Mar 15 10:43 am

BPPS 500: Day 2 Chip Counts And Seating Assignments

Level 13 (1,000/2,000/300)
Total BPPS 500 Entries: 363
Players Remaining: 126
Chip Average: 80,000

In just under two hours 126 players will return for Day 2 of the Borgata Poker Player’s Series 500 and while everyone returning will have their eyes set on advancing to Monday’s Day 3, they will first need to survive through the money bubble.

That money bubble isn’t going to burst for a while though as 36 players will cash, with a complete payout structure being posted when play begins at 12 PM.

There is certainly going to be some movement on the BPPS 500 leader board until then but as it stands coming into this Day 2 session, a complete list of chip counts can be found below, with an alphabetical list with seating assignments listed online.

JOSEPH MCKEEHEN 252,700
MITCHELL MORRIS 228,500
CHRISTOPHER MIKIL 227,700
VINEET PAHUJA 210,800
TIMOTHY STUMP 201,000
ANTONIO WALKER 200,300
TREVOR DEETER 197,700
JASON YODER 195,500
KENNETH SILBERSTEIN 189,800
JAMES GILBERT 184,300
ALEXANDER ROCHA 171,700
BRIAN REARDON 171,400
LANA OBRIEN 152,900
LUKASZ RUTKOWSKI 152,700
BRIAN LEE 150,900
THOMAS MCGARRY 148,800
JAMES LILLIS 146,400
MICHAEL MCGUINNESS 142,000
ALFRED WARRINER 139,600
KHALED ALWAN 136,700
RICHARD ROSSETTI 135,000
ANDREW ZHU 133,700
MATTHEW BURNITZ 132,100
NATHANIEL PARENTI 131,300
PHILIP NEIMAN 127,700
JOSEPH BACCIGALUPI 126,900
MARK DOIBAN 124,800
RENATA COLACHE 122,200
PETER IPPOLITO 121,100
LEONID VIZIROV 119,100
VINCENT MASINO 119,000
THOMAS HILL 115,000
MICHAEL KALFA 114,600
MICHAEL DENTALE 112,500
JEFFREY GROSS 112,200
STEVEN TAGUE 110,700
JUSTIN MORRELL 110,200
FRANK DEFUSO 110,000
JOHN HYLAND 107,500
HUNG TRUONG 102,000
KEARNS JULIEN 101,100
SHANE CLEMENTS 99,000
GARY CRISS 98,000
LONG NGO 97,900
ANNA KHAIT 97,800
JINGLIN CHEN 95,000
MARK HANSEN 94,200
WILLIAM DALOISI 91,700
DANIEL DIZENZO 91,700
JOSE JARAMILLO 91,300
JAMES KOUSOUROS 91,300
ANTONIO PAYNE 91,100
MARK CICCONE 88,700
DAWN WILNO 86,800
DANIEL BUZGON 85,500
JEREMY BROWN 82,900
THOMAS COAN 81,400
RICHARD CARDONA 81,000
ANTHONY IMPERIAL 80,600
JOSEPH CUTLER 79,700
PABLO ALVAREZ-MONTOYA 79,400
MICHAEL SANDLER 79,100
DANIEL RENZI 78,400
IOSIF KLIGER 78,200
CATHERINE DEVER 75,700
ANTHONY DIORIO 73,200
JOHN DESIMONE 72,700
STEVEN SARMIENTO 71,400
MICHAEL WOLL 70,200
JOSE MONTES 69,100
MARK SYKES 69,000
MARTIN CALLE MUNOZ 68,200
KEVIN OBRIEN 65,900
ABRAHAM BASH 65,800
GUY MAXTONE-GRAHAM 65,400
DEREK SCHOMBURG 64,900
DAVID INSELBERG 64,600
JOSEPH KENT 63,800
SALVATORE BUSACCA 62,000
JOHN ALEXANDER 58,700
DANIEL SEWNIG 58,400
WILLIAM TRAUTWEIN 58,300
NEELESH KALANI 57,400
MICHAEL AZZARO 56,400
RICHARD CORLEY 55,700
PETER LEW 55,400
JUSTIN KADET 53,900
ARISTIDES SANTANA 53,900
MARK BUONADONNA 53,800
ALFREDO ZAMBRANO 53,200
JAMES KAPLAN 52,300
GREGORY JOSLYN 50,500
PHILIP MEDICI 48,400
MATTHEW DAMON 47,600
IRVY RODRIGUEZESPINAL 44,900
DENNIS ALTMAN 44,800
MEGAN MILBURN 43,900
KERRY SMALL 43,600
JOHN LONG 42,500
MATTHEW ITKIN 42,400
ERINC SEN 42,400
MATTHEW GAMBINO 42,000
EKATERINA GRISHAKOVA 38,800
JASON QUINTANA 38,700
JAMES JAMISON 38,500
RICHARD DEVIVO 37,300
GEORGE CICAK 37,000
JOSIP RICOV 36,700
RICHARD DEVITO 36,000
MARTIN LONDONO 36,000
GRETCHEN SONNE 35,700
BARUCH KRIEGER 33,700
MICHAEL NAPOLI 32,000
MICHAEL MARDER 31,300
ANTHONY GAROFALO 30,800
ALEX TORRES 30,500
BENJAMIN FANSLER 30,300
FRANK DIRE 25,600
JOSEPH MESSINA 24,200
RONALD UETZ 24,200
JOSEPH STEUR 23,500
JAMES PICCOLO 20,400
DANIEL ROVNER 17,100
TODOR BLAZEVSKI 17,000
BRITTANY PAIGE 15,000
HOWARD WOLPER 14,900
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Mar 14 11:45 am

BPPS 500: Complete Day 1A Chip Counts

Level 13 (1,000/2,000/300)
Total Day 1A Entries: 133
Players Remaining: 41
Chip Average: 93,500

As is the case with every Borgata Poker event that has multiple starting flights, we try to bring you the updated counts from the previous day’s flights early in the day’s coverage so players can know what kind of chip counts were bagged last night and followers and fans can stay informed as well.

The tournament staff has done a great job producing those chip counts early today so without further ado, the complete list of counts for the players that bagged in yesterday’s Day 1A flight:

Joseph McKeehen 252,700
Mitch Morris 228,500
Tim Stump 201,000
Ken Silberstein 189,800
James Gilbert 184,300
Lana O’Brien 152,900
Lukasz Rutkowski 152,700
Brian Lee 150,900
James Lillis 146,400
Michael McGuinness 142,000
Nathaniel Parenti 131,300
Joseph Baccigalupi 126,900
Mike Dentale 112,500
Justin Morrell 110,200
John Hyland 107,500
Gary Criss 98,000
Jinglin Chen 95,000
Dan DiZenzo 91,700
Mark Ciccone 88,700
Daniel Buzgon 85,500
Thomas Coan 81,400
Pablo Alvarez-Montoya 79,400
Tony Diorio 73,200
Steven Sarmiento 71,400
Michael Woll 70,200
Jose Montes 69,100
Kevin O’Brien 65,900
David Inselberg 64,600
Sal Busacca 62,000
John Alexander 58,700
Mike Azzaro 56,400
Arsitides Santana 53,900
James Kaplan 52,300
Kerry Small 43,600
Erinc Sen 42,400
Matthew Gambino 42,000
Richard DeVivo 37,300
Michael Marder 31,300
Joseph Steur 23,500
James Piccolo 20,400
Howard Wolper 14,900

The complete chip count list in spreadsheet form can be found here.

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Mar 13 9:46 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 1A): McKeehen Best, Three Over 200K

Level 12 (800/1,600/200)
Total Day 1A Entries: 133
Players Remaining: 41
Chip Average: 97,000

Tim Stump (Dover, DE) was one of three players to finish Day 1A over the 200,000 chip mark and will return for Sunday's Day 2 session looking to turn his advantage into a big BSSP score.

Tim Stump (Dover, DE) was one of three players to finish Day 1A over the 200,000 chip mark and will return for Sunday’s Day 2 session looking to turn his advantage into a big BSSP score.

Nearly every survivor of Day 1A was mid-way through counting and bagging their chips while the biggest pot of the night was being played out between Mitch Morris and an unknown player at an outer table.

The action was picked up on a flop of with Morris check calling a bet of 16,000.

He’d then check call again as the came on the turn, this time for just over 25,000.

The looked like the gin card as both flush and straight draws had gotten there, but Morris would check again and then snap call an all-in shove from his opponent, tabling with his top pair being good enough to win a massive 200,000 chip pot.

His opponent was on a semi-bluff of sorts, holding just a pair of eights when it was all said and done, losing the entirety of his above average chip stack on the final hand of the night.

By the time Morris had finally gotten his chips sorted, counted and bagged the rest of the field had already left the tournament area, but it was worth the wait as Morris would finish second in chips, finishing with an impressive 228,500.

That would book end him between the two other over 200,000 chip finishers, as Joe McKeehen finished with just over 250,000 and Tim Stump ended Day 1A with just over 200,000.

There would be a few players overing right below that mark, with Jim Gilbert (184,000), Lana O’Brian (152,000), James Lillis (146,000) and Michael McGuinness (142,000) all finishing with close to double the chip average.

The next way over players would be led by Mike Dentale who finished with 112,000 along with Dan DiZenzo (91,000), Daniel Buzgon (82,000), Thomas Coan (81,000), Steve Sarmiento (71,000) who are all hovering close to the average.

In total, 41 players will advance to Sunday’s Day 2 which will start at 12 PM and that field will be joined by the surviving players from tomorrow’s Day 1B flight, which starts promptly at 11 AM.

The BPPS blog will pick up coverage early tomorrow morning and soon after Day 1B play begins a complete list of chip count from all advancing players from today’s flight will be posted to the blog.

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Mar 13 9:15 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 1A): Driving Dentale Crazy

Level 12 (800/1,600/200)
Total Day 1A Entries: 133
Players Remaining: 47
Chip Average: 80,000

James Lillis (Robinsville, NJ)

James Lillis (Robinsville, NJ)

Mike Dentale is still well over the 100,000 chip mark, but if it wasn’t for James Lillis he might be playing close to triple that as Lillis has been driving Dentale crazy over the last two levels and is now playing one of the bigger stacks in the room.

Lillis started his upswing doubling up through the big stack and then just recently made a move on the river in a decisive pot on a board of .

Dentale just couldn’t bring himself to fold, claiming, “The only hand I can beat is King Queen.” before the rest of the table, half sarcastically called clock on the in thought player.

Dentale would hem and haw about the decision and with three seconds left on the clock would throw in the necessary chips, only to see Lillis turn over , which was good enough to win the pot.

The rest of the table tried to hide their laughter and Daniel Buzgon would say, “I would have bet my first born that you were folding!”

Dentale might be wishing that did what Buzgon thought was almost a guarantee, as he’s given even more of his chips to Lillis, who is peaking at the right time and looks to be one of the leaders heading into the final 15 minutes of Level 12.

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Mar 13 8:40 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 1A): The Cream Always Rises To The Top

Level 12 (800/1,600/200)
Total Day 1A Entries: 133
Players Remaining: 50
Chip Average: 75,000

Joe McKeehen (North Wales, PA)

Joe McKeehen (North Wales, PA)

Don’t look now, but Joe McKeehen is the chip leader of the Borgata Poker Player’s Series 500 heading into the final level of the night emphasizing the point that the “cream always rises to the top”.

McKeehen was featured earlier today as a player to watch through this event as he has one of the most complete tournament resumes in poker with outright wins at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Foxwoods Poker Classic, WSOP Circuit and four Borgata Poker championships.

But, for all the wins, his biggest score came in a runner-up finish at last year’s WSOP, when McKeehen finished 2nd in the first ever “Monster Stack” event, earning just over $820,000.

That result, coupled with his scores since then have moved him close to the $2,000,000 mark in terms of career tournament earnings and he look’s poised to add to that number today.

As mentioned earlier, this BPPS structure is the perfect “warm-up” for players heading into next month’s SPO Championship and WPT World Championship, events that McKeehen will certainly be a threat to win, as a World Poker Tour title is really the only thing missing from his impressive tournament resume.

McKeehen is currently playing close to 200,000 chips and is the first player to break that mark today.

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Mar 13 8:21 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 1A): Faces In The Crowd (Part VI)

Level 11 (600/1,200/200)
Total Day 1A Entries: 133
Players Remaining: 54
Chip Average: 63,000

As we play towards the mid-way point of Level 11 there are a few notable players that have been briefly mentioned in previous posts during Day 1A action and we felt that they would be the perfect features for our next “Faces In The Crowd” post.

ha

The first of which is former Borgata Poker champion Thai Ha, who won his first major tournament title during January’s Winter Poker Open earning just under $45,000 for the victory. Ha is currently working a below average stack and will look to spin it up over the next two levels.

marder

Most players that have been working Michael Marder’s chip stack through the entirety of this event would have either busted or lost their minds by now, as Marder has rarely ever been that far ahead of his initial starting stack. But, that discipline is why Marder is one of the more consistent players in this field with over 60 rated cashes and $400,000 in earnings to his name.

santana

While the first two players featured are sitting below the chip average Aristedes Santana is on the positive side of that number and will be looking to build off one of the biggest scores of his career as he’s coming off a 5th place finish at the Baltimore stop of the WSOPC where he earned just over $30,000.

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Mar 13 8:05 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 1A): Lee Moving Up Leadboard After Break

Level 11 (600/1,200/200)
Total Day 1A Entries: 133
Players Remaining: 54
Chip Average: 63,000

Brian Lee (Boston, MA)

Brian Lee (Boston, MA)

The players have just returned from their final break of this Day 1A session, later than they would have liked as the Poker Room fire alarm went off during the break and delayed play.

But, that has been cleared up and the remaining field will play two more levels before bagging and tagging chips heading into Day 2.

While some players are starting to get short despite this deep, long structure, Brian Lee isn’t having that problem, as he’s joined the Century Club as he’s playing close to 120,000 and is near the top of the Borgata Poker Player’s Series leaderboard.

Lee’s last rated score is from well over six months ago, when he notched a top fifteen finish in a WSOP Circuit event at Foxwoods but he seems to be making good on a “return” to poker and will look to continue to chip up through the last two levels of Day 1A.

Lee might have his work cut out for him though, as Jose Montes was just moved to his table and Joe McKeehen is seated to Lee’s immediate left.

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Mar 13 7:20 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 1A): Faces In The Crowd (Part V)

Level 10 (500/1,000/100)
Total Day 1A Entries: 133
Players Remaining: 68
Chip Average: 60,000

We’ve shamefully gone close to eight hours without mentioning a single female player on the Borgata Poker Player’s Series blog and with the tournament field mid-way through Level 10 there are just three female players remaining, all with tournament resumes that are more than impressive.

judy

Judy Bielan might be hampered with a below average stack, but the former WSOP Circuit champion looks determined to make a Day 2 push to build on a Winter Poker Open that saw her cash in all three “deep stack” events.

nancy

Nancy Martin has also been hovering near the chip average for the last few levels as well as hovering near the $100,000 mark in terms of career tournament earnings. She’ll look to spin up her stack and surpass that century mark here in the BPPS 500.

lana

While the other two female players remaining in today’s field are near the chip average, former Borgata Poker champion Lana O’Brien looks to be one of the chip leaders as she is well over the 100,000 chip mark after eliminating Michael Bonita in a massive pot.

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Mar 13 6:54 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 1A): Gilbert Over Average After Break

Level 9 (400/800/75)
Total Day 1A Entries: 133
Players Remaining: 68
Chip Average: 60,000

James Gilbert (Bensalem, PA)

James Gilbert (Bensalem, PA)

While some of the bigger stacks haven’t faired that well after the post-dinner restart, James Gilbert has returned and done the opposite, moving himself up and over the chip average with just a few minutes remaining in Level 9.

Gilbert is at one of the tougher remaining tables here in the Borgata Poker Player’s Series, as he’s seated with past Borgata Champions Thai Ha and Howard Wolper, but while those two players have Borgata titles on their resumes, Gilbert’s Borgata victory trumps them both.

That was during last year’s Fall Poker Open, when Gilbert outlasted a massive field to win the opening event of that series, claiming just under $185,000 for the victory, his first since a WSOP Circuit win in 2012.

Gilbert’s been quiet since that huge score, only recording a minimum cash at the Parx Big Stax X series this year, but he’s looking like a serious contender here in the BPPS 500 and will certainly use the experience he earned during last year’s victory through the rest of this Day 1A session.

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Mar 13 6:43 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 1A): Bledar Cuts Down The Big Stack

Level 9 (400/800/75)
Total Day 1A Entries: 133
Players Remaining: 68
Chip Average: 60,000

Bledar Karafili (Queens, NY)

Bledar Karafili (Queens, NY)

Michael McGuinness returned from the dinner break with the chip lead but he hasn’t held that position for very long as he just doubled up a short stack that has put a new name atop the Borgata Poker Player’s Series 500 leaderboard.

The action was picked up pre-flop with McGuinness three-betting from the big blind to 6,700 after Steven Sarmiento opened the action and got two callers, one of which was Bledar Karafili.

The three named players would see a flop of with McGuinness leading out for 8,000.

Only Bledar would call and he’d see the pair the board on the turn, with McGuinness wasting no time putting in his entire stack of blue 5,000 chips, putting Bledar all-in if he were to call.

He did, instantly tabling after McGuinness said, “You got it.” apparently trying to use his big stack to bully the short stacked player.

It wouldn’t work as he was drawing to three outs as he held nothing more than King high and after the came on the river, he’d be sending nearly 40,000 chips across the table, with Bledar now playing well over the chip average as one of the bigger stacks in the room.

Now that we are back from the dinner break and only have four levels remaining in this Day 1A session we will start to get into the “meat and potatoes” of the reporting as the remaining updates will be centered around big hands and chip leaders as we continue to thin the field and move closer to Day 2.

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