Monday, November 21, 2011

Day 1B Recap

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Sakip Shehu wins $3,000 with 231,625

All of our Championship players have bagged and tagged chips and called it a night.

Congratulations to Sakip Shehu who at the end of Day1B had the most chips and took home the $3,000 Chip Leader Bonus Prize. Basically that means Sakip is free-rolling the rest of the way.

The next closest bag of chips came in at 199k and belonged to Nicholas Mandredo.

Didn't look like Sakip tightened up his game at the end even though the $3,000 was on the line.

Sakip was getting his chips in good and his hands were holding up when it counted.

Sakip's 231,625 falls short to Day 1A leader, Andrew Interdonato's 234,775.

Andrew is your overall chip leader going into Day-2.

Top 5 stacks Heading to Day-2 include:

1. Andrew Interdonato........ 234,775
2. Sakip Shehu...................... 231,625
3. Nicholas Manfredo.......... 199,200
4. Alex Nepomnyaschiv....... 180,200
5. James Sparacio................ 177,050

Congratulations to the 106 players from yesterday and our 231 remaining players today.
Look for a total list of chip counts for all 337 remaining players after 9 am.

At 12-noon, when players from Day 1A combine with players from Day 1B, the blinds will be 400 / 800 with 75 antes.

An impressive 670 players entered the 2011 Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship which means 20,100,000 total chips are in play.

Average stack equals 59,644 (75 BB).

We'll see everyone tomorrow at noon where our final 337 will battle it out for the $1,675,000 Total Buy-In and $388,657 first prize with 63 making the money. Should be an exciting fun-filled day of Borgata Poker.

Have a good night!

End of Day 1B Chip Counts (Big Stacks)

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Name-Chip Count

Sakip Shehu 231,625
Nicholas Manfredo 199,200
James Sparacio 177,050
Saad Ghanem 167,000
Ken Harding 165,850
Travis Greenawalt 156,375
Kirkor Tekneci 153,275
Tony Sinishtaj 146,350
Robert Boyko 140,300
Paul Spitzberg 135,800
Anthony Spinelk 127,825
Jake Toole 125,675
Matty Levine 123,125
Ben Klier 117,125
Victor Ramdin 115,000
Tom Marchese 114,325
Scott Einiger 105,750
Freddy Rouhani 102,239
Dave Zeitlin 40,375
Kenny Nguyen 40,000


Richard Marshall 67,075
Leonardo Palermo 49,325
Sean Knitter 48,925
Joe Altomonte 48,800
Matt Glantz 46,300
Joe Pitti 46,000
Ian Palomo 45,075
Dave Zeitlin 40,375
Arkadiy Tsinis 33,075
Matt Maccaroni 32,725
Christian Harder 27,975
Chris Klodnicki 27,175
Bob Hwang 26,675
Mike Melkersen 22,875
Barkley Hamilton 20,000
Allen Kessler 19,175
Mike Omelchuk 9,050

A full list of chip counts will be posted after 9 am

New Chip Leader

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Sakip Shehu (Brooklyn, NY) is the chip leader with 215,000 and is in position to take down the $3,000 bonus prize at the end of the night.

The closest stacks right now are in the 150,000 - 160,000 range.

Of course two big stacks could collide which would result in a monster.

This prize makes the dynamic in the room very exciting as players are rubbernecking back and forth from table to table and chip stack to chip stack.

Sakip said he's had the best hand every time going in and they keep holding up.

249 Players remain. Bagging and tagging at the end of this Level (about 11:25pm).

Poker (Room) Faces

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260 players remain with 30 minutes to play.

The killer table from earlier today, like will happen the rest of the tournament, is now even tougher

Sean Knitter joins, Christian Harder, Freddy Rouhani, Chris Klodnicki, and Joe Pitti

Other faces still playing on the 9 tables in the Poker Room:

Dave Zeitlin
Matt Glantz
Nancy Martin
Matt Maccaroni
Scott Eininger
Barkley Hamilton
Kenny Tuan Nguyen
Mike Merkelson

Back To Back Aces

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Leonid Lerner is sitting on 100,000 after looking down at back to back aces.

The real question is did they hold up both times?

In the first go round Leonid saw a flop with 5 other players. He took down the pot.

The very next hand Leonid raised pre-flop and everybody folded.

He showed the aces again.

Leondid scores on the 1 in 44,000 shot over on table 18.

Ghanem Gotem

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Saad Ghanem - 160,000

$3,000 is on the line.

Whoever has the most chips at the end of the night will capture the bonus three grand.

Right now Saad Ghanem has 160,000 after flopping two pair and chipping-up 15,000.

Saad is watching James Sparacio who has 153,000 and Victor Ramdin who has 150,000.

In 48 minutes we'll know who has captured the top spot along with $3,000.

Tim Has Da Nuts

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Tim Griffin (Unionville, NJ) has chipped down slightly from his dinner count of 94,000.

Whether around a poker table or at his day job in Unionville, Tim Griffin has the nuts.

He runs a nut & bolt company where he is the distributor.

"I'm a little screwy" says Tim.

270 players remain on 29 tables.

Average stack is 50,780.

Quad Tens - Ship It

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Some tension in the last hand before a fifteen minute break as three players are all in pre-flop.

David Rounick (Philadelphia, PA) tables 10-10, Player in Seat 2 tables A-A, and Josh Brikis (Pittsburgh, PA) tables K-K.

The flop falls K-5-10 and the table explodes.

Brikis has the bigger set of kings over Rounick's set of tens.

The table explodes again after the case ten spikes the turn giving David quads.

Jack on the river ships a monster pot over to David Rounick who felts Josh Brikis.

Other goners include:
Borgata On-Line Contest winner Matt Mazeo
Ryan Eriquezzo
Jaimie Kerstetter

Sweet Revenge

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Larry Greenberg (Boston, MA) took a bad beat when his Opponent, Nipi had A-8. Greenberg flopped two pair with A-3 then the board came runner, runner K-K for the counterfeit.

"So when I looked down at A-8, the hand that beat me, I figured I'd go all in with it" explained Larry who was short stacked at the time. Uh-oh, his A♣ 8 ran into K♣ K and QQ.

When the dust settled there was a straight on the board but Larry's Ace of clubs beat out Nipi's King of clubs. Whew! With that triple up Greenberg is up to 22,000.

Board: 6♣ 8 5♣ 9♣ 7♣ .

Miss Kane - Present

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Jaimie Kerstetter has busted leaving just a few women in the Signature Room. Card Player poker writer, Barbara Rogers off her 8th Place Event 18 finish is still alive. Borgata regular Joanne Monteavaro has an average stack. Then there's Kristin Kane (Staten Island, NY).

Kristin Kane - 60,000

Kristin Kane teaches Biology in Staten Island, NY. When she's not teaching, she's playing poker and having a good time at Borgata. "I love this structure...with 100 big blinds I'm looking to survive until tomorrow" said Kristin. This is Kristin's first Championship Event ever and she won her buy-in playing cash.

Wish I had a cool teacher like this when I was in school.


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Victor Ramdin (Bronx, NY) - 106,000

Victor Ramdin leads in chips at an All-Star table including Allen Kessler and Jaimie Kerstetter.

Big hand boils over between Victor and Jaimie.

Flop is 9 10 2

Victor bets out holding A 4 . Jaime has the mother-of-all drawing hands with an open-ender and a flush draw (so she hoped) with Q J and raises all in. Victor snaps and all the sudden we have a 75,000 pot.

Victor's hand is the only hand Jaimie didn't want to see. She still has 12 outs twice but bricks out. That means Victor won the hand with only ace high. Jaime is crippled, looking to rebuild.

After that scoop Victor continued to run well winning a coin-flip when his A-K connected against a QQ all-in, at risk.

Victor told me he's having the second best poker year of his life. His best came in 2006. This year alone he has 15 cashes in major tournaments and closed the deal once.

Victor already with 3.5 million in career earnings is looking to add to his banner year with a deep run or 1st Place finish in 2011 Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship.

Silverstein Pens Signature

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Ken Silverstein - 110,000

At dinner break Ken Silverstein (Edison, NJ) had the most chips in the Signature Room and fourth overall.

"I've been anonymous for three years" joked Silverstein. Well Ken, if you take down the 2011 Fall Poker Open Championship you won't be anonymous anymore.

Nipi Knock-Out

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Play has loosened up a bit after dinner. The call for "Seat Open" is heard every ten minutes or so.

A player known only as "Nipi" (Staten Island, NY) has Q-Q flops a set and felts Opponent holding pocket eights.

Board ran: 3-9-Q-6-10.

The short stack was in need of the near double up. Nipi now has 17,000.

303 players remain on 33 tables.

The average stack is 43,564.

Day 1B will play until 11pm tonight then bag and tag.

Remember the chip leader from today earns $3,000.

Bitker's River-Boat

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Adam Bitker (New Haven, CT) knocks out Russel Crane.

Crane flopped a set and Bitker flopped top two.

Four limpers saw a diamond heavy flop of 8-9-J.

Adam and Russel get all their chips in and Crane is at risk.

Russel's set of eights is best on the flop but Adam rivers a full house when the Jack hits.

Adam Bitker has one of the top stacks in the room at dinner hovering around 88,000.

Another heavy-weight hits the rail. Mikey "Unbelievable" Dentale couldn't win a pot all day. He just couldn't connect with any flop. The seat was cold and disgusting according to Mikey.

When he did catch a hand, someone would hit their man on the river.


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Entries: 670
Total Buy-In: $1,675,000

Place - Amount

1st $388,657
2nd $218,531
3rd $137,594
4th $111,694
5th $89,031
6th $73,653
7th $59,084
8th $44,516
9th $30,756
10-12 $21,044
13-15 $15,378
16-18 $11,331
19-27 $8,903
28-36 $7,932
37-45 $7,123
46-54 $6,313
55-63 $5,504

Chip Leaders

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Here are approximate chip counts from the big stacks in the tournament right at dinner break.
330 remaining players.

T-36...........S-3............Kishor Sharma......115,000
T-30...........S-7............Matt Levine...........113,000
T-27............S-7...........Alex Sirota..............109,000
T-6..............S-9............Ken Silverstein......100,000
T-34............S-4............Tony Sinishcaj.........99,000
T-5..............S-8.............Sung Kim.................95,000
T-1..............S-6.............Tim Griffin...............94,000
T-4...............S-8.............Trevor Graffa.........94,000
T-20.............S-2............Andrew Brongo........94,000
T-7.................S-2...........Rich Lipson...............90,000
T-9................S-5............Adam Bitker.............88,000
T-31...............S-5...........Steve Mizell...............85,000

Average stack is 40,000 (100 BB).

Play resumes at 7:50PM with Level 7: 200/400 and 50 antes.


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Emmanuel's New Stack & Last $5

Emmanuel Kouhaiz (West Hartford, CT via France) has had a roller coaster day, both at, and away from the poker table.

Kouhaiz says it started when he had to borrow $300 to cover the Championship Event entry fee because he had trouble accessing bank funds. A few hours later his pocket aces were cracked and he was left with only $75 in his pocket.

So Kouhaiz's headed to the blackjack table and that's when his luck turned around. After a few hands he hits three straight 21s and was sitting with $1,500.

"I told the dealer let it ride," Kouhaiz says, knowing he was still $1,200 short to re-enter the Championship Event.

Kouhaiz's poker tournament was now riding on one hand of Borgata blackjack. The scuba diver that we featured in September, is dealt 7 3 and takes a hit.

A 5 gives him a total of 15 and with dealer showing a 9, he takes another hit. Another 5 gives him 20, but still has to sweat the dealer, who ends up with 19.

Kouhaiz gets his double-up and heads back to the Poker Room. "I had $3,000, bought my ticket, paid back the money, and now I have $5 left," he says with a huge smile.

After re-entering the tournament, Kouhaiz gets another double-up and is now at 60k. "This is going to be a great story if I come back to win it," he says.

When told he needs to save the money for parking, Kouhaiz is quick to point out that he's a Black Label card holder and he parks free.

This good fortune is similar to the story of Hakima Muhammad who turned one roulette wheel spin into an entry for 2009 Borgata Poker Open Championship.

Dinner Appetizer

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As dinner break is called, one hand plays out as everyone exits the Signature Room.

A three-handed battle brews with one-player all-in on a flop of 4♣ 9♣ 3♠ and one caller.

The all-in did manage one player with a draw to finally fold leaving a heads up battle between AK and 1010♠.

Paul Scaturro (Old Bridge, NJ) had the tens and was calling out "one time" as the turn 7 hit followed by a river 8♣.

Paul earned the knock-out dinner hors'doeuvre and a 45,000 pot. Scaturro now sits with 65,000 chips and will certainly be able to enjoy his dinner.

Players are on a 75 minute dinner break and will resume play at 7:50 PM.

Off To A Great Start

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Andrew Brongo (Rochester, NY) - 95,000

One of the largest stacks in the Signature Room belongs to Professional Poker player Andrew Brongo. He's seated at table-20 in seat-2 which is literally the farthest point away. He can see the entire room and all the action from his seat.

As for his monster stack, Andrew says there really wasn't one monster hand that helped grow it. "Just grinding and playing well" said Brongo.

The chip leader from Day 1B will win $3000 cash at the end of the day.

Andrew, who finished 3rd for $100,198 in the 2011 WSOP limit holdem event is off to a great start here at Borgata.

Young & Childs Bust

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Borgata regulars Lee Childs and Jason Young both hit the rail 5 minutes apart.

Childs is down to 13k when he jams pocket 10s and losses to a set of queens. Young starts his hand with 25k with KK and busts when Kevin Saul hits a set of 8s.

Here's how they tweeted their hands.

leechilds Lee Childs
3-bet shoved TT and guy tank-called w/ QQ. Q flopped. I'm out. Very disappointing week. GL to all the good guys left. Can't wait to be home.

(3 minutes later)

Sorry. 4-bet shoved I mean. Can't think straight right now. Pretty awful trip other than our @insidetheminds class.

JYoungpoker Jason Young
KK < sauls 88 for all of it on 10-8-2 flop.....pretty over life right about now

Interesting side note, Child's 6th wedding anniversary and Young's 24th birthday are both Friday.

Creque Seeks Victory

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James Creque - Actor

James Creque (Brooklyn, NY) is an actor and production manager and part time poker player. In fact this is his first go at a big time professional poker tournament and he's having a lot of fun.

James is a character and has pointed out two other characters at the table. He called James Boyle a "genius" and Joanne Monteavaro "pretty". Boyle had issue with the claim.

Acting skills can pay off big time in poker so James has the edge in that department.

His card protector is a silver star with the word "MARSHALL" on it. "Always tell the truth" said Creque. Now it's up to the other players to figure out if he's telling the truth, or just acting.

Level 6 Blinds: 150 / 300 with 25 antes.

Make Your Own Action

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Table 9 declared themselves the "non-action table". Sure, they lost two players but that's it all day. Some players are afraid they're just gonna pass chips back and forth to each other and barely limp into Day-2.

Kirkor Tekneci (Joshua Park, NY) decided to change the table's tight image - or maybe he was just showing off for the media. Either way, he just took down the biggest pot of the day at table 9 with only Q-4 off-suit.

He raised pre, fired hard on an action flop, then fired 6,000 on the turn.

Flop: 7-6-4-5

"I got you on the flop" said Kirkor who looked very confident. Opponent folded the winning hand as Kirkor showed the Q-4 for bottom pair and had a laugh.

2011 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship Russel Crane is also at table 9 looking to build his stack.

Unofficial Count

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Tournament Director Tab Duchateau announces that the total entries is unofficially 670 players, putting first prize at ~$388,000 with 63 places paid.

Now that re-entry is closed the cage is adding up the numbers and will finalize the payouts in the next few hours.

Level 6 (150/300/25) ante continues.

Event 19: Ephie Sets Up

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Jason Leadingham & Ephie Lowinger

Jason Leadingham (Pittsburgh, PA) has broken a long standing poker record. "Since I sat down I've had a four in my hand 86% of the time" explained Leadingham.

Next to Jason sits Ephie Lowinger (Brooklyn, NY). Ephie punishes the same tablemate twice in five hands. Both times Jason flops a set and scoops the pot.

"That's all I do is hit sets...If I don't flop a set, I'm toast" laughed Lowinger.

Ephie has 47,000 and has proclaimed "Tiger" as the table Captain.

Out/In, and Out/Gone

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Jason Young got his chips in the middle with pocket 7s, but ran into pocket Tens.  He busted out and is back again after re-entering. 

His new table assignment is at table 4, along with Todd Terry, Frank Vizza, and Joe Boatrwright.

Gionni Demers was not so lucky.  On the first hand after the break (and the end of the re-entry period) he flopped top set and got all his chips in the middle. 

His opponent had a pair with an open-ender and caught his straight on the river.  Gionni was busted and has no option to re-enter.

News From the Twitter-verse

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Play resumed after the break with level 5, blinds 100/200 with 25 antes.

Here are some of the Tweets from the break:

Eli_Loewenthal Eli Loewenthal
Getting punished at a fairly soft table. They won't let me win a pot...ever. 18.6k from starting 30k. #borgatafallopen #mainevent

Andrewbadecker Andrew badecker
Folded all but three hands for 2 hours. Still a little below starting. 4 players I would classify as very bad at the table

HighlandFox Timothy Finne
17,500 as antes kick in

JCamby33 James Campbell
I lost my heart should have fired a 3 barrel but couldn't pull the trigger down to 20k

KevinSauLivePro Kevin Saul
27k at 2nd break. Lucky to only lose 2k when I flopped J hi flush vs A hi flush, hero folded flop. Feel lucky and good

JohnnyBaxPoker Cliff Josephy
39k after level 4.

toddbterry Todd Terry
39500 at 2nd break.

leechilds Lee Childs
15k second break. Peacefully grinding.

ratboyx Gionni Demers
15k on 2nd break. Made zero hands, and everyone just thinks im this crazy young kid and are never folding to me. #timetobuild

BBOY3110 Larry Sharp
25.5k from 30k, haven't won a hand, comin bac 1/200 25

JBrikis Josh Brikis
Lost a few pots w ak...38.6k at 2nd break

Break Time

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Four levels are done and time for another break.

The end of this break will also be the end of the registration/re-entry period.

So far, the total number of entries (days 1A & 1B combined) is 666 (230 on day 1A).

Hopefully they'll get some more entries before it closes!

Nosey Neighbors

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Table 27
Seat 1 - Pitti

Seat 3 - Rouhani

Seat 4 - Klodnicki
Seat 10 - Harder
Another tough table has more than $6 million in career earnings featuring Christian Harder ($2.3 million), Chris Klodnicki ($2 million) and Freddy Rouhani ($1.7 million).

The money comes from a long list of accomplishments including a WSOP bracelet for Rouhani, the September Borgata Heads Up Champion for Harder, and Klodnicki's 2008 Deep Stack Borgata win.

Also at the table is Joe Pitti (East Meadow, NY) who cashed in Event 8 ($847) and puts him at $99,539 career earnings, just shy of the 6 figure club.

Sharice Helping Harder Relax at a Killer Table

Saul Out and In Again

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Kevin Saul played on day 1A and made it past the dinner break (after level 6)  before getting short-stacked and busting out.

He entered again today, but had a rough start.  He was down to his last 13k and got those in the middle on a King-high flop.  Unfortunately his KQ was dominated by AK and he was busted.

He's fired his third bullet and entered again, this time landing at table 5 with:
Adam Lippert **
Ibra Ibraimovich **
Tony 'muscles' Campagna
Jason Henrici

** have busted out since Kevin arrived at the table, but weren't busted by him.

More Entries and Re-Entries

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Blinds are up to 100/200 for level 

These folks have busted out and re-entered already today:
Russell Crane
Darren Elias *
Steven Cho

(After re-entering, Darren Elias ended up in the seat at table 17 that formerly belonged to Russell Crane.)

Also in the field today:

Victor Ramdin
Johanssy Joseph
Manh Nguyen
Anthony Licastro
Mirsad Kovaci
Freddy Rouhani
Jake Toole
Mike Somma
Daniel Chan
Joe Pitti
Amnon Filippi *
Andrew Badecker

* Re-Play from 1A

Late Arrivals or Just Spotted

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These folks have arrived late or were missed on previous passes through the field:

Paul Darden
'Lucky' Lee Kirsch
Eli Loewenthal
Anthony Maio
Jennifer So
Christian Harder
Chris Klodnicki
Jinglen Chen
Joe Wertz

 It's always good to feed the media!

and Borgata Online Contest winner, Matt 'muffins' Mazzeo, who brought goodies from his bakery, Ohmigod (they are sooooo good)!

Another Tough Table

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Patti Barsanti-Chou, who has three Borgata titles, recently arrived and took her seat at table 23.

 Olivier Busquet, Patti Barsanti-Chou, and Steven Cho

Already seated there were

Arkadiy Tsinis, (not pictured) who won a WSOP bracelet this summer and already has two cashes during this series;
Olivier Busquet, who won the 2009 Borgata Poker Open main event championship and finished 3rd in the Heads-Up event a few days ago;
Steven Cho, who has made two final tables here at Borgata and has numerous career cashes; and
Ryan D'Angelo (not pictured) who has over $1.2 million in tournament earnings.

Break-Time Tweets

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Players have returned from their first break of the day and resumed play in level 3.  Blinds are now 75/150.

Here are some of their tweets from the break:

JBrikis Josh Brikis
First break of main 42k from 30k looks like over 550 entries

JohnnyBaxPoker Cliff Josephy
Like usual, 31k from 30k after level 2.

HighlandFox Timothy Finne
28550 at 75-150, super card dead!!

SugDpoker David Zeitlin
30k ---> 32k at 1st break. Pretty good table draw.

JCamby33 James Campbell
I have 27500 after the first two levels 30k starting stack. I have a tough table but does it really matter? The good tables haven't worked

KevinSauLivePro Kevin Saul
1st break, slow start have 21k but amazing table if I could hit some flops

toddbterry Todd Terry
Borgata $2700 1B. 33600 from 30k.

leechilds Lee Childs
27k first break. Just chillin and enjoying conversation with my boy @summerspro. Wertz and Action Bob at the table too.

Hutch3276 Brian O'Donoghue
27k on 1st break

TheReaLMander Amanda Musumeci
Was up to 37k which beats my high from yest. Lost some back in a failed barrel attempt. Sittin round starting, maybe a few k more @ 1st brk

JYoungpoker Jason Young
33.1k at first break over 600 entries

ratboyx Gionni Demers
31k at first break (started with 30k) blinds 75 150 now

Championship Table

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Players are still arriving and finding their seats.  A couple of tables have turned into monsters.

 Table 17, By the Numbers

Table 17 is one of those.

(1)  Bobby Oboodi, the 2011 Borgata Poker Open main event champion recently took his seat, as did
(2)  Russell Crane, the 2011 Borgata Spring Open main event champion. 

Already seated at this table were

(3)  Jason Young, 2008 WSOP bracelet winner and 2009 Borgata Winter Open Deep Stack winner;
(4)  Eric Siegel, 2011 Borgata Spring Open $300 NL winner, and
(5)  Steve Ryan, three-time Borgata final tableist.

600 Players and Climbing

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230 players entered and played on day 1A.  108 of them survived nine levels of play and will return Tuesday for day two.

Tournament Director extraordinaire Tab Duchateau announced that 373 have registered today (so far).  Registration is still open and players can enter/re-enter through the break after level 4 (until about 4:30pm).

That puts the total player count over 600 already and still climbing.

Early Chip Leader

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Half-way through level 2 of an event like this is usually way too early to start looking for a chip leader.   But this one was hard to miss.

 Matt Pierce

Matt Pierce (Albany, NY) was the benefactor of a huge pot.  Three players were all-in on the flop.  Matt had top set and was up against middle set and two pair.  Matt had both opponents covered so both were busted.

After sending to players to the rail, Matt chipped up to ~88k, nearly tripled his starting stack of 30k, and definitely claimed the early chip lead.

The Plan for Day 1B

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The plan for today (slightly different from what is printed on the structure sheet) is to play six levels, then take a dinner break, then play three more levels before wrapping for the night.

Approximate times:

6:30pm - Dinner (end of level 6)
7:45pm - Play resumes (level 7)
9:45pm - Break (end of level 8)
10:00pm - Play resumes (level 9)
11:00pm - End of Day, Bag & Tag (end of level 9)

Blinds are up to 50/100 for level 2

More Faces Across the Hall

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Tables 26+ are located across the hall in the Poker Room.  Table 39 is just firing up.

Here are the folks I spotted over there:

Mike Dentale *
Darren Elias *
Leonardo Palermo
Cliff Josephy
Mike Delvecchio
Andrew Klein
Tony Sinishtaj *
David Zeitlin
Nancy Martin *
Tony Behbahani
Matt Brady
John Myung
Abe Korotki
Mike Omelchuk
Allen Bari
Matt Glantz
Sean Knitter

* Re-Play from 1A

Ran into Ta Wey at the registration window.  He's already busted out (still in level 1) and is re-entering.

More Signature Names

$2500 + $200 CHAMPIONSHIP Double Play Re-Entry NLH

The players keep pouring into the Signature Room and taking their seats during level 1:

Tony Campagna
Jamie Kerstetter *
Steve Ryan *
John McGuinness
Frank Vizza
Michael Michnik *
Arkadiy Tsinis
Olivier Busquet *
Steven Rodriguez
Matt Stout *
Steven Cho
Ryan Eriquezzo *
Saad Ghanem
Ara Melikian
Adam Lippert
Miguel Borrero *
Ben Klier
Brian Lowinger

* Re-Play from 1A

Signature Name Dropping

$2500 + $200 CHAMPIONSHIP Double Play Re-Entry NLH 

Already spotted in action today in the Signature Room (tables 1-25):

Chris Bell *
Paul Spitzberg
Ibra Ibraimovic
Nick Frangos
Travis Greenawalt *
Kevin Saul *
Joe Boatwright
Todd Terry *
Ta Wey
Ryan D'Angelo
Jason Young
Tyng Low
Lee Childs *
Bob Hwang
Eugene Juergens *
Leonid Lerner *
Barbara Rogers
Eric Siegel
Joanne Monteavarro
Natale Kuey *
Harry Korotki
Richard Marshall Jr
Feming Chan *
Beth Shak
Ian Palomo
Nachman Berlin
Allan Kessler *
Josh Brikis
Mike Castaldo
Jerry Maher
Mike Summers *
Amanda Musumeci *
Steven Levy
Brian O'Donoghue *
Timothy Finne
Michael McNeil *
James Boyle
Jon Buglion

* Re-Play from 1A

Deja Vu, All Over Again

$2500 + $200 CHAMPIONSHIP Double Play Re-Entry NLH
$1,000,000 GUARANTEED

Today will be a repeat of yesterday's day one of the main event, with a new batch of players (and some of the same faces).

This event allows re-entry if a player busts out during the first 4 levels (unlimited re-entries).  A player can also choose to surrender their stack and re-enter.

It's also a double-play, which means players that busted out on day 1A (or surrendered their chips) may play again today.

Levels are one hour long and they'll play nine of them, then call it a night. On days 2 & 3, levels are 75 minutes long.

Players began with 30,000 chips and level 1 blinds are 25/50.

Shuffle Up & Deal!

Monday, November 21

Today's Events (Poker Room/The Signature Room)

12PM: Event 19 - $2500 + $200 CHAMPIONSHIP Double Play Re-Entry NLH
$1,000,000 GUARANTEED

  • Players start with 30,000 in tournament chips
  • Players may register for Day 1A or Day 1B
  • Players may Re-Enter tournament on Day 1B if they bust out prior to the end of Level 4  
  • Day 1 Levels: each will last 60 minutes | Day 2 & 3 Levels: each will last 75 minutes
  • $3,000 will be subtracted from the prize pool and awarded to the chip leader at the end of Day 1B 
  • 3-Day event (with two Day 1 starting days)

6PM: Event 44 - $200 + $30 No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 20 minutes 
  • 1-Day event

    End of Day 1A Chip Leaders

    $2500 + $200 CHAMPIONSHIP Double Play Re-Entry NLH

    Day 1A Entries:  230
    Players Remaining:  105
    Average Stack: 66k
    1. ANDREW INTERDONATO:  233,775
    2. ALEX NEPOMNYASCHIY:  180,200
    3. ALEXANDER QUEEN:  170,775
    4. JOEL GOLA:  159,500
    5. MICHAEL HAHN:  155,900
    6. MICHAEL SHASHO:  144,750
    7. CHRISTOPHER GROVE:  140,575
    8. AARON MASSEY:  137,025
    9. ERACLES PANAYIOTOU:  136,450
    10. CHARLES FUREY:  133,525
    11. LOUIS MENGES:  132,300
    12. JAYAKRISHNAN NAIR:  128,250
    13. SIROUS JAMSHIDI:  126,675
    14. JERMAINE REID:  126,550
    15. ALBERT WINCHESTER:  113,000
    16. MARK DICKSTEIN:  111,350
    17. CORNEL ANDREW CIMPAN:  105,525
    18. THANG VAN NGUYEN:  103,900
    19. ANDREW FRANKENBERGER:  101,325
    20. TIMOTHY RYAN:  100,450
    21. GREG VANDERLIP:  100,300
    22. TARCISIO FERREIRA:  97,775
    23. DAVID STEFANSKI:  91,975
    24. ALOK ARORA:  90,675
    25. BRIAN EDMONDS:  87,425