Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Borgata Spring Poker Open Leaderboard Winners

Borgata Spring Poker Open Leaderboard
By participating in any Borgata Spring Poker Open event (April 2 - 19, 2013), players earn points based upon the Borgata Spring Poker Tournament Leaderboard Formula.

Players earned points for participating in tournaments and earned bonus points based on cashing in tournaments.

Below are the top scores for the 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open Leaderboard*






$3,500 entry into WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship event 

            (September 15 - 20, 2013)
  • 525:  JAMES GOVERNA 
$2,700 entry into Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship event 
            (June 16 - 20, 2013)
  • 468:  WAZIR BAKSH


$560 entry into Borgata Poker Open kick-off event
 
            (September 3 - 5, 2013)
  • 464:  JEFFREY PAPOLA
  • 459:  EMMANUIL DIGILOV
$400 entry into Borgata Summer Poker Open kick-off event
 
            (June 4 - 6, 2013)
  • 400:  RYAN ERIQUEZZO
  • 397:  JOSE CAYETANO DE LA ROSA
$400 entry into $100,000 Guaranteed Saturday Series 
           (May 11, 2013)
  • 386:  MICHAEL FORCA
  • 385:  STEVE SARAF
  • 381:  IBRAIM IBRAIMOVIC
  • 373:  DWYTE PILGRIM

* All prizes must be used towards tournament entry. All prizes are non-transferable and have no cash value. Prizes must be redeemed for tournament entry by tournament start date.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open

The Championship Event may have gone to Bobby Oboodi, but he was just one of 23 winners over 18 days to take home a Borgata trophy, cash out and add another notch to a poker resume.

The Borgata Spring Poker Open began April 2 and wrapped up April 19 after the completion of 23 tournaments including the special senior's event and the championship event. Over 11,000 players entered in to tournaments over the two and a half week series and more than $4.46 Million in prize pool payouts.

Steve Saraf was the winner in the series' opening event, which attracted over 1,600 entrants.  Paul Spitzberg bested the second-largest field of the series with 902 players to win Event 8: $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) for $40,575. Event 9: $350 + $50 Limit Hold'em saw the smallest field of entrants with just 45 players and it was Eric Van Auken who came out on top for $6,111. James Governa, winner of Event 12: $200 + $30 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry), bested the second largest field of 826 players.

Governa came agonizingly close to winning back-to-back titles but fell just short with a runner-up finish in Event 10: $220 + $30 + $50 Double Green Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry). However, a first and second place finish in a single series was enough to rocket Governa to the top of the leaderboard rankings.

Scott Connor bested his fifth place Borgata Poker Open finish in the seniors event this time around. Connor finished runner-up to Arthur Gallinar and now holds two final table finishes in the same event in a single year.

The championship event, $2,500+$200 No Limit Hold'em, was won by former World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open champion Oboodi who topped a field of 502 players that drew the largest prize pool of the series at $1,255,000. Oboodi picked up just over $300,600 for his first place finish.

Steven Horway had the opportunity to go for the glory in the Championship Event by entering the online promotional contest. Horway's name was chosen from about 4,000 entries and he was awarded entry into the Championship, however he was eliminated on Day 1A.

Will Failla earned his record-breaking fourth Borgata trophy when he took down Event 4: $350 + $50 Deep Stack Semi-Turbo NLH. With four trophies to his name, Failla becomes the only player in the Borgata's history to hold more than three trophies. Ryan Eriquezzo, Xiaofeng Hu and Michcael Cutro each won their second career Borgata trophies over the last 18 days. Jason Rivkin, Jeremy Brown, Ari Engel, Jinglin Chen and Steve Saraf were among the first time Borgata trophy winners to come out of the Spring series.

2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open winners: 

Event 1: Steve Saraf
Event 2: Olivier Correge
Event 3: Jinglen Chen
Event 4: Will Failla
Event 5: Michael Cutro
Event 6: Xiaofeng Ha
Event 7: Adilbek Karaguishiyev
Event 8: Paul Spitzberg
Event 9: Eric Van Auken
Event 10: Yuechang You
Event 11: Jason Rivkin
Event 12: James Governa
Event 13: Ari Engel
Event 14: Arthur Gallinaro
Event 15: David Novak
Event 16: Frank Athey
Event 17: Jeffrey Papola
Event 18: John Almanzar
Event 19: Bobby Oboodi
Event 20: Michcael Comar
Event 21: Ryan Eriquezzo
Event 22: Jeremy Brown
Event 23: Joe Melo

Borgata Leaderboard Rankings (through 4/18 events)
  1. JAMES GOVERNA - 524.525
  2. JEFFREY PAPOLA - 463.875
  3. WAZIR BAKSH - 459.590
  4. EMMANUIL DIGILOV - 459.325
  5. RYAN ERIQUEZZO - 399.788
  6. JOSE CAYETANO DE LA ROSA - 397.288
  7. MICHAEL FORCA - 385.525
  8. STEVE SARAF - 385.000
  9. IBRAIM IBRAIMOVIC - 381.250
  10. DWYTE PILGRIM - 373.438

Event 23 Recap

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Joe Melo came out on top of the field of 251 enrants to claim the final trophy of the 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open, along with $11,588 in prize money.  David DeNoon, who is a runner training for the New York marathon, was the 'runner-up' tonight, finishing second for $6,828.

Renata Colache emerged as the chip leader after about six and a half hours of play when her pocket Kings held up to bust a player with pocket Queens.  She held the chip lead from that point all the way to the final table.  It wasn't until DeNoon busted 6th place finisher Rob Barbosa that he took the chip lead away from her.  Colache ended up finishing 4th for $3,186.

The final trophy event of 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open drew 251 entrants.  Total buy-ins came to $42,670.  Only the final 27 players got paid.

There were several players in this event who were near the top of the Leaderboard that tried to get some points to move up.

Larry Wolf (Annapolis, MD), Asher Conniff (Brooklyn, NY) and Lyle Diamond (Brick, NJ) were in13th, 14th and 15th places respectively on the leaderboard.  They will all get participation points, but none of them made the money.

Wazir Baksh (Queens Village, NY) was third on the leaderboard and took a shot to move up into second place ahead of Jeff Papola, but he was also eliminated short of the money.

Joe Melo had the largest (and only) rooting section at the final table when play wrapped up at about 4:30am.  His brother and mother were here rooting him on the whole way.

His younger brother, Nick Melo, also played in this event.  Nick finished in 24th place for $373.  When I asked who was the better poker player, Joe replied "Look who's got the trophy."  


Final Table Results
1 - Joe Melo (Staten Island, NY)  $11,588
2 - David DeNoon (Jersey City, NJ)  $6,828
3 - Jorge Rivera (Manahawkin, NJ)  $3,931
4-  Renata Colache (Clayton, NJ)  $3,186
5 - William Sheridan (Lake Grove, NY)  $2,483
6 - Rob Barbosa (Long Branch, NJ)  $2,070 
7 - A. Nonymous (Staten Island, NY)  $1,656
8 - Chris Bourassa (Leesburg, VA)  $1,242
9 - Jeanette Sims (Alexandria, VA)  $828
10 -  Mark Taranto (Annapolis, MD)  $538

FINAL RESULTS

Event 23: 1st Place - J. Melo

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Joe Melo (Staten Island, NY)
$11,588

Joe Melo came out on top of the field of 251 enrants to claim the final trophy of the 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open, along with $11,588 in prize money.

Joe Melo had the largest (and only) rooting section at the final table when play wrapped up at about 4:30am.  His brother and mother were here rooting him on the whole way.

His younger brother, Nick Melo, also played in this event.  Nick finished in 24th place for $373.  When I asked who was the better poker player, Joe replied "Look who's got the trophy." 

Event 23: 2nd Place - DeNoon

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

David DeNoon (Jersey City, NJ)
$6,828

Level 29:  Blinds 50k/100k with 10k ante.

After a few hands, all the chips went in the middle.

Joe Melo - AA
David DeNoon - A3

Board - Q T 4 J 6

Joe Melo took the pot and the tournament.

David finished in second place, earning $6,828.

David works for NBC and is in training for the New York Marathon.  This tournament was an entirely different marathon, involving sitting for long hours instead of running for hours.  "I need a massage" David said. 

Event 23: Heads-Up

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Heads-up play began with Joe Melo holding the chip lead over David DeNoon.

Joe - 3.6  million
David - 2.6 million

After jousting for a while, Joe had inched up to about 3.8 million.

Heads-up play continues...

Event 23: 3rd Place - Rivera

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Level 28:  Blinds 40k/80k with 10k ante.

Jorge Rivera (Manahawkin, NJ)
$3,941

Jorge Rivera was all-in pre-flop with A6 suited.  Joe Melo looked him up with 54 suited.

The board ran out T 4 4 A 6 and Joe took the pot with trip 4s.

Jorge took 3rd place and $3,931.

Event 23: 4th Place - Colache

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Renata Colache (Clayton, NJ)
$3,186

Renata Colache was all-in pre-flop against Joe Melo.

Renata - 77
Joe - JJ

Board Q J 7 A 6

Both players flopped sets but Joe's was bigger.  He took the pot and chipped up to 3 million.

Renata, who held the chip lead for most of the day, was busted in 4th place, earning $3,186.

Event 23: 5th Place - Sheridan

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

William Sheridan (Lake Grove, NY)
$2,483

On a flop of A J 2, William Sheridan was all-in against Joe Melo.

William - A2
Joe - A2

Both players had flopped two pair and it looked like they were headed for a chop.

The last two were K 9 and running hearts, putting four hearts on board.  Joe held the deuce of hearts for the flush to take the pot.

William took 5th place and $2,483.

Joe chipped up to 2.6 million and may have edged out David DeNoon for the chip lead.

Event 23: Final Five Chip Counts

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Level 27:  Blinds 30k/60k with 5k ante.

It has gotten very quiet at the final table. 

Here are some rough chip counts:

David DeNoon - 2.4 million
Joe Melo - 1.5 million
William Sheridan - 1 million
Jorge Rivera - 700k
Renata Colache - 650k

Event 23: Melo Doubles Thru Colache

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Joe Melo was all-in against Renata Colache.

Joe - AQ
Renata - A2

Board - K 9 6 8 6

Joe's kicker played and he doubled up to over 800k.  Renata dropped to ~800k.

Event 23: Rivera Doubles Thru Colache

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Jorge Rivera was all-in for 575k against Renata Colache.

Jorge - JJ
Renata - TT

Board - 8 7 2 Q 3

Jorge doubled up to ~1.2 million while Renata dropped to ~1.2 million.

Event 23: 6th Place - Barbosa

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Rob Barbosa (Long Branch, NJ)
$2,070

Rob Barbosa jammed utg, then David DeNoon shoved over the top from the cutoff.

Everyone else bowed out.

Rob - TT
David - AK suited

Board - K J J 3 A

David took the pot.  Rob took 6th place and $2,070.

With that pot, David pulled ahead of Renata Colache.  He's got ~1.85 million to her ~1.75 million.

Blinds up!

Level 26:  Blinds 25k/50k with 5k ante.

Event 23: 7th Place - A. Nonymous

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

A. Nonymous (Staten Island, NY)
$1,656
 
Anonymous moved in utg for 165k and action folded all the way around to Jorge Rivera in the big blind, who made the call.

Anonymous - QJ
Jorge - 33

Board - 9 6 2 K 2

Jorge's pocket pair was good for the pot.  The other guy was busted in 7th place, earning $1,656.

Event 23: Break Time Chip Counts

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Level 25:  Blinds 20k/40k with 4k ante.

Players are back from break.

Here are some rough chips counts from break time:

Renata Colache - 1.5 million
David DeNoon - 1.3 million
Joe Melo - 1.2 million
William Sheridan - 900k
Jorge Rivera - 625k
Rob Barbosa - 425k
<anonymous> - 260k

Event 23: 8th Place - Bourassa

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Chris Bourassa (Leesburg, VA)
$1,242

Chris Bourassa doubled up with J9 suited against Renata Colache's pocket 9s.  He hit a 9 on the turn.

Then Chris was all-in for 360k, called by Rob Barbosa, and David DeNoon moved in over the top.

Joe Melo tanked for a bit, then open-folded pocket Jacks.

Rob called the extra ~100k and the hands were tabled:

Chris - AJ
Rob - AQ
David - AK suited

Board - A 8 4 2 9

Chris was busted in 8th place for $1,242.  David scooped both pots.

End of level and time for a break.

Event 23: 9th Place - Sims

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Jeanette Sims (Alexandria, VA)
$828

Jeanette Sims got her stack in the middle holding pocket 9s.

She was up against the A5 of diamonds of Joe Melo.

The board ran out T 9 7 4 8 with back-door diamonds, giving Joe a flush to beat Jeanette's set.

Jeanette finished in 9th place, earning $828.

Event 23: 10th Place - Taranto

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Blinds up!

Level 24:  Blinds 15k/30k with 4k ante.

Mark Taranto (Annapolis, MD)
$538

Mark Taranto shoved his last ~115k with A8 suited.  Rob Barbosa looked him up with pocket 6s.

The board fell Q T 5 8 T and Rob's pair was good.

Mark was eliminated in 10th place, earning $538.


Event 23: Final Table Chip Counts

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Here's the final table lineup with rough chip counts:

  1. David DeNoon - 200k
  2. Renata Colache - 1.7 million
  3. Joe Melo - 600k
  4. William Sheridan - 560k
  5. Chris Bourassa - 360k
  6. Mark Taranto - 880k
  7. Rob Barbosa - 850k
  8. Jorge Rivera - 700k
  9. Jeanette Sims - 220k
  10. <anonymous> - 225k
Play resumed with blinds 12k/24k with 3k ante.

Event 23: 12th - Buonadonna; 11th - Houed

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Mark Buonadonna (Vineland, NJ)
12th - $538

Marcus Houed (Carteret, NJ)
11th - $538

Event 23: 15th - 13th Places

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Antonio Walker (Willingboro, NJ) got his chips in with pocket 9s and was racing against Rob Barbosa's AK.

The board ran out K 7 2 T 4 and Rob took the pot.  Antonio took 15th place and $455.


Robert DeStefano (Franklin Square, NY)
14th - $455

Gene Mazza (Elizabeth, NJ)
13th - $455

Event 23: 18th - 16th Places

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

18th place went to Joe Valenti (Voorhees, NJ).


Richard Caplan (Fair Haven, NJ) got his chips in with AT and ran into Renata Colache's AK.

The board fell T 3 3 K 5 and Renata's big stack got bigger.  Richard took 17th place.


Fred Weintraub (Brooklyn, NY) got his chips in with A9 suited against Joe Melo's KQ.

It was over quickly when the flop came K K Q giving Joe a full boat.  No running Aces appeared to save Fred and he was eliminated in 16th place.


All three of these players picked up $414.

Event 23: 27th - 19th Places

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Earning $373
27th - Steven Petko (New York, NY)
26th - Rand Marsden (Sewell, NJ)
25th - Vincent Perrotta (Manahawkin, NJ)
24th - Nicholas Melo (Brooklyn, NY)
23rd - Alisa Seale (E Norport, NY)
22nd - Martin Cutter (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ)
21st - Paulie Georges (Roslyn, NY)
20th - Johannes Pfannukuch (New York, NY)
19th - Damon Ng (Plainsview, NY)

Event 23: Redraw At 18

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Paulie 'the Roofer's quest for back-to-back final tables has ended.

He got his last chips in with AQ and was racing against pocket Tens.

The Tens held up and Paulie was busted in 21st place, earning $373.  He did score back-to-back cashes, which is still quite an accomplishment.


The comeback kid Damon Ng has also busted out.  In a battle of the blinds, the flop was 5 5 2 and Damon (bb) got his chips in holding T5 against Mark Taranto (sb) who had J5.  It was over when a Jack hit the turn, giving Mark a full house and all of Damon's chips.

Damon busted out in 19th place.

The final 18 are drawing for seats and moving to the final two tables.


Event 23: Comeback Kid

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Level 22:  Blinds 10k/20k with 3k ante.

Play has resumed after the break.

Damon Ng

Damon Ng (Plainsview, NY) was down to only 4k during the previous level.

He had 2k in for the ante, and only 2k of the 8k big blind.

He tripled up on that hand, then doubled up again later.  He was up to ~170k as of the break.

He just doubled up again with AT against A6.  Now he's up to ~360k!

Event 23: Stuck At 21

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
 
End of level and time for a break.

They've been stuck at 21 players for a while now.

Renata Colache is still the chip leader with 961k.

Joe Melo is second with 585k.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Event 23: Seale Sunk

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Alisa Seale (E Northport, NY) got her last chips in with AQ and was up against David DeNoon's pocket 8s.

The board ran out K 5 3 3 8 and was no help to Alisa.  She was eliminated in 25th place, earning $373.

Now Renata Colache and Jeanette Sims are the last women remaining in this event.

21 players.  Average is 299k.

Level 21:  Blinds 8k/16k with 2k ante.

Event 23: The Roofer Scoops

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Vincent Perrotta (Manahawkin, NJ) was short-stacked and all-in.

Paulie 'the Roofer' Georges jammed.

Joe Melo called and the hands were tabled.

Vincent -  74 suited
Paulie - KK
Joe - TT

Board - Q 9 6 4 A

Vincent was busted in 25th place ($373).  Paulie scooped both the main and side pots.  He chipped up to ~325k.

Event 23: Bubble Burst

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Antonio Walker's pocket Aces held up and he busted a short-stack in 28th place, bursting the money bubble.

The remaining 27 players are now in the money and guaranteed at least $373.

They've settled into the final three tables and resumed normal play.

Blinds up!

Level 20:  Blinds 6k/12k with 2k ante.

Renata Colache is still the chip leader with ~800k.

Event 23: Bubble Survival

$170 + $30 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

During hand for hand play on the bubble,  Jorge Rivera (Manahawkin, NJ) got his last chips in with AT suited on a flop of A Q T.

His opponent in seat 9 had him covered, and dominated with AQ for a better two pair hand.

Then another Ten hit the turn, giving Jorge a full house and a double-up.  His opponent was left short-stacked.

Still 28 players on the money bubble.