Friday, January 22, 2010

Event #2: We're Back

Blinds are 30,000 / 60,000 with a 5,000 ante. Still four players remaining.

Event #2: Break

The four remaining players in Event #2 are on a 15-minute break.

Event #2: King Henry Takes Chip Lead

Sean Ripp raises to 95,000 preflop. Tyler Henry and Robert Perry call.

The flop is K 45 and it's checked to Sean Ripp, who bets 160,000. Henry check-raises to 360,000 and everyone folds. The big check raise puts Tyler Henry in the chip lead with four players remaining.

Event #3, PLO Winner: Binns!

John Binns (Fort Myers, FL)
Event 3 Champion - $13,698

After the departure of Brandon Paster, John Binns has almost a two to one chip lead against Bill Seymour.

On the final hand of action, Seymour raises pot and Binns calls. They see a flop of T 8 Q . They both check and the turn comes an 8. Binns leads out, Seymour moves all in and Binns eventually calls.

Seymour, a poker well respected poker coach, shows K-K-6-2 for a pair of Ks against Binns J-7-A-8 for trip 8s.

The river brings no love for Seymour and completes a boat for Binns with a jack and Binns is the Event #3 Champion! He takes home $13,698, while Seymour earns $7,561 for second.

Congrats to John Binns and all those who cashed in Event #3!

Bill Seymour (Las Vegas, NV)
2nd Place, $7,561


Event #2: Christopher Cardinale Eliminated in 5th ($10,709)

Christopher Cardinale

Christopher Cardinale and Robert Perry are all in preflop.

Cardinale: A 8
Perry: A K

Board: K A 6 8 10

Cardinale is left with very little, which he sticks all in on the very next hand:

Sean Ripp A 8
Cardinale J 2

Board: 4 Q 8 4 Q

Cardinale is eliminated.

Event #2: Current Chip Counts

1. Christopher Cardinale 301,000
2. Tyler Henry 1,350,000
3. Robert Perry 335,000
4. Chad Loube 795,000
5. Sean Ripp 710,000

Event #3, PLO: 3rd - Paster

Brandon Paster (Arlington, VA)
Event 3 Champion - $4,225

With the blinds at 15k/30k, John Binns open raised for pot (90k) and Brandon Paster repopped all-in and Binns went along.

Binns showed 8 8 9 5

Paster showed Q Q 6 7

The flop came 7 2 K giving Binns a flush draw. The turn came an Ac and River brought the As giving Binns the flush and sending Paster home in third place.

He earns $4,225 for his efforts.


Event #2: Michael Miller Eliminated in 6th ($8,924)

Michael Miller

Event #2: We're Back

Blinds are 20,000 / 40,000 with a 4,000 ante.

Event #2: Short Break

The six remaining players in Event #2 have elected to take an impromptu break.

Event #2: Ripping a Bluff

On a flop of 5 6 6, Sean Ripp and Michael Miller check. The turn is 8and Ripp bets 85,000. Miller calls.

The river is 8and Ripp is all in for 306,000. Miller goes into the tank for several minutes, eventually getting a clock called him. At 2 seconds to go (also 2 seconds to go in the level), Miller folds. Ripp shows just Q J for queen high, and Miller's kicking himself - he says he folded jacks.

Event #4 Sick, Sick, Sick!

With blinds at 800/1600 Duane Wallace was in the bb. UTG player leads out for 4k. It folds around to Wallace who thinks for a bit and shoves his remaining 25k.

The utg player thinks for a bit and after muttering something to himself announces "call". The call leaves about 7k in his stack.

Wallace shows a pair of tens and UTG shows 5h 7h after grimacing for a bit. The flop comes Kh Kd 9d. The turn brings a Jh, and the river peels off yet another heart giving the utg player the flush and knocking Wallace out.

"Are you kidding me?" was all he could mutter as he walked away dejected.

Others at the table were left shaking their heads as the utg player sheepishly stacked his chips.

Event #3, PLO - Never Ending Story

The Pot Limit Omaha tournament final table is now entering its 6th hour.

Bill Seymour (Las Vegas, NV), John Binns (Ft. Myers, FL) and Brandon Paster (Arlington, VA) each have between 300k and 600k as the chips are evenly distributed.

Level 21 continues (10k/20k).

Event #2: Steve Barbella Eliminated in 7th ($7,139)

Steve Barbella

Christopher Cardinale raises to 75,000 and Steve Barbella re-raises all in for 212,000 total. Christopher asks for a count and hems and haws a bit, before calling.

Christopher: 6 6
Steve: A Q

Board: 4 8 2 4 10

Steve is eliminated.

Event #2: The Raising War of Ripp

Sean Ripp raises to 103,000. Christopher Cardinale re-raises to 303,000. Ripp re-re-raises to 493,000 all in.

Christopher talks it out and apparently, Sean's demeanor gives away the hand as Christopher folds with a "Thank you." Ripp takes the pot with a "No problem."

Event #1 Champion - Woods Interview



Brian Woods (Lutherville, MD)
Event 1 Champion - $99,919

Event #4 - $700 on break

Actually they are just coming back from break. With 71 players left and the top 36 making the cash, players are positioning themselves for a nice run. I fully intend to see some shovey shovey time happening.

With the blinds at 800/1600 and the average stack nearing 60k, I fully expect to see some big stacks rearing their ugly heads!

Event #2: We're Back

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

Event #3, PLO - Chip Counts

Seat - Name - Count

5. Bill Seymour 438k
6. John Binns 235k
9. Brandon Paster 438k

Level 20 continues (8k/16k)

Event #3 PLO: 4th - Crawford

Howard Crawford
4th Place - $3,114

It takes more than 2 1/2 hours for an elimination, but the Pot Limit Omaha is finally down to the final three after the elimination of Howard Crawford (Reading, PA)

Crawford is down to only 52k and goes to war with K-2-2-Q against Brandon Paster's Q-J-K-8.
The board is 8-Q-J-8-6 to give Paster a full house.

"It was slow burn," says Crawford, who takes home $3,114, "a slow painful burn."

Event #2: Take Fifteen

The remaining seven players in Event #2 are on a fifteen minute break in lieu of dinner, by choice. They'll be coming back to Iron Man it down to a single finisher.

HOSE!

We are down to 65 players with the levels at 6k/12k and a 300 ante. Players are antsy and not really willing to talk as they focus on the round at hand. It's amazing to me the back and forth that goes in a limit event.

The ups and downs go from complete nastiness to a love fest inside of one hand around. Larry Gold is still sitting around an above average stack and grinding his way to yet another bubble!

As he puts it! "I've gone from Mr. Min cash to Mr. Bubble" having bubbled the last two tournaments. "I'm really playing well. Much better than normal, but my results seem to be going backwards!"

We'll keep an eye on him and everyone else as the night continues!

Event #2: Play Slows

The final seven in Event #2 are seeing few flops, and most flops are picked up after a single bet. There are a couple of short stacks, though, so don't expect this tight play to last.

Event #5 Payouts

$350+50 H.O.S.E.
Entries: 178
Prize Pool: $60,431

Place-Amount

1 $18,613
2 $10,273
3 $5,741
4 $4,230
5 $3,626
6 $3,022
7 $2,417
8 $1,813
9 $1,360
10-12 $1,179
13-15 $1,027
16-18 $906

Event #2: Blinds Up

Blinds are now 10,000 / 20,000 with a 3,000 ante. Seven players yet remain.

Event #4: Payouts

$700 + 70 No Limit Hold'Em
Entries: 325
Prize Pool: $220,675

Place-Amount
1 $63,996
2 $37,073
3 $18,316
4 $15,447
5 $13,241
6 $11,034
7 $8,827
8 $6,621
9 $4,414
10-12 $2,869
13-15 $2,207
16-18 $1,545
19-27 $1,324
28-36 $1,103

Event #4: Back From Break

98 players in the $700 NL tournament return from dinner break with an average stack of nearly 40k.

Alan Colon (Oceanside, NY) is the unofficial leader with 120k.

Level 9 underway (500/1k/100 ante)

Event #2: Ripp City

Sean Ripp raises to 105,000 and Chad Loube re-raises him all in. Sean calls out of the short stack.

Sean: K K
Chad: Q Q

Board: 2 9 4 6 5

Sean doubles through.

Event #2: Randy Itwaru Eliminated in 8th ($3,570)

Randy Itwaru

Steve Barbella shoves with A-5 and Randy Itwaru calls with A-9. Barbella has Itwaru covered.

There's a 5 on the flop and Itwaru is out.

Seven players are left.

Event #3, PLO: Chip Counts

Seat - Count

4. Howard Crawford 130k
5. Bill Seymour 395k
6. John Binns 290k
9. Brandon Paster 500k

Players on a 10 minute break, Level 19 starting soon (6k/12k)

Event #2: Frank Sena Eliminated in 9th ($3,570)

Frank Sena

Frank Sena shoves all in and Tyler Henry calls. Frank has AK and Tyler has J J. The board runs out 102 3 Q 6 and Frank is out in 9th place.


Event #2: Kwangsoo Lim Eliminated in 10th ($2,321)

Kwangsoo Lim

Kwangsoo Lim, Tyler Henry and Randy Itwaru are all in preflop. Tyler has them both covered.

Kwangsoo: 8 2
Tyler: AJ
Randy: K9

Board: 3 A 8K9

Kwangsoo is eliminated and Itwaru triples up.

Event #2: The Final Ten

1. Frank Sena 145,000
2. Michael Miller 260,000
3. Christopher Cardinale 440,000
4. Kwangsoo Lim 40,000
5. Tyler Henry 625,000
6. Steve Barbella 240,000
7. Randy Itwaru 100,000
8. Robert Perry 245,000
9. Chad Loube 790,000
10. Sean Ripp 644,000

Event #3, PLO: 5th - Vanlandingham

Lisa Vanlandingham
5th Place - $2,668

Lisa Vanlandingham (Nashville, TN) doesn't care about being the last woman in a game dominated by men, but she does care that she's playing good poker.

"If I had to do it all over again, I would've done the exact same thing," she says. "So that means something."

Vanlandingham is crippled by John Binns when both flop trip jacks, but Binns holding the better kicker A vs. Q. The 135k hit knocks Vanlandingham down to 45k, which ends up in the stack of chip leader Brandon Paster, who's closing in on 700k.

Level 18 continues (5k/10k)

Event #2: Another Perry

The other Perry in this event, Robert Perry, just busted a player in 11th with Robert's A K versus K 10. The board is 7 9 4 Q 7. We hit the scheduled break at the same time, and will be consolidating into a single table of 10.

Event #2: Ripped One Out

Sean Ripp and another player get it all in preflop.

Sean: 33
Opponent: A K

Board: 3 A 4 K 9

The opponent is eliminated in 12th. Sean goes by "metfan4590" online. We're down to 11. One more out before we consolidate to a final table.

EVENT #4 - $700 NLHE

We are down to just about 110 players in the $700 as they head to dinner break. I saw some decent stacks but nothing overwhelming. There are a few real short stacks that are going to have to get some real help after dinner.

The $400 survivor tournament is trudging along after getting underway and the back of the room looks like an army of blue warriors as the dealer crew gets ready to push and start to fill up the Second Chance Cash tourney that goes in a short while.

The Second chance tourneys are great as they run every single day around 7pm. It gives those who bust out, literally a second chance to just wind down, and earn some nice dollars. The buy-ins range from $150 to $200 and attract a good crowd. Usually seeing around 200 players for each one and usually a very fun time.

If you have the opportunity, come down and participate.

Event #3, PLO: 6th - Dubhead

Norik Rizaj
6th Place - $2,224

Norik Rizaj, known as "dubhead" on-line sees 240k disappear in back to back hands on his way to a 6th place finish in the Pot Limit Omaha tournament.

"I played great until the last two hands," says the Brooklyn, New Yorker who wins $2,224, "I'd say it was the best poker of my life."

Rizaj loses a big hand to John Binns who doubles up to more than 200k and leaves Rizaj with around 100k. "I knew he was steaming," he says after watching Binns lose the previous hand. "If he doesn't have aces he folds. I wish I would've had a pair to go with my flush draw."

Rizaj's day ends when chip leader Brandon Paster hits trips. Rizaj puts his last 91k all-in preflop while holding 4-5-8-7 vs. Paster's Q-6-3-7. The board brings two 3s to give Paster the win.

"I can't blame him for calling," says Rizaj, "he's got a lot of chips, but I still think he can get away from that hand when I reraise that much."

Paster now has nearly half the chips in play with more than 600k.

Event #3, PLO: 7th - Linster

Mike Linster
7th Place - $1,779

Poker is a love/hate relationship. For Mike Linster (Levittown, NY) he loves making deep runs, but hates missing out on the big money.

Linster gets involved in a big hand with Brandon Paster and a misread costs him his tournament life. It's a three-handed limped pot with Linster holding A K 7 9 ♣. The flop is 10 7 3 and Paster's sitting on middle pair.

The turn is the A giving Linster two pairs and that's when the fireworks begin. Linster leads out for 20k, Paster makes it 75k and Linster repops all-in. Paster tables A 10 x-x for the better two pairs and the 300k+ pot.

"I should know better," says Linster, who takes home $1,779, "I didn't think he could put me on an ace and thought he was making a move. I was a little unlucky."

Linster will now focus on the rest of the Borgata Winter Open schedule. "I didn't come here to finish 7th, but I'll take the money and use it to play in another event."

Paster is now the dominant chip leader as Level 17 continues (4k/8k).

Event #3 PLO: Chip Counts

Seat - Name - Count
1. Norik Rizaj, 205k

3. Mike Linster, 155k
4. Howard Crawford, 180k
5. Bill Seymour, 190k
6. John Binns, 170k

9. Brandon Paste, 255k
10. Lisa Vanlandingham, 190k

Players are on a 10 minute break

Event #2: Henry Again

The small blind limps in to the pot and Tyler Henry makes it 28,000. The small blind limp-reraises all in for 74,000 more, and Tyler calls another all in.

Tyler: K J
Small blind: K 7

Board: 9 10 J 4 A

The small blind is eliminated in 14th. We now have six players at this table and seven at the other table. All of the big stacks are at Tyler's table, including chip leader Chad Loube, two to his right.

Event #5 HOSE

HOSE started with 178 (now) and are now down to about 120. Larry Gold is sitting nice with about 40k and playing a really tight game. "I'm running fairly well and not running into anything stupid", said Gold as he scooped a nice pot in Hold'em.

The tourney is grinding along and players seem to be making the most of their shots.

More action soon!

Event #3, PLO: 8th Place - Penn

John "Penn" Panettiere
8th Place - $1,335

John Penettiere (Long Beach, NY) is down to 2.5 big blinds and needing a miracle as they go to a flop three handed. Norik Rizaj hits the flush with 6 4 to eliminate Penettiere.

Level 16 ending (3k/6k).








Event #2: O Henry

Tyler Henry raises to 30,000 from the hijack (that's the button +2) and seat 2 re-raises all in from the small blind for 65,000 more. Tyler thinks for a moment and calls, as he's getting pretty good money.

Tyler: AQ

Seat 2: A J

Board: 2 Q 10 7 3

Seat 2 busts in 15th place and Tyler now has 720,000 - and appears to be the chip leader.

Event #3 PLO: 9th Place - Alphabet Soup

Vyacheslav Eyzerovich
9th Place - $1,001

One of the more color characters Vyacheslav "Alphabet Soup" Eyzerovich (Staten Island, NY) is out in 9th place in Pot Limit Omaha.

Eyzerovich gets his last 60k all-in and is eliminated by Howard Crawford when he flops trips on a board of 5 6 6. The board bricks out, Soup's K-K-9-8 doesn't connect and the Staten Island, NY resident is out in 9th place.

Level 16 continues (3k/6k).

Event #2: Level 17

Blinds are 5,000 / 10,000 with a 1,000 ante. Still 18 players remain.

Event #3, PLO: Jones - 10th Place

Mark Jones
10th Place, $867

Mark Jones' Borgata success continues with a 10th place finish in Pot Limit Omaha at the Borgata Winter Open. This coming on the heels of his Summer Open win in Omaha H/L.

"I'm playing really well," says the Philadelphian who loves PLO over No Limit, "it's less volatile, you can play more hands and see more flops."

Jones hits the rail when his opponent flops a 9 high flush.

Play continues 9 handed.



Event #4 Jason Young runs like GAWD!

Well... not really.

On a 5 way limped pot he comes along from the big with 3s 6s. The flop comes Kh 4s 5s. Three of them get it in right there, including Jason.

Looking at 15 outs twice, the board goes brick brick and takes him down to $1600 in chips. the other opponents had AK and a set of 4's shipping the 55k pot of to the set holder.

They are on a 15 minute break

EVENT #2: 2 Tables

18 players remain as Level 16 continues (3k/6k/500 ante).

The average stack is 204k.

Event #3, PLO: Final Table

Seat - Name

1. Norik Rizaj (Brooklyn, NY)
2. Vyacheslav Eyzerovich (Staten Island, NY)
3. Mike Linster (Levittown, NY)
4. Howard Crawford (Reading, PA)
5. Bill Seymour (Las Vegas, NV)
6. John Binns (Ft. Myers, FL)
7. Mark Jones (Philadelphia, PA)
8. John Panettiere (Long Beach, NY)
9. Brandon Paster (Arlington, VA)
10. Lisa Vanlandingham (Nashville, TN)

EVENT #4 Update

Event #4 has slowed down considerably with players nursing stacks they achieved early on the day with the dusters in tow. They are entering 200/400 blinds with a 50 ante. Just about 175 remaining on the day and they will hit dinner break in about an hour and half.

Once dinner hits we'll be able to get some chip leaders for you. The room is packed with Events 2 and 3 finishing up, event's 4 and 5 going, and now the $400 survivor (235 players) is kicking.

Event #2: 3 Tables Left

The $500 NL tournament had 34 players returning and the field is shrinking at a nice pace.

23 players remain and chip leader Far Husaini (Warterloo, ON) has taken a 100k hit from his chip lead but is still one of the leaders with 250k.

Level 16 continues (3k/6k/500 ante).

Event #3, PLO: Cash Time

It's less than two hours since the Pot Limit Omaha tournament resumed and there's a steady stream of players heading towards the cage.

18 players begin the day and we're already down to 12.

The most recent eliminations:

13th Gerald Taylor (Brooklyn, NY) $756
12th Michael Vanino (Reading, PA) $867

Level 15 underway (2k/4k)

EVENT #3 - PLO

Yesterday's PLO event is down to 18 and players seem to be jockeying for position. Literally. The play has been extremely tight with hands rarely getting to even a flop. Bonnie Castillo started as our short stack at $12k and Vyacheslav Eyzerovich had the chip lead at $171,500.

AS play progresses we will have the results

The PPI Perspective - Borgata...Second To None!

By Al Riccobono, PPI Pro

The Borgata Winter Open, in my opinion, is the East Coast's version of the WSOP. It is the big kickoff to a hopefully promising year to come. This tournament series is run so well by the tournament staff, led by Tab, Joe, Byron, Deb, Ray, Darcy and Co. The attendance in these events is a true testament to how things are run and really makes it an enjoyable experience. For that, we players are very thankful. Also, anyone who is reading this blog owes a great deal of credit to Jim Doll (Riggstad), Jeff Shurilla (Gorilla), Steve Horton (Tropical Steve) and Brad Utz (Butz) for their hard work in keeping friends and family posted on the action. These guys work really hard, covering multiple tournaments and working very long hours in trying to keep you all informed. Thanks guys. Finally, a special thanks to Eric Siegel, PPI's Marketing Director and "face to the public." Seek Eric out and find out more about PPI. It is a great team to be a part of.

Another very important part of PPI is the charity work we do. Players can pledge a small portion of their winnings to various charities, such as Nephcure, Bad Beat on Cancer and most recently, helping out the people of Haiti, thanks to Jamie Kerstetter. I would strongly encourage anyone who is not currently pledging to get involved. It brings life's truly important things to the forefront.

Well, so far, no luck in the first two events here. 1,563 players in Event #1 and about 366 in Event #2. Hoping for a good turnout today in the $770. Last BWO I was 0-7 and then cashed in the last two big events. Hopefully it won't be as dramatic this year and I can get it going a lot faster.

Event #4: Quadruple Up

PPI's Eric Siegel flops a straight and has to hang on. With a little more than 20 big blinds, on a flop of J 8 9 , there's a bet, an all-in and Siegel's call with Q 10 .

The three way all-in is 8 9 (two pairs) and K Q (gut shot straight and flush draws).

The board bricks out and Siegel goes from 4200 to 16k.

While on break Siegel's smiling like the butcher's dog.

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

Moving right along!

Event #2 is underway with 34 remaining players. Dean Schultz is sitting in the "Dank" position with less than 30k and Husaini Farhad is first with $341k.

Event #4 saw 326 (unofficially) players and the HOSE event neared 180 players (unofficially).

The room is blasting and the $700 nlhe has seemed to cool down a bit. We'll get some chip counts and some action shortly.

The PPI Perspective

By: Eric Siegel, PPI Director of Marketing and Player Development


I have been playing poker for over 25 years, from the back-room clubs of NYC to playing in tournaments around the world. My poker journey is filled with many wonderful experiences and has given me the opportunity to make some great friends along the way. I have always felt that being a poker player is not just about "playing the game."

It has always been important to me to appreciate the overall experience of any poker event no matter what the prize pool or size of the field. I find that communication between the players, tournament directors and their staff, along with family and friends following back home has made me a more successful poker player, and also creates a better "Poker Lifestyle" for everyone involved.

While I was in the beginning stages of developing a poker marketing company which was to enhance the overall poker experience for both players and fans, I was asked to combine efforts with my partners and founders of Poker Players International, Randy Kasper and Gene Castro. Our vision for our company was much more then to form the largest poker player representation agency. PPI was established to become the most prolific poker agency and marketing co. in the world.

Our mission is to improve the world of poker in every respect. From the expert representation and benefits we offer our PPI players, to the opportunities we enthusiastically seek for our sponsors in order to maximize their branding efforts within the poker industry. Other divisions of PPI such as live events, player benefits and supporting charitable causes are all part of our PLEDGE to actively involve ourselves with you to make your " Poker Experience" more enjoyable and profitable.

We would like to thank the Borgata and its entire staff, for all of the support you have given PPI since our inception. Our players and staff all feel at home here whether it be during a large series of events like the Borgata Winter Open, or casually enjoying a day of poker in what I consider to be the best poker room in the country. Your efforts to accommodate the players best interest is the reason we can always count on a great time.

We are honored to be included in your efforts to give the players more. Everything from reasonable room rates during events, discounts at the fine dining restaurants, snacks in the event center, food vouchers, free internet , along with the greatest tournament structures and staff are the reasons why the Borgata is a top destination for any poker player.

HOSE!

Event #5 is underway ($350 HOSE 8 hand rotation). There is just about 110 players with more on the way. Blinds start at 50/100 and I fully expect it to be a monster grind. Robert Varkonyi is playing as well as Larry Gold and Craig Klein.

We'll have that action as it comes!

BUSY BUSY BUSY

Event #4 has started out with BANG! With just about 350 players (and some still registering) the play has gotten a little loose and cray. On table 14 I witnessed 3 players go to a flop of Q 8 2.

First to act lead out about 2/3's of the pot. Behind him re-raised just about a pot bet. The third to act player shoves his whole stack behind and the other two had no issues snap calling the three way all-in.

Results? First to act help 88 for a set of eights. Second to act held 22 for a bottom set of deuces. The original all-in turned green and showed AA. However... His face quickly turned flush when an A hit the river giving him the winning hand and shipping the entire pot his way. You would have thought the the building exploded when the table roared in amazement.

Live poker is sooo rigged!

Already there has been at least 20 eliminations as I hear the continuous call of "SEAT OPEN".

Alan Colon doubled up and eliminated his opponent when his set of 7's out ran an open ended straight on the turn after getting it all-in.

It's looks to be a race to a deep stack to survive the afternoon and hae a good shot at taking down a nice cash.

Mike Leah is playing, as is Dave Fox, Eric Seigel (Hi Kids!), and Bill Blanda. Jason Young is back at it as well!

We'll bring the news as it comes!

EVENT #4 $700 + $70 NLHE

Today is underway with EVENT #4 starting about 30 min. ago. There are still a bunch of people registering and today looks to be a very busy day with some 6 tournaments running at the same time.

We have Event # 3 and #2 coming back to finish. Event #5 also starts at noon ($350 + 50 HOSE) and we have a $400 survivor tourney as well as a second chance cash tourney coming.

Stay tuned for the action!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22

Event 4: $700 + $70 No Limit Hold'em


  • 12,000 in starting chips
  • 50 minute Levels
  • Day1 begins Friday, January 22 at 11AM
  • Day 2 begins Saturday, January 23 at 2PM

Event 5: $350 + $50 H.O.S.E. (8 Hand Rotate)

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • 45 minute Levels
  • Day1 begins Friday, January 22 at 12PM
  • Day 2 begins Saturday, January 23 at 2PM

Event 29 (3PM): $400 + $50 SURVIVOR CASH NLH

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • 30 minute Levels
  • approximately 1 in every 10 will win $4,000 in Cash

Event 30 (7PM): $200 + $30 Second Chance Cash NLH

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • 25 minute Levels
BORGATA WINTER OPEN 2010
Event 3 - $350 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha - High
January 21 - 22

131 Entries Total Buy-In $45,850

End of Day 1 Chip Count Leaders

1. VYACHESLAV EYZEROVICH (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 171,500
2. NORIK RIZAJ (BROOKLYN, NY): 144,000
3. PETER IPPOLITO (E MEADOW, NY): 143,500
4. MICHAEL LINSTER (LEVITTOWN, NY): 140,500
5. BRANDON PASTER (ARLINGTON, VA): 113,000
6. WILLIAM SEYMOUR (LAS VEGAS, NV): 91,000
7. JOHN BINNS (TAMARAC, FL): 82,000
8. LISA VANLANDINGHAM (NASHVILLE, TN): 67,000
9. HOWARD CRAWFORD (READING, PA): 63,000
10. JOHN CONMY (YARDLEY, PA): 56,500
11. MICHAEL VANINO (READING, PA): 53,000
12. JOHN PANETTIERE (LONG BEACH, NY): 32,000
13. LARRY STJEAN (SALISBURY BCH, MA): 30,500
14. GERALD TAYLOR (BROOKLYN, NY): 27,500
15. BARRY GASSEN (SMITHVILLE, NJ): 19,500
16. MARK JONES (PHILADELPHIA, PA): 19,000
17. MICKAEL MORGOUSKY (BROOKLYN, NY): 18,800
18. BONNIE CASTILLO (WEST FRIENDSHIP, MD): 12,500

EVENT 2 - START OF DAY 2 CHIP COUNTS

BORGATA WINTER OPEN 2010
Event 2 - $500 + $60 No Limit Hold'em
January 21 - 22
368 Entries Total Buy-In $184,000

End of Day 1 Chip Count Leaders

1. FARHAD HUSAINI (WATERLOO, ON): 341,800
2. MICHAEL MILLER (WOODBRIDGE, VA): 258,600
3. CHAD LOUBE (ROCKVILLE, MD): 254,100
4. NICHOLAS OLIVIERI (STATEN ISLAND, NY): 229,700
5. MICHAEL BROWN (WEST ISLIP, NY): 225,100
6. TYLER HENRY (WERNERSVILLE, PA): 155,500
7. DEONARINE ITWARU (S OZONE PARK, NY): 155,300
8. RUSSELL GREEN (SYOSSET, NY): 149,000
9. SEAN RIPP (MASSAPEQUA, NY): 127,200
10. WILLIAM STRADLEY (BOOTHWYN, PA): 119,500
11. DAVID PENNA (BABYLON VILLAGE, NY): 118,500
12. HUNG TRUONG (BROOKLYN, NY): 113,200
13. CHRISTOPHER CARDINALE (WEST BABYLON, NY): 112,800
14. KWANGSOO LIM (AVON, CT): 102,800
15. DEAN MARTIN (CHAMBERSBURG, PA): 93,400
16. MICHAEL BOEHME (WILLINGBORO, NJ): 89,300
17. JOEL BIDNICK (EDGEWATER, MD): 85,300
18. DAVID ROTCHES (VENTNOR, NJ): 83,300
19. MICHAEL DENTALE (BROOKLYN, NY): 81,800
20. FRANK SENA (WARREN, NJ): 76,600
21. JASON BYRNES (BROOKLYN, NY): 76,100
22. ROBERT PERRY (HIGHLAND BEACH, FL): 69,500
23. MIRSAD KOVACI (ALLENTOWN, PA): 69,300
24. SCOTT LAZEWSKI (MANALAPAN, NJ): 65,700
25. STEPHEN BARBELLA (MALVERN, PA): 55,700
26. ADEL JO : 52,100
27. JEREMY JOSEPH COLE (NEW CASTLE, DE): 51,700
28. JEFFREY GOTTESMAN (HUNTINGDON VALLEY, PA): 51,200
29. DAVID SOLOMON (PLAINVIEW, NY): 49,600
30. SALVATORE CALANDRA (VERONA, NJ): 49,300
31. DAVID VALENCE (HAMPSTEAD, NH): 42,500
32. PAUL DOLDERER : 35,600
33. MICHAEL CAMP (BALTIMORE, MD): 34,900
34. DEAN SCHULTZ (STOW, OH): 26,700

FINAL RESULTS - EVENT 1

Borgata Winter Open 2010
Event 1 - $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
January 20-21

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

FINAL RESULTS

1. BRIAN WOODS (LUTHERVILLE, MD): $99,919
2. GARY GUREVICH (RANDOLPH, NJ): $74,289
3. JOSEPH MARO (ALDAN, PA): $41,124
4. ALEXEI RODIONOV (SOUTHAMPTON, PA): $35,819
5. HANOCH GUTTMAN (BROOKLYN, NY): $30,513
6. MICHAEL KATZ (MANALAPAN, NJ): $25,206
7. THOMAS MARTUCCI (MONROE TWP, NJ): $19,900
8. MIKE CHO (ELLICOTT CITY, MD): $14,594
9. BRIAN LEMKE (NORRISTOWN, PA): $10,614
10. RON SCHIFFMAN (CHERRY HILL, NJ): $6,898
11. EDWARD SLUSAREK (SOUTH AMBOY, NJ): $6,898
12. DANIEL FRIEDMAN (SMITHTOWN, NY): $6,898
13. ROBERT RENNER (HLLSBOROUGH, NJ): $5,041
14. MUKALA SIKYALA (SILVER SPRINGS, MD): $5,041
15. BRIAN GROGAN (GLENDALE, NY): $5,041
16. ALLAN VROOMAN (GREENVILLE, NC): $3,184
17. HARRY FRANKEL (MONSEY, NY): $3,184
18. ARTUR DUKAJ (YONKERS, NY): $3,184
19. MICHAEL BONNEY (GLASSBORO, NJ): $2,388
20. RAPHAEL TAL (ROSLYN, NY): $2,388
21. ALEXANDER SHTEYMAN (EDISON, NJ): $2,388
22. ADAM RISS (MOHEGAN LAKE, NY): $2,388
23. CHRISTIAN CURRY (LEWISTOWN, PA): $2,388
24. WILLIAM KEATING (LYNDHURST, NJ): $2,388
25. FRED ALESI (ISLIP TERR, NY): $2,388
26. ALBERT FRAMPTON (MAPLE SHADE, NJ): $2,388
27. PASQUALE BOFFICE (MANAHAWKIN, NJ): $2,388
28. JOHN DELAY (PHOENIXVILLE, PA): $2,016
29. STEVEN GOODEMOTE (BUFFALO, NY): $2,016
30. ANGEL LLAUGER (KISSIMMEE, FL): $2,016
31. ROBERT NGUYEN (W. NEW YORK, NJ): $2,016
32. JONATHAN HAMILTON (WARWICK, NY): $2,016
33. JONAS WEXLER (SOUTHAMPTON, PA): $2,016
34. RICHARD HARRISON (SE WASHINGTON, DC): $2,016
35. JASON NGUYEN (NEWARK, NJ): $2,016
36. CHRISTOPHER STEEDLE (W DEPTFORD, NJ): $2,016
37. WILLIAM SEEHOLZER (PARMA HTS, OH): $1,698
38. JOSHUA SUPSAK (LINWOOD, NJ): $1,698
39. ROHN SCHUTSKY (FREEHOLD, NJ): $1,698
40. ANTHONY BRUSCHI (POMPTON LKS, NJ): $1,698
41. WILLIAM STANSFIELD (ENOLA, PA): $1,698
42. ALLAN LUBIN (WATCHUNG, NJ): $1,698
43. JOSEPH WERTZ (MONTOURSVILLE, PA): $1,698
44. DONALD BROWN (WESTBURY, NY): $1,698
45. CHRISTOPHER AIELLO (TOMS RIVER, NJ): $1,698
46. PAUL BADOLATO (FAIR LAWN, NJ): $1,486
47. MICHAEL CORRIGAN (BRIGANTINE, NJ): $1,486
48. MICHAEL DICHIARO (WOODCLIFF LK, NJ): $1,486
49. DAVID GAGO (ELIZABETH, NJ): $1,486
50. CRAIG PANELLA (MANALAPAN, NJ): $1,486
51. JAMES GALLAGHER (FOLSOM, PA): $1,486
52. ROCCO LUCIANO (PHILADELPHIA, PA): $1,486
53. MICHAEL VALENTIN (BELLMORE, NY): $1,486
54. SANTO LISANTI (GLENSHAW, PA): $1,486
55. ROBERT WALLER (TABERNACLE, NJ): $1,327
56. LOUIS MENGES (HOLMDEL, NJ): $1,327
57. JAY YEN (QUEENS VLG, NY): $1,327
58. KENNETH TURCO (EAST WINDSOR, NJ): $1,327
59. ERIK WINIARSKI (POUGHKEEPSIE, NY): $1,327
60. MICHAEL LYNCH (ODENTON, MD): $1,327
61. PATRICK ALAN WHITMORE (MARTINSBURG, WV): $1,327
62. JAMES FOX (LYNNFIELD, MA): $1,327
63. PETER BONAVITA (NORTHFIELD, NJ): $1,327
64. DENISE WAGNER (MOHRSVILLE, PA): $1,167
65. BRIAN PAGANO (GREENTOWN, PA): $1,167
66. HOWARD BROWN (VOORHEES, NJ): $1,167
67. JOHN SORRENTINO (GREENWOOD LAKE, NY): $1,167
68. JORGE RIVERA CARRERO (BROOKLYN, NY): $1,167
69. DICK CARSON (MANSFIELD, MA): $1,167
70. KENNETH SILBERSTEIN (PLAINFIELD, NJ): $1,167
71. GREGORY KOLO (ROCKY RIVER, OH): $1,167
72. CHRISTOPHER BOFFA (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $1,167
73. PAUL SERES (MINEOLA, NY): $1,061
74. DYLAN DRAZEN (ASTORIA, NY): $1,061
75. JOANNE MONTEAVARO (BRONX, NY): $1,061
76. JESSE ALEXIS COHEN (ARDMORE, PA): $1,061
77. VITO SPARACIO (LANSDALE, PA): $1,061
78. MARK COMMESSO (LAKE WALES, FL): $1,061
79. THOMAS QUIGLEY (FORESTHILL, NY): $1,061
80. STEVEN POLIMENI (CORNWALL, NY): $1,061
81. NICHOLAS MENDOZA (SO AMBOY, NJ): $1,061
82. DAVID GIFFEN (DUMONT, NJ): $955
83. MICHAEL DANSKY (VOORHEES, NJ): $955
84. CHIN NGUYEN (SILVER SPRING, MD): $955
85. EPHRAIM UZAN (BROOKLYN, NY): $955
86. MICHAEL MILLIKIN (EAST LANSING, MI): $955
87. CHRIS RAGAVANIS (OLD SAYBROOK, CT): $955
88. JASON MIKSIEWICZ (FREEHOLD, NJ): $955
89. JASON LUFKIN (CHEVY CHASE, MD): $955
90. JAMES MCCLINTOCK (SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ): $955
91. CUONG PHUNG (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ): $849
92. MIKE RODRIGUEZ (LEDGEWOOD, NJ): $849
93. JAMES MALTZ (ISLAND PARK, NY): $849
94. JOSEPH LIPARI (SEWAREN, NJ): $849
95. RONALD SESSINGER (WEST CHESTER, PA): $849
96. TERECE JONES (PISCATAWAY, NJ): $849
97. JAMIE KERSTETTER (MONROE TWP., NJ): $849
98. JOSEPH PAUL COLLIS (MARTINSBURG, WV): $849
99. VICTOR OTERO (MANALAPAN, NJ): $849
100. WEI WEI (GALLOWAY, NJ): $849
101. TIMOTHY GRIFFIN (UNION VILLE, CT): $796
102. DANIEL WELLBORN (FAIRFAX, VA): $796
103. JOSEPH POTENZA (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $796
104. MARK WALTERS (CLIFTON, VA): $796
105. VINCENT DEMARCO (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $796
106. GERALD MACDONALD (DALLASTOWN, PA): $796
107. PHILIP NEIMAN (FLUSHING, NY): $796
108. SCOTT WARDELL (TABERNACLE, NJ): $796
109. MARK BOWERSOCK (YOUNGSTOWN, OH): $796
110. GREGORY MERRITT (FRENCHTOWN, NJ): $796
111. JOSEPH GALDIERI (NANUET, NY): $796
112. JEFFREY CARROLL (CHESTERTOWN, MD): $796
113. DAVID NAU (DAVIDSVILLE, PA): $796
114. STEPHEN FREDA (CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, NJ): $796
115. CARMELO CAMBARERI (MT KISCO, NY): $796
116. DANOO NOOR (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $796
117. JOSEPH GILLIES (BLACKWOOD, NJ): $796
118. ROCCO CORREALE (GREAT NECK, NY): $796
119. BRIAN BICKMORE (LORTON, VA): $796
120. LUA TRAN (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ): $796

Event #1: Brian Woods Wins!

Brian Woods

Brian Woods wins Event #1, the glass trophy and $99,919. Congratulations!

Event #1: Gary Gurevich Eliminated in 2nd ($74,289)

Gary Gurevich

Event #1: Joe Morrow Eliminated in 3rd ($41,124)

Joe Morrow

Event #1: Alex Rodionov Eliminated in 4th ($35,819)

Alex Rodionov

Event #1: Henry Guttman Eliminated in 5th ($30,513)

Henry Guttman

Event #1: Michael Katz Eliminated in 7th ($19,900); Tom Martucci Eliminated in 6th ($25,206)
















Martucci & Katz


Preflop, Michael Katz, Tom Martucci and Gary Gurevich get it all in.

Gary: A A
Tom: K K
Michael: A 3

Board: 3 4 8 A 6

The aces hold up. Michael is eliminated first, then Tom.


Event #1: Blinds Up

Blinds are now 300,000 / 600,000 with a 50,000 ante.

Event #1: Mike Cho Eliminated in 8th ($14,594)

Mike Cho

On a turn of 4 10 9 4, Mike Cho and Gary Gurevich get it all in.

Mike: 9 8
Gary: K 4

The river blanks out and Mike is eliminated.

Event #1: Flop?

Flops are rare at this stage of the game, as one preflop raise, whether a standard raise or an all in, is taking down pots. We'll see if we get some best hands and some second best hands mixing it up soon.

Event #1: Blinds Up

Blinds are now 200,000 / 400,000 with a 40,000 ante. Eight players remain.

Event #1: Cho Lowest, But Still Tries Harder

Mike Cho says he was the bottommost chip stack with 120 players remaining, but fought his way all day long to the bottommost chip stack eight-handed. Hang in there, Mike!

Event #1: Break Time

The remaining eight players in Event #1 are on a 10-minute break.

Event #1: Brian Lemke Eliminated in 9th ($10,614)

vBrian Lemke

As expected, Brian Lemke goes out a short time later. On a turn of 5 8 9 J, Brian Lemke and Brian Woods get it all in.

Lemke: J 8
Woods: A 7

The flush is made, the river is 5 and Lemke is eliminated.

Event #1: Massive Double Up

Brian Lemke shoves from middle position and Alex Rodionov calls from the small blind.

Brian: Kh Js
Alex: Ad Ac

Board: 9h Qs Ks 9d 8d

The aces hold up and Brian is left with a mere 1,500,000.

Event #1: Blinds Up

Blinds are 150,000 / 300,000 with a 40,000 ante. Still 9 players remaining!

Event #1: Big Pot

On a flop of 7 4 10, Gary Gurevich checks and Alex Rodionov bets 600,000. Gary calls. The turn is Q and both check. The river is 4 and Gary checks. Rodionov bets 1,200,000 and Gary calls. Gary shows A K and takes it down.

Event #1: Shifty Finishes 10th

Ron "Shifty" Schiffman
10th Place, $6,898

Ron "Shifty" Schiffman is all-in for less than 1 million chips and has to battle against two other hands.

The board is 7-Q-3-A-6 and Shifty's K-Q, despite flopping a queen, falls to the A-9 of Brian Woods.

"I just got unlucky," says Schiffman who takes home $6,898 for 10th place. "It was the best value I could get for my chips. I got the best possible flop and got unlucky on the turn."

Play continues 9 handed with Brian Lemke, Brian Woods and Michael Katz battling for the chip lead with each holding 5+ million.

Event #1: Final 10

Seat-Name-Chip Count (in millions)

1 Brian Lemke 5.7
2 Henry Guttman 1.6
3 Ron Schiffman 1.1
4 Joe Morrow 3.4
5 Gary Gurevich 2.7
6 Alex Rodionov 4.7
7 Mike Cho 1.9
9 Michael Katz 7.3
10 Brian Woods 4.9

Event #1: Lemke Makes it 10

Brian Lemke busted a player with K-K to reach a quasi-final table. They've now consolidated into 10 handed play. One more bustout before the official final table of 9.

Event #2: Done For The Night

The $500 NL Tournament is done and the chips are bagged and tagged.

Unofficial Chip Leaders

Far Husaini 341,800
Chad Loube 254,100
Nick Olivieri 229,700
Mike Brown 225,100
Mike Miller 258,600

Notable: Mikey "Unbelievable" Dentale 90k

Final numbers will be posted by noon.

34 players return Friday at 2 pm with an average stack of 108k.

Event #1: Break Time

The remaining 11 players in Event #1 are on a 10 minute break.

Event #1: Gary Gurevic Busts a Player in 12th

Gary Gurevic's K 9 hits a nice river versus K J, with a board of 3 10 2 3 9. We're now down to 11 players.


Event #1: Not Much

The remaining 12 players seem content not to play back at one another, so we haven't seen many double-ups, let alone bustouts. Stay tuned!

And yes, we're playing it all out tonight.

Event #2: Finally!

Bubble Boy

After nearly 90 minutes of play the bubble finally breaks in the $500 NL tournament.

Joe Grodowski (Staten Island, NY) is the unlucky victim when his pocket 10s are busted by Far Husaini (Waterloo, Canada) and his A-J.

"Seat one, table one, all day" says Grodowski, "I didn't have to move all day and now this. Do me a favor and make it sound dramatic."

Grodowski, who put his opponents to the test all day, was finally caught with his hand in the cookie jar when he pushes his final 6k into a limped pot. Not exactly Johnny Chan vs Erik Seidel at the 1988 WSOP Main Event, but you get the idea.

Players are playing 25 more minutes before shutting it down for the day.

28th-36th places pick up $892.

Event #1: Blinds Up

Blinds are up to 100,000 / 200,000 with a 30,000 ante. Still 12 players remaining.

Event #1: Down to 12

Alex Rodionov busts a player in 13th with Q Q versus J J on a board of K 5 J Q 4. As you can see, the player with the jacks had some brief hope, only to have it dashed. There are 12 players left.

Event #1: Clubber Lang Out in 14th

Clubber Lang goes all in and Tom Martucci calls. Tom shows 6-6 and Clubber has 4-4. The board runs out J 5 J 8 J and Clubber collects $5,041. He'll have to wait for the rematch with Balboa.

Event #1: Lemke Again

Brian Lemke busted a player just now in 16th place. He earns $3,184, and we move up in the money.

Event #2: Striped Shorts

Kevin Truong (Freehold, NJ) tries to send a message, but fortunately for him it's not received.

Holding 10 10 on a board of J-K-10 Truong pushes all-in for 117k and seat 10 calls with A-K.

The turn is a Q giving seat 10 the straight, but a re-suck saves the day for Truong with a river king.

"I didn't want him to call," says Truong. "I tried to tell him I had a big hand."

When asked if he saw the bubble flash before his eyes, Truong laughs, "$h^t, flash before my eyes? I thought it was in my pants!"

Seat 10 still has 90k as they're still one player from the money with 37 remaining players.


Event #1: Harry Frankel Eliminated in 17th

Harry Frankel's 10-6 offsuit was no match for A-K. He earns $3,184.

Event #1: Guttman Guts Oppponent

Henry Guttman and a short stack are all in preflop. Henry has A J and his opponent A 2. The board runs out 7 10 A A K and the short stack busts in 18th place, earning $3,184.

Event #3: PLO Can Go

It takes awhile, but the PLO bubble breaks before the Event #2 NL tournament.

Mike Linster does the honor when he hits top two pairs and his opponent has a worse two pairs, and a flush draw that doesn't hit. The hand gives Linster 140k and moves him into the top 5 in chips.

"I'm not hear to cash," says Linster, a Long Island, NY resident. "I'm hear to win, but there's still a lot of work to do."

The final 18 players return Friday at 2 pm to take a run at the top prize of $13,698. The next three players eliminated collect $667.

Unofficial Chip Leaders

Vyacheslav Eyzerovich (Long Island, NY) 171,500
Norik Rizaj (Brooklyn, NY) 144,000
Peter Ippolito (Long Island, NY) 143,500
Mike Linster (Levittown, NY) 140,500

Event #3: Done for the Day

The Pot-Limit Omaha event just hit 18 players and is done for the day. They'll return tomorrow at 2 p.m. to play down to a single winner.

Event #1: We're Back

Blinds are still 60,000 / 120,000 with a 20,000 ante. Twelve minutes remain in this level. Shuffle up and deal!

Event #3 PLO: Alphabet Soup Returns

There hasn't been a lot of dramatic action in the Pot Limit Omaha tournament, but this hand is one of the best hands of the day. Vyacheslav Eyzerovich, aka Alphabet Soup, leads out the entire way and puts his final 37k all-in on a board of 2 A 8 10 5

John Binns (Fort Lauderdale, FL) goes in the tank when he hits bottom two pairs and eventually calls only to see the bad news. The river gives
Eyzerovich a set of 5s.

"I had the right read, in that he wasn't very strong," says Binns, "unfortunately he was ahead the whole way and I couldn't get away from the hand.

The hand vaults Eyzerovich (Long Island, NY) into the chip lead with 170k, while the hit drops Binns to 90k.

Play continues as they're still one away from the cash.

Event #1: Break

The remaining 18 players are on a 10-minute break.

Event #1: Two Tables

A player was extremely short and had to call a raise from aces. Seven-five offsuit picked up an open ended straight draw on a turn of 2-6-10-4, but the 4 river was not good enough. We're redrawing to 18 players on two tables. Again, Event #1 is playing all the way down to a single winner, which could be awhile!