Friday, January 27, 2012

Event 19: 3rd Place - Ingram

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.   

 Ozea 'James' Ingram (Ewing, NJ)

Playing Omaha Hi/Lo:

James Ingram was short-stacked and all-in pre-flop against Gerard Fabiano.

James flopped a full house to double up, but then was all-in again soon after.

He busted out in 3rd place, earning $4,460.

This is the first HORSE tournament that James has ever played.  He honed his skills playing mixed cash games and has now made quite an impression, finishing 3rd in his first-ever tournament of this type.

Event 20: Bountiful

$1,500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty NLHE

Every time a player knocks out another player he/she gets their $500 purple bounty chip.

Ed Jordon (Belle Mead, NJ) leads the remaining 43 players with 8 bounties to the tune of $4000 worth of gravy. "I have 8 bounties but no chips" joked Jordon.

Ed just got a few chips back after hitting runner, runner jack jack for an A-J hit.

Farhan Madhani (Miami, FL) has 5 purple chips for $2500.

Bill Blanda's (Galveston, TX) and Vyacheslav "Alphabet Soup" Eyzerovich (Staten Island, NY) each have four. Blanda already cashed his!

Dave Johnston mumbled out that he had zero - insert Price Is Right losing horns.

Event 19: 4th Place - Clibanoff

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.    

 Jim Clibanoff (Lower Gwynwood, PA)

Playing Hold'em:

The game clock was stopped as there was some problem with chips that were 'tossed' in for a bet getting mixed up with another player's bet.  Security had to be consulted to straighten that out.

Then play resumed and in a battle of the blinds, Chris Reslock (sb) made a pair of Jacks on the turn while Jim Clib missed his open-ender.

Jim was left short and busted out soon after.  He finished 4th for $3,756.

Event 21: Sriman Is Beamin'

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

Sri Chebrolu - 500,000

Sri "Sriman" Chebrolu won a big hand off of Lee Summers after hitting a set of fives on the flop and taking down Cowboys.

Sri is currently making some tight folds as his goal is to make the final table.

You'll find Sri in some big money Borgata cash games. As for tournaments he says he plays for recreation.

Event 19: Chip Counts

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.   

The final four HORSE-men are pushing pots around the table.

Here are some rough chip counts:

Gerard Fabiano - 700k
Chris Reslock - 680k
Jim Clib - 270k
James Ingram - 240k

Still playing with 25k/50k limits.

Event 21: Last Woman Standing

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

Carla Berrious - 300,000

Look out for Carla Berrious (Baltimore, MD) who buries all the other woman in Event 21, including Amanda Musumeci and Leanne Rosenblatt making her the last woman standing.

Carla is the 2011 Summer Poker Open Ladies champ and treated herself to a cool royal flush tatoo after the victory.

Down to 3 tables, 22 players.

Average stack is 247,500.

Event 20: Color Up Break

$1,500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty NLHE

Night-Owl Dealer Paul Molchen

Players take a 20 minute break as the floor color ups.

Say goodby to the 25 green and the 100 black.

This is a two day tournament with everyone bagging and tagging at 2am.

Event 19: Chip Counts

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.   

Another level has ticked away and the final four HORSE-players are taking a break. 

Here are the approximate chip counts:

Chris Reslock - 825k
Gerard Fabiano - 470k
James Ingram - 385k
Jim Clib - 150k

Event 20: Familiar Faces

$1,500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty NLHE

Definitely some noobies in the field playing side by side with a lot of Borgata regulars.

Ryan Eriquezzo checks out Daniel Buzgon's stack and says, "How do you do it every time?" I'm guessing Daniel was short and built back.

Here are some of the familiar faces left and their approximate stacks in no order.

Daniel Buzgon - 100,000
Ryan Eriquezzo - 155,000
Russel Crane - 105,000
Dave Johnston - 75,000
Josh Brikis - 75,000
John Lakatosh - 50,000
Action Bob Hwang - 30,000

Jaimie Kerstetter is the last woman standing with 80,000. She said she didn't spar directly with any other woman today but knows there were a few others in the field.

49 players remain with the average stack at 71,428.

Event 19: Reslock Douses Clib's Fire

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.   

Playing Stud Hi/Lo:

On the river, Chris Reslock bet (40k) sending Jim Clib into the tank.  He stacked out some chips, asked "How much is it?", was told "40k", then put a stack of 100k into the pot, without saying anything else.

The dealer counted out 80k, which would be a raise, then returned the extra 20k to Jim.

This is where it got strange.  Jim had apparently just intended to call, but since he didn't say that, his raise stood.  He said he just intended to call, but Chris was a bit concerned he was being 'played'.

Chris just called the raise, showing a hidden pair of Jacks to go with his open pair of 7s for two pair.  Jim tossed his cards on the table showing a split pair of Tens, then shoved his cards toward the muck.

Jim then tangled with James Ingram.  James was all-in on 4th street and when the cards ran out, James made a straight and a low to scoop the pot from Jim.

Event 19: The Four HORSE-men

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.   

Playing Razz:

Jim Clib took a big pot from James Ingram with a 96-low, beating James' 97.

James was left short-stacked and was all-in on the next hand against Gerard Fabiano.  Gerard made a Jack-low, but James pulled out a Ten-low to survive and double-up.

Four handed play continues.

Event 21: Non-Bubble Bubble

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

Mukul Pahuja - 734,000

Huge hand for Mukul Pahuja (Long Island, NY) who knocks out two players sending the remaining 36 bounty-hunters into the money.

A flop of 10-Q-8 got everything started as all involved connected.

Mukul flopped top two against another big stack at the table who flopped bottom two.
Oh yeah, another guy had K-Q and got his chips in as well.

Pahuja ships all in on top causing Ryan Martinez (New York, NY) to call fairly quickly.
"I was swinging to win, not to finish 37th" said Martinez who whiffed on the turn 9 and river A. Martinez scooped four bounties and will play in the 1K 6-max tomorrow.

"I was lucky to cooler another guy with a big stack" said Pahuja who build his stack up to 734,000 and the tournament chiplead. After adding these two bounties, Mukul now has 7 total under his belt.

Everything happened so quickly with two exits at once that there really wasn't a bubble.

Once players figured out that they were all winning part of the $94,380 Total Buy-In they thanked Pahuja and celebrated.

Playing this baby out tonight until it concludes.


Mukul Pahuja
Decent bubble for me..went from 115k to 735k. Big CLer of the D-league event. 36 left after my dbl KO, got 8 handed avg or so

Event 18 Recap

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Two internet pros brought their live game to the Borgata Winter Poker Open and in the end it's Dan Wach (Boonton, NJ) coming from behind to beat Brian England (Hazlet, NJ) to win the title and trophy.

"He out played me heads up," says Wach who won $40,873, the biggest live cash of his career, "but I ran pretty hot."  Wach got multiple double-ups to overcome a 9 to 1 chip deficit and took the final hand with a full house while holding 10♣ 10.

"I got it in good twice and that's all you can do," says England who takes home $25,026 as runner-up in a game format he really likes.  "It's what I played the most online and feel comfortable with. It favors aggression which is really my biggest edge."

England was the chip leader to start the day, but only had an average stack at the final table. Wach, Orson Young and Scott Baumstein were all even at the top of the chip counts, and even though the stacks were 70 BB deep, the action was fast and furious.

Baumstein felt the sting of the six max volatility, going from chip lead to a seventh place finish after losing four all ins at the final table. Michael DiChiaro was 6th followed by Young (5th), Adam Hui (4th) and Andrew Klein (3rd).

Day two featured 26 returning players and some big name Borgata regulars made it deep into the money including John Hinds (22nd) Josh Brikis (15th), Dan Buzgone (13th) and Dave Inselberg (9th).

Thirty-six players made the money out of the 344 players who put up a total buy-in of $172,000.  The last woman standing was Cherish Andrews who finished 23rd.

Wach, who was formerly an on-line cash player that earned PokerStars Supernova Elite Status, continues to adjust to the live format after the Department of Justice shutdown United States internet poker.  He says six max isn't his game of choice, but is happy with the win.

"I made very few mistakes, but late in the tournament you have to get lucky and things turned out for the best."

Final Table Results


1  Dan Wach (Boonton, NJ) $40,873
2  Brian England (Hazlet, NJ) $25,026
3 Andrew Klein (Ocean, NJ) $19,020
4 Adam Hui (Markham, Canada) $15,433
5 Orson Young (Oceanport, NJ) $11,929
6 Michael DiChiaro (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) $8,592
7 Scott Baumstein (New York, NY) $6,257

Event 18 Champion: Wach

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Dan Wach (Boonton, NJ) 

Dan Wach overcomes a 9 to 1 chip deficit heads up to defeat Brian England.  

On a board of Q 10 5♣ Q♣ 7♠, Dan Wach moves all in for 1.2 million and England calls. Wach turns over 10♣ 10 for the winning full house as England mucks.

"Heads up I ran pretty well," says Wach who earns his largest cash to date with $40,873.  "I made very few mistakes, but late in the tournament you have to get lucky and things turned out for the best."

Wach takes the title and trophy as he looks forward to Sunday's Championship event.

Event 18: 2nd Place - England

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Brian England (Hazlet, NJ) 

Brian England had Dan Wach on the ropes twice when heads up play began, but each time Wach doubles up and eventually wins the title with a full house.

Just before the final hand, Wach doubled up a third time when he hit a flush on the turn to stay alive with England holding a pair of kings.  "I got in good twice and that's all you can do," says England who takes home $25,026 for second place, "you can't feel too bad."

England is pro player who's looking ahead to the $2 Million Guaranteed Championship Event.

Event 19: 5th Place - Jerome

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.   

Jeff Jerome (Springfield, PA)

 Playing Omaha Hi/Lo:

Jeff Jerome got involved in a pot with Gerard Fabiano.  All of Jeff's chips went in with the nut flush, but Gerard boated up on him to take the pot.

Jeff will take home $2,817 for 5th place.

Limits are up to 20k/40k.

Event 19: 6th Place - Tessler

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.    

 Charles Tessler (Chalfont, PA)

Playing Hold'em:

It was a battle of the blinds between Charles Tessler (sb) and James Ingram (bb). 

On the flop of K 6 5, Charles got all his chips in the middle holding A6 for middle pair. 

James was behind with 85 for bottom pair, but then an 8 landed on the turn, giving James two pair.

The river failed to save Charles and he was felted.   He'll pick up $2,347 for his 6th place finish.

Event 20: Poker Pummeling

$1,500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty NLHE

Louis Galasso - 150,000

Either Louis Galasso (Cranberry, NJ) is lucky or Mike Summers (Charlotteville, VA) is unlucky.

After dinner Mike Summers had A-K four times and lost every one of them. Then he gets his stack in with AA vs. Louis Galasso's A-J.

That hand resulted in a chop as both places reached a wheel.

A couple hands later, Mike wakes up to KK and Louis has JJ.

A jack on the flop has Summers holding back his anger and frustration. Board runs: A-J-Q-6-7 giving Galasso the knock-out chip with a set of Jacks. "I apologize" said Louis who was quite sincere.

Mike took the blow as well as anyone could. What a horrible run.

7 tables remain with lots of heavy hitters remaining.

57 players with average chipstack at 61,403.

Event 19: Tessler Doubles; Clib on Fire

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.    

Playing Stud Hi/Lo:

Charles Tessler was all-in on 4th street against Jeff Jerome.  At the river, he was trailing  Jeff's Kings-Up with a lone pair of Aces.

He squeezed his final card and came up with a Jack, giving him Aces-up and the pot.  He doubled up to ~130k.

Jim Clib just picked up three pots in a row.  Two of Stud Hi/Lo and the first hand of Hold'em.

He's gone from 150k at dinner to about 400k.

Event 21: Saint Gabriel - Chipleader

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

Michael Gabriel - 500,000

Michael Gabriel (Huntington, West Virginia) knocks a players out when his KK holds against QQ on a board of 8-8-J-4-9.

With that scoop Gabriel adds a 100,000 to his stack making him the tournament chipleader with approximately 500,000.

41 players remain.

Top 36 get the money.

Average chipstack is 132,804.

Event 20: Chip Leaders

$1,500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty NLHE

Our top two chip-leaders are at Tables 4 and 5.

Table 4) Ed Jordon (Belle Mead, NJ) had 183,000 at dinner.
Had mid pair and flush draw but missed the river to double up Dave Johnston.

Russel Crane just got moved to Ed's immediate left.

Table 5) Farhan Madhani (Miami, FL) had 170,000 at dinner.
Farhan fresh off his Nov. 11th, 2011 WPT victory at the Rock and Roll Open Regional in Florida for $172,408.

Josh Brikis is seated two to Farhan's right.

61 players remain.

Top 18 get part of the $262,400 Total Buy-In.

Event 19: Back in the Saddle

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.   

The final six HORSEs in this race have returned to the action.

Limits are now 15k/30k.

Here's a reminder of what they're playing for:

1: $14,085
2: $7,746
3: $4,460
4: $3,756
5: $2,817
6: $2,347

Event 20: Dinner Time Tweets

$1,500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty NLHE

Play has resumed after dinner with blinds of 400/800 and 75 antes.

64 players remain.

Here are some tweet-notes from remaining players from their dinner break:

Daniel Buzgon @WiLDmAn_75
42k on dinner break. Coming back to 400/800 75.

Todd Terry @toddbterry
91k at dinner. Bounty total 2. Headed to 400/800.

Mark Baatz @markbeenyc
#BPO2012 39k at dinner...1 bounty..nothing really happening...i feel a post dinner rush coming...

Josh Brikis @JBrikis
69k and 2 bounties at dinner w under 70 left

Jason Young @JYoungpoker
Horrid level...24k going on dinner coming back to 400-800 with like 60 left, 1st is like dinner rush?

Lee Childs @leechilds
72,500 at dinner. Coming back to 400/800/75. #bwo2012

Robert Hwang @ActionBobNJ
About 40k at dinner break. Going to 400-800/75. Still no bounties.

John Lakatosh @johnlak
Grinding it out nothing going all day 25k going to 4-8

Russell crane @Rcrane082985
~70k on dinner break going to 400-800, under 70 ppl left, started with ~175, 3 bounties so far, first is 77k

Ryan Eriquezzo @RyanEriquezzo
75k at dinner 2 bounties. Brutal table draw @nevermissmassey holdplz and others on my direct left. Returning to 400 800. 60ish/175 left#lg

Roman Valerstein @GrimeRat420
On dinner break with 59k going to 400-800. Last hand before break i 1500 from co w/ 9T bb defends runs out 99633, my 3barrel called down

matt brady @mattbrady_
38k at dinner of this $2150 bounty tny...come back at 400-800

Lee Childs @leechilds
65 players left. Pays 18. 72,500. 400/800/75. Avg 54k. #bwo2012

Scott Schwalich @ScottSchwalich
27300 going to 400/800

Event 21: Yuuuuuuup!

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

Danny "McLovin" Cherlow (Arlington, VA)

Before dinner break, in one level, Danny Cherlow went from 1900 up to 120,000.

First Opponent's 6-2 suited cracked his 10-10 on the river crippling the kid to 1900.

Then in the 2000 / 4000 blinds, forced all in in the big-blind, McLovin has to battle five other limpers. He didn't have the heart to look at his cards.

Flop came 865.

Two players remain betting like they have the world.

Opponents only table K♠8 vs. 9♠6 and nobody has a heart, including Danny who tables Q♠3.

Turn J and a miracle Q on the river pushes the pot to Cherlow.

The very next hand he doubles up with A♠J courtesy of another miracle river.
"I hit the ace - thank you Barry Greenstein" said McLovin.

Whenever Danny calls or scoops he says, "Yuuuuuuuuuup" like in the show Storage Wars.
Let's rename the show here at Borgata to Poker Wars!

51 players remain as the crew comes back from dinner and continues to play.

Top 36 get the money!

Event 18: Dinner Break

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

On the last hand before dinner break Dan Wach doubles up with A 10 vs Brian England's A 3.  Wach still has the chip lead 3.1 million (103 BB) to Wach's 2 million (67 BB).

Wach was down to 500k earlier in heads up play, but back to back double-ups to get new life.

Play resumes at 9:15 as the play for the $40,873 first prize, with the runner-up earning $25,026.

Blinds will be 15k/30k/4k ante

Event 21: Payouts

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


Number of Entries - 363

Total Buy-In - $94,380

Event 20: Payouts

$1,500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty NLHE

2............ ................$42,013
8.............................$ 7,639
9.............................$ 5,729
10-12.......................$ 5,093
13-15.......................$ 4,456
16-18.......................$ 3,819

Number of Entries - 175

Total Buy-In - $262,500

Event 18: 3rd Place - Klein

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Andrew Klein (Ocean, NJ) 

On a board of K 8 7 6 Andrew Klein puts his remaining 800k chips all in.

Klein: AK (pair of kings)
England: 10 7 (pair of 7s, gutter draw)

River: 9

The river gives Brian England a straight and the nearly 3 million chip pot, sending Klein straight to the rail.

Klein is the self proclaimed best poker playing athlete in the world.  "I challenge anyone ranked higher than me to a 13 sport challenge for my lifetime earnings."

According to Bluff Magazine Klein is ranked 2,028 and with today's cash for $19,020 has $105,000 in career earnings.

Klein says basketball is one of his stronger games and that he's proficient at snowmobile and jet ski racing adding, "I'm 50 and will take on 20-year-olds."

England begins heads up play with the chip lead over Dan Wach 3.8 million to 1.3 million.  Blinds are 12k/24k/3k ante.

Event 19: Dinner Time Chip Counts

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.   

They finished off the level and the final six took off for a dinner break.  Play will resume at about 9pm.

Here are some rough chip counts:

Chris Reslock - 571k
James Ingram - 420k
Gerard Fabiano - 395k
Jeff Jerome - 206k
Jim Clib - 150k
Charles Tessler - 93k

Event 19: 7th Place - Schiffman

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.  

 Ron 'Schifty' Schiffman (Cherry Hill, NJ)

Playing Omaha Hi/Lo:

Ron 'Schifty' Schiffman got all his chips in the middle against Gerard Fabiano on a flop of A K 2.

Ron had 4322 and had flopped a set and nut low draw.

Gerard had QJ74 and had flopped a Broadway draw and worse low draw.

The last two came 9 T and Gerard made Broadway and no low was possible.  Gerard scooped the pot.

Ron will scoop up $1,878 for his 7th place finish.

Event 19: 8th Place - Toft

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.   

Playing Stud Hi/Lo:

Jeff Jerome was all-in on third street against James Ingram and Ron 'Schifty' Schiffman.  James kept the pressure on Ron, who folded on 4th street.

When the cards ran out, Jeff had Aces-up and there was no qualifying low, so he scooped the pot, worth about 150k.

Playing Hold'em:

Bo Toft (Yardley, PA)

Bo Toft was next to surrender the last of his chips.  He finished 8th and will add $1,408 to his more than half a million dollars in reported lifetime tournament earnings.

Event 20: Purple People Eater

$1,500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty NLHE

Ed Jordan (Belle Mead, NJ) has been profusely pocketing player's purple chips. (Say that three times fast!).

Todd Terry confirms that Jordan has 6 knockouts (good for $3,000) and has been terrorizing the table. He's up to 160k.

Right behind him is Vyacheslav "Alphabet Soup" Eyzerovich (Staten Island, NY) who's up to 150k after doubling through Bill Blanda (Galveston, TX).  All the chips are in the middle on a 9 high board with Eyzerovich holding pocket 9s for a set against Blanda's pocket queens.

Event 18: 4th Place - Hui

 $500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Adam Hui (Markham, Canada) 

Adam Hui went from short stack to big stack, back to short stack and finally the rail.  Hui's final hand is Q 9 against Brian England's KQ and doesn't pick up a sweat.  

"I got killed 4-handed," says Hui.  "Didn't catch any cards, picked the wrong time to bluff and with Dan and Brian on my left it was tough."

Hui has been a poker pro for a year-and-a-half and will be back tomorrow to play the $1k 6-max and the Championship events. 

Event 19: Limits Up

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.  

Following a break, play resumed with Limits of 12k/24k.

Eight HORSEs remain in this race.  Average stack is 227k, which is a bit under 10 big bets.

The ever-increasing antes, bring-ins, blinds, and limits are going to force the action.

Event 19: 9th Place - Finberg

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.   

Justin Finberg lost the last of his chips and had to settle for 9th place.

 Justin Finberg (Pittsburgh, PA)

This is Justin's second final table playing HORSE.  He made the final table of the HORSE event during the 2011 Borgata Poker Open, finishing 4th (3,818).

Event 18: Final Four Chip Counts

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Players are back from a 10 minute break, blinds going to 10k/20k/3k ante

Brian England 1.8 million (90 BB)
Dan Wach 1.6 million (80 BB)
Andrew Klein 1.3 million (65 BB)
Adam Hui 560k (28 BB)

Event 19: Final Table Chip Counts

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.  

Here are the final nine players with their seats at the final table and approximate chip counts shortly after play resumed.

Seat - Player - Chips
1 - Gerard Fabiano - 350k
2 - Charles Tessler - 240k
3 - Bo Toft - 250k
4 - James Ingram - 270k
5 - Jeff Jerome - 50k
6 - Chris Reslock - 390k
7 - Jim Clib - 55k
8 - Justin Finberg - 25k
9 - Ron Schiffman - 240k

They're finishing up the 10k/20k limit level.  Average stack is 201k.

Event 19: 11th - Sheldon; 10th - Maurer

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.  

Two more out the door!

Mike Sheldon began day two as the chip leader, but his luck has changed.  He was felted in 11th place.

Mike Sheldon (Dresher, PA)

Next to go was Richard Maurer.  He finished in 10th place.

 Richard Maurer (Somers Point, NJ)

The final nine players drew seats and moved to the final table.

Event 18: 5th Place - Young

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Orson Young (Oceanport, NJ) 

Orson Young's day comes to an end at the hands of Brian England.  Young is one of the more active players on Twitter and recounts his last few hands:

*********Twitter Feed***********
Orson Young

Won kt vs k9 on king high board to stack someone. Then immediately doubled someone else for more kq < a9 aipf.
Then immediately doubled same guy. He 4 bet all in a6 > kk. Then lost tt to same guys ak. Out in 5th.
Translation: England hit an ace with A 6 against Young's pocket kings for a 1 million chip pot. Young then busts with pocket 10s against England's AK when an ace hits the river.

Young has been playing poker professionally for one year after graduating with a degree in Actuarial Science.  Translation: He's good with stats that would be helpful to insurance companies, but right now it's helping his poker game.

Look for Young in the $1k 6-max Saturday and says he's prepared to fire two bullets in the Championship event.

Event 19: 13th - Salzer; 12th - Eikov

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.  

Two more HORSEs headed for the stables:

 Russ Salzer (Ventnor, NJ)

Robert Eikov (W Babylon, NY)

11 remain in the hunt for the top prize of $14,085.

Event 19: 14th Place - Gambino

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.  

Playing Razz:

The short-stacked Richard Maurer was all-in for 9k against James Ingram.  When the cards ran out, Richard made a 65-low to collect the pot.  With the antes and bring-in, Richard chipped up to 28k.

 Matt Gambino (W Babylon, NY)

On the next hand, he was all-in again with a short-stacked Matt Gambino and Robert Eikov.

This time Richard made a 7-low to take the main pot, chipping up to ~90k.

Matt Gambino took the side pot -- 2k.  He was all-in and busted on the next hand.

Matt Gambino finished in 14th place ($822).

Limits are up to 10k/20k.

Event 20: Racener Here & Gone

$1,500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty NLHE

2010 WSOP November-Niner John Racener arrived late and has already busted out.  Thanks to Twitter, we can report his progress:

John Racener @racener
Just entered the $1600 buy in with a $500 bounty here at the borgata

John Racener @racener
Decided to play my first pot of torney 3 orbits in, and I was obv bluffing and he obv had a straight flush. 9k left from 20k starting stack

John Racener @racener
Up to 30k all the sudden. Flopped pair and flush draw, rivered two pair. He said I rivered him. #guessishouldhavefoldedNOT

John Racener @racener
Busted for 50k pot. All in on flop I had bottom two pair vs flush draw and double gutter, I turn flush draw, he rivers his flush

Todd Terry @toddbterry
70k. One bounty. Won a race, made a straight flush, won w FD + double gutter vs. Racener's 2 pair all in on flop.

Broadcasting From Borgata

Borgata Winter Poker Open

La Greca & Kay

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Event 19: 15th Place - Heimowitz

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.  

Playing Omaha Hi/Lo:

 Lonnie Heimowitz (Monticello, NY)

Lonnie Heimowitz was all-in pre-flop and came up short.  Gerard Fabiano got the last of his chips.

Lonnie will collect $822 for 15th place.

Jimmy Clams wants to send a shout-out to "Felice and the home-game crew".  Done!

Event 18: 6th Place - DiChiaro

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Michael DiChiaro (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) 
Michael DiChiaro is all in against Orson Young but is dominated K 10 vs K 9 on a king high flop.

The former Wall St. guy is semiretired and runs baseball and softball academies.  DiChiaro says he had a "great time," and that he's not sure if he'll play in the Championship event after pocketing $8,592 for a sixth place finish.

Event 19: Final 15 Chip Counts

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E. 

HORSE-players are taking a break.  Here are the rough chip counts:

Charles Tessler - 320k       (20 big bets)
Gerard Fabiano - 275k
James Ingram - 205k
Ron Schiffman - 175k
Bo Toft -165k                   (10 big bets)
Justin Finberg - 140k
Jim Clib - 115k
Chris Reslock - 110k
Mike Sheldon - 95k
Jeff Jerome - 80k              (5 big bets)
Robert Eikov - 75k
Russ Salzer - 60k
Matt Gambino - 35k
Richard Maurer - 10k
Lonnie Heimowitz - 7k  (less than half a big bet).

Average stack is 121k.

Next level has limits of 8k/16k, so the average stack has 7.5 big bets.

Event 18: 7th Place - Baumstein

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Scott Baumstein (New York, NY) 

Scott Baumstein goes from the chip lead to the rail in 30 minutes. The final hand has Baumstein all in with A J vs Brian England's pocket 10s.  The 10s hold and England wins a 1.4 million chip pot.  

"I lost 4 all ins at the final table," says Baumstein who's a poker pro that's developing a poker application for mobile devices that will help players locate casino cash games.

Scott Baumstein will be back for the Championship Event after pocketing $6,257.

Event 19: 18th - 16th Places

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E. 

The first three players to depart were:

18th - Larry St. Jean (Salisbury Beach, MA)

17th - David Peay (Harrisburg, NC)

 George Krafft

16th - George Krafft (Absecon, NJ)

All three players picked up $704.

Event 20: Chip Leader

$1,500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty NLHE

Blanda Building Chips

Bill Blanda (Galveston, TX) has the chip lead with 90k (225 BB).

117 (out of 175) players remain with an average stack of 30k (75 BB).

Blinds: 200/400/50 ante

Event 19: Tessler Way Out in Front

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E. 

Limits are 6k/12k and with a total of 1.815 million chips in play, the average stack with 16 players is 113k. 

That's less than 10 big bets for an average stack.

The chip leader is Charles Tessler with about 270k -- well above average.

Event 19: Final 16

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

Two players are gone, so the final 16 drew seats and moved to the final two tables.  Here's the lineup:

Table 1
Chris Reslock
James Ingram
Jim Clib
Mike Sheldon
Matt Gambino
George Krafft
Richard Maurer
Robert Eikov

Table 2
Ron Schiffman
Gerard Fabiano
Charles Tessler
Jeff Jerome
Russ Salzer
Justin Finberg
Bo Toft
Lonnie Heimowitz

Event 19: Bubblicious

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

They finally burst the bubble!  Playing Omaha Hi/Lo:

Seat 4 (who wished to remain anonymous) was the big blind and got all-in against Charles Tessler.  Charles made the nut low and two pair to scoop the pot, leaving seat 4 with only 7k.

He was the small blind on the next hand and was all-in pre-flop against Bo Toft. 

Seat 4 held 9877 (no suit).

Bo held AJJ2.

The board came T 3 2 T T and Bo scooped with Tens-full-of-Jacks.  Seat 4 is today's bubble-boy.

Play returned to normal with 18 players, all in the money and guaranteed to leave with at least $704.

Event 18: Final Table

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Even though it's a six-max tournament the final table has seven players.  Dan Wach jokes, "I'm not sure what to with all these people. I don't know if I can adjust my game."

The reason for seven handed play is so that there aren't two tables, one three-handed.  After counting down their chips Orson Young is slightly disappointed that Scott Baumstein has him out chipped by 7k.

Chip Counts

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 Scott Baumstein 1.136 million
2 Dan Wach 1 million
3 Brian England 590k
4 Andrew Klein 622k
5 Orson Young 1.129 million
6 Adam Hui 303k
7 Michael DiChiaro 398k

Blinds 5k/10k/1k ante

Event 18: 8th Place - Everhart

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Jim Everhart (Mechanicsville, MD) 

Event 18: 9th Place - Inselberg

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Dave Inselberg (Long Beach, NY)

Dave "Cold Stone" Inselberg goes out with K3 vs the A 10 of Dan Wach.  Inselberg was short after
losing a 400k chip pot with AK against the AA of Orson Young.

Inselberg earns $2,503 for a 9th place finish and says he's cashed in every event he's played.  Three Main Events and a $2k survivor as he's now 4 for 4 in the series.

Event 19: Bubble-Time

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

It's bubble-time at the HORSE track with 19 players remaining at three tables.  They're playing hand-for-hand, waiting for one more player to bust out.

 Russ Salzer

Russ Salzer (Ventnor, NJ) is the current chip leader with 180k.

Justin Finberg (Pittsburgh, PA) is second with 170k.

Bo Toft has dropped back to 130k.

Event 18: Chip Counts

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Players are on a 10 minute break to color up the purple (500) chips.

Orson Young has the chip lead with 950k, while Dan Wach, Andrew Klein and Scott Baumstein are all around 850k.

Play resumes with blinds at 5k/10/1k ante.

Event 18: 10th Place - Fernandez

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Jacobo Fernandez (Bronx, NY)

Jacobo Fernandez is dominated K2 vs AK as he ships his last 180k to Orson Young.  Fernandez adds $2,002 to his bank roll with a 10th place finish.

Borgata Winter Poker Open Contest Winner

Congratulations the Borgata Winter Poker Open Contest Winner ...


Event 18: 11th Place - Kramer

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Jonathan Kramer (Forest Hill, NY)

Jonathan Kramer is out with QQ against the KK of Brian England.  Kramer earns $2,002 for his 11th place finish.

Event 19: Field is Thinning

 $400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

The HORSEs are down to only 21 remaining in the field, just three off the money.  They've returned from a break for Limits of 5k/10k.  Average stack is about 86k (8.6 big bets).

 Bob Toft

It appears that Bo Toft is the chip leader with ~150k (15 big bets).

Charles Tessler is close behind him with ~142k.

James Ingram is even closer behind Charles with ~140k.

And all three of these big stacks are on the same table.

Goners:  Candace Verrastro, Vincent Basilicata, Frank Rasile, Joe Loguidice, and Larry Gold.

Event 21: Black Chip Bounty Hunters

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

These Bounty Hunters have returned from their second break for level 7, blinds 300/600 with 75 antes.

Level 7 means that the re-entry period is over, so this field should start to shrink quickly.

The latest Tweets from the field:

Tom Pomponio @PompYouUp
23k going into 300/600 borgata, 15k starting stack, have 1 bounty #fb

Austen Johnson @aje221
24k going to 250/500. #teammurder #BWO2012

Sorry Austen -- there is no 250/500 level in this event -- you're going to 300/600.

Event 18: 12th Place - Klevitz

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

 Doug Klevitz (Greenwich, CT)

Doug Klevitz is out when his AQ is up against Jacobo Fernandez's AK.  Klevitz takes home $2,002 for his 12th place finish.

Event 20: More Bounty Hunters

$1,500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty NLHE

Bernard Lee is making his 2012 Borgata Winter Poker Open debut today and he lucked out, getting seated at the same table as Allen 'Chainsaw' Kessler.

 Bernard Lee & Allen Kessler

Allen made his BWPO debut yesterday in the HORSE event, but didn't make it to day two.

Also appearing for the first time today, Borgata regular James Boyle.

James landed at table 14 with Charles Furey, John Lakatosh, and Jay Nair.

Event 18: 13th Place - Buzgon

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Dan Buzgon (Marlton, NJ) 

Buzgon is busto when he loses a flip with pocket 10s against the AQ of Brian England.  Ace on the flop and Dan Buzgone is out in 13th place, good for $1,585.

Event 18: 14th Place - Basios

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Konstantine Basios (Astoria, NY)

Ducks are no good for Basios as Jim Everhart knocks him out with pocket queens. 

In an interesting coincidence, Basios was crippled while holding pocket kings against Everhart's quad twos.  Everhart flopped trip twos and turned quads against Basios who simply called the river bet with his twos full of kings.

Konstantine Basios finishes in 14th place for $1,585.

Event 20: Bounty Hunters

$1,500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty NLHE

Some interesting tables out there in this Purple Chip Bounty event.

 Matt Brady, Bill Blanda, & Manh Nguyen

Matt Brady and Manh Nguyen have joined table 16.  They're now sharing the felt with Lee Childs, Steve Dannenmann, and Bill Blanda.

Lee Childs doubled up to 32k, but missed picking up his first bounty, leaving his opponent with only 1,500 chips.  Lee got to watch while three other players at the table tried to take the guy out.

Table 16 will be the next one to break, so these guys will get scattered around the room.

Event 19: What a HORSE-race!

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

Down to 31 HORSEs left in the race and what a race it is turning out to be!

With breaking and balancing tables, we have have a killer corner on table two.

 Chris Reslock, Vincent Basilicata, Lonnie Heimowitz, & Ron Schiffman

Chris Reslock, Vincent Basilicata, Lonnie Heimowitz, and Ron 'Schifty' Schiffman are all seated on one end of the same table.

Event 18: Chip Lead

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

 Wach-in' On Sunshine

Dan Wach (Boonton, NJ) has the chip lead and is the only person with more than one million.  Wach's big hand comes with pocket kings against Derek Raymond (Portland, ME).

Raymond 3-bets to 35k, Wach, which rhymes with walk, 4-bets to 75k and Raymond 5-bet shoves.

Wach snap calls and is up against Raymond's AJ which doesn't catch up.  "It's always nice when someone punts their stack," says Wach who after the hand has 800k.

Raymond finished in 21st place for $1,168.

Other big stacks include Andrew Klein 700k and Scott Baumstien 550k.

Players are just back from break playing 3k/6k/500 ante.

Event 19: Back From Break

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

Play has resumed following a break.  Limits are now 3k/6k.

34 HORSEs remain in this race.  Average stack is 53k (9 big bets).

Only one active Tweeter in this crowd:

larry goldstein @tworedducks
Chipped up but lost big stud pot with 4hearts on 4th..bricked out back to avg w/34 left.

Event 18: 15th Place - Brikis

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Josh Brikis (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brikis Tweets Bustout:

Josh Brikis

Out 16th all in pre AhJh to 99 for 200k+ ace flop 9 river cool stuff

Event 21: Deets From the Tweets

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

After enjoying their first break of the day, the Black Chip Bounty Hunters returned for level 4, blinds 100/200.

Here are some of their tweets:

Amanda Musumeci @TheReaLMander
Busto bullet 1 :/ got in w a flush on turn vs 2PR n he binks off otr.
Austen Johnson @aje221
19.5k/15k going to 100/200. @Flashgordon227 at my table. #teammurder #BWO2012

Eli Loewenthal @Eli_Loewenthal
First break of 400ko @BorgataPoker 13.3k from starting 15k #juicytable #doltsondoltsondolts

Event 20: Break Time Tweets

$1,500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty NLHE

Players have just returned from their first break. Blinds are now 75/150 (level 3).

Here are some of their tweets from the break:

Jerry Payne @sandler1860
19.8k 1st break from 20k start, but i was down to 15k, so it feels like im winning right now.

Kevin Saul @KevinSauLivePro
Playing borgata 1500nl w/ 500$ bounties, I have 3.5k from 20k start after some pure retardedness from the deck #gotsomeworktodo #livebounty

Lee Childs @leechilds
22k from 20k starting. First break. 75/150 next level. #bwo2012

Glenn McCaffrey @GlennMcCaffrey
16500 first break/20k start

Robert Hwang @ActionBobNJ
First break borgata 1500+500 bounty. Slightly over my 20k starting stack.

Russell crane @Rcrane082985
35k and a bounty chip ta boot on break 1.

Todd Terry @toddbterry
Borgata $2150 bounty. 20625 from 20k.

Event 18: Final 18

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Table 1

1 Joseph Stuckey
2 Brian England
3 Josh Brikis
4 Dan Buzgon
5 Scott Baumstein
6 Jonathan Kramer

Table 2

1 Dan Wach
2 Dave Inselberg
3 Jacobo Fernandez
4 Gary Schoengold
5 Orson Young
6 Jim Everhart

Table 3

1 Konstantine Basios
2 Doug Klevitz
3 Adam Hui
4 Andrew Klein
5 Scott Barlow
6 Micahel DiChiaro

Event 18: 18 Player Redraw

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The recent eliminations sets the field at 18 players who are now redrawing for new seats at the final three tables.


19 Mickael Morgousky (Brooklyn, NY) $1,168
20 Scott Blacker (Potomac, MD) $1,168
21 Derek Raymond (Portland, ME) $1,168
22 John Hinds (Winterville, NC) $1,168

Event 18: One Outer to Stay Alive

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blacker (2nd from right) & Railbirds

James Everhart (Mechanicsville, MD) hits the case queen against Scott Blacker's (Potomac, MD) pocket aces to double up to 300k and leave Blacker with only 15k. 

Everhart has pocket queens and another plays says he folded a queen.

"All in with aces, I couldn't be happier," says Blacker, "until the queen on the river," 

Everhart finishes off Blacker a few hands later as he finishes in 20th place.

Event 19: Tessler Takes Lead

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

Looks like Charles Tessler has edged out Mike Sheldon for the chip lead.

 Charles Tessler

Charles is up to ~120k, while Mike is stacking about 106k.

Right on Mike's heels is Justin Finberg, who has about 105k.

They're currently playing Limits of 2,500/5,000.

Event 18: Three Down

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

On the first hand of the day Darrell Ladlow (Lititz, PA), one of the short stacks, busts in 25th place.



23 Cherish Andrews (Chambersburg, PA) $1,168
24 Javier Fernandez (San Juan, PR) $1,168
25 Darrell Ladlow (Lititz, PA) $918

Event 19: HORSE Stampede

$400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

45 players return with an average stack of 40k (10 big bets). Michael Sheldon (Dresher, PA) is the big stack with 105k (26 BB).

The top 18 players cash and are guaranteed $704 as they shoot for the top prize of $14,085.

Limits are 2k/4k and the action is underway.

Event 18: 6 Max Restart

$500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The final 25 players return as they chase the $40,873 first place prize.  Brian England (Hazlet, NJ) is the chip leader with 460k (115 BB)  The average chip stack is 206k (52 BB) as blinds are 2k/4k/400 ante.

Cards are in the air!

Event 21: Black Chip Getting Ready

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

If the purple chip bounty isn't your color of choice, the black chip is a great alternative. $100 for each knockout plus re-entry makes for lots of action and a fast pace.

Players begin with 15k in chips and levels are 25 minutes each (levels16+/30 min.).

This is a one day tournament with unlimited re-entries through the first four levels.

Shuffle up and deal is moments away.

Event 20: Table Draws

$1,500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty NLHE

A look at familiar faces and their table draws:

Table 1

Matt Matros
Kevin Saul

Table 6

Alex Santiago
Vyacheslav Eyzerovich
Andrew Cornel Cimpan
Mikey Summers

Table 7

Russel Crane
Mike Dentale
Bob Hwang

Table 10

Ryan Eriquezzo
Phil Collins

Table 14

John Lakatosh
James Boyle

Table 16

Lee Childs
Steve Dannenmann
Bill Blanda

Also in the Field

Alex Queen, Todd Terry, Peter Ippolito, Steve Ryan, Will Failla, Jamie Kerstetter and many more!

Event 20: Purple Passion

$1,500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty NLHE

The biggest bounty tournament of the series is underway and is clearly the calm before weekend storm.  The purple chip ($500 for each knockout) is the prelude to the $1k six max Saturday and Sunday's start of the $2 million guaranteed Championship event.

The deep gives each player 20k in tournament chips and levels are 60 minutes each.

This is a two day tournament and the cards are in the air!

Friday, January 27

Today's Events (Event Center)

11AM: Event 20 - $1500 + $150 + $500 Purple Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 20,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 60 minutes each
  • This is a Bounty tournament.  Players must have their Bounty Chip clearly displayed on the table to remain active in tournament
  • 2-Day event
12PM:  Event 21 - $260 + $40 + $100 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels 1-15: will last 25 minutes  |  Levels 16+:  will last 30 minutes
  • This is a Bounty tournament.  Players must have their Bounty Chip clearly displayed on the table to remain active in tournament
  • Players that "bust" may Re-Enter during the first 4 Levels (unlimited re-entries)
  • 1-Day event
3PM:  Event 43 - $100 + $20 Championship Qualifier NLH

  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Levels will last 20 minutes each
  • Approximately 1 in 35 players will win entry into the Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship event (Jan 29 - Feb 3)
  • 1-Day event

7PM: Event 44 - $150 + $30 No Limit Hold'em 
  • Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 20 minutes each
  • 1-Day event

        Event 19: Hold Your H.O.R.S.E.S

        $400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

        Michael Sheldon - 104,500

        The level has ended and play comes to a halt for the night.

        Congratulations to our commanding chip leader Michael Sheldon (Dresher, PA) with 104,500.

        Started the day in Borgata Event Center with 121 players and now we're down to 47.

        Players have bagged their chips and will resume play with 1500 / 3000 blinds at high noon later today.

        Here are your chip leaders:

        1. Michael Sheldon.............104,500
        2. Charles Tessler...............82,500
        3. Mike Oar..........................75,500
        4. Justin Finberg.................71,600
        5. Jeff Jerome......................66,400
        6. Matthew Gambino...........56,000
        7. Larry St. Jean...................55,100
        8. Larry Gold.........................53,000

        Chris Reslock has 10,000 above average with 44,500 some hay...then saddle up again in nine hours.

        Event 18: End of Day Chip Counts

        $500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

        Started today with 344 and now dwindled to 25 players. Sleep well everyone then return tomorrow at noon for the conclusion of Event 18.

        Chip Leaders
        1. Brian England..............459,900
        2. Dan Vach......................450,000
        3. Scott Baumstein...........358,700
        4. Andrew Klein................335,500
        5. Derek Raymond...........330,000
        6. David Inselberg.............318,000
        7. Scott Barlow...................264,500
        8. Orson Young..................228,600

        Last Woman Standing, Cherish Andrews survives with 66,200

        Josh Brikis with 172,800.

        Join us tomorrow for complete coverage of one of our biggest and most popular tournaments in the Open Series, the Six-Max.

        Winner takes home a money-bomb of $40,873 from the $172,00 Total Buy-In.

        Event 18: Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

        $500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

        Brian England (Hazlet, NJ) 459,900

        Brian England gets it in good with 99 vs. 55 then falls behind when a five enters the door, then seals the deal when a 9-ball spikes the turn. Brian is our chipleader.

        Board ran: A-10-5-9-A

        At the same table, Konstantine Basios (New York, NY) felts a player when his A-J wins a K-10 suited coin flip.

        Konstantine finished 15th in yesterday's Event 16 for $2008 and again has cashed today.
        His wall of chips is also over 400,000.

        Event 18: Busto

        $500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

        Once the bubble burst, understandably play loosened up just a bit.

        Each player below survived the bubble then busted receiving $834.

        36th Place - Matthew Maccaroni (Hamilton Sq., NJ)
        35th Place - Aleksandr Bolotin (Brooklin, NY)
        34th Place - Wei Wang (Holmdel, NJ)
        33rd Place - Anthony Gregg (Columbia, MD)

        We'll bag and tag chips at 2am then wrap things up tomorrow.

        Of course we'll highlight who the chip leaders are so the Six-Maxers know who they'll have to be gunning for.

        Event 19: Levy Leaves

        $400 + $50 H.O.R.S.E.

        Mix game specialist Barry Levy was crippled by a couple key hands then lost his short stack to Scott Dupont (Norwhich, CT) who rolled over Aces in Stud hi-lo.

        Scott is a poker dealer at Mohegan Sun. "I've been dealing all over for 9 years and playing since 1999" said Dupont.

        When asked if there are any advantages to being both a dealer and a player Scott replied, "It's kind of like umpiring in baseball - just because you can call balls and strikes doesn't mean you can hit home-runs."

        Scott Dupont Turns 850 Into 29K

        Event 18: Joseph Un-Stuckey DaBubble

        $500 + $60 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

        Joseph Stuckey (Long Island)

        Finally after 1 hour, 14 minutes the bubble has burst and players got their well deserved break.

        Justin Friedman shipped UTG with 51,000 holding A-9 suited.
        Action folded around to Joseph Stuckey who was lucky to wake up with AQ in the big.

        Stuckey had 60,000 behind the 51,000 and made the call.

        Players, railbirds, and the floor gathered around the table once both players tabled their cards.

        Board ran clean with no sweats: 3-6-8-10-10.

        Congratulations to the remaining 36 players who have earned a slice of the huge $172,000 Total Buy-In Borgata Pie.

        When asked for a quote Joseph declined except to say, "Feel better Nancy".