Sunday, April 18, 2010

Ladies 5th: Petrossian

Grace Olszewski limped utg, Jennifer Keys completed the small blind, and Guyana Petrossian checked her option. The flop came A 9 4 and they checked around. Turn was an 8 and Jennifer checked. Guyana bet 40k. After some thought, Grace called. After some more thought, Jennifer also called. River was another 4. Jennifer checked, Guyana bet 45k, Grace raised to 100k straight, Jennifer mucked, Guyana announced she was all-in and Grace insta-called. Guyana held 54 for trip 4s, but Grace held pocket Aces (slow-played to perfection) for Aces-full.

Guyana finished 5th earning $2,090.

Ladies 6th: McLaughlin

Nancy McLaughlin (Broomall, PA) got her last chips in pre-flop holding AJ and ran into Grace Olszewski's pocket Jacks. The board came 9 2 2 T 8 and Grace took the pot with her Jacks-up.

Nancy took 6th place and $1,741.

Ladies 7th:Tallon

Terry Tallon (Boyertown, PA) put her last 16k all-in, which was exactly equal to the big blind. Nancy McLaughlin called from the small blind and Jennifer Keys checked her option. They checked down the board of K K 8 2 3. Terry showed AJ for Ace-high. Nancy showed 52 for a pair of ducks to take the pot. Terry Tallon finished in 7th place earning $1,394.

Ladies 8th: Minnick

Margaret Minnick (Manhattan, NY) open shoves for 76k and Nancy McLaughlin makes the call. Minnick has J 9 vs McLaughlin's AK and the board runs clean. Minnick picks up $,1045 for 8th place

Ladies 9th: Hubbard

Stephanie Hubbard (Hazlet, NJ) raises preflop 40k with 8 8♠ and Jenn Keys calls. On a flop of 4 2 5, Keys leads out for 100k and puts Hubbard all in. Hubbard calls and Keys shows 4 6 for a pair of 4s and a gut shot straight draw. The turn is an ace, but a 3 on the river gives Keys the straight.

Hubbard is out in 9th place, good for $784.

Ladies Final Table

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1. Jennifer Keys 346k
2. Guyana Petrossian 135k
3. Terry Tallon 28k
4. Grace Olszewski 408k
5. Dianna Sopala 175k
6. Marcia Kuntz 270k
7. Margaret Minnick 110k
8. Nancy McLaughlin 100k
9. Stephanie Hubbard 112k

Ladies 10th: Fath

After Anna Antimony is knocked out in 11th place, the remaining players are poised to redraw for the final table, but there's still action on table 2. Farah Fath (Culver City, CA) shoves 102k all in on a board of 7 6 7.

Jenn Keys tanks and folds, but Marcia Kuntz makes the call, tables 7 10 (trip 7s) vs Fath's 5 6 (two pairs). Kuntz hits a boat on the river and Fath hits the rail in 10th place, earning $679.

Ladies 11th: Antimony

Anna Antimony (River Vale, NJ) pocket 5s run into the pocket aces of Grace Olszewski and is out in 11th place. Antimony takes home $679, while Olszewski adds nearly 100k to her chip count.

Ladies 12th: Goldstein

Sherry Goldstein (Valley Stream, NY) is on the rail when her AJ is dominated by Dianna Sopala's AK. The board runs clean and Goldstein takes home $679. Sopala adds 60k to her stack.

Ladies 13th: Ryabchikova

Natalya Ryabchikova (Wayne, NJ) shoves with two red fours, but can't overcome the two red eights of Guywana Petrossian. Ryabchikova earns $592.

Event 13: Two More Ladies Out the Door

$215 + $35 Ladies NL

Play resumed with Level 17, 5k/10k blinds and 1k antes.

Bridgett Higgs

Bridgett Higgs (White Plains, MD) moved in for 37k. Farah Fath called from the big blind, showing QT of diamonds. Bridgett held Q5 of hearts. The board came Q T 7 Q 8 giving Farah Queens-full and the pot. Bridgett got 15th place and $92.

Janet Cilla

Janet Cilla (Long Valley, NJ) got her last chips in and called by seat 2. Janet's AK was racing against pocket 8s. The board came Q 6 2 5 8 and Janet was busted. She finished 14th for $592.

13 Ladies remain. Average stack is ~128k.

All in the Family

Jim & Nancy McLaughlin

They didn't have a last longer bet, but Jim and Nancy McLaughlin (Broomall, PA) both expected to go deep in their respective tournaments. The couple's been married 46 years, but Nancy's the only one cashing Sunday as she's one of the remaining 15 players in the Ladies Event.

"She's the only one who's made a final table at one of these," says Jim, referring to any major series of poker events. "And she never lets me forget it."

Jim's day ends in the Seniors event when his flopped flush doesn't hold.

McLaughlin: 3 5
Opponent: A Q

Flop: K J 10♠ (Opp. flops a straight & an open ended straight flush draw)
Turn: 7

River 9

Any spade would give McLaughlin's opponent the flush, but adding insult to injury, the river brings a straight flush.

Jim's now rooting on his wife, while planning ahead for Monday's Deep Stack to try and get that elusive final table.

45 players remain in the Seniors event as Level 12 (1k/2k/300 ante) continues.

Event 13: Keys to Success

$215 + $35 Ladies NL

Elizabeth Krakowski (Ellington, CT) is out in 16th place when her pocket 8s can't catch the pocket 9s of Jennifer Keys.

Keys opens for 22k, Krakowski shoves all in for more than 100k and Keys tanks. After the clock for the level runs out and most of the players leave The Signature Room, Keys makes the call and sees that she's in good shape.

Krakowski picks up a straight draw on the turn, but doesn't connect and after a close count Krakowski's eliminated, earning $522.

Keys doubles to more than 225k as the ladies are on a 20 minute break.

Event 13: First Payouts

$215 + $35 Ladies NL

As soon as they got back to business after the redraw, Victoria Volynsky (Massapequat Park, NY) was busted in 18th place ($522).

On the other table, Margaret Minnick opened for 22k and Elizabeth Krakowski (Ellington, CT) in the big blind moved all-in for another 29,500. Margaret called, showing pocket 6s and was racing against AK off. The board came Q 4 3 5 7 -- all diamonds -- and Margaret was holding the King of diamonds to make the better flush. Unfortunately Margaret did NOT have the 6 of diamonds, which would have given her a straight-flush. Elizabeth doubled up.

Jaime Eckl

Jaime Eckl moved all in for 42k from the hijack and Farah Fath (New York) asked for the count, then called. Jennifer Keys (button) also called. The flop came A K T and both players checked the side pot. Turn was a 2 and Farah checked. Jennifer moved all in. Farah called all-in for 38,600, showing pocket Jacks. She was ahead of Jaime's pocket 8s, but trailing Jennifer's A8 suited (pair of Aces). Then the river card fell -- a 2-outer Jack! Farah made a set to take a huge pot, busting Jaime in 17th place ($522). Farah was up to about 140k. Jennifer was left with about 80k.

Farah Fath

Farah Fath is a soap opera actress. She has portrayed Gigi Morasco on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live since Fall 2007, and is most notable for playing Mimi Lockhart from 1999 to 2007 on the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives.

Event 13: In the Money

$215 + $35 Ladies NL

The short-stack was all-in with pocket Tens against Dianna Sopala's AQ of diamonds. The flop came K K Q giving Dianna the lead with a pair of Queens and by the river Dianna had made a flush. The short-stack hit the rail in 19th place, picking up the collection on her way out.

The final 18 are all in the money and are now redrawing and moving to the final two tables.

Event 14: Aces Hold

$260 + $40 Seniors NL

One of the biggest gripes you'll hear from amateur poker players is that their aces "never win." Just don't tell that to Tom Avila (Philadelphia, PA) who's AA holds against JJ and AK to knock out two players.

"Look at that, they do work," he says, while stacking 70k in chips.

After the haul, the floor breaks Avila's table and the field is down to less than 50 players.

Event 13: Bubble Time

$215 + $35 Ladies NL

With 20 players remaining, Jaime Eckl (Locust Valley, NY) was the short-stack. She moved all-in from the big blind. The player on her left made the call, showing QT. She was dominated by Jaime's AQ. The board came A 6 2 3 2 and Jaime doubled up.

On the next hand, Jaime again moved all in, this time from the small blind. The big blind called all-in with her now short-stack, showing 98 off. Jaime had pocket Queens. The Ladies were good for the Lady and Jaime took the pot, sending her opponent home in 20th place.

With 19 players remaining, it is bubble-time and they are playing hand-for-hand. The ladies opted to take up a collection, $10 each, to give to the bubble-girl.

Level 15 ended and play continued into Level 16, blinds 4k/8k witih 500 antes.

Event 14: Smok'em if you Got'em

$260 + $40 Seniors NL


Harry White or "Whitey" as he's known in central Pennsylvania is just below the chip average of 43k. As for the cigar, "It keeps me from falling asleep," he says. "I play way too many cards and I get bored just sitting here."

Level 11 (800/1,600/200 ante) is underway.

Event 11: Championship Video Clip

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

Bobby Deppe (Lima, OH) tells the Borgata Poker Blog how he ended up with all the chips and Spring Open Trophy.

Event 13: Ladies Back in Action

$215 + $35 Ladies NL

Minnick (in red) Marches On

Unofficial chip leaders after the dinner break:

Margaret Minnick (Manhattan, NY) 120k
Guyana Petrossian (Manhattan, NY) 114k
Jennifer Keys (Norristown, PA) 110k
Nancy McLaughlin (Broomall, PA) 100k

Minnick and Keys are both at table 2 as the money bubble approaches. Thirty players remain (18 cash) with an average stack of 56k.

Level 14 underway (2k/4k/400 ante).

Petrossian, 2nd in Chips

Event 13: Ladies on Dinner

$215 + $35 Ladies NL

The Ladies finished a level and went on dinner at about 6:50 pm. They've got 40 minutes, so play will resume at about 7:30pm.

Guyana Petrossian has chipped up to about 100k. Jennifer Keys is still doing well with about 110k. It appears we have a new chip leader on table two, seat 5, who has about 120k.

Event 14: Senior Leaders

$260 + $40 Seniors NL

The Seniors were on a break so I took the opportunity to eyeball their chip stacks.

Adam Varrenti, Jr

Adam Varrenti, Jr (West Chester, PA) is the chip leader with 75k. Two seats to his left is Morris Husarsky (Brooklyn, NY) who is second in chips wit ~70k. Two seats to his left is Jay Johnson, who has about 65k. Funny how all the chips have ended up on the same table (table 2).

The returned from break to level 9, blinds 500/1,000 with 100 antes.

Over on table 7, WSOP bracelet holder Charlie Brahmi, got his last 12k all-in and got no takers. He showed pocket 8s as he collected his pot.

Event 11: We have a Winner

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

CHAMPION - 1st Place Finisher

Bobby Deppe - $59,946

***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** *****

RUNNER-UP - 2nd Place Finisher

Chris Lindh - $33,969

All the money went in pre-flop, Chris Lindh turned over pocket 99's against Bobby Depppe's pocket 44's. The river turned another 4 giving Deppe the outright win and Borgata trophy. Congrats to both young guns, bright futures for these aspiring poker stars.

Event 13: Last Dude Dispatched

$215 + $35 Ladies NL

The last man sitting was all-in against two ladies. On the river, the board read J T 3 A 7 with three diamonds and one lady bet 8k into the dry side pot. Guyana Petrossian (Manhattan, NY) made the call, asking "Flush?". Her opponent shook her head and Guyana showed KJ of spades for a pair of Jacks. The other lady mucked and Guyana collected the side pot.

When the man also mucked his hand, Guyana was awarded the main pot also. He was rewarded with a round of applause as he exited The Signature Room. Guyana is up to about 48k after that hand.

"And don't come back" said TD Tab Duchateau on the PA system. The Ladies got a chuckle out of that.

Guyana Petrossian

Dianna Sopala (Fairlawn, NJ) is up to ~80k.
Jamie M. (Linwood, NJ) is up to ~109k.
Jennifer Keys is still the chip leader with ~114k.

Another table has broken and they are down to four tables with 36 ladies. They're just returning from break for Level 13, blinds of 1,500/3,000 with 300 antes.

Event 11: Heads-Up

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

The Tournament Director Looks On...

Borgata Tournament Director, Tab Duchateau

Current Chip Counts:
Bobby Deppe - $1,700,000
Chris Lindh - $1,400,000

Bathroom Break,
Heads-Up play Begins in 10 minutes...

Event 13: Chip Leader to Chip-less

$215 + $35 Ladies NL

Ming Li, who was the chip leader on my earlier pass, is now gone. Two new faces have emerged with lots of chips.

Marcia Kuntz (Tacoma Park, MD) is above 80k now.

Jennifer Keys

On the next table over, Jennifer Keys (Norristown, PA) made a tough laydown. On a flop of T 9 8 -- all hearts -- she led out for 5,500. Her opponent in the small blind moved all-in for 19,500 more. Jennifer tanked for a bit, then open-mucked her 87 offsuit -- bottom pair with the 7 of hearts for the open-ended straight flush draw. Even after surrendering that pot, Jennifer had about 80k.

Five tables remain; 43 Ladies and one guy are still in action.

Event 11: Third Strike

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

3rd Place Finsher

Eli Adler - $18,683

"I felt like those guys played better than me," said Adler after his exit.

"I used to play online all the time, now I work at a trade firm with fellow Poker Pro, Bill Chen, and gamble on things like Backgammon and Chess too," said the young gamer.

Event 11: Winner Take All

$1,000 + 90 (NL)

3 Players Remaining...

Current Chip Counts:
Chris Lindh - $1,300,000
Bobby Deppe - $1,200,000
Eli Adler - $555,000

Event 11: Three Left

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

4th Place Finisher

Joe Simmons - $13,987

Event 14: Seniors Payouts

$260 + $40 Seniors NL

243 Players entered the Seniors event today generating total buy-ins of $63,180. The final 27 will get paid as follows:

Place Payout
1 $18,385
2 $10,418
3 $5,730
4 $4,289
5 $3,677
6 $3,064
7 $2,451
8 $1,839
9 $1,226
10-12 $796
13-15 $674
16-18 $552
19-27 $460

Event 13: Ladies Payouts

$215 + $35 Ladies NL

The Ladies finished Level 10 and headed out for a break. Six tables remain with about 58 players still in action.

Final player count for the Ladies is 167, generating total buy-ins of $35,905. The final 18 will get paid as follows:

Place Payout
1 $10,727
2 $5,921
3 $3,309
4 $2,438
5 $2,090
6 $1,741
7 $1,394
8 $1,045
9 $784
10-12 $679
13-15 $592
16-18 $522

Event 11: The Fight ends in Fifth

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

5th Place Finisher

William Loonstyn - $11,989

Event 11: Bob Busts

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

6th Place Finisher

Robert "Action Bob" Hwang - $9,991

Event 14 Seniors Update

$260 + $40 Seniors NL

Doug Carli and Jay Johnson

I hiked over to the Poker Room to check on the Seniors and made it just before they took off on break. I spotted Alliance, OH tournament grinder Doug 'Rico' Carli sitting next to Jay Johnson (Philadelphia, PA). Jay finished 2nd in event 3, $350 NL, earning $11,320.

Rico has over $1 million in tournament earnings including two WSOP Circuit wins, one in No Limit and one in HORSE.

Event 11: GG Sir

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

7th Place Finisher

Al Riccobono - $7,992

Event 11: Collins out for the Count

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

8th Place Finisher

Bernard "Mike" Collins - $5,994

Event 13: New Chip Leaders

$215 + $35 Ladies NL

The Ladies are just returning from a break during which the green 25 chips were colored up. They are now playing 500/1,000 with 100 antes.

Ming Li

Ming Li of Ellicott City, MD, has taken over the chip lead. She's up to about 60k. "I drove 3 hours this morning" to play this event. Let's hope she can cover the cost of gasoline with some winnings here today.

Terry Tallon of Boyertown, PA is second with about 53k.

Event 13: Lady Busts one of the Guys

$215 + $35 Ladies NL

Helene Strafford

A loud cheer went up from the room as one of the remaining guys stood up to leave. Apparently he open-shoved for 8,825 utg+1 and Helene Strafford (Holdbrook, NJ) looked him up with pocket Jacks. He was holding 87 of spades. The flop came 8 7 x with three hearts, giving the guy two pair but giving Helene a flush draw with the Jack of Hearts. Turn was a 9, which gave Helene more outs with a straight-draw. River was a Ten, completing the straight and shipping the pot to Helene.

The busted guy was applauded as he donned his jacket and headed out the door. There is still one more guy in action among all these ladies.

"Sometimes Aces hold up" said Debbie Troncone (Monroe TWP, NJ) across the room as she was collecting her chips.

They are down to Ten tables, so fewer than 100 players remain.

Event 11: Phan Fanned

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

9th Place Finisher

Phil Phan - $3,996

Event 11: First FT Bust

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

10th Place Finisher

Nick Germanos - $2,598

Event 14: Senior Moment

$260 + $40 Seniors NL

The Write Stuff

Martha Patella (Massapequa Park, NY) doesn't have an ace up her sleeve, but let's her fingers do the talking. Every tournament Patella writes "Play Smart," one letter on 9 of her 10 digits, as a reminder to "not do anything stupid," she says.

Patella has done it the last few times she's been at Borgata Open Events. She cashed 15th in this same event during the 2009 Summer Open.

Ink Spots

Event 14: Seniors Update

$260 + $40 Seniors NL

The Seniors got underway shortly after noon in the Poker Room and just took their second break. They started with 10,000 chips and 40 minute levels.

Tony Shurilla

After four levels of play, Tony "the Original Gorilla" Shurilla (father of Borgata blogger Jeff "Gorilla" Shurilla) reports he's down to 8,500 chips. He got caught holding the under-full, beat by a bigger boat. He then picked up some chips with a big blind special, holding K3 and flopping two Kings.

"How long did it take you to figure out this was a Seniors event?" said one player, as he looked out over the field of gray-haired players. 242 Seniors entered this event.

Play resumed after the break with Level 5, blinds 150/300 and 25 antes.

Event 11: The 1K Final Table

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

The Final Table (Chip-Counts)

Seat 1 - Nick Germanos (80,000)
Seat 2 - Eli Adler (481,000)
Seat 3 - Chris Lindh (627,000)
Seat 4 - Al Riccobono (123,000)
Seat 5 - Bobby Deppe (363,000)
Seat 6 - Mike Collins (195,000)
Seat 7 - William Loonstyn (281,000)
Seat 8 - Phil Phan (131,000)
Seat 9 - Robert "Action Bob" Hwang (528,000)
Seat 10- Joe Simmons (378,000)

Event 11: 1K Bubble

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

11th Place Finisher

"Ztrain" Zagorites - $2,598

The unfortunate final table bubble boy lost a coinflip, when his KQ falied to improve versus the 44 of Joe Simmons, a solid showing from the East Coast amateur.

Rowe's Return

Second Chances

Last year Nicole Rowe (New Windsor, NY) was in the middle of a well documented controversy in the September, 2009 Borgata Poker Open. Since her Ladies Event second place finish, she's battled breast cancer and is now back at the felt.

Rowe's run in Sunday's Spring Poker Open Ladies Event is short lived, as she's crippled twice by the player who hits quads twice during the opening levels. But Rowe's upbeat spirit and positive outlook keeps her focused and she's right back at it for the Seniors Event, which she entered one hour late.

"I've gotten a second chance in life and today I'm getting a second chance on poker," she says while sporting a new look bright pink hairdo. "And I'm using both to my advantage."

You can follow Rowe's battle with the "Big C," as she calls it, on her blog at Nicoleswalkinthepark.

Event 13: Chip Leaders

$215 + $35 Ladies NL

Jamie Kerstetter

The Ladies have returned and resumed play with Level 7, Blinds 300/600 and 75 antes. During the break, I scoped out the stacks and it appeared that both Jamie Kerstetter (Ventnor, NJ) and Marie Sheehan Boljen (Ocean City, NJ) were at about 36k. Just as play was resuming, however, Jamie collected a pot with AK, so I'm going to declare her the chip leader for now.

Jamie has over $64k in tournament earnings to her credit with a win in the Trump Taj Mahal New Year's Mega Stack $300 No Limit event last a few months ago.

Event 11: Dolan Done

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

12th Place Finisher

William Dolan (Philly, PA) - $2,598

Event 13: Update on the Ladies

$215 + $35 Ladies NL

The ladies are up to level 6, playing blinds of 200/400 with 50 antes. 12 tables remain, so fewer than 120 players are still active.

I spotted two dudes still alive in the field. Due to sex discrimination laws, they are unable to prevent men from playing in Ladies events now, so men have begun to invade the Ladies. Now that a couple of guys have actually won Ladies Only events, it has become more popular for them to play. Surprisingly, the ladies are not harrassing them too badly.

Event 11: Brett Busts

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

Brett Rhode (Horsham, PA) was eliminated when his AQ was outdrawn by KJ.

"Iwas thrilled to go this deep, tough way to end," said the 13th place finisher.

Brett will earn $2,198 for his efforts, well played.

Event 11: Mikey Mucks

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

14th Place Finisher

"Mikey Unbelievable" Dentale - $2,198

Event 11: 1K Final Table Bubble

Chris Lindh and "Action Bob" Hwang have become the favorites with 14 players left.

"Mikey Unbelievable" still nursing a short stack, while PPI rep Al Riccobono continues to chip-up.

Recent Bustouts:
15th Place Finisher - Michael Pizzarella (Worchester, MA)
16th Place Finisher - Jesse Yaginuma (Silver Spring, MD)

Event 13 (Ladies): Capped Field

$215 + $35 (NL)

The field has been capped at 167 players, good luck to the Ladies.

Some Notables in Today's Field:

Amanda Horner - 07' Borgata Ladies Champion
Nancy Martin - Mother of Poker Pro, Michael Martin
Jennifer Sherwood - Tournament Grinder, Borgata regular
Rosa Lee Klaneski - Executive VP of PokerFokus
Jane Gold - Mother of WSOP World Champion, Jamie Gold
Lisa Pickell - Tournament Veteran, Borgata regular

Event 11: 1K Bustouts

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

17th Place Finisher

Declined Picture and Post-Tournament Interview.

Stephen Reynolds (Toms River, NJ) - $1,798

***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** *****

18th Place Finisher

Thomas Pollina (Long Beach, NY) - $1,798

Event 11: Chipleader Profile

$1,000 + $90 (NL)

The Chipleader comes into the day eager to make another Borgata final table. "I run good here, I love the tournaments at Borgata,"
says the New York poker grinder.

After receiving a "nice severance package" from Bear Stearns, Lindh has tried his hand at all the major tournaments along the East Coast. Lucky for him today, his best work is done at Borgata.

Good luck to Chris and the remaining 18 players.

Chris Lindh Track Record at Borgata over the last 3 years...

10' Winter Open - Event #6 (3rd) - $35,075
09' Poker Open/WPT - Event #2 (10th) - $2,463
09' Summer Poker Open - Event #22 (7th) - $49,800
09' Summer Poker Open - Event #16 (9th) - $6,840
08' Summer Poker Open - Event #4 (15th) - $1,603
08' Summer Poker Open - Event #1 (3rd) - $16,585

Event 13 (Ladies): Scoping the Field

$215 + $35 (NL)

165 ladies have shown up for Event #13,
Late Registration OPEN for another 25 minutes.



11AM - Event 13: $215 + $35 LADIES No Limit Hold'em
  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • 30 minute Levels
  • 1-day event

12PM - Event 14: $260 + $40 SENIORS No Limit Hold'em

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • 40 minute Levels
  • 2-day event

3PM - Event 39: $150 + $30 SURVIVOR CASH No Limit Hold'em

  • 10,000 in starting chips
  • 20 minute Levels
  • Approximately one (1) in every ten (10) players will win $1,500 CASH
  • 1-day event

7PM - Event 40: $150 + $30 No Limit Hold'em

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

Registration for all events in the Poker Room


Borgata Spring Poker Open 2010
Event 11: $1000 + $90 No Limit Hold'em
April 17 - 18

Entries: 206 Total Buy-In: $206,000

T2 / S5 - ROBERT DEPPE (LIMA, OH): 299500
T1 / S3 - BRETT RHODE (HORSHAM, PA): 251500
T1 / S2 - ELI JOHN ADLER (NEW YORK, NY): 173500

Event 11: End of Day One

$1,000 + $90 NL

They opted to complete level 15 and when the dust settled at a quarter after 2am, 18 players remained.

Lee Kirsch of Cold Springs Harbor, NY, was eliminated in 19th place, earning $1,499.

The final 18 are bagging and tagging their chips for the night. Play will resume with Level 16 at noon Sunday here in the Signature Room.

Chris Lindh - Chip Leader

Here's the chip leader and a few other chip counts:
Chris Lindh 435,500
Robert Deppe 299,500
Bob Hwang 287,000
Brett Rhode 251,500
Al Riccobono 182,000
Mike Zagorites 168,500
Joe Simmons 119k
Phil Phan 104,500

Event 11: 22nd - 20th Places

$1,000 + $90 NL

Jeffrey Benshetler finished in 22nd place, good for $1,499.

After Bobby Deppe (Lima, OH) raised, Michael Dimolfetto (Staten Island, NY) moved all-in. Bobby called, showing AJ offsuit. Michael was ahead with pocket Jacks, but there was an Ace in the door when the dealer ran out the board. Michael finished in 21st place, earning $1,499.

Former chip leader Sam Eliacin (Garden City, NY) shoved his last 100k in and got looked up by Brett Rhode, who held pocket Kings. Sam's A9 was unable to match up with the board and he was sent packing in 20th place ($1,499).

Event 11: More Players Paid

$1,000 + $90 NL

Scott McDonald (Guilford, CT) busted out in 25th place.
Norman Rodriguez (Pensacola, FL) got his pocket Queens busted by AK and finished 24th.

Timothy Borkowski (Pt. Pleasant, NJ) decided he didn't want to come back tomorrow and was going all in repeatedly, but kept doubling up. His luck finally ran out when he got all in holding T2 off against KQ off. The board came K 8 3 4 6 and Timothy hit the bricks in 23rd place.

All three of these finishers took home $1,499.

Event 11: First Players Paid

$1,000 + $90 NL

In a battle of the blinds, Andrew Kloc (sb) and Michael Pizzarella (bb) saw a flop of 9 8 2. Andrew bet, Michael shoved, (~60k) and Andrew called, showing pocket Kings. Michael was trailing with 83 (I don't make this stuff up folks) for a pair of 8s, but the last two came 7 8 and Michael rivered trip 8s to take the pot and double up.

Phil Phan

A couple of hands later, Phil Phan (Collingdale, PA) limped, Andrew moved all-in for ~14k, then seat 2 moved all-in over the top. Phil thought about it for a bit, then called all-in for 49,700. Andrew had A6 suited; seat 2 had pocket Tens, and Phil had pocket 7s. The board came Q J 7 6 4 and Phil took the pot with a set of 7s. Andrew was busted.

Andrew Kloc finished 27th for $1,499.
Michael Perlin busted out at another table, finishing 26th for $1,499.

On the third table, the two chip leaders tangled. Sam Eliacin raised and Chris Lindh called. Flop came T 9 7 rainbow. Chris check-called Sam's bet. Turn was a Queen and again Chris check-called Sam's 45k bet. River was a 6 and the third spade on board. Chris checked, Sam bet 60k, and Chris called. Sam held AQ for top/top. Chris held T9 for two pair to take the pot. He's now cleared the 400k mark. Sam was left with about 125k.

Play continued into Level 15, Blinds 2k/4k with 400 antes.

Event 11: In the Money!

$1,000 + $90 NL

After action folded to the small blind, he moved his short-stack all-in (about 22k). Sam Eliacin was in the big blind and called, showing Q9 of clubs. The small blind held AJ -- of clubs. The board came club-free however. The flop was JT9 giving the short-stack a pair of Jacks and giving Sam a pair of 9s. Turn was a 3 and changed nothing, but the river was a Queen, giving Sam two pair and the pot. The short-stack became this event's bubble-boy, finishing 28th.

They broke a table so now have three tables of nine players.

Then decided to take a break with 18:45 remaining in the level. The final 27 will come back in ten minutes and continue play until 2am.

Chris Lindh

Chris Lindh (Brooklyn, NY) has taken the chip lead. He's got about 300k. Sam Eliacin is second with about 289k

Event 11: Bubble Time!

$1,000 + $90 NL

Seat 5 was very short and moved all-in. Several players called to see the flop of 762. Michael Perlin led out for 16k, then William Loonstyn (Philladelphia, PA) moved all in for 43,900. Seat 4 tanked for a bit, then opted to call all-in for a bit less. Now it was Michael's turn in the tank. He finally decided to call and they all tabled their hands (from shortest stack to biggest stack):

Seat 5: JJ
Seat 4: QT (flush draw)
William: 77 (set of 7s)
Michael: J9 (useless flush draw)

The last two came KA and both seats 4 & 5 were busted. William more than tripled up.

28 players remain, which means it is bubble time! They are now playing hand-for-hand until one more player busts.

Event 11: Helluva Bluff

$1,000 + $90 NL

Michael Perlin

Bob Hwang opened for 6,400 and Michael Perlin (Queens, NY) called from the small blind. The flop came AQ7 and Michael checked. Bon fired 6,600 and Michael called. Turn was the scary 2 and both players checked. River was the 9 and Michael bet 13k. Bob folded. Michael showed the JT (zip, zilch, nada) bluff as he collected his pot.

Earlier tonight, Joe Simmons yelled across the room at the cocktail waitress, "Are those real?". Despite what everyone assumed, however, he was not referring to her ample assets, but rather the Long Island Iced Teas she was serving.

Another level is history. Play continues with level 14, blinds 1,500/3,000 with 400 antes.

31 players remain.