Monday, June 28, 2010

12th Place - Jay Johnson

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

Jay Johnson
$8,096

From the cutoff, Jay Johnson moves all-in for 400k and Dean Potashner calls from the button.

"I got nothing says Johnson," showing Q 8 and is way behind Potashner's A K. Johnson doesn't get any help and is out in 12th place.

With one more elimination the players will shut it down for the night and return for Tuesday's final table.

Break Time

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

10 of the remaining 12 players are on a break, but Frank Dellaria and Billy O'Neil are busy finishing their hand.

Dellaria raises 75k preflop and O'Neil comes over the top for 200k more. Dellaria says, "don't worry, I'll call the clock on myself," and after a lot of deliberation, continues, "I don't want to race," and folds pocket 9s face up.

O'Neil replies, "I don't want to race either," and shows A K.

Players are on a 10 minute break. When play resumes blinds will be 12k/24k/3k ante.

Corrado Stares Down Nagji

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

On a board of 2 9 2 Mirza Nagji leads out from the BB for 128k. Ed Corrado makes the call from the button.

Turn: A

Nagi bets 223k, Corrado calls.

River: 8

Both players check and Nagji has to show first, revealing 7 6. Corrado shows 9 10 for a pair of 9s and the winner.

Corrado's up to nearly 1.6 million, while Nagji while has 870k.

Dirty Dozen Chip Counts

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

12 players remain with an average stack of 800k. Blinds: 10k/20k/2k ante

Table - Seat - Name - Count

1-1
1-2
1-3 Steven Curtin 1 million
1-4
1-5 Ed Corrado 1.15 million
1-6 Mike Melkersen 218k
1-7 Mirza Nagji 1.25 million
1-8 John Borzio 700k
1-9 Alex Kuchik 680k

2-1
2-2 Dean Potashner 387k
2-3
2-4 Todd Geddis 555k
2-5 Frank Dellaria 1 million
2-6 Billy O'Neil 595k
2-7 Joshua Hakakian 1.7 million
2-8
2-9 Jay Johnson 450k

Short Stack Survival

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

Two of the short stacks survive their all-ins.

First Todd Geddis has one foot out the door when his K J is dominated by the A K of Joshua Hakakian, but when the board runs 3-6-5-2-4 for a chop, Geddis gets new life with the chop.

Shortly after that, Mike Melkersen's all-in for his last 111k and his A 9 holds against the K 10 of Steven Curtin. Of the remaining 12 players, Melkersen's still the short stack.

13th Place - Larry Nelson

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

Larry Nelson
$6,227

Dean Potashner raises with 10 J and calls the 157k reraise all-in of Larry Nelson (K 9).

Potashner flops a full house and Nelson's out in 12th place.

Kings Into Aces

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

It's a standard play poker players see all the time, but when pocket kings run into pocket aces the sting is that much worse when you're deep into a big tournament.

Ed Corrado flat calls the BB of 16k and Mike Melkersen pops it up to 60k. Alex Kuchik moves all-in for 368k, Corrado gets out of the way and Melkersen calls.

Melkersen's on the wrong end of AA vs KK and when the board runs clean for Kuchik he takes down the 750k pot, while Melkersen's left with 90k

14th Place - James Ostrander

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

James Ostrander
$6,227

James Ostrander has a ton of outs on the river, but can't connect against Joshua Hakakian and finishes the Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship in 14th place.

On a board of 9 8 4 7, Hakakian bets 45k. Ostrander makes it 140k and Hakakian moves all-in. Ostrander makes the call with his final 250k and is at risk.

Hakakian: A K
Ostrander: A 10

Ostrander has 18 outs with straight and flush draws and can still hit a 10, but the river is the 3 and Ostrander misses everything. "I have to call," he says while walking to the cage to collect his $6,227. "I'm open ended, have a flush draw and only have 250 behind."

Hakakian's ace-king high wins the pot and he's now up to 1.6 million after being on the verge of elimination earlier in the day.

Blinds: 8k/16k/2k ante.


15th Place - Florentino Deleon, Jr

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event

Florentino Deleon, Jr.
$6,227

Todd Geddis and Florentino Deleon, Jr. both start the hand with roughly 330k. Geddis opens the action for 46k and Deleon, Jr. goes all-in with A K. Geddis makes the call with 9 9.

The flop brings a 9 and the set for Geddis who doubles up to 675k. Deleon, Jr. is left with just 16k and is eventually on the rail when James Ostrander knocks him out in 15th place.

One Million Chip Pot

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

Ed Corrado, the elder statesman of the remaining players, has been quiet all day, but makes some noise in a hand against Mirza Nagji. Picking up the action on a board of 7 9 Q 3, there's 700k+ in the pot when Corrado is all-in for his last 218k.

Nagji goes into the tank, counts out the chips and reluctantly calls. Corrado shows 9 9 for a set of 9s and Nagji tosses his cards into the muck before the A comes on the river. "I'm drawing dead," says Corrado, who's lost a few pots since the break.

Corrado is now one of the few players that has more than 1 million chips.

Most Everyone Back From Break

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

Mirza Nagji (r) Continues Play Next to
the Empty Chair of Mike Melkersen

14 of the 15 remaining players are back from break. The missing player is Mike Melkersen, who folded a set of 9s, the potential winner, on the last hand before dinner break.

Melkersen eventually returns thirty minutes after play resumes looking to shake off the disappointing hand.

Event 20 Dinner Break

$300 + $50 NLH

Number of Entries: 170
Players Remaining: 25
Average Stack: 68k
Blinds When Play Resumes: 1k/2k/300 ante

Total Buy-In: $51,000
1st Place: $15,235
Places Paid: 18

Dinner Break Chip Counts

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

Table - Seat - Name - Count

1-1
1-2 Billy O'Neil 620k
1-3 Steven Curtin 1.27m
1-4
1-5 Ed Corrado 323k
1-6 Mike Melkersen 785k
1-7 Mirza Nagji 1.97m
1-8 John Borzio 483k
1-9 Alex Kuchik 138k

2-1
2-2 Dean Potashner 448k
2-3 James Ostrander 460k
2-4 Todd Geddis 325k
2-5 Frank Dellaria 682k
2-6 Larry Nelson 316k
2-7 Joshua Hakakian 992k
2-8 Florentino Deleon, Jr 330k
2-9 Jay Johnson 529k

Dinner Time!

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event

In huge hand that went about ten minutes into the one-hour dinner break:

On the turn, the board was 9725 and Mirza Nagji (sb) checked. Mike Melkersen (button) bet 250k. After about 5 minutes in the tank, Mizra announced he was all-in. Mike then took his turn in the tank for about the same time. He apparently convinced himself that Mirza held 86 and had turned the straight. He eventually folded, showing pocket 9s (top set!).

Mirza said "You want to see?" then rolled over pocket deuces for bottom set. With that pot, Mirza is up to almost 2 million chips. Mike was left with about 785k.

Mirza Nagji

They will be on dinner until about 8pm.

Event 20 Payouts

$300 + $50 NLH

Number of Entries: 170
Total Buy-In: $51,000

1....................................$ 15,235
2....................................$ 8,410
3....................................$ 4,700
4....................................$ 3,463
5....................................$ 2,968
6....................................$ 2,474
7....................................$ 1,979
8....................................$ 1,484
9....................................$ 1,113
10-12..............................$ 965
13-15..............................$ 841
16-18..............................$ 742

Eye On the Prize

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3


Not only are the players fighting for the $180,595 first prize and crystal trophy, but also up for grabs is a Championship Event gold bracelet.

2010 Borgata Summer Poker Open Bracelet

16th place - Mark Hnatov

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event

Mirza Nagji raised, Steven Curtin (button) called, then Mark Hnatov moved all-in from the small blind. Mirza then came over the top for 400k straight. Steven opted out, open-mucking his AK. Mark was not happy to see that as he had AJ. Mirza was ahead with pocket Queens. The board came T 9 9 9 6 and Mirza took the pot.

Mark Hnatov - 16th place

Mark Hnatov finished in 16th place, earning $4,359.

15 players remain.

17th place - Anthony Balletta

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event

On a flop of Q 4 3 rainbow, Mike Melkersen (sb) checked, Anthony Balletta (utg) bet 50k, and after eyeing his stack, Mike called. Turn was a 6 and again Mike checked. Anthony fired another 50k salvo and Mike called.

River was a Ten and Mike checked. Anthony said he was all-in. Mike asked for the exact count, which was 133k, then called. "You got me" Anthony said, as he showed his KJ suited. Mike rolled over AQ for top/top to take the pot.

Anthony Balletta - 17th place

Anthony Balletta finished in 17th place, earning $4,359.

John Borzio was moved from table two to Anthony's empty seat on table one to balance them with eight players each.

16 players remain. Average stack is almost 602k.

18th place - Jia Liu

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event

On the river the board read 9638T and Jia Liu moved all-in. Billy O'Neil made the call, showing pocket Tens for the rivered set. He was apparently ahead the whole way as Jia flashed A6 (middle pair on the flop) before he mucked.

Jia Liu - 18th place

Jia Liu finished in 18th place, earning $4,359. "He was obviously unaware of how well I'm playing" Billy O'Neil said, tongue-in-cheek. He now has about 660k.

Ostrander Doubles

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event

On a flop of T T 9, James Ostrander moved all in for ~170k. Dean Potashner tanked for a bit, then called, showing Q9 for two pair. James had him crushed with AT for trip Tens. The last two came K 9 and James doubled up with the full house. He's up to ~660k. Dean is down to ~390k.

James Ostrander

End of level 19. Play continued into level 20 with blinds of 6k/12k and 1k antes.

Curtins for Low

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event

Tyng Low opened for 30k and Steven Curtin raised to 80k. Tyng called the raise. Before the flop appeared Steven bet 300k, which was enough to cover Tyng. The flop came T 5 3 rainbow and Tyng called all-in, showing JT suited for top pair. That was good for the lead, as Steven tabled AQ off. The turn was a King, which gave Steven more outs, needing an Ace, Queen, or Jack. And the river was...a Jack! Steven took the pot with Broadway, beating Tyng's two pair.

Tyng Low - 19th place

"Suck Out Steve -- SOS -- That's what they call me!" said Steven as he collected his chips.

Tyng Low finished in 19th place earning $3,736. He was the chip leader at the end of day two. Interestingly, the end of days 1A (Todd Geddis) and 1B (Mike Melkersen) chip leaders are both still alive.

With 18 players remaining they broke table three and moved those players to the other two tables.

Lee's Last Stand

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

20th - Daniel Lee
$3,736


Daniel Lee ships 118k UTG and it folds to Billy O'Neil in the BB. After a mini-tank, O'Neil makes the call and says, "here take my money."

O'Neil's ahead with 10 10 vs Lee's Q 6 and the board stays clean to eliminate Lee in 20th place, earning him $3,736.

Crazy Chop

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

All the big hands continue to emanate from table 3 and this time it's Jai Liu initiating the action with an 80k button raise. Ed Corrado, who hasn't played a hand for two hours, shoves all-in for nearly 200k.

Tyng Low calls from the BB and barely covers Corrado, putting the action back on Liu, who goes in the tank.

All three players are on their feet as Liu ponders a call that will decimate his stack. "I hope you guys have the same hand," says Liu, adding. "If I call, whoever wins is going to be the chip leader."

Liu eventually says, "I'm better than that, I fold," tabling J J.

Corrado: 6
6
Tyng: A K

After seeing the board run out, Liu's a bit queasy.

Flop: 7 10 8
Turn: 6 (set for Corrado)
River: 9

There's a straight on the board helping Tyng earn a chop with Corrado. If Liu calls, his jack plays for a higher straight and he takes everything. "I can't call there," says Liu, "I have to assume, one of those guys has me crushed."

2 Nut Straights Get Rivered

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

If Joshua Hakakian makes the final table, he'll be thanking the J, while Dean Potashner and Tyng Low are wondering how they both lose a hand after flopping the nuts.

All three players go to the flop for 30k and the board is J 10 A.

Low leads out for 15k, Potashner calls and Hakakian shoves all-in for 167 more. Low makes the call, Potashner reshoves for 650k more and Low snap calls with less.

Hakakian: J 10♠ (two pairs)
Low: K Q (nut straight)
Potashner: K Q (nut straight)

Turn: 4
River: J (Hakakian full house)

Hakakian scoops the pot with a 4 outer, taking his stack to 650k, as Low and Potashner are left shaking their heads.




Johnson Makes a Move

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event

On a flop of A 7 2 with two diamonds, Jay Johnson (cutoff) bet 40k. John Borzio (button) raised to 90k. Jay asked what he had left (164k) then decided to move all-in. John folded.

Chip Counts

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event

End of level and players took a 15 minute break. 20 players remain. Average stack is 481,500.

Here are some rough chip counts:
Dean Potashner - 945k
Steven Curtin - 845k
Frank Dellaria - 730k
Mirza Nagji - 709k
Jia Liu - 703k
Tyng Low - 621k
Mike Melkersen - 555k
Todd Geddis - 493k
Alex Kuchik - 483k
James Ostrander - 451k
Ed Corrado - 451k
Jay Johnson - 440k
Anthony Balletta - 401k
Larry Nelson - 347k
Billy O'Neil - 335k
John Borzio - 291k
Daniel Lee - 250k
Florentino Deleon, Jr - 225k
Mark Hnatov - 222k
Joshua Hakakian - 200k

Play resumed with Level 19, blinds 5k/10k with 1k antes.

Payouts

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event

Entries: 321
Total Buy-In: $642,000

Place - Amount

1....................................$ 180,595
2....................................$ 104,620
3......................................$ 51,687
4......................................$ 43,592
5......................................$ 37,364
6......................................$ 31,137
7......................................$ 24,910
8......................................$ 18,683
9......................................$ 12,456
10-12..................................$ 8,096
13-15..................................$ 6,227
16-18..................................$ 4,359
19-27..................................$ 3,736
28-36...................................$3,114

Whebey Feeling Low

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

Aziz Wehby is all-in for his last 60k and Tyng Low makes the call.

Wehby: 7 7
Low: J K

Low flops a jack and has a full house by the river. Wehby finishes in 21st place, earning him $3,736.

Low now has 600k in chips.

21st - Aziz Wehby

Three More Casualties

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

After an opening raise, Behrooz Jamshidi moved in, then Billy O'Neil moved in over the top. The opener got out of the way. Behrooz held AQ and was dominated by Billy's AK. The better hand held up and Billy took the pot. Behrooz finished 24th for $3,736. (He's the brother of well-known poker pro Sirous Jamshidi.)

Behrooz Jamshidi - 24th place

Daniel Fischer was all-in holding pocket 8s against AK suited of Dean Potashner. The flop came A J J, giving Dean the lead with Aces-up. Turn was another Jack, giving Dean Jacks-full of Aces and Daniel's Jacks-full of 8s was drawing dead. To add salt to his wound, the river was a useless 8. Daniel finshed 23rd for $3,736.

Daniel Fischer - 23rd place

Edip Ayaz was all-in and called by both Todd Geddis and John Borzio, who checked down the board of J 8 5 7 K. Todd's A3 suited missed completely. Edip's AQ also missed. John held J9 suited and took the pot with a pair of Jacks. Edip finished 22nd for $3,736.

Edip Ayaz - 22nd place

Dellaria Doubles; O'Neil Doubles

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

On a flop of 7 6 5, Frank Dellaria got all-in against Edip Ayaz. Frank held pocket 6s and had flopped a set. Edip held pocket Jacks and was drawing slim. The last two came 8 K and Frank doubled up to over 700k. Edip was left with ~70k

On the river with a board of J J 3 Q 9, Mike Melkersen moved in, having Billy O'Neil well covered. Billy called, showing AT for Ace-high. Mike mucked. Bill doubled to ~300k. Mike is still in good shape with over 400k.

Three More Down

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3


Sean Knitter shoves his last 50k all with Q J vs Mike Melkersen's 10 10. The 10s hold and Knitter, who says he was card dead all day, is out in 27th place.

27th - Sean Knitter

In a battle of the blinds, Larry Nelson limps from the SB and Arben Kupi checks his option. The flop is 10 8 6 and all the money goes in. Nelson, with 10 4, has top pair, while Kupi has 8 4 for middle pair. The board is brick, brick for Kupi and he's out in 26th place.

26th - Arben Kupi

Joseph Daddario gets his last 95k all-in with A 8 vs the A K of Alex Kuchik. The flop is Q 8 Q to give Daddario the lead with a pair of 8s, but the turn (J) and the river (10) give Kuchik running straight cards. Daddario's disappointed on being knocked out by Broadway for 25th place.

All three players earn $3,736.


25th - Joseph Daddario

27 Redraw

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3


Table - Seat - Name

1-1 Joseph Daddario
1-2 Billy O'Neil
1-3 Daniel Lee
1-4 Mark Hnatov
1-5 Behrooz Jamshidi
1-6 Mike Melkersen
1-7 Mirza Nagji
1-8 Sean Knitter
1-9 Alex Kuchik

2-1 John Borzio
2-2 Edip Ayaz
2-3 James Ostrander
2-4 Todd Geddis
2-5 Frank Dellaria
2-6 Larry Nelson
2-7 Arben Kupi
2-8 Florentino Deleon, Jr
2-9 Jay Johnson

3-1 Steven Curtin
3-2 Anthony Balletta
3-3 Dean Potashner
3-4 Daniel Fischer
3-5 Joshua Hakakian
3-6 Jia Liu
3-7 Ed Corrado
3-8 Aziz Wehbey
3-9 Tyng Low

The Domino Effect

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

Now that they're in the money, they're busting so fast we can't keep up!

All these folks cashed for $3,114:
35th: Josh Spiegelman
34th: Benjamin Ludwig
33rd: Michael Contessa
32nd: Joanne Monteavaro
31st: Bryan Greeley
30th: Richard Misko
29th: John Doran
28th: Michael Buttacavoli

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The final 27 will redraw for seats and move to the final three tables.

In The Money!

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

As soon as they got back to business, Raymond Conta had to commit his last 14k to the pot. He was called by Aziz Wehby and Mike Melkersen, who checked it down. Raymond's J6 was beat by Aziz's QJ, but by the river, Mike had made a flush with his K6 of diamonds. Raymond became this event's bubble-boy, finishing in 37th place.

Raymond Conta - Bubble-Boy

With 36 players remaining, they have resumed normal play. All remaining players are in the money and guaranteed to leave with at least $3,114.

Next to leave was Carl Restifo. He got all-in with AK against the pocket Jacks of Billy O'Neil. The Jacks held up and Carl finished in 36th place, earning $3,114.

Carl Restifo - 36th place

Bubble Time Continued

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

Play has resumed with Level 17, blinds 3k/6k with 500 antes.

Still 37 players. Still hand-for-hand.

Here are some rough chip counts as of the break:

Table 1
1 - Joseph Daddario - 90k
2 - Florentino Deleon, Jr. - 100k
3 - Dean Potashner - 625k
4 - John Doran - 90k
5 - Billy O'Neil - 200k
7 - Frank Dellaria - 235k
8 - Carl Restifo - 120k
9 - Joanne Monteavaro - 35k

Table 2
2 - Joshua Hakakian - 370k
3 - Arben Kupi - 55k
4 - Jia Liu - 680k
5 - Tyng Low - 400k
6 - Jay Johnson - 215k
7 - Behrooz Jamshidi - 56k
9 - Richard Misko - 63k

Table 3
2 - Mark Hnatov - 124k
3 - Daniel Fischer - 532k
4 - Todd Geddis - 458k
5 - Anthony Balletta - 300k
6 - Larry Nelson - 400k
7 - Daniel Lee - 130k
9 - Michael Buttacavoli - 53k

Table 4
1 - Mirza Nagji - 394k
2 - Raymond Conta - 14k
4 - Sean Knitter - 298k
5 - Josh Spiegelman - 220k
6 - John Borzio - 100k
7 - James Ostrander - 620k
8 - Aziz Wehby - 85k
9 - Mike Melkersen - 627k

Table 5
3 - Alex Kuchik - 325k
4 - Ed Corrado - 314k
5 - Benjamin Ludwig - 52k
6 - Bryan Greeley - 140k
7 - Michael Contessa - 100k
8 - Edip Ayaz - 285k
9 - Steven Curtin - 360k

Break!

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

Daniel Fischer raised from the cutoff, then Larry Nelson shoved from the small blind. Daniel called, showing T9 of spades. Larry held AQ off. The board came K J 4 9 2 -- with four hearts -- and Larry took the pot with his Ace of hearts. He doubled up to about 300k. Daniel is still sitting behind a comfortable stack over 400k.

Daniel Fischer

Still 37 players.

Level 17 has expired and players are taking 15 while the staff colors up the black 100 chips.

Bubble Time!

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

Lawrence Abrams was very short and got all-in with calls by Joshua Hakakian and Tyng Low. They checked to the river on a board of 6 5 4 T 7, when Joshua bet 10k. Tyng called. Joshua showed 74 off for two pair. Tyng held K8 for the rivered straight. Lawrence mucked. Tyng took both the main and side pots. Lawrence was busted in 39th place, three out of the money.

Tyng Low

On a flop of 5 3 2, Mike Devinsky was all-in against Daniel Fischer. Mike's pocket 9s were crushed by Daniel's pocket Queens. The last two came Q 3, giving Daniel the full house for the over-kill. Mike finished two out of the money in 38th place.

With 37 players remaining, it is bubble time. They will play hand-for-hand until one more player is eliminated.

Three to the Money

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

Harry Piacitelli moved his short-stack in and Jay Johnson looked him up with pocket Kings. Harry's A4 would need help for him to survive. A King hit the board, putting help out of reach. Harry was busted.

On the river with a board of J T 5 K J, Daniel Lee checked to Mike Devinsky, who bet 50k. Daniel gave it some thought, then called. Mike showed AQ for the Broadway straight. Daniel mucked.

Joanne Monteavaro was all in for her last 40k, but got no takers.

In a battle of the blinds, Arben Kupi (small) was all-in against Jia Liu (big). Arben's A8 had Jia's 83 dominated. Board came A T 9 2 5 and Arben doubled up - to about 25k.

Arben was all-in again, but got no takers and collected the blinds and antes.

Play continued into Level 16, blinds 2,500/5,000 with 400 antes.

Arben Kupi was all-in again, against Jia Liu, again. This time Arben's AJ was racing against Jia's pocket Tens. The board came K J 2 5 J and Arben doubled, again. He's up to about 70k now.

[Edip Ayaz is serving a one-orbit penalty for answering his phone during a hand.]

39 players remain. Three more to the money.

Event 20 Underway

$300 + $50 NLH

Players are still filing into the poker room to take their shot at a Main Event Championship and the crystal trophy that goes with it. Players get 10,000 chips and levels last 40 minutes long.

Blinds start at 25/50. Shuffle up and deal!

Down to Forty

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

On a flop of 7 5 2 rainbow, Andrew Lee moved all-in. Daniel Fischer asked for the count (84,100) and tanked for a couple of minutes. Someone called for the clock and before time expired, Daniel made the call. His pocket Tens were already ahead of Andrew's 87 (pair of 7s) but when a Ten came on the turn, Andrew was drawing dead. River was a useless 8. Andrew hit the rail.

Over on table four, Brandon Vargas was ousted by James Ostrander's flopped straight.

Edip Ayaz doubled through Benjamin Ludwig when his pocket Aces held against Benjamin's pocket Kings. Edip is close to 600k. Benjamin was left with about 100k.

Scott Lazewski was all-in for his last ~6k against Bryan Greeley and Steven Curtin, who checked down the King-high board. Scott's AQ was useless against Steven's KJ which made a pair of Kings (Steven had pocket Jacks). Scott reported to the rail.

40 players remain. 36 get paid. Four more to the money.

Two More Out The Door

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

David Rosenau was taken out by Jia Liu. Jia is now over half a million chips.

Joe Daddario was all-in against Wooyang Lin. Joe's pocket Kings held up against Wooyang's AK and Joe doubled up. Wooyang then got his last chips in with J7 against the pocket 6s of Frank Dellaria. Frank's pair was good and Wooyang hit the rail.

43 players remain.

Make That Three

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

On a flop of J 5 4, Jia Liu (bb) bet 30k. Eugene 'the Tourist' Juergens moved all-in from the cutoff. Jia asked for the count (about 84k on top) and decided to call.

Eugene held pocket 6s. Jia held QJ for top pair and the lead. Eugene was drawing slim to two outs. The last two cards fell 2 4 and Eugene's run was over. He reported to the rail.

Over on table one, Robert Albert was all-in holding AQ (top/top) on a Q 7 x flop. Dean Potashner had him beat with pocket 7s for the set. The last two were bricks and Robert hit the rail. Dean is over half a million chips now.

45 players remain. They've broken table six and we now have five 9-handed tables.

Only 36 get paid.

Cards Fly on Day 3

$2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

Level 15, blinds 2k/4k with 400 antes.

Cards are in the air for day 3 and already one player has reported to the rail.

Matt Kalinowski open-shoved and Eugene Juergens very vocally shoved over the top. Matt held pocket 6s and was in trouble against Eugene's pocket Queens. Then the flop came A A Q and Eugene had flopped the full house. Matt was dead to running 6s. The last two came K T and Matt reported to the rail.

47 players remain.

Monday, June 28

TODAY IN THE POKER ROOM

11 AM - Event 18: $2000 +$200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
Championship Event Day 3

12 PM - Event 20: $300 + $50 NLH

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • Levels last 40 minutes

7 PM - Event 44: $100 + $20 No Limit Hold'em

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

Event 19: $350 + $50 NLH Final Results

Borgata Summer Poker Open 2010
Event 19: $350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em
June 27

Entries: 186 Total Buy-In: $65,100

FINAL RESULTS
1. JEFFREY GURFINKEL (BROOKLYN, NY): $19,449
2. ROBERT WEISSMAN (NEW YORK, NY): $10,735
3. MICHAEL HUCKER (GUTTENBERG, NJ): $5,999
4. PATRICK GARTLAND (NEW YORK, NY): $4,420
5. RICHARD LOGUE (RICHMOND, VA): $3,789
6. ALAN GOODMAN (BROOKLYN, NY): $3,157
7. DOUGLAS CONANT (SUTTON, WV): $2,526
8. TIMOTHY BRYAN (CENTERVILLE, VA): $1,894
9. ALEX YATSENKO (HERNDON, VA): $1,422
10. BRIAN GRODOFSKY (MERRICK, NY): $1,231
11. KENNETH JACOBY (ROSLYN HGTS, NY): $1,231
12. BERNARD LIBERATI (CHERRY HILL, NJ): $1,231
13. WAYNE BLACKWELL (QUEENS, NY): $1,073
14. SALOMON COHEN (BETHESDA, MD): $1,073
15. FRANK CALDERONE (BAYSIDE, NY): $1,073
16. ANGELO WEDRA (PALISADES PK, NJ): $948
17. LINA DONSKAYA (BROOKLYN, NY): $948
18. ERIC BEHAR (CHARLOTTE, NC): $948

Event 19 Recap

Borgata Summer Poker Open 2010
Event 19:
$350 + $50 No Limit Hold’em
June 27


Number of Entries: 186
Total Buy-In: $65,100
Top Prize: $19,449

After 13 hours of poker Jeffrey Gurfinkel (Brooklyn, NY) was the best of 186 players and won Event 19, good for $19,449 and the Borgata crystal trophy.

Notables in the field who missed the money included James Boyle (Havre de Grace, MD), Mike Dentale (Brooklyn, NY) and Matt 'Muffins' Mazzeo (East Williston, NY).

1st Place - Jeffrey Gurfinkel (Brooklyn, NY)
$19,449

2nd Place - "Backdoor" Bob Weissman (New York, NY)
$10,735

3rd Place - Mike Hucker (Guttenberg, NJ)
$5,999

Championship Event Day 2 Recap

Borgata Summer Poker Open 2010
Event 18:
$2000 + $200 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event
June 25-29


Number of Entries: 321
Total Buy-In: $642,000
Top Prize: $180,595


Only 48 players remain in the Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship Event, so they'll have a restless night waiting to resume play Monday morning. The short stacks will be wondering if they can hang on to make the money, while the big stacks are dreaming of the $180,000+ first prize.

The chip lead exchanged hands throughout Day 2 with no less than a half dozen players holding the top spot, but nobody finished with a monster stack. When the dust settled, it was Tyng Low (Queens, NY) leading the way with 567,900, as 13 players have more than 300k.

Mike Melkersen (New Market, VA), who began the day with chip lead, got off to a slow start, but used a slow and steady approach to finish second overall with nearly 527k. Other players who had the chip lead Sunday included Florentino Deleon, Jr. (Joppa, MD), Mirza Nagji (New York, NY) Mike Devinsky (Middletown, NJ) and Jim Ostrander (Southern Pines, NC), who are all still in the mix for the Championship Event title and the crystal trophy that goes with it.

One of the more colorful players making it through to Day 3 is Gene Juergens (Brighton, MI), who at one point was down to 10k right before the final break, but rallied to finish with 88k. Juergens antics included doing a victory lap around the table after winning pots and shouting, "yes, I did it. I did it again," when he survived multiple double-ups on the last level of the night.

The only woman left in the field is Joanne Monteavaro (Bronx, NY), who finished with 129k.
Notable players eliminated Sunday include Paul Snead (Kings Park, NY), Ian Palomo (San Antonio, TX) and Eric Siegel (Melville, NY).

When play resumes Monday at 11 am, the remaining 48 players will battle for the top 36 spots, which guarantees a minimum payout of $3,114. Also Monday is Main Event 20, the $300 +$50 NL Hold'em one day tournament, which begins at 12 pm.

Day 3 Table Assignments

$2000 + $200 Championship Event

Table-Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 1
JOSEPH DADDARIO 74,500
1 2
FLORENTINO DELEON JR 138,900
1 3
DEAN POTASHNER 416,400
1 4
ROBERT ALBERT 95,000
1 5
WILLIAM ONEIL 187,800
1 6
WOOYANG LIN 72,300
1 7
FRANK DELLARIA 232,000
1 8
CARL RESTIFO 154,800






2 1
EUGENE JUERGENS 89,700
2 2
JOSHUA HAKAKIAN 161,000
2 3
ARBEN KUPI 38,400
2 4
JIA LIU 337,100
2 5
TYNG LOW 567,900
2 6
JAY JOHNSON 435,000
2 7
DAVID ROSENAU 54,800
2 8
MATTHEW KALINOWSKI 53,700






3 1
ANDREW LEE 181,200
3 2
MARK HNATOV 111,400
3 3
DANIEL FISCHER 452,400
3 4
TODD GEDDIS 409,800
3 5
ANTHONY BALLETTA 191,200
3 6
LARRY NELSON 201,500
3 7
DANIEL LEE 154,600
3 8
MICHAEL DEVINSKY 204,000






4 1
MIRZA NAGJI 306,400
4 2
RAYMOND CONTA 97,000
4 3
BRANDON VARGAS 67,700
4 4
SEAN KNITTER 322,900
4 5
JOSH SPIEGELMAN 379,100
4 6
JOHN BORZIO 90,500
4 7
JAMES OSTRANDER 473,800
4 8
AZIZ WEHBEY 173,700






5 1
BEHROOZ JAMSHIDI 21,900
5 2
SCOTT LAZEWSKI 116,300
5 3
ALEX KUCHIK 102,600
5 4
EDWARD CORRADO 315,000
5 5
BENJAMIN LUDWIG 284,000
5 6
BRYAN GREELEY 215,500
5 7
MICHAEL CONTESSA 175,000
5 8
EDIP AYAZ 304,440






6 1
STEVEN CURTIN 195,100
6 2
JOHN DORAN 68,200
6 3
RICHARD MISKO 51,700
6 4
HARRY PIACITELLI 71,500
6 5
MICHAEL BUTTACAVOLI 64,200
6 6
JOANNE MONTEAVARO 129,100
6 7
MICHAEL MELKERSEN 526,800
6 8
LAWRENCE ABRAMS 179,300

End of Day 2 Chip Counts

$2000 + $200 Championship Event
Day 2

Position-Name-Chip Count

1 TYNG LOW 567,900
2 MICHAEL MELKERSEN 526,800
3 JAMES OSTRANDER 473,800
4 DANIEL FISCHER 452,400
5 JAY JOHNSON 435,000
6 DEAN POTASHNER 416,400
7 TODD GEDDIS 409,800
8 JOSH SPIEGELMAN 379,100
9 JIA LIU 337,100
10 SEAN KNITTER 322,900
11 EDWARD CORRADO 315,000
12 MIRZA NAGJI 306,400
13 EDIP AYAZ 304,440
14 BENJAMIN LUDWIG 284,000
15 FRANK DELLARIA 232,000
16 BRYAN GREELEY 215,500
17 MICHAEL DEVINSKY 204,000
18 LARRY NELSON 201,500
19 STEVEN CURTIN 195,100
20 ANTHONY BALLETTA 191,200
21 WILLIAM ONEIL 187,800
22 ANDREW LEE 181,200
23 LAWRENCE ABRAMS 179,300
24 MICHAEL CONTESSA 175,000
25 AZIZ WEHBEY 173,700
26 JOSHUA HAKAKIAN 161,000
27 CARL RESTIFO 154,800
28 DANIEL LEE 154,600
29 FLORENTINO DELEON JR 138,900
30 JOANNE MONTEAVARO 129,100
31 SCOTT LAZEWSKI 116,300
32 MARK HNATOV 111,400
33 ALEX KUCHIK 102,600
34 RAYMOND CONTA 97,000
35 ROBERT ALBERT 95,000
36 JOHN BORZIO 90,500
37 EUGENE JUERGENS 89,700
38 JOSEPH DADDARIO 74,500
39 WOOYANG LIN 72,300
40 HARRY PIACITELLI 71,500
41 JOHN DORAN 68,200
42 BRANDON VARGAS 67,700
43 MICHAEL BUTTACAVOLI 64,200
44 DAVID ROSENAU 54,800
45 MATTHEW KALINOWSKI 53,700
46 RICHARD MISKO 51,700
47 ARBEN KUPI 38,400
48 BEHROOZ JAMSHIDI 21,900