Saturday, February 4, 2012

Event 28 Recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final Table Results


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

Event 28 Champion - Dan Lupo

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

Dan Lupo (Lopatcong, NJ)

Dan is the man tonight after taking down Event 28.

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

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

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

"My hands started holding up" explained Dan.

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

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

Dan was king of the bounties with 14.

Event 28: 2nd Place - Walton

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

Charles Walton (Philadelphia, PA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Turn: 7
River: 4

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

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

Event 28: 3rd Place - Bykofsky

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

Sheree Bykofsky (Atlantic City, NJ)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was also the bounty queen with 8.

Rodriquez and Jan gave support from the rail.

Event 28: 4th - Leininger

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

Robert Leininger Jr (N. Cape May, NJ)

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

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

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

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

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

Event 28: Anybody's Game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With that double up here are the current chip counts:

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

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

Event 28: 5th Place - Fama

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

Lee Fama (Brooklyn, NY)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Event 28: 6th Place - Nooralian

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

Steve Nooralian (Falls Church, VA)

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

King high knocks Nooralian to the rail.

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

Event 28: 7th Place - Galasso

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

Louis Galasso (Cranbury, NJ)

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

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

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

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

Event 28: Three Gone From FT

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

First three victims fell pretty quickly.

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

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

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

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

Event 28: Final Table

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

Final Table of Ten

Seat Pos - Name - Town

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

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

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

Event 28: Final Table Bubble

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

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

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

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

Event 28: Bustouts

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

Here are a bunch of recent bust-outs.

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

Place - Name - Amount

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