Monday, April 8, 2013

Event 8: That's a Wrap

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 110 players survived day 1B action.

They will join the 59 survivors from day 1A at noon Tuesday for day two.

The big stack for today belongs to Mike Vainstein.  He bagged 360,900.

The next biggest stack belonged to Andrey Kostenko, who bagged 354,000.

There's a big gap between that and the day 1A chip leader Kal Alwan, who bagged 605,500.

Complete chip counts will be posted after 9am Tuesday.

Signing off from the Signature Room!

Event 9: Five More Hands

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)   

With ten minutes on the clock, they announced that all tables will play five more hands, then call it a night.

They'll color up the black chips, then bag & tag.

Event 9: AA vs KK vs KK

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Second-hand reports had me scurrying over to the poker room to check out this hand.

 Mike Vainstein

Player A raised.

Player B three-bet.

Mike Vainstein (Staten Island, NY) four-bet.

Player A shoved (pocket Kings)

Player B folded (pocket Kings).

Mike called (pocket Aces).

The Aces held and Mike doubled up to ~340k.

Event 9: Dwyte Doubles

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Level 16:  2k/4k with 400 ante.  This is the last level of the night.

During the previous level:

Dwyte Pilgrim (Brooklyn, NY) was all-in pre-flop holding A8 off.  His opponent was ahead with pocket Kings and it looked like Dwyte was destined for the rail.

 Dwyte Pilgrim

Then an Ace hit the turn and Dwyte found new life.  He doubled up to ~90k.

Event 8: Another Big Stack

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Level 15:  Blinds 1,500/3,000 with 400 ante.

Andrey Kostenko

The stacks are growing quickly now as the short stacks take their shots.

Andrey Kostenko (Sayreville, NJ) is up to 300k and possibly the new chip leader.

With several tables still active in the Poker Room, it is not possible to positively declare a chip leader.

Event 9: Another New Chip Leader

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

During the previous level:

Back over in the Signature Room, Robert Melo (Howard Beach, NY) was all-in pre-flop for 67,100 from the hijack.

John Lytle

John Lytle (Monmouth County, NJ) was in the cutoff and tanked for a minute, then moved in over the top.

Everyone else got out of the pot.

Robert held AJ offsuit.  John had pocket 4s. 

The board ran out 9 9 3 2 8 and John's pair was good.  He chipped up to ~260k and the chip lead.

Robert Melo reported to the rail.

Event 8: New Chip Leader

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Sai Wang

On a flop of Q 7 5 with two clubs, all the chips went in the middle.

Sai Wang (Philadelphia, PA) had pocket Aces.

His opponent in seat 9 had KJ of clubs for the flush draw.

Turn was a Ten, giving seat 9 more outs with an open-ender.

River was a brick, however, and Sai's pocket Aces held up.

Seat 9 was busted while Sai chipped up to 245k, becoming the new chip leader.

Blinds up!

Level 14:  Blinds 1,200/2,400 with 300 ante.

Event 8 - $400 Deep Stack NLH - Payouts

Borgata Spring Poker Open
Event 8 - $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em
April 7-9, 2013

Entries:  902
Total Buy-in:  $315,700

1:      $68,888
2:      $40,575
3:      $24,498
4:      $20,517
5:      $16,843
6:      $13,627
7:      $10,871
8:        $8,268
9:        $5,665
10-12: $3,675
13-15: $2,756
16-18: $1,746
19-27: $1,439
28-36: $1,256
37-45: $1,133
46-54: $1,011
55-63:    $919
64-72:    $827
72-81:    $735
82-90:    $674

Event 9: Back From Break

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Level 13:  Blinds 1k/2k with 300 ante.

15 tables remain in the Signature Room.  8 Tables remain in the Poker Room.

That's 23 tables with 230 (or fewer) players.  Average stack is ~65k.

They'll play straight through four levels, then call it a night.

Event 8: Tweet-Outs

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

End of level twelve and time for a break. 

These folks have announced their demise via Twitter:

Brian Reeve ‏@ravensfutbal
I have QQ he has KQhh, 5h turn and I'm out, YUCK!

Artyem Perlov ‏@ArtyemPerlov
Peaked at 100k and busted borgata 300k. Ran pretty bad Akcc<Akhh aip. Flopped 2 clubs, runner runner hearts. Gl to @yanni_boyiatzis #TID

Event 8: Signature Chip Leader

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Tam Minh Nguyen

Tam Minh Nguyen (Lancaster, PA) leads the Signature Room with 175k.

Down to 16 tables in here, with an unknown number of tables over in the Poker Room.

Event 8: McKenna Departs

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Jeremiah McKenna (Norwalk, CT) was just seen headed out the door as Howard Wolper (Atlantic City, NJ) was stacking the last of his chips over on table two.

Sharing the felt with Howard are Mark Sykes and William Dugan.

Another table loaded with Borgata regulars is table six.  Seated there are

Travis Greenawalt
Thomas Balla
Nancy Martin
Allan Lubin
Jason Rivkin

Blinds Up!

Level 12:  800/1,600 with 200 ante.

Event 8: No More Re-Entries...Period!

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Level 11:  Blinds 600/1,200 with 200 ante.

Ninteen tables are still active here in the Signature Room, with lots of familiar faces.  Some of those faces are on their second, third, or even fourth entry.

Several players have come over to ask if they can still re-enter.  NO More Re-Entries.

Since the re-entry period is over, it is time to settle in for some serious poker.

They will play through level 16, then bag their chips for the night.

Day two begins at noon Tuesday.

Event 8: First BSPO Appearance for Lo

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Tyng Lo (Flushing, NY) is making his first appearance during the Borgata Spring Poker Open.

Tyng Lo

Lo won the 2011 Spring Open Championship event, claiming $211,484.

Event 8: Poker Room Update

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Level 10:  Blinds 500/1,000 with 100 ante.

Play has resumed after the break.

Twelve tournament tables remain active in the Poker Room, with lots of familiar faces:

Eric Natishvili
Andrew Klein
Mitchell Martin
Mike Dentale
Phil Neiman
Brian Mooney
Rick Chang
Cathy Dever
Ilya Dyment
Anthony Zinno
Leonardo Palermo
Andrew Interdonato
Chris Farley

Event 8: "Amazing Fold"

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

On the last hand before break, four players check the flop of 5 Q♣ 3♠ and everyone checks.

Turn: A

Travis Greenawalt (Landisville, PA) leads for 8k (80k behind), James Sloat (Halethorp, MD) moves all in for 70k total and the other two players fold.

After going in the tank, Greenawalt asks, "you have pocket queens," and folds while turning over pocket 3s for a flopped set.

Sloat flips over QQ for a higher flopped set and the players who stick around are impressed with Greenawalt's play.

"Amazing fold," says Sloat, "that's why he's a great player," says Sloat who is up to 100k.

"I was never really calling," says Greenawalt, "I just didn't want to fold," he says about why the hand lasted so long. "But I did, that's the important thing."

"I was happy with what was in there," says Sloat on why he moved all in. "I wish it wasn't a draw heavy board."

"He checked the flop and jams when an ace comes out," adds Greenawalt, who has 90k on break. "It didn't make sense."

Level 9 (400/800/75 ante) is in the books and re-entry closes at the end of the 15 minute break.

Event 8: Last Chance

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

At the end of level nine, players took a color up break.

Re-Entry/Registration Line

Since this was the last chance to enter/re-enter, there was a line at the window with some familiar faces:

Ibra Ibraimovic
Mike 'Little Man' Sica
Mike Borovetz

Event 8: Fort Lee Representing

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

John Boyiatzis

Yanni "John" Boyiatzis is one of the big stacks with 140k and it's the second time today we've highlighted a player from Fort Lee, NJ.  "Arty and I grew up together," says Boyia after seeing the post about Arty Perlov's pocket Aces holding up earlier in the tournament.

Perlov picked up the biggest score of his career with a $109,000 payday in December of 2012, while Boyiatizis, who hails from Greece, got his first career cash at Borgata for $1,800 during last month's $500,000 Guaranteed tournament.

In other action,  Abe Alqanawi (Clifton, NJ) has one foot out the door, but gets back-to-back double-ups. First he cracks QQ when an Ace hits the board, then his KK holds to take his stack to 40k.

Level 9 (400/800/75), the last level of re-entry, is underway.

Arty Perlov

It's a Good Day for a Bad Beat

With Day 1B of Event 8: $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) going on, things have slowed down a little for the day at the 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open. Many of the players who made it through Day 1A took the day off to hit the cash games tables over in the poker room.

Players don't usually want to take bad beats, but right now would be the best time to get one. The Borgata Bad Beat Jack Pot is currently ranging from $50,000 on the low to $452,468 on the high.

If a player loses any $20 or larger pot with quad deuces or better they take home 40% of the jackpot. The winner of the hand gets 20% and the remaining players in the hand get the other 40%.

If a player loses with quad tens or better they win the high bad beat jackpot. If a players loses with quad deuces to nines they win the low bad beat jackpot.

So head to the cash games for a bad beat.

More about the Borgata Bad Beat Jackpots can be found here.

Event 8: Mid-Day Re-Cap

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Day 1B of Event 8: $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) began today at 11am. The field has currently grown to 515 players, but registration is open until about 4:30 pm so that number is expected to grow.

Familiar faces in the field include Mike Borovetz, Jason Rivkin, who has already final tabled two tournaments this series, Mike Dentale, who final tabled Event 4, Matt Burnitz, "Miami" John Cernuto, Abe Korotki, Cathy Dever, Robert Melo, Alyson Parker and Dwyte Pilgrim.

Alyson Parker

Borovetz is among the players who have already busted and re-entered at least one time today.

Borovetz's original elimination came when he was dealt pocket nines, made it 1,500 to go from the button and found two callers. The three saw a rainbow flop of 7x7x6x. The first player to act checked and Borvetz bet 3,500. His opponent called and the turn was 3x. Borovetz was down to about 10,000 and shoved all-in. This opponent called and flipped over eight-seven off-suit for flopped trip sevens. The river was a useless Queen and Borovetz left the table to re-enter.

Alik Sitnyakovsky was among the players who returned to fire another bullet on Day 1B. Sitnyakovsky was eliminated yesterday when he lost a flip with Ace-Queen.

"I open 850 from UTG+1, small blind three bets to 4k. I four bet to 10k and leave myself with 7k. He shoved, I snap. He had Jacks and smashed the Jack-four-four-flop.I couldn't do anything about it. I lost a standard flip and I'm not going to re-enter late 300/600 and have a short stack. I want to come back tomorrow. I'm going to go kill the cash games, go relax in the Jacuzzi pool, go to Bobby Flay," he told us yesterday.

Paul Spitzberg is looking for a birthday present for himself today. The Borgata regular, who is celebrating his 28th 39th birthday (making him 67 by our calculations), is hoping to make Day 2 and walk away with the money.

Spitzberg was not the only birthday boy in the field. Mike "Little Man" Sica just turned 69 and was more than happy to use his years of experience to his advantage.

"I've got this young guy at my table giving me a hard time. I told him 'son, you've got 40-50 more years to do this, I've got maybe two or three.' And then I went like this," Sica said as he drew his finger across his lips in a 'zip it' motion. "Then he stopped talking."

Mike "Little Man" Sica

Sica may be getting on in years, but it hasn't seemed to slow him down at all.

Headlines: $300k Reg Still Open, 4 & 7 pm Tourn. on Deck

Event 8: $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

More than 500 entries are in the field for Day 1B setting the Day 1A & 1B combined total at ~850. Registration is open until ~4:25 pm (two more levels).

Level 8 (300/600/75 ante) is underway.

4 pm Tournament (Event 34): $200 + $30 Survivor NLH

12k chips / 25 min. levels
~1 in 10 players win $2,000 cash.

7 pm Tournament (Event 35:) $100 + $20 + $25 Green Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

12k chips / 20 min. levels
Re-entry through Level 7

Event 8: Shamshoum Ships Double-up, Still has Stack

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Shamshoum (left, 10 seat) & Messner (middle, 6 seat)

Diana Shamshoum (Montreal, Canada) has more than 100k and chips to burn.  Before the dealer burns and puts out the flop, Kyle Messner (Interlaken, NJ) moves all in for 20k.

"You did it in the dark," asks Shamshoum.  Once confirmed Shamshoum makes the call and says, "I was afraid of that," as Messner's AK dominates her AQ.

The board runs clean for Messner who gets the double-up and drops Shamshoum to 90k.

Level 7 (250/500/50 ante) continues.

Event 8: Aces Hold for Arty

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

We pick up the action with the board showing 6 2 Q♠ 5♠ and Andrew Interdonato (Washington D.C.) facing a bet from Arty Perlov (Fort Lee, NJ). After going in the tank Interdonato makes the call.

River: 3♣

Perlov moves all in and Interdonato calls.

Perlov: A A
Interdonato: Q♣ x

Perlov's aces are good as Interdonato shows one card, says "nice hand" and is out the door.

The table features Mike Borovetz who is on his second bullet as well as Tiffany Williams and Jin Hwang who finished second in the 2011WPT Borgata Poker Championship Event.

Level 6 (200/400/50 ante) is winding down and players are heading toward their second break of the day.
(l-r) Interdonato, Williams & Hwang

***2:25 Update Hwang busts after flopping the nut straight and his opponent chases down a flush; he's now off to play in the Poker Room cash games.

Event 8: All In Mucks

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

It doesn't happen often, but we've seen players muck to an all-in bet twice in the last 30 minutes.

On the first hand, the cards were pulled from the muck and the hand played to conclusion, sparking a debate as to why the rule is in place.

Tournament official Byron explained that the rule prevents collusion where a player could be dumping chips to a friend by folding the best hand.

Minutes later a premature muck hurt the player who surrenders his hand with one card to come.

"I thought it was the river," says the anonymous player whose cards aren't retrievable and ships a double-up.  His opponent has pocket Kings and the offending player says he had two outs, but never gets to see the river.

In the case of irretrievable cards the hand is dead and the player receives a warning for not turning his cards over during an all-in hand.

Event 8: Old Timers Using New Technology

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

"Miami" John & "Little Man"

With 3 WSOP Bracelets, 40 career wins and nearly $4.5 in total earnings*, "Miami" John Cernuto (Las Vegas, NV) has a plethora of poker knowledge.  So when he shares stories at the table players usually pay attention and now he can do it via Twitter, including today's gems:

The 69-years old Cernuto, is a Borgata regular who has numerous final tables, but has never won an Open Series trophy.  His best is a runner-up finish to another old-timer in Bill Seymour (Greenville, NC) in the 2011 Borgata Winter Open PLO event.

Seymour isn't at the Borgata Spring Poker Open as he's using the internet to pass along his wisdom with online teaching.

"I'm not traveling much in the last year, kind of winding down," says the 72 year-old Seymour in an email.  "I'm starting to feel my age and really don't care to play that much anymore with all the travel. I prefer to stay home and teach. That's the sure money."

One old-timer who is technologically challenged is Mike "Little Man" Sica, (N. Brunswick, NJ) who is simply happy to use voice to text on his phone.

"You think I'm going to waste time typing on this thing," cackles Sica, who just turned 69. "If I make 70 it'll be a miracle."

"Little" Man and "Miami" John are both back for Day 1B after not advancing out of Day 1A where they sat side-by-side with their initial seat assignments. These two plus Seymour have plenty of stories and they're always worth listening to.

*Stats Courtesy of

Event 8: Early Exits

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

 Signature Room

While a few players have busted and re-entered the Signature Room mass exodus is for the first break of the day.

Three levels are down with re-entry open for six more levels until ~4:25 pm.

Play resumes with Level 4 (100/200).

Event 8: Poker Room Guests

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Players in the Poker Room include:

Matt Burnitz
"Miami" John Cernuto
Abe Korotki
Jerry Payne
Chris Farley
Mike Dentale
Leonardo Palermo
Cathy Dever
Robert Melo
Kim Sachse
Phil Neiman

Level 3 (75/150) continues

Event 8: Signature Room Action

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Tables 1-26 are in the Signature Room with 20 more in the Poker Room. For the second day in a row Nancy Martin (Washington Crossing, PA) and Dwyte Pilgrim (Brooklyn, NY) are at the same starting table after failing to bag chips on Day 1A.

Familiar Faces in the SR

Jordan Ludwick
"Little Man" Sica
Al Riccobono
Howard Wolper
Joe Wertz
Matt Isles
Olga & Robert Varkonyi
Terry Grimes
Seth Zimmerman
Antonio Payne
Tiffany Williams
Bob Haavind
Ron Vitello
Mike Borovetz
Tom Dobrilovic
Claire Chiang
Barbara Rogers

Event 8: Early Tweets

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Event 8: 1B or Not 1B, Not Even a Question

$350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Players are focused on the $300,000 GUARANTEED prize pool and there are no distractions with this the only event on the schedule until 4 pm.

Players begin with 25k in chips, levels are 30 minutes each (Day 2 / 40 min) and re-entry is open through Level 9.

Players who advance today will join the 59 players who bagged and tagged on Day 1A for Tuesday's Day 2.

Kal Awan (Wayne, NJ) is the chip leader with 606k.

Monday, April 8

TODAY'S EVENTS (The Signature Room | Poker Room) 

11AM: Event 8B - $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
                                $300,000 GUARANTEED
  • Players start with 25,000 in tournament chips 
  • Day 1 Levels:  will last 30 minutes each | Day 2 Levels: will last 40 minutes each
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 9 
  • 2-Day event with two starting days.  Day 2 begins Tuesday at 12PM

4 PM: Event 34 - $200 + $30 SURVIVOR No Limit Hold'em
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 25 minutes each 
  • Approximately 1 in 10 will win $2,000 CASH
  • 1-Day event
7 PM: Event 35 - $100 + $20 + $25 Green Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) 
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • This is a Bounty tournament.  Players must have their Bounty chip clearly displayed on table in order to remain active in tournament.
  • Levels will last 20 minutes each 
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 7 
  • 1-Day event

Event 9 Recap

$350 + $50 Limit Hold'em 

After nearly two hours of non-stop heads-up play, Eric van Auken is our Limit Hold'em winner.  He bagged $6,111 and his first Borgata Open trophy.

Another near miss for runner-up Joseph McKeehen, who finished second for $3,820.  During the 2012 Borgata Poker Open, he had both a 2nd place finish ($200 Deep Stack NL, $28k) and a 3rd place finish ($1k NL, $15k).  This math student knows how to add up the winnings.  Last month he won a WSOP Circuit Championship for over $174,000. 

When the final table was formed, van Auken was in the middle of the pack and Joseph McKeehen had a solid lead.  When van Auken busted the 5th place finisher, however, he took over the chip lead.   McKeehen and van Auken traded the chip lead several times before van Auken finally had all the chips.

This Limit Hold'em event drew a modest 45 players, creating total buy-ins of $15,750.  The final five earned a payday.  Among them were two former Borgata Open winners:  Jake Ferro (4th place) won the $260 Deep Stack NLH event during the 2012 Borgata Poker Open ($22k); and Nick Mavro won the $500 NLH event during the 2012 Winter Poker Open ($43k).

Some of the notable players in this field included two time Borgata trophy winner Glenn Engelbert (Sicklerville, NJ), WSOP Bracelet holder Chris Reslock (Atlantic City, NJ), Al Riccobono (Ossining, NY) and Jason Rivkin (Eatontown, NJ).  Riccobono was the bubble boy, finishing 6th.  None of the others made the money.

Eric van Auken has been away from the poker world for a few years, concentrating on his family and buying & selling houses.  He came back in a significant way today with this win.

Limit hold'em is his game and when he has time, he's found in the $20/$40 and $40/$80 cash games here at Borgata.  When he was short-stacked earlier in the tournament, he put his name on the wait lists for those games, but luckily was still in the tournament when his name was called.  

Final Results 
1 - Eric van Auken (Ridgewod, NJ)  $6,111
2 - Joseph McKeehen (N Wales, PA)  $3,820
3 - Jeff Jerome (Philadelphia, PA)  $2,292
4 - Jake Ferro (Syracuse, NY)  $1,681
5 - Nick Mavro (Queens, NY)  $1,375


Event 9: 1st Place - van Auken

$350 + $50 Limit Hold'em 

Eric van Auken (Ridgewod, NJ)

Eric van Auken has been away from the poker world for a few years, concentrating on his family and buying & selling houses.  He came back in a significant way today, winning $6,111.

Limit hold'em is his game and when he has time, he's found in the $20/$40 and $40/$80 cash games here at Borgata.  When he was short-stacked earlier, he put his name on the wait lists for those games, but was still in the tournament when he was called. 

When the final table was formed, Eric was in the middle of the pack.  When he busted the 5th place finisher, however, Eric took the chip lead.    He swapped the lead with Joseph McKeehen several times before finally sealing the deal.

Event 9: 2nd Place - McKeehen

$350 + $50 Limit Hold'em 

Joseph McKeehen (N Wales, PA)

Despite that hard-fought comeback, Joseph McKeehen busted soon after.

On the final hand, Joseph had K4 and Eric van Auken had pocket Tens.

The board read Q 4 3 7 3 and Eric's Tens were good.

Joseph McKeehen finished second for $3,820.  He has come close to winning here at Borgata twice before, but came up short.

During the 2012 Borgata Poker Open, he had both a 2nd place finish ($200 Deep Stack NL, $28k) and a 3rd place finish ($1k NL, $15k). 

This math student knows how to add up the winnings.  Last month he won a WSOP Circuit Championship for over $174,000.

Event 9: Back From the Brink

$350 + $50 Limit Hold'em 

Joseph McKeehen was down to his last 7k and all-in pre-flop.

His A2 beat Eric van Auken's J2 to double to 14k.

Joseph was all-in again on the next hand with TT against J9.  A Ten in the door doubled him up to 28k.

Next hand Joseph was all-in with AT versus Q4.  Ten on the flop doubled him up to 56k.

On the next hand it was raised pre-flop and Joseph bet the flop of A Q 4 and Eric folded.  Joseph was up to 86k.

The next hand was raised pre-flop, then Joseph surrendered to a bet on the flop, dropping back to 56k.

Then Joseph raised pre-flop and got called, bet the A T 3 flop and Eric folded -> 86k.

Eric raised pre-flop and Joseph called.  On the flop of J T 5 with two clubs, it was bet, raised, and called.  Turn was the 9 of clubs and Joseph was all-in.  Eric had K5 for a pair of 5s, but Joseph had K2 of clubs for the flush.  Joseph doubled up to 172k.

Then Joseph rivered a full house with 76 to crack Eric's pocket Jacks.  Joseph was back up to 262k, from only 7k, and nearly even with Eric.

Event 9: Still Heads Up

$350 + $50 Limit Hold'em 

Level 22:  Limits 15k/30k.

These guys have even been skipping their breaks.

During the previous level a hand got to the turn with a board of K 2 5 8 with two hearts.  Eric van Auken bet, Joseph McKeehen raised, and Eric called.

River was a 6 and both checked.

Eric showed A8 for a pair of 8s.  Joseph mucked.

Joseph was down to ~120k.  Eric had ~420k.

Soon after Joseph was all-in on a flop of Q 3 2 with pocket 9s.

Eric had T3 for a pair of 3s. 

The last two came A 5 and Joseph doubled up to 104k.

Heads up play continues.

Event 9: Heads Up Play Continues

$350 + $50 Limit Hold'em 

Heads Up play continues.

Joseph McKeehen is still the short-stack with about 140k to Eric van Auken's 400k.

Event 9: Heads Up Continues

$350 + $50 Limit Hold'em 

The tide has turned.

The counts have reversed.

Now Eric Van Auken is up to ~ 400k.

Joseph McKeehen has about 140k.

The heads-up marathon continues.

Limits Up!

Level 21:  Limits 12k/24k.