Monday, January 23, 2012

Event 8: ♥♥♥ Happy Anniversary! ♥♥♥

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Tom & Lori Evers

Tom Evers is celebrating his 19th wedding anniversary by playing poker.  Wife Lori is on the rail after trying her hand at craps earlier in the day.  "I usually get to Borgata a couple of times of year, so this is great," he says while playing heads up against Trevor Graffa.

"I let him play, that's his anniversary gift," says Lori, "I can't wait to see what I'm going to get," as she eyes the pay sheet. The Evers family is guaranteed at least ~$30,000 for second place, but could take ~$53,000
with a win.

"I just hope she let's me keep a couple of bucks," Evers says after dragging another pot.  "I'd like to come here more often, but I don't think that's going to work."

Perhaps as five figure payday will change Lori's mind.

Event 8: Heads Up Underway

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Graffa vs Evers

Blinds 100k/200k/30k

Trevor Graffa has the chip lead over Tom Evers 8.5 million to 5 million as the begin heads up play.  The winner takes home $53,324 while the runner-up earns $29,985.

Event 12: Bagel Boss

$350 + $50 Seniors NLH

Jerry Rosner (Wantagh, NY)

Jerry Rosner is well-known in Wantagh, New York. While he works on his poker fame, the Long Island native already receives plenty of attention from his world famous bagel shop. The locals know him as 'the Bagel Boss'. His family owned business has been hand rolling bagels since 1975. The Chip Leader throws out a thin brag before splashing chips into another pot."Natalie Portman eats in my shop, she's a good customer."

Event 8: 3rd Place - Boatwright

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Daryl Boatwright (Sicklerville, NJ) 

Boatwright loses his last 1.4 million chips to Trevor Graffa after losing his final hand with Q♠ 5♠.

"It was pretty straight forward," says Boatwright about his run through the tournament.  "I put my money in good and got a lot of folds to my three-bets, so I took down a lot of pots preflop."

This is Boatwright's second cash of the series after finishing 157th in Event 1 ($1,136) and his second career Borgata final table.  He's a loan processor for a mortgage company and is taking the month off to play as much poker as he can.

"When I'm there (work) I'm thinking about being here. I've had moderate success and ready to go full steam ahead," he says while contemplating playing poker full time.

Boatwright is looking at playing the Main Event after winning $19,276 for his third place finish.

Event 8: 4th Place - Ippolito

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

 Peter Ippolito (E. Meadow, NY) 

Blinds 80k/160k/30k ante 

Ippolito moves all in for 2.8 million
Trevor Graffa calls and has Ippolito covered

Ippolito: A 2
Graffa: K 8

Flop: 2 8 10
Turn: 4
River: 6

Graffa gets the knockout with a pair of 8s and Ippolito is on the rail.

"I don't feel like I screwed up at all," says Ippolito, who has two WSOP circuit rings. "I ran good which is pretty standard when your getting hands."

Ippolito said he was fortunate five hands into the tournament when he rivered a full house after flopping a set of aces against a flopped straight.  "It saved me a bullet," Ippolito says, "I was ready to rebuy."

Peter Ippolito with a 4th place finish for $15,314.

Event 11: 2 Tables

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

North Carolina native, John Mason, leads the 2-table field
with 612,000 chips.

The homegame hero from the Triad is the first player in Event #11
to eclipse the 600k chip mark.

Poker Pro, Kevin Saul, is still the favorite with a top 5 chip stack.

Table 1
Rich Walsh
Chad Loube
Harry Zhou
Austen Johnson
Mike Endress
Ron Wilson
Jake Farro
Robert Intrabartolo
Rob Gallagher

Table 2
Steve Rosenberg
John Mason
Adam Miller
Marguerite Spagnuolo
Don Lotano
Bill Blanda
William Lau
Robert Fetzko
Kevin Saul

Event 11:Player Tweets

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Poker chick, Marguerite Spagnuolo, is tweeting Event #11. Thanks for the added coverage.

- We r in the money

- Hand for hand...avg 114k, I have 180k and 4 bounties.

- 39 left, avg stk 82k..I have 140.7k..

- 59 left...27 get paid. Avg stack 53k, I have 70k.

- Another bounty...40k

Event 8: Final Four Chip Counts

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Players are back from a 10 minute break; blinds are now 80k/160k/20k ante.

Name-Chip Count (in Millions)

Tom Evers 5.4 (34 BB)
Daryl Boatwright 3.5 (22 BB)
Peter Ippolito 2.1 (13 BB)
Trevor Graffa 2.8 (18 BB)

Event 12: Senior Stacks

$350 + $50 Seniors NLH

21 players remaining, 18 receive prize money.

Top Chip Counts:
Pasquale Boffice - 220,000
Bernard Sierra - 170,000
Gary Friedman - 150,000
Jerry Rosner - 105,000

Event 8: 5th Place - Wagner

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

 Tammy Wagner (North Lawrence, OH) 
Blinds 60k/120k/20k ante

Wagner moves all in for 3.25 million
Tom Evers calls for 3 million and is at risk

Wagner: 10 10
Evers: A K

When an ace flops, Wagner's day is all but over as she ships 3 million to Evers and is left with 250k; she busts on the next hand.

"This is great," says Wagner as this is her first live tournament cash.  Her day was filled with ups and downs and included a hand where she was a 99% underdog after the flop, but hit perfect-perfect to stay alive.

"That's poker," she says while offering no excuses for her good fortunate.  "Just like with the 10s I was ahead, but you get used to it.  It doesn't phase me."

Wagner, who's an firefighter and paramedic back in Ohio, takes home $11,994 for hier 5th place finish.

Evers is now the chip leader with more than 6 million chips.

Event 11: Stats

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Top 2 Chip Counts:
Robert Intrabartolo - 287,000
Kevin Saul - 248,000

Notable Chip Counts:
Bill Blanda - 200,000
Austen Johnson - 175,000
Daniel Chen 65,000

Recent Eliminations:
Matt Brady

Event 11: In the Money

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Big pot after the bubble breaks...

Steve Rosenberg calls for lady luck "Queen, one time" and spikes it on the river to triple up and stay alive.

His A♠Q was up against AK♠ and 66♠ , the miracle river crippled his opponents. No bounties were collected.

Play continues with 26 remaining.

Event 12: Senior Chip Leaders

$350 + $50 Seniors NLH

24 players remaining, 18 receive prize money.
Top stacks pictured below:

Chip Leader - Bernard Sierra - 191,000

2nd in Chips - Pasquale Boffice - 161,000

Event 8: 6th Place - Medrano

 $400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

 George Medrano (Rego Park, NY)

Blinds 60k/120k/20k ante
Trevor Graffa raises to 300k
Medrano moves all in for 1.7 million
Graffa tank-calls and has Medrano covered by 500k

Graffa: J J
Medranso: 99

Flop: 6 7 K
Turn: 8 (Medrano open ended)
River Q

Medrano, a physical therapist, says he was never above an average stack throughout the day.  He's going to take a break after earning $9,852 and plans on playing the Championship Event.

Poker Pros

Kevin 'BeLOWaBOVe' Saul takes a break from Event #11 to chat with Event #1 Champion, Will 'the Thrill' Failla.

Event 8: 7th Place - Mazzeo

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Matt "Muffins" Mazzeo (East Willston, NY) 

Mazzeo's down to 400k and ships his last 440k to Trevor Graffa when is K6 doesn't rally against pocket 6s.  This is Mazzeo's second cash of the series after finishing second in Event 4 for $24,000.
"It feels good," says the Muffin Man, who's family is in the cookie business. "I'm playing well, I'm fresh and hope to keep it going in the Main. I'm excited and think this is just the beginning."

Mazzeo has been on a tear the last 13 months at Borgata. Dating back to the 2011 Borgata Winter Poker Open, he has 4 final tables and has earned $48,000.  Add in another 3 "non" series cashes for $18,000 and he's totaled $66,000 over that time.

Mazzeo considers himself a professional amateur when it comes to poker and all business when it comes to cookies. PB Jammin, Over the Rainbow and Raspberry Madness are just some of the flavors you can order online and sent straight to your door.

Event 12: Seniors Money Bubble

$350 + $50 Seniors NLH

The annual Seniors Event inches towards the Money Bubble.

34 players remaining, 18 receive prize money.

Top Chip Counts:
Bernard Sierra - 178,000
Jerry Rosner - 105,000
Don Manganaro - 91,000
Gary Friedman - 87,000

Event 8: 8th Place - Kim

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

 David Kim (Flushing, NY) 

Kim is down to 1.6 million and moves all in with pocket 9s against the A 6 of Peter Ippolito. An ace flops and is the end of the road for Kim.

"I should've won this tournament," says a confident Kim.  

His downfall began after losing 800k to Tammy Wagner when she woke up with pocket jacks in the BB in a blind vs blind battle.

Kim is taking classes at Baruch College in New York and is looking at eventually playing poker full time.

David Kim takes home $6,104 for his 8th place finish.

Event 11: Chip Counts

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Back from Dinner Break...

Chip Leader:
Mike Lydon - 265,000

Top Stacks:
Jerry Payne - 160,000
Kevin Saul - 149,000
Bill Blanda - 148,000

Notable Stacks:
Austen Johnson - 120,000
Ryan Eriquezzo - 100,000
Josh Brikis - 54,000
Matt Brady - 27,000

Event 8: Dinner Break

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The remaining 8 players are on dinner break and play resumes at 8:35 pm.  The average stack is 1.7 million (17 BB) as blinds are going up to 50k/100k/10k ante.

Event 12: Payouts

$350 + $50 Seniors NLH

Entries:  178
Total Buy-In: $62,300

1: $18,128
2: $9,971
3: $5,741
4: $4,834
5: $3,626
6: $3,022
7: $2,417
8: $1,813
9: $1,360
10 - 12: $1,209
13 - 15: $1,058
16 - 18: $906

Event 11: Payouts

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH 

Entries:  268
Total Buy-In: $93,800

1: $25,473
2: $15,013
3: $8,644
4: $7,006
5: $5,459
6: $4,549
7: $3,639
8: $2,730
9: $1,820
10 - 12: $1,183
13 - 15: $1,001
16 - 18: $910
19 - 27: $819

Event 12: Dinner Time

$350 + $50 Seniors NLH

The seniors have cleared out for a one-hour dinner break.

Play will resume at about 8:25pm.

Event 11: Dinner Break

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

End of level and time for some chow.  38 players are still alive and they've disappeared for a 1 hour dinner break.

Play will resume at about 8:30pm.

Only 27 will get paid, so 11 more will leave with nothing but their $10 dinner voucher.

Event 8: 9th Place - Dever

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Cathy Dever (Ephrata, PA)
Blinds 40/80k/5k ante:

On the last hand before dinner break, Dever moves all in for 580k
Tammy Wagner is all in for 310k
Trevor Graffa calls 580 from the SB
Tom Evers tanks and folds from the BB

Dever: K♣ Q♠
Wagner: Q Q♣
Graffa: A K♠

The board doesn't offer Dever any help and she's out in 9th place.  "I thought my king might be good until I saw she had pocket queens," says the real estate agent from Amish country in Lancaster County, PA.  

Wagner doubles to stay alive, while Graffa is still healthy in chips despite losing nearly 600k on the hand.

"There were just so many crazy hands," says Dever. One hand that fell her way came with Dever holding K 10 vs Evers' A Q, but stayed alive when the flop came A Q J for the winning straight. Unfortunately the Borgata regular was unable to build off the double-up.

This is Dever's first final table and is quick to brag that her husband John Dever won a WSOP circuit ring in 2010.

Cathy Dever earns $4,284 for her 9th place finish.

Event 12: Chip Leader

$350 + $50 Seniors NLH

32 Seniors are still active as the clock ticks away to their dinner break.

Pasquale Boffice appears to be the chip leader.  He's currently sitting behind about 140k.

 Pasquale Boffice

They're about to finish level 13 with blinds of 1,200/2,400 and 300 antes.

Don Brown and Bob Santilli are among the seniors still grinding away.

Event 11: Bounty Hunters

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Several familiar faces are still alive in today's main event and they're starting to bunch up at the five remaining tables:

Table 1
Gordon Eng
Travis Greenawalt
Mark Sykes
Kevin Saul

Table 2
Bill Blanda
Matt Brady
Ryan Eriquezzo

Table 3
Marguerite Spagnuolo
Eli Lowenthal
Josh Brikis

Table 4
Austen Johnson
Daniel Chan

Table 5
Mike Lydon
Dan Buzgon

With 45 players remaining, the average stack is 72k.  Blinds are currently 500/1,000 with 300 antes.

Event 8: 10th Place - Einsidler

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Jeff Einsidler (Bedford, NY)

On a flop of 5♠ 3♠ 7♣, Tom Evers moves all in for 920k and puts Einsidler in the tank.  After a few minutes he makes the call and sees he's ahead.

Einsidler: 4 4(pair of 4s, gutshot straight draw)
Evers: A♣ 10 (two over cards)

Turn: 8

River: 10♠

Evers spikes a pair of 10s on the river and doubles his stack to 2.5 million, leaving Einsidler with 300k before his elimination.

"It's frustrating to make a good call and still lose," says Einsidler who earns $2,784 for his 10th place finish.

Event 11: Chip Leader

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

They're down to 45 players in this event and it looks like the chip leader is John Mason.

 John Mason

John has about 220k in chips and has also collected 6 bounties.

Event 10 Champion - Newberry

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)  

James 'Captain Omaha' Newberry demonstrated his strength - patience - as he sat on his chip lead for almost the entire final table.

 James Newberry (Poolesville, MD)

He didn't surrender that lead until briefly when they were three-handed.

In the end, he had all the chips and the trophy, along with $11,543.

Event 10: 2nd Place - DeLeon

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)  

At the start of heads-up play, the chips were close to even.

 Reymond DeLeon (Jersey City, NJ)

Then James Newberry caught a big hand and when the chips were stacked, he had 1.4 million of the 1.7 million chips in play.

It was not long after that and it was all over.

Reymond DeLeon finished in second place, earning $6,266.

Event 8: Final Table

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 Tom Evers 2.2 million
2 Cathy Dever 325k
3 George Medrano 972k
4 David Kim 2.2 million
5 Jeff Einsidler 2 million
6 Tammy Wagner 2 million
7 Daryl Boatwright 742k
8 Matt Mazzeo 675k
9 Peter Ippolito 1.5 million
10 Trevor Graffa 1.3 million

Event 10: 3rd Place - Loy Song

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)  

On a flop of 9♣ 7♣ 6, Reymond (sb) checked, David Loy Song (bb) bet 30k.  Reymond called. 

Turn was the A♣ .  David bet 70k. 

 David Loy Song (Newburgh, NY)

Reymond gave it some thought, then called.  River was the 9♠.   Reymond led out for 200k.  David gave it some thought, then decided to call.

Reymond tabled A986 for 9s-full-of-Aces.  David mucked.  Reymond chipped up to 880k.  David was left with about 150k.

David was down to only 47k and all-in with both opponents calling.  They checked down the board of 6 5 5 A J.  David's KT93 was beat by James Newberry's AJ76 (2 pair).

David Loy Song finished in 3rd place, earning $3,958.

Event 8: 11th Place - Geller

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Ben Geller (Far Rockaway, NY)

Event 8: 12th Place - Walsh

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Ed Walsh (Langhorne, PA)

Event 10: Stuck at Three

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)  

James Newberry opened for 30k and Reymond DeLeon potted to 102k.  James called.

The flop came K J 7 with two spades.  James led out for 100k and Reymond surrendered.

Blinds increased to 8k/16k.

Approximate chip counts:
James Newberry - 760k
Reymond DeLeon - 580k
David Loy Song - 340k

Event 10: DeLeon Doubles Again

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)  

On a flop of K 9 4 -- all spades -- Reymond DeLeon and David Loy Song potted and re-potted until Reymond was all-in (319k).

 Reymond DeLeon

David held KT99 for middle set.  Reymond had flopped the nut flush with A973 double-suited.

David was calling for the board to pair, but the last two blanked and Reymond doubled up to about 735k.

David was left with about 300k.

Event 8: Big Hand Before Break

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Ben Geller and Tom Evers are in a big hand that lasts that lasts halfway into the 15 minute break. On a board of 5 9 8♠ 10♣, chip leader chip leader Tom Evers check-calls a 268k bet.

The river is the 2h, Evers checks again and Geller goes in the tank.  After several minutes Geller says, "I give up, you win."  Evers shows A 7 for ace high and Geller says, "I knew I should've bet the river," and tables K Q, king high.

Evers says, "I'm calling, unless you move all-in. I think I'm good."  Evers still has the chip lead with 3.1 million (62 BB), Geller drops to 1.3 million, but is keeping the table off balance.

Earlier Geller tanked for just as long and showed a bluff after another player folded to his 5-bet shove.

Players are on a 10 minute break and play resumes with blinds at 25k/50k/4k ante.  The remaining 12 players have an average stack of 1.1 million (23 BB).

Event 10: Chips Moving Around the Felt

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry) 

David Loy Song took a big pot from Reymond DeLeon in a flush-over-flush situation.  David was up to about 600k to Reymond's 500k.

Reymond raised the button and James Newberry called from the big blind.  On the flop of 5 3 3, Ray bet the pot and James called.

Queen on the turn and both checked.

River was a 9 and James bet 100k.  Reymond folded and James took the pot, chipping up to 660k.  Reymond was left with ~375k.

Event 8: 13th Place - Moore

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

 Chad Moore (Frankfort, IN)

Event 8: 14th Place - Moebius

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Carla Moebius (New Windsor, NY)

Event 8: Final Three Chip Counts

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)  

They finished up level 18 and took a break from the action.

Chip Counts:
Reymond DeLeon - 680k
James Newberry - 645k
David Loy Song - 370k

Players returned to level 19 and blinds of 6k/12k.

Event 8: 15th Place - Boyland

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Mike Boyland (Hatboro, PA)

Event 10: DeLeon Doubles

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry) 

On a flop of Q 5 3 with two hearts, Reymond DeLeon fired 75k from the button.  David Loy Song asked how much he had behind, then bet 300k.

Reymond shoved.  David called, saying "Do you have Aces?"

"I've got a set" Remond replied, tabling 7733 for a set of 3s.  David tabled AKQ5 for two pair.

The last two came 8 2 and Reymond doubled up to over 600k.

Event 8: 16th Place - Chang

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Loren Chang (Melville, NY)

Event 10: Three-Way Play Continues

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry) 

Three players are still alive in the Pot Limit Omaha event.  Average stack is 567k.

James Newberry - 700k
David Loy Song - 650k
Reymond DeLeon - 320k

James Newberry

 On the river with a board of 3 2 2 K 5, Reymond said "Deuce."  David said "Ace-deuce" to claim the pot with a bigger kicker.

Play continues three-handed.

Event 12: Chip Leader

$350 + $50 Seniors NLH

Fisher Finds Straight Flush
We pick up the action with all the chips in the middle and the board showing 10♠ 9♠ Q and Scott Fisher (Little River, SC) is all in and at risk for 35k.

Fisher: 7♠ 8♠ (open ended straight flush draw)
Opponent: 9♣ 9(set of 9s)

Turn: A
River: J♠

The river gives Fisher the jack high straight flush. The double-up plus the pot gives him the chip lead with 100k.


Event 10: 4th Place - Linster

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)  

Mike Linster got his last chips in on the flop with a super wrap against Reymond DeLeon's two pair.

 Mike Linster (Island Park, NY)

Reymond boated up and it was all over for Mike.

He will collect $2,968 for 4th place.

Event 8: 17th Place - Segal

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Peter Segal (Glenmoore, PA)

Event 10: Song No Longer Short

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)  

On a flop of J 6 4 with two spades, a short-stacked David Loy Song was all-in against Reymond DeLeon.

David was ahead with KK92 for the overpair.  Reymond had AJ82 -- pair of Jacks with nut flush draw.

The last two were bricks with no spades and David's Kings held.  He doubled up to ~160k.

Mike Linster opened for 20k on the button and both blinds called.  The flop came J 9 5 with two spades.  It was checked to Mike, who bet 35k.  Reymond (sb) called, then David (bb) raised pot (165k) but was all-in for 149 on top.

Mike tanked for a minute, then let it go.  Reymond also folded.  David chipped up to 314k.

Blinds went up to 5k/10k (level 18).

Event 8: 18th Place - Hulbert

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Moebius (right) Playing NL While Fiance Loy Song (gray hoody) 
is One Table Over. David Kim is next to Moebius

Anthony Hulbert busts in 18th place by the newly engaged Carla Moebius who's not only moving up the pay sheet, but is sweating her fiancee David Loy Song, who's in the final four of the PLO tournament just a few feet away.

Hulbert earns $1,606 for his 18th place finish.

Event 10: 5th Place - Weaver

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry) 

James Weaver was short-stacked and got his chips in the middle in a four-way pot. 

 James Weaver (Coraopolis, PA)

James Newberry collected them at the end of the hand.

Weaver finished in 5th place, picking up $2,309.

Newberry chipped up to 860k.

Event 8: Final 2 Tables

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Mt. Evers, Chip Leader

Bustouts and big hands have been fast and furious, we'll fill in the blanks has things move along, but here's a look at the final 18 players as they redraw for their final two table seats.

Tom Evers (E. Northport, NY) is the chip leader with 2.1 million.  He says he's been on a run winning pots with AA and AK to take his stack from 180k to more than 2 mill.

Table 1


1 Daryl Boatwright
2 Trevor Graffa
3 Anthony Hulbert
4 Cathy Dever
5 Chad Moore
6 Carla Moebius
7 Jeff Einsidler
8 Loren Chang
9 Peter Ippolito

Table 2


1 Matt Mazzeo
2 David Kim
3 Ben Geller
4 Tom Evers
5 Peter Segal
6 Tammy Wagner
7 Ed Walsh
8 William Boyland
9 George Medrano

Event 10: Chip Counts

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry) 

After a break, play resumed with level 17, blinds 4k/8k.

Chip counts as of the break:

James Newberry - 782k
Mike Linster - 488k
Reymond DeLeon - 255k
David Loy Song - 130k
James Weaver - 40k

Event 8: Hall Loses a Mill, Busts

 $400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

In a span of just a few hands, Eric Hall (Staten Island, NY) goes from one of the big stacks to busting in 19th place on just two hands.

First against Tammy Wagner (North Lawrence, OH) he flops a full house and loses 725k.

Hall: 7 7♠
Wagner: K Q

Flop: 2 2♣ 7♣ (Hall full house, 99% favorite)

Turn: Q(Wagner 95% underdog)

River: Q♠

Wagner goes perfect-perfect and hits a higher full house.  The table erupts and quickly explains that on the previous hand Wagner went runner, runner queens on the turn and river to stay alive (although she only need one queen to win the hand).

"That's why I love this game," says a gitty Wagner.

Hall's second "run bad" come when George Medrano cracks pocket aces and takes Hall's final 300k.

Hall: A♠ A
Medrano: J♣ J

Flop: 9♣ 10♣ 8♣ (Medrano flops OE straight flush draw)

Turn: 5♣ (Medrano flush, Hall drawing dead)

River 4

Hall explodes from the table and can't believe he's luck.  "Flop a full house and aces cracked, how can it be any worse," he says while seething.  He unbelievably goes from one million chips to the rail in 10 minutes.

Hall takes home $1,178 for his 19th place finish as the remaining players are drawing for their final two table seats.

Event 10: 6th Place - Lodato

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)  

Vinny Lodato was all-in again on a T 9 2 flop against James Weaver.

 Vinny Lodato (Matawan, NJ)

Vinny held AKT7 for top/top and the lead.  James held A876 for open-ender.

The last two came 2 3  and Vinny doubled up again with two pair.

His run-good finally ended when he was all-in against chip leader James Newberry.  James made 5s-full to take the pot and bust Vinny.  James extended his lead -- he's up to 780k.

Vinny Lodato will collect $1,979 for his 6th place finish.

Event 11: Updates From the Twitter-verse

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Another break for today's bounty hunters. Here are the latest updates from Twitter:

WiLDmAn_75 Daniel Buzgon
57k 4 bounties. 1 more til freeroll town. BB either 500 or 600 next.

superost Jonathan Sorscher
24k on second break blinds 300/600

KevinSauLivePro Kevin Saul
Stayed steady between 15-17k whole time then won big pot w huge flop/turn sizing and guy folded river. 27.6k after level 6

sandler1860 Jerry Payne
25,650 on break going to 300 600 with 75. 2 bounties.

leechilds Lee Childs
29k. Second break. Blinds going to 300/600/75 and levels up from 30 to 45 min. Will the Thrill on my left lookin sexy today.

MattKleckner Matt Kleckner
8450 on break, had to r/f QQ utg with 23ish bb couple hands ago, was right tho...300/600/75 when we resume

RyanEriquezzo Ryan Eriquezzo
5500 at first break. #overitalreadytoday

aje221 Austen Johnson
14k going to 300/600 75 #teammurder #BWO2012

JABistro John Allan Hinds
$500 bounty trny today. 12k ss. 38k @ 2nd break. Lost a 20k pot aipf w/ AA against 77 and Q9s for 2 bounties & lost to a 7

After the break, they got back to business with level 7, blinds 300/600 with 75 antes.

Event 10: 7th Place - Trotter

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry) 

Mike Linster opened for 20k on the button and Reymond DeLeon called from the small blind.

 Vince Trotter (Jackson, NJ)

Then Vince Trotter shoved from the big blind.  Both players called.

The board ran out T 5 4 K 4.  Vince held QQ86 for Queens-up, but Reymond held AAxx for Aces-up to take the pot.  He chipped up to 250k.

Vince Trotter finished in 7th place, earning $1,649.

Event 10: Lots of Double-Ups

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry) 

David Loy Song got his chips in the middle on a flop of 6 4 3.  He held KQQ7 for the overpair.  Mike Linster held 8543 and had flopped two pair for the lead.

The last two came A 6 and with the board pairing, Mike was counterfeited.  David took the pot with Queens-up, doubling to ~300k.  Mike was left with ~235k.

James Newberry made Aces-full to claim a big pot from Vince Trotter, who was left with only about 70k.  David chipped up to 680k.

A short-stacked Vinny Lodato was all-in against Vince Trotter.  Vinny doubled up to 54k, leaving Vince with only 40k.

Then Vince was all-in on a 7 6 5 flop against Reymond DeLeon.  Vince had flopped a straight and it held up to get him back up to ~90k.

Blinds then went up to 3k/6k.

Event 8: Leaderboard

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Break time for the 31 remaining players.

Chip Leaders
Ed Walsh - 1.085 million  (54 big blinds)
Ben Geller - 1.07 million
Matt Mazzeo - 980k
David Kim - 910k
Eric Hall - 900k
Carla Moebius - 765k (38 big blinds)

Play resumed after break with blinds of 10k/20k with 3k antes.

Average stack is 445k (22 big blinds).

Event 10: Break Time Chip Counts

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry) 

Play has resumed following a break with blinds of 2k/4k (level 15).

Here are the rough chip counts as of the break:

James Newberry - 410k
Mike Linster - 396k
Reymond DeLeon - 335k
Vince Trotter - 265k
David Loy Song - 125k
James Weaver - 110k
Vinny Lodato - 50k

With 7 players remaining, the average is just under 243k (60 big blinds).

Event 10: Weaver Doubles

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)

A short-stacked James Weaver was all-in pre-flop holding AA43 (ss) against Vince Trotter's AKQT. 

The board ran out 9 8 5 3 7 and James' pocket Aces held up for the win.  He doubled up to about 125k.  Vince was left with about 190k.

James Newberry still leads with about 425k. 

Mike Linster is second with ~380k.

Event 8: Mazzeo Leads ?

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Mike 'Little Man' Sica busted out when his KT failed to out-race Tammy Wagner's pocket 2s.  He finished in 40th place ($964).  Little Man is now headed out to late register for today's Senior event.

Blinds went up to 8k/16k with 2k antes (level 21).

Runner-up in event 4, Matt Mazzeo, was about to double-up the short-stack in seat 9, who had pocket Aces.  They got all the chips in on the Ten-high flop and Matt's pocket Queens were in a world of hurt.

Then a Queen peeled on the turn to give Matt a set.  He collected the pot and sent his opponent packing.

Matt is up to ~1 million chips and may be the new chip leader.

36 players remain at four tables.

Event 12: Seasoned Veterans

$350 + $50 Seniors NLH

Familiar Faces in the Field:

Bob Santilli
"Suits" Salters
"Little Man" Sica
Tony Shurilla

Event 11: Break Time Tweets

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

First break of the day and players are enjoying some time away from the grind.  Here are the latest tweets:

sandler1860 Jerry Payne
18.4k 1st break up from 12k start. 1 bounty.

superost Jonathan Sorscher
First break. Folding is no fun. But up to 15k from 12k starting.

leechilds Lee Childs
14.5k from 12k starting. #BWO2012 $400/$100 bounty. Blinds going to 100/200.

aje221 Austen Johnson
10k/12k at break real soft table. Bullyon is seemingly only other competent player at table.

PhilPhan99 Jonathan Rice
Up to 13200 from 12k. Got a super tight table image bc Ive been so card dead...guy on my left wont shut up about my lack of hands played lol

KevinSauLivePro Kevin Saul
Playing borgata 400nl with $100 bounties, 16.5k from 12k start. Tough table w young wizard Aaron @nevermissmassey Massey on my immed left :(
tworedducks larry goldstein
10k from 12k start BB200....sykes &kevin saul to my left..good tbl otherwise

Play resumed after the break with level 4, blinds 100/200.  This is the last level for late registration.

Event 10: Newberry Still Leads

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)

Blinds are up to 1,500/3,000.

Still 7 players.  Average is almost 243.

James Newberry is still the chip leader -- he's up to ~445k.

Event 10: 9th - Frank; 8th - Miller

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)

On the second hand of play, two players were eliminated.

 Boris Miller (Oceanside, NY) & Joel Frank (Kingston, NJ)
$1,319                              $989

Joel Frank finished 9th, since he started the hand with fewer chips.

Boris Miller finished 8th.

Event 10: Back In Action

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)

Cards are in the air for day two of the Pot Limit Omaha event.

All nine returning players are in the money and guaranteed to take home at least $989.

17:15 remains in level 13 with blinds of 1k/2k.

Event 8: Day Two Underway

$400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Cards are in the air for day two of the $400 Deep Stack event.

Blinds are 6k/12k with 2k antes.

46 players made the cut and are back to continue the hunt for the top prize of $53,324.

Here's a reminder what they're playing for:
1: $53,324
2: $29,985
3: $19,276
4: $15,314
5: $11,994
6: $9,852
7: $7,817
8: $6,104
9: $4,284
10 - 12: $2,784
13 - 15: $2,142
16 - 18: $1,606
19 - 27: $1,178
28 - 36: $1,071
37 - 45: $964
46: $857

Event 12: Seniors Underway

$350 + $50 Seniors NLH

The more mature players are in the back of the event center today.  The Seniors (50+) began with 10,000 chips and blinds of 25/50.

Levels 1-15 are 30 minutes long, then they expand to 40 minutes.

This is a one day event, so they'll play all night until a winner is declared.

Event 11: Interesting Tables Developing

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

As more players arrive and take their seats, some interesting tables are developing.

Table 1 is now home to Adam Agaev, Larry Gold, Mark Sykes, and Kevin Saul.

Table 4 features John Buglion, Austen Johnson, and Jon Sorscher (that's a lot of Johns).

Twenty-one tables are currently active with room for more as late registration is open through level 4.

Event 11: Table for Two (Tweeters)

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Blinds are up to 50/100 for level 2.

Two of my best Tweeters are seated side-by-side on table ten.

 Mark Baatz & Lee Childs

Here are their latest tweets:

leechilds Lee Childs
#BWO2012 $400+$100 bounty today. Enough of these short days already. Time to do work.

markbeenyc mark bee
Wpo #11 12k start with..100$ bounties.. @BorgataPoker @leechilds my neighbor..lets go! ***

If you are tweeting tournament updates, remember to include #BWO2012 so we can follow you, too!

*** Unfortunately Mark ran his pocket Kings into pocket Aces before I got this post up.  He was busted.  Sorry, no re-entries in this event.

Event 11: Familiar Faces

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Some of today's players were very eager to get started, pouring into the room when the doors were opened.  Here are some that I spotted:

Lee Childs
Roz Quarto
Austen Johnson
Travis Greenawalt
Nancy Martin
Kevin Saul
Gordon Eng
Mark Baatz
Elliott Zaydman
Adam Agaev

Event 11: Shuffle Up & Deal

$350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH

Cards are in the air for the second Bounty event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open. 

Players began with 12,000 chips and blinds of 25/50.

Levels 1-6 are 30 minutes long.  Beginning with level 7, they are 45 minutes long for the remainder of the tournament.

Late registration is open through level 4.

This is a one day event, so they'll play all night until a winner is determined.

Event 10: Payouts

$400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)

The final 9 players will return at noon to finish up the Pot Limit Omaha event that started at 3pm Sunday. 

Here's what they're playing for:

Entries:  85
Total Buy-In: $34,000

1: $11,543
2: $6,266
3: $3,958
4: $2,968
5: $2,309
6: $1,979
7: $1,649
8: $1,319
9: $989

Event 9 Recap

$350 + $50 Ladies Big Stack NLH

By winning the Ladies Event, Jane was as good as Gold. Jane Gold (Ridgewood, NJ) joins her son Jamie, the 2006 WSOP Main Event Champion, as tournament winners after she nipped Kim Sachse (2nd) and Hallee LoGrasso (3rd) to win her title at the Borgata Winter Poker Open.

"This is my main event," said a beaming Gold while clutching the championship trophy. "Look out Jamie Gold, mama's coming to get you."

Gold, who earned $10,185 for the win, seized the chip lead away from Lana O'Brien by winning a one million chip pot when O'Brien missed a flush draw.  "I was getting the right price to just call instead of shoving," said O'Brien, who won this event while 9 months pregnant in November and was looking for back-to-back titles.

The hand in question came when both players saw a flop of Q♠ 2 6 after Gold called O'Brien's preflop raise. Gold bet less than half the pot with a pair of queens and O'Brien moved all in before missing her flush.  "It's been a long day and fatigue was a factor," said a disappointed O'Brien who lost more than half her stack on the hand and finished fourth.

Also at the final table was Borgata grinder Leanne Rosenblatt (5th) and Stephanie Hubbard (6th) who recorded her 4th career Borgata final table.

Gold wasn't the only player in the field familiar with a WSOP championship as bracelet holders Marsha Wolak and Svetlana Gromenkova were part of the 100 ladies who put up $35,000 in total buy-ins, but neither cashed. Other notable women who failed to reach the money included Nancy Martin, mother of poker pro Michael Martin, Roz Quarto and Sheree Bykofksy.

After 16 hours of poker three woman deserved to be Ladies Champion, but only Gold took home the title. Jane was not letting a golden opportunity slip through her fingers, as her third Borgata cash is the most impressive.

Final Table Results


1 Jane Gold (Ridgewood, NJ) $10,185
2 Kim Sachse (Baltimore, MD) $5,602
3 Hallee LoGrasso (Vorhees, NJ) $3,225
4 Lana O'Brien (Englishtown, NJ) $2,716
5 Leanne Rosenblatt (Brigantine, NJ) $2,037
6 Stephanie Hubbard (Hazlet, NJ) $1,698
7 Lynne Mitchnick (North Bergen, NJ) $1,358
8 Karen Perez (Chalfont, NY) $1,019
9 Ivonne Hernandez (Holbrook, NY) $764
10 Jaye Morris (Church Road, VA) $679
Borgata Winter Poker Open
Event 8: $400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
January 22-23, 2012

Entries:  552
Total Buy-In:  $220,800


1. EDWARD WALSH:  868,000)
2. ERIC HALL:  814,000)
3. CARLA MOEBIUS:  629,000)
4. LOREN CHANG:  584,000)
5. DAVID KIM:  513,000)
6. MATTHEW MAZZEO:  511,000)
7. BEN GELLER:  503,000)
8. RAMY IBRAHIM:  488,000)
10. CARLOS COLON:  424,000)
11. CATHERINE DEVER:  418,000)
12. THOMAS EVERS:  413,000)
13. SCOTT BARLOW:  402,000)
14. JEFFREY EINSIDLER:  397,000)
15. MIKE ZHANG:  395,000)
16. GEORGE MEDRANO:  356,000)
17. ANTHONY HULBERT:  355,000)
18. HIEN NGUYEN:  337,000)
19. CHAD MOORE:  336,000)
20. TAMMY WAGNER:  330,000)
21. PETER IPPOLITO:  320,000)
22. MICHAEL MCTIGUE:  273,000)
23. DAVID HOM:  249,000)
24. JACOB FERRO:  246,000)
25. ADITYA PRASETYO:  246,000)
26. TREVOR GRAFFA:  239,000)
27. NICHOLAS SPENCE:  239,000)
29. CHRISTOPHER KUSHA:  224,000)
30. DARYL BOATWRIGHT:  210,000)
31. MONTY DENNIS:  200,000)
32. JEFFREY NAGATA:  187,000)
33. TOD LIANG:  171,000)
34. ROBERT KOERBER:  168,000)
35. WILLIAM BOYLAND:  152,000)
36. CHRISTOPHER SNEAD:  123,000)
37. JEFFREY SPENCE:  123,000)
38. MICHAEL SICA:  118,000)
39. STEVE SACKS:  114,000)
40. JEFFREY MCNAUGHT:  105,000)
41. TIMOTHY LATOUCH:  84,000)
42. KENNETH WILLIAMS:  79,000)
43. PETER SEGAL:  71,000)
44. JOHN SHORT:  70,000)
45. IGOR LULOV:  65,000)
46. MICHAEL ALBERT:  55,000)

Event 7 Recap

$350 + $50 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

Event #7 was full of talent, young and old. The Big Stack Re-Entry drew poker pros Atlantic City locals and long-time Borgata regulars, including Lee Childs, Kevin Saul, 'Little Man' Mike Sica, Nick Frangos and Howard Wolper..

The Final Table brought a host of young kids with variations of loose-aggressive poker styles. The fifth No Limit Hold em' event of the 2012 Borgata Winter Poker Open proved to be a another great poker show.

Tournament grinder Wade Woelfel added  Borgata Winter Poker Open final table to his string of strong results. "I love the structure and value here, I come to every series." The Minnesota native took home $10,362 for his 5th place finish.

Software consultant Brian Grodofsky, finished his deep run in 4th place for $13,230. The one time chip leader busted to 3rd place finisher Alex Nepomnyaschiy. The brash New York city kid they call 'Alex' gave his railbirds the show they deserved. His fast and loose style kept his opponents off balance and helped him earn $16,653.

Joesph Opie follows up his 5th place finish in Event #2 ($10,457) with an impressive 2nd place finish in Event #7 ($25,904). Opie played patient poker and grinded his way to a heads-up battle. The dominant run earned the New Jersey native valuable Borgata Tournament Leaderboard points.

Len Vizirov, considered the 'Elder Statesman' was surrounded by a Final Table full of young guys. The mild-mannered Vizirov found a way to combat fast play and big pot poker. His experience from weekend tournaments at Borgata helped him carve through 545 players. The IT manager from Philly earned $46,067 and a custom engraved Borgata Winter Poker Open champion trophy. "I won some key pots and had fun with this structure...It feels great," adds our newly crowned champion.

Final Table Results

1. Len Vizirov (Chalfont, PA) $46,067
2. Joseph Opie (Fair Haven, NJ) $25,904
3. Alex Nepomnyaschiy (Atlantic City, NJ)$!6,653
4. Brian Grodofsky (Merrick, NY)$13,230
5. Wade Woelfel (Mankato, MN)$10,362
6. John McDonald (Ocean City, MD)$8,511
7. Mohammed Hammoud (Toronto, CAN)$6,754
8. Lee Glowacki (Baltimore, MD)$5,273
9. Alexander Rozhitsky (Brooklyn, NY)$3,701
10. Oliver Entine (Boston, MA) $2,405

Monday, January 23

Today's Events (Event Center)

11AM: Event 11 - $350 + $50 + $100 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-6: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 7+:  will last 45 minutes each 
  • This is a Bounty tournament.  Players must have their Bounty Chip clearly displayed on the table in order to remain active in tournament.
  • 1-Day event

12PM: Event 12 - $350 + $50 Seniors (50+) No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-15: will last 30 minutes each | Levels 16+: will last 40 minutes each  
  • 1-Day event
3PM: Event 37 - $200 + $30 Survivor No Limit Hold'em 
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-4: will last 20 minutes each | Levels 5+: will last 25 minutes each
  • 1-Day event 
7PM: Event 38 - $100 + $20 + $25 Green Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 20 minutes each
  • This is a Bounty tournament.  Players must have their Bounty Chip clearly displayed on the table in order to remain active in tournament.
  • 1-Day event

        Event 9 Champion: Gold

        $350 + $50 Ladies Big Stack NLH

         Jane Gold (Ridgewood, NJ) 

        Three handed play comes to an abrupt halt and Gold is the 2011 Borgata Winter Poker Open Ladies Champion.  She outlasts Kim Sachse (Baltimore, MD) and Hallee LoGrasso (Vorhees, NJ) to win the title.

        Gold is the mother of 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jamie Gold and says, "Like mother, like son, this is my Main Event.  Look out Jamie Gold, mama's coming to get you."

        Jane Gold takes home $10,185 and the custom Borgata trophy as the Ladies Champion.

        Event 9: 2nd Place - Sachse

        $350 + $50 Ladies Big Stack NLH

         Kim Sachse (Baltimore, MD)

        When it's all said and done Sachse finishes runner-up to Jane Gold and just ahead of Hallee LoGrasso in the ladies tournament.  "This isn't my first rodeo," she says, "just had to grind it out."

        Sachse survived multiple all ins including when she hit a river card against Lana O'Brien to stay alive when play was 5-handed.

        Sachse owns a painting contractor company and this is her first Borgata cash.

        Kim Sachse earns $5,602 for her runner-up finish.

        Event 9: 3rd Place - LoGrasso

        $350 + $50 Ladies Big Stack NLH

         Hallee LoGrasso (Vorhees, NJ) 

        LoGrasso gets caught in the three way crossfire and finishes third behind Kim Sachse and Jane Gold.  This is her second Borgata cash and says, "I'm tired and retired," after a long day at the tables.
        Halle LoGrasso takes home third place and $3,225.

        Event 9: 4th Place - O'Brien

        $350 + $50 Ladies Big Stack NLH

         Lana O'Brien (Englishtown, NJ) 

        After losing a half million chips to Jane Gold on a flush draw, O'Brien is the short stack at the table.  She open shoves for 257k and Gold tank-folds saying she folded pocket 8s after Kim Sachse makes the call with pocket queens.

        The queens hold and O'Brien is out in 4th place after having half the chips in play 5-handed. Reflecting on the one million chip pot with Gold she says, "I was getting the right price to just call instead of shoving. But it's been a long day and fatigue was a factor."

        On the hand in question, Gold bet less than half the pot with a pair of queens and after mulling over the O'Brien all-in bet, reluctantly made the call to take over the chip lead.

        O'Brien now heads home to her new born Abe who she was pregnant with when she won the Ladies Event in the 2011 Borgata Fall Poker Open one week before her due date.  All told in that series, O'Brien cashed three times for $28,000 while nine months pregnant which also earned her a 9th place finish in the Fall Open Leaderboard Standings.

        Lana O'Brien takes home $2,716 for her 4th place finish in the Borgata Winter Poker Open Ladies Event.

        Baby Abe

        Event 9: Pivotal Hand

         $350 + $50 Ladies Big Stack NLH

        Lana O'Brien raises preflop and Jane Gold calls from the small blind.  After seeing a flop of Q♠ 2 6, Gold bets 70k, less than half the pot.  O'Brien asks for a count and then moves all in.

        Gold takes a second before making the call.

        Gold: Q♣ 10♣ (pair of queens)
        O'Brien: J 10(flush draw)

        The board bricks out for O'Brien and Gold doubles 526k and now has more than half the chips in play.  The hand cripples O'Brien who's now the short stack with 200k.

        Event 9: 5th Place - Rosenblatt

        $350 + $50 Ladies Big Stack NLH

        Leanne Rosenblatt (Brigantine, NJ)

        Rosenblatt is all in for 320k vs Lana O'Brien
        ♠ ♣
        Rosenblatt: K♣ 10♣
        O'Brien: A♠ 9♣

        The board runs out with four spades and O'Briens wins the hand with the nut flush

        Rosenblatt is still thinking about the Hubbard elimination hand, and if she should have called with two pairs facing two all ins.  "I gave her (O'Brien) credit for ace-jack," Rosenblatt says, meaning she was beaten by a better two pairs.  "But you make one mistake in a tournament and your screwed,"

        Leanne Rosenblatt is a true Borgata grinder who had two final tables in 2011.  She adds $2,037 to her bankroll with a 5th place finish.

        Event 10: Final Table

        $400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)

        Day 1 play has ended, the remaining 9 players will return tomorrow at 12pm.

        The Final Table

        Player - Chip Count:

        James Newberry - 392,500
        Vincent Trotter - 277,500
        Mike Linster - 182,500
        Boris Miller - 151,000
        Reymond DeLeon - 139,000
        Vincent Lodato - 104,500
        James Weaver - 71,500
        Joel Frank - 67,500
        David Loy Sang - 31,500

        Event 10: Final Table Chip Leader

        $400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)

        James Newberry comes into Day 2 as the overwhelming Chip Leader,
        he brings 392,500 to the Final Table.

        Poised to capture his first Borgata title?

        Find out tomorrow at 12pm, when the final 9 players return for more PLO.

        Event 8: Final Chip Counts (Day 1)

        $400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

        Day 1 play has ended, the remaining 46 players return tomorrow at 12pm.

        Unofficial Chip Counts:
        Ed Walsh - 868,000
        Eric Hall - 814,000
        Carla Moebius - 629,000
        Loren Chang - 584,000
        David Kim - 513,000
        'Muffins' Mazzeo - 511,000
        Ben Geller - 503,000
        Jay Nair - 427,000
        Tom Evers - 413,000

        Event 8: Chip Leader - Eric Hall

        $400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

        From rags to riches...

        Event #8 Chipleader, Eric Hall, battled back from 3,900 chips to lead the field with only 56 players left.

        The hockey fan and part-time tournament player has 831,000 chips.

        Event 6 Recap

        $1,000 + $90 No Limit Hold'em

        The first $1k of the Borgata Winter Poker Open brought out the big guns and aspiring poker stars and in the end young pro Scott Schwalich (Miamisburg, OH) takes home the trophy and the top prize of $57,579. Schwalich carved through the field with patience, "thats where I have an edge," said the up and coming pro.

        Schwalich's 1st place finish didn't come easy as he fought through a tough field that included a lot of tournament pros. The 212 players who put up the total buy-in of $212,000 included Mike Scarborough (8th), Bill Blanda (11th),  Matt Brady (23rd), Vinny Pahuja (25th), Matt Glantz, 'Action' Bob Hwang, Kevin Saul, Lee Childs, Josh Brikis, Ryan Eriquezzo and Gordon Eng.

        A tough final table featured Schwalich, who put his stamp on the poker world with a 14th place finish in the 2011 WSOP Main Event, Scarborough and Day 1 chip leader Philip Risman, who finished 5th.  Risman, a Finance and Marketing major saw his tournament end when he ran into A♣ A.

        Tournament regular, David Finkelstein, fought hard to record his 6th Borgata final table. "It was a good run and fun background chatter," the East Coast card player says, as he (and his loyal railbirds) fought through the grind of a 20-hour poker day. Finkelstein finished third for $19,536 and set up heads up play between Schwalich and Cedric Adam.

        Adam was quiet and stoic in his approach to the final table. The Frenchman spends most of his time in St. Maarten selling Villa rentals and took up poker in his free time. His no limit hold em' tournament hobby paid off with a 2nd place finish and $33,931.

        In the end it was the Ohio native, Scottt Schwalich, who became Borgata's newest champion as he adds to impressive poker resume.

        Final Table Results


        1 Scott Schwalich (Miamisburg, OH) $57,579
        2 Cedric Adam (Prodo Neort, Fra) $33,931
        3 David Finkelstein (Upper Saddle River, NJ) $19,536
        4 Marvin Rosen (Woodbury, NY) $15,834
        5 Philip Risman (Greenwich, CT) $12,338
        6 Thang Van Nguyen (Mclean, VA) $10,282
        7 Manh Nguyen (Munhall, PA) $8,226
        8 Michael Scarborough (Lawrenceburg, IN) $6,169
        9 Cynthia Albert (Germantown, MD) $4,113
        10 Ray Shackelford (Fredericksburg, VA) $2,673

        Event 8: Bubble Broken

        $400 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

        David Spier calls off the rest of his chips with K♣10♣
        to become our unfortunate 'Bubble Boy' in Event #8.

        Cheers and high-fives when Borgata floor personnel announces
        "Congratulations Players, you're in the Money."

        The 54 players left will all receive prize money.

        Event 9: 6th Place - Hubbard

        $350 + $50 Ladies Big Stack NLH

        Stephanie Hubbard (Hazlet, NJ) 
        Hand of the tournament:

        Blinds: 10k/20k/3k ante
        Lana O'Brien opens to 50k
        Leanne Rosenblatt calls
        Stephanie Hubbard calls

        Flop: A 9 J♣

        Hubbard moves all in for 250k
        O'Brien is also all in for 500k
        Rosenblatt has 450k, tanks and open folds A 9(two pairs)

        Hubbard: K 10(nut flush draw, gutshot straight draw)
        O'Brien A♣ K(pair of aces)

        Turn: 4♦   
        River: 3

        Hubbard whiffs and is eliminated, saying "how do I brick a big draw?"
        O'Brien wins the hand with a pair of aces to take her stack to 1 million chips
        Rosenblatt can't believe her two pairs would've have held if she calls

        This is Hubbard's 4th Borgata final table and she's fresh off of winning a WSOP pendant, which is awarded in lieu of a ring to the Ladies Champion at a circuit event.

        Stephanie Hubbard earns $1,698 for her 6th place finish.

        Event 10: Final Table Bubble

        $400 + $50 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha - High (Re-Entry)

        Sitting on the Final Table bubble with 11 players remaining.

        Top 3 Chip-Counts:
        Vince T - 410,000
        James Newberry - 279,000
        Mike Linster - 245,000

        Event 9: 7th Place - Mitchnick

        $350 + $50 Ladies Big Stack NLH

        Lynne Mitchnick (North Bergen, NJ) 

        Mitchnick and Leanne Rosenblatt both begin the hand with ~230k.
        Mitchnick raises, Rosenblatt moves all in, Mitchnick tank-calls.

        Mitchnick: A J♠
        Rosenblatt: 10♠ 10

        Flop: 5♣ 7♠8♣
        Turn: 2
        River 10

        Rosenblatt's set of 10s wins the hand and after the count has Mitchnick covered by only 4k. 

        Mitchnick, who has $137,000 in career earnings, picks up her first cash since 2009.  She has a market research company and poker playing has taken a back seat because over the last five years she's been traveling to Africa working on HIV preventatives.

        With blinds and antes, Rosenblatt's near double-up gives her 495k.

        Lynee Mitchnick earns $1,358 for her 7th place finish.

        Event 6 Champion: - Schwalich

        $1,000 + $90 No Limit Hold'em

        Scott Schwalich (Miamisburg, OH)
        1st Place - $57,579

        The young tournament pro lists "patience and running above average" as the two biggest keys to taking down Event #6.

        "I thought Day 1 was soft, today was much tougher," adds the rising poker star from Ohio.

        Another tournament, another trophy...Scott Schwalich takes home $57,579 as the newest Borgata champion.

        Event 9: On Break, Chip Counts

        $350 + $50 Ladies Big Stack NLH

        Play has been seven-handed for 90 minutes since the last bustout. Players are on a ten minute break and when play resumes blinds are 10k/20k/3k ante.

        Seat-Name-Chip Count

        3 Leanne Rosenblatt (Brigantine, NJ) 296k
        4 Jane Gold (Ridgewood, NJ) 312k
        6 Hallee LoGrasso (Vorhees, NJ) 1866k (9 BB)
        7 Lynne Mitchnick (North Bergen, NJ) 225k
        8 Stephanie Hubbard (Hazlet, NJ) 410k (21 BB)
        9 Kim Sachse (Baltimore, MD) 253k
        10 Lana O'Brien (Englishtown, NJ) 320k