Thursday, June 24, 2010

6th place - Jason Laso

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

Jason Laso opened for 14k from the cutoff, Anthony Caruso called from the button, then Mickey Woll called from the big blind. The flop came Q Q 4. They checked to Anthony, who bet 15k. Both called. Turn was a 7 and again they checked to Anthony, who bet 25k. Mickey folded and Jason called. River was a Jack and Jason checked. Anthony bet 35k.

Jason tanked for a couple of minutes, looking pretty miserable. He only had about 53k left. He finally folded what he said was pocket Aces. Anthony showed pocket 4s for the flopped full house.

A few hands later, Jason shoved on the small blind and Anthony looked him up from the big. Jason's A7 suited was ahead of Anthony's KJ, but a King hit the river giving the pot to Anthony.

Jason Laso finished in 6th place earning $2,893.'

Jason Laso - 6th place

Final Table Chip Counts

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

Here's the lineup with approximate chip counts as of the break:

Seat - Player - Chips
1 - Ian Searing - 67k
2 - Mickey Woll - 158k
3 - Mike Matrone - 125k
4 - Mike Devinsky - 348k
5 - Jason Laso - 90k
6 - Anthony Caruso - 286k

Play has resumed with blinds of 3k/6k and 500 antes. Average stack is 177,500.

7th place - Seth Lejeune

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

Seth 'typhoon' Lejeune moved all-in and action folded around to big-stack Mike Devinsky in the big blind. He called, showing AJ. Seth's AT was dominated. The board came K 6 6 8 3 and was no help to Seth. He finished 7th for $2,410.

Seth Lejeune - 7th place

Seth's departure coincided with the end of the level and the final 6 are taking a break.

8th place - Peter Zhou

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

Jason Laso (button) raised to 21k and Peter Zhou (big blind) called all-in, showing KQ suited. Jason held pocket 4s. The board came J 8 6 A 7 and this time Peter failed to catch on the river. Jason took the pot.

Peter Zhou finished in 8th place, earning $1,928.

Peter Zhou - 8th place

The final 7 are redrawing seats and moving to the final table.

Double, Double

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

Seth Lejeune moved in for 20k and got called by Mickey Woll in the big blind. Seth's QJ was dominating Mickey's J2. The board changed nothing and Seth doubled up to about 44k.

Peter Zhou moved in for 12k from the small blind and Mike Devinsky called blind from the big. Peter's QT suited was ahead of Mike's 52 suited, until the flop came 7 3 2. It looked like Peter was history until the last two came A Q and again he catches on the river to survive and double up.

Searing Heat

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

On a flop of K 4 2 rainbow, Ian Searing moved in and got called by Peter Zhou. Ian held KT for a pair of Kings and he had just cracked Peter's pocket Queens. Last two were 9 6 and Ian doubled up to ~80k.

9th place - Kevin Murray

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

Kevin Murray opened for 6,900 on the button and then Mike Devinsky raised to 16,600 from the big blind. Kevin thought about it, then called. The flop came 9 5 3 rainbow. Mike led out for 20,500. Kevin shoved. Mike snap-called all-in for 103,400. Kevin held AT of diamonds. Mike was ahead with AQ of spades. Last two cards were running 4s and Mike doubled up with AQ-high. Kevin was left with only about 10k.

On the next hand, Kevin was all-in and called by Peter Zhou and Jason Laso. The flop came K Q 4 and Peter bet. Jason folded. Peter held K9 for top pair. Keven was in trouble with T7 off. The last two came Q 9 and Peter took the pot.

Kevin Murray finished in 9th place, earning $1,446.

Kevin Murray - 9th place

Ian Searing was moved into Kevin's vacant seat so there are now two tables of four.

Blinds are up to 2k/4k with 400 antes.

Zhou Zooms

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

Peter Zhou opened for 9k and Mike Devinsky (button) asked what he had behind. Peter had 34,600 total. Mike raised to ~25k, Peter moved in, and Mike called. Peter held KJ and was racing against Mike's pocket Tens. The board came 8 4 2 8 J and the river card saved Peter, who more than doubled up.

Still 9 players. Average is ~118k.

Chip Counts

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

Here are some rough counts as of the break:

Table 1
1 - Mickey Woll - 173k
2 - Ian Searing - 45k
3 - Seth Lejeune - 62k
4 -
5 - Anthony Caruso - 200k
6 - Mike Matrone - 120k

Table 2
1 -
2 - Mike Devinsky - 162k
3 - Jason Laso - 150k
4 - Kevin Murray - 140k
5 - Peter Zhou - NY - 35k
6 -

Play has resumed. Still playing 1,500/3,000 with 400 antes.

Bubble Burst!

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

Blinds up again. Now playing 1,500/3,000 with 400 antes.

Bruce Yamron (button) raised to 6k. Mike Devinsky (sb) re-raised to 17,300. Bruce asked how much Mike had left and Mike had him covered. Bruce four-bet another 25k on top. Mike shoved, Bruce called all-in. Mike held pocket Kings. Bruce was in bad shape with pocket Jacks. Board came 8 7 7 K 5 and Mike took the pot.

Bruce Yamron

Bruce Yamron is today's bubble-boy, finishing 10th and earning zip, zilch, nada.

The final nine are taking ten.

So Sacked

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

Seth Lejeune opened for 8k. Jennifer So gave it some thought, then moved all-in from the small blind. Seth wasted no time calling all-in and rolling over his pocket Queens. Jennifer wasn't happen to see that as she held AJ. The board came T 4 3 J 3 and Seth doubled his 42,600 chips. Jennifer was left with only about 20k.

Blinds are up to 1,200/2,400 with 300 antes.

A few hands later, Jennifer moved in utg and Anthony Caruso called from the big blind. Jennifer's 87 of hearts were actually racing against Anthony's pocket 5s, but the board brought no help for her. The last woman sitting was dispatched in 11th place.

Jennifer So

On the turn with the board showing A Q 2 4, Mike Devinsky check to Kevin Murray on the button. Kevin thought for a while, then bet 12,100. After some thought of his own, Mike announced he was all-in. Kevin snap called, rolling over AJ, but then groaned when Mike rolled over pocket Aces for top set. River was irrelevant as Kevin was drawing dead. Mike had 48k on top of the bet and Kevin shipped the chips across the felt.

Mike Matrone was moved from table two into Jennifer's vacant seat at table one so they now have two tables of 5.

With ten players remaining, it is bubble time! They will play hand-for-hand until one more player busts.

Contessa Cut

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

Mike Contessa got his last chips in with pocket 2s and Mickey Woll looked him up with KQ. Mickey paired his overcard and it was over for Mike. He left in 12th place.

Mike Contessa

Eleven players remain. Average is almost 97k.

Two more must go to reach the money.

Zhou Times Two

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

Peter Zhou opened for 6k and Mike Devinsky (sb) asked how much he had left (27,100 total). Mike raised to 20k, Peter moved in and Mike called. Peter's pocket Kings were krushing Mike's pocket 6s. Board came J 7 5 T 7 and Peter doubled up.

Chip Counts

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

Here are the final 12 players with their new seat assignments and approximate chip counts as of the dinner break:

Table 1
1 - Mickey Woll - Manahawkin, NJ - 87k
2 - Ian Searing - Long Island, NY - 64k
3 - Seth Lejeune - Amber, PA - 63k
4 - Mike Contessa - Rochelle Park, NY - 23k
5 - Anthony Caruso - Medford, NJ - 195k
6 - Jennifer So - Gallowaym, NJ - 70k

Table 2
1 - Mike Matrone - Morgansville, NJ - 100k
2 - Mike Devinsky - Middleton, NJ - 75k
3 - Jason Laso - Manalapan, NJ - 110k
4 - Kevin Murray - Olney, MD - 173k
5 - Peter Zhou - NY - 35k
6 - Bruce Yamron - Naples, FL - 85k

Play resumed following dinner with level 12, blinds 1k/2k with 300 antes.

Dirty Dozen Do Dinner

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

After Jason Laso limped utg, action folded around to Steven Curtin (Charlotte, NC) in the big blind. After checking Jason's stack, he shoved. Jason called, showing 76. Steven was ahead with A5, but after a 7 flopped, he was drawing slim. No Ace appeared to save him and he hit the rail in 13th place.

With just 12 players remaining, they played one hand and the level expired. The final twelve have been sent on dinner until 8:20pm.

Lean, Mean, Thirteen

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

Andrew Klein (Ocean, NJ) - out

Fred Hood (VA) - out

Peter Viverito - out

On a flop of Q 9 3, Peter Viverito (bb) moved in and Mickey Woll (utg) made the call. Peter's 97 (middle pair) was out-kicked by Mickey's A9. The last two were blanks and Peter hit the rail in 14th place.

13 players remain. Only 9 get paid.

16 Players Remain

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

Peter Zhou (NY) moved in from the small blind after Jason Laso opened for 4k. Jason called the extra 2k showing A7 off. Peter was ahead with pocket 4s and his lead got bigger when the flop came K 4 2. The Ace on the turn was too little, too late, for Jason. Peter doubled up.

Mark Latorre

On the river with a board of K 5 3 6 3, Kevin Murray (Olney, MD) moved in and got looked up by Mark Larorre (Pittsburg, PA). Kevin's T3 trip 3s was good enough and Mark mucked. After shipping 42,500 across the felt, Mark was very short and busted out soon after.

One more player has reported to the rail so 16 remain.

Redraw at 18

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Handed

After a short-stack shoved on the button, Mike Devinsky called from the small blind. The button had T7 of diamonds and was dominated by Mike's A7 off. After the flop came A A 5 with no diamonds, the short-stack was history and Mike took the pot.

19 players remained.

On a flop of Q 4 3, Jonas Berha moved in and got called by Anthony Caruso (Medford, NJ). Jonas held pocket 9s and was crushed by Anthony's pocket Aces. The last two were K 6 and Jonas hit the rail in 19th place.

The final 18 drew seats and moved to the final three tables. Only half of the remaining players will get paid, so there's still a long way to go.

Blinds have moved up to 800/1,600 with 200 antes. Average stack is just over 59k.

Average Is Better Than Out

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Hand

Table 2 Sole Survivor

Mike Matrone (Morganville, NJ) is the sole survivor from table 2 while everyone else has been moved or knocked out.

Mike's been under the radar most of the day with an average or slightly above average stack. He currently has 50,000.

His one big hand was when A-4 of hearts flushed out on the flop and he got paid off.

20 Players remain - 5 per Table.

Average stack: 53,250

Level 10: Borgata Blinds - 600 / 1200 with 200 antes.

Summer Rush

$700 + 470 NLH 6-Hand

Jason Laso (Manalapan, NY) has a rush that propels his stack from 23,000 up to 100,000 since Level 9 began.

He hits quad eights and gets paid off against A-K and another player with a straight flush draw.

Next his A-5 improves on a flop of A-J-2. Opponent with pocket nines ships it, Jason calls then fades the turn and river.

Looks like there's been a transfer of power at Table 3.

Dealer Drops A Deuce

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Hand

Mike Devinsky knocks out Tommy Leonard in a monster pot that spills into the break.

Seems like a meaningless flop of 6-2-9 rainbow.

Both had about 50,000 starting chips with Devinsky just covering Leonard.

Jack of spades on the turn causes Leonard to announce "All In". Mike makes the call and tables 10-10. Tommy's 8-9 of diamonds needs to hit.

Devinsky starts crying out for a deuce. "Deuce. Deuce. Give me a deuce." Sure enough the dealer drops a deuce and Leonard is out of the tournament.

When asked why he was calling for a deuce, Devinsky said, "I always call for a deuce and it always comes."

Mike Devinsky looks like the new Chip Leader with 100,000.

Jonas Berha 90,000
Jennifer So 75,000
Andrew Klein 70,000
Bruce Yamron 70,000

Keep Up With The Jonas

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Hand

Jonas Berha 90,000

Jonas Berha (Albany, NY) contemplates calling an all in after a flop of 6 4 J.

He calls and tables Q 10. Opponent flopped a set of sixes.

As soon as Jonas hit his man on the turn (A) he yelled out YES!

Nice when you hit your straight and your flush with the turn of just one card.

With that 37,000 pot Jonas builds to 90,000 and is among the leaders.


$700 + $70 NLH 6-Hand


2..........................$ 9,160
3..........................$ 5,785
4..........................$ 4,339
5..........................$ 3,375
6..........................$ 2,893
7..........................$ 2,410
8..........................$ 1,928
9..........................$ 1,446

Number of Entries: 71

Total Buy-In: 49,700

Prize Money: 48,209

Level 8 Underway: Borgata Blinds - 400 / 800 with 75 antes.

1 hour dinner break at 7pm.

27 Players remain.

Average Chip Stack: 39,444

Leonard Part 6-Handed

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Hand

Tommy Leonard

Leonard Part 6 was a horrible Bill Cosby movie but Leonard 6-Handed is well worth watching.

Tommy Leonard (South Hadley, Mass) knocks out his fifth player of the day. "I'm running good. Although I did donk off 20,000 earlier" explained Leonard.

Tommy's stack climbs to 60,000 after his A-8 hits an Ace on the flop and Opponent with wired threes is betting into him.

Runner runner eight, eight for a full-house put two exclamation points on the hand!!

Upon exiting, the gentleman who was felted shook it off saying, "That's life".

Tommy took fifth in Borgata Summer Poker Open $350 NLH.

"I play em all. I'll be here for the Championship" said Tommy.

Great Woll Call

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Hand

After two streets of checking, on a board of K
6 10 8 5 and a 5,000 river bet, Mickey Woll (Manahawkin, NJ) has a tough decision to make - Fold or Call?

What would you do? By the way, you're hole cards are a measly 2-5 off suit.

Does he have the straight? Does he have the flush? Does he have a pair?
After a long session in the tank, Mickey makes the call.

Opponent sensing defeat, reveals A

Mickey flips 2-5 for bottom pair and the table gives him props.

"I gotta go with my read there" said Mickey who now has 36,000 in chips.

40 Players remain.

Average Chip Count: 26,625

Viverito Defeato

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Hand

Peter Viverito - Table Captain

Table 3 action seems to center around Peter Viverito (Long Island, NY).

A short stack shoves holding A-4 and Peter can afford the race with Q-J off so he calls.

Flop of Q-K-8 gives the lead to Peter...Ace on the turn, gives Opponent hope...But a Jack on the river gives Viverito two pair and sends another Player out the door.

The very next hand, Kyle Olesko (Homedell, NJ) shoves all in and Peter is pondering.

He tables K-J of clubs saying, "Felt I was going to the well once to often." Kyle relies - "I'm so glad you folded"

Peter with over 30,000 described his day as "Very lucky - I'm playing all sorts of weird hands and hitting."

Kyle added, "He's been a one man wrecking crew".

Level 6 underway: Borgata Blinds - 200 /400 with 50 antes.

43 players remain on 8 tables in Borgata Poker room.

Average chip count: 24,767

Kleining Up The Leaderboard

$700 + $70 NLH 6 Hand

Andrew Klein Felts Another

Andrew Klein (Ocean, NJ) flops a set against Opponent's two pair.

Andrew's 5(s)5(c) against 9-4.

With three clubs on the flop, Andrew bets, Opponent raised, Andrew jammed, Opponent called.

With that knock-out table 1 was down to three players. Guess who was brought over to the table to sit on Andrew's left? Former chip-leader Bruce Yamron. I say former because after that pot, Andrew now has 78,000 and the tournament chip lead.

Meanwhile Mike Contessa (Rochelle Park, NY) a Table 1 original - told me he has what they started with ~15,000.

Looks like Contessa survived a tough table with a lot of knockouts.

If the two Chip Leaders tangle, of course we'll report it!

$440 + $60 Cards In The Air

2PM: Event 39 - $440 + $60 Championship Qualifer (~1 in 5)
  • 15,000 in starting chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
The Torpedo Is Playing!

Event #39 is Underway. Cards are in the air.

Be careful, $500 + $60 Deep Stack Summer Poker Open Champion Torpekay Habashzada is playing.

Searing Soars

$700 + $70 NLH 6 Hand

On Broadway!

Ian Searing (Valley Stream - Long Island, NY) has A-Q and gets two callers to his pre-flop raise of 2,000.

Pot grows and only one Opponent sees the river.

Board: 4
Q 10 K J

Opponent throws out more than half his stack and Ian triples it.

Opponent tanks, puts Ian on an Ace and makes the right fold.

Ian shows his hand and says, "I thought we were chopping."
Opponent claims a nine for the low end.

Searing gains 15,000 in the pot and doubles his stack to 30,000.

Players on a Ten Minute Break.

When we return: Level 5 - 150 / 300 with 25 antes.

52 Players remain.

Started the day with 71.

Average Chip Count - 20,480

6 Hand update

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Hand

Chip Leaders - Bruce Yamron (Naples, FL) with 70,000
Mike Devinsky (Middleton, NJ) with 52,000

Level 4: Borgata Blinds - 100 / 200.

Last hand without an ante.

We're down to 56 players on ten tables for the Six Handed event.

This is a two day tournament but at the rate players are being knocked out you never know if it will finish tonight.

Blind Levels last 40 minutes. Dinner break at 7pm.

Last Woman Standing

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Hand

Say It Ain't So - She's Got Chips!!!

This is the earliest I've ever reported on Last Woman Standing but there were only two women who entered in the tournament, Sheree Bykofsky and Jennifer So (Galloway, NJ).

Sheree busted out early SO that makes Jennifer the only female in the $700 + $70 NLH 6-handed.

Players around the felt are still talking about the hand Jennifer and The Torpedo had a few nights ago in the Deep Stack. Jennifer told me she wants to be "the last person standing" today.

Today she just called a 5,000 all in holding K-Q vs. A-K heads up.

Okay, so this time Jennifer got it in bad and caught lucky as a Queen appeared in the window and held.

As she knocked out the player and scooped someone uttered, "Oh no, she's got chips".

Six Hand Gbehan

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Hand

Tuan Gbehan (Toms River, NJ) ran into some chip trouble when his A-Q ran into Opponents K-K and a Queen hit top pair on the flop.

Borgata regular Tuan told me six-handed was his specialty. "I like it. I like to punish these guys...or they punish me."

Tuan got some chips back from same Opponent after his A-2 saw a board of Q-A-6-J-A.

Tuan kept talking and betting and I guess his Opponent didn't believe him as he said, "I'll pay you off. I sort of owe you." Opponent flashes a Q. Tuan scoops.

Back From A Ten Minute Break.

Level 3 Begins - Borgata Blinds - 75 / 100.

Lejeune Trying To Win In June

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Hand

Seth Lejeune (Ambler, PA) won a satellite in Riverchasers, the PA restaurant/tavern free-roll league he frequents, where the prize was a Borgata vacation/poker package.

Seth Lejeune

Seth couldn't attend 2010 Borgata Spring Poker Open so he chose to cash in his prize for today's 6-handed buy-in.

The up and coming professional amateur poker player is an assistant superintendent for a golf club in Phoenixville, PA.

So far we watched Seth make a good bluff holding only 9-5 offsuit.

Early Chip Leader

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Hand

Mike Devinsky Doubles Up

Well that didn't take long.

Mike Devinsky (Middleton, NJ) doubles up on the first orbit - and we're six handed.

Mike's pocket Nines against Opponents' pocket Queens.

Mike raises 150, Opponent pops to 425 out of the blinds.

Flop: 9-2-3 (two clubs).

Opponent leads out and Mike, hitting the set and representing a flush draw, makes it 2250.

Mike turns a 2 for the full-house. He jams on the river and Opponent calls.

"I live at the Borgata. I'm here playing cash every day" said Devinsky. No stranger to heads up tournies but this is Mike's first ever live 6-handed tournament.

6-HAND MAX NLH Up & Running

$700 + $70 NLH 6-Hand

Lining Up

Cards are in the air for today's $700 +$70 no limit hold-em 6 handed max tournament.

Expect a lot of action from these gunslingers.

Starting stack: 15,000

Forty minute Levels.

Level 1: Borgata Blinds - 25 / 50

This is a two-day tournament. Day 2 starts at 1PM Friday June 25th.

Thursday, June 24th


11AM: Event 17 - $700 + $70 6-Hand Max No Limit Hold'em

  • 25,000 in starting chips
  • Levels last 40 minutes
  • 2-day event
  • Day 2 starts on Friday, June 25 at 1 PM
11AM: Event 40 - $220 + $30 Championship Qualifer (~1 in 10)

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

2PM: Event 39 - $440 + $60 Championship Qualifer (~1 in 5)

  • 15,000 in starting chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
6PM: Event 40 - $220 + $30 Championship Qualifer (~1 in 10)

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

Event 16: $170+$30 NLH (Re-Entry) Recap

Borgata Summer Poker Open 2010
Event #16 - $170 + 30 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
June 23

The cost-effective price-tag of this $170 + $30 No Limit event generated 460 entries, which resulted in a prize pool of $78,200. Players were allowed to re-enter this event up to two times if they busted out during the first three levels. The final 45 players would earn a share of the money, but it would take more than nine hours of play just to reach the money.

Robert Rudovic of Bronx, NY ended up as the last man sitting with all 4.6 million chips in play. He didn't even have to re-enter, despite being all-in for his last 900 chips during the re-entry period. He won that hand and never looked back. Just before 2am, after almost 15 hours, Robert was the champion.

He takes home $21,705 and a beautiful trophy for his efforts. Robert says he learned to play poker from friends and family in social games and has been playing for about 8 years. Borgata is his "#1 Favorite Place" to play poker and the "Best Casino on the East Coast for sure". In addition to tournaments, he's a regular in the $2/$5 No Limit cash games here.

Second-place finisher Joe D'Elia (Jersey City, NJ) is the proud father of three-week-old baby-boy Joseph. He's a union iron worker by day and learned to play poker from his brother Nunzi. He's been playing for about 15 years and in addition to tournaments, enjoys the $5/$10 No Limit cash games.

During this event he had to re-enter once after busting out early. Joe briefly claimed the chip lead about five and a half hours into play, then again about eleven hours in, but once Robert Rudovic claimed the lead, he never let it go. Joe takes home $11,757 for second place. This is his largest tournament cash to date.

Larry Klur is a seventy-some-year-old retiree from Pembroke Pines, FL. His one claim to poker fame before today was making the final table of the April 2006 Foxwoods Poker Classic $10k WPT Season 4 event. You can still catch his performance in WPT reruns on the Travel Channel. He finished that event in 4th place, earning $292,264.

Larry was down to about 4,000 chips early in the day, but held on and managed to outlast most of the much younger field. Larry had the honor of busting the money bubble today when he called a short-stack's all-in from the big blind in the dark. Although his 82 offsuit was almost a 7-to-1 dog against pocket Queens, Larry caught a flush on the river to secure his place in the money. He took the chip lead briefly with 13 players remaining, proving he can still compete with the youngsters. His third-place finish was good for $6,068.

A couple of Borgata tournament regulars also cashed in this event. Daniel Chan (New York, NY) won the 2009 Borgata Summer Poker Open $500 No Limit 6-handed event ($28,952). He has numerous other cashes here at Borgata, including five cashes (two final tables) during the 2010 Spring Poker Open. Today he finished 20th for $417.

Jay Johnson (Philadelphia, PA) finished 10th in Event 12 (NL Deepstack) just a few days ago, earning $3,093. He also finished 14th in Event 1 ($936). During the Spring Poker Open, Jay finished second in Event 3, the $350 NL event, for $11,370. Today he narrowly avoided being the bubble-boy when he caught a runner-runner straight to stay alive. He ended up finishing in 32nd place, earning $319.

Event 16: $170+$30 NLH Final Results

Borgata Summer Poker Open 2010
Event 16 - $170 + $30 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
June 23

Entries: 460 Total Buy-In: $78,200


Champion - Robert Rudovic

$170 + $30 NLH 50,000 Guaranteed

Robert Rudovic's monster stack proved insurmountable. First he dispatched Mark D'Ambrosio in 5th place ($4,551).

Mark D'Ambrosio - 5th place

Then Pete Krachtus was busted in 4th place, earning $5,310.

Pete Krachtus - 4th place

Larry Klur fell next, finishing 3rd for $6,068. A couple of hours into this event, Larry was down to only 4,000 chips and managed to come all the way back for a top three finish.

Larry Klur - 3rd place

Joe D'Elia held out the longest, but couldn't overcome the chip deficit. He finished second for $11,757. Joe was the only one of the top three players who re-entered today.

Joe D'Elia - 2nd place

Today's champion is Robert Rudovic of Bronx, NY. He takes home $21,705 and the crystal trophy.

Robert Rudovic - 1st place

Five Alive

$170 + $30 NLH 50,000 Guaranteed

Following the break, play resumed with binds of 20k/40k and 4k antes. Here are the approximate chip counts:

Robert Rudovic - 1.98 million
Joe D'Elia - 1.5 million
Larry Klur - 670k
Pete Krachtus - 260k
Mark D'Ambrosio - 200k

6th place - Wascar Santos

$170 + $30 NLH 50,000 Guaranteed

Mark D'Ambrosio got all-in with pocket 7s against Larry Klur's KJ. The board came Q 9 5 3 4 and Mark doubled up to about 260k.

Wascar Santos' incredible run finally came to an end. He got all-in pre-flop with pocket 8s against Joe D'Elia's AJ. By the river, Joe had made a straight to take the pot. Wascar finished in 6th place, earning $3,793.

Wascar Santos - 6th place

End of level and the final five are taking a break.

Santos Doubles, Then Doubles Again!

$170 + $30 NLH 50,000 Guaranteed

Wascar Santos was down to only 2 gray chips (10k) when there were three tables left. He was all-in repeatedly and kept surviving. He just got all-in against Joe D'Elia, who had T9 suited. Wascar was ahead with A2. The flop came Q T 5 giving Joe the lead with a pair of Tens, but then an Ace fell on the turn giving Wascar the bigger pair. The river was an 8 and Wascar doubled up.

Soon after, he was all-in again, this time against Mark D'Ambrosio. Mark had AK and was racing against Wascar's pocket Jacks. The board came 9 6 2 5 Q and Wascar doubled again. He's earned the 'cockroach' award for this tournament because they just can't get rid of him! He's over 200k now.

8th - Friedman; 7th - Rondon

$170 + $30 NLH 50,000 Guaranteed

Daniel Friedman - 8th place

Joe D'Elia opened for 75k, then Daniel Friedman raised to 175k. Joe called and the flop came A 8 3. Daniel fired 175k and Joe raised enough to cover him. Daniel committed the last of his chips showing pocket 7s. He was in bad shape against Joe's AT (pair of Aces). The last two came K Q and Joe took the pot, chipping up to almost 1.2 million. Daniel finished 8th for $2,276.

Joe wants to send a Hello to his 3-week old son Joseph. He said "Daddy Misses You!"

In a battle of the blinds, Eric Rondon got all-in from the big against Robert Rudovic's small blind. Robert held AQ suited. Eric held 75 off. The board came A K 9 J 2 and Robert claimed another victim. Eric finished 7th for $3,034.

Eric Rondon - 7th place

10th - Bellino; 9th - Dowd

$170 + $30 NLH 50,000 Guaranteed

Frank Bellino got his last chips in holding AQ of clubs, only to discover that big stack Robert Rudovic held pocket Kings. The board ran out T 8 3 Q J with not a club in sight. Robert continues to chip up. Frank finished 10th for $986.

Frank Bellino - 10th place

Christopher Dowd got his last chips in holding A8, getting the call from Larry Klur, who held pocket 3s. The board came K 6 5 9 Q and brought no help for Christopher. He finished 9th for $1,517.

Christopher Dowd - 9th place

Final Table Lineup

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Here are the remaining ten players:

Seat - Player - Hometown
1 - Wascar Santos - Bronx, NY
2 - Joe D'Elia - Jersey City, NJ
3 - Pete Krachtus - Egg Harbor Twp, NJ
4 - Daniel Friedman - Smithtown, NY
5 - Mark D'Ambrosio - Nutley, NJ
6 - Robert Rudovic - Bronx, NY
7 - Eric Rondon - Bayshore, NY
8 - Larry Klur - Pembroke Pines, FL
9 - Frank Bellino - Manalapan, NJ
10 - Christopher Dowd - Hoboken, NJ

11th place - Tyler Baltz

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Tyler open-shoved and got the look-see from Larry Klur. Tyler's pocket 3s were racing against Larry's AT. It was a short race as the board came K Q T Q 4 and Larry took the pot.

Tyler Baltz (Nazareth, PA) finished in 11th place, earning $986.

The final ten drew seats and moved to a single table where play has resumed.

Chip Counts

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Here are some rough chip counts as of the break, for most of the remaining players:

Robert Rudovic - 1.165 million
Joe D'Elia - 690k
Larry Klur - 620k
Daniel Friedman - 330k
Tyler Baltz - 318k
Frank Bellino - 275k
Christopher Dowd - 179k
Mark D'Ambrosio - 166k
Wascar Santos - 125k

Play resumed with blinds of 12k/24k and 3k antes.