA): 96,000
176 CHIN NGUYEN (SILVER SPRING, MD): 95,500
177 DAVID GIFFEN (DUMONT, NJ): 94,000
178 JEFFREY FISCHLER (WESTBURY, NY): 94,000
179 CHRISTIAN FARLEY (GLOUCESTER, NJ): 93,000
180 ILYA EKSHTUT (HOLLAND, PA): 92,000
181 JERRY ROSNER (WANTAGH, NY): 91,000
182 AMZA SULEJMAN (BRONX, NY): 91,000
183 RUSSELL YOUNGKEN (LEVITTOWN, PA): 90,000
184 MICHAEL MARSH (FRANKLINVILLE, NJ): 90,000
185 ROBERT RENNER (HLLSBOROUGH, NJ): 89,500
186 RON SCHIFFMAN (CHERRY HILL, NJ): 89,500
187 STEPHEN CAPANNA (WASHINGTON, DC): 89,500
188 MANISH PATEL (BURLINGTON, NJ): 88,500
189 THOMAS MARTUCCI (MONROE TWP, NJ): 87,500
190 JAMES GALLAGHER (FOLSOM, PA): 87,500
191 JOSEPH SIMMONS (PHILADELPHIA, PA): 86,500
192 MARK WALTERS (CLIFTON, VA): 86,500
193 DANIEL BUZGON (MARLTON, NJ): 85,000
194 GEORGE CARTER (BALTIMORE, MD): 84,500
195 DAVID GAGO (ELIZABETH, NJ): 83,500
196 JULIO GONZALEZ (NEWARK, NJ): 83,500
197 GEORGE BILLIAS (EAST LYME, CT): 83,000
198 ATHANASIO KARAPANAGIOTIS (WARETOWN, NJ): 82,500
199 CHARLES MICALIZZI (JERSEY CITY, NJ): 82,500
200 ERIC SMITH (GILBERTSVILLE, PA): 82,000
201 VITO SPARACIO (LANSDALE, PA): 81,500
202 GREGORY MERRITT (FRENCHTOWN, NJ): 81,500
203 MARK COMMESSO (LAKE WALES, FL): 80,000
204 ROBERT NGUYEN (W. NEW YORK, NJ): 79,500
205 YVES HENTIC (SOUTHAMPTON, NY): 78,500
206 ERIC PIPER (WALDORF, MD): 78,000
207 JASON LUFKIN (CHEVY CHASE, MD): 77,500
208 MUKALA SIKYALA (SILVER SPRINGS, MD): 77,000
209 ROBERT KLAFTER (ROSLYN, NY): 76,500
210 JASON MIKSIEWICZ (FREEHOLD, NJ): 75,500
211 STEVEN MONACO (BAY SHORE, NY): 75,500
212 DEREK ADKINS (PERRY HALL, MD): 73,500
213 BRYAN OAKLEY (GREENVILLE, NC): 73,500
214 PHILIP NEIMAN (FLUSHING, NY): 72,500
215 WILLIAM JAMES PROUDMAN (PHILADELPHIA, PA): 72,500
216 JENNARO PULLANO (READING, PA): 71,500
217 DENISE WAGNER (MOHRSVILLE, PA): 70,000
218 JERMY RAWDING : 69,000
219 JOHN SORRENTINO (GREENWOOD LAKE, NY): 68,500
220 CRT MOORHEAD (RANDALLSTOWN, MD): 67,500
221 ROBERT ELIAS (SEAFORD, NY): 64,500
222 BERTRAND DOURY (DINAN ): 64,500
223 RICHARD HANHEIDE JR (CLINTONDALE, NY): 64,000
224 TIMOTHY GRIFFIN (UNION VILLE, CT): 63,500
225 JOSEPH PAUL COLLIS (MARTINSBURG, WV): 63,000
226 ROBERT CRAIG THOMASMEYER (BUTLER, PA): 63,000
227 JOHN KINGSMORE (DELRAN, NJ): 63,000
228 JIANHUA ZHOU (EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ): 60,000
229 ROBERT VOLPACCHIO (LEVITTOWN, PA): 58,500
230 JAMES CHARLES LARKIN (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 58,500
231 KENNETH KAVOWRAS (BROOKLYN, NY): 58,000
232 BERNARD COLLINS (BAYVILLE, NJ): 57,000
233 ERIK WINIARSKI (POUGHKEEPSIE, NY): 54,000
234 JOSEPH CRAMER (CALRISLE, PA): 53,500
235 CARL EMIGHOLZ (BETHPAGE, NY): 53,000
236 TUAN NHAN (BROOKLYN, NY): 53,000
237 RHAND FEINSTEIN: 52,000
238 CLARENCE SENTER (FALLS CHURCH, VA): 51,500
239 TODD THROCKMORTON (ORANGE, VA): 51,000
240 VICTOR OTERO (MANALAPAN, NJ): 51,000
241 DANILO STARITA (PHILADELPHIA, PA): 49,000
242 RANSON NELSON (FREDERICKSBURG, VA): 49,000
243 JAMES FOX (LYNNFIELD, MA): 48,500
244 PETER DEVITO (W HEMPSTEAD, NY): 46,500
245 JOHN HARVILLA (MINERSVILLE, PA): 46,000
246 ARTHUR GALLINARO (PEMBROKE PINES, FL): 45,500
247 CHRIS RESLOCK (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ): 45,000
248 DAVID MERRIFIELD JR. (MIDDLETOWN, NJ): 45,000
249 ROBERT WALLER (TABERNACLE, NJ): 42,000
250 TIMOTHY HOFFMAN (PITTSGROVE, NJ): 39,000
251 NIKUNJ GANDHI (STAMFORD, CT): 37,000
252 KELLY ARMENTROUT (ALEXANDRIA, VA): 34,000
253 MICHAEL DICHIARO (WOODCLIFF LK, NJ): 32,500
254 DONALD JOHNSON (MECHANICSVLLE, VA): 31,500
255 RICHARD FORD (HILLSBOROUGH, NJ): 29,000
256 CARMEN LABRUTO (OCEAN CITY, MD): 28,000
257 ROBERT HUBERTY: 23,500

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21

Event 2: $500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • 50 minute Levels
    Day1 begins Thursday, January 21 at 11AM
    Day 2 begins Friday, January 22 at 2PM

Event 3: $350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha - High

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • 50 minute Levels
  • Day1 begins Thursday, January 21 at 12PM
  • Day 2 begins Friday, January 22 at 2PM

Event 27 (3PM): $200 + $30 SURVIVOR CASH No Limit Hold'em

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • 20 minute Levels
  • approximately 1 in every 10 will win $2,000 in Cash

Event 28 (7PM): $150 + $30 Second Chance Cash No Limit Hold'em

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • 20 minute Levels

Event #1: Calling It A Night

Florentino Feeling Good

After more than 14 hours of play, Day 1 of the Borgata Winter Open is in the books. While it will be several hours until we know for sure who the chip leader is, rest assure that Florentino Deleon (Joppa, MD) will be in the top 10.

"I'm feeling good," says Deleon adding, "I'm still here," possibly the under statement of the day. His big hand comes from rolling the dice with Q-7 on a flush draw for a 200k pot. "I had him covered and would still have a hundred thousand, so why not," Florentino says laughing.

Tournament officials stop the clock with 8 minutes left on Level 16 (3k/6k/500 ante) so players can bag, tag and be out the door by 2 am.

Approximately 275 players, with the average stack of 140k, return at noon for a shot at the nearly $100,000 top prize.

Official chip counts will be posted later this morning.

Event #2 NL ($500 + $60) kicks off at 11 am.

Good night and see you back on the blog in a couple of hours!

Event #1: Running Good

Sweet Sounds from Boyd

Not too many people in the world can say they've sat at the table with Doyle Brunson, Johnny Moss and Amarillo Slim, but Jim Boyd (Martinsburg, WV) has and is always quick with stories from the early 1980s.

"I've played with those boys and now I'm coming out of retirement," says the wily veteran, "you can still get a sweet tune from an old piano." This coming moments after Boyd triples his stack to nearly 300k when his A A holds up against a flush draw.

"I thought for sure I ran into a set," he says downing another Bud Light while mixing all the gray, orange and purple chips in unkempt stacks.

And while Boyd is nostalgic for the past, he also has an affection for the future as he sends a shout out to Borgata regular and Martinsburg home gal Michele Hughes. "You tell her I'm running good."

Level 16 (3k/6k/500 ante) continues and will be the last of the night.



Event #1: Siegel Says Good Night

Eric Siegel hits the rail when he misses with a flush draw, "oh well," says the part-time blogger, full-time PPI Player, "there's always tomorrow."

"Shove-y time," says Craid Klein, who has 100k and is right around the chip average as players are on an extended break.

"It's been a long day," adds Mike Dentale who also has around 25 big blinds, "I'm ready for bed now."

The field will play two more levels before shutting it down at approximately 2 am. "We're going to lose a lot of people because they know you need a lot of chips and don't want to come back short tomorrow."

Players from the Poker Room are filtering into the Event Center as the remaining 35 tables are all in the same room for the first time.

Level 15 (2k/4k/400 ante) kicks off as soon as the chips are delivered from downstairs.