Sunday, April 14, 2013

Championship: End of Day 1A

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH    

With ten minutes remaining on the clock, all tables were told to play three more hands.

When the dust settled, not much had changed.

The top two in chips were

Matt Malone - 189,775   good for $3,000 bonus
Tom Dobrilovic - 136,075   good for $2,000 bonus

Just missing out was Maruti Yarlapati, who ended the day third with 130,675.

The survivors will return at noon Tuesday for day two.

68 players survived (average is 62k). 

That means more then half the starting field of 140 have been eliminated.

They can try again tomorrow on day 1B, which begins at 11am Monday.

Championship Event Day 1A Photo Blog

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH 

Day 1A of the 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship Event got underway today in the Signature Room. One hundred forty players took to the felt and when chips were bagged for the night only 68  remained. The chipstack bonuses were awarded to Matt Malone and Tom Dobrilovic. Malone pocketed $3,000 for ending the night with 189,775, the largest stack in play. Dobrilovic took home $2,000 as he/she ended the night with the second largest stack in play with 136,075. 

As was to be expected the field was packed with notable players: Kenny "Super Tuan" Nguyen, Amanda Musumeci, Ryan Eriquezzo, Alex Bolotin, Alex Smith, Dan Voccia, Esther Taylor-Brady, Alan Kraut, Dwyte Pilgrim, Cherish Andrews, Kevin Calenzo, Peter Ippolito, Terry Grimes, Kevin Saul, Joe Capuccio, Rob Brown, Roman Valerstein, Darren Elias, Irv Gotti and Justin Liberto to name a few.

The 68 players who made it through Day 1A will return Tuesday, April 16 at 12pm. 

Matt Malone and Tom Dobrilovic earned the chipstack bonus at the end of Day 1A. Malone took home $3,000 for ending the night with the largest stack in play at 189,775. Dobrilovic left with $2,000 for having the second largest stack at 136,075.

Online contest winner Steve Horway was eliminated during the last level of play on Day 1A. Horway said he is not normally a tournament player, especially in tournaments with a buy-in of $2,500, but the online contest was simple enough to sign up for he gave it a try. 

Irv Gottie, music producer and founder of Murder Inc. Records showed up for Day 1A. Gotti is a familiar face at many of the Borgata's larger buy-in tournaments.

Table No. 5 was stacked from the start of the day, first with Amanda Musumeci, Ryan Eriquezzo, Kevin Calenzo and Alex Bolotin. With Calenzo's elimination Peter Ippolito joined the table. Soon after Vinny Pahuja joined the table. 

Amanda Musumeci made her 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open debut during Day 1A. 

Alan Kraut had a trying day. At the dinner break, Kraut was sitting with about 50,000 and Tweeted "I've had more 'patience' today than the free clinic."

Kenny "Super Tuan" Nguyen got some support from his wife Melany. 

Cherish Andrews outlasted boyfriend Orson Young. Andrews made it through Day 1A while Young was eliminated. 

Will Failla made a late appearance, sitting down at his table post-dinner break

Championship: Crushing Souls, Candy

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH   

Brock Parker (Silver Spring, MD) has been crushing souls on the poker table for years.

He has two WSOP bracelets won in 2009.

He won the 2012 Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship event, good for $372,568.

He has more than $2.5 million in lifetime tournament earnings.

But sometimes you need a break from the poker.

In between hands today Brock is crushing candy on his phone.  Candy Crush is the latest addiction among poker players, and it is spreading.

Brock Parker Candy Crushing

Championship: Late Departures

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH    

Joe Cappuccio got his chips in with AT against pocket Tens.  The tens held and Joe was busted.

Ryan Eriquezzo got his chips in with AT against Alex Bolotin's pocket Kings.  The Kings held and Ryan was toast.

Alex Queen, who won this event during the 2010 Borgata Spring Poker Open $355,535, has busted out.

Terry Grimes has also hit the rail.

Championship: New Chip Leader

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH  

Matt Malone

Matt Malone (Sicklerville, NJ) has chipped up to about 160k and claimed the chip lead.

About 40 minutes to play on day 1A and the bonuses for the top two in chips are still up for grabs.

Championship: Steve Horway, online winner, eliminated


$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH 

Online contest winner Steve Horway held onto his stack until the last level of the night before being eliminated. Horway had chipped up early on in the day, but then took several bad beats and was not able to recover. 

"I moved to a new table and for the last three hours I just couldn't get anything better than a ten and I just blinded out," Horway said. "I didn't want to come back for Day 2 with just 10k or something like that, hence I was a little aggressive there at the end." 

Horway, who usually plays $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em cash games, heard about the Borgata's online contest and entered his name for a spot in the Championship Event. 

"I'm not usually a tournament player but it took two seconds to sign up and then they emailed me and said my name had been drawn from about 4,000 people," Horway said. "I play an occasional tournament but none with this big of a buy in."

Horway said he will not try again on Day 1B, but his experience went pretty well up until his elimination. 

Online contest winner Steve Horway just before being eliminated

Championship: AA v KK v AK

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH   

Dealer sorts out the pots while Roland Israelashvili (leaning) and Irv Gotti (standing) look on

A huge hand developed on table nine with three players all-in.

Roland Israelashvili (sb) - AK
Irv Gotti (bb) - K♣K♠
Rob Brown - A♣A

Board -  5♣ 3♣ 4 4♣ K

Irv Gotti caught the case King on the river to survive.  He chipped up to ~85k.

Rob Brown took the side pot and Roland Israelashvili was busted.

Championship: Gone But Not Forgotten

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH

Level  8:  250/500 with 75 ante.  This is the last level of the night.

These folks have bowed out of day 1A, but may be back for day 1B tomorrow:

Dan Walsh
Kevin Saul
Harry Korotki
Andy Hwang
Kal Alwan
Thi Dang
Sirous Jamshidi
Russell Crane
Orson Young

Championship: Tough Table Ten

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH

The last table in the room, and the next one to break, is table ten and it has some significant poker experience.

Leading table 10 are

Vinny Pahuja
Andre Nyffeler
Luke Vrabel
Ed Walsh
Avdo Djokovic

83 players remain, so when two more bust out, table ten will break and these players will be scattered into empty seats elsewhere in the room.

Championship: The Thrill is Back

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH  

Will 'the Thrill' Failla has returned from his jaunt to Florida and got in under the registration wire today.

He's on table two with

Sam Bernstein
Ken Silberstein
Dan Wach

The number of entrants for today is 140.
 
Chris Reslock is up to 101k and making his push for the chip lead bonus.  It's true that you can't win this tournament on day one, but you can win $3,000 in cash if you have the most chips!

Championship: Chip Lead Bonuses

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH  

With just a level and a half to play today, it is time to start paying attention to those stack sizes.

As with all Borgata Championship events, $3,000 will be awarded to the chip leader at the end of Day 1A and Day 1B. 

$2,000 will be awarded to the player finishing second in chips at the end of Day 1A and Day 1B.

When they bag their chips at the end of level eight, the top two in chips will be re-rolling or close to it (depending on how many times they entered).

Championship: Late Tweets

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH

Tweets from a few folks as they returned from dinner:

travell thomas ‏@travell3232
@BorgataPoker 500k guaranteed dinner break 47k coming back to 200/400!!

adam lippert ‏@lippypoker
64k dinner break borgata main. Blinds 200-400

Andrew Brokos ‏@thinkingpoker
Back from dinner with 31k. #lookinforacomeup

Vinny Pahuja ‏@vinpahuja
20kish at 2/400 @BorgataPoker Spring Open 2700 1A. Just been hanging around not doin much. Last 2 levels tonight

Championship: Back in Action

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH

Level 7:  Blinds 200/400 with 50 ante.

Players are back from dinner.  They'll play two more levels then bag 'em up for the night.

Ten tables (nine handed) are in play.

The board shows 88 players remain with an average stack of ~47k.


Unofficially, there were 137 entrants today.

Registration is closed for 1A, but players can register for tomorrow until midnight tonight and again starting at 8am Monday through six levels of 1B.

Championship: Dinner Time Tweets

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH

Keep those Tweets coming!  #BSPO

Here are some of the tweets we've received during the dinner break:

Ryan Eriquezzo ‏@RyanEriquezzo
Horrendous two levels. Ran nut flush into quads. Back down to around starting. Two levels left to play tn

Roman Valerstein ‏@GrimeRat420
Been kind of swingy but dinner break w/ 27.7k coming back at 8:30 to 200-400-50

Gags30 ‏@Gags30poker
55k on dinner. Back to 200/400

brock parker ‏@brock_parker
50k from 30k starting on Borgata dinner break

Rob Brown ‏@RobBrownPro
On dinner break with 54.5k from 30k #BestTableInRoom #ScoobyDue pic.twitter.com/EXlg0Il4Ez

Luke Vrabel ‏@bdbeatslayer
26k on dinner, not ideal but plenty of time to get it right

Amanda Musumeci ‏@TheReaLMander
Up to 50k on dinner brk. Coming back in a bit at 200/400 for 2 more levels today...

Kevin Saul ‏@BeL0WaB0Ve
I'm out, got it in w open ender vs top pair, turned a pair and bricked 13 outs on river for 60k pot. try again tomorrow

Alan Kraut ‏@AlanKrautPoker
On dinner break w 50k. I've had more "patience" today than the free clinic #BSPO

Joe Cappuccio ‏@poochpoker
29,400 on dinner break come back to 200/400/50 at 8:30



Headlines: Championship Underway / Satellites Underway

11 am (Event 19A): $2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH
             $1 MILLION GUARANTEED

30k chips / 75 minute levels (day 1) / 90 minute levels (days 2-4)
Registraton still open for day 1A (today) and day 1B (Monday)


12 pm (Event 46): $270 + $30 Championship Qualifier

12k chips/ 25 min levels
~1 in 10 earn Championship Event seats

4 pm (Event 47): $540 + $60 Championship Qualifier 

15k chips / 30 min levels
~1 in 5 earn Championship Event Seats

7 pm (Event 48): $270 + $30 Championship Qualifier - (Registration Still Open)

12k chips/ 25 min levels
~1 in 10 earn Championship Event seats

Championship: Big Stacks off to Dinner

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH

End of level six and time for dinner.  Play will resume at 8:30 pm.

Andre Nyffeler

Andre Nyffeler (Mahwah, NJ) has quadrupled his starting stack to about 125k.

Tom Dobrilovic has quintupled his starting stack.  He's up to 150k as of the dinner break and is the chip leader.

Championship: Early Big Stack

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH

Tom Dobrilovic


Tom Dobrilovic (W Nyack, NY) has jumped to an early chip lead with about 125k.

Tom already has three cashes during the Borgata Spring Poker Open Series (events 4, 6, & 12).  He won a Black Chip Bounty event during the 2013 Winter Open in January, good for $67,546.

He's on table six with

Joe Cappuccio
Harry Korotki
Kevin Saul
Steven Horway
Barry Leventhal
Russell Crane

Championship: Out and In

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH
 
Kevin Calenzo has departed his seat at table 5 next to Amanada Musumeci.

That seat was filled by re-entering Darren Elias.

Now the lineup on table 5 looks like this:

Amanda Musumeci
Darren Elias
Corrie Pranevich
Peter Ippolito
Alex Bolotin
Ryan Eriquezzo

Championship: More Familiar Faces

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH

And still more familiar faces sharing the felt:

Table 7
Eugene Fouksman
Feming Chan
Maruti Yarlapati
Rags Thiagarajah
Cherish Andrews

Table 8
Travell Thomas
Jason Young
Alex Smith
Sirous Jamshidi

Table 9
Neville Darrell
Michael Sukonik
Irv Gotti
Andy Hwang
Sam Taylor
Justin Liberto
Jim Wylie
Rob Brown

Championship: More Table Lineups

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH

Level 6:  Blinds 150/300 with 50 ante.

The empty seats are filling up as players arrive late.

Registration is open through the break after this level, so there's still time for entries and re-entries.

Here are some more of the interesting table lineups:

Table 3
John Moore
Carl Restifo
Alex Queen

Table 4
Roman Valerstein
Orson Young
Adam Lippert
Eric Panayiotou
Chris Reslock

Table 6
Tom Dobrilovic
Joe Cappuccio
Harry Korotki
Kevin Saul
Steven Horway    *online contest winner
Barry Leventhal
Russell Crane

Championship: Love is in The Air

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH 

Kenny "Super Tuan" Nguyen's wife Melany stopped by to wish him good luck. 
Nguyen has one final table appearance here at the Borgata, finishing sixth at 2009 Borgata Poker Open Championship Event final table. He also finished 36th at the 2009 Borgta Poker Open $500 No Limit Hold'em. 


Event 17 Recap

$1,000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Jeff Papola (Monmouth Beach, NJ) doesn't consider himself a short-handed specialist, but his success in the format is undeniable.  By beating Eddie Bryant (New Ellenton, SC) heads up in the $1k Six-Max at the Spring Poker Open, Papola won his third Borgata trophy with all three coming at short-handed tables.

"This is vindication for the other night," said Papola who finished second at a full ringed table when he was one card away from winning Event 8 ($400 NL). "It feels great to get a trophy after being so close the last time," he said.

Papola, who earned $29,198, won the tournament when both players hit trips on the river, but Papola had a better kicker with J 6 to Bryant's 6 2.

The victory wasn't easy for Papola who faced an uphill battle after the Six-Max WSOP Bracelet holder lost the chip lead to Bryant early on Day 2. Papola doubled-up three times against Bryant heads up including once when he was one card from elimination.

"I had him twice," said Bryant who is an Infantry Captain stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, "but he sucked out. That's just part of the game."

Day 2 began with the six returning players already in the money as they went after the $86,000 of total-buy-ins from the 86 entries.

Ryan Hall was first to go in 6th place, followed by Grace Sun in 5th when she lost to Bryant's pocket Kings.  Papola used KK to knock out Bryan Leskowitz in fourth place which helped him regain the chips he lost at the start of the day.

Third place went to Michael Marder who suffered a brutal beat to Bryant when Marder hit trip Kings against pocket 8s, but a four flush gave Bryant the knockout and a 3.5:1 chip lead at the start of heads up play.

"It was frustrating to play against," said Papola who wasn't accustom to an opponent showing him his hole cards at the end of nearly every hand. "It was free information, but I couldn't do anything with it because I couldn't make a hand."

"I just met him today," said Bryant who was playing heads up for the first time in his recreational poker career. "I don't even know his last name," he added and wasn't fazed that Papola is one of the best short-handed players in the world.

"It helps build my table image," Bryant said about card showing, "that way it makes it easier to bluff."

"He played really well," said Papola, "there were a lot of pros at the table. I just waited until I could make a big hand."

Of Papola's three trophies, two have come in a six-max, the other in a mix-max tournament which started as a full ring game before ending short handed.  He joins the short list of three-time winners that includes Allen Kessler, Yuebin Guo, Howard Wolper, Bill Blanda and Chris Reslock and is one trophy behind the only four-time winner, Will Failla.  

"I'm feeling great and on a little bit of a heater," he said about his first and second place finishes in the series. "Now I'm hoping for a deep run in the Main (Championship Event)."

Final Results

1st Jeff Papola (Monmouth Beach, NJ) $29,198
2nd Eddie Bryant (New Ellenton, SC) $18,352
3rd Michael Marder (Sewell, NJ) $13,764
4th Bryan Leskowitz (Leominster, MA) $10,219
5th Grace Sun (Merrick, NY) $7,299
6th Ryan Hall (Newark, DE) $4,588

Event 17 Winner - Papola

$1,000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Jeff Papola (Monmouth Beach, NJ) 
$29,198

Blinds 6k/12k/2k ante 

Eddie Bryant (600k to start hand) raises to 25k preflop and Jeff Papola (700k) calls.

Flop: Q 6 3

Bryant c-bets 35k, Papola calls

Turn: 7

Bryant bets 100k, Papola calls

River: 6

Bryant moves all in for 440k and Papola calls.

Papoloa: J 6
Bryant: 6 2

Both players hit trip 6s, but Papola has the better kicker to win the tournament and the $29,198 first place prize.

This is Papola's third Borgata trophy and comes on the heels of his second place finish in Event 8 ($400 NL) for $40,575.

"This is vindication for the other night," says Papola who finished runner-up after his opponent hit a back door flush draw to stay alive in heads up play.  "It feels great to get a trophy after being so close the last time.

"I'm feeling great and on a little bit of a heater," he says about his first and second place finishes in the series. "Now I'm hoping for a deep run in the Main (Championship Event)."

Event 17: 2nd Place - Bryant

$1,000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Eddie Bryant (New Ellenton, SC) 
$18,352

Eddie Bryant had Jeff Papola on the ropes, but couldn't finish off the poker pro.  After Papola doubled-up three times during heads up play, Papola got the win when both players hit trip 6s on the final hand, but Papola has the better kicker J 6 vs 6 2.

"I had him twice," says Bryant who had Papola flipping twice with over cards for his tournament life, "but he sucked out. That's just part of the game."

Bryant is an Infantry Captain stationed at Fort Bragg, NC who plays weekend poker recreationally on the East Coast. 

"Whenever I play a tournament I expect to cash, so I'm happy," he says, "I don't think anyone would complain about 18-grand."

Bryant earns $18,352 for his runner-up finish.

Event 17: Papola Doubles Twice to Stay Alive

$1,000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 5k/10k/1k ante

Jeff Papola has been all in preflop and at risk twice in the last hour.

Papola gets a 325k (33 bb) double-up with J♣ 10♠ when he hits a 10 on the flop vs Eddie Bryant's 4s.

After losing a chunk of his chips, Papola is one card from elimination, but hits the river to stay alive.

Bryant is then one card from the win with pocket 3s, but Papola, while holding 10 8, hits an 8 on the river to double 373k and take a slight chip lead.

Championship: How Table No. 1 Stacks Up

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH 

Across the room from Table No. 5, another stacked table has formed. Jamie Kerstetter, Terry Grimes, Alan Kraut, Brock Parker and Kenny Nguyen are all at Table No. 1.

Brock Parker 
Live Tournament Winnings: $2,426,079
Live Wins: 4
WSOP Bracelets: 2
Career Live Final Tables: 18

Jamie Kerstetter
Live Tournament Winnings: $298,974
Live Wins: 2
Career Live Final Tables: 4

Alan Kraut
Live Tournament Winnings: $71,622
Career Live Final Tables: 2

Terry Grimes
Live Tournament Winnings: $86,132
Career Live Final Tables: 4

Kenny Nguyen
Live Tournament Winnings: $642,826
Live Wins: 1
WSOPC gold rings: 1
Career Live Final Tables: 8



Player Profile: Alyson Parker

Alyson "Mother Crusher" Parker
Alyson Parker is on an adventure. The 53-year mother from New York played her first hand of poker on a kitchen table – 5-Card Stud – while in college at the University of Texas Austin.

“In college I was playing for dog food money,” she said.

Today, the former executive recruiter and shopping center industry magazine vice president is playing poker once again. But this time she is playing for something a little different. Parker left her job in October, having held a traditional occupation since she was about 14 years old, and took a leap of faith to turn a leisurely hobby into something more.

“I’m not retired, but I wanted to give poker a shot and see if I can make enough to make enough. This is what I call an adventure,” Parker said. “I was always a leisure player. When I was living in New York we played poker every Monday night. But for a long time I felt like work was getting in the way of poker.”

Now living in Princeton, New Jersey, Parker delved into the live poker scene at the Borgata and Parx Casino in Pennsylvania. While giving up a steady job and income may seem a bit precarious to the average person, Parker does not consider herself a full fledged risk taker. She finances her cash games and tournaments through her wages earned from nearly 40 years in the traditional work force and takes time out each to day work on her game.

“I would say I’m in the middle of the scale of being a risk taker versus risk adverse ” Parker said. “Not my daughter though, she is risk adverse. I will give her money to gamble with and she asks to use it to go shopping instead. She once watched me ship $100 during a cash game and I saw the color drain from her face. She had to walk away from the table.”

Although her daughter may be ‘risk adverse,’ she, along with Parker’s extended family and friends, have been extremely supportive of her decision to play poker for a living. When Parker won a satellite into the main event at Harrah’s three year ago, her daughter had a hooded sweater made for her with the moniker “Mother Crusher” screened on it, a name Parker embraces.

As the name on her jacket proclaims, Parker is a mother first and foremost and has found a set of ‘children’ among the younger generation of players.

“I'm sort of like the poker mom. We go out to dinner, hang out a little bit. I’m not of the age where I can go and drink and party with them but they are like my kids. I help them deal with the awkward social issues and in exchange they humor me and listen to my hand histories,” she said.

And Parker has found another common bond with the younger generation of players. When Parker was growing up women were not a common site at the poker tables, and were tolerated even less. Much like the new generation of hoodie-wearing 'internet kids.'

“You have to remember, I’m old enough, I’m from the Linda Johnson age and it was much rougher for a lady at the table back then. In a cash game you could leave the table, but in a tournament you would be locked in and you would have been having a bad 16 hours,” Parker said of the attitude widely pitched on women at the tables in the past.

“But the young kids, the internet kids, they are awesome.  When those kids started playing, when the Moneymaker boom hit, with that came a new generation of players that didn’t look at women the same way. It’s now more about the game of poker and it’s less socially acceptable for men to be disrespectful to a lady at the table,” she said.  "A lot of the older players, they get cranky with the younger guys too, and I've had the kids say to me, 'wow, you aren't cranky like everyone else your age.'"

Despite that, Parker said being viewed as ‘some old lady’ at the felt isn’t always a bad thing.  A holder of a degree in psychology, Parker looks strongly at how other players might view her and uses that to her advantage.

“I think you have to try to think like you are the internet kid who plays in his underwear. I have an advantage because I know how they perceive me. I know they think I’m just some old lady and sometimes that can work for me,” she said.

 “There is a certain amount of business acumen I have learned over the years that they don’t have in terms of relationships, bankroll management, how to act at the table,” Parker said. “There are some edges I have that I don’t think are traditional poker edges and I can make that work for me.”

As her adventure in poker continues, Parker is enjoying the people she meets along the way.

“The people you meet at the tables are people that you would never meet in other life situations. I have developed real friendships with people I never would have met otherwise or been friends with and no matter what, that is an upside to me,” she said.

And she only wants a few simple things.

 “Worst case scenario, if this doesn’t work out, I go back to work,” Parker said. “But my goal is to make enough to not have to ever go back to work, to do this and be happy. I don’t have to get rich or be famous. I don’t need anything except enough.”

Event 17: Trophy Time - Unorthodox Strategy

$1,000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 5k/10k/1k ante

Papola (right) and Bryant Heads Up

Eddie Bryant and Jeff Papola continue to battle heads up and Bryant is using an unorthodox strategy against the two time Borgata trophy winner.

Bryant is showing Papola his hole cards nearly every hand win or lose, showdown or not.

We tracked a 20 hand stretch and Papola saw Bryant's cards 18 out of 20 hands (90%). The run featured eight straight Bryant winners after Papola folded including King high and an OE straight draw after making a 200k bet on the turn.

It t may not be the most optimal strategy against one of the best short-handed players in the world, but Bryant is keeping the pressure on and maintaining the chip lead.

Bryant with Eyes on the Trophy

Event 17: J 10 Chop Turns into Papola Double-up

$1,000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 5k/10k/1k ante

Jeff Papola raises the button to 20k preflop, Eddie Bryant calls.

Flop: K 7♠ 10♠ (both players check)

Turn: 8♠

Bryant bets 20k, Papola calls

River 9♠

Bryant bets 40k, Papola moves all in for 226k total, Papola calls.

Papola: J♠ 10 (straight flush)
Bryant: J 10♣ (straight)

Bryant hits a straight on the river, but Papola makes a Jack-high straight flush.

The chips counts are now nearly dead even with both players holding ~650k of the 1.3 million chips in play.

Championship: Toughest Table in the Room?

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH 

Table No. 5 is currently five-handed and is possibly the toughest table in the room. Ryan Eriquezzo, Amanda Musumeci, Kevin Calenzo and Alex Bolotin are four of the five players seated around the felt.

Between the four players they hold over $5 million in live tournament winnings, four World Series of Poker Circuit gold rings, one WSOP gold bracelet and 11 live major tournament wins. Musumeci is also a World Poker Tour Season XI Ones to Watch player.

Take a look at how the table stacks up:

Amanda Musumeci
Live Tournament Winnings: $866,224
Career Live Wins: 2
WSOPC gold rings: 1
Career Final Tables: 10
World Poker Tour Season XI Ones to Watch

Alex Bolotin
Live Tournament Winnings: $2,185,155
Career Live Wins: 2
Career Final Tables: 15


Kevin Calenzo
Live Tournament Winnings: $808,480
Career Live Wins: 2
WSOPC gold rings: 2
Career Final Tables: 20


Ryan Eriquezzo
Live Tournament Winnings: $1,168,584
Career Live Wins: 4
WSOP gold bracelets:1
WSOPC gold rings: 2
Career Final Tables: 18


Event 17: 3rd Place - Marder

$1,000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Michael Marder (Sewell, NJ)
$13,764

Blinds 4k/8k/1k ante

Michael Marder is all in for ~300k with AK vs the 88♣ of Eddie Bryant.

Marder flops a King and turns the K for trips, but it puts three hearts on the board.

The river is a fourth heart and Bryant wins the hand with a flush.

Marder, one of the Borgata good guys, takes the beat in stride and finishes in 3rd place for $13,764.

Bryant has more than 1 million chips to start heads up play against Jeff Papola who has ~300k.

Event 17: Blinds Up

$1,000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Players are back from break with blinds moving up to 4k/8k/1k ante.

Chip Counts:

Eddie Bryant 695k (87 bb)
Jeff Papola 305k (38 bb)
Michael Marder 291k (36 bb)

Prize Pool / Results

Place-Name-Amount

1st  $29,198
2nd $18,352
3rd $13,764
4th Bryan Leskowitz (Leominster, MA) $10,219
5th Grace Sun (Merrick, NY) $7,299
6th Ryan Hall (Newark, DE) $4,588

Event 17: Marder Doubles Before Break

$1,000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 3k/6k/500 ante

Michael Marder raises the button to 13,500, Jeff Papola 3-bets to 28,500, Eddie Bryant calls, Marder moves all in for 140k total, Papola reships and Bryant folds.

Marder: AQ
Papola: AK

Flop: K J 5 (Papola pair of Kings, Marder OE gutshot straight draw)

Turn: 9 (no change)

River: 10

Marder hits his straight on the river and doubles to 300k, while Papola is cut to approximately the same amount.

More Notables in the Signature Room

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH 

More players are joining the field as the signature room slowly fills up. Kenny "Super Tuan" Nguyen, Ryan Eriquezzo, Kevin Saul, Dan Voccia, Cherish Andrews, Kevin Calenzo and Jamie Kertstetter have all taken their seats.

Kenny "Super Tuan" Nguyen

Cherish Andrews

Event 17: 4th Place - Leskowitz

$1,000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Bryan Leskowitz (Leominster, MA)
$10,219

3k/6k/500 ante

Jeff Papola raises the button to 12k, Bryan Leskowitz moves all in for 160k total and Papola calls.

Papola: KK
Leskowitz: KQ

Flop: J 6 4 (Papola still leads)

Turn: 10 (Leskowitz OE straight draw)

River: x

Papola wins the hand with a pair of Kings and says, "we're back in business," as he's up to 400k.

Leskowitz takes home $10,219 for his 4th place finish.

Event 17: 5th Place - Sun

$1,000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) 

Grace Sun (Merrick, NY) 
$7,299

Blinds 3k/6k/500 ante 

Grace Sun calls Eddie Bryant's preflop raise of 18k.

Flop: 9 8♠ 2♠

Sun checks, Bryant bets 24k, Sun moves all in for 225k total and Bryant calls.

Sun: 10 10
Bryant: K K

Turn: 4♣ (Bryant still leads)

River: 4

Bryant's pocket Kings is the winner.

"I hate that board," says Sun, "If a Jack or higher comes out I'm still in. I should've known. He's the chip leader and I should've been more careful."

"He's in beast mode," says Bryan Leskowitz about Bryant whose extends the chip lead and is up to 785k.

Sun finishes in 5th place for $7,299 and is now looking at jumping into the Championship Event.

Event 17: 6th Place - Hall

$1,000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Ryan Hall (Newark, DE) 
$4,588 

Blinds 2,500/5k/500 ante

Ryan Hall ships a double-up to Michael Marder and is on the rail shortly after the hand.

Hall is cut to 20k after Marder flops a set of 8s against his A J.

Hall sends the last of his chips to Jeff Papola as he finishes in 6th place for $4,588.

Event 17: Early Double Up Gives Bryant Chip Lead

$1,000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 2,500/5k/500 ante.

The board is K x 10 J 5 and chip leader Jeff Papola checks to Eddie Bryant who moves all in for 213k.

Papola makes the call and mucks when Bryant turns over A Q for the nuts.

Bryant is all smiles after his Ace-high straight flips the chip counts in his favor and takes the chip lead with 575k.  Papola drops to less than 200k.

Event 17: Trophy On Deck

$1,000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

The Six-Max final six return for their shot at a Borgata trophy and the $29,198 top prize.

Two-time Borgata trophy holder Jeff Papola is the chip leader with 467k (93 bb) as play resumes with blinds at 2,500/5k/500 ante.

Name-Chip Count

Jeff Papola - 467,000 (93 bb)
Eddie Bryant - 286,500
Grace Sun - 195,000
Bryan Leskowitz - 178,000
Michael Marder - 82,500
Ryan Hall - 81,500 (16 bb)

Average Chip Stack:  215,000  (43 bb)

PAYOUTS:  

Place-Amount

1st  $29,198
2nd  $18,352
3rd $13,764
4th $10,219
5th  $7,299
6th  $4,588

Championship: Early Bird Special

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH  

Those arriving early have the chance of enjoying every second of the tournament and picking up a few dead blinds as the players filter in.

By the end of the night everyone will be focused on the Day 1A bonus of $3,000 that goes to the chip leader and the $2,000 for being runner-up.

Recognizable faces already playing include:

Dwyte Pilgrim
Alan Kraut
Abe Korotki
Tom Dobrolovic
Femming Chan
Sirous Jamshidi
Barry Leventhal
Russ Dykshteyn
Neville Darrell
Chris Reslock
Antonio Walker
Amanda Musumeci
"Etay" Taylor
Alex Bolotin

Championship: 4th Annual Spring Poker Open Underway

$2,500 + $200 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship NLH 

The Borgata Spring Poker Open kicks off it's 4th annual event and guarantees a prize pool of at least $1 MILLION.

The long levels (75 minutes to start) and deep stacks (30k chips) always brings out a strong field.

Players have the option of playing today's Day 1A or Monday's Day 1 B (or both) and there are unlimited re-entries for both days through Level 6.

Blinds start at 25/50 and the Championship Event is underway in the Signature Room.

Borgata Spring Poker Open Leaderboard Update (4/14)

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.

Below are the top scores for the 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open Leaderboard*
(Final Results from Main events: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18
 Secondary event: 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45) 

518.063:  JAMES GOVERNA
385.000:  STEVE SARAF
379.138:  EMMANUIL DIGILOV
345.538:  DWYTE PILGRIM
336.050:  WILLIAM VINCENT
330.368:  WOOYANG LIN
324.175:  ASHER CONNIFF
315.238:  IBRAIM IBRAIMOVIC
313.663:  TOMISLAV DOBRILOVIC
306.100:  LYLE DIAMOND
293.238:  JOHN ALMANZAR
290.635:  MICHAEL CUTRO
290.325:  JEFFREY PAPOLA
287.145:  JASON RIVKIN
282.050:  MICHAEL FORCA
281.900:  DAVID NOVAK
278.500:  HOA MINH NGUYEN
264.825:  PETER HSU
264.723:  ALEX SMITH
264.000:  PAUL SPITZBERG
260.075:  COLEEM CHESTNUT
252.625:  WAZIR BAKSH
250.325:  BARTLEY DOWLING
249.350:  EMANUEL FAILLA
245.000:  GREGORY FISHBERG

Event 17: $1090 Six-Max - Start of Day 2


Event 17: $1000 + $90 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em
April 13-14, 2013

Entries:  86
Total Buy-In:  $86,000

PAYOUTS:
1:  $29,198
2:  $18,352
3:  $13,764
4:  $10,219
5:  $7,299
6:  $4,588

Players Remaining: 6
Average Chip Stack:  215,000

START OF DAY 2 CHIP COUNTS:
T1 | S1 -  JEFFREY PAPOLA (MONMOUTH BEACH, NJ):  467,000
T1 | S2 -  CHII CHING SUN (MERRICK, NY):  195,000
T1 | S3 -  RYAN HALL (NEWARK, DE):  81,500
T1 | S4 -  BRYAN LESKOWITZ (LEOMINSTER, MA):  178,000
T1 | S5 -  EDDIE BRYANT (NEW ELLENTON, SC):  286,500
T1 | S6 -  MICHAEL MARDER (SEWELL, NJ):  82,500

Sunday, April 14

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

11AM: Event 19A - $2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack Double Play NLH (Re-Entry)
             $1 MILLION GUARANTEED
  • Players start with 30,000 in tournament chips 
  • Day 1 Levels:  will last 1 hour 15 minutes each
    Day 2 - 4 Levels:  will last 1 hour 30 minutes each 
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 6 
  • 4-Day event with two starting days
  • $3,000 will be awarded to the chip leader at the end of Day 1A and Day 1B;
    $2,000 will be awarded to the player finishing second behind chip leader at the end of Day 1A and Day 1B



12PM: Event 46 - $270 + $30 Championship Qualifier No Limit Hold'em 
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 25 minutes each 
  • Approximately 1 in 10 will win entry into Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship (April 14-18, 2013)
  • 1-Day event

4 PM: Event 47 - $540 + $60 Championship Qualifier No Limit Hold'em 
  • Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 30 minutes each 
  • Approximately 1 in 5 will win entry into Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship (April 14-18, 2013)
  • 1-Day event
7 PM: Event 48 - $270 + $30 Championship Qualifier No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
  • Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips 
  • Levels will last 25 minutes each 
  • Approximately 1 in 10 will win entry into Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship (April 14-18, 2013)
  • Players may Re-Enter through Level 8
  • 1-Day event

Event 18 Recap

$350 + $50 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)    
 
In the end, John Almanzar was sitting behind a mountain of chips -- more than 10 million.  His win was good for $43,003 and his first Borgata Open trophy.  He came close during the 2011 Borgata Fall Poker Open when he finished 2nd in the $250 Big Stack NLH event for $10,283.

Hem Prasad waited patiently while Almanzar and third place finisher Jack Rapoport carved up the final table.  When the two big stacks clashed, resulting in Rapoport busting third for $15,553, Prasad slid into a second place finish, good for $24,193.

This one day event drew 509 entrants for total buy-ins of $178,150, cruising past the $100,000 guarantee.  The final 54 players earned a cut.

Almanzar almost busted out early in the day when he got all-in with pocket sixes, but ran into pocket Tens.  He rivered a straight to survive that all-in.  "No Aces, No Kings" he said, claiming he got no big pairs all day.  He still managed to survive, outlasting the field of 509 players.  John is a paralegal and has to get back to work, so we won't be seeing him in the main event. 


Final Table Results
1 - John Almanzar (N Bergen, NJ)  $43,033
2 - Hem Prasad (Yonkers, NY)  $24,193
3 - Yevgeni 'Jack' Rapoport (Brooklyn, NY)  $15,553
4 - Matt Shafman (W Orange, NJ) $12,356
5 - Mike Adams (Accokeek, MD)  $9,677
6 - Pascal Theodosiadis (New York, NY)  $7,949
7 - Michael Bills (Charlottesville, VA)  $6,307
8 - Mike Schmude (Hawthorne, NJ)  $4,925
9 - Bobby Mapes (Upstate NY)  $3,456

Event 18: 1st Place - Almanzar

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

John Almanzar (N Bergen, NJ)
$43,033

In the end, John Almanzar was sitting behind a mountain of chips -- more than 10 million.

He almost busted out early in the day when he got all-in with pocket sixes, but ran into pocket Tens.  He rivered a straight to survive that all-in.  "No Aces, No Kings" he said, claiming he got no big pairs all day.  He still managed to survive, outlasting the field of 509 players.

This is John's second cash of the series.  He finished 10th in event 6 for $1,551.

John is a paralegal and has to get back to work, so won't be able to play the main event. 


Event 18: 2nd - Prasad

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

Hem Prasad (Yonkers, NY)
$24,193

At the start of heads-up play, John Almanzar had 9.5 million chips to Hem Prasad's 500k.

It was over quickly.

Hem took second place and $24,193.

Event 18: 3rd Place - Rapoport

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

Yevgeni 'Jack' Rapoport (Brooklyn, NY)
$15,553

On a flop of K T 6, John Almanzar was all-in for 4 million against Jack Rapoport.

John - AK for top/top
Jack - QJ for the open-ender

The last two fell J T and John doubled up to over 8 million (only 10.18 million chips in play).

Jack was left with about 600k and got that all-in soon after with T9 suited.  John had Q9

The board came A Q 9 Q 8 and John took the rest of Jack's chips.

Jack took 3rd place and $15,553.

Event 18: 5th - Adams; 4th - Shafman

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

Mike Adams (Accokeek, MD)
$9,677

Mike Adams was all-in with pocket Queens against the 98 of John Almanzar.

John flopped two pair and that was all it took to send Mike to the rail.  He finished 5th for $9,677.


Matt Shafman (W Orange, NJ)
$12,356

Matt Shafman was all-in with Q7 against the AJ of John Almanzar.

The board came K J J J x giving John quads and the pot.  Matt took $12,356 for 4th place.

Event 18: 7th - Bills; 6th - Theodosiadis

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

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Michael Bills (Charlottesville, VA)
$6,307

Michael Bills was all-in with AT against John Almanzar's Q8.  The board came Q 7 5 J 3 and John doubled up.

Michael was left short and busted out soon after in 7th place, earning $6,307.

Pascal Theodosiadis (New York, NY)
$7,949

Pascal Theodosiadis was all-in with KJ against Jack Rapoport's AT suited.

The flop came A J 3 giving both a pair, but Jack was still ahead.

Turn was a King, giving Pascal who pair and the lead.

Then another 3 hit the river, giving Jack Aces-up and the pot.

Pascal was eliminated in 6th place, earning $7,949.

Event 18: 9th - Mapes; 8th - Schmude

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

Bobby Mapes (Upstate NY)
$3,456

Bobby Mapes was all-in with Q9 against the pocket 3s of Jack Rapoport.

The board came 8 8 2 4 2 and Jack took the pot.

Bobby took 9th place and $3,456.


Mike Schmude (Hawthorne, NJ)
$4,925

Then Mike Schmude was all-in with a9 against Jack's pocket 7s.

The board fell K 7 3 J A and Jack took the pot with a set of 7s.

Mike took 8th place and $4,925.

Event 18: Final Table Chip Counts

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

The final nine finished the level, then took a break while the 1k chips were colored up.

Play resumed with blinds of 40k/80k with 10k ante.  Average stack is 1.13 million (14 big blinds).

Here are the approximate chip counts as of the break, with the new seating:
  1. Matt Shafman - 1.55 million
  2. Jack Rapoport - 1.3 million
  3. Mike Schmude - 625k
  4. John Almanzar - 540k (6.75 big blinds)
  5. Hem Prasad - 1.4 million
  6. Pascal Theodosiadis - 1.16 million
  7. <anonymous> - 820k
  8. Mike Adams - 1.94 million (24 big blinds)
  9. Bobby Mapes - 940k

Event 18: 11th - Moriarty; 10th - E. Rivkin

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

Daniel Moriarty (Astoria, NY)
$2,246

Daniel Moriarty jammed with AQ and ran into Pascal Theodosiadis' pocket Kings.

The board came Q 9 7 3 3 and was not enough to save Daniel.  He busted out in 11th place, earning $2,246.

Eric Rivkin (E Hamption, NY)
$2,246

Eric Rivkin was all-in holding AK.

Mike Adams had pocket Aces.

The board came J T 2 7 8 and Mike's Aces held.

Eric was eliminated in 10th place, earning $2,246.

With the double elimination, the final table was formed with the final 9 players.

Event 18: 12th Place - Roberts-Bickel

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

Jeanelle Roberts-Bickel (Rockland County, NY)
$2,246

Blinds 30k/60k with 5k ante.

Jeanelle Roberts-Bickel got her last chips in good with AQ suited. 

Eric Rivkin held QJ.

The cards fell J 9 5 T 3 and Eric paired his Jack to take the pot.

Jeanelle took 12th place and $2,246.  She was the last woman in this event, so it's all testosterone from here on.

Event 18: 14th - Nicolosi-Endo; 13th - Woll

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

Luke Nicolosi-Endo (Fair Lawn, NJ)
$1,728

Luke Nicolosi-Endo shoved with pocket 2s.

Bobby Mapes had pocket 7s.

The board came K 8 4 3 T and Bobby took the pot.

Luke took 14th place and $1,728.


Mickey Woll (Manahawkin, NJ)
$1,728

Mickey Woll got all-in with pocket 8s against Mike Adams' AK.

The board fell A 5 2 Q 6 and Mike took the pot.

Mickey took a walk in 13th place for $1,728.