Monday, June 21, 2010

See You Tuesday

We'll see you back in the poker room at 2pm where we'll play Day 2 until conclusion.

Also June 22:

Event 14 - 11AM $300 + $50 No Limit Hold-em

Event 15 - 12PM $400 + $50 H.O.S.E. (8-Hand Rotate)

Have a great night! See you at the tables!

End of Day 1B Chip Counts

1st in chips: Dennis Frederick (Philadelphia, PA) 341,400

2nd in chips: Gary Lobello (Holmdel, NJ) 319,000

3rd in chips: Akim Akimov (Havertown, PA) 277,300

Event #12 $500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (1B)

Number of Entries on 1A: 153
Number of Entries on 1B: 336
Number of Total Entries: 489

Total Buy-In: $244,500

Unofficial Chip Counts From Day 1B

1. Dennis Frederick.................341,000
2. Gary Lobello.........................319,000
3. Akim Akimov........................277,300
4. Jerry Brown..........................260,700
5. Robert P. Johnson................232,500
6. Paul Rambo...........................231,200
7. Torpekay Habashzada.........218,400
8. Daniel Chan............................206,100
9. Mark Tomasko......................197,900
10. Eric Siegel...............................192,600

Ten tables remain from 1B and will be added to the 31 players remaining from 1A.

Day 2 scheduled to begin at 2PM June 22, 2010 in Borgata Poker Room.

Sidenote on our overall chipleader Dennis Frederick (Philadelphia, PA). He was down to 3,000 chips early on, build back up, then dropped down again to 6,000.

Dennis - "When I had only 4,000 chips I folded A-K pre-flop. Everyone thought I was crazy but the guy had pocket eights and they held. I would have lost and been out."

Deep Stack 1A Chip Counts:
1. Adam Cook 255,400
2. David Goldstein 194,100
3. Shane Gosline 192,200
4. Ronald Sessinger 177,300
5. Philip Morton Feldman 175,000
6. Brett Asnas 161,800
7. Anthony Caruso 154,000
8. James Romoser 151,500
9. James Salters 148,300
10. Craig Hunkele 135,200
11. Tuan Gbehan 135,100
12. Patrick Hartill 119,400
13. George Zias 117,800
14. Thomas Hudson 116,600
15. Bryan Bindert 116,000
16. Usher Lemberg 115,500
17. Sheree Bykofsky 103,000
18. Jeffrey Kehoe 94,800
19. Mazen Karnaby 89,300
20t. Albert Garver 83,500
20t. Harry Piacitelli 83,500
22. Leiby Goldberger 81,100
23. Gregory Rochester 79,900
24. Misael Santiago 77,200
25. Joshua Hertz 67,200
26. Dominic Popolizio 56,300
27. Edwin Lau 55,900
28. Phil Lifschitz 52,600
29. Douglas Rosen 44,900
3o. Robert Geoghegan 28,000
31. Justin Blair 21,200

"Frankie Fish" Hooks A-K

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (1B)

Sung Lee a.k.a Frankie Fish

Sung Lee's pocket Jacks hold up against two players each with A-K.

The double-up plus gives Frankie Fish some breathing room and a 200,000 stack.

Five hands to go until we call it a night.

Level 13 - Then We Quit For The Night

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (1B)

Jerry Brown Taking A Break

Forty minutes in Level 13 then we bag and tag for the night.

Gary Lobello Having Fun

A couple big stacks worth mentioning with 113 players remaining:

Jerry Brown (Philadelphia, PA) 227,000

Akim Akimov (Havertown, PA) 222,000

Gary Lobello (Holmdel, NJ) 210,000

Eric Siegel's aces hold - he's at 185,000

Borgata Blinds: 1200 / 2400 with 300 antes.

Siegel Gets Torpekay To Fold Aces Pre-Flop

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (1B)

I have Aces in the sb...okay - I'll give you a walk!

Now I've seen everything.

Torpekay Habashzada is sitting on 220,000 after turning a boat and knocking out yet another Opponent.

According to Poker Players International's Eric Siegel (who's to Torpekay's left) everyone keeps folding to her huge stack for fear she'll three and four bet pre-flop.

Sure enough in a blind battle between Torpekay and Siegel, it folds around to Torpekay's small blind.

Eric pipes up "C'mon, show the table you can fold from the small blind."

Habashzada didn't realize Eric was in the big blind and hadn't acted yet.

Thinking she's being nice, she tables two black Aces and mucks em.

Siegel wins with only Q-7.

"I've beaten Aces before but never like that" laughed Eric.

Cap Your Cards

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (1B)

Nick Gandhi (Stamford, CT)

Looking to double up his 30,000 short stack.

Nick cashed in a WSOP event recently, is looking forward to playing Borgata Summer Poker Open Main Event, then will fly back to Rio for the WSOP Main Event.

Even though it's the first day of summer, Nick is wearing his lucky wool hat which he always wears.

136 players remain.

61,313 average stack.

Blinds are up: Level 12 - 1000 / 2000 with 300 antes

New Chip Leader

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH

Daniel Amsalem 225,000

Daniel Amsalem is the unofficial chip leader after his J-7 sees three callers and he flops the joint.

Opponent ships 55,000 on a flop of 8-9-10 holding J-J.

Daniel fades the Queen and his straight wins a monster pot.

Eugene Gurevich (Manalapan, NJ) has 160,000 and said he's gunning for Daniel.

Dimitri Beros (Baltimore, MD) grinds up to 110,000

Players return from a ten minute break and begin Level 11: 800 / 1600 with 200 antes.

Habashzada Leaves Opponent With Nada

Be very cautious when you tangle with deep stack chip leaders.

On a board of 4
9 2 6 Opponent raises and Torpekay Habashzada re-raises 15,000.

Opponent ships 50,000 total.

Before Habashzada decides, Opponent accidentally tables two black Kings and says, "Let these be good." Habashzada thinks for four seconds then makes the call showing A

Railbird confidently whispers to me, "she's gonna hit it". And just like that the 6
flushes the felt and Torpekay torpedoes to the chip lead with 160,000.

"You gotta be kidding. What's with these people!" exclaimed Opponent as he immediately left Borgata Poker Room.

I asked Habashzada what went through her mind when he tabled Kings. "I thought I could lose but I didn't think about folding" she said.

Just Stopping By

$500 +60 NL Deep Stack NLH (1B)

As Colonel Poker once wrote, bloggers are always "panning for gold, looking for a big hand or a tasty poker nugget," and the Gorilla spies a little glitter on table 19.

Dan Amsalem (Brooklyn, NY) reraises a player all-in for 30k and gets a call.

Amsalem: K 9
Opponent: K J

Both players have top pair, but a nine on the turn gives Amsalem the best hand as he takes his stack to 125k and is now one of the big stacks in the room.

Level 10 (600/1,200/200 ante) is underway.

Not Afraid Of The Dark

Vinny Gugliucii (Staten Island, NY) flopped quad sixes and couldn't believe his ears. "I'm all in - in the dark" said his Opponent holding A-K hearts and drawing dead on the heart heavy flop.

Vinny took down the 20,000 pot, knocked out a player and pads his stack to 70,000.

Borgata Ink - Armed And Dangerous

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (1B)

Dave Shafrin (Belleville, NJ) 44,000

Deepstacker Dave Shafrin (Belleville, NJ) shows us his forearm tatts.

For everybody asking us about dinner. THERE IS NO DINNER BREAK - we're playing until 9:00pm through Level 13.

23 Tables remain. 207 players. Ave. chip stack - 40,580.

After ten minute break:
Level 9 - Borgata Blinds: 500 / 1000 with 100 antes.

Dragon Triples Up

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (1B)

Bruce "Dragon" Bartfeld

Three short stacks shove with great starting hands: J-J vs. 10-10 vs. A-A.

Bruce Bartfeld (Churchville, MD) may have had the worst hand going in but ended up tripling his stack to 30,000 when his 10-10 boated on the river to a paired board.

Bruce, who has a residency in Atlantic City, is a five day a week Borgata cash player (5-10 tables) but also plays the occasional Summer Open tournament.

Jamshidi's Better Half

$500 +60 NLH Deep Stack (1B)

Habashzada - Kids 1st, Poker 2nd

Sirous Jamshidi (Broomall, PA) is an accomplished Borgata regular, who has $1.7 million in career tournament earnings, including a 2nd place finish ($370k) in the 2010 Winter Poker Open Championship event. Since Jamshidi can't play in the Deep Stack, his wife, Torpekay Habashzada, is taking his place, both at the table and at the top of the chip counts.

"She's good," says one player pointing to her 90k stack, "she hasn't had any big hands," as Habashzada clearly has the table's respect.

Habashzada's quick to point out that Jamshidi's the better player and that she doesn't play in tournaments often. "The kids are the most important thing," she says while taking down a 5k pot. "I let Sirous do all the playing."

"Don't let her kid you," chimes in one player, "she taught him everything he knows."

Habashzada, who's originally from Afghanistan, has two teenage children and a 20-year old living at home. She expects Jamshidi to make it to Borgata for the Championship event which starts Friday.

Until then, Habashzada will keep up the family legacy of running well as she's clearly one of the early big stacks.

"Tell Roy his chips are with her," says Alex Im (Washington, D.C.) who hit a three outer to eliminate Roy Winston earlier in the day. "I chased two flush draws and missed and she took it down."

Im is now down to less than 20k after winning the 50k pot from Winston.

Havin' A Balla

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (1B)

Tom "Crystalballer" Balla

Tom Balla (Queens, NY) is among the chipleaders with 96,000.

Took down a big pot after sniffing out a bluff and calling an all-in with middle pair.

A fellow tablemate chimed in, "He had one nice call and three gifts."

In case you're wondering, there's no lenses in Tom's glasses. "They help me see through player's souls", joked Balla. As for the blue glass bird card protector? "I got all the gimmicks today. He's the blue bird of happiness."

Tom (screen name: Crystalballer) won a WSOP main event seat on-line and will head out after finishing up a few more Borgata Summer Poker Open events.

PAYOUTS: Event #12 - $500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH

$500 + $60 Deep Stack NLH (1B)


1...................$ 67,877
2...................$ 36,761
3...................$ 18,973
4...................$ 16,602
5...................$ 14,230
6...................$ 11,858
7...................$ 9,487
8...................$ 7,115
9...................$ 4,744
10-12.............$ 3,083
13-15.............$ 2,253
16-18.............$ 1,636
19-27.............$ 1,304
28-36.............$ 996
37-45.............$ 878

Number of Entries (total both days): 489
Number of Entries today (1B): 336
Total Buy-In (both days): $244,500

Prize Money: $237,165

Level 7 underway: Borgata Blinds - 300 / 600 with 75 antes.

Say What?

$500 +60 NL Deep Stack (1B)

Will Jaffee (Bridgehampton, NY): "I'm on mega-tilt. I've been bluffed and hero called. No more messing around. Check back in an hour to see if I'm the chip leader or out."

Jason Warriner (Absecon, NJ): "Frustrating, very frustrating. People want to play big pots against me when I flop the nuts. And of course they out draw me. (eliminated during the 5th level)

Robert Nguyen (Brooklyn, NY): "I'm the worst player in the world. Never fold a set of 6s again, ever." (after folding to two players all-in action with two hearts on board, both were on a draw and missed)

Level 5 (200/400/50 ante) is underway.

Sneak Peak

$500 +60 NL Deep Stack (1B)

The unofficial head count for the second starting day is close 350, which puts the two day total at ~500 players (153 Day 1A).

While the cage verifies the buy-ins and the staff calculates the prize pool, here's a look at the ballpark payouts.

Total Entries: 489
Total Buy-In: $244,500
First Prize: ~$68,000
Places Paid: 45
Minimum Cash: ~$875

These total are unofficial until they've been verified.

Level 5 (150/300/25 ante) is underway.

Roy Runs Bad

$500 +60 NL Deep Stack (1B)

Joe Simmons can't help but laugh as Roy Winston shows him the odds calculator for his bad beat hand.

Unless your opponent is drawing dead, it doesn't matter how much of a favorite you are to win a hand, you can still be beat. Roy Winston (New York, NY) is a seasoned pro, who's seen it many times, but says, "this is one of the worst beats I've seen in a long time."

Winston starts the hand with J 10 and calls a 450 raise from the button and 5 players go to the flop.

Flop: Q 9 4 (Winston flops an open ended straight flush draw)

Checks to Winston, who bets 2k and gets a call from Alex Im (Washington, D.C.).

Turn: K (Winston nut straight, with redraws to the flush and straight flush)

Im checks, Winston bets 6k, Im reraises to 12k, Winston shoves all-in and is at risk.

Im tables K Q (two pairs, and needs the K, Q or Q to win)

River: K

Im hits the three outer for a full house to win the hand and eliminate Winston during the second level. "All I can do is get it in as a 93% favorite," says Winston, who can only laugh and chalk it up to, "that's poker."

As he stacks the chips, Im says, "I got lucky. I had a feeling about the hand and hit it," as he stacks 50k in chips.

It was no secret that Winston is an accomplished pro and the table breathes a sigh of relief to see "The Oracle" on the rail. Winston smiles, shakes Im's hand and says, "there's nothing more I can do."

Level 4 (100/200) is underway.

Odds Calculator Going to the River

Seat Open, Really!...Seat Open, Really?

$500 +60 NL Deep Stack (1B)

Even deep stacks and long levels aren't enough to keep people from busting early, and this isn't a tale of set over set or anything remotely considered a bad beat.

Basically John Merriam (Parsippany, NY) is given a gift from a player that used to be in seat 7. Merriam limps with KK, looking to trap. When his opponent raises, Merriam 4 bets to 4k and the player calls.

The flop is all low spades, seat 7 moves all-in with an open ended straight draw (no spade) and Merriam thinks about it for two nano-seconds and calls with the king of spades and calls. When the board bricks out Merriam adds 15k to his stack.

"It's a long way to go," says Merriam, "a long way to go."

Players are on a break, getting ready for Level 3 (75/150).

Profile - Monteavaro

Name: Joanne Monteavaro
Town: Bronx, NY

Occupation: Lawyer

Family: Youngest of two daughters, who have two wonderful parents. Aunt to three nephews and one niece.

Interests: International traveling, especially the Caribbean

Poker Start: Small home tournament in 2007

Best Borgata Moment: Final tabled the first real casino tournament I played. It was the $1k, during the 2008 Borgata Winter Poker Open. It was my first real tournament and I thought, wow I can do this.

Ipod Selections: I have different music for my different moods. When I'm on tilt I'll put Out of my Head (Fastball) on repeat. Short stacked: Holding Out for a Hero (Bonnie Tyler). Tired: Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme Song/Bill Conti). I know my selections are cheesy, but I love them!

Favorite Album: Joshua Kadison, "Painted Desert Serenade"

Favorite Television Show: 24. I'm disappointed the show's over. I'll miss it, but I'm looking forward to the movie.

Fictional Character to Best Represent Style of Play: Jack Bauer, he's resourceful, always gets the job done and stays alive.

Player Would Most Like to Face Heads-Up: Phil Ivey, because I love a good challenge and could learn something. I enjoy playing people who are better than me. (But only if we're playing low stakes!)

Guilty Pleasure: Anything chocolate

Quote to Live By: "The only people who never fail are those who never try."

Who Dat?

$500 +60 NL Deep Stack (1B)

Scanning the more than 30 tables in play, a look at who's in the house.

Kelly Armentrout
Nancy Martin
Robert Nguyen
Steve Ryan
Eric Siegel
Joe Simmons
Olga Varkonyi
Robert Varkonyi
Roy Winston

Level 2 (50/100) is underway.

Bigger & Better

$500 +60 NL Deep Stack (1B)

The second starting day in Event 12 of the Borgata Summer Poker Open will have bigger and better numbers than the 153 players that played in Day 1A. Traditionally the second starting day has larger numbers, add in Sunday was Father's Day, and many of the dad's are getting a "bonus" day to celebrate by playing in the Deep Stack.

There's a steady line at the cage and players can register through the first two levels.

Players start with 25k in chips, Blinds begin at 25/50 and levels last 40 minutes.

31 players remained after Day 1A, with Adam Cook (Pasadena, MD) leading the way with 255k and Sunday's average stack at 124k. All remaining players return 2 pm Tuesday to play for the title.

Monday, June 21


11AM: Event 12 - $500 + $60 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
(Day 1B)

  • 25,000 in starting chips
  • Levels last 40 minutes
  • 2-day event (with Day 1A and Day 1B starting days)
  • Day 2 starts on Tuesday, June 22 at 11AM

7PM: Event 34 - $100 + $20 No Limit Hold'em

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • Levels last 20 minutes

Omaha Hi/Lo Recap

Borgata Summer Poker Open 2010
Event 13: $300 + $50 Omaha H/L
(June 20)

At high-noon on Father's Day Sunday, 104 brave souls entered the Borgata Poker Room to take their shot at Omaha Hi/Lo. Their $300 buy-ins created a total prize pool of $30,264 which would be awarded to the final 18 players.

It took fourteen long hours, but in the end it was Vince Coleman of Camden, NJ, who claimed the top prize of $9,321. "I was down to 5,000 chips" Vince said. That was his situation during the play-down from 27 players to the 18 that would get paid. During hand-for-hand play, Vince was nervously circling the tables, checking for other short stacks.

Once the money bubble burst, Vince kicked it into overdrive, pulling off a comeback for the record books. Within an hour, he had grown those 5,000 chips into a stack approaching 100,000. Another half-hour and Vince had doubled his stack again. When they reached the final table, he never looked back. In addition to the prize money, Vince is taking home a beautiful crystal trophy.

Sach Ramrakhani (New York, NY) had to settle for second place and $5,145. Another New Yorker, Jeff Hunter of the Bronx, took 3rd place and $2,875.

Other notables among the field were two previous Borgata Champions. Adel Shakerian of Falls Church, VA, won the Omaha Hi/Lo event during the Borgata Spring Poker Open in April 2010. That earned him $13,489. Tonight he finished 6th for $1,514. He had hoped to repeat as champion, but as he put it, "This is a high variance game. I got unlucky."

William 'Bill' Hine of Bricktown, NJ, won the Omaha Hi/Lo event during the Borgata Winter Poker Open in January 2010. Thanks to a field twice the size of this one, Bill claimed $22,407 for that victory. Tonight he finished 7th for $1,211.

Joseph Gaval (Barnegat, NJ) finished 8th, earning $908. In addition, he claimed the "Father of the Day" award this Father's Day. He has seven children, four girls and three boys, ranging in age from 18 down to 5. "I got up early and did the Father's Day thing, then left to come play poker". Well done, Joseph!

Event 13: $300+$50 Omaha Final Results

Borgata Summer Poker Open 2010
Event 13: $300 + $50 Omaha H/L 8B
June 20

Entries: 104 Total Buy-In: 31,200

3. JOHN HUNTER (BRONX, NY): $2,875

Event 10: $1000+$90 NLH Final Results

Borgata Summer Poker Open 2010
Event 10: $1,000 + $90 No Limit Hold'em
June 19 - 20

Entries: 153 Total Buy-In: $153,000

2. JACK BARNES (BRICK, NJ): $25,230
7. JIM DEFINA (NEW YORK, NY): $5,936

Omaha Hi/Lo Champion - Vince Coleman

$300 + $50 Omaha H/L

Mark Jones busted out while I was making the previous update and from there, they fell like dominoes. Vince Coleman, who was down to a single 5k chip during the play-down to the bubble, ended up with all the chips and a shiny new trophy! That's one helluva comeback!!

Vince Coleman - 1st place - $9,321

Sach Ramrakhani - 2nd place - $5,145

Jeff Hunter - 3rd place - $2,875

Walter Soho - 4th place - $2,119

Mark Jones - 5th place -$1,816

Five Alive

$300 + $50 Omaha H/L

During level 22 (limits 16k/32k) three players busted out.

Joseph Gaval finished 8th for $908.

Bill Hine

William (Bill) Hine finished 7th for $1,211. Bill won this event during the Borgata Winter Poker Open, taking home $22,407.

Adel Shakerian, the Borgata Spring Poker Open Champ, finished 6th for $1,514.

Another level expired and the limits increased to 20k/40k. The final five players continue to battle. Average stack is 208k.

10th - Wells; 9th - Scavillo

$300 + $50 Omaha H/L

Terry Wells (Baltimore, MD) busted out very quickly once the final table got back to business.

The final 9 took a break at the end of the level, then resumed play with level 21, limits 12k/24k.

Jeff Hunter (small blind) got his last chips in on the turn with the board showing T 5 2 2. Vince Coleman and Adel Shakerian both called and the river was a 7. Vince held AA43 for the nut low and Aces-up. Adel held AKJ3 for the same nut low and Ace-high. Vince took three-quarters of the side pot, leaving only one-quarter for Adel.

Jeff tabled a very ragged T962 for deuces-full to take half the main pot. Vince and Adel split the low half.

After three players limped, Joseph raised all-in for 8k more from the small blind. Sean Scavillo called from the big blind and all the limpers called. On the flop of 9 4 2 with two clubs, Jeff Hunter bet, Adel Shakerian called, and Sean folded. Turn was an offsuit 4 and again Jeff bet and Adel called. River was the 6 of clubs. Jeff bet, Adel called.

Jeff tabled AKQ3 with two clubs for the King-high flush and nut low. Adel showed 7642 for fours-full to take the high-half of the side pot. Joseph rolled over AJ43 for the same nut-low to claim a quarter of the main pot, sharing it with Jeff. Adel got half the main pot with his full house.

A short while later, Sean Scavillo was all-in on a flop of K 9 4. Vince and Adel called and the last two came A 7. Vince held ATT9 for Aces-up. Adel held AT63 for the low. Sean showed AQQ5 and couldn't claim any portion of the pot. He was eliminated in 9th place ($681).

Sean Scavillo - 9th place

Final Table

$300 + $50 Omaha H/L

Last-woman-sitting Toni Pennington was the next player out. She finished 13th, earning $514.

Joseph Gaval was all-in against two opponents and caught runner-runner for the flush and the high and runner-runner for the nut-low and scooped the pot. He was all in again a couple of hands later and scooped again for another double-up!

Sean Scavillo (Jamison, PA) was all-in against Vince Coleman and Adel Shakerian. Adel got all his chips in on the turn and ended up getting quartered by Vince for the low in both the main and side pots. Sean got half the main pot with a straight. Adel was left with only about 25k.

Michael Demcovitz (Atlantic City, NJ) hit the rail in 12th place earning $590.

Play continued into level 21 with limits of 10k/20k.

Val Seifert was all-in on the flop against 3 players. Sean Scavillo got all-in on the turn against Vince Coleman (Sach Ramrakhani dropped out). Vince and Sean chopped the pot and Val was ousted in 11th place ($590) .

The final ten players drew seats and moved to the final table:

Seat - Player - Hometown
1 - Bill Hine - Bricktown, NJ
2 - Terry Wells - Baltimore, MD
3 - Walter Soho - Long Island, NY
4 - Jeff Hunter - Bronx, NY
5 - Mark Jones - Philadelphia, PA
6 - Sach Ramrakhani - New York, NY
7 - Vince Coleman - Camden , NJ
8 - Adel Shakerian - Falls Church, VA
9 - Joseph Gaval - Barnegat, NJ
10 - Sean Scavillo - Jamison, PA