Monday, April 26, 2010

End of Day 1B Chip Counts

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

There were some shake-ups in the last level and the chip leaders changed dramatically. Here are the biggest stacks along with a few other random chip counts:

Narinder Khasria - 131,100
Matthew Waxman - 125,775
Kevin Saul - 119,100
Ryan D'Angelo - 116,100
Steven Cho - 97,450
Marya Shilale - 93,100
Kenny Elazzeh - 92,750
Mike Leah - 91,200
Keith Crowder - 90,825
Will Heger - 88,875
Russ Radom - 88,300
Adam Junglen - 85,675
Alex Kuchik - 83,475
Ara Melikan -80,075
Steven Levy - 79,650
Steven Tabb - 78,750
James Woods - 72,475
Sirous Jamshidi - 53,175
Al Riccobono - 43,650
David Fox - 41,300
Joanne Monteavaro - 37,425
Maurice Hawkins - 34,825
Robert Kalteux - 26,000
Christian Harder - 21,885

Somewhere around 160 players survived day 1b and will combine with the 86 that survived day 1a, putting the field at less than 250. A complete list of chip counts will be posted when available.

Day two will begin at 11am Tuesday.

Dangerous Woods

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

James Woods
- Player Profile

In Hollywood, he's played everything from a pimp boyfriend (Casino), to a Watergate burglar (Nixon), to a crooked doctor (Any Given Sunday), but this week actor James Woods is playing his favorite role of poker player.

"I like the challenge from the mental aspect and how you have to figure things out," says Woods, who recently took down an invitational tournament in Connecticut. "I love that it's part math, part instinct and part personality. And everything is situational specific."

Woods is playing in the Championship Event in between various projects, including a film called An American Girl, that he's producing and directing and will feature Kristen Stewart (Twilight).

"It's a luxury vacation," says the 1986 Academy Award nominee (Salvador), "I have some time to play and relax. The Borgata's fantastic, I love to play here and I'm not just saying that."

Woods isn't just an actor who dabbles in poker, he takes it seriously when his schedule allows it. During the 2008 Borgata Summer Poker Open, he cashed in one event and made it to day 3 of the Championship Event.

"Borgata has the best structures around," says Woods, who loves the 30,000 in starting chips and 75 minute levels. "You can do well if you don't get greedy. That's the one thing the recession's taught us, don't get greedy and you can survive."

At the end of Day 1B, Woods has more 72,000 chips and is pleased with how he played. "I had an exceptional day. I increased my stack by 150% and was at a tough table," which included Kevin Saul, who has more than $2 million in career earnings. "I was very patient, made some good lay downs and had two big bluffs," says Woods.

The results weren't has good for his friend and poker pro Roy Winston, who busted early in the day. "I don't like him, but I know him," Woods says with a laugh.

"We're friends, we play together all the time in California," says Winston, adding, "he's a good player."

Woods acting career spans more than 30 years and includes a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but when it comes to poker he's still looking for a big score.

"Everything in my life is good," he says, "so winning a big poker tournament would be great. But what's the downside? There is no downside, unless it's on the Titantic an hour before it goes down."

After one day of play, there's no obvious leaks in Woods' game, but plenty of icebergs ahead.

Suspenseful Thriller for Woods

Rossetti Chops Karate Mike

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

I never saw 'Karate' Mike Santoro today. Must be because according to Rick Rossetti, he didn't even make it to the first break. Don't know if this is playful banter or serious ribbing, but I guess we'll have to let the results speak. Rick's got about 25k as the final minutes of day 1b tick away.

Rick Rossetti


Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

383 total players generated buy-ins of $1,263,900. The final 36 will get paid as follows:

Place Payout
1 $355,535
2 $205,965
3 $101,756
4 $85,818
5 $73,558
6 $61,299
7 $49,039
8 $36,779
9 $24,520
10-12 $15,938
13-15 $12,260
16-18 $8,582
19-27 $7,356
28-36 $6,130

Pilgrim Hits the Trail

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

On the last hand before break, there's a loud outburst from table 4 as the room is clearing out. "Boom! Boom! Yow, yeah. Boom!" The casualty is Dwyte Pilgrim, who walks out with style and grace.

"I guess it's a big thing to knock me out," says the player who won three WSOP rings in 2009 and finished second in the 6 max tournament two days ago. "The sad thing is, I was only a 40% underdog going to the river."

There's three to a flop and the board is Q 9 2 with one diamond. The turn is the 6, Pilgrim slams 22k all in and Stephen Reynolds makes the call.

Pilgrim tables a flush draw with 10 4 , while Stevens, who refused to give his name, shows bottom pair with K 2.

As the board bricks, the over zealous celebration begins and Pilgrim is eliminated.

There's now less than one hour of play before the remaining players bag and tag.

Blinds Up, Last Level

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

Play has resumed with level 7, blinds of 200/400 with 50 antes. They will play one more 75-minute level, then call it a night. 182 players remain in today's field. (86 survived day 1a).

During the break, I checked the room and Kevin Saul is still the chip leader with ~170k. Ryan 'g0lfa' D'Angelo (Endicott, NY) is second with ~145k.

Ryan finished 5th in the PokerStars NAPT Carribean Poker Adventure Main Event in January 2010, earning $700,000.

Ryan 'g0lfa' D'Angelo

Last Break of the Day

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

End of level 6 and players have evacuated the Signature Room for 15 minutes. The sound level in this room has dropped from a roar to near silence, except for the player yelling in the back of the room.

Shortly before the break, Geb Goitom shoved on a flop of Q 7 5 with two hearts. His opponent beat him into the pot showing AJ of hearts for the flush draw. Geb held 96 off for nothing but a gutshot. The last two came Q 3 and Ace-high was good to take the pot. Geb hit the rail.

Geb Goitom - Goner

Frangos Fragged

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

When action folded to him on the button, Nick Frangos moved his last chips in. The player on his left in the small blind looked him up with pocket 8s. Nick was racing with A9 offsuit. The board came 5 4 3 6 T and missed Nick completely. He headed for the exit.

Players continue to exit and tables continue to break. They're down to 19 active tables now so 190 or fewer players remain.

Nick Frangos

383 = $355k

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

The final numbers are in:

Entries 383 (254 for Day 1B)
Buy-in Amount: $1,263,900
Top Prize: ~$353,000
Places Paid: 36
Min Cash: ~$6,100

We'll post a complete prize list breakdown shortly.

Cimpan Crushed, Kicked to the Kurb

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

James Woods' table was broken and he landed at table 5 along with Cornel Andrew Cimpan & Kevin Saul. All three were involved in this hand. I picked up the action after the flop, which was 9 8 3 with two hearts. It was checked to Cimpan on the button, who bet 2,700.

Kevin then check-raised to 7,700. Woods (cutoff) folded and Cimpan tanked for a bit. He eventually decided to move all in and Kevin snap-called, showing pocket 8s for the set. Cimpan held pocket Queens and was in dire shape. The last two came offsuit 3 5 and Cimpan was busted.

Kevin is now clearly the chip leader with 'heaps' of chips. My eyeball-estimate is about 165k.

Random Draws?

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

Table 22 was broken and the players at that table were 'randomly' assigned empty seats throughout the room. Despite the 'random' nature of the draw, 2-time WPT titlist Cornel Andrew Cimpan has landed at the same table as WPT titlist Kevin Saul.

There was some discussion among the players about who he (Cimpan) was so I outed him. "You're about to be outed in the blog anyway, so they might as well know." I told him.

Cornel Andrew Cimpan - 2 WPT Titles in 2009

What's Your Bling Factor?

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

"Bling Factor" is a count of how many WSOP bracelets, WSOP Circuit rings, and WPT titles (bracelets) a player has. I was just going through the room calculating Bling Factors and here are the ones I spotted:

Dwyte Pilgrim - 3 (1 WSOP Circuit Championship and 2 WSOP Circuit preliminary events)
Cornel Andrew Cimpan - 2 (WPT titles)
Kevin Saul - 1 (WPT title)
Farzad Rouhani - 1 (WSOP bracelet)
Rick Rossetti - 1 (WSOP Circuit Championship)
Jeff King - 1 (WSOP Circuit Championship)
Chris Klodnicki - 1 (WSOP Circuit Championship)

That's a lot of bling. The winner of this event will get some bling of his own as there is a bracelet and a trophy for the winner. This is the bracelet awarded for event #4, the East Coast Championship.

Blinds Up

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

Play has resumed with Level 5, blinds 100/200 with 25 antes.

During the break, I scoped out the stacks and Sirous Jamshidi, aka "Junk Yard Tony", is the chip leader with ~98k. Some other random chip counts:

Kevin Saul - 78k
Mike Dentale - 70k
Adam Junglen - 55k

22 Tables remain, so 220 or fewer players remain today. Still waiting for the official, final numbers.

Satellite Table

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

Van Driesen & Chang (l-r) and Lipson (far right)

Currently four players at table 15 are satellite qualifiers from earlier in the week.

Roger Van Driesen (Whiting, NJ), Allen Chang (Brooklyn, NY) and Rich Lipson (Feasterville, PA) all paid $390 and earned their $3500 voucher, while Johannsy Joseph (Spring Valley, NY) survived the $750 satty to get in.

"It's a fantastic opportunity and great experience," says Lipson, "I'm ready to win."

Kevin Saul in the House

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

Kevin 'BeLOWaBOVe' Saul is playing today and I somehow managed to miss him on my previous orbits of the room. He's doing well, currently up to about 75k. Kevin has over $2 million in live tournament earnings including a win at the 2007 Bellagio Cup III $10k WPT main event, good for $1.3 million. He had to play Mike 'the Mouth' Matusow head-up to win that event.

Today Kevin is sharing his table with Maurice Hawkins, Eric 'sheets' Haber, and Robert Kalteux (8th in the $400 NL & 8th in the $1,500 NL event here a few days ago).

Kevin Saul

Lippy Lost, Left

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

Adam 'Lippy' Lippert (small blind) raised to 625 after a couple of limpers. Tim Ulmer (Willow Grove, PA) called from the big blind and the limpers came along for the ride. The flop came A 8 4 -- all hearts. Adam checked, Tim bet 1,600, the limpers folded, Adam check-raised to 3,100, Tim raised to 7k straight and Adam called.

Turn was an offsuit Jack and Adam bet 11k. Tim moved in and Adam called all-in, showing pocket 4s for the set. Tim held 62 of hearts for the flush. River was a brick and Tim collected a big pot. New daddy Adam headed for the door.

Tim Ulmer

Glantz Gone

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

Playing 50/100, Matt Glantz opened for 300, Vinny Pahuja raised to 825, Joseph Capalbi (small blind) flatted as did Matt. The flop came J 6 2 with two diamonds. They checked to Vinny, who bet 1,600. Joseph kicked it up to 6,600 straight. Matt raised to 16k, Vinny folded, and after some thought, Joseph moved all-in for about 12k more.

Matt called, showing KQ of diamonds for the flush draw with two overs. His overs were no good, however, as Joseph held pocket 2s for the set. The last two came offsuit A 8 and Joseph took the pot. Matt took the walk to the rail.

Matt Glantz and Vinny Pahuja

They're now in level 4 with blinds of 100/200. Table 25 has broken, so 24 tables remain.

Baby Boom in the Poker Room

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

It seems that the poker world is experiencing a Baby Boom. We've already blogged about Maurice Hawkins' newborn and Matt Brady's 5-month-old. Today I learned there's another new dad in the house.

Adam Lippert (Brooklyn, NY) and his wife Nicoleta had a baby girl on March 28th, just one month ago. Her name is Julianna and she's a cutie. The proud papa wasn't able to play as many events during this series as he normally would due to trips home, but he's here today showing off the baby pics.

Congrats Nicoleta & Adam!

Adam Lippert & Baby Julianna

McGraham Triples

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

Colleen McGraham got her last 2k in from the cutoff, getting action from both Mike Leah and Han Oh. They checked down the board of K 5 5 9 A and Colleen thought that Ace was the killer, but Mike showed pocket Tens and Han mucked. Colleen held pocket Jacks and they were good for the triple-up.

Colleen McGraham

The Ladies are sparsely represented today in the Signature Room. In addition to Colleen, I spotted Joanne Monteavaro, Jenny Nguyen, Mary Shilale, and Gissel Heredia. Five women out of about 250 players...that's 2% of the field.

Blinds Up

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

Players have returned from break and are playing Level 3, blinds 75/150.

During the break, the last tables in the Poker Room were broken, so all the Day 1B players are now in the Signature Room. That's 25 tables in action, so 250 or fewer players.

Two Big Names - Gone

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

Roy Winston

We haven't hit the first break of Day 1B and already two recognizable pros are on the rail.

Roy Winston
, who won the 2007 Borgata Poker Open Championship worth $1.5 million, is gone and stops by media row to ask, "I'm I the first one out? I couldn't win a hand."

It doesn't make him feel any better to know that Todd Terry, who also won an event during the 2007 Poker Open and has $1.5 million in career earnings, was sent home even earlier.

Terry can't get away from his flopped straight when William Loonstyn turns a flush.

The unofficial count has around 250 players in Day 1B and puts the total field at approximately 375, more than the necessary count to reach the $1 million guaranteed prize pool.

Level is 2 winding down.

Todd Terry

Looney Bin

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

Loonstyn's Time

Talk about getting hit by the deck. During the first 90 minutes of Day 1B, William Loonstyn (Philadelphia, PA) has won with quads, a full house and a flush over a straight to take his stack to more than 100k.

With the J 8♠ Loonstyn flops a flush draw on a board of A K Q. The turn brings the 3♠ and that's when the action heats up.

Loonstyn checks, Todd Terry bets 9k.

"I have no choice," says Loonstyn, "I'm all in." Terry tanks and calls, showing he flopped a straight with J
10 and like that, one of the more respected players in the room, is drawing dead and out the door.

One player says about Loonstyn, "on break he's going to the beach to see if he can walk on water."

To put things in perspective, Looystyn's 105k puts him in the top 5 stacks from Day 1A, the leader has nearly 124k.

Level 2 (50/100) continues.

Woods Watch

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

James Woods

Actor James Woods is back at Borgata after making it to Day 3 in the 2008 Summer Open Main Event.

"I'm shooting for a solid first day, and then looking to do some damage on day 2 when it counts," he says while playing at table 22.

Level 2 (50/100) underway.

Name Game

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

A quick scan of who's in The Signature Room:

Actor James Woods
Joe Simmons
Mike Leah
Roy Winston
Al Riccobono
Matt Glantz
MJ Bernstein
Todd Terry

Day 1B Up & Running

Championship Event
$3300 + $200 NL

Mike Leah & Alex Kuchic

The Signature Room is buzzing with double the entries from Sunday's play. The dead stacks are slowly disappearing as players find their seats.

Everyone gets 30,000 chips, the blinds start at 25/50 and levels last 75 minutes.

Cards are in the air!

End of Day 1A Chip Counts


1 EUGENE CASTRO $123,525
2 ROCCO LUCIANO $117,850
3 JASON MIN $114,175
4 JASON PASTER $106,775
5 ADAM GERBER $104,000
9 CASEY PETERS $85,450
10 AL GRIMES $85,200
11 ROBERT DEPPE $83,225
12 LEO WALKER $79,200
15 MATTHEW BRADY $70,075
16 RICHARD RICE $70,000
17 TODD REBELLO $66,450
18 ROSLYN QUARTO $65,550
19 MARC MANIN $64,900
26 IGOR BORUKHOV $58,250
28 YAT CHENG $58,000
35 CYRUS SAMII $48,350
39 BRIAN NICHOLS $46,150
43 LAWRENCE SAHR $43,275
46 ADAM ADLER $40,500
48 HA SIU $39,475
50 GEORGE CHEN $35,700
51 ARTHUR PETERS $34,725
52 ROBERT WISIAK $33,500
54 ROBERT HWANG $30,700
56 RICHARD HALL $28,775
57 MICHAEL LEWIN $28,700
58 MATTHEW COHEN $28,425
59 EUGENE TODD $28,350
60 VINH NGUYEN $27,925
61 JOHN MOORE $27,375
63 RYAN MILLER $25,500
64 CHINMAY PATEL $25,200
65 CHRIS RESLOCK $24,900
68 GORDON ENG $21,100
70 JEREMY BROWN $20,100
72 KEN GOLDIN $18,625
73 JASON LASO $18,175
74 ERIC DOERR $17,275
75 DAVID CLARKE $17,125
76 JOSEPH CUTLER $16,150
77 LAURENCE WOLF $14,950
78 STEVE KARP $14,600
79 ROBERT NGUYEN $14,425
82 ALFRED CABAN $11,650
83 PETER MAVRO $10,625