Thursday, February 2, 2012

Event 27: 4th Place - Piccolo

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Matthew Piccolo (Dumont, NJ)
$4,556

Borgata regular Matthew Piccolo has now cashed in every season of Borgata Poker Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall events since January 2011.

We'll call it the Piccolo Slam.

As for today's event, Piccolo had the table in stitches as usual.

He caught lucky on one hand when his 10-8 button shove was called by Tim B's big blind A-10.

Matthew caught the 8-ball on the flop and it held.

This caused Ben Geller on the rail to say, "What planet are you from kid?"

A couple rounds later Matthew shoves from the button again. Tim tanks again, this time longer. Finally he calls with Jacks.

Matthew's A-J vs. Tim's JJ.

Board: 6-3-8-9-4.

With that loss, Piccolo was down to 8,000 and got it in begging for a double gutter on the river that never hit.

Matthew Piccolo finished in 4th Place earning $4,556

Event 27: 5th Place - Goldberger

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Leo Goldberger (Brooklyn, NY)
$3,524

The dream is over for Leo Goldberger who had the final table laughing throughout the night but in the end it was Kevin "Don't Get In My" Way who did it again and had the last laugh.

Leo cuts out 500,000 into the pot pre and gets a call from Kevin Way. He says good luck to his Opponent before the flop.

Flop falls 9-2-10 (all hearts) and Leo immediately announces all-in.

Kevin quickly calls and tables A-10.

Leo shows K-K and nobody has a heart.

A ten on the turn gives Kevin trips and Leo goes out in 5th Place.

Event 27: 6th Place - Wolper

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Howard Wolper (Atlantic City, NJ)
$2,975

Extremely fitting for Groundhog's Day as the exact knock-out scenario we just witnessed happened again.

The same cards, the same winner in Kevin Way, just a different loser.

Howard Wolper had QQ and got his chips in against chipleader Kevin Way's KK.

Kings held on a board of A-8-4-10-10.

Just like that the Borgata Poker legend, Howard Wolper is out.

This certainly is Kevin's lucky day causing Matthew Piccolo to bow and call him "The Chosen One".

Event 27: 7th Place - Meadow

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Jordon Meadow (Poughkeepsie, NY)
$2,399

End of the road for Jordon Meadow who had QQ and ran into Kevin Way's KK.

Kings held on a board of 8-7-8-6-5.

Jordon was greeted by Jack Pomeranc who also got knocked out. The two had played side by side a good amount of the day.

Meadow lost 1.2 million on the hand and regretted that he tangled with the chip leader at the table in Kevin Way.

His girlfriend gave support from the rail.

Jordon Meadow finished in 7th Place and earned $2,399.

Event 27: 8th Place - Pomeranc

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Jack Pomeranc (Wayne, NJ)
$1,791

Amateur poker player Jack Pomeranc was thrilled to be at the final table.

"It was a dream come true to be here" said Jack the Executive Gift Company owner.

"I was on life support many times" joked Jack who admitted he had his share of lucky hits.

His final hand was J-9 vs. Tim B's A-Q.

Board ran clean: 7-6-2-K-8

Jack Pomerance finished in 8th Place earning $1,791.

Event 27: 9th Place - Linton

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Albert Linton (Baltimore, MD)
$1,214

Albert Linton got his chips in with the best hand but couldn't survive David Heck's flopped set of eights. Albert tabled 10-10 vs. Heck's 8-8. Action was all-in pre flop.

Board ran: K-8-6-7-Q

Albert Linton finished in 9th Place earning $1,214.

Event 27: 10th Place - Jacobi

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Matthew Jacobi (North Carolina)
$789

Matthew Jacobi jammed his 200,000 in with K-10 but ran into AA of Jack Pomeranc.

Jacobi is the first player out at this final table of ten.

He takes home $789 and a Blind Squirrel t-shirt for his one day of work.

Event 27: Final Table of Ten

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Final Table Time

Congratulations to the final ten players remaining in Event 27.

1. Kevin Way - 590,000
2.Tim B. - 600,000
3. Matthew Jacobi - 200,000
4. David Heck - 725,000
5. Jack Pomeranc - 243,000
6. Howard Wolper - 2,100,000
7. Albert Linton - 310,000
8. Leo Goldberger - 1,000,000
9. Jordon Meadow - 1,250,000
10. Matthew Piccolo - 780,000

Howard Wolper is your chip leader with 2,100,000.

Event 27: 11th Place - Gold

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Larry Gold (Medford, NY)
$789

Larry Gold was crippled when his 7-10 suited small blind 400,000 shove ran into Matthew Piccolo's AA.

Board ran 6-J-Q-Q-5

Larry was down to 12,000 and survived the next hand when his 8-9 found two pair against two other players. With that triple up, Larry waited for his spot.

Gold's final hand was A-2 vs. A-J and he ran into Piccolo's J on the flop.

Larry is the final table bubble as the remaining ten players got new seat assignments in a redraw.

Event 27: Bindert Busted

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Jess At Your Service

Out in 12th place for $789 is Bryan Bindert (Deptford, NJ).

Bryan and Howard Wolper were getting into some sparring jabs at the table then settled their differences on the felt.

Bryan had A-9 and couldn't improve against Wolper's J-J.

Board ran: K-Q-6-6-Q

Bryan was a little camera shy so we posted one of Jess instead.

Final Table Preview/Day 4 Recap

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em   

Goldman & Dannenmann

The final table of the Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship is filled with heavy hitters as the event is just ten players from awarding the title, the trophy and the $542,771 first prize.  Marc Goldman (Easton, PA) is the chip leader with 4.2 million, while WSOP Main Event runner-up Steve Dannenmann continues to be a short stack ninja.

Goldman says that, "making this final table with these legends," is the greatest accomplishment in his poker career.  The 23 year old is currently unemployed and is an amateur player.

He'll be up against Dannenmann, who finished second to Joe Hachem in 2005, and two players who hold WSOP bracelets in Brock Parker (2) and Jeff Papola (1).  These three have combined to win $8 million in career tournament earnings.

While Parker and Papola are 4th and 5th respectfully in chips with ~2.5 million,  Dannenmann has been at the bottom of the chip counts the entire tournament. He's 9th out of 10 players with 687k and only has 13 big blinds.

Dannenamann began Day 4 26th out of 27 players and after Day 2 was 111 out of 119 remaining players.

"I had to cancel all my appointments for tomorrow," said Dannenmann who's a full time CPA. He added that poker is only a hobby and that he only plays in 15-20 big tournaments a year. 

While Dannenmann has been nursing a short stack, Goldman has enjoyed a big stack most of the tournament and holds a 1.2 million chip lead over Nick Manfredo, who's second.  Goldman had the chip lead after Day 2, was second after Day 3 and heading to the final table once again has the lead.

He got Day 4 started when he knocked out Borgata regulars Dan Buzgon (3rd, 2011 Borgata Poker Open) and Amanda Musumeci (62nd, 2011 WSOP Main Event) as a lot of familiar faces hit the rail. They included, Dave "Cold Stone" Inselberg (27th), Buzgon (24th) Charlie Townsend (23rd), Musumeci (22nd) and Brent Hanks (19th).

Also at the final table is Josh Mancuso, John Zoldak, Sam Berstein, Christian Iacobellis and Cedric Adam.  Iacobellis was 10th in the 2010 Borgata Poker Open, while Adam returns as the short stack.

Play resumes noon Friday with blinds at 25k/50k/4k ante.

Final Table 

Name-Chip Count

Marc Goldman - 4.213 million
Nick Manfredo - 3.042 million
Josh Mancuso - 2.647 million
Brock Parker - 2.534 million
Jeff Papola - 2.459 million
John Zoldak - 2.34 million
Sam Bernstein - 1.877 million
Christian Iacobellis - 1.672 million
Steve Dannenmann - 687k
Cedric Adam - 598k

Event 27: 13th Place - Mesquita

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Eliano Mesquita (Brazil)
$607

Eliano got his chips in with A-6 but lost to Bryan Bindert's (Deptford, NJ) K-5.

Bindert used his 5 to to turn a straight and his King to hit a flush.

Eliano is originally from Brazil and representing his country's colors.

Other recent bust-outs include:
16th Place - John Hunter - $516
15th Place - Thomas Balla - $607
14th Place - Linhkhoune Virath - $607

Event 27: Three Gone Before Dinner Break

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Three bust outs in the final five minutes before the dinner break.

First to go is Perry Baldwin (E. Northport, NY) who finishes 18th.

Then it's Matt Jacobi (Durham, NC) taking the chip lead with 1.1 million after knocking out Brian Corbett (Jamesburg, NJ) in 17th place when his pocket aces hold against AJ.

Finally on the last hand before dinner break Leo Goldberg (Brooklyn, NY) hits an ace while holding A Q to bust John Hunter's (Bronx, NY) pocket 10s.  Hunter is out in 16th place as all three players earn $516.

The remaining 15 players are on a one hour dinner break and play resumes at 8:20 pm.

Event 27: Win One, Lose One for Kevin

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Two Kevins are all in with Kevin Way (Upper Pottsgrove, PA) dominating Kevin Radday (Washintonville, NY) AK vs A 10.  Radday doesn't get any help and is out in 19th place, earning $455.

Way takes his stack to 900k after grabbing 350k from Radday. The final 18 players are redrawing for seats on the final two tables.

Place-Name-Amount

19th Kevin Radday (Washingtonville, NY) $455
20th Alok Arora (Wilmington, DE) $455
21st Martino Scaturro (Clark, NJ) $455
22nd Chris Chan (New York, NY)$455

Event 27: Busto, 23rd-27th Places

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Place-Name-Amount

23rd Lee Balestier (North Bergen, NJ) $455
24th James Boyle (Havre de Grace, MD) $455
25th Patricia Cahill (Port Jefferson Station, NY) $455
26th Deon Nossell (New York, NY) $455
27th John Mitchell (Norwood, PA) $455

Event 27: Turbo Time

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

The tournament keeps buzzing along as we're down to three tables and 27 players.

Alex Santiago (West Hartford, CT) and Howard Wolper are involved in a huge hand as both players each have ~400k and they're all in preflop.

Santiago: KK
Wolper: AK

The flop brings an ace and gives Wolper the chip lead with 850k.  Santiago is out in 28th place.

Blinds going up to 10k/20k/3k ante.

Event 27: Bubble Breaks

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

The final 36 players are in the money.

Place-Name-Amount

29th Vincent Pizaro (East Meadow, NY) $364
30th Emmanuel Vega (New York, NY) $364
31st Matthew Damon (Astoria, NY) $364
32nd  Angelo Bonomo (Williamstown, NJ) $364
33rd John Pirisino (Lutherville Timonium, MD) $364
34th Jeffrey Perricone (New Milford, NJ) $364
35th Michael Brownbridge (New Brunswick, NJ) $364
36th Andrew Interdonato (Washington, DC) $364

Final Table Lineup with Chip Counts

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em

The final ten got their seat draws for the final table, then counted and bagged up their chips.  They will return at noon Friday for the final table.

Here they are with their seat assignments and chip counts.

Seat - Player - Chips

1 - Josh Mancuso - 2.647 million
2 - Brock Parker - 2.534 million
3 - Cedric Adam - 598k
4 - John Zoldak - 2.34 million
5 - Steve Dannenmann - 687k
6 - Christian Iacobellis - 1.672 million
7 - Nick Manfredo - 3.042 million
8 - Jeff Papola - 2.459 million
9 - Sam Bernstein - 1.877 million
10 - Marc Goldman - 4.213 million

Average stack is 2.2 million.  36:12 minutes remain in the 25k/50k blind level.

11th Place - Urioste

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em

Luis Urioste (Flushing, NY)
$29,244

Blinds 25k/50k/4k ante

Urioste is all in for 700k with pocket queens against the pocket kings of Brock Parker.  Urioste doesn't get any help and he's out in 11th place, earning $29,244.

The final 10 players are now bagging and tagging and are set for Friday's final table.  Tournament Director Tab Duchateau says, "it gets them every time. Level 27 (25k/50k) is the level of death. We always hit the final table now."

12th Place - Verrecchia

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em

 Joe Verrecchia (Haddonfield, NJ)
$29,244

Joe Verrecchia opened for 100k (min-raise) on the button.  Jeff Papola (bb) announced he was all-in, having Joe covered.

Joe called all-in showing A8 of diamonds.

Jeff held AK of hearts.

The board ran out K T 5 5 4 with only one diamond.  Jeff collected the pot.

Joe will collect $29,244 for 12th place.

Event 27: Payouts

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry) 

Entries: 313
Total Buy-In: $62,600

Place - Amount

1st $16,397
2nd $9,110
3rd  $5,649
4th $4,556
5th $3,524
6th $2,975
7th $2,399
8th $1,791
9th $1,214
10-12 $789
13-15 $607
16-18 $516
19-27 $455
28-36 $364

Big Pot for Manfredo

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em

Nick Manfredo called from the small blind, then Cedric Adam raised 75k on top from the big.   Nick called. 

The flop came Q J T with two spades.

Nick checked, Cedric bet 120k, and Nick called. 

Turn was an offsuit 3. 

Again Nick checked.  Cedric bet 225k.  Nick checked out Cedric's remaining stack (~1 million) and then called.

River was an offsuit 9.

Nick again checked.  Cedric bet 400k.  Nick snap-calledm, showing KQ for the King-high straight.

Cedric mucked his hand.  Nick chipped up to over 3 million.  Cedric was left with ~700k.

Steve Dannenmann has been all-in three times, but gotten no callers.  He's chipped up to over 600k with the blinds and antes.

Event 27: Fading the River

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

 Lucky Leo

The featured table in the main part of the Poker Room has a lot of recognizable faces including Larry Gold, Howard Wolper, Alex Santiago and Leo Goldberger.

We walk by just in time to see everyone debating the hand that has Goldberger surviving his all in with pocket 7s against AK and AJ. It's a massive 350k pot that has Goldberger more than doubling his 150k stack as he survives three over cards, plus flush and straight draws after the turn.

Goldberger is one of the big stacks as 50 players remain with an average stack of 157k (20 BB) as 36 make the money

Blinds are 4k/8k/500 ante.

Break Time Chip Counts

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em

Another level gone and the final 12 players are taking 15.  Here are some approximate chip counts:

Marc Goldman - 3.5 million (70 big blinds)
Sam Bernstein - 2.5 million
John Zoldak - 2.4 million
Nick Manfredo - 2.2 million
Joshua Mancuso - 2 million
Jeff Papola - 2 million
Brock Parker - 1.7 million
Cedric Adam - 1.6 million
Christian Iacobellis - 1.4 million
Luis Urioste - 1.1 million
Joe Verrecchia - 1 million
Steve Dannenmann - 525k (just over 10 big blinds)

Play resumed after the break with blinds of 25k/50k with 4k antes.


Average stack is ~1.8 million (36 big blinds).

Big Pot for Papola

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em

In a battle of the blinds, Luis Urioste (small) and Jeff Papola (big) got to the river with a board of T 3 2 2 A. 

Luis checked, Jeff bet ~300k, and Luis called, showing pocket 9s.  Jeff held pocket Jacks to take the pot.

Jeff chipped up to ~2 million.  Luis was left with ~1.1 million.

13th Place - Stefanski

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em 

 David Stefanski (East Lyme, CT)
$21,056

Blinds 20k/40/4k ante

Joshua Mancuso opens to 82k, David Stefanski moves all in for 450k, Mancuso calls. 

Stefanski is in trouble with 99 against Mancuso's 10 10 and doesn't get any help.

David Stefanski finishes in 13th place for $21,056.

 

Big Double for Adam

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em    

Cedric Adam (button) opened for 90k.  Joshua Mancuso (bb) called.  

The flop came T♠9♠5.  Joshua led out for 92k.  Cedric raised to 230k.  Joshua gave it some thought, then moved all-in.  Cedric called all-in.

 Cedric Adam & Joshua Mancuso

Joshua had QJ for the open-ender with two overs.  Cedric held K♠J♠ for the flush draw, gutshot, and two overs.

It was over on the turn when the 3♠ fell, giving Cedric the flush.  The river was the 8c, completing Joshua's straight, but it was too little, too late.  Cedric doubled up to ~2.2 million.

Joshua was left with ~1.3 million.

14th Place - Evers

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em 

 Tom Evers (E. Northport, NY)
  $21,056

Blinds 20k/40k/4k ante

Luis Urioste opens to 82k, Brock Parker raises to 215k, Tom Evers moves all in for 465k. Urioste gets out of the way and Parker calls.

Evers is crushed KK vs AA and doesn't get any help on 8 9 10 5 8 board; Parker now has 2.1 million chips.

Tom Evers takes home $21,056 for his 14th place finish.

Break Time Chip Counts

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em   

It's break time and time for some rough chip counts.

Table 1
Brock Parker - 1.3 million
Christian Iacobellis - 1.2 million
Joe Verrecchia - 1.3 million
Tom Evers - 900k
Luis Urioste - 2.3 million
Jeff Papola - 700k
Marc Goldman - 3.1 million

Table 2
Nick Manfredo - 2.1 million
Cedric Adam - 1.1 million
John Zoldak - 2.9 million
Joshua Mancuso - 1.5 million
Sam Bernstein - 2.6 million
Steve Dannenmann - 620k
David Stefanski - 500k

Play resumed after the break with 20k/0k with 4k antes.

14 players remain.  Average stack is 1.6 million (40 big blinds).

15th Place

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em 


Blinds 15k/30k/3k ante

Christian Iacobellis raises to 65k, David (NY), who was just crippled, moves all in for 137k, Jeff Papola moves all in for 500k+ and Iacobellis reluctantly folds.

David: J♠ Q
Papola: 8 8♣

Flop: K 9♠ 6 (David with inside straight draw)
Turn: K♣

River 7♣

David doesn't get any help and is out in 15th place for $21,056.

16th Place - Quartomy

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em   

Tom Evers was all-in (utg) and got called by David Laufer in the big blind. 

Tom held T9.  David held pocket Tens.

The board came Q J 5 5 8 and Tom rivered the straight to double up to over 850k.  David was left with under 200k.

 Ray Quartomy (Sugar Land, TX)
$14,505

Ray Quartomy was all-in with AK against the A8 of Nick Mancuso.

The board came 8 7 4 Q Q and Nick took the pot with two pair.

Ray will take home $14,505 for 16th place.

17th Place - Nair

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em   

Jay Nair (Redmond, WA)
$14,505

 Jay Nair moved in from the cutoff for 177k.

Joshua Mancuso called from the small blind with A7 suited.  Jay had KJ offsuit.

The board came Q 8 6 9 5 and Joshua improved to a straight (not that he needed it) to take the pot.

Jay took $14,505 for 17th place.

It's A Numbers Game

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em   

The final 17 have settled in for some serious poker.  There have been some all-ins, but no calls yet.

Average stack is almost 1.3 million.  With 15k/30k blinds, that's 43 big blinds and plenty deep.

Jay Nair is the short stack with ~200k (<7 big blinds).

Marc Goldman is the big stack with over 3 million (100 big blinds).

Massive Double-Up for Bernstein

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em  

Ray Quartomy (button) raised and got three-bet by Sam Bernstein in the big blind. 

 Ray Quartomy & Sam Bernstein

Ray called the raise and the flop came J 5 3.

Ray moved all-in and Sam snap-called, showing pocket Aces.  Ray rolled over QT offsuit.

The last two came 7 Q and were no help to Ray.

Sam doubled up to over 2.7 million.

Ray was left with about 1 million.

18th Place - Rohde

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em  

Play resumed after the break with binds of 15k/30k and 3k antes.

Marc Goldman is the chip leader with ~2.6 million.
Ray Quartomy is second with 2.4 million.
John Zoldak is third with 2.3 million.

Daniel Rohde (New York, NY)
$14,505

On a flop of A T x, Daniel Rohde was all-in against Luis Urioste.  Daniel held AQ, but was beat by Luis' pocket Tens, which had flopped a set.

The last two were bricks and Luis took the pot.  He's now over 2.2 million.

Daniel Rohde took $14,505 for 18th place.

19th Place - Hanks

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em 

 Brent Hanks (Las Vegas, NV)
$12,400

Brent Hanks got his chips in good with pocket Queens.  Joshua Mancuso held pocket Tens.

The board ran clean until the river, when a Ten hit, sending the pot to Joshua.

Brent Hanks finished in 19th place, earning $12,400.

Table 3 broke so 18 players remain at two tables.  That's also the end of the level, so players are taking a break.

20th Place - Currie

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em 

 Danny Currie (Cliftonee, VA)
$12,400

Luis Urioste min-raised from the small blind and Danny Currie three-bet all-in.  Luis called with AK of spades.  Danny held pocket 2s. 

The board deliver a straight for Luis to take the pot.

Danny Currie finished in 20th place, earning $12,400.

21st Place - Fama

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em 

 Lee Fama (Brooklyn, NY)
$12,400

 Lee Fama held A5 suited in clubs and had flopped a flush draw.  He was all-in in a multi-way pot.

He whiffed the draw and Steve Dannenmann won the pot with pocket 8s.

Lee finished in 21st place ($12,400).

22nd place - Musumeci

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em

 Amanda Musumeci (Philadelphia, PA)
$12,400

On the turn with a board of 8♠835, Marc Goldman (mp) led out for 115k.  Amanda Musumeci (cutoff) tanked, then moved all-in.  Marc called, showing pocket Kings.

Amanda had QJ offsuit -- no heart.  The river was irrelevant as she was drawing dead.

Marc collected the pot.  Amanda will collect $12,400 for 22nd place.

23rd Place - Townsend

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em 

 Charlie Townsend (Dagboro, DE)
$12,400

David Stefanski opened for a raise, then Charlie Townsend three-bet.  David shoved and Charlie called all-in.

David held pocket Kings.  Charlie held JT (I don't make this stuff up, folks).

The board changed nothing and David took the pot.

Charlie Townsend took $12,400 for his 23rd place finish.

24th Place - Buzgon

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em

 Dan Buzgon (Marlton, NJ)
$12,400

Dan Buzgon shoved utg for 290k and got action from Marc Goldman (mp). 

Dan held pocket 6s and was racing against Marc's AK.

The board came 9 5 4 9 A and the ubiquitous Ace on the river gave Marc the bigger pair and the pot.

Ban Buzgon finished in 24th place ($12,400).

25th Place - Marcus

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em

Greg Marcus (Miami, FL)
$12,400


Greg Marcus moved in from the button and got looked up by John Zoldak in the big blind.

Greg held A8 off and was racing against John's pocket 4s.

The board came K 9 6 J T and John's pair was good.

Greg Marcus finished in 25th place for $12,400.

26th Place - Richey

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em

 Brett Richey (New York, NY)
$12,400

Brett Richey shoved from the cutoff and got called by Daniel Rohde in the small blind.

Brett's KQ was dominated by Daniel's AQ.  An Ace on the flop spelled the end for Brett.

Brett Richey finished in 26th place for $12,400.

Townsend Doubles, Urioste Doubles

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em

Charlie Townsend doubled through Cedric Adam with pocket Kings.  Cedric was left with ~400k.


Luis Urioste

Luis Urioste was all-in holding KT suited in spades.  Daniel Currie had him crushed with pocket Aces.  The the board came with two spades on the flop and a third on the turn.  Luis doubled up.

27th Place - Inselberg

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em

Steve Dannenmann open-shoved from the middle.

Cedric Adam called from the cutoff.

David Inselberg called all-in from the small blind.

Steve:  AK off
Cedric: JJ
David: JJ

The board ran A 9 3 2 7 and Steve paired his Ace, effectively tripled up, and busted David in the process.  He's over 700k now.

David Inselberg (Long Beach, NY) finished in 27th place, earning $12,400.

Day 4 Underway; Payout Reminder

$3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em

Cards are in the air for day four of the Championship event.

Play has resumed with blinds of 10k/20k with 2k antes.  About 18 minutes remain in this level.

All 27 players are in their seats and ready to continue the fight for the top prize of over half a million dollars. 

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

1st    $542,771
2nd   $315,837
3rd   $193,012
4th   $159,088
5th   $128,674
6th   $105,279
7th     $84,223
8th     $64,337
9th     $44,451
10-12 $29,244
13-15 $21,056
16-18 $14,505
19-27 $12,400

Event 27: More Faces

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry) 

More familiar faces have turned up in today's other event:

James Boyle
Steven Scales
Roman Valerstein
Ryan Eriquezzo
Eric Doerr
Len Vizirov
Marguerite Spagnuolo
John Koliner
Ben Geller
Omar Akataxi


PPI Perspective

Borgata Winter Poker Open

The 2012 Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship hits day 4 as players position themselves for the Final Table. With 27 players remaining, PPI (Poker Players International) Pros represent more than 10% of the remaining field.

Dave" Coldstone" Inselberg has had a solid BWO series with multiple cashes and big event final table experience (via the 2010 Foxwoods WPT Championship where he came in 2nd place for over $300k).

Steve Dannenmann, the 2005 WSOP Main Event runner-up, who cashed in that event for over $4.25 million

Charlie Townsend, who has had a long and successful poker career, rounds out the three remaining PPI Players, who coincidentally will all start at the same table when play resumes today.

Both Larry Gold and Matt Brady of PPI also cashed in the featured Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship event.

We anticipate an exciting final two days here at the BWO. Coming off this record-setting series, poker players from around the world are already making their plans for future Borgata poker events.

Good luck to all still in the Championship Event!

Eric Siegel
Co-Founder- Marketing and Player Development Leader
Poker Players International

Here are the updated PPI Leaderboard results with the winner receiving a Borgata VIP Package:

Position-Name-Points

1 - 569.668 | EMANUEL FAILLA
2 - 346.955 | MATTHEW MAZZEO
3 - 344.525 | JONATHAN SORSCHER
4 - 275.538 | JOSHUA BRIKIS
5 - 260.925 | MICHAEL DENTALE
6 - 249.488 | RYAN ERIQUEZZO
7 - 248.763 | LAURENCE GOLDSTEIN
8 - 235.100 | VINEET PAHUJA
9 - 198.175 | DAVID INSELBERG
10 - 192.875 | CHRIS RESLOCK
11 - 189.708 | JAMIE KERSTETTER
12 - 178.113 | MARGUERITE SPAGNUOLO
13 - 176.063 | MICHAEL SICA
14 - 173.188 | JAMES SALTERS
15 - 170.713 | JAMES BOYLE
16 - 170.450 | SHEREE BYKOFSKY
17 - 152.780 | GEORGE MEDRANO
18 - 150.800 | GORDON ENG
19 - 127.193 | JAMES STENELLA
20 - 108.313 | ALBERT RICCOBONO
21 - 107.350 | KELLY ARMENTROUT
22 - 95.450 | ROBERT HWANG
23 - 90.650 | ANTHONY CAMPAGNA
24 - 80.450 | JASON YOUNG
25 - 78.813 | MICHAEL CASTALDO
26 - 77.500 | ALLEN KESSLER
27 - 77.463 | CHARLES MARCHESE
28 - 68.325 | STEVEN DANNENMANN
29 - 68.025 | DAVID ZEITLIN
30 - 61.125 | JONATHAN WERZ
31 - 55.800 | ANDREW KLOC
32 - 51.013 | FRANK CIERI
33 - 49.500 | ADAM GERBER
34 - 48.775 | CARLOS DELAFUENTE
35 - 41.750 | CONCETTA RINALDI
36 - 34.850 | MICHAEL BORCHETTA
37 - 34.225 | ROSLYN QUARTO
38 - 31.200 | KAREN PEREZ
39 - 31.088 | RALPH PECORALE
40 - 29.825 | CARLOS COLON
41 - 28.300 | ELIZABETH GREY-PARDO
42 - 28.025 | ASHIRA LAVINE
43 - 24.975 | LISA PICKELL
44 - 17.500 | ALEXANDER CUKAR
45 - 16.000 | IAN PALOMO
46 - 16.000 | IAN PALOMO
47 - 16.000 | MICAH RASKIN
48 - 16.000 | JACK SCHANBACHER
49 - 10.000 | JEFFREY VANCHIRO
50 - 7.800 | BRENT KELLER
51 - 7.200 | ESTHER TAYLOR

Event 7: Familiar Faces

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Some familiar faces have turned up in the early going today:

Gene Castro
Ibra Ibraimovic
Elliott Zaydman
Leo G
Allan Lubin
Cathy Dever
Larry Gold
Howard Wolper

Late registration is open until the end of the re-entry period, which is through 8 levels.

Borgata Leaderboard Update (2/2)

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

Below are the top scores for the 2012 Borgata Winter Poker Open Leaderboard*
(Final Results from events 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53)

583.605 PTS:  THOMAS HOGLUND (NEW BEDFORD, MA)
569.668 PTS:  EMANUEL FAILLA (SMITHTOWN, NY)
437.668 PTS:  MICHAEL LINSTER (ISLAND PARK, NY)
434.893 PTS:  JOSEPH OPIE (FAIR HAVEN, NJ)
418.588 PTS:  MICKAEL MORGOUSKY (BROOKLYN, NY)
401.688 PTS:  DARYL BOATWRIGHT (SICKLERVILLE, NJ)
392.238 PTS:  BEN GELLER (FAR ROCKAWAY, NY)
391.150 PTS:  DARYL BLACK (VOORHEES, NJ)
389.875 PTS:  GONZALO VILLARREAL (E HANOVER, NJ)
389.488 PTS:  JOSEPH STUCKEY (HICKSVILLE, NY)
370.163 PTS:  LEONID VIZIROV (CHALFONT, PA)
362.063 PTS:  KEVIN SAUL (WARRENVILLE, IL)
354.013 PTS:  JOSEPH MOSCA (BRONX, NY)
348.040 PTS:  SRIDHAR CHEBROLU (ELLICOTT CITY, MD)
346.955 PTS:  MATTHEW MAZZEO (EAST WILLISTON, NY)
344.525 PTS:  JONATHAN SORSCHER (LYNBROOK, NY)
333.198 PTS:  DANIEL DACONTI (MOUNT LAUREL, NJ)
331.425 PTS:  SCOTT SCHWALICH (MIAMISBURG, OH)
325.963 PTS:  MANH NGUYEN (MUNHALL, PA)
318.625 PTS:  HARRY KOROTKI (OWINGS MILLS, MD)
317.875 PTS:  LINHKHOUNE VIRATH (NOKESVILLE, VA)
313.055 PTS:  WADE WOELFEL (MANKATO, MN)
310.850 PTS:  JOSEPH BRAND (FAIRLAWN, NJ)
302.025 PTS:  MICHAEL FORCA (BABYLON, NY)

Early Bird Catches Two Worms

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

Level 2: blinds are 50/100 (this is the Turbo portion of the tournament).

After a small raise, two players came along for a flop of Q 5 4.

All three players got their chips in the middle.  The pre-flop raiser held pocket Kings (overpair).  Another player held 54 for bottom two pair.

 Jim Follmer with his Triple-Staring-Stack

Jim Follmer (Dillsburg, PA) had Q5 for top two pair.  The last two changed nothing and Jim collected the pot, busting two players in the process.

He's up to just over 75k, triple the starting stack of 25k.  Needless to say, he's the chip leader.

Event 27: Underway

$200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

The penultimate trophy event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open is underway.

We have returned to the Poker Room for the last two days of the BWPO.

Today's main event starts players with 25,000 chips (Deep Stack) and 15 minute levels (Turbo).  Levels go to 30 minutes beginning with level 16 (that's the Semi-Turbo part).

Players who bust out during the first 8 levels may chose to re-enter as many times as they like.

Level 1 blinds are 25/50.  Cards are in the air!

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

Thursday, February 2

Today's Events (Poker Room)

11AM: Event 27 - $200 + $30 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

  • Players start with 25,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels 1-15: will last 15 minutes each | Levels 16+: will last 30 minutes each 
  • Players may Re-Enter during first 8 Levels (unlimited Re-Entries) 
  • 1-Day event
12 PM:  Event 23 - $3,300 + $200 Championship NLH
  • Day 4 
6PM: Event 54 - $100 + $20 + $25 Green Chip Bounty NLH
  • 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 26 Recap

      $200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Mickael Morgousky just sent the entire final table to the morgue and emerged as the Event 26 winner to the tune of $43,363. The final six fell in rapid succession as Mickael and the boys finally got down to business.

      "I liked all the guys at the final table...all were gentlemen and great players" said Morgousky.

      A key hand to Mikael's victory occurred after dinner when he made a move with K-10 and found himself way behind against Opponent's K-K. After a 10 on the flop and another 10 on the river, MM went from 400,000 to 850,000 and started cruising.

      This event played side by side in The Event Center next to the 2012 Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship and finished up around 5:30 AM.

      The field was filled with pros and amateurs, young guns and seasoned veterans all vying for a chunk of the massive $203,200 Total Buy-In. Two pros that played and made the cash were Allen Kessler (88th / $414) and Miami John Cernuto (36th / $769). Other familiar faces included Chris Leong, Elia Ahmadian, Tony Cousineau, Cathy Dever, Adam Agaev, Steve Ryan, and Joe Boatwright.

      And congratulations to the last woman standing, Borgata regular Grace Sun (Merrick, NY) who finished (25th / $887).

      The full stampede of 1,016 entries kicked things off at 11AM with a big stack of 20,000. Many took advantage of the Re-entry through the first eight levels. Of course Borgata once again reached the $100,000 guarantee - in fact they doubled it!

      "I fired one bullet" said our Champion, Mickael referring to his 1 re-entry bid. In addition to this $43,363 score, Mickael also took 4th Place in the 2010 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship Event for over $85,000.

      It's also Mickael's fourth cash of this series.

      Final Table Results

      Place-Name-Amount

      1. Mickael Morgousky (Riverside, RI) $43,363
      2. Daniel DaConti (Mount Laurel, NJ) $26,057
      3. Joe Brand (Fairlawn, NJ) $15,768
      4. Frank Pergola (Cranford, NJ) $13,206
      5. Mark Bowin (Somerset, NJ) $10,841
      6. Fred Koutishian (Forked River, NJ) $ 8,771
      7. Michael Mercier (Providence, RI) $6,997
      8. John Johnston (Howard Beach, NY) $ 5,322
      9. Sameer Aljanedi (Marina Del Rey, CA) $3,646
      10. Ilya Dyment (Brooklyn, NY) $2,365

      Event 26 Champion: Morgousky

      200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Mickael Morgousky (Brooklyn, NY)
      $43,363

      Amateur poker player Mickael Morgousky just took down Event 26.

      This is his fourth cash of the 2012 Borgata Winter Poker Open.

      He kept improving on his finishes - 39th, 19th, 11th, and now a 1st.

      Mickael played in the Championship but lost with 10 minutes to go at the end of day 2.

      He would like to thank Borgata for a fantastic series and say hello to his nephew Sammy.

      Mickael Morgousky finished 1st and earned $43,363.

      Event 26: 2nd Place - DaConti

      200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Dan DaConti (Mount Laurel, NJ)
      $26,057

      A key hand for Dan at the final table was when he rivered a full-house with an Opponent shoving all-in from the button. Dan called from the big blind with 5-5 and shot up to 3.7 million in chips.

      Board: 3-5-10-J-3

      He was the chip leader for a good part of the ft from that point forward.

      Dan DaConti finished in 2nd Place earning $26,057.

      Event 26: 3rd Place - Brand

      200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Joe Brand (Fairlawn, NJ)
      $15,768

      Joe Brand finished in 3rd Place earning $15,768.

      Event 26: 4th Place - Pergola

      200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Frank Pergola (Cranford, NJ)
      $13,206

      Frank Pergola finished in 4th Place earning $13,206

      Event 26: 5th Place - Bowin

      200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Mark Bowin (Somerset, NJ)
      $10,841

      Mark Bowin finished in 5th Place earning $10,841

      Event 26: 6th Place - Koutishian

      200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Fred Koutishian (Forked River, NJ)
      $8,771

      Fred Koutishian finished in 6th Place earning $8,771

      Event 26: 7th Place - Mercier

      200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Michael Mercier (Providence, RI)
      $6,997

      Michael "The Matador" Mercier has been playing professional poker for two years, ever since he was laid off from his hospital job.

      Michael's exit hand - he stuck in his last 500,000 UTG with A-3 and lost to the big blind who called with 7-4 off.

      7 on the turn spelled curtains for Mercier.

      The Matador gives a shout out to "Free Agents", the softball team he coaches.

      Event 26: 8th Place - Johnston

      200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      John Johnston (Howard Beach, NY)
      $5,322

      John got it in good with 10-10 but Opponent's A-5 found two aces on the flop.

      The personal trainer almost cashed yesterday but succeeded tonight with $5,322 from his $230 investment today.

      John Johnston finished in 8th Place earning $5,322.

      Event 26: 9th Place - Aljanedi

      200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Sameer Aljanedi (Marina Del Rey, CA)
      $3,646

      Sameer shoved with A-7 and ran into A-K.

      Sameer picked up a heart draw on the river but couldn't manage the four flush.

      Board ran: Q-5-6-K-10

      He came to Borgata to play in the Championship but will settle for 9th place cash.

      Aljanedi took 2nd at Bellagio in October for $250,000.

      Sameer Aljanedi finished in 9th Place earning $3,646.

      Event 26: Final Table of Ten

      200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Seat - Name - Chips

      1. Daniel Daconti - 3,400,000
      2. Joe Brand - 3,400,000
      3. Frank Pergola - 1,800,000
      4. Michael Mercier - 900,000
      5. Mark Bowin - 1,700,000
      6. Sameer Aljanedi - 1,200,000
      7. Fred Koutishian - 3,100,000
      8. John Johnston - 1,800,000
      9. Mickael Morgousky - 1,700,000
      10. Ilya Dyment - 2,400,000

      One hand into the final table, Ilya Dyment busted.

      He'll take home $2,365 for 10th Place.

      Evnet 26: 11th Place - Yoo

      200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Byung H. Yoo (Norwood, NJ)
      $2,365

      Byung got his short stack in on the button with K-J suited but ran into the small blind who had wired aces.

      "Needless to say I didn't suck out" laughed Yoo in his post game interview.

      He also showed signs of exhaustion and said he was ready to go.

      Byung H. Yoo finished in 11th Place as the Final Table bubble earning $2,365.

      Event 26: 13th Place - Chambers

      200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      John Chambers (Absecon, NJ)
      $1,675

      John was forced in the bb with any two cards. Having said that he was pretty pleased to look down at A-8.

      Opponent shoved pre with 9-7 of clubs to isolate the hand heads up with John.

      Off to the races.

      Opponent flopped a flush and Chambers went out in 13th Place for $1,675.

      John told me he's proud to be one of the last remaining poker players who was born and raised right here in Atlantic City.

      Good run today John.

      Event 26: Quadzilla

      200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Fred Koutishian - J J J J

      Fred Koutishian (Forked River, NJ) just scooped a 3 million chip pot after hitting runner-runner for quad Jacks.

      His pocket JJ's were up against A-K. After an ace on the flop, Fred was looking for the exits...the a miracle Jack on the turn and another one on the river. The table erupted!

      "This was actually the second time I hit quads in this tournament" said Fred who nailed four Ladies earlier.

      Fred didn't think he'd be playing this many hours of poker and will have to call in sick for his Public Works job later today.

      Here' proof that Fred really is playing poker all night at Borgata.

      Event 26: Frenchie Fried

      200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Laurent Cochy De Moncan (France)
      $1,675

      Laurent Cocy De Moncan got his 1,300,000 chips in holding QQ and was run down by Opponent's 9-9. "He hit a nine on the flop" explained Laurent.

      Bookend tournaments for Laurent who played in the $500 entry a couple weeks ago and again today.

      He lives in NY but is from France where he often plays poker in Paris.

      Laurent Cochy De Moncan finished in 15th Place earning $1,675.

      Event 26: Dikker Done

      $200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      End of the night for Mark Dikker (Morganville, NJ) who played solid, patient poker all day and was able to pick his spots at the right time.

      Unfortunately at this point Mark says you have to have some luck.

      With the blinds 50,000 / 100,000 he shipped 565,000 in with K-J of spades and got two callers.

      Two Opponents checked all the way down. When a king hit the river Mark was sure he was good.

      He quickly learned the bad news - His Opponent had pocket Queens and turned a third Lady for trips.

      Mark Dikker finished in 16th Place earning $1,084.

      Event 26: Albany Poker League

      $200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Bruce Bardin & Jose Lavezzary

      Jose Lavezzary (Albany, NY) was so short he was forced in with only 9-2. Jose was facing two other players in the pot, Q-J and A-6.

      Unfortunately for Jose he missed everything and the player with A-6 ended up with three sixes.

      Board: 6-3-J-6-7.

      Bruce and Jose are poker pals back in Albany where they play for the Albany Poker League. In fact, Jose had the custom jacket to prove it.

      "Four of us played today...we try to make it up to Borgata every year for this tournament" said Bruce.

      Sounds like Jose is the Phil Ivey of the league.
      Whenever he walks in everybody shouts "Jose" at the same time.

      Bardin missed the cash by 20, finishing 120th.

      Blinds are 40,000 / 80,000 with 5,000 antes.

      Jose Laverzzary finished in 18th Place earning $1,084.

      Event 26: Bus Boy Busts

      $200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Jeffrey Aguilar (Alexandria, VA)
      $887

      Jeff Aguilar is one for one during the 2012 Borgata Winter Poker Open. as far as cashes go.

      It was a hit and run for the busser from Virginia. Funny thing was Aguilar emptied his entire wallet to take a shot today.

      Good thing his risk paid off or he might be hitchhiking home (like a friend of his once did after busting, for real).

      Jeff cleans up at a bar in VA and is used to cleaning up on the felt.

      "When there were 103 left I went for a cigarette - when I got back I found out I was in the money" explained Aguilar.

      Jeff was happy to fatten up his wallet again and excited with his one-day's worth of work and beating out so many other players.

      1,016 total entries in this event.

      Jeff finished in 22nd place earning $887.

      Event 26: Lets Be Frank

      $200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Players are feeling the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat with each turn of the card.

      UTG opens for 150,000 and Frank Pergola (Cranford) ships his last 435,000 with Q-J.

      Third player in the hand re-ships for 550,000 with A-K. UTG folds and we're ready for a showdown.

      Things were not looking good for Frank when an ace hit the flop.

      Then the table went wild when Frank hit runner-runner turn-river for Broadway.

      Nobody could believe it, especially Frank.

      With that scoop Pergola is now building a chip-wall of around a million.

      24 Players remain...average stack - 846,000

      Event 26: Pahuja Sent Packing

      $200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Soon after we posted Grace's picture the Sun set on her tournament.

      27th - Mukaul Pajuja (Ft. Lauderdale, NY) - $887
      26th - David To - (Hoffman Estates, IL) - $887
      25th - Grace Sun (Merrick, NY) - $887

      Add another cash to Mukaul Pajuja's BWPO series.

      By the way we're still playing in The Event Center until they kick us out.

      Event 26 - Last Women Standing - Grace Sun

      $200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Grace Sun - 370,000

      Grace Sun is the tournaments Last Woman Standing. Grace is no rookie so she's earned this title many, many times before. Still she was excited to hear the news. Her only wish is that she had more chips in front of her.

      "I'm hanging in there" said Grace.

      Grace was one of the $10,000 winners in the Super Survivor that took place during the 2012 Borgata Winter Poker Open Series.

      She trying to take this Event down for her daughter Stephanie.

      Down to three tables of nine players.

      Average chipstack is 700,689.

      Event 26: Sayonara Cernuto

      $200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Here are some of the most recent bust-outs from Event 26.

      39th - Dennis Poulson - $690
      38th - Christopher Peters - $690
      37th - Aron Sadura - $690
      36th - Miami John Cernuto - $769
      35th - Ibrahim Alganavil - $769
      34th - Elliot Zaydman (Glen, Rock, NJ) - $769

      Poker Pros Miami John finished in 36th Place and Allen Kessler in 88th place for $414.

      Now that the Championship has called it a night, Event 26 is our focus for the rest of the morning.

      Event 26: Break Time

      $200 + $30 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

      Antoine White (Baltimore, MD) is still the Event 26 chip leader. He's currently up to 1,600,000 after scooping an 800,000 pot.

      White had A-Q suited vs. Opponent's K-Q off.

      Both players liked the flop of 4-9-Q but White loved it since he also had a nut-flush draw.

      Board bricked out and Antoine's Ace kicker played. Opponent dropped her last 400,000 and was out of the tournament.

      Players on a ten minute color-up break.

      We may move after the next level from The Event Center down to Borgata Poker Room.

      Entries: 1,016

      Total Buy-In: $203,200

      The remaining 35 players all want that top spot and $43,363 cash.

      Oh yeah, don't forget the engraved 2012 Borgata Winter Poker Open Event trophy.

      Day 4 Seat Assignments

      $3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

      Table 1

      Seat-Name-Chip Count


      1
      Danny Rohde 638,000
      2
      Brock Parker 730,000
      3
      Christian Iacobellis 1,352,000
      4
      Joseph Verrecchia 941,000
      5
      David Laufer 1,276,000
      6
      Jeff Papola 1,486,000
      7
      Luis Urioste 251,000
      8
      Brett Richey 332,000
      9
      Daniel Currie 809,000

      Table 2

      Seat-Name-Chip Count


      1
      Gregory Marcus 413,000
      2
      Adam Cedric  888,000
      3
      John Zoldak 1,231,000
      4
      Dave Inselberg 248,000
      5
      Charlie Townsend 222,000
      6
      Lee Fama
      378,000
      7
      Sam Bernstein 1,475,000
      8
      Steve Dannenmann 247,000
      9
      David Stefanski 846,000

      Table 3

      Seat-Name-Chip Count


      1
      Brent Hanks 899,000
      2
      Josh Mancuso 859,000
      3
      Dan Buzgon 412,000
      4
      Thomas Evers 553,000
      5
      Marc Goldman 1,623,000
      6
      Ray Qartomy 1,966,000
      7
      Nicholas Manfredo 1,020,000
      8
      Amanda Musumeci 708,000
      9
      Jay Nair
      300,000

      Day 3 Recap

      $3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

      Ray Qartomy (Sugar Land, TX)
      Chip Leader - 1.97 Million

      It was moving day at the Borgata Winter Poker Open as players hit the money and the final 27 are in position to play for the $542,771 first prize.  When Day 3 ended it was Ray Qartomy (Sugar Land, TX) who bagged the most chips with 1.97 million.

      "I feel great and I played my best," said Qartomy, who has a strong field chasing him including 2005 WSOP Main Event runner-up Steve Dannenmann who has some work to do as he's 26th out of the 27 remaining players with 247k (12 BB).

      In addition to Dannenmann's $4.5 million in earnings, other recognizable names still in the mix include Brent Hanks, Dave "Cold Stone" Inselberg, Jeff Papola, Brock Parker, Brett Richey and Dan Buzgon, who all have more than $500,000 in career tournament earnings.  Buzgon is fresh off a stellar 2011 that included his third place finish in the Borgata Poker Open for $335,000.

      Qartomy, who's no slouch with $528,000 in earnings, is just ahead of Marc Goldman, who began the day with the chip lead.  Other stacks with more than 1 million chips include, Papola, Sam Bernstein, Christian Iacobellis, David Laufer, John Zoldak and Nick Manfredo.

      The remaining players are what is left of the 734 entries that put up a total buy-in of $2,422,200. The average stack is 815k (41 BB) and blinds will be 10k/20k/2k ante when play resumes noon Thursday.

      "I'm going to keep playing my game, aggressive and tight" said Qartomy, who is originally from Jordan and owns a granite company in Texas. "I hope to have a great day tomorrow."

      Day 3 Final Chip Counts

      $3300 + $200 Championship No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

                                     Position-Name-Chip Count

      1
      Ray Qartomy 1,966,000
      2
      Marc Goldman 1,623,000
      3
      Jeff Papola 1,486,000
      4
      Sam Bernstein 1,475,000
      5
      Christian Iacobellis 1,352,000
      6
      David Laufer 1,276,000
      7
      John Zoldak 1,231,000
      8
      Nicholas Manfredo 1,020,000
      9
      Joseph Verrecchia 941,000
      10
      Brent Hanks 899,000
      11
      Adam Cedric  888,000
      12
      Josh Mancuso 859,000
      13
      David Stefanski 846,000
      14
      Daniel Currie 809,000
      15
      Brock Parker 730,000
      16
      Amanda Musumeci 708,000
      17
      Danny Rohde 638,000
      18
      Thomas Evers 553,000
      19
      Greg Marcus 413,000
      20
      Dan Buzgon 412,000
      21
      Lee Fama
      378,000
      22
      Brett Richey 332,000
      23
      Jay Nair
      300,000
      24
      Luis Urioste 251,000
      25
      Dave Inselberg 248,000
      26
      Steve Dannenmann 247,000
      27
      Charlie Townsend 222,000