Level 14 (1200/2400/300 ante)
Total Entries: 1880
It’s only fair since we showed the lines for Day 1C of the $500,000 guaranteed opening event of the 2015 Borgata Summer Poker Open that we do the same for the last opening flight, 1D which kicks off at 7pm.
Organizers expect to have Day 1C bagged and tagged by 6:30pm and Day 1D will be in the Signature Room with overs flow in the poker room.
Day 1C had 806 entries and total entries are at 1,880 and climbing.
Level 13 (1000/2000/300 ante)
Total Entries : 1849
Irwin Reiter seems to have held onto the Day 1C chip lead through level 12, having built his stack to about 270K, which means he’s added about $100K since we last talked to him at the end of level nine.
“I had some pocket aces, some pocket pairs,” he says. “Just running into good hands.”
Level 12 (800/1600/200 ante)
Level 12 is underway and we have an official number of 806 entries for Day 1C of Event 1. About 400 players remain and table consolidation is moving most of the action into the Signature Room.
Total entries is at 1,789 (unofficially) with the prize pool at $607,366. There are 44.725 million chips in play.
Players get one last break after level 12 before powering out the day to Level 15.
Level 10 (500/1000/100 ante)
Irwin Reiter has built up one of the largest stacks in the Signature room with about 170K (remember, half the field is in the Borgata Poker Room).
“I’ve just run into a couple of sets that landed me some big hands, Reiter says. “I had a set of deuces early on and then I ran into a set of Queens in level nine. It’s just a few good hands and its built up.”
Reiter plays regularly, both cash and tournaments and usually hits Borgata once a month. He also plays tournaments in Vegas and has a couple of small cashes in Borgata Events. Including a $3,200 cash in 2014.
Level 7: Blinds 250/500/50 ante
Charles Nocera of Martinsville NJ has a claim to be one of the early chip leaders in Day 1C action through Level Six.
Nocera sported an about 130K stack which blossomed to 150K when his pocket pair of jacks knocked out a short stack early in round seven.
Nocera is a veteran cash player, but has been turning to tournaments lately.
“I’ve played for 15 years, but in the last year or so I’ve been playing tournaments,” he said. “I’ve done pretty decent andhad some luck.”
That includes a final table appearance at a $560 NLH tournament at the 2015 Winter Poker Open.
“All my cashes have been here,” he said. “The Borgata really is my spot.”
Level 6: Blinds $200/$400/$50 ante
Level six is underway for Day 1C of the Borgata Summer Poker Open’ first event and players will be taking their second break of the day after the level.
The lines have finally lessened and we’re looking at better than 50 tables spread between the Borgata Poker Room and the Signature Room.
Re-buys are open through round nine.
Unofficially, we’re over 600 entries for the flight with a total entry of 1,486. That means we’ve hit the $500,000 guarantee—at $504,000—and we still have flight 1D tonight at 7pm.
There’s now better than 37 million chips in play and the average stack size is 33,950.
Level 5: Blinds 150/300/25 ante
When playing at a Borgata open, there are always some players that are just stylin’.
Well, if styling is a dark hoodie and mirrored glasses.
But Dane Coates, 31, of Newport News Va. knows how to truly style. And that caught the attention of tablemate Jonathan Diolsa, 31, of Rockman NY.
“He’s just been ragging on me,” Coates said. “First it was because I was eating a banana at the table, and then because of my hot pink headphones.”
Apparently Diolosa let Coates’ bikini shirt slide.
“But really, that’s why I got them,” Coates said of the headphones. “I mean who’s the other guy who is going to have hot pink headphones?”
“Only him,” said Diolosa.
Both players regularly attend Borgata Opens with Coates making the trip about four times a year and Diolosa about twice a year.
“Every time they take my picture at one of these, I lose, but that’s OK,” Diolosa said.
And not always true as we watched him take down a pot after chasing everyone out after the river.
“Hmmm, maybe it is good luck, he said.
Level 4: Blinds $100/$200
The players are almost back from their first break of the day and with more than 50 tables in play and unofficially more than 500 entrants so far today — not to mentions that the lines haven’t gotten any shorter at registration– it looks like we’ll be covering the $500,000 guarantee for Event 1 of the Borgata Summer Poker Open at any minute.
Going into the break the prize pool sat at $449,498 with more than 33 million in chips in play.
Level 3: Blinds $75/$150
Some grinders at Day 1C of Event 1 are on a mission—a mission to make it to the bubble.
But some players, well, they’re on a mission of peace, of seeking happiness, of finding harmony in the cards.
Really. Plus making the bubble would be nice too.
Massaoud Nikjouian, 53 of Washington DC and Zamir Zion, 55, of Brooklyn are hard not to notice as they play out Day 1C.
“I’m not a spare tire of love,” explains Nikjouian at one point when the subject of wives comes up at the table. “I am the boss. It’s not in my character to have a boss. I’m the boss”
He’s also a pretty dynamic table conversationalist.
“I’m the sweetest guy there is,” he says. “Unless you challenge me.”
Some other tidbits –Nikjouian’s name literally means searching for happiness and his friendship with Zion, an Israeli, is testimony that they both stand for peace and harmony.
Oh, and they play a little poker too.
“We’ve been playing Borgata since it opened,” Zion said.
“Tournaments once in a while,” adds Nikjouian. “We’ve had some luck.”
Here’s wishing for some poker harmony as well.
Level 2: Blinds $50/$100
We’ve got some serious overflow for Day 1C, traditionally the busiest flight of an opening event at the Borgata Summer Open.
About 330 players have already registered for Day 1C, and as you can see, the line for players is still snaking through Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s casino floor.
More than 10 tables are already in play in the Borgata Poker Room and the Signature Room’s 25 tables are filled.
Hey, what better way is there to spend a rainy day in Atlantic City?