Monday, February 6, 2012

Borgata Leaderboard - Final Results

Borgata Winter Poker Open Leaderboard
By participating in any Borgata Winter Poker Open event (January 18 - February 3, 2012), players earn points based upon the Borgata Poker Tournament Leaderboard Formula.

Winners are:
1. Thomas Hoglund: Entry into Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship event (April 2012)
2. Will Failla: Sony Internet TV
3. Daryl Black: Ray Ban sunglasses
4. Joseph Opie: Ray Ban sunglasses
5. Michael Linster: Ray Ban sunglasses
6. Joseph Stuckey: Ray Ban sunglasses
7. Daryl Boatwright: Ray Ban sunglasses
8. Mickael Morgousky: Ray Ban sunglasses
9. Ben Geller: Nikon digital camera
10. Gonzalo Villarreal: Keurig coffee maker

Below are the top 200 scores for the 2012 Borgata Winter Poker Open Leaderboard
(Final Results from all Borgata Winter Poker Open events)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Winter Poker Open Champion - Mancuso

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em   

Josh Mancuso (New Orleans, LA)

On the final hand of the Borgata Winter Poker Open, Josh Mancuso held AK suited and needed help from the board to claim the title.  He got it with a king in the door of the flop.

His pair of Kings beat Jeff Papola's pocket 6s and Josh had all 22 million chips in play.

"It definitely wasn't easy. I had to run good and hit hands at the right times," he said.

Mancuso has been playing professionally for about 4 years, but is better known for his on-line play under the screen name "DahJinerat," and happy to get the win.

"It validates my on-line results," said Mancuso, who has more than $900,00 in online results. "Many players haven't made the transition to live play, so to win a live main event is great."

Two years ago, Josh was here for the Winter Poker Open and doing well, but busted out in 17th place ($14,712) at the hands of Tom Marchese, who went on to finish 3rd.  Jeff Madsen was the Champion that year.

2nd Place - Papola

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em  

Jeff Papola (New York, NY)

Championship Event Recap

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em

He called himself a "DahJinerat" online, but now you can call Josh Mancuso a live champion.  The 29 year old outlasted a final table that featured two bracelet holders and a WSOP Main Event runner-up to win the Borgata Winter Poker Championship.

"It was a rough five days, I'm exhausted," said Mancuso (New Orleans, LA) who won $542,771, his largest poker score.

Mancuso beat WSOP bracelet holder Jeff Papola (New York, NY) heads up when his A♣ K♣ hit a king on the flop to beat Papola's pocket 6s.  "I wasn't completely happy with how I played," said Papola who took home $315,837 as runner-up. "I felt I could've done better, but it was a tough table."

The final 10 also featured two time bracelet holder Brock Parker, who finished 7th, and Steve Dannenmann, the 2005 WSOP runner-up, whose run through the tournament as a short stack ended in 9th place.

"It was a stacked final table," said Mancuso, who singled out Papola, Parker and 5th place finisher Christian Iacobellis as tough internet players he's tangled with online.  "It validates my on-line results. Many players haven't made the transition to live play, so to win a live main event is great."

Mancuso, whose internet handle is DahJinerat, is an accomplished online player with more than $900,000 in career tournament earnings. He joined the hordes of internet players who switched to casino poker after the Department of Justice shutdown online poker in April, 2011.

"I made plenty of final tables online so I was comfortable with chips moving around the table and the pay jumps," said Mancuso who had a roller coaster day during the Winter Open finale.  He began the day third in chips, but became a short stack when seven players remained before Mancuso doubled-up through Marc Goldman.

Those two tangled again three-handed when Mancuso hit a set of 3s on the turn against Goldman's flopped two pairs. Mancuso won the 14 million chip pot and knocked Goldman out in third place good for $193,012.

Goldman, who came to the final table as the chip leader, said "making this final table with these legends," was his biggest poker accomplishment and added that, "I would have won if Jeff (Papola) wasn't there." The knockout was a big advantage to Mancuso as it gave him a nearly 2 to 1 chip lead over Papola in heads up play that last thirty minutes.

The tournament began with 734 entries who put up a total buy-in of $2,422,200, well more than the $2 million championship guarantee.  The Day 1A & 1B chip leaders, Alex Queen and Tony Ruberto respectively, each took home a $5,000 bonus to start the championship event.

The tournament featured a lot of recognizable names who made the money, as the top 72 included the reigning WPT player of the year Andy Frankenberger (59th), Dave "Cold Stone" Inselberg (27th), Dan Buzgon (24th) Charlie Townsend (23rd), Amanda Musumeci (22nd) and Brent Hanks (19th).  
The field also included WSOP November Niners Phil Collins (5th, 2011) and John Racener (2nd, 2010), along with WPT title winner Will "The Thrill" Failla, who had an impressive run during the 55 event Winter Poker Open series.  Failla cashed four times, including a win in Event 1 for ~$165,000, but didn't make it out of Day 2 of the championship.

The rest of the final table had Cedric Adam going out 10th, followed by John Zoldak (8th), Sam Bernstein (6th) and Nick Manfredo (4th).  But it's Mancuso who not only takes home the title and the cash, but the engraved Borgata trophy.

"It definitely wasn't easy. I had to run good and hit hands at the right times."

Final Table Results


1st Josh Mancuso (New Orleans, LA) $542,771
2nd Jeff Papola (New York, NY) $315,837
3rd Marc Goldman (Easton, PA) $193,012
4th Nick Manfredo (Levittown, NY) $159,088
5th Christian Iacobellis (Rye, NY) $128,674
6th Sam Bernstein (Englewood, NJ) $105,279
7th Brock Parker (College Park, MD) $84,223
8th John Zoldak (Staten Island, NY) $64,337
9th Steve Dannenmann (Severn, MD) $44,451
10th Cedric Adam (Prodo Neort, France) $29,244

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Event 28 Recap

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

The final Event in the 2012 Borgata Winter Poker Open is in the books with Daniel Lupo beating Charles Walton heads up for the $16,131 1st place prize and the engrave trophy.

Daniel pocketed 14 $100 bounties and admitted that his hands held up and that "it's better to be lucky than good". He credits his favorite dealer Michael with dishing him big hands at the right time.

Michael dealt the final hands of the night which were key for Dan's win. First he hit trip tens when his A-10 was up against Sheree Bykofsky's A-J pre-flop to knock her out in 3rd Place. Next he hit four diamonds to go with his pair of 99's to four flush Charles Walton (Philadelphia, PA).

With an affordable $200 + $30 buy in, 297 players jumped in taking their shot at the $59,400 Total Buy-In prize. Only 27 would make the cash.

Some recognizable Bounty-hunters included: Anthony Caruso, Fritz Stoner, David Heck (winner of event 27), Matthew Jacobi (10th in event 27), Adam Varrenti, Andrew Klein, Grace Sun, Howard Wolper, James Boyle, and Leanne Rosenblatt who finished 21st for $519.

But Dan was the man who won over 4,000,000 tournament chips and survived a long, tight, tough final table showdown.

"I'm exhausted" said Dan who only got three hours of sleep then played 17 hours of poker to win Event 28 to the tune of $16,131.

Final Table Results


1st - Daniel Lupo (Lopatcong, NJ) -$16,131
2nd - Charles Walton (Philadelphia, PA) - $9,505
3rd - Sheree Bykofsky (Atlantic City, NJ) - $5,473
4th - Robert Leininger Jr. (N. Cape May, NJ) - $4,437
5th - Lee Fama (Brooklyn, NY) - $3,457
6th - Massoud Nooralian (Falls Church, VA) - $2,881
7th - Louis Galasso (Cranbury, NJ) - $2,305
8th - Micahel Wuest (Sicklerville, NJ) - $1,729
9th - Vincent Vulaj (Bronx, NY) - $1,152
10th - John Whiting (Philadelphia, PA) - $749

Event 28 Champion - Dan Lupo

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Dan Lupo (Lopatcong, NJ)

Dan is the man tonight after taking down Event 28.

He played smart poker, making good moves at the right time and patiently picking his spots.

Sure, he had his share of luck as well. He won the tournament on a runner-runner four flush with 99.

At dinner break Dan was at 59,000 with the blinds at 2500 / 5000.

"My hands started holding up" explained Dan.

Look for Dan to play in the 2012 Spring Poker Open.

For now, after only 3 hours of sleep and playing poker for 17 hours, look for Dan to sleep off his exhaustion.

Dan was king of the bounties with 14.

Event 28: 2nd Place - Walton

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Charles Walton (Philadelphia, PA)

Heads up went pretty quick with what seemed like all-in / calls on every hand.

Charles took a one-two punch to lose the tournament.

1) His J-9 lost to Dan Lupo's (Lopak, NJ) K-2 on a Q-3-Q-6-10 board.

And 2) the final hand of the tournament was Charles' Q4 vs Dan's 99♠.

All the chips got in on a flop of Q♣ 2.

Dan went on to hit runner-runner diamonds for the four flush and the win.

Turn: 7
River: 4

Charles waits tables when he's not playing poker. This is is biggest Borgata cash.

He also wanted to shout out to "Mr. Foxy Pham" who acted as Walton's agent.

Event 28: 3rd Place - Bykofsky

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Sheree Bykofsky (Atlantic City, NJ)

Sheree was down to five gray 1000 chips and couldn't buy a wired pair.
She went on to make some incredible folds to give herself a chance.

She folded A-K twice pre-flop, one at the bubble. She folded KK correctly when an ace hit the flop, and she folded top two pair against a flush.

Once at the final table, Sheree hit pair after pair. Aces and Queens multiple times.

The hand that ended tonight's dream had Sheree shipping with A-J and Dan Lupo calling with A-10. Sheree was happy to get her stack in with the best hand.

Dan had three outs and hit two courtesy of his favorite Borgata dealer, Michael.

Board ran: 9-10-8-3-10

Sheree picked up an open-ender of hope on the turn but couldn't connect.

She was also the bounty queen with 8.

Rodriquez and Jan gave support from the rail.

Event 28: 4th - Leininger

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Robert Leininger Jr (N. Cape May, NJ)

Once Sheree set the trap with AA against Bob's A-9 it was difficult for him to come back.

Bob's exit hand was A-6 vs. Dan's A-8 on a clean board of 7-5-10-3-Q.

Bob hasn't played tournament poker since 2008 because he was promoted to Sgt. for the Sheriff's Dept. Back then he cashed in back to back events. Guess it's like riding a bike.

He also spends time taking care of his four kids, Alysia, Bailey, Ryan, and Chase who he says hi to.

Robert Leininger finished in 4th Place earning $4,437.

Event 28: Anybody's Game

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Sheree Bykofsky dusted off 300,000 to Dan Lupo after Dan hit two pair with K-Q.

Sheree then won a few All-in shoves uncontested to re-build her stack to 450,000.

Then she woke up to AA and saw five cards against Bob Leininger's A-9.

Board ran: 8-7-3-8-9.

Bob joked, "I have two pair" to which Sheree said, "me too".

Sheree called Bob's pre-flop shove so quickly and flipped her aces so fast that there were skid marks on the felt.

With that double up here are the current chip counts:

Bob - 960,000 with 7 bounties
Dan - 920,000 with 10 bounties
Charles - 1,500,000 with 7 bounties
Sheree - 900,000 with 8 bounties

It really is anybody's game as we're stuck on four players.

Event 28: 5th Place - Fama

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Lee Fama (Brooklyn, NY)

Lee Fama played two events during the 2012 Borgata Winter Poker Open and he cashed well in both.

First he finished 21st in the Championship for $12,400 and now finished 5th for $3,457.

Today he was the chip leader for a good percentage of the day. "I had 290,000 early on then took four bad beats" said Lee.

Later in the tournament he lost 400,000 when his AA's were cracked and his QQ was run down by A-Q.

Fama didn't give up and played some great short stack poker at the final table moving up cash payout spots.

He got his short stack in with A-4 and had two overs against Walton's 3-3.

Board ran 8-8-7-Q-6.

For a moment Lee thought he had A-7 and the win but quickly realized his fate.

Sheree folded Q-8 on the button and would have turned a full-house.

Lee Fama finished in 5th Place earning $3,457.

Event 28: 6th Place - Nooralian

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Steve Nooralian (Falls Church, VA)

Steve's 10-7 off lost against Sheree Bykofsky's K-3 on a clean board.

King high knocks Nooralian to the rail.

Steve Nooralian finished in 6th Place earning $2,881.

Event 28: 7th Place - Galasso

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Louis Galasso (Cranbury, NJ)

He flirted with the chip lead before and after the bubble broke but lost a big hand against Charles Walton at the final table when Walton had AA.

Final hand once short stacked was against Bob Leininger (Cape May).

Louis K-Q vs. Bob A-10 on a JJ77A board for the knock-out chip.

Louis Galasso finished in 7th Place earning $2,305.

Event 28: Three Gone From FT

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

First three victims fell pretty quickly.

8th Place - Michael Wuest (Sicklerville, NJ) - $1,729
9th Place - Vincent Vulaj (Bronx, NY) - $1,152
10th Place - John Whiting (Philadelphia, PA) - $749

Charles Walton has almost 50% of the chips from the entire tournament after winning with KK and AA almost back to back.

Over 4 million in play and Charles has 1,850,00

Approximate chip counts for the magnificent seven:
1. Steve Nooralian - 125,000
2. Bob Leininger - 795,000
3. Dan Lupo - 1,000,000
4. Louis Galasso - 260,000
5. Lee Fama - 180,000
6. Charles Walton -1,850,000
7. Sheree Bykofsky - 230,000

Event 28: Final Table

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Final Table of Ten

Seat Pos - Name - Town

1. Steve Nooralian (Falls Church, VA)
2. Bob Leininger (Cape May, NJ)
3. Mike Wuest (Sicklerville, NJ)
4. Dan Lupo (Lopak, NJ)
5. Louis Galasso (Cranbury, NJ)
6. John Whiting (Philadelphia, PA)
7. Lee Fama (Brooklyn, NY)
8. Vincent Valaj (Bronx, NY)
9. Charles Walton (Philadelphia, PA)
10. Sheree Bykofsky (Atlantic City, NJ)

Lee Fama made a huge comeback in this tournament to get to the final table.

Lee continues his solid Borgata tournament runs after finishing 21st Place in the Championship.

Event 28: Final Table Bubble

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Tom Smargiassi (Union, NJ)
11th Place - $749

Tom got his stack in good with AA but ran into a set of fours from Charles Walton.

Tom has four bounties to add to his day's work.

Event 28: Bustouts

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH
Players are quickly approaching the final table of ten.

Here are a bunch of recent bust-outs.

Special thanks to Amy from the floor/payouts for compiling the data.

Place - Name - Amount

27th - Jill Bush (Manahawkin, NJ) $634
26th - Ali Alawadhi (Longwood, FL) $634
25th - Dana Drazner (Liberty Twp, OH) $634
24th - Derrick Huang (New York, NY) $634
23rd - Sreekanth Reddy Karumuru (Glen Allen, VA) $634
22nd - Brian Justin (Sunderland CAL, MD) $634
21st - Leanne Rosenblatt (Brigantine, NJ) $634
20th - Joel Fishman (Livingston, NJ) $634
19th - Edward Enright - Dix Hills, NY) $634
18th - Mark Steinberg (Woodmere, NY) $576
17th - Kenneth McAndress (Broomall, PA) $576
16th - Chad Cutlip (Ocean City, MD) $576
15th - Mikail Belorusov (Old Bridge, NJ) $634
14th - Lucas Green (Lincroft, NJ) $634

Friday, February 3, 2012

Event 28: Cutlip Catapulted

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Chad Cutlip (Ocean City, MD) - 16th Place

Chad Cutlip was short stacked before and after dinner. He was happy to survive the bubble and move up to 16th Place for a $576 payday (along with 2 $100 bounties).

Chad came down for his brother's birthday today. Bro didn't fare as well in Event 28 but also had fun.

Final hand for Chad - his A-8 vs. Q-7.

Board: 9-10-J-2-8

Opponent rivered a straight and send Cutlip packing.

He says hi to friends AJ and Alex from Blind Squirrel.

Event 28: Happy Birthday Ken

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Happy 50th Birthday - Ken Mcandress

Ken Mcandress wanted to give a special thanks to his Jamaican friends who gave him today's buy-in as a 50th Birthday present. Ken's b-day was two months ago.

Ken finished in 17th Place earning $576 along with one bounty.

"I've been short for the last five hours" said Mcandress who got his last chips in with A-10 up against A-J.

Both guys hit an ace but Ken's 10 wasn't enough.

Board: K-4-A-5-Q

Ken is an investment broker who said he had a great time today.

Event 28: Sherreeeeeeeeeeee!

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

10,000th Last Woman Standing Honor

Sheree Bykofsky (Atlantic City, NJ) does it again!
She outlasted Leanne Rosenblatt for Last Woman Standing Honors.

Lights and buzzers went off and confetti fell from the sky as this is Sheree's 10,000th Last Woman Standing title. Okay, I might be embellishing a bit but Sheree has been playing poker a very long time and this ain't her first rodeo.

She's got 6 $100 bounties under her belt and folded A-K twice today - once when the bubble was looming.

Leanne's exit had her flopping two pair in the big blind with 7-2 and Opponent rivering a better two pair with J-7. Leanne went all in to get paid off and Opponent snapped.

20 Players remain with an average stack at $222,750.

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

Event 28: Bubble Broken

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Michael Belorusov Busts Bubble

The room explodes with joy and applause as all remaining players have made the cash ($59,400 Total Buy-In) thanks to Michael Belorusov (Russia) who had just a few thousand more than Tom Smargiassi (Union, NJ) at the start of the hand.

Tom shoved his last 15,000 on the button after looking at one card, an ace.

Michael re-shipped and got called.

Each player in the hand had an ace and on a clean board of 6-8-2-2-Q.

Michael tabled A-J, Opponent had A-10, and Tom finally checks his kicker to reveal a 9.

Belorusov scoops the near triple up and was very excited to pick up a bounty. Of course the rest of the room was happy to be in the money.

Unfortunately for Tom he didn't pick up any $100 bounties.
Fortunately, because Tom is such a great guy that the entire room chipped in and bought him a parting gift. A year supply of Rice-a-Roni or something like that.

We were hand for hand for over a level so now the blinds are 6,000 / 12,000 with 2,000 antes.

Event 28: Double Bubble Gone

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Vincent Vulaj (Bronx, NY) sends the double bubble home for the night with no money.

Vincent soars up to a 440,000 stack after his JJ holds up against Opponent's 10-10.

The double bubble was forced into the hand from the big blind and had A-4.

Board ran: 6-5-8-K-3

We are now one away from the money.

On a sidenote, a shortie at the same table last orbit jammed with 7-7, was called by the button with suited connectors and Louis Galasso (Cranbury, NJ) folded his big blind for only a few thousand more.

Louis announced that he folded an 8 and of course an 8 hit the river that would have beaten 7-7 short stack and sent the field into the cash.

Event 28: Color Up Break

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

All remaining 29 players are on a ten minute break while the floor takes off and races off the 100 black chips and the 500 maroon.

With 297 entries today and 15,000 starting chips we have 4,455,000 total chips in play.

Average stack is 153,621.

Two players away from the money with blinds about to go to Level 19 at 5000 / 10,000 with 1000 antes.

Holding tight on three tables.

Event 28: New Chip Leader

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Louis Galasso - 560,000

A wall of chips protects Louis Galasso (Cranbury, NJ) as his heater continues.

"He's won every hand in the last 20 minutes" said a fellow tablemate complaining he wants someone else to have a chance to win.

Galasso's latest knock-out came after flopping three queens.

Louis - K-Q vs Opponent's A-10

Both players check a flop of 6 Q A.

Another Q hits the turn and all the chips go in the middle.

10 on the river is meaningless.

Down to 31 players with top 27 getting paid.

Blinds have also gone up to 4000 / 8000 with 500 antes.

Event 28: Vultures Attack Dead Meat

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Bob Leininger - 305,000

Bob Leininger (Cape May, NJ) picks up his fourth bounty in dramatic fashion and continues to be among the chip leaders.

The Opponent who eventually went out in 35th place thought he was out the door after his QQ ran into AA. He started to leave and was called back by the table.

Like blood in the water all the sharks were ready to feast on the man's extremely short stack and his $100 bounty.

Bob Leininger got the hand heads up against the short stack.

Bob had a pair but had to sweat an open ender on the flop.

Opponent - 10♣ 5♣

Flop: 8♠ J♠ 9♣

Leanne says, "now put a club out there" and sure enough the dealer complies with the 3♣.

This gives Opponent even more outs and more hope. He needs a club, a queen, or a seven.

2 on the river gives Leininger his fourth bounty and the field is one player closer to the $59,400 Total Buy-In.

Event 28: Wild Wild Wuest

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Mike Wuest Doubes Up

In a nutshell Mike Wuest (Sicklerville, NJ) was happy to get a double up but unhappy he didn't get his fourth $100 bounty chip.

"Now I'm just trying to make the money" said Mike who doubled his 48,100 stack to over 100,000.

Mike's 99 held up against small blinds A-K on a board of 7-Q-Q-8-5.

Poker Pro Sheree Bykofsky was happy because she folded A-K on the button and would have been drawing pretty thin.

Also at the table is Borgata regular Leanne Rosenblatt and former chip leader Bob Leininger (Cape May).

39 players are left on four tables - top 27 get paid.

Event 28: Walton Mountain of Chips

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Charles Walton - 315,000 - Chip Leader

Charles Walton is currently the tournament chip leader with a bunch of uneven big stacks.

In a huge hand before dinner break, Walton nearly doubles when his A-K holds up against Opponent's A-10 with an ace on the board.

Opponent joked, "my plan was that he had pocket kings".

Dinner break is over and play has resumed.

Event 28: Payouts

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH 

Today's bounty event drew 297 bounty hunters.  Total buy-ins was $59,400.


1: $16,131
2: $9,505
3: $5,473
4: $4,437
5: $3,457
6: $2,881
7: $2,305
8: $1,729
9: $1,152
10 - 12: $749
13 - 15: $634
16 - 18: $576
19 - 27: $519

Event 28: Dinner Time

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Players have exited the Poker Room for a one hour dinner break.

We'll see everybody back in their seats at 8:30 when the Level 6 blinds will be 2500 / 3000.

Started the day with 297.

50 remaining.

Top 27 share in the $59,400 Total Buy-In

Top stack in the room has 315,000 over at table 2, seat 7.

We'll be covering this tournament until it concludes tonight.

Event 28: Can't Drive 55

$200 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

The last trophy tournament of the series began with 297 players and now 55 remain.

Bob Leininger (Cape May, NJ) is the chip leader with 275k, but is disappointed that he only has 3 bounties for $300. He's essentially free rolling the rest of the way as players put up $330 to play.

Players have an average stack of 81k (27 BB) as blinds are 1,500/3k/400 ante.  Play continues until the 7:30 pm dinner break and then it will be a dash for the cash as the top 27 get paid.