Event 2 (Day 1)
Paused in Level 16: Limits 5,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 14 of 82
With 11 minutes remaining in Level 16, the hour-hand hit 2am and the day was complete for the last 14 players in Event 2. Tournament staff paused the clock and chips went into bags.
Gerard Fabiano was an early leader and he’s still at the top of the counts. He will return tomorrow with 186,000 and followed closely by Jeff Liebster with 174,500 and Jared Fenigstein with 166,000.
Action gets back underway tomorrow at noon and we will post the table/seat draw as soon as it is available.
Level 16: Limits 5,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 16 of 82
It seemed like a race against the clock and the two table redraw. The redraw got there.
With 19 minutes remaining in the day, the field dropped down to 16 players and tournament staff paused the clock for them to redraw seats at the last two tables. They won’t have very long to get to know their neighbors; they only have a few minutes before the end of the day and the overnight redraw for tomorrow.
End of Level 15: Limits 4,000/8,000
Players Remaining: 19 of 82
Level 15 came to an end and the 19 remaining players are taking a short ten-minute break while tournament staff color off the black chips. They will return and play one more 40-minute level before survivors bag up their chips for a noon return tomorrow for Day 2.
Level 15: Limits 4,000/8,000
Players Remaining: 22 of 82
There was a lot of action on Table 2 and it mostly resulted in Jeff Liebster building his stack but Mike Huguenot hung around a little longer.
One opponent completed with the and Jeff Liebster completed to 4,000 with before Mike Huguenot moved all in for 11,200 with . The opener called and Liebster called to make it a three-way pot with side action.
Liebster: (X X)(X)
Huguenot: (X X) (X)
Third Party: (X X)(X)
Liebster fired bets on fourth and fifth streets, each one called, but he slowed down with checks on sixth and seventh streets.
Liebster tabled while saying he missed and only had a pair of fives. Huguenot flipped up for a 7-4 low and their opponent slow peeled and unhappily tossed over . Liebster’s pair of fives held for the bigger side pot to move up to 102,000 while Huguenot took his low half to fight another hand.
Huguenot: () ()
Third Party: ()()
Level 14: Limits 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 24 of 82
Another level down and another table broken. Event 2 is down to its last three tables in the tournament with less than two hours in their day.
Jared Fenigstein is making the most of his debut. He’s playing in his Borgata tournament and things are moving in the right direction. Fenigstein was sitting with a short stack next to Chris Reslock earlier but a change of scenery saw him run his stack up to 110,000 as the night rolls on.
Level 13: Limits 2,000/4,000
Players Remaining: 29 of 82
Event 2 players returned from the latest break in the action and cards are back in the air. The tournament dropped down to the last four tables as the night heads toward completion.
Gerard Fabiano took the lead after dinner break and he’s still up there after five more levels. He returned to a stack of 120,300 and the only player over 100,000. His closest competitor is 2016 Borgata Poker Open Omaha/8 runner-up Bob Camano with 93,800.
Level 12: Limits 1,500/3,000
Players Remaining: 33 of 82
We caught the action with Mike Huguenot heads-up to sixth street with all of his chips in the middle.
Huguenot was ahead with his aces but his opponent turned up seventh street to make two pair. Huguenot had a ton of outs for the win plus a low draw (19 for the scooping win and 13 for the low chop) then slow peeled his river. He laughed and turned over the for trip aces and the scoop double. His opponent was down to a single ante and Huguenot took the rest of his chips on the next hand, along with the short stack of poker legend Chris Reslock when his split eights did not improve against Huguenot’s two-pair.
Level 12: Limits 1,500/3,000
Players Remaining: 40 of 82
The stalemate had to break eventually. There were only so many chips in play and the limits keep climbing even with the newly extended 40-minute levels. They are down to the last five tables of the tournament with 40 players remaining and it seems like Gerard Fabiano has been the biggest beneficiary of the run.
He’s been climbing since dinner break and his 96,000 is on the verge of being the first one into six-digit territory.
Level 11: Limits 1,200/2,400
Players Remaining: 48 of 82
As Level 10 was coming to an end, Jerry Yavner was trying to keep his tournament alive. He was in a three-way Stud/8 pot with Sandy Demaskey and another player. The rivers were dealt, Demaskey led out for the 2K big bet with her board reading and Yavner moved all-in for 1,800, less than a min-raise, with showing. The third player bailed and Demaskey called.
Yavener flipped over for a seven-high straight and 6-5 low for the scoop after Demaskey mucked her hand. Demaskey’s stack dropped down near the felt while Yavner’s 22,800 put him back over a starting stack.
Level 10: Limits 1,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 64 of 82
Ernest Vidal was one of the bigger stacks coming back from break and he just chopped up another opponent to build it higher. The player under the gun opened, Vidal called, and the blinds came along for the ride to the flop.
It checked around, the turn came and the UTG player checked. Vidal bet, the small blind called, and the UTG player came along as well to the river. Another check, another big bet from Vidal and both players called.
Small Blind: Mucked
The UTG player had the lock low on the turn, the river gave Vidal the diamond flush for the high, and they chopped up the small blind. The hand moved Vidal’s stack higher and he is now over 40,000.