Mar 16 5:46 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 3): 1st Place – Masino ($47, 533)

Level 28 (30,000/60,000/5,000)
Total BPPS 500 Entries: 363
Players Remaining: 1
Chip Average: 10,500,000

Vinny Masino - Borgata Poker Player's Series 500 Champion

Vinny Masino – Borgata Poker Player’s Series 500 Champion

Vinny Masino came into this Borgata Poker Player’s Series 500 Final Table with one of the shortest tournament resumes in the remaining field but that would all change within a matter of a few hours as Masino would claim the title and make the biggest tournament score of his career as he’d walk away with just over $47,000.

Maybe more importantly than the money, he’d win his first major poker trophy and earn himself a place in Borgata Poker history as the first ever BPPS champion outlasting a field of over 350 players in what was one of the most stacked fields in recent Borgata memory.

While Vinny came back from the last break with the chip lead, he wasn’t always as comfortably stacked as he was one of the shorter stacks just a few levels ago, but managed to parlay two massive hands against Mickey Woll to take control of the chip lead, something he would not give up for the remainder of the tournament.

Vinny was also in a dire situation during yesterday’s Day 2 session as he saw his chip stack drop over the last few levels to return to today’s Final Table with a below average stack and while some of the short stacks slipped early, Vinny did not, cooly and calmly picking his spots to chip up, waiting it out until the deck turned in his favor and it did in a big, big way.

There was no looking back once play got four handed as Vinny had his sights set on one thing and one thing only, the BPPS 500 trophy, which he’d win as he dispatched Renata Colache in 2nd place.

After the win, Vinny praised the structure and schedule of the Borgata Poker Player’s Series as he works for a financial company full time during the week and while he’s unable to attend the majority of the Borgata Poker Open’s big events, he knew that this would be a great opportunity to make a big score and fit in a well structured major tournament into his schedule.

The decision to come to the Borgata paid off in a big way as Vinny leaves today a winner, close to $50,000 richer and with the honor of being crowned the first ever Borgata Poker Player’s Series Champion.

The Player’s Series will return next weekend with BPPS 1000 and the blog will bring you updates during the week on qualifiers and provide you with information before Friday’s Day 1A flight.

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Mar 16 5:30 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 3): 2nd, 3rd & 4th Place

Level 28 (30,000/60,000/5,000)
Total BPPS 500 Entries: 363
Players Remaining: 1
Chip Average: 10,500,000

The following players have cashed in 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in the Borgata Poker Player’s Series 500:

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Renata Colache battled back from being the shortest stack with seven players remaining to record her biggest tournament score to date with a 2nd place finish in the BPPS 500, earning just over $25,000.

Even though he is one of the "best short stacked players on the East Coast", Antonio Walker is playing anything but a short stack here in Day 2 of the BPPS 500, currently sitting with just over 200,000 chips.

The “best short stacked player on the East Coast” showed his abilities working all sorts of chip stacks throughout the course of the day, eventually falling in 3rd place making just over $16,000 for his efforts. 

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Jeff Gross had an up and down day and while he was the hottest player during the “fast” levels that saw most of the eliminations occur, he’d lose traction through the next few levels and eventually bow out in 4th place, good for a $13,000 score.

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Mar 16 5:17 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 3): 5th Place – Pahuja ($10,387)

Level 28 (30,000/60,000/5,000)
Total BPPS 500 Entries: 363
Players Remaining: 4
Chip Average: 2,700,000

Vinny Pahuja (New York, NY)

Vinny Pahuja (New York, NY)

Vinny Pahuja had a rough Level 27 as he was seemingly trending downwards for the last hour of play and even though he would chip up slightly over the first few hands after the restart but he’d be unable to find a double that he desperately needed as he’d get his final 15 big blinds in against Renata Colache, running into a monster to send him to the rail in 5th place.

The action would be picked up with Renata opening in late position with Vinny shoving his final 950,000 from the button only to be snap called by Renata as she turned over .

Vinny would table and it would be a cruel needle as the last time these two players were involved in this exact situation it was to double Renata up when she held six high and Vinny’s Ace/Queen could not beat here, doubling up the lone female player and more or less crippling Vinny to a short stack.

There wouldn’t be much of a sweat this time around as the board would run out with Pahuja drawing dead on the turn, sealing his fate in 5th place.

Vinny would make another five figure score to add to his impressive tournament resume, but with his elimination we are now guaranteed to have a new Borgata Poker champion as the remaining four players have never won a major tournament title in their careers.

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Mar 16 4:28 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 3): Updated Five Handed Counts

Level 28 (30,000/60,000/5,000)
Total BPPS 500 Entries: 363
Players Remaining: 5
Chip Average: 2,200,000

The players are now on a 15 minute break and will return to Level 28. There has been tons of chip movement over the last hour or so, with those updated counts as well as a BPPS 500 payout structure reminder listed below:

  1. Jeff Gross – 2,300,000
  2. Renata Colache – 1,200,000
  3. Vinny Pahuja – 900,000
  4. Vinny Masino –3,300,000
  5. Antonio Walker – 3,100,000

The remaining payouts are as follows:

  1. $47,533
  2. $26,408
  3. $16,426
  4. $13,204
  5. $10,387
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Mar 16 4:16 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 3): 6th Place – Woll ($8,539)

Level 27 (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total BPPS 500 Entries: 363
Players Remaining: 5
Chip Average: 2,200,000

Mickey Woll (Manahawkin, NJ)

Mickey Woll (Manahawkin, NJ)

Tournament swings are brutal, especially at these high blinds and antes and Mickey Woll just found that out the hard way as he went from being one of the bigger stacks at this BPPS 500 Final Table to out in a matter of two hands, with Vinny Masino doubling up through the big stacked player and then finishing the job he stared to send Woll to the rail in 6th place.

The action in the first hand was picked up pre-flop with Masino opening to 110,000 in late position, with Woll defending his big blind to see a flop.

Woll would then check, allowing Masino to continue for a half pot sized bet.

That seemed to be exactly what Woll wanted as he would check raise to just under 400,000, then snap calling when Masino moved all-in tabling for a flopped two pair.

Masino would be behind, but with two draws holding and with two cards to come was not in terrible shape.

The turn would brick out with the but the river was anything but a brick as the spiked to give Masino his gut shot straight and crippled the former chip leader.

Masino would step away from the table and say, “Now my hearts racing.” before sitting back down to stack up close to 3,000,000 in chips.

On one of the very next hands, Woll, who was crippled to just a handful of big blinds would be officially eliminated by Masino with Woll’s unable to improve against Masino’s .

Woll will make just over $8,500 for his BPPS 500 Final Table run as we are now suddenly five handed, confirming what Vinny Pahuja said about this level as there has been nothing but action over the last half hour.

Players are now five minutes from their next break, during which we will update the remaining chip counts.

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Mar 16 3:55 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 3): Always Beware Of The Quiet Ones…

Level 27 (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total BPPS 500 Entries: 363
Players Remaining: 7
Chip Average: 1,550,000

Antonio Walker (Willingboro, NJ)

Antonio Walker (Willingboro, NJ)

While the majority of the early BPPS 500 blog coverage has been centered around the big stacks of Mickey Woll, Vinny Pahuja and more recently Jeff Gross, one player who has been more or less dead quiet though the first few levels today is Antonio Walker.

While Walker started the day just over the chip average, he more or less did not play a meaningful hand through the first two levels and dipped below that number, finding himself near the bottom of the leaderboard within the first two hours of play.

He’s completely comfortable there though as he may be the best short stacked player not only in this field but on the East Coast, or so he claims.

Walker might be proving himself right there as he hung well under the chip average for close to a level and a half and is now peaking at the right time as he’s currently near the 2,000,000 chip mark.

Replacing Walker near the bottom of the BPPS 500 count list are Nate Parenti, Vinny Pahuja and Renata Colache who are all near the 1,000,000 chip mark.

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Mar 16 3:37 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 3): Tough Start To 27 For Pahuja

Level 27 (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total BPPS 500 Entries: 363
Players Remaining: 7
Chip Average: 1,550,000

Jeff Gross dipped under the chip average earlier today but is now the first player over the 3,000,000 chip mark with seven players remaining.

Jeff Gross dipped under the chip average earlier today but is now the first player over the 3,000,000 chip mark with seven players remaining.

Vinny Pahuja called that the action would pick up as we moved into Level 27 but we’re sure he was hoping that that action would fall his way, something that hasn’t happened over the first fifteen minutes of the level.

The first small loss came in a hand with Jeff Gross as Vinny would get raised on a board of after leading out for 135,000.

Gross would make it 300,000 and Pahuja would take a few moments to think before laying it down to the big stack.

That hand would move Gross close to the 3,000,000 chip mark and Vinny would still be well stacked until the very next hand, when Renata Colache moved all-in for her final 500,000 chips only to get snap called by Vinny on the button with Renata saying, “At least I’m live.” as she turned over .

It was a clear attempt at a blinds and antes steal but she’d get much more than that as her “live”cards would best Vinny’s on a board of for a full double up.

It would be a tough had to swallow as it would knock Vinny under the chip average for the first time today, but it would give Renata a second chance at life here in the BPPS 500 as she’s now up and over the 1,000,000 chip mark.

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Mar 16 3:16 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 2): “It’s About To Get Moving Now”

Level 27 (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total BPPS 500 Entries: 363
Players Remaining: 7
Chip Average: 1,550,000

It’s been a slow last half hour since Steve Sarmiento was eliminated in 8th place, but with the blinds and antes about to go up again the pace should pick up here as the big blind will cost 50,000 chips.

With a 5,000 chip ante, each orbit will cost these players just over 100,000 chips and it’s because of that fact that Vinny Pahuja just said, “It’s about to get moving now.” as Level 27 has just begun.

There’s been some movement to the stacks but the majority of the hands over the last half hour have been decided pre-flop with most three-bets closing the action before it can amount to much of anything.

The updated counts look as such:

  1. Jeff Gross – 2,600,000
  2. Mickey Woll – 2,000,000
  3. Renata Colache – 550,000
  4. Vinny Pahuja – 1,800,000
  5. Vinny Masino –1,100,000
  6. Nate Parenti – 1,500,000
  7. Antonio Walker – 1,700,000
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Mar 16 2:52 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 3): 8th Place – Sarmiento ($5,194)

Level 26 (20,000/40,000/4,000)
Total BPPS 500 Entries: 363
Players Remaining: 7
Chip Average: 1,550,000

Steven Sarmiento (Forest Hills, NY)

Steven Sarmiento (Forest Hills, NY)

After getting crippled to a sub 10 big blind stack right before the last break, Steven Sarmiento was in a tough spot if he wanted to continue his run towards the BPPS 500 title and while he did manage one double up through chip leader Mickey Woll, he was unable to find another as the next time he was all-in and at risk, he’d be eliminated.

The action was picked up with the table folding to Sarmiento who would move all-in for his final 450,000, only to see Antonio Walker, who has yet to really do anything of note at this Final Table restive from the small blind, with Sarmiento saying, “That’s not good.” after Jeff Gross folded in the big blind.

Sarmiento would need to hit to stay alive as he held to Walker’s .

The board would run out with Sarmiento not finding any help as he end a forgettable day where he got unlucky in a few key spots to bust in 8th place, making just over $5,000 for his efforts.

With the elimination of Sarmiento we are now down to only two former Borgata champions, Vinny Pahuja and Mickey Woll.

Players are also 30 minutes from the end of Level 26 after which we will update the remaining chip counts.

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Mar 16 2:42 pm

BPPS 500 (Day 3): Some Cracks In The “Woll”

Level 26 (20,000/40,000/4,000)
Total BPPS 500 Entries: 363
Players Remaining: 8
Chip Average: 1,350,000

Nate Parenti is now up and over the chip average for the first time today after taking a decent pot off former chip leader Mickey Woll.

Nate Parenti is now up and over the chip average for the first time today after taking a decent pot off former chip leader Mickey Woll.

Mickey Woll returned from break as the biggest stack at this BPPS 500 Final Table but he’s been cut down in back-to-back hands as the shorter stacks of Steven Sarmiento and Nate Parenti have taken close to a quarter of his stack over the first 15 minutes of Level 26.

The first hand saw Woll open 85,000 from middle position only to see Sarmiento move all-in from the button for just under 300,000 total.

Woll would make the easy mathematical call but he’d need to hit to score the knockout as Sarmiento held to Woll’s . The board would run out clean enough for the short stack as his high cards would be enough to score the double, giving him a now more workable over 10 big blind stack.

The next hand would see another crack be dealt to Woll’s stack as he’d call a 55,000 chip bet from Parenti on a board of after Woll had opened the action pre-flop and Parenti defended his big blind.

Parenti would curb his aggression, check calling the turn card for 150,000 before leading out for 300,000 after the complete the board.

“You back doored me huh?” Woll would say before folding after a minute in the tank.

Parenti is now comfortably over the chip average while Mickey Woll is under the 2,000,000 mark for the first time in the last two levels.

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