Jul 27 11:01 pm

Championship: Last Five Hands

Level 10: Blinds 500/1,000/100 ante
Total Entries (A & B): 497
Flight B Entries: 384
Flight B Players Remaining:  171
Flight B Average Stack:  67,400

With ten minutes on the clock, all tables were instructed to play five more hands, ten begin the bagging process.

On one of those last hands at Table 1, Vincent Maiolica shoved for 12,000 utg, the player to his left called all-in for his last 5,300, Richard DeVivo flatted the 12,000, then Thai Ha said (before looking at his cards) “Don’t worry.  I’m going to wake up with Aces here.”  He then looks at his cards, calls the bet, and turns over pocket Aces.

Since Richard still had chips, there was still action pending, but Thai had to play his hand face up.  Richard folded AT and Vincent revealed pocket Tens. The turn was an 8, then the case Ten landed on the river, giving Vincent the pot (busting the short-stack).

Vincent will be bagging chips tonight thanks to a one-outer on the river!

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Jul 27 10:53 pm

Championship: Low Chipping Up

Level 10: Blinds 500/1,000/100 ante
Total Entries (A & B): 497
Flight B Entries: 384
Flight B Players Remaining:  180
Flight B Average Stack:  64,000

Tyng Low (Flushing, NY)

Tyng Low (Flushing, NY)

Tyng Low (sb) and Michael Testa (hijack) were at the river with a board of .  Tyng fired 8,000 and Michael tanked for a minute or so before calling.  Tyng showed for Aces-up.  Michael said “good hand” and mucked his cards.  That pot took Tyng’s stack up to about 70,000.

Tyng won this event four years ago.  During the 2011 Summer Poker Open, he took 1st place in the Championship event.  That year the buy-in was $2,500 + $200 and the event drew 323 entrants.  He took home $211,484 for the win.

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Jul 27 10:26 pm

Championship: Tweet-Outs

Level 10: Blinds 500/1,000/100 ante
Total Entries (A & B): 497
Flight B Entries: 384
Flight B Players Remaining:  189
Flight B Average Stack:  61,000

Tables are breaking fast as desperation sets in on the last level.  Everyone wants to improve their standing going into Day 2.  Some are more successful at it than others.

The star of the Borgata Spring Poker Open in April, Asher Conniff, has exited the Championship.  He explained via Twitter:

 

 

Also Tweeting his departure is Alex Jim:

 

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Jul 27 10:14 pm

Championship: Hager Claims Lead in Last Level

Level 10: Blinds 500/1,000/100 ante
Total Entries (A & B): 497
Flight B Entries: 384
Flight B Players Remaining:  205
Flight B Average Stack:  56,100

Mike Hager - Flight B Chip   Leader

Mike Hager – Flight B Chip Leader

Blinds are up for the last level of the night.  One more hour to go before the bag & tag begins.

Mike Hager has taken sole possession of the chip lead.  He’s up to ~190,000.

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Jul 27 9:40 pm

Championship: All Together Now

Level 9: Blinds 400/800/100 ante
Total Entries (A & B): 497
Flight B Entries: 384
Flight B Players Remaining:  205
Flight B Average Stack:  56,100

The last of the players have been moved over to join us here in the Signature Room.  Among those coming over were:

Olivier Busquet
Brian Lemke
Rachel Kranz
Joshua Hertz
Dean Chen
Zo Karim
Joe Cappuccio
John Myung
Scott Baumstein
James Sparacio
Dixit Patel

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Jul 27 9:10 pm

Championship: Players Back, Registration Closed

Level 9: Blinds 400/800/100 ante
Total Entries (A & B): 497
Flight B Entries: 384

Registration closed with the start of Level 9 and the clock shows 497 entries.  This number is unofficial until verified by the house and could still change by a couple.

That brings the (unofficial) prize pool to more than $1.1 million!

 

There are just two more levels to play tonight before the bag & tag.  Day 2 is on tap for 12 noon Tuesday.

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Jul 27 8:30 pm

Championship: Dinner Time Chip Counts

Returning to Level 9: Blinds 400/800/100 ante
Total Entries (A & B): 488
Flight B Entries: 375

Jake Schwartz - Tied for Chip Lead at Dinner Break

Jake Schwartz – Tied for Chip Lead at Dinner Break

Approximate chip counts for the leaders and a random assortment of other players:

(Apologies to the 14 players remaining in the Poker Room for not including you, but you’ll be joining us here in Signature Room very soon!)

Jake Schwartz – 156,000
Mike Hager  – 156,000
Kyle Bowker – 137,800
John Moore – 133,000
Andy Frankenbrger – 130,000
Anthony Maio – 110,000
Thai Ha – 102,000
David Stefanski – 100,500
Andre Nyffeler – 96,000
Denis Gnidash – 96,000
Jonathan Borenstein – 93,000
Erick But – 93,000
Cathy Dever – 90,000
Ilya Vasserman – 88,000
Brian O’Donoghue – 85,000
Richard DeVivo – 75,400
David Inselberg – 73,500
Asher Conniff – 72,000
Charles Furey – 72,000
Raj Patel – 71,000
Bart Dowling – 65,000
Vinny Pahuja – 68,700
Cornel Cimpan – 68,000
Rob Saladin – 65,000
Dan DiZenzo – 62,000
James McKeon – 62,000
Matt Stout – 62,000
Alex Smith – 60,000
Quintin Trammell – 60,000
Mike Summers – 60,000
Kane Kalas – 59,000
Aaron Overton – 59,000
Jerry Maher – 58,000
Joseph ‘Mush’ Galazzo – 56,000
Tom Dobrilovic – 55,100
Tyng Low – 55,000
Greg Fishberg – 54,700
Anthony Campagna – 54,000
Jason Deutsch – 52,000
VIP Nguyen – 50,000
Jamie Kerstetter – 50,000
Michael Bonita – 49,000
Rick Austin – 48,000
Darren Elias – 47,000
John Hinds – 46,000
Melad Marji – 45,000
Ronald McDonald – 45,000
Chalie Hook – 43,000
Mark Goldner – 42,500
Doug Klevitz – 41,000
Dan Howe – 37,600
Bob Hwang – 36,000
Darius Studdard – 34,000
Jack Barnes – 33,000
Michael Gagliano – 32,100
Cherish Andrews – 32,000
Matt Brady – 31,000
Matt Glantz – 30,000
Chris Dombrowski – 29,000
David Kim – 26,000
Moe Farah – 25,000
Eric Siegel – 25,000
Kat Khaterzai – 23,000
Dan Buzgon – 22,500
Eric Miller – 20,600
Natale Kuey – 20,000
Nick Salimbene – 18,500
Matt Burnitz – 18,000
Michael Wang – 17,000
Michael Marder – 17,000
Toby Kasser – 16,500
Jakov Klatzkin – 16,200
James Boyle – 13,000
Jacob Perry – 12,400

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Jul 27 7:56 pm

Championship: Dinner Time!

End of Level 8: Blinds 300/600/75 ante
Total Entries (A & B): 483
Flight B Entries: 370

Players are off on a 75 minute dinner break.  Play will resume at 9pm with Level 9, Blinds 400/800/100 ante.

When play resumes, registration will close, so this is the last chance for players to get into this event.

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Jul 27 7:39 pm

Championship: Full House for Deutsch

Level 8: Blinds 300/600/75 ante
Total Entries (A & B): 483
Flight B Entries: 370

Jason Deutsch (Staten Island, NY)

Jason Deutsch (Staten Island, NY)

On a flop of the player in seat 6 moved his short-stack in.  Jason Deutsch looked him up holding for trip Tens.  His opponent was way behind with .

The last two came and Jason filled up on the river.  His opponent stopped to collect a re-entry ticket before heading for the door.

Jason has more than $300,000 in tournament earnings, but is still looking for his first Borgata Open title.  He is the son of well-know pro Jack ‘Snake’ Deutsch.

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Jul 27 7:28 pm

SPO Championship: Table Talk

Level 8 (300/600/75)
Total Entries (A & B): 475
Flight B Entries: 362

Players will soon be on a dinner break with registration closing after Level 8.

Players will soon be on a dinner break with registration closing after Level 8.

Walking around the Signature Room you will always overhear some interesting table talk, both about poker and other things. As players neared the dinner break here is a sampling of some player table talk from various tables.

“I don’t know what I’m doing, I’m just trying to get lucky.”

“I’m riding the short stack.”

“He lost Aces to Kings twice in 30 minutes.”

“You know I like threes.”

“I’m hanging in there – one more double up.”

“That’s like the ninth time you’ve had Queens – and I’ve had Ace-Queen every time.”

And here is a refrain often heard throughout the room:

“All-in,” followed by, “Nice hand.”

Of course, this is often followed by: “Seat open.”

Players will be on a dinner break in about 15 minutes.

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