Level 2 (Blinds 50/100)
Total Entries: 118
The field continues to grow in Event 8, already exceeding any expectations that players had coming in. While watching the action at Table 8, players began to discuss why they prefer this event over other (non-senior) tournaments. Arthur Bressler (pictured earlier) explained, “I think it’s a more enjoyable event, much more standard. The play throughout the tournament isn’t as crazy without the younger players, with the bet sizing one of the biggest differences. I think tournaments used to be 70% skill and 30% luck…now I think its 50/50.”
Arthur’s table mates agreed with his sentiments, stating that they really look forward to playing in this event. It’s also interesting to note that of the over one hundred players in the field, there are only two iPads at the table, and only nine players that are wearing headphones. It’s definitely a throwback to the poker than many of the players who play now watched on television growing up, or on YouTube of past WSOP televised tournaments.
Level 2 (Blinds 50/100)
Total Entries: 90
Frank DiRe (Columbus, NJ) has been waiting fifty years for this moment, as he sits down to his first Seniors Event ever (he just turned 50 in April). He posted on Twitter how excited he was to have a chance to play today, but ran into some resistance in first couple hands of the day. Frank is a Borgata tournament and cash regular, and can frequently be found on the online felt at BorgataPoker.com. He last cash at Borgata came last year during the Borgata Poker Open, when he finished in 8th place during the $240 NL Hold’em Deepstack ($8,532). Dire is also seated at one of the outer tournament tables with notable Marvin Siegel (Monroe Township, NJ).
Level 1 (Blinds 25/50)
Total Entries: 80
The cards are in the air for Event 8 and the tables are filling up rather quickly. The field is highlighted by Arthur Bressler (Manalapan, NJ) and his tournament resume boasting earnings of over $115,000. Arthur won the Seniors Event during the 2011 Borgata Fall Poker Open, taking home his first Borgata trophy and $15,175. Notables also in the field include:
The eighth day of the Borgata Summer Poker Open brings what could be the busiest of the series. The day kicks off early with Event 8 – $300 + 40 Seniors (+50) NL Hold’em (Re-Entry) beginning at 10:00am. Defending champ Richard Gargel (Brigantine, NJ) won this event earlier this year, besting a field of 271 entries to take home over $22,000. Then at 11:00am, Event 9 – $260 + 40 Deepest Stack NL Hold’em will begin. This event boasts a starting stack of 40,000 in chips, which is the most any player will start with during any tournament throughout the series. Led by Anthony Caruso (Medford, NJ) who bagged 508,500 in the early hours this morning, the 169 players that bagged chips on Day 1 of Event 6 will return at 12:00pm to finish what they started.
If that wasn’t enough poker action, the schedule also offers two cash tournaments later in the day:
3:00pm – $100 + 20+ 25 Green Chip Bounty NLH
7:00pm – $125 + 25 + 25 Green Chip Bounty NLH