Aug 25 10:51 pm

BPPS $100K: 16th Place – John Monahan ($971)

Level 21 (6,000/12,000/2,000)
Total BPPS Entrants: 272
Players Remaining: 15
Chip Average: 545,000

John Monahan

John Monahan

Immediately after Anthony Mottola hit the rail, John Monahan joined him, as he got his short stack all-in against Joe ‘Worm’ Palma and chip leader John Germano and was unable to find a triple up.

That action was picked up pre flop with Palma opening to 28,000 from the cutoff. Monahan, who was in the small blind, then moved all-in for just over 140,000 and Germano, who was in the big blind, called. Palma called as well in an attempt to score the knockout.

The board was checked down, with Palma tabling for a flush that was good enough to take down the pot. Germano held and Monahan held an unimproved .

He’ll be the final player to make a $971 score, with a pay jump coming at the next elimination. The remaining 15 players are now on a break, with an updated list of the chip counts coming shortly.

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Aug 25 10:46 pm

BPPS $100K: 17th Place – Anthony Mottola ($971)

Level 21 (6,000/12,000/2,000)
Total BPPS Entrants: 272
Players Remaining: 16
Chip Average: 480,000

Anthony Mottola (Brooklyn, NY)

Anthony Mottola (Brooklyn, NY)

It’s been over an hour since the last elimination mainly because short stacks just refuse to go away. John Manzella was the most recent short stack to catch a life-saving river and when he did, Anthony Mottola was crippled and then eliminated on one of the very next hands.

Action was picked up on a board of and after an early position check, Mottola bet 40,000. Two players in late position folded before Manzella, who was on the button, moved all-in for just under 240,000. The bet was more or less a decision for all of Mottola’s chips as well, as he and his opponent were equally stacked.

Eventually, Mottola called and seemed surprised to be ahead, as he’d need his to hold against Manzella’s . He held through the turn but the spiked on the river to give Manzella two pair.

Mottola couldn’t believe it, as he cut out nearly his entire stack to send it across the table before he was sent to the rail a few hands later. He’ll make just under $1,000 for his BPPS effort and Manzella is now playing just under 650,000.

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Aug 25 10:22 pm

BPPS $100K: Korotki Crushing, Moving Up Leaderboard

Level 21 (6,000/12,000/2,000)
Total BPPS Entrants: 272
Players Remaining: 17
Chip Average: 480,000

Abraham Korotki returned from the dinner break as one of the shorter stacks but is now well over the chip average, playing 650,000 as this field is still stuck at 17 players.

Abraham Korotki returned from the dinner break as one of the shorter stacks but is now well over the chip average, playing 650,000 as this field is still stuck at 17 players.

When we updated the chip counts coming back from the dinner break, Abraham Korotki was working just over a 10 big blind stack. Now, with just under a half hour remaining in Level 21, he’s playing close to 650,000 after getting a double up and picking up some smaller pots to move up the BPPS leaderboard.

While this field has been stuck at 17 players, which has been the case for the last hour or so, the majority of the bigger stacks have fallen back to the pack and Korotki has been one of the biggest benefactors of that regression. He’s picked off some of the bigger stacks and now finds himself over the chip average and in a serious position to make a run at another Borgata final table.

On top of being one of the bigger stacks remaining in this field, Korotki is likely the most experienced and most successful player remaining, as he has six Borgata Poker titles to his name. We featured him during yesterday’s Day 1B flight but has stayed quiet throughout today’s session, tactically making his way into the money.

Since getting into the money, he’s remained quiet but he’s now announced himself to this field in a big way, looking like one of the bigger stacks in this field with two tables remaining.

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Aug 25 10:03 pm

BPPS $100K: Ingardia Doubles, Sewnig Heroes

Level 21 (6,000/12,000/2,000)
Total BPPS Entrants: 272
Players Remaining: 17
Chip Average: 480,000

Frank Ingardia (Staten Island, NY)

Frank Ingardia (Staten Island, NY)

Two meaningful pots have played out in quick succession nearly 20 minutes into Level 21, with one short stack getting a much needed double up and another shorter stack increasing his standing with a correct hero call.

The first hand saw Frank Ingardia move all-in for just under 200,000 from middle position and after some folds, Joe Lachiana re-shoved from the button, to isolate the short stack. That isolation worked and it was a flip for Ingardia’s life, as he held to Lachiana’s .

Ingardia asked for the dealer to “keep it clean” and she did, as the board ran out , with Ingardia’s pocket pair holding up to score the double.

Almost immediately after that hand, action was picked up at Table 1 with the board showing . Daniel Sewnig, who was in the blinds, checked to Jordan Allan, who bet out just over 70,000. After some thought, and a count of his own nearly 350,000 chip stack. Sewnig called.

Allan turned over for nothing more than ace high, with Sewnig tabling , with his pair being good enough to take down the pot. It was a massive call, as Sewnig would have been working close to 20 big blinds if he called and was incorrect.

Instead, he’s now playing close to 550,000 while Allan was cut down slightly to just under 600,000.

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Aug 25 9:49 pm

BPPS $100K: Asur’s Double Double

Level 21 (6,000/12,000/2,000)
Total BPPS Entrants: 272
Players Remaining: 17
Chip Average: 480,000

Eliyah Asur

Eliyah Asur

Eliyah Asur returned from the dinner break as one of the shorter stacks remaining in this Player’s Series event but after two quick doubles on Table 2, he’s now playing over the chip average for the first time in recent memory.

The first double saw action get picked up pre flop, with David Inselberg opening to 25,000 from late position and after a player calling on the button. Asur then moved all-in for 175,000 from the small blind and Craig Stern, who was in the big blind, then moved all-in overtop of the shove, isolating the short stack. That isolation worked to perfection, as the two other players folded and Asur was in serious trouble as he held to Stern’s .

Asur wasn’t in trouble after the flop, one that left Stern cursing to himself at his luck, or lack thereof. The turn and river bricked out and Asur held to score the double but he wasn’t done just yet…

In one of the very next hands, he was doubling through chip leader John Heaney, with Asur’s holding against Heaney’s . The two got it all-in pre flop and Asur is now playing the better part of 700,000 and has quickly moved himself from the bottom of the BPPS leaderboard.

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Aug 25 9:30 pm

BPPS $100K: 18th Place – Frank Allen ($971)

Level 20 (5,000/10,000/1,000)
Total BPPS Entrants: 272
Players Remaining: 17
Chip Average: 480,000

Frank Allen (Exton, PA)

Frank Allen (Exton, PA)

After getting crippled right before the two table redraw, Frank Allen battled back and got himself up to a workable ten big blind stack. He didn’t keep that stack for long though, as he just ran pocket queens into Jordan Allan’s pocket kings to send the short stack to the rail in 18th place.

Before the flop, Allen joked that there is “always a lady in the deck”, to which Allan joked, “I hope she stays hidden.” She did, as couldn’t improve as the board ran out ten high and Allan scored the small knockout to get himself up near the chip average.

Frank Allen, who rode a roller coaster of a stack during this Day 2 session, will make a pay jump, earning just under $1,000 for his BPPS efforts.

There are just over 15 minutes remaining in Level 20, after which there will be NO break, since this field just returned from the dinner break an hour ago.

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Aug 25 9:24 pm

BPPS $100K: Final Two Table Redraw

Level 20 (5,000/10,000/1,000)
Total BPPS Entrants: 272
Players Remaining: 18
Chip Average: 450,000

The final 18 players have redrawn for their seats at the final two tables and it should be noted that the chip counts, minus those updated in the previous posts, remain similar to those that we updated after the dinner break.

Table 1

  1. Sundiata Devore
  2. Joe ‘Worm’ Palma
  3. Justin Kadet
  4. John Monahan
  5. John Germano
  6. Jordan Allan
  7. Tony Cheng
  8. Daniel Sewnig
  9. Frank Allen

Table 2

  1. Craig Stern
  2. Abraham Korotki
  3. Anthony Mottola
  4. John Heaney
  5. Frank Ingardia
  6. David Inselberg
  7. John Manzella
  8. Joe Lachiana
  9. Eliyah Asur
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Aug 25 9:17 pm

BPPS $100K: 19th Place – John Hackbart ($874)

Level 20 (5,000/10,000/1,000)
Total BPPS Entrants: 272
Players Remaining: 18
Chip Average: 450,000

John Hackbart (Langhorne, PA)

John Hackbart (Langhorne, PA)

Two huge hands played out with ace-king taking down ace-queen, with one crippling a player and another sending John Hackbart to the rail in 19th place.

The first hand saw Tony Cheng and Frank Allen get it all-in pre flop, with Cheng holding to Allen’s . The board ran out clean for Cheng, who doubled up in the hand, leaving Allen with just a few big blinds. Since being crippled though, he’s doubled up twice and is now playing just under 150,000. Cheng on the other hand is playing close to 600,000.

Soon after, Justin Kadet and John Hackbart got all-in pre flop, with Kadet holding to Hackbart’s . Again, the board ran out clean for ace-king, “uneventfully” as David Inselberg put it, and Kadet scored the knockout to bring this event down to the final two tables.

Hackbart will make $874 for his deep BPPS run and a complete update of the seating assignments will be posted shortly.

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Aug 25 9:09 pm

BPPS $100K: It’s Hard To Kill A Worm…

Level 20 (5,000/10,000/1,000)
Total BPPS Entrants: 272
Players Remaining: 19
Chip Average: 430,000

Joe 'Worm' Palma lost nearly half his stack right after the dinner break but has recovered well,

Joe ‘Worm’ Palma lost nearly half his stack right after the dinner break but has recovered well since, picking up a nice pot to get back near the half-million chip mark with ace-king. 

The first twenty minutes of Level 20 have seen Joe ‘Worm’ Palma get cut down and then recover, bottoming out to a just twenty big blind stack but then quickly getting himself up and over the chip average.

The first two meaningful hands that ‘Worm’ played saw his lose a decent pot to Craig Stern and his , before Palma’s got rundown by John Monahan’s on a runout of . While most players would blow up after losing close to 60% of their stack in the matter of two hands, Palma picked himself up, dusted himself off and won the majority of his stack back.

Palma got those chips back by hitting his own timely river, pairing up his ace while holding . Immediately after taking in the pot, Palma joked, “You know how many times this hand has gotten me out of trouble?”

Some people might hate ace-king, Palma loves it though and he’s now back near the 500,000 chip mark after falling towards the bottom of the BPPS leaderboard almost immediately after the dinner break.

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Aug 25 8:40 pm

BPPS $100K: Updated Counts Back From Break, One Elimination From Redraw

Level 20 (5,000/10,000/1,000)
Total BPPS Entrants: 272
Players Remaining: 19
Chip Average: 430,000

Even though this field is just one elimination from the two table redraw, the remaining players chip counts returning from the dinner break are provided below:

Table 1

  1. Joe Lachiana – 635,000
  2. Anthony Mottola – 214,000
  3. John Germano – 647,000
  4. Tony Cheng – 284,000
  5. Frank Allen – 388,000
  6. Sundiata Devore – 608,000

Table 2

  1. Daniel Sewnig – 495,000
  2. Jordan Allan – 232,000
  3. Joe ‘Worm’ Palma – 522,000
  4. Abraham Korotki – 115,000
  5. John Manzella – 489,000
  6. John Monahan – 442,000
  7. Craig Stern – 452,000

Table 3

  1. Justin Kadet – 522,000
  2. Eliyah Asur – 228,000
  3. John Hackbart – 166,000
  4. Frank Ingardia – 169,000
  5. David Inselberg – 513,000
  6. John Heaney – 1,035,000

Once a player is eliminated, another redraw will take place and that will be reported on the BPPS blog.

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