Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Borgata Winter Open: WPT Day 3

The Borgata Winter Poker Open continues with Day Three of the championship main event. Action will begin at Noon with 33 players remaining out of the original 381 entrants who all bought in for $10K. The winner gets $1.1M and a seat in the $25,000 World Poker Tour Championships at the Bellagio in April, along with a brand new 2006 Escalade.

The second day started with 165 players and Cliff "Johnny Bax" Josephy as the chipleader. When the day completed, only 33 were left with chips. Some notable pros eliminated on day two included Andy Black, Joe Sebok, Barry Greenstein, Scotty Nguyen, John Juanda, "My Main Man" Freddy Deeb, Matt Hilger, Carlos Mortensen, Chris Fargis, Gavin Smith, David Williams, Matt Matros, Steve Dannenmann, Brian Haveson, Steve Brecher, Alan Schein, and Tex Barch.

The money bubble came and went and Ted Forrest bubbled out in 76th place winning a free seat in September's main event here at the Borgata. Josephy let the chiplead slide out of his hands late in the evening when John D'Agostino went on a tear. He has close to $1 million in chips and is trying to make another final table at the Borgata. Last September, D'Agostino took 4th place in the Borgata Open that was won by Al Ardebili.

Erick Lindgren rivered a Royal Flush and ended the day in the Top 10 in chips. Louise Francouer ended the day near the top. A few days ago, she took third in the Ladies Event. The Grinder has a big stack along with EPT creator John Duthie. WSOP bracelet winners Denis Ethier and Erik Seidel are both alive. Ethier had been playing well all week and is seeking out another final table. He's already made two final tables in the past week finishing in second and fifth in those events. If there was an award for best player at the 2006 Borgata Winter Poker Open, it would be Denis Ethier.

By the end of Day 3, we'll be down to six players and find out who's gonna make the next WPT final table.
End of Day 2 Chipcounts Top 10:
1. John D'Agostino $988K
2. Kenny Schuyler $734K
3. Cliff Josephy $573K
4. Bill Edler $529K
5. Dane Jorgensen $519K
6. John Duthie $465K
7. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi $414K
8. Erick Lindgren $412K
9. Louise Francoeur $402K
10. Mike Goodman $374K

The Rest:
11. Pete Skyllas $370K
12. Will Tong $337K
13. Ronnie Cauthen $317K
14. Richard Kirsch $297K
15. Eugene Todd $235K
16. Denis Ethier $223K
17. Josh Spiegelman $219K
18. Dennis January $190K
19.. Don Mullis $188K
20. Amnon Filippi $175K
21. Joseph Miceli $171K
22. Peter Feldman $170K
23. Mike Sica $163K
24. Marc Nantais $158K
25. Leonard Green $145K
26. Jim Lester $135K
27. Richard Dabal $118K
28. Stuart Patterson $94K
29. Erik Seidel $79K
30. Chris Reslock $78K
31. Vlad Mezheritsky, Jr. $76K
32. Jorge Arias $47K
33. Greg Cash $47K

Here's a list of Day 2 eliminations and money winners:

The following players won $12,935:

75. Vinod Vangimalla (Silver Springs, MD)
74. Mark Webber (Sickerville, NJ)
73. Chris Fargis (Brooklyn, NY)
72. Andrew Schwartz (Boca Raton, FL)
71. Dean Schultz (Lewis Center, OH)
70. Ylon Schwartz (Brooklyn, NY)
69. John Cullen (Farmingdale, NJ)
68. Ron Schiffmani (Cherry Hill, NJ)
67. Daniel Yanofski (West Orange, NJ)
66. Scotty Nguyen (Las Vegas, NV)
65. Jonathan Zuckowski (Jupiter, Florida)
64. Nick Grudien (Mt. Vernon, NY)
63. Mark Lurenfeld (Virginia Beach, VA)
62. Thomas Martelli (Sewell, NJ)
61. Alexander Magor (Woodmere, NY)
60. Frank Vizza (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)
59. Tommy Wang (White Plains, NY)
58. Andy Black (Dublin, Ireland)
57. Feming Chan (Cranbury, NY)
56. Joe Sebok (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
55. Emmanuel Syragakis (Montreal, Canada)
54. Greg Fondacaro (Sewell, NJ)
53. Nick Feoli (Richboro, PA)
52. Scott Paston (Old Westbury, NY)
51. Richard Tatatlovich (Scottsdale, AZ)

The following players won $14,783:

50. Robert Weitzner (New York, NY)
49. Richard Aquino (Kearny, NJ)
48. Curt Kohlberg (Weston, MA)
47. Albert Muir (Ansonia, CT)
46. James Fletcher (Carney, MD)
45. Mark Schaech (Eldridge, MD)
44. Rich Murnick (Montclair, NJ)
43. Jeff King (Colchester, CT)
42. Tony Solerno (Howell, NJ)
41. Brian Haveson (Newtown, PA)
40. Bill Kaczynski (Scotch Plains, NJ)
39. Sean Armstrong (Egg Harbor, NJ)
38. Michael Esposito (Seaford, NY)
37. Alan Schein (N. Miami, FL)
36. Michael Lewis (Westin, CT)
35. John Juanda (Las Vegas, NV)
34. Matt Hilger (Atlanta, GA)
***** Live Blogging Updates *****

11:40am... Main Event update: Apologies to Greg Cash, who I incorrectly identified in the top 10 in chips. He told me he was "on life support" and had friends calling him up all morning. Sorry Greg. The chip cont has been fixed.

12:03pm... Main Event update: Players are unbagging their chips and action will begin shortly.
Main Event Payouts:
1. $1,173,373
2. $591,312
3. $282,721
4. $184,785
5. $147,828
6. $110,871
7. $73,914
8. $55,436
9. $46,196
10-12. $27,718
13-15. $22,174
16-21. $18,479
22-30. $16,631
31-50. $14,783
51-75. $12,935
12:08pm... Main Event update: Cards are in the air. We have 56 minutes left of this level. Blinds are $8K/$16K with a $1K.

12:09pm... Main Event update: On the first hand, Erik Seidel pushed all in from early position. The Grinder in the big blind mucked The Hammer (7-2o) face up. Erik Seidel is out in 33rd place after he was busted by Dennis January who called with Q-Q. Seidel won $14,783.

12:20pm... Main Event update: Denis Ethier picked up A-A and busted Marc Nantais in 32nd place. The Grinder busted Chris Reslock in 31st. Reslock moved all in with 6-6 and The Grinder flopped two pair with K-10. Leonard Green busted in 30th. Greg Cash finished in 29th when he was busted by Vlad Mezheritsky. 28 left with the action moving fast.

12:30pm... Main Event update: Here are some photos from today.

Eugene Todd & Erick Lindgren

John Duthie & Mike Sica

"Johnny Bax"

Louis Francoeur & Michael Goodman

12:35pm... Main Event update: Jorge Arias is out after his 10-10 ran into Dan Jorgenson's Q-J. Jorgenson rivered a straight. There are 27 players left on three tables. Players have redrawn for seats.
Recent Eliminations:
33. Erik Seidel (Henderson, NV) $14,783
32. Marc Nantais (Alfred, Ontario, Canada) $14,783
31. Chris Reslock (Atlantic City, NJ) $14,783
30. Leonard Green (Huntingdon Valley, PA) $16,631
29. Greg Cash (Mount Ida, AR) $16,631
28. Jorge Arias (Boca Raton, FL) $16,631
12:55pm... Main Event update: Mike Sica from North Brunswick, NJ was busted when his 10-9s lost to Dennis January's 8-8. He graciously stopped by the media table and explained to us his bustout hand.
Top 5 Chipcounts:
1 John D'Agostino $950K
2 Cliff Josephy $635K
3 Erick Lindgren $600K
4 Dane Jorgensen $550K
5 John Duthie $550K

Lindgren ponders a call.

Louise Francoeur & Dane Jorgensen

1:10pm... Main Event update: Vlad Mezheritsky has been eliminated by Kenny Schuyler in 26th place.

1:20pm... Main Event update: Players are on a break. John D'Ags lost the chiplead.
Top 5 Chipcount:
1. Kenny Schuyler $891K
2. John D'Agostino $802K
3. Dane Jorgensen $768K
4. John Duthie $549K
5. Cliff Josephy $531K
1:35pm... Main Event update: We're on Level 17. Blinds are $5K/10K with a $1K ante. Ronnie Cauthen got crippled when his J-J lost to Don Mullis' A-Q. He was out in 25th place soon after.

1:45pm... Main Event update: Bill Edler is out in 24th place. His K-J ran into Grinder's J-2s.

1:55pm... Main Event update: John Duthie scooped a big pot and Louise Francoeur took one off of The Grinder.
Updated Chipcount:
1 Kenny Schuyler $1.02M
2 Michael Mizrachi $990K
3 John D'Agostino $780K
4 Dane Jorgensen $680K
5 John Duthie $650K
6 Don Mullis $590K
7 Cliff Josephy $535K
8 Michael Goodman $460K
9 Erick Lindgren $460K
10 Denis Ethier $410K
11 Gene Todd $410K
12 Amnon Filippi $380K
13 Joe Miceli $335K
14 Will Tong $285K
15 Josh Spiegelman $270K
16 Louise Francoeur $225K
17 Peter Feldman $190K
18 Dennis January $190K
19 Richard Dabal $152K
20 Pete Skyllas $150K
21 Richard Kirsch $136K
22 Jim Lester $130K
23 Stuart Patterson $69K
2:00pm... Main Event update: Denis Ethier and 9-9 ran into CLiff Josephy's A-A. Ethier was eliminated in 23rd place. Jim Lester took 22nd when Louise Francoeur's A-A eliminated his 8-8. She now has over $600K.
Recent Eliminations:
27. Mike Sica (N. Brunswick, NJ) $16,631
26. Vlad Mezheritsky (Brooklyn, NY) $16,631
25. Ronnie Cauthen (Pawley's Island, SC) $16,631
24. Bill Edler (Las Vegas, NV) $16,631
23. Denis Ethier (Durham, NC) $16,631
22. Jim Lester (Cincinnati, OH) $16,631
2:15pm... Main Event update: John Duthie's stack took a hit from Eugene Todd and slipped to 500K. A few hands later, John Duthie put Erick Lindgren to the test in a hand that lasted almost ten minutes. During the hand, at the table right next to Duthie-Lindgren's table, John D'Agastino lost a race to Don Mullis. D'Ags had Q-Q and Mullis' A-K won the race. He flopped a King and rivered an ace. That hand unfolded while Erick Lindgren deliberated over John Duthie's all in bet on the turn. With two diamonds on the board and a King, Duthie made a stab at the pot with K-3s. Lindgren thought forever and finally called with A-K. His hand held up and Duthie was crippled. John Duthie was eliminated soon after.

John Duthie (London, England) - 21st Place

2:20pm... Main Event update: Richard Kirsch is out in 20th place. Dennis January is out in 19th place. We're down to 18 players and the final two tables. Players are redrawing for seats.
Recent Eliminations:
21. John Duthie (London, England) $18,479
20. Richard Kirsch (Pampass Beach, FL) $18,479
19. Dennis January (Vancouver, WA) $18,479

Top 10 Chipcount:
1. Kenny Schuyler $1.25M
2. Erick Lindgren $1.2M
3. Don Mullis $1.09M
4. Cliff Josephy $950K
5. Dane Jorgensen $780K
3:05pm... Main Event update: We're on a break. When the players return, they will be at Level 18 Blinds $6K/$12K.

3:25pm... Main Event update: Pete Skyllas has been eliminated in 18th place.

3:35pm... Main Event update: Dane Jorgensen, sporting a black hat that read "I didn't come here to lose," got into a raising war preflop with The Grinder. When it was all done, they were both all in preflop and the Grinder flipped over pocket Queens while Jorgensen showed J-J. The Grinder busted Jorgensen in 17th place. 16 remaining. The Grinder leads the pack with Erick Lindgren not far behind.
Recent Eliminations:
18. Pete Skyllas (Astoria, NY) $18,479
17. Dane Jorgensen (Chesterfield, VA) $18,479

Updated Chipcount:
1. The Grinder $1.25M
2. Erick Lindgren $1.180,000
3. Don Mullis $1.075M
4. Amnon Filippi $990K
5. Stuart "The Donator" Patterson $950K
6. Josh Spiegelman $663K
7. Cliff Josephy $660K
8. Michael Goodman $448K
9. Gene Todd $445K
10. Kenny Schuyler $410K
11. Louise Francoeur $360K
12. John D'Agostino $280K
13. Richard Dabal $265K
14. Peter Feldman $250K
15. Joe Miceli $191K
16. Will Tong $108K
4:00pm... Main Event update: The Grinder and Kenny Schuyler tangled heads up. The Grinder raised preflop with A-10s and Schuyler called. On a board of 4-2-Q-Q-8, the Grinder checked to Schuyler who bet out 150K. The Grinder thought Schuyler was trying to steal the pot and he thought about calling for a very long time, long enough that he asked the Tournament Director Tab if he could call a clock on himself. That drew a few chcukles from everyone at the table and on the rail. The Grinder reluctantly mucked his A-10s face up and Schuyler showed K-Q for trip Queens.

The Grinder stares down Kenny Schuyler

4:12pm... Main Event update: Will Tong is out when his A-8 ran into Amnon Filippi's A-J.
Top 5 Chipcount:
1. Erick Lindgren $ 1.2M
2. Don Mullis $ 1.2M
3. Stuart Patterson $1.15M
4. Michael Mizrachi $1.1M
5. Amnon Filippi $1M
4:20pm... Main Event update: Players are on a 15 minute break.
Updated Chipcount:
1. "The Grinder" $1.42M
2. Erick Lindgren $1.38M
3. Don Mullis $1.32M
4. Stuart 'Donator' Patterson $1.11M
5. Amnon Filippi $1.1M
6. Josh Spiegelman $720K
7. Michael Goodman $520K
8. Cliff Josephy $365K
9. Louise Francoeur $282K
10. John D'Agostino $270K
11. Peter Feldman $220K
12. Joe Miceli $215K
13. Kenny Schuyler $190K
14. Gene Todd $150K
15. Richard Dabal $135K
5:00pm... Main Event update: We have two more bustouts. Gene Todd was knocked out by Josh Spiegelman. Erick Lindgren's J-J sent Michael Goodman's 8-8 to the rail. He has over $1.8M.
Recent Eliminations:
16. Will Tong (Astoria, NY) $22,174
15. Eugene Todd $22,174
14. Michael Goodman (New York, NY) $22,174

Top 5 Chipcounts:
1. Erick Lindgren $1.8M
2. The Grinder $1.46M
3. Don Mullis $1.18M
4. Stuart "The Donator" Patterson $1.15M
5. Amnon Filippi $1.08M

5:15pm... Main Event update: Richard Dabal is on life support.

5:20pm... Main Event update: Dabal is done. He was busted in 13th place when his J-3 was run down by Amnon Filipi's 3-3.

5:33pm... Main Event update: Louise Francoeur is out. Her Q-Q ran into Peter Feldman's A-A. She finished in 12th in an amazing run and she ended up being the last female to be eliminated from this event.
Updated Top 5 Chipcount:
1 Don Mullis $1.44M
2 Amnon Filippi $1.403M
3 Erick Lindgren $1.32M
4 Michael Mizrachi $1.3M
5 Stuart Patterson $1.13M

Stuart "Donator" Patterson

5:53pm... Main Event update: Players are on a one hour dinner break. See you around 7pm.
Updated Chipcount:
1 Erick Lindgren $1.82M
2 Amnon Filippi $1.5M
3 Don Mullis $1.4M
4 The Grinder $1.38M
5 Stuart "Donator" Patterson $1.1M
6 Josh Spiegelman $842K
7 Cliff Josephy $437K
8 John D'Agostino $352K
9 Joe Miceli $311K
10 Kenny Schuyler $277K
11 Peter Feldman $248K
6:55pm... Main Event update: Players are back. Level 20. Blinds are $10K/20K with $3K antes.

7:10pm... Main Event update: Cliff "Johnny Bax" Josephy was just busted by The Grinder in 11th place. The Grinder raised preflop and Josephy called. On a flop of 5-7-9, Josephy checked and the Grinder moved all in. Josephy quickly called with 9-7s. The Grinder showed Q-Q. The turn was a Queen which gave The Grinder a set and the lead. His hand held up and he busted Josephy in 11th place winning $27,718. We reached a final table of 10 players.
Recent Eliminations:
13. Richard Dabal (Rochelle Park, NJ) $27,718
12. Louise Francoeur (Palm Beach, FL) $27,718
11. Cliff Josephy (Muttontown, NY) $27,718

Final Table Chipcounts:
1 Erick Lindgren $1.95M
2 The Grinder $1.7M
3 Don Mullis $1.415M
4 Amnon Filippi $1.3M
5 Stuart "Donator" Patterson $1.11M
6 Josh Spiegelman $890K
7 John D'Agostino $320K
8 Joe Miceli $275K
9 Kenny Schuyler $261K
10 Peter Feldman $240K

The Final Table

7:30... Main Event update: A Tale of Two Pocket Tens... Erick Lindgren limped in with 10-10 and when John D'Agostino moved all in, Lindgren mucked. D'Ags showed 10-10.
Top 3 Chipcounts:
1. Erick Lindgren $1.9M
2. The Grinder $1.5M
3. Amnon Filippi $1.45M

Tournament Director Tab Duchateau, The Grinder, & Steve

Peter "Nordberg" Feldman

8:00pm... Main Event update: John D'Ags is on life support as one of the shortstacks, while Lindgren keeps adding to his.
Updated Chipcount:
1 Erick Lindgren $2M
2 The Grinder $1.45M
3 Don Mullis $1.35M
8:15pm... Main Event update: Players are on a break. Still 10 left. Lindgren has $1.9M in chips.

8:30pm... Main Event update: We're on Level 21. Blinds are $12K/24K with a $4K ante.

9:00pm... Main Event update: D'Ags is making a run. He has over $600K now. The Grinder made a monster laydown with A-K. On the turn with a board of A-Q-4-7, Josh Spiegelman made a $500K reraise and The Grinder folded. Josh Spiegelman showed A-A for a set of aces. The Grinder made another big laydown today.

Miss America stopped by the tournament yesterday
Photo courtesy of Fran Bellocchio

9:05pm... Main Event update: John D'Agostino took down a big pot from Amnon Filipi to move into 4th place in chips with over $900K.

9:15pm... Main Event update: Kenny Schuyler from Long Branch, NJ has been eliminated in 10th place by Amnon Filipi. He won $27,718. Filipi flopped a set of 3s to Schuyler's top pair and all the money went into the pot on the flop.
Top 3 Chipcounts:
1. Erick Lindgren $1.7M
2. Don Mullis $1.355M
3. Josh Spiegelman $1.145M

Kenny Schuyler - 10th Place

Lindgren & The Grinder

9:35pm... Main Event update: The past hour has been the John D'Agastino show. he picked up another pot, this time against John Mullis and now his stack is well over a million. He has $1.2M in chips.

9:45pm... Main Event update: Players are on a break. 9 left. Lindgren is still the chipleader.

10:00pm... Main Event update: We're on Level 22. Blinds are $15K/$30K with a $4K ante.

10:12pm... Main Event update: Erick Lindgren has increased his lead to over $2M and has almost as many chips as second and third place combined.

10:20pm... Main Event update: Plenty of pros are here sweating the final 9 players and checking out the action including Gavin Smith, David Williams, Andy Black, Kathy Liebert, Paul Darden, and Efro.

10:40pm... Main Event update: Nothing to report. Action has slowed down and players have tightened up.
Updated Chipcount:
1. Erick "EDogg" Lindgren $2M
2. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi $1.2M
3. Amnon Filippi $1.09M
4. Don Mullis $1.015M
5. Josh "I Don't Have a Nickname" Spiegelman $ 990K
6. Stuart "Donator" Patterson $809K
7. Peter "Nordberg" Feldman $870K
8. John "Dags" D'Agostino $790K
9. Joe Miceli $780K
10:51pm... Main Event update: The Grinder was involved in a monster pot, probably the biggest of the day and of the tournament. The Grinder busted Don Mullis in 9th place when his Q-Q held up against J-J. Mullis won $46,196. Down to 8. The Grinder jumped ahead of Lindgren in the chiplead with over $2.4M.

The Grinder wins with Queens
(Click on photo to enlarge)

Don Mullis (Willmington, NC) - 9th Place

11:10pm... Main Event update: Joe Miceli has been eliminated in 8th place and won $55,436. His K-Q lost to John D'Agostino's 10-9. On a flop of Q-J-7, Miceli moved all in and D'Ags called. He turned a straight and sent Miceli to the rail.
Recent Chipcount:
1. The Grinder $2.7M
2. Erick Lindgren $2.14M
3. John D'Agostino $ 1.3M
4. Stuart "Donator" Patterson $1.06M
5. Josh Spiegelman $880K
6. Amnon Filippi $820K
7. Peter Feldman $650K
11:30pm... Main Event update: Players are on a break. The Grinder has the chiplead.

11:35pm... Main Event update: We're on Level 23. Blinds are $20K/40K with $5K antes. Seven players left. We're playing until one more player gets busted.

11:43pm... Main Event update: Peter Feldman has been eliminated when his A-A got cracked by Josh Spiegelman's A-K. He bubbled out of the TV table. Both players were all in preflop. Josh Spiegelman turned a straight with a 10-J-Q on the board and sent Feldman to the rail. Feldman won $73,914 and earned his seat in this event by winning a satellite online.
Recent Eliminations:
10. Kenny Schuyler (Long Branch, NJ) $27,718
9. Don Mullis (Willmington, NC) $46,196
8. Joe Miceli (New York, NY) $55,436
7. Peter Feldman (Harper Woods, MI) $73,914

Final 6 Chipcount:
1. Erick Lindgren $2.635M
2. The Grinder $2.04M
3. Josh Spiegelman $1.635M
4. John D'Agostino $ 1.34M
5. Stuart "Donator" Patterson $1.06M
6. Amnon Filippi $820K
The final table will start at 5pm on Wednesday. See you there.

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