Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Event 3: Stalled at 12

$350 + $50 (NL)

The final dozen played an entire level without an elimination. Play continued into Level 17 with blinds of 5k/8k and 500 antes.

Jay Johnson and Vinh Nguyen got to the turn with a board of QJ55 where Jay (big blind) bet 15k. Vinh thought about it, then called. River was the A and Jay made a motion like he was going to shove, but then checked. Vinh bet 30k. Jay gave it a little think time, then called. Vinh showed A2 for a pair of Aces (busted flush draw). Jay mucked and Vinh chipped up to about 350k, solidly in the chip lead.

On the next hand, Clayton Fletcher (button) moved all-in when action folded to him. Jay was in the small blind and called all-in, showing AQ off. Clayton held K2 off (oops). The board came 9 4 3 6 8 and Jay doubled up to ~240k.

Event 4: Leveling Off

East Coast Championship
$7200 + $300 (NL)

The 40 remaining players are back from break and are starting Level 6 (200/400/50 ante), the last level of the night.

Taha Maruf (Brooklyn, NY) is in the field, after finish 8th in the Event 1 Deep Stack. "I was playing in this no matter what," says Maruf, who grabbed a bite to eat and joined the field an hour late. "Look, I'm short stacked again," as he spills his 19k across the felt.

Checking in at table 2, Borgata regulars Josh Brikis (Monroeville, PA) and Joanne Monteavaro (New York, NY) are at the table. Brikis is at 19k, while Monteavaro has 28k.

The average stack is 47k with play scheduled to wrap at approximately 12:45 am.

Event 3: Dirty Dozen

$350 + $50 (NL)

Slowly making progress over in the Borgata Poker Room. Event 3 is down to 12 players. They've just returned from break and begun Level 16 with Blinds of 3k/6k with 500 antes.

Here are the payouts so far:

Earning $1,003
18th Andrew Gallagher, Framingdale, NJ
17th Mei Yan Dai, Chicago, Il
16th Lucas Smith, New York, New York

Earning $1,137
15th Eduard Barenbaum, Manalapan, NJ
14th Francis Petrillo, Union, NJ
13th Francis Anderson, Wrappingers Falls, NY

Event 4: Markholt Rodeos E-Fro

East Coast Championship
$7200 + $300 (NL)


Lee Markholt

On the turn the board read 6 5 2 3 with two hearts and Eric Froehlich (cutoff) checked to Lee Markholt on the button. Lee made it 3,100 to go and Eric called. River was the 7 and Eric led out for 6k. Lee took little time to call and Eric showed 87 of diamonds for a pair of 7s (open-ended on the flop). Lee rolled over Q9 for the flush to take the pot.

Two more players have departed bringing the count down to 46 players remaining.

Neehar Banerji has lost some ground and is down to about 90k. Todd Terry is up to about 103k. Gavin Smith also appears to be up to about 100k and might be the chip leader, but it is too close to call at this point.

EVENT 1: $500 + $60 DEEP STACK NL

FINAL RESULTS

Entries: 1,214 Total Buy-In: $607,000

1. WEIWEN LIANG (GALLOWAY, NJ): $127,060
2. JOSEPH GRICCO (WEST CHESTER, PA): $83,902
3. AKIVA PEARLMAN (PROVIDENCE, RI): $45,630
4. BEN STEIN (BABYLON, NY): $39,742
5. JOSEPH CAPALBI (DEERFIELD BEACH, FL): $33,854
6. EUGENE CASTRO (NEW YORK, NY): $27,967
7. ALLEN CHANG (BROOKLYN, NY): $22,079
8. TAHA MARUF (MOTIJHEEH, INDIA): $16,192
9. JAMES BOYD (MARTINSBURG, WV): $11,776
10. KENNETH PACKER (FAYETTEVILLE, NC): $7,654
11. MYRON ROTHMAN (FLUSHING, NY): $7,654
12. JASON NGUYEN (NEWARK, NJ): $7,654
13. JUE WANG (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ): $5,594
14. RYAN WOLFSON (WESTBURY, NY): $5,594
15. DANIEL MARION (GREAT MEADOWS, NJ): $5,594
16. CORTNEY SCHEINER (SPARTA, NJ): $3,533
17. MARK STEINBERG (WOODMERE, NY): $3,533
18. YOSEF TARLOW (MORRISON TOWN, NJ): $3,533
19. JUSTIN TOBIN (HOLLAND, PA): $2,650
20. DENNIS MCGLYNN (BELTSVILLE, MD): $2,650
21. YAT CHENG (CHARLOTTE, NC): $2,650
22. JAMES GRAFF (PORTSMOUTH, VA): $2,650
23. DANIEL MERCADO (LITTLE FERRY, NJ): $2,650
24. ERIC DOERR (NEWARK, DE): $2,650
25. ALEX NEPOMNYASCHIY (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $2,650
26. GARY ROSENZWEIG (MANALAPAN, NJ): $2,650
27. SRINIVASA PEYYALAMITTA (ASHBURN, VA): $2,650
28. BRIAN ODONOGHUE (BAYSIDE, NY): $2,237
29. JARED HUTT (FORKED RIVER, NJ): $2,237
30. WALTER WATKINS (BLOOMSBURG, PA): $2,237
31. PAUL BADOLATO (FAIR LAWN, NJ): $2,237
32. ALAN HADDY (OAKLAND, NJ): $2,237
33. GREGORY BOCK (UNION, NJ): $2,237
34. MATTHEW MAZZEO (E WILLISTON, NY): $2,237
35. MATTHEW KLECKNER (COPLAY, PA): $2,237
36. MICHAEL BUTTACAVOLI (VENTNOR, NJ): $2,237
37. DAVID VASQUEZ (BROOKLYN, NY): $1,884
38. ROBERT BEHRENST (FAIRFAX, VA): $1,884
39. SIMON YEFREM (CEDARHURST, NY): $1,884
40. SURAJ DALAL (BETHLEHEM, PA): $1,884
41. ANTHONY HILL (EGG HARBOR CITY, NJ): $1,884
42. GEORGE CICAK (WHARTON, NJ): $1,884
43. JAMIE KERSTETTER (MONROE TWP, NJ): $1,884
44. NICHOLAS OLIVIERI (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $1,884
45. JOSEPH DIAZ (NEW YORK, NY): $1,884
46. ARDMIR EGERCI (SHKODER, ALB): $1,649
47. ROBERT HENDERSON (HOLMES, PA): $1,649
48. MICHAEL SHASHO (RAMSEY, NJ): $1,649
49. JASON LOSS (MCSHERRYSTOWN, PA): $1,649
50. MICHAEL SICA JR (N BRUNSWICK, NJ): $1,649
51. JAMES SLOAT (FORT MEADE, MD): $1,649
52. KONRAD SZYDELKO (HUDSON, FL): $1,649
53. GILBERT RODEN (BALTIMORE, MD): $1,649
54. ERIC PATRICK (IRONDALE, OH): $1,649
55. MICHAEL JOHNSON (PITTSBURGH, PA): $1,472
56. HOANG NGUYEN (VIENNA, VA): $1,472
57. PETER CHIARULLI (BROOKLYN, NY): $1,472
58. DANIEL HOWE (BRIGANTINE, NJ): $1,472
59. EDWARD EDWARDS (WOODBRIDGE, VA): $1,472
60. GIANNI ARCURI (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $1,472
61. GEORGE CARTER (BALTIMORE, MD): $1,472
62. FLORENTINO DELEON JR (JOPPA, MD): $1,472
63. YOSEF IZHAK LIDER (LOD, ISR): $1,472
64. JASON BYRNES (BROOKLYN, NY): $1,295
65. KENNETH SCHUYLER (LONG BRANCH, NJ): $1,295
66. JOHN PANZA (NEW HAVEN, CT): $1,295
67. JEFFREY JOHNSON (BROOKLYN, NY): $1,295
68. TERRY HARDY (LOXAHATCHEE, FL): $1,295
69. JASON VARVARO (FLORAL PK, NY): $1,295
70. JAMES MIHOKOVICH (CENTERVILLE, VA): $1,295
71. BENJAMIN HOLLAND (BENSALEM, PA): $1,295
72. RICARDO FRANCO (PHILADELPHIA, PA): $1,295
73. JAMES BOYLE (HAVRE DE GRACE, MD): $1,178
74. GARY STEINBERG (ELLICOTT CITY, MD): $1,178
75. JOSEPH GRACI (MASSAPEQUA, NY): $1,178
76. DANILO NENEZIC (BAR, SER): $1,178
77. KAMBIZ BEHBAHANI (FAIRFAX STATION, VA): $1,178
78. RASHAD MAYSAUD (SPRINGFIELD, VA): $1,178
79. DAVID NOURMAND (SYOSSET, NY): $1,178
80. VINCENT VILLAMOR (MAYS LANDING, NJ): $1,178
81. PATRICK RUSH (GLEN BURNIE, MD): $1,178
82. CHRISTIAN FRANCIA (BAYONNE, NJ): $1,060
83. CHARLES BRUDER (MECHANICSVILLE, MD): $1,060
84. CARL PION (BRAMPTON, CAN): $1,060
85. BRENDAN KASHUBA (OCEAN CITY, MD): $1,060
86. SALOMON COHEN (BETHESDA, MD): $1,060
87. IRENEUSZ JOZWIAK (FREDERICK, MD): $1,060
88. MICHAEL DEFRANCESCO (PITTSTON, PA): $1,060
89. STEVEN SAKLAD (HARTSDALE, NY): $1,060
90. DAHY OSMAN (VENTNOR, NJ): $1,060
91. MARK SWAIN (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA): $942
92. PETER KONOLIGE (DEVON, PA): $942
93. JOSEPH GALLINARO (BROOKLYN, NY): $942
94. ROBERT BARNETT (PEARL RIVER, NY): $942
95. JOHN MYUNG (VIENNA, VA): $942
96. ROY GARDNER (HUNTINGTON STATION, NY): $942
97. GEORGE CEN (NEW YORK, NY): $942
98. BRETT BARBERO (ROSCOE, PA): $942
99. ROMEO MONTANO (EATONTOWN, NJ): $942

100. ADEL ELDEIRY (MANALAPAN, NJ): $942

Event 4: Blinds are Up

East Coast Championship
$7200 + $300 (NL)

Level 4 concluded and play continues into Level 5 with blinds of 150/300 with 50 antes.

Table 7 has broken so they're down to 6 tables (48 players).

Matt Glantz

Matt Glantz has just arrived, fresh from his second-place finish in the NAPT High-Roller Bounty Shootout at Mohegan Sun. He earned $70,000 for his hard work there. Matt's stack here has been blinded down to 24,425 from the starting point of 30,000. He took his place at table 6 with Bob Hwang, Sorel Mizzi, and Christian Harder.

There are still two stacks out there getting blinded off while waiting for their owners to arrive.

Event 4: Big Stack Gets Bigger

East Coast Championship
$7200 + $300 (NL)

Chip leader Neehar Banerji checked the 9 9 4 flop over to Todd Terry on the button. Todd bet 1,400 and Neehr check-raised to 5,700. Todd gave it some thought, then said "I don't feel like calling you down. Nice bluff" as he mucked his hand. Neehar silently collected his chips.

The same two players tangled again a couple of hands later. On the turn the board read 7 4 3 A and Neehar checked. Todd bet 2k and got the call. River was another 4 and both players checked. Both appeared reluctant to show their hands, but Neehar finally rolled over his pocket 9s. Todd mucked and Neehar took another pot.

Vinny Pahuja

On the turn with a board of A A 9 6 with three spades, the small blind checked and Vinny Pahuja (button) bet 2,800. After burning some time bank, his opponent check-raised to 9,500. Vinny then took his turn in the tank, eyeballing his opponent's stack (about 15k left). Vinny tossed five 5k chips on top of his bet, raising enough to cover his opponent. The small blind went back into the tank for several minutes. He even apologized to the table for taking so long to act. His eventual decision was to muck and Vinny pulled the pot.

Event 3: Level 14 About To Start

Event 3 - Chip Leader - Vinh Nguyen

Event #3 - $350 + $50 - No Limit Hold'em
Level 14 antes - 400
Level 14 blinds - 1500/3000

There are currently 25 players remaining on 3 tables in the back of Borgata's Poker Room.

Average stack is 78,000.

Your chip leader is Vinh Nguyen (New York, NY) at 240,000.

Christopher Smith at table 3 is now up to 200,000 in chips and second overall leader courtesy of Clayton Fletcher (New York, NY).

Fletcher's A-J was outkicked by Smith's A-Q after an Ace hit the flop.

"I was among the leaders a minute ago but coughed it up" said Fletcher.

Event 4: Play Resumes and Payouts

East Coast Championship
$7200 + $300 (NL)

Players are back from dinner and ready to rumble!

Blinds are still 100/200 with 25 antes.

The final player count for this event is 62 and you can do the math as easily as I can (with a calculator, that is). They did not cover the $500k guarantee so the total buy-ins will be $500,000.

The final 9 players will get paid as follows:

Place Payout
1 $170,313
2 $92,456
3 $58,393
4 $43,795
5 $34,063
6 $29,196
7 $24,330
8 $19,464
9 $14,598

Event 1: Champion - Liang

$500 + $60 Deep Stack (NL)
Gricco Runner-up

Weiwen Liang - $127,060

It only takes one heads up hand to determine the Event 1, Deep Stack champion.

Weiwen Liang (Galloway, NJ) and Joe Gricco (West Chester, PA) both go to the flop without a raise.

Flop: Q 8 7
Liang bets 1 million, Gricco calls
Turn 5
Liang bets 4 million, Gricco reraises all in, Liang calls.

Liang : 2 3 (flopped flush)
Gricco: Q 3 (top pair, drawing dead)

The river is K giving Liang the title. "Even though I'm tired, it feels good," says Liang who's the soul survivor after more than 35 hours of play over 3 days. "It was frustrating when I wasn't able to finish off a couple of people, they just kept coming back."

Gricco's satisfied with his play as well, but disappointed on the final hand. "I over played it," he says. "I thought he had a flush draw." Gricco takes home $83,902 as the runner-up. "I'm pleased," adding, "I didn't get into too much trouble. I stayed away and picked my spots."

As for Liang, he normally doesn't play tournaments, but says he hasn't been running well at the cash tables and gave the deep stack a shot as a change of pace. "I decided to play Sunday at the last minute," he says. "I'm glad I did."



Joe Griccco - $83,902

Event 1: Akiva Pearlman Takes Third for $45,630

Akiva Pearlman - 3rd place - $45,630

Event #1 - $500 + $60 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'Em

After a seven hour plus final table, Akiva Pearlman finishes in third place.

In the small blind, Akiva shoves his last 2 million into the middle expecting a call from big blind Joe Gricco who indeed calls for only 1.6 million more.

Pearlman's Qd-4d is ahead of Gricco's 5h-6c.

Gricco gathers a straight draw on a flop of 9d-9c-8h.

5d on the turn pairs up Gricco but gives Pearlman the diamond flush draw.

3-h brick on the river allows Gricco's pair to eliminate Akiva Pearlman.

Gricco's 11 million stack will go against Weiwen Liang's 19 million as the two poker warriors ready-up for heads-up play.

Parting words from third place Pearlman - "I'm very happy that most of my hands held. You need that to happen in any tournament. I avoided a lot of confrontations and coin flips."

Event 4: Chow Time

East Coast Championship
$7200 + $300 (NL)

Jacob Toole got his last ~8k all-in pre-flop from the cutoff. After a bit of thought, Scott Blackman looked him up from the small blind. Jacob's KT off was trailing Scott's AJ suited. The board ran dry for Jacob as it came 9 6 3 3 Q and Scott took the pot with Ace-high. Jacob took the walk of shame.

Neehar Banerji is still the chip leader with about 121k.

It's 8pm and officially dinner-time. Players have headed out for a leisurely 75 minute dinner. Play will resume at about 9:15pm with 42 minutes remaining in Level 4.

Event 1: Chop It Up

Shortly after Weiwan Liang and Akiva Pearlman win Ben Stein's money, there's another huge pot, but a less than satisfying finish.

Joe Gricco shoves all in for 6 million and Liang,the chip leader calls.

Gricco: J 10
Liang: A J

Flop: Q Jh K
Turn: A (Gricco hits the straight)
River 10 (Broadway on the board)

Instead of Gricco doubling-up it's a chopped pot as both players have a straight.

Gricco & Pearlman each have around 6 million, while Liang leads the way with 18 million.

Event 4: Panayiotou Panned

East Coast Championship
$7200 + $300 (NL)

Tim Begley

Eric Panayiotou (NY) got his last ~4,500 chips in pre-flop against Tim Begley (Freehold, NJ). Eric's pocket 7s were is a world-o-hurt against Tim's pocket Aces. The board brought no reprieve for Eric and he hit the rail.

In a battle of the blinds, Will Failla (Commack, NY) raised from the small and Dwyte Pilgrim called from the big. They checked to the river as the board came 6 5 3 6 5. Will checked, Dwyte bet 1k, Will raised to 2,400 and after a few heartbeats, Dwyte looked him up. "Can you beat Ace-high?" said Will. In answer, Dwyte rolled over pocket 9s for a better two pair than the board. Will mucked and Dwyte pulled the pot.

Event 4: Harder Makes it Look Easy

East Coast Championship
$7200 + $300 (NL)

Christian Harder

On the turn, the board showed 8 4 3 3 and Christian Harder (Annapolis, MD) bet 1,225. David Paredes (New York, NY) called while Bob Hwang opted out. The river was a blank and Christian checked to David, who moved all-in. Christian insta-called, showing pocket 8s for the full boat. David mucked and headed for the rail.

Level 3 is history and play continues into Level 4 (Blinds 100/200 with 25 antes). They will play until 8pm, then take a dinner break.

Event 1: Ben Stein Finishes Fourth - $39,742

Ben Stein - 4th Place - $39,742

$500 + $60 Deep Stack (NL)
For what seemed like forever, chips kept going clockwise around the table with blinds surrendering to shoves until the greatest hand of the tournament so far occurred.

The four remaining players are all quiet and serious players with practically no chatter but this hand woke everyone up. It's hands like this in situations like this why we love the game.

Weiwen Liang announces he's all in for 8.9 million.
Akiva Pearlman thinks a while, is covered by Liang, and ships his 2.0 million.
Joseph Gricco folds his small blind.
Ben Stein, also covered by Liang, looks down at A-K and almost immediately says he's all in and jams 3.5 million.

So three out of our four players are all in.

Weiwen tables 8-8
Akiva tables K-J diamonds
Ben tables Ad-Kh.

We see a jack in the window giving Akiva's K-J the lead.
The jack is followed by an 8 of hearts providing Weiwen with a set.
The final flop card is the 9 of hearts giving Ben a runner, runner nut flush hope.

Flop - Jd-8h-9h

Turn is the 9 of clubs.

Weiwen celebrates the non-heart. He can taste this monster pot which will knock out two players and guarantee him a heads-up battle with Joe Gricco.

River is the 9 of spades.

The board of J-8-9-9-9 freezes everyone.

Akiva is first to realize that his full house (nines over jacks) beats Weiwen's (nines over eights) then someone yells out, "The Jack plays! The Jack plays!"

Akiva triples up.
Weiwen wins the side.
Ben Stein is out in fourth place for $39,742.

Ben was on a final table roller-coaster dropping as low as 300,000 and rising as high as 10 million.

He had the following parting words, "Usually I tend not to overreact but it doesn't help that I only got five hours of sleep in the past three days. I'm happy with my play."

Event 3: Payouts!

$350 + 50 (NL)

Place-Amount

1 $20,600
2 $11,370
3 $6,354
4 $4,682
5 $4,013
6 $,3344
7 $2,675
8 $2,007
9 $1,505
10-12 $1,304
13-15 $1,137
16-18 $1,003

Event 3: Dinner Time

$350 + $50 (NL)

The 30 remaining players are on dinner break. When play resumes at 7:40 they'll finish the last 20 minutes of Level 11 (800/1600/200 ante).

We'll grab some chip counts when they return. Right now the average stack is 66k.

Event 4: 51 Players Remain

East Coast Championship
$7200 + $300 (NL)

On a flop of 8 4 2 with two diamonds, Eric "Sheets" Haber bet 2k. Todd Terry raised to 6k and Eric shoved. Todd called, showing A3 of diamonds for the nut-flush draw with gutshot. Eric was ahead with pocket Queens (including the diamond). Nevertheless, Todd caught an Ace on the river to make a bigger pair, sending Sheets to the cleaners. Todd's up to ~52k.

Matt Brady

On the river with a board of 9 5 4 A T, Philip Collins checked over to Matt Brady on the button. Matt fired 6,200, sending Philip into the tank. After a few minutes, Philip made the call. Matt showed AK for a pair of Aces and Philip mucked. Matt's up to ~37k.

Table 8 has broken, so now there are only 7 active 8-handed tables. With 5 empty seats, that means 51 players remain.

Event 1: Back From Break

$500 + $60 Deep Stack (NL)

Blinds are 300,000 / 600,000 with 50,000 antes.

A lot of all in's followed by folds.

One interesting hand between Weiwen and Akiva yet again. Now it was Akiva's turn to give back.

Weiwen's 3-3 hit a 3 on the river to beat Akiva's A-7.

Weiwen now has 6.6 million.

Event 4: Another One Bites the Dust

East Coast Championship
$7200 + $300 (NL)

Harold Singer (Brookville, NY) limped in, only to get raised by John Myung. Gavin Smith made the call as did Harold and they took the J T 9 flop three-ways. Harold and John checked to Gavin, who bet and got check-raised by Harold. John dropped out and Gavin called. After a blank fell on the turn, Harold led out with 5k and Gavin moved all in.

Harold called all in with his last 11,400, showing KJ for top pair and gutshot. Gavin held pocket Tens for the set and the lead. Only a Queen would save Harold, but the river was a 7 and he was toast. Gavin is up to about 70k now.

Event 1: Akiva Doubles Up

$500 + $60 Deep Stack (NL)

Akiva Pearlman's A-K doubles through Weiwen Liang's A-J.

Weiwen raises 1.2 million. Akiva ships another 3,450,000 and Weiwen calls.

A chance for a chop with a paired turn but the river brick gives new needed life to Pearlman's tournament. Board of 9-4-7-9-6.

As a result, Weiwen is now the short stack at the table.

The Final Four are currently on a fifteen minute break.

Event 4: Level 3

East Coast Championship
$7200 + $300 (NL)

Players are back in action as Level 3 dawns with blinds of 100/200.

Looks like Neehar Banerji is still leading the field. He's up to about 113k.

Event 4: Parker Center



East Coast Championship
$7200 + $300 (NL)

Brock Parker

There was about 15k in the pot when I witnessed the river-action over on table one. Brock Parker (Silver Springs, MD) was in the small blind and had checked over to Chris Klodnicki (Voorhees, NJ) who had the button. The board read AT386 and Chris bet 8,500 and sent Brock into the tank. Brock decided to call and Chris said "5 high" as he rolled over his 54. Brock showed AJ offsuit for a pair of Aces to claim the pot. He chipped up to about 55k while Chris was left with about 21k.

Level 2 is done and dusted. Players have scattered for a ten minute break.

Event 1: Stein-way to Heaven

$500 + $60 Deep Stack (NL)

Ben Stein and Wiwean Liang tangle again.

Stein shoves from the button with K Q and Liang calls with J♠ J♣.
Queen in the window and Stein doubles his 4.5 million to close the gap on Liang.


Seat-Name-Chip Count
1.
2. Weiwen Liang (Galloway, NJ) 12 mil
3.
4.
5. Akiva Pearlman (Providence, RI) 3 mil
6.
7. Joe Griccco (West Chester, PA) 5 mil
8. Ben Stein (Babylon, NY) 10 mil
9.
10.


Event 4: Sorel Soars

East Coast Championship
$7200 + $300 (NL)


Sorel Mizzi

Uri Kadosh open-raised from the button and after the small blind dropped out, Sorel Mizzi (Toronto) made it 2,200 to play from the big blind. Uri then four-bet to 7,200. After a bit of think-time, Sorel kicked it on up to 15k straight. Uri thought a couple of seconds, then made the call. The flop came T 7 2 with two hearts. Sorel wasted no time and moved all-in. Uri asked for the count and it was 25,800 back to him. He tanked for a few minutes. He had Sorel covered, but not by much.

After agonizing for a bit, Uri tossed in the chips to call. Sorel rolled over pocket Kings (no heart). Uri rolled over T5 (??) for top pair. Uri would need a Ten or 5 to take this pot, but the last two came A 4 and Sorel doubled up to ~80k.

Uri was left with ~4k and busted out soon after. "Action Bob" Hwang (Clark, NJ) was moved over from table 8 to fill his empty seat.



Event 1: Joseph Capalbi - 5th Place - $33,854

Joseph Capalbi - 5th Place - $33,854

The fan favorite is out in fifth place for $33,854.

From a poker blogging standpoint Joseph Capalbi was mucho entertaining, fun to follow, and an overall great player.

"These guys were so serious today. I tried to lighten things up" said Joseph.

Willing to defend his big blind against Weiwen's Liang's 1.4 million raise, once it was folded around, with only four million left, Joseph shoved.

Liang tanks and as soon as he says "call", Joseph says, "you got me".

It's Weiwen's A-K vs Joseph's 6-9 of diamonds.

Flop of 2-A-10 practically seals Capalbi's coffin.

He turns a 6 for some hope but the river 3 ends Joseph's party.

His friends and fans all congratulated as Joseph loudly joked, "Okay, whose got my 34 grand?"

Joseph told me the suited 6-9 was the best hand he's seen in an hour and a half.

I asked for any parting words and he immediately quipped back while laughing: "When's the next deepstack?".

Event 4: Howdy Pilgrim!

Dwyte Pilgrim

Dwyte Pilgrim (Brooklyn, NY) caught fire in 2009, winning a preliminary WSOP Circuit Event and a WSOP Circuit Championship and cashing too many times to count. That fire has continued to burn bright in 2010. He started off with two wins in the Southern Poker Championship at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS, then followed that up with a Mega Stack Challenge win at Foxwoods. He then proceeded to claim his third WSOP Circuit Ring at Harrah's Rincon last month.

He's still on fire as he just dispatched Brent Hanks to the rail. On a Queen-high flop, Hanks got all-in holding pocket Kings, only to see Dwyte's pocket Queens had made a set. The board blanked out and Hanks was plucked. Dwyte's up to about 51k.

Jared Davis has become our third casualty of the day. The players over on table 1 carved up his stack until there was nothing left.

Event 1: Four Million Dollar Fist Pump

Blinds are 200,000 / 400,000 and antes are 40,000.

100,000 white chips are on the table.

A huge pot just went down.

Weiwen Liang opens for over a million. Akiva Pearlman shoves all in for 1.4 million more.

One of the folded blind cards is exposed and Weiwen says, "that was one of my outs." It was the four of hearts. He tanks for a bit than says, "Okay, I'll gamble with you."

Weiwen's A-8 hearts vs. Akiva's pocket sevens. Sevens hold on a K-10-K-J-2 board.

Akiva scoops almost four million and says "good hand" to Weiwen who reluctantly provides a return fist pump.

Event 3: Level 8 Update

Event 3 is well into Level 8

Level 8 antes - 75.
Level 8 blinds - 400/800.

No real monster stacks. Still anybody's game.
67 players remain (started with 160)

Dan Gross just felted a player when his 8
9 saw a flop of AJ♠10.

His opponent insta-calls Dan's all in and slaps over K-Q, already hitting Broadway.

Dan spike's a K
on the turn for the flush and the win.

With that 15,000, Gross' stack is now at 60,000.

Event 4: Level 2 Underway

Players have returned from their break to Level 2 with Blinds of 75/150.

More notables in the crowd: Roland Israel, Dwyte Pilgrim, Christian Harder, Chris Klodnicki, Sorel Mizzi, "Action Bob" Hwang and Joanne Monteavarro.

Tables are 8-handed today and we have 8 tables in action, with a few empty seats here and there. If you do the math, that's a maximum of 64 players at $7,200 per, making the total buy-ins so far roughly $460k, a bit short of the $500k guarantee on this event. Registration is still open, however, and players can still get in through the end of level 2.

Event 1: 6th Place - Castro

$500 + $60 Deep Stack (NL)

Gene Castro - $27,967

Just back from break, Gene Castro (New York, NY) completes the small blind and goes to the flop with Weiwen Liang.

The flop: Q 9 5
Castro bets 500k, Liang calls.
The turn: 6

Castro bets 1.5 million, Liang reraises all in and Castro calls.

Castro: 9 8 (pair of 9s)
Liang: 96(two pairs, 9s & 6s)

River: A

Castro misses his ten outs and finishes in 6th place.

"I knew exactly where I was in the hand," says Castro, who earns $27,967. "But how does he have a six there?"

Liang adds to his chip lead and has 13 million.




Event 4: Two Players Gone

Neehar Banerji

Level 1 has come to a close and players are taking a break.

Unbelievably, two players busted out shortly before the end of the first level.

The first was Woo Shin, who opened for 300. Neehar Banerji (on his immediate left) of New York City, raised to 925 and Woo called. The flop was Q 8 6 rainbow and Woo checked. Neehar bet 1,00 and got check-raised to 3,500, which he called. Turn was the J, putting two spades on board. Woo led out for 5k and Neehar called. River was the 9 and Woo shoved for ~15k. Neehar called showing pocket 8s for the set. Woo flashed an Ace and mucked his hand, heading for the rail.

Neehar has been on fire this first level and is already up to about 80k and the unofficial chip leader.

The second player to bust was Ashton Griffin. He held pocket 8s and flopped an open-ender against Uri Kadosh, who held pocket 6s and had flopped a set. They got all the chips in the middle and Uri turned his full house to take the pot. He's up to about 66k now.

Event 1: Blinds Up

200k/400k/40k ante is the new price of poker as the white 100k chips are now in play.

Seat-Name-Chip Count (in millions)

1. Gene Castro (New York, NY) 2.3
2. Weiwen Liang (Galloway, NJ) 10.4
3.
4.
5. Akiva Pearlman (Providence, RI) 1.8
6.
7. Joe Griccco (West Chester, PA) 5.3
8. Ben Stein (Babylon, NY) 2.4
9.
10. Joseph Capalbi (Brooklyn, NY) 7.8

Event 1: Stein Time

Ben Stein continues his come back as he gets some chips back from Weiwen Liang who crippled him to 500k an orbit earlier.

Stein shoves 1.1 million and Liang calls from the SB.

Stein: A 4
Liang: K7

The flop brings a 7 to give Liang the lead with a pair, but the river A
bails Stein out, taking his stack to 2.5 million. Liang drops to less than 10.5 million.

Players are on a 15 minute break.


Event 1: Ride Ends For Allen Chang

Allen Chang - 7th Place

Allen Chang (Brooklyn, NY) was surviving the short stack ride for a few orbits but it all came to an end when he was forced in with 3-5 diamonds.

Blind brothers Gene Castro and Weiwen Liang check down the board of 9-7-7-K-7. Gene tables 6-6 for a baby boat. Weiwen's J-2 misses. For the first time Allen looks at his cards - then flips over the bad news. Disappointed Allen was left speechless - "What can you say?" said Allen.

7th Place for Allen Chang adds $22,709 to his bankroll.

Chang's demise most likely would have happened several hands earlier if not for Akiva Pearlman accidentally tabling A-Q thinking Chang was all in. Once the flop gave Akiva Broadway, Allen folded, securing just three gray 5,000 chips (not enough for his small blind).

Event 4: More Faces in the Crowd

Gavin Smith

Will 'the Thrill' Failla has joined Eric Panayiotou at table 3. John Myung has joined table 7 with Gavin Smith and Chris Bell. Bobby 'Wiz' Wisiak and Vinny Pahuja are headlining back on table 8.

I dropped by to say hello to Gavin Smith and snap his picture and he said "I'll be here for three days" (this is a three-day event). "Yeah, but you'll be playing BlackJack the last two" replied Chris Bell. "I'll be at the BlackJack table by 8 o'clock tonight" quipped Gavin.

Gavin has been very active early today. On the river with a board of T 5 2 2 T, Gavin bet 1,625 and his opponent in seat 4 gave it some thought, then made the call showing 32 off for trip 2s. Gavin held AT suited for Tens-full made on the river to scoop the pot.

Event 1: Stein Triples Up

Shortly after being crippled by Weiwen Liang, Ben Stein shoves all in for 455k.

Liang (10 million chips) folds from the button, Allen Chang completes from the SB and checks it down with Akiva Pearlman.

The board is K 10 A 4 7.

Stein tables an ace, while Chang and Pearlman both hold 7-6.

Stein triples up with a pair of aces and is up to 1.35 million, but is still the shorty as the average is 5 million.

One hand earlier, Gene Castro raises to 850k from the button, Liang shoves all in and has Castro covered. Castro folds and Liang shows A 1o♣.


Event 1: Stein & Liang Tangle

Weiwen Liang raises from under the gun to 1 million (150k/300k/30k ante). Bein Stein reraises all in for 3.8 million total. Liang folds.

Next hand: Stein raises to 1 million from the cut off and Liang in the BB shoves all in for 4.9 million. Stein briefly ponders and calls.

Liang: AD QC
Stein: 10 10

Queen on the flop and Liang takes a huge pot and the chip lead, while crippling Stein.

Liang: 10.5 mil
Stein: 500k

Event 3: On Break Then Level 7

Event three in Borgata's Poker Room is down to 96 players (160 start).

Average chip stack is 20,520 with ten tables remaining.

Level 7 antes - 75.
Level 7 blinds - 300/600.

Everybody is on a short break now.

When they return they'll kick off Level 7.

Event 4: $7,200 East Coast Championship

Cards are in the air here at the Borgata's $7,200 East Coast Championship. Players started with 30k in chips and levels last 75 minutes.

Level 1: Blinds 50/100.

Eric Haber, Cliff Josephy, Frank Vizza, & Todd Terry

Players are trickling in slowly and with the high price-tag, this event is expected to draw a tough field, but table 4 has already turned into a monster. Eric "Sheets" Haber, Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy, Frank Vizza, and Todd Terry are all sharing that patch of green felt.

Also in action early today are Matt Brady, Thayer Rasmussen, Lee Markholt, Brock Parker, Feming Chan, and Eric "e-fro" Froehlich.

Gavin Smith tweeted he was on his way from Philly about an hour ago. He and Chris Bell just arrived and are seated at the same table.

Event 1: Castro's AA Doubles Him Up

Joseph Capalbi had his fanbase of on-lookers laughing. Telling jokes about how with this final table he can now afford some new glasses since his old one's just broke and how he can't really see what cards he has and is raising with. Then suddenly the crowd quiets upon Gene Castro uttering two simple words, "All In".

Gene's first position 750,000 shove folds around to Ben Stein's small blind. He thinks a minute then calls with pocket eights.

Aces improve on a board of 10-A-2-6-Q.

Gene told me he thought his raise made it most obvious what he had. Still Stein gambled.

Event 1: Update

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1. Gene Castro (New York, NY) 2 mil
2. Weiwen Liang (Galloway, NJ) 8.5 mil
3. Allen Chang (Brooklyn, NY) 1.1 mil
4.
5. Akiva Pearlman (Providence, RI) 1.75 mil
6.
7. Joe Griccco (West Chester, PA) 4.9 mil
8. Ben Stein (Babylon, NY) 6 mil
9.
10. Joseph Capalbi (Brooklyn, NY) 7 mil

The average stack is around 4 million chips.

Players are back from break with blinds 120k/140k/30k ante.

Event 3: Jay Johnson Takes Level 5 Lead

Jay Johnson's Game Sparkles

Level 5 is Underway. 25 antes. 150/300 blinds.

With 128 players remaining at 14 tables Jay Johnson (Philadelphia, PA) has a commanding 65,000 chips where the average count in the room is 12,500. (160 players started)

Jay was card dead all of yesterday - then his son Devon gave him a new card protector as a birthday present. Johnson's b-day is tomorrow.

Since that gift, the deck has gifted Jay with some outstanding hands.

Chris Farley (Gloucester, NJ) appears to be in second with 51,000.

Event 1: Quad-U Very Much

Gene Castro is all in with 5 5for 850k. Allen Chang calls with 9 9.

Flop 2 45
Turn 5
River 4

Castro's quads gets him to nearly 2 million chips, while Chang drops to 1.1 million.

Players are on a 15 minute break.


Event 1: Big Hand

Ben Stein opens for 500k from the button
Joseph Capalbi makes it 1.5 million in the BB
Stein reraises all in and has Capalbi covered
Stein calls 2.735 million

Stein 3 3
Capalbi A 4

Flop: A 5 9
Turn 6
River K

Capalbi's pair of aces doubles him to 7 million chips.
Stein drops to 5 million.

"That was not a bad beat," says Capalbi, "it was true race."

Earlier Allen Chang open shoves 1 million with Q
10 and Akiva Pearlman calls with A Q.

The board is clean until the 10
spikes on the river to double-up Chang, taking him to 2.5 million. Pearlman drops to less than 2 million.

Event 1: 8th Place - Maruf

Taha Maruf - $16,192

Taha Maruf's luck runs out at the final table when his K 8 doesn't connect against Joe Capalbi's 44♣. Maruf (Motijeeh, India) is out in 8th place, while Capalbi adds one million to his stack.

"I was very luck to be here," says Maruf who was at risk with 4 tables left, but got a lifeline when his 6-5 cracked aces. "This is my best cash ever," as he takes home
$16,191.




Event 1: 9th Place - Boyd

James Boyd - $11,776

Weiwen Liang opens for 450k, James Boyd and Joseph Capalbi both call.
Flop: 4 5 2
Liang leads out and Boyd shoves, Capalbi folds 6 6.

Boyd 9 9
Liang J J

The board holds for Liang and takes Boyd's last 2 million.

"I was cold as ice," says Boyd, who takes home $11, 776, "I didn't pick up one hand all day, not the blinds, not the anties, nothing. But I'm happy with how I played."

Event 1: 10th Place - Packer

Kenneth Packer - $7,654

Kenneth Packer (Fayetteville, NC) raises to 400k, nearly half his stack, with Q Q and is put to the test by Joe Gricco's reraise shove. After mulling it over Packer makes the call and unfortunately can't dodge bullets.

The flop is clean and Packer's the first final table elimination, good for $7,654.

"It's the first hand I picked up," says Packer, who was one of the last players to register in the 1214 player field. "If I was deeper I could've laid it down, because I knew he was pretty tight. I was just hoping he had ace, king in that spot."

Gricco takes his stack to nearly 3 million chips as Packer ships his last 990k.

Event 1: Lightening the Mood

Crazy Castro

With high tension in The Signature Room, Gene Castro has a little fun at the start of the Event 1 final table. The only other player I've seen try this trick is the Original Gorilla who performed it at the final table of the Borgata Winter Open Re-entry tournament.

We haven't decide if it's witty or warped.

Blinds are 80k/160k/20k ante.

Event 1: First Showdown

It's the first river card the players have seen at the final table as Allen Chang Q Q doubles through Joe Capalbi Q 9 ♣ for a 1.6 million pot.

Capalbi drops to less than 3 million.


Event 1: Cards are in the Air

Signature Table

The final 10 players are in a special area of the The Signature Room and it's eerily quiet as they play for the $127k first prize.

Here's a look at the the final table draw:

Seat-Name-Chip Count (count in millions)

1. Gene Castro (New York, NY) 1.16
2. Weiwen Liang (Galloway, NJ) 3.98
3. Allen Chang (Brooklyn, NY) 750k
4. Jim Boyd (Martinsburg, WC) 3.195
5. Akiva Pearlman (Providence, RI) 1.97
6. Kenneth Packer (Fayetteville, NC) 2.3
7. Joe Griccco (West Chester, PA) 2.785
8. Ben Stein (Babylon, NY) 8.0
9. Taha Maruf (Brooklyn, NY) 1.16
10. Joseph Capalbi (Brooklyn, NY) 4.605

Event 3: Can't Get Enough

Poker Room

The early numbers have 160 players in the Poker Room and some familiar faces are back at the felt. Event 2, 8th place finisher Alan Haddy (Oakland, NJ) is playing after only a few hours of sleep.

It's the same story for Mike "Little Man" Sica who cashed in Event #1.

Also in the field is Howard Wolper, Kelly Armentrout (PPI), who continues to be a Partner in Hope for St. Jude, Borgata regular Johanssy Joseph.

Level 2 (50/100) is underway, play began with 10k in chips.

BAD BEAT JACKPOT UPDATE

Yesterday marked the 47th time Borgata's Bad Beat Jackpot has hit.

A total of 411 players have shared over $6.1 Million.

Check out the complete list of Borgata Bad Beat Jackpot Payouts!

Event 3: Underway

The $350 + $50 NL, one day tournament is underway in the Poker Room.

The final table of Event #1 resumes at Noon in The Signature Room, while Event #4, $7,200 + $300 (SR) will bring in big names at 3 pm.

TUESDAY, APRIL 13

Today's Events:

11AM: $350 + $50 No Limit Hold'em

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • Levels last 40 minutes
  • 1-day event

3PM: $7200 + $30 East Coast Championship

  • $1/2 Million Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • 30,000 in starting chips
  • Levels last 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 3-day event

4PM: $200 + $30 SURVIVOR (1 in 10 wins $2,000 Cash)

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • Levels last 20 minutes
  • approximately one (1) in every ten (10) players will win $2,000 Cash
  • 1-day event

7PM: $150 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • Levels last 20 minutes
  • 1-day event

Registration for all Borgata Spring Poker Open events in the Poker Room.

EVENT 2 FINAL RESULTS

Borgata Spring Poker Open 2010
Event 2: $400 + $50 No Limit Hold'em
April 12

Entries: 285 Total Buy-In: $114,000

Final Results
1. DAVID VALENCE (HAMPSTEAD, NH): $33,174
2. LAWRENCE DIGIOVANNA (BROOKLYN, NY): $18,799
3. PHILLIP PHAN (COLLINGDALE, PA): $10,339
4. FRANK LOMANNO (MEDINA, OH): $7,741
5. ROHAN SINGH (OZONE PARK, NY): $6,635
6. OR HADAD (BEER-SHEVA, 27): $5,529
7. JOHN MANZELLA (MIDLAND PARK, NJ): $4,423
8. ALAN HADDY (OAKLAND, NJ): $3,317
9. RUSSELL GREEN (SYOSSET, NY): $2,212
10. SEAN RIPP (MASSAPEQUA, NY): $1,438
11. DENNIS CAPRIGLIONE (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ): $1,438
12. EDWARD FRANKLIN (NEW CANAAN, CT): $1,438
13. LANCE VARIN (SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY): $1,216
14. ELIA AHMADIAN (CHANTILLY, VA): $1,216
15. WILLIAM STRADLEY (BOOTHWYN, PA): $1,216
16. BRIAN DOBROSKY (WYOMISSING, PA): $996
17. JOHN SILL (ABERDEEN, NC): $996
18. MATTHEW WOJCIECHOWSKI (WEST LAWN, PA): $996
19. ELLIOTT ZAYDMAN (GLEN ROCK, NJ): $829
20. SALVATORE DESIMONE (JACKSON, NJ): $829
21. MATTHEW O'FLYNN (RESTON, VA): $829
22. ALFRED PIERCE (MOORESTOWN, NJ): $829
23. MATTHEW PRICE (LANGHORNE, PA): $829
24. HOA MINH NGUYEN (FAIRFAX, VA): $829
25. JAMES KAPLAN (BOCA RATON, FL): $829
26. JOSEPH CASSEUS (ORANGE, NJ): $829
27. ROBERT CHUNG-SHUI (NEW YORK, NY): $829

Event 2: Champion - Valence

DiGiovanna, Runner-up
Chris Valence - $33,174

Chris Valence (Hampstead, NH) is the Event 2 champion after beating Lawrence DiGiovanna (Brooklyn, NY) heads-up.

On the final hand Valence holds K 10 vs. Q J on a flop of K 8 J. DiGiovanna shoves all in and Valence tanks before eventually making the call. The board bricks out and Valence's pair of kings takes the title.

"This place is great," says Valence, who earns $33,714. "The structures are phenomenal and I love it here."

Valence points to a pivotal hand he won against Or Hadad, when an 8 on the river gave him a straight for a 700k pot. "That's the spot you have to win to win the tournament," he says.

As for DiGiovanna, he's philosophical about his day. "In tournament play, you use your skill as much as you can to go far," he says after winning $18,799. "But you need some luck to get you this deep in the tournament. It was fun, but it wears on you."

Lawrence DiGiovanna - $18,799

Event 2: 3rd Place - Phan

Phil Phan - $10,339

Phil Phan (Collingdale, PA) is the next victim run over by the Chris Valence runaway train. Phan shoves his remaining 200k in preflop but doesn't over come the pocket 9s of Valence.

The board runs clean for Valence and Phan's out in third place, good for $10,339.

Valence has now knocked out 5 players at the final table and surprisingly only has a 1.6 million to 1.2 million chip lead over Lawrence DiGiovanna as heads-up play begins.

Event 2: 4th Place - Lomanno

Frank Lomanno - $7,741

Pocket kings are no good for Frank Lomanno (Medina OH), who's last 400k goes to Chris Valence who's A Q slams the flop of A A J. The money gets in on the turn and Lomanno's out in 4th place, as Valence continues to build an impressive stack.

Event 2: 5th Place - Singh

Rohan Singh - $6,635

A massive chips stack early in the tournament helps carry Rohan Singh (Ozone Park, NY) to the final table and a 5th place finish, but it's still leaves him a little empty.

"I didn't finish first," he says while earning $6,635. "I wanted to at least get heads up, but I played well and took a couple of bad beats and couldn't come back. I was just four players short. Maybe next time."

Singh's last 63k is all in with pocket 4s against Chris Valence, who's pocket 10s hold.

Valence continues to dominate the table.

Event 2: 6th Place - Hadad

Or Hadad - $5,529

Or Hadad's final blow comes from chip leader Chris Valence, who adds 150k to his stack. But it's a hand against Valence with two tables left that has Hadad (Beer-Sheva, Israel) shaking his head.

Hadad began the hand with 450k while holding pocket 3s. The board is 4 2 7 and all the money gets in with Valence tabling 5 6 for an open ended straight draw.

Valence and his 300k are at risk, but a river 8 gives him the straight and a huge pot. "I would've taken it down for sure if I win that pot," says Hadad who finishes in 6th place for $5,529.

Valence continues to run over the table and has nearly half the 2.85 million chips in play.

Event 1: Final Table Chip Counts

Ben Stein (Currently in First Place)

Joseph Capalbi (Currently in Second Place)

Event 1 will continue Tuesday April 13th at noon in The Signature Room.

Here is your final table.

1. Ben Stein...........................8,500,000
2. Joseph Capalbi..................4,605,000
3. Weiwen Hiang...................3,980,000
4. James Boyd.......................3,915,000
5. Joseph Gricco....................2,785,000
6. Kenneth Packer................2,300,000
7. Aliva Pearlman..................1,970,000
8. Taha Maruf.........................1,240,000
9. Gene Castro........................1,160,000
10. Allen Chang.......................... 715,000

Event 2: 7th Place - Manzella

John Manzella - $4,423

Chip leader Chris Valence adds to his stack when he takes out Jon Manzella (Midland Park, NJ). Valence flops two pairs holding 10 7 and calls the 200k all in bet of Manzella, who's 8 6 gives him a gut shot straight draw.

The board bricks out and Manzella finishes in 7th place, earning $4,423. Valence now has more than one million chips, twice the chip average of 475k.

Event 1: Ben Stein Knocks Two Players Out

Jason Njuyen's 10-8 and $600,000 goes down to Stein's A-Q wheel. Board = 10-4-3-2-5.

Jason goes out in 12th place for $7,654.

Moments later Ben Stein has A-7 in the big blind and goes up against K-J. A-K-10-5-7 board sends Myron Rothman (Flushing, NY) to the rail in 11th place for $7,654.

Event 2: 8th Place - Haddy

Alan Haddy - $3,317

Allan Haddy's day comes to an end when he runs into Lawrence DiGiovanna's pocket aces. Haddy's A 4 is way behind and doesn't catch up.

Haddy (Oakland, NJ) takes home $3,317 for 8th place and it's DiGiovanna's second final table knockout as he adds 100k to his stack to try and keep pace with chip leader Chris Valence.

Event 1: Akiva's Kings Kick Big Slick

Akiva Pearlman doubled up through Allen Chang at table 2. KK vs. A-K. Kings hold up on a board of 10-3-5-10-J.

Akiva now has 2.1 million.

Chang survives but is severely short.

Event 2: 9th Place - Green

Russell Green - $2,212

Russell Green (Syosset, NY) shoves his last 60k in preflop with A 9, but is dominated by Rohan Singh's A J and can't catch up. Green's eliminated in 9th place, earning him $2,212.

Singh's stack is up to more than 310k, while Chris Valence (791k) and Lawrence DiGiovanna (623k) continue to lead the way.

Blinds are now 8k/16k/2k ante and the average stack is 356k.

Event 1: Last Woman Standing Is Out

Jue Wang (Atlantic City, NJ) got her 850,000 in good - her K-K against an A-Q shove.

A board of 2-6-6-A-10 caused much frustration and disbelief for Ju. "I hate losing this way."

The other players applauded and told her how well she played throughout. Remember, she was a major short stack that came back incredibly far.

13th place will give Wang $5,594.

12 players are left.

Event 2: 10th Place - Ripp

Sean Ripp - $1,438

Sean Ripp's day comes to and end when his pocket 10s loses to Lawrence DiGiovanna's A K when the flop brings both an ace and a king.

"I don't regret anything I did," says Ripp, the Massapequa, NY resident. "The stacks are kind of shallow, so there's not much room for play. I lost a flip, what are you going to do?"

Event 1: Three More Players Out

What seemed like one after the other three players are now out.

Cortney Scheiner shoved her small blind with 2-2 up against Joseph Capalbi's big blind 9-10 suited. Two pair on the flop sends our birthday girl back to Toronto with 16th place prize money of $3,533.

Dan "The Mole" Marion (Sussex, NJ) gets his 8-8 all in against an A-K call. A in the window sends The Mole home in 15th place for 5,594.

Former chipleader Ryan Wolfson was crippled earlier in two giant hands then was compelled to get it in before the blinds increased. His hand didn't hold up agaist Kenny Packer's.

Ryan will enjoy $5,594 for 14th place.

Event 2: Final Table

Event 2 Final Table

Seat-Name- Chip Count

1. Chris Valence 725k
2. Rohan Singh 270k
3. Russell Green 81k
4. Or Hadad 104k
5. Frank Lomanno 436k
6. Phil Phan 170k
7. Sean Ripp 310k
8. Alan Haddy 210k
9. Lawrence DiGiovanna 354k
10. John Manzella 260k

Event 1: Dream Ends For Steinberg

Mark Steinberg goes out in 17th place for $3,533.

Jim Boyd was the recipient of all of Mark's chips over two hands.

In the first hand Mark shoved all in with A-10. Boyd tanks and Mark calls a clock on him. Finally Boyd calls and tables A-K, well ahead.

Board of 7-4-3-5-8 cripples Mark and gives Jim 1.8 million.

A few hands later Jim finishes Mark off (AA vs AJ). Aces hold and a visibly upset Steinberg calls it a night.

Jim currently has just under 4 million.

Event 2: Final Table

The remaining 10 players are redrawing for their final table seats after Dennis Capriglione's pocket 6s are beaten by pocket aces to finish in 11th lace.

Latest eliminations:

11. Dennis Capriglione (Atlantic City, NJ) $1,438
12. Edward Franklin's (New Canaan, CT) $1,438

Event 2: Eliminations

13. Lance Varin (Saratoga Springs, NY) $1,216
14. Elia Ahmadian (Chantilly, VA) $1,216
15. Bill Stradley (Boothwyn) $1,216
16. Brian Dobrosky (Wyomissing, PA) $996
17. John Sill (Aberdeen, NC) $996
18. Matthew Wojciechowski (Shillington, PA) $996
19. Elliott Zaydman (Glen Rock, NJ) $829
20. Salvatore DeSimone (Jackson, NJ) $829
21. Matthew O'Flynn (Reston, VA) $829
22. Alfred Pierce (Moorestown, NJ) $829
23. Matthew Price (Langhorne, PA) $829
24. Hoa Minh Nguyen (Fairfax, VA) $829
25. James Kaplan (Boca Raton, FL) $829
26. Joseh Casseus (Orange, NJ) $829
27. Robert Chung-Shui (New York, NY) $829

Event 1: 19-27th Places - Time To Redraw Seats

19-27 PLACES -- EACH CASHES $2,650

27th Srinivasa Peyyalamitta
26th Gary Rosenzweig
25th Alex "Jedi" Nepomnyaschiy
24th Eric "Clown Fish" Doerr
23rd Daniel Mercado
22nd James Graff
21st Yat Cheng
20th Dennis McGlynn
19th Justin Tobin

18th Yosef Tarlow $ 3,533

Clock has stopped at 17 players left.

Right now tournament officials are redrawing seats.

Two tables ready to start.

Higher Ups called in and announced the Final Table will play it out Noon tomorrow.
We'll be here to report down to the Final Table tonight (or this morning).

Event 1: Yossi Tarlow Finally Wins A Pot

Yossi Tarlow (Morristown, NJ) says he only won one big pot all day. So he was excited to call me over to tell me he just won his second.

Yossi is up to 1.6 million after his pocket threes hold up against A-K on a board of 5-5-10-J-6.

Nobody was knocked out but the pot gives Yossi some breathing room.

Yossi - "I don't look at chip averages. That really means nothing." If you care, he's now above the chip average by a couple hundred thousand.

Event 1: Stein Up to 4.2 Million

Ben Stein pads his stack another 600,000 to 4.2 million and knocks out Yat Cheng.

21st place rains down $2,650 for Cheng.

Pretty standard hand. It folds around to Stein's small blind. He shoves with K-3 and Yat calls with A-8 of hearts. King in the window sets up Cheng's demise. Board reads K-6-7-J-9 sending Yat to the rail.

Event 1: 45 Minute Level In Progress

45 minute level.

3 tables left.

22 players remain.

Average stack is 1.4 million.

After this level tournament officials will decide whether play will continue or shut down until tomorrow.

Event 1: Hungry Like the Wolfson (5.3 Million)

5.3 Million Dollar Wolf

Ryan Wolfson is howling after stacking up to 5.3 million courtesy of a highly profitable battle of the blinds.

Ryan raised 170,000 with A-10 of clubs.

Big blind shoves his monster stack risking his tournament with K-J of hearts. Wolfson snap calls.

Board of Q-6-3-5-10 (one heart) pushes all the chips in front of a visibly excited Ryan Wolfson.

With his A-10 holding up, Ryan's now in such a good mood that he even allowed me to snap his photo.

Event 1: Quiet Storm Or Quiet Assassin

Dan "The Mole" Marion (Sussex, NJ) has quietly gotten the job done so far. "I don't say nothing to nobody" said Dan.

Dan started the day with 57,000 and dipped down to 42,000 once. From that point on The Mole has steadily dug his hole upward ever since. He's currently sitting on 1.9 million.

Can he keep going in the right direction? We'll see. He is at feature table #1.

The Mole poked his head out of the ground long enough to say hi to his buds in Sussex County.

Bad Beat, Bad Beat, Bad Beat!

Lucky Langdon Hits BBJ

The roar in the back of the poker room is from a $5-$10 NL cash game where the Bad Beat Jackpot is hit for $151,303. The big winner is Curtis "Chip" Langdon (Jersey City, NJ) who's quad 5s loses to Matt White's (Arlington, VA) quad jacks.

"When he called my all-in, I asked 'you got it,'" says Langdon, who wins $60,525 for losing the hand "and the next thing I know everyone's screaming and yelling."

For winning the hand and providing the bad beat White collects $30,262, while the six remaining players at the table each take home $10,086. "We went nuts," says White, who plays anything from $2-$5 to $25-$50 NL at Borgata. "It (the BBJ) never crossed my mind, I was just trying to get all the money."

White has J J vs. Langdon's 5 5.
The flop is 5 J 5, giving Langdon quads and White a full house.
The money card is the J on the turn, while the river is the 4.

Langdon leads out for $400 on the river, White reraises to $1,275, Langdon shoves all-in and White snap calls to win a $5k pot.

"I think I'll play in a couple of tournaments after this," says Langdon who's been strictly a cash player at Borgata since 2004.

Coincidentally, Langdon played in his first tournament last Wednesday in the $15k guarantee. So look for him playing in a Borgata Spring Poker Open tournament sometime in the next two weeks.