Jul 17 12:48 pm

Event 1 (Day 3): 11th & 12th Place – Lewis & Ebbe ($12,859)

Level 33 (100,000/200,000/30,000)
Total Entries: 2,525
Players Remaining: 10
Chip Average: 5,800,000

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Almost immediately after the elimination of Dominick Cuzzi in 13th place, two players were sent to the rail in 11th and 12th place.

First to go was Christopher Ebbe, who was working a short stack and got into a cooler situation against Thomas Dougher, as he ran his into Dougher’s .

The short stack did not find a queen as the board ran out eight high, sending Ebbe to the rail in 12th place and Dougher up the leaderboard, as he’s now playing close to 8,000,000.

 

 

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A few hands later, at the other table, big stack Jon Gottlieb shoved the button with two short stacks in the blinds. One of those short stacks was Romaine Lewis, and he called in the small blind to put himself at risk.

He held an advantage with but Gottlieb hit a pair holding and never looked back as the board ran out . Lewis hit the rail in 11th place.

Both Ebbe and Lewis will make just over $8,500 and in a flash, this field is now at the unofficial final table.

A final table seat draw will be posted shortly.

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Jul 14 12:08 pm

Event 1 (Day 1A): If It’s a Borgata Open, He’s Here

spo2 005The Borgata Summer Poker Open has traditionally been the Borgata seasonal open that plays best for locals and Borgata regulars, as it was usually set against the WSOP. This year’s July start date may mean more name players in attendance than in past years, but for Borgata regulars, the Summer Open is still their baby.

Take Natale Kvey, 60, of the Bronx NY who is in for the long haul for the full two and a half weeks of the 2015 Borgata Summer Poker Open.

Kvey has played in most of the seasonal Borgata opens since starting playing poker seven years ago. His best finish was a second in a senior’s tournament, though he’s not sure which open that was.

“I just really love to play and Borgata is my favorite place,” he says, “I pretty much play all the major tournaments.”

And he plays them well, if the pot he took down while we were talking to him is any indication—four clubs on the board chased the field.

“If that’s what happens when you’re interviewed, then let’s do it all the time,” he said.

 

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Jun 13 9:12 pm

Event 1: 1st Place – But ($101,401)

Level 36 (Blinds 300,000/600,000/50,000)
Players Remaining: 1
Chip Average: 35,500,000
Erick_But_WinnerPhoto2Erick But (Brooklyn, NY) said after the final hand of the tournament, “I’ve got a nice spot by my TV for that trophy.”  That wasn’t the first time he had said that during Day 3 play, showing the confidence of a player that felt he was going to win.  But came into Day 3 in sixth spot of the eight returning, and was seemingly one of the short stacks for most of the day.

When play got to three-handed, he was still the shortest of those remaining, but won what would turn out to be a huge pot with against the of third place finisher Daniel Amar.  Heads up play was an up and down battle that lasted close to two hours, with But watching a 5:1 chip lead diminish to even play.

When the dust would settle though, it would be Erick But adding over $101,000 to his lifetime earnings, which were just over $16,000 coming into the day.  But is going to take some time to celebrate with his friends, and will surely be seen throughout the rest of this series.

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Jun 13 8:59 pm

Event 1: 2nd Place – Chen ($60,696)

Level 36 (Blinds 300,000/600,000/50,000)
Players Remaining: 1
Chip Average: 35,500,000

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Dean Chen was left with just under 3,000,000 after losing a few more pots, but would get a double after having But dominated pre-flop with against Erick’s .  Chen’s all-in amount was 2,625,000, and he’d have just under 5,500,000 after scooping in his new found chips.

The very next hand the players would be all-in pre, and the two players cards would be tabled:

But:      Chen:

Flop:

Turn:

River:

It would be a roller-coaster type runout, as Erick watched his lead crumble when Chen turned a pair, but the river would be kind to But, and he’d put his hands on his head in disbelief.  He walked over to Dean and shook his hand before heading over to his friends on the rail.

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Jun 13 8:47 pm

Erick But Over Powers River

Level 36 (Blinds 300,000/600,000/50,000)
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 17,950,000

As we enter the middle of Level 36, Dean Chen continues to lose what he gains, seemingly taking two steps back for every step forward.

After a pre-flop raise of 1,200,000 was called by But in the big blind, the two players saw a flop of . But checked and Chen followed behind.

The turn brought the and But led for 800,000. Chen check raised to 2,500,000 and was flat called by the out of position But.

The river was the and But checked, one of the few times during this heads up match that he had conceded the lead on the river, Chen fired out a bet of 2,600,000 and was check-raised all-in.

“You have to call off eventually,” said But, but it wouldn’t be this time as Chen folded and is now playing below 6,000,000 in chips.

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Jun 13 8:32 pm

Playing Big Pots

Level 36 (Blinds 300,000/600,000/50,000)
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 17,950,000

The very next hand after doubling, Chen three-bet But’s open to 3,000,000, and Erick would flat.  The two players would watch as the dealer fanned out the flop of .  Dean would lead for 2,500,000, but would end up folding after But would raise all-in.

Erick But – 24,000,000
Dean Chen – 11,500,000

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Jun 13 8:29 pm

Chen Gets A Double, Things Are Even Once Again

Level 36 (Blinds 300,000/600,000/50,000)
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 17,950,000

After an open from But on the button, Dean Chen would announce himself all-in, and Erick would drop a stack of chips in front of him for a call:

Chen:        But:

Flop:

Turn:

River:

Dean would flop big, and Erick would be drawing dead on the turn.  The two heads-up combatants are once again close in counts:

Erick But – 18,500,000
Dean Chen – 17,000,000

 

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Jun 13 8:02 pm

A Break From Heads Up Play

Both Chen and But are taking a (10) minute break from play, and when they return to Level 36, the blinds will be going up to 300,000/600,000/50,000 (chip average of 17,950,000).  Here are the updated chip counts going into break:

Erick But – 28,000,000 (44 big blinds)
Dean Chen – 7,900,000 (13 big blinds)

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Jun 13 8:02 pm

Chen Cut Back Down

Level 35 (Blinds 250,000/500,000/50,000)
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Avergage: 17,000,000

After taking down a few pots and chipping up over the last 15 minutes of Level 35, one of the final hands of the level saw Dean Chen lose the ground he had just gained.

From the small blind Chen raised it to 1,200,000 and was called by But.

But checked to the position raiser on the flop and then checked raised the 1,100,00 bet by Chen, bumping it to 2,500,000.

But led for 2,100,000 on the turn card and was called by Chen.

The fell on the river and Erick But announced he was all-in. Chen thought for a few minutes, but couldn’t find a call and folded.

The hand has knocked Chen back down to where he was toward the middle of the level.

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Jun 13 7:46 pm

Heads Up Play Slowing Down

Level 36 (Blinds 200,000/400,000/40,000)
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 17,950,000

After losing the chip lead, and subsequently becoming very short afterwards, Dean Chen has an uphill battle to get back into this heads-up match.  The two players sat down to a few sizable pots, but have since traded chips back and forth.  Here are the updated heads-up chip counts:

Erick But – 27,500,000
Dean Chen – 8,400,000

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