Jul 30 6:21 pm

Event 22: Play Down to 5 Tables

Level 14 (1,500/3,000/400)
Total Entries: 169
Players Remaining: 45
Average Stack: 131,445

A look at the scene in the Poker Room for Event 22.

A look at the scene in the Poker Room for Event 22.

Eliminations have come quickly as players get closer and closer to making the money. Eighteen players will cash in this event and there are now only five tables remaining in the Poker Room.

Players will be on a dinner break after Level 15. This is a single day event, and the winner will take home $9,835.

 

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Jul 30 5:46 pm

Event 22: Players Return From Break, Chip Update

Level 13 (1,200/2,400/300)
Total Entries: 169
Players Remaining: 80
Average Stack: 73,938

Players have just returned from a break in the $200 + $30 +$100 Black Chip Bounty NLHE Deepstack Re-Entry. Marko P. leads the field through 12 levels with 350,000 chips. Here is a look at some of the chip leaders so far:

Mark P. – 350,000
Sandy Kumitis – 300,000
Wooyang Lin – 300,000
Alan Lee – 220,000
Greg Donnenfeld – 185,500
Tom Ennis – 170,000
John Dimeglio – 170,000
Richard Santucci – 163,000
Mark Rebuck – 150,000
Franklin Pierce – 146,000
Steve Reese – 122,000

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Jul 30 5:33 pm

SPO Championship (Day 4): 1st Place – Will ‘The Thrill’ Failla ($283,301)

Level 29 (40,000/80,000/10,000)
Total Entries:  497
Players Remaining:  1
Average Stack: 13,000,000

Will 'The Thrill' Failla - $500,000 GTD Summer Poker Open Championship Champion

Will ‘The Thrill’ Failla – $500,000 GTD Summer Poker Open Championship Champion

Will ‘The Thrill’ Failla entered this Summer Poker Open Championship final table as the most experienced player remaining in the field and he left it as the winningest Borgata Poker champion ever, claiming his seventh BPO title and a more than $280,000 score.

Let’s just revisit that first statistic for a second, his seventh BPO title. Add that to multiple other regional titles, a WPT Champions Cup win in 2011, a Heartland Poker Tour title from 2012 and a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure title and you start to think that Failla might be running out of room in his trophy case.

While that case is likely getting pretty full, we imagine that this title means a lot to ‘The Thrill’, especially when you add in the fact that this was one of the toughest non-WPT Borgata Championship fields in recent memory, making this title one of the more sought after trophies that the Borgata has awarded in the last few Opens.

In the end, the creme rose to the top, as Failla time and time again ground down his opponents, working a short stack for the majority of yesterday’s Day 3 before using a late push to seize a top stack coming into this final Day 4 session.

Mike Dentale joked on twitter earlier today that Failla was going to “fold and check-call his way to the title” and while that might not be the sexiest or most action packed way to take down a tournament, it clearly worked. While other players dropped around him, time and time again Failla was picking up smaller pots, using his experience to first make some valuable pay jumps and eventually take home another Borgata Poker title.

Will ‘The Thrill’ Failla was already one of the most respected tournament players on the East Coast. That claim is backed up by years and years of results but now, at the Borgata at least, he’s the winningest player ever in terms of major tournament titles. With that record likely not falling any time soon, as Failla will likely only continue to churn out results and wins over the next few years.

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Jul 30 5:16 pm

Event 22: Survivor in the Field?

Level 9 (800/1,600/200)
Total Entries: 169
Players Remaining: 80
Average Stack: 73,938

Anna Khait hit a nice river to save her tournament life.

Anna Khait hit a nice river to save her tournament life.

Professional poker player and frequent Borgata visitor Anna Khait is in today’s field and could soon be on the TV show Survivor if media reports are accurate. Khait could not be forthcoming about the show when questioned about her involvement.

“I can’t disclose anything because I’m bound by contract,” she said, but did have a wide smile across her face.

In Level 9, Khait was down to her last 9,000 chips and pushed all-in with . Three players called including one with an even smaller stack who was also all-in. The flop brought .

One player made a large bet to push out the other remaining player and tabled . Khait showed  and the turn brought the . Fortunately for Khait, the river brought an and she raked a nice pot. She also collected a bounty chip for eliminating the shorter stack with .

Khait is now up to 52,000 – and surviving.

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Jul 30 5:14 pm

SPO Championship (Day 4): 2nd Place – Patrick DiMartino ($163,549)

Level 29 (40,000/80,000/10,000)
Total Entries:  497
Players Remaining:  1
Average Stack: 13,000,000

Patrick DiMartino had no previous results coming into this event but managed to outlast a stacked field to earn a 2nd place result in the SPO Championship.

Patrick DiMartino had no previous results coming into this event but managed to outlast a stacked field to earn a 2nd place result in the SPO Championship.

While Lam was looking to make the biggest tournament score of his career with either a 1st or 2nd place finish, Patrick DiMartino was guaranteed that achievement regardless of his finish in the Summer Poker Open. DiMartino entered this event with zero previous results to his name but managed to outlast an extremely stacked field to notch a 2nd place finish.

That finish earns him just over $160,000, which isn’t a bad haul for his first ever Borgata or live tournament cash.

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Jul 30 5:10 pm

SPO Championship (Day 4): 3rd Place – Simon Lam ($80,389)

Level 29 (40,000/80,000/10,000)
Total Entries:  497
Players Remaining:  2
Average Stack: 6,500,000

Simon Lam notched his second 3rd place finish at the Borgata, earning a nearly $100,000 score that moves him over the half-million mark in terms of career live tournament earnings.

Simon Lam notched his second 3rd place finish at the Borgata, earning a nearly $100,000 score that moves him over the half-million mark in terms of career live tournament earnings.

We opened our Summer Poker Open Championship Day 4 coverage mentioning that Simon Lam was guaranteed to move over the $500,000 career earnings mark regardless of where he finished today. Well, Lam made a valuable pay jump but then couldn’t make another, notching his second ever 3rd place Borgata finish.

While his last podium finished, from the 2013 Fall Poker Open, earned him just over $100,000, this result earns him just under that century threshold, as he’ll take home $99,389 and is his best finish since that 2013 result.

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Jul 30 5:02 pm

SPO Championship (Day 4): Updated Counts On Break, ‘Thrill’ Leading

Level 29 (40,000/80,000/10,000)
Total Entries:  497
Players Remaining:  3
Average Stack: 4,950,500

The players are now back from break and are about to start Level 29. Over the last hour and a half, this Summer Poker Open Championship final table has lost one player and seen the former chip leader drop to the bottom of the totem pole.

Patrick DiMartino is now the shortest stack at this final table, with a complete list of the chip counts heading into Level 29 posted below:

  1. Patrick DiMartino – 3,900,000
  2. Will ‘The Thrill’ Failla – 5,655,000
  3. Simon Lam – 5,470,000
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Jul 30 5:01 pm

Event 22: Official Payouts

Level 9 (800/1,600/200)
Total Entries: 169
Players Remaining: 80
Average Stack: 73,938

The official payouts for this event have been released with 18 players making the money. Here are the official payouts:

1st – $9,835
2nd – $5,409
3rd – 3,114
4th – 2,623
5th – $1,967
6th – $1,639
7th – $1,311
8th – $984
9th – $738
10th – 12th – $656
13th – 15th – $574
16th – 18th – $492

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Jul 30 4:42 pm

Event 22: Wolper Looking For Another Record Cash

Level 10 (600/1,200/200)
Total Entries: 169
Players Remaining: 99
Average Stack: 59,747

Howard Wolper, all-time Borgata tournament cashes leader.

Howard Wolper, all-time Borgata tournament cashes leader.

Howard Wolper is in the field today, looking to continue his Borgata all-time cashes record and extend it to 62.

Wolper caught up with us discussing his new book, “Championist Art: Manifesto Cheerleaders, Mascot, Ghosts and Others.”

Wolper worked creating conceptual and performance artwork in the 1970s and ’80s, and his book details his beliefs about the Championist art movement.

As the website for his book notes: “Disillusioned with the NY art scene in the mid 90s, he became a poker pro and later a poker champion. His Championship Art Manifesto, now elucidates this revolutionary contemporary art expression.”

“Each page in the book is a short story poem making a case for what I’m saying,” he says.

No stranger to being a champion at the poker table, he has more than $325,327 in tournament winnings.

 

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Jul 30 4:39 pm

SPO Championship (Day 4): DiMartino and Lam Clash Near End Of Level

Level 28 (30,000/60,000/10,000)
Total Entries:  497
Players Remaining:  3
Average Stack: 4,950,500

Simon Lam (Brooklyn, NY)

Simon Lam (Brooklyn, NY)

After the elimination of Greg Weber in 4th place, the action reverted back to a much slower pace but that all changed coming towards the end of Level 28, as Patrick DiMartino and Simon Lam got into some decently sized pots.

The first hand saw DiMartino three-bet to 375,000 from the small blind after Lam opened the button to 130,000. Lam called to see the flop and both players checked the board. The fell on the turn and DiMartino led out for 400,000, forcing a quick fold from Lam.

DiMartino chipped up slightly but in one of the very next hands, he’d be giving some of those chips back after a tough river gave Lam a straight and the pot.

That action was picked up on the flop of with both players checking to see the fall on the turn. Lam checked and DiMartino bet 800,000. Lam called and then checked the after it fell on the river.

DiMartino said he “hated the river card” and then checked, only to see Lam table for a rivered straight to beat DiMartino’s .

When the dust settled after those two decently sized pots, DiMartino sits as the shortest stack at this three-handed final table, with a complete list of counts coming in a few minutes when players are on break.

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