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Ben Bianco Leads the Day 1A Field

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Ben Bianco
Play has wrapped up for the day here at the Borgata and of the 400 Day 1A entries, 172 players have bagged a stack and punched their tickets to Day 2. On top of the chip counts is Ben Bianco (pictured above) with 389,000, followed by DraftKings qualifer Andrew Atkinson with 234,900 and Allyn Shulman with 231,200.

Among the notables who made it through the day are Travell Thomas (196,600), Cornel Cimpan (166,900), Darren Elias (126,100), James Calderaro (100,700), Matt Affleck (85,100) and Mike Leah (77,800). Defending champion Anthony Zinno made it through to Day 2, finishing the day with 146,900.

Some of the players who did not make it through the field today include Tyler Patterson, Jared Jaffee, Jonathan Little, Season XI Player of the Year Matt Salsberg and Season XII Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja.

Day 1B kicks off at 11am tomorrow. Players who bust can re-enter up until the start of Level 7, just after the dinner break (which ended at roughly 8:25pm today).

Be sure to join us tomorrow for live updates on all of the exciting action!

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII, Season XI, Mazagan Casino, WPT Mazagan
11:40 PM, 09/14/14

Ben Bianco Eliminates Two to Clinch the Chip Lead

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

In the final minutes of the day, three players get it all in at Table 1 after a flop of 7spade3spade3heart, with more than 200,000 in the main pot and the side pot combined.

The short-stacked player has 7-6 offsuit for two pair, sevens and threes, and the mid-stacked player has 9heart9spade for a higher two pair, nines and threes.

But Ben Bianco has KclubKspade for an even higher two pair, kings and threes, with the highest backdoor flush draw to boot.

The turn is the 4spade, the river is the 6club, and Bianco wins the pot with his pocket kings to eliminate both players and effectively clinch the end-of-day chip lead.

Ben Bianco  -  389,000  (648 bb)

Allyn Shulman (who was in contention for the chip lead -- and a free pair of Monster Headphones) came over from the next table to say, "I want to see who I lost the headphones to."

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Ben Bianco, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
11:07 PM, 09/14/14

Jared Jaffee Eliminated by Darren Elias

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

With the board reading 8spade5diamond4diamond6heart, Jared Jaffee (with 6,600 committed post turn) is in the tank for his remaining 34,000-ish against Darren Elias who raised all in.

After a little while Jaffee calls with Kclub8club, but is drawing dead against Elias' 9spade7spade.

The river is an inconsequential 10diamond, locking up the pot for Elias.

Darren Elias - 145,000
Jared Jaffee - Eliminated

Sorted In: Darren Elias, Jared Jaffee, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
10:54 PM, 09/14/14

Four More Hands

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The end of Day 1A is near. Tournament staff informs players they have four more hands to play before bagging and tagging for the evening. 

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
10:47 PM, 09/14/14

Matt Salsberg Showered

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Sorted In: Matt Salsberg, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
10:45 PM, 09/14/14

Thomas Winters Takes One Down

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

After a series of raises, a player is all in for about 64,000 with QclubQdiamond against Thomas Winters' AheartAdiamond.

The board runs out 10club7spade4diamond2spade9club, safe for Winters to score the elimination.

Thomas Winters - 155,000

Sorted In: Thomas Winters, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
10:36 PM, 09/14/14

Matt Glantz Runs Into Aces

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The player on the button is all in preflop for 55,050 with AclubAdiamond, against Matt Glantz in the big blind with 10club10heart.

The board comes AheartQdiamond7diamond6diamond5spade, and the player on the button wins the pot with a set of aces to double up in chips and knock Glantz down to below 5,000.

Matt Glantz  -  4,150  (6 bb)

Sorted In: Matt Glantz, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
10:31 PM, 09/14/14

Chipleader Bonus: Monster Headphones

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Monster DNA Headphones 2
The official chipleaders at the end of each starting field (Days 1A and 1B) will receive a free pair of Monster Headphones.

Players don't have to do anything to "enter," they simply need to finish the day with the most chips.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Monster Headphones, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
10:11 PM, 09/14/14

Recent Eliminations

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Daniel Weinman, Danny Suied, Dimas Martinez Jr. and Champions Club member Jonathan Little have recently been eliminated. 

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:56 PM, 09/14/14

Level 8 Begins (225 Left on Day 1A)

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Level 7 comes to an end, and Level 8 begins with increased blinds of 300-600 and a 75 ante. Play continues without a break.

With 225 players remaining from a Day 1A field of 400, the average chip stack is around 53,300 (88 big blinds). Players who bust today may re-enter tomorrow on Day 1B.

This will be the last level of the night, and action should end shortly before 11:00 pm ET.

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:54 PM, 09/14/14



Ben Bianco 389,000 
Andrew Atkinson 234,900 
Allyn Shulman 231,200 
Ray Shackelford 207,700 
Travell Thomas 196,600 
Ami Alibay 168,000 

Average Chip Count: 69,767
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Current Level:

Countdown to Day 1B

Players Remaining:

172 of 400

Time Remaining:

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 50-100 0
2 75-150 0
3 100-200 0
4 100-200 25
5 150-300 50
6 200-400 50
7 250-500 50
8 300-600 75
9 400-800 100
10 500-1,000 100
11 600-1,200 200
12 800-1,600 200
13 1,000-2,000 300
14 1,200-2,400 400
15 1,500-3,000 400
16 2,000-4,000 500
17 2,500-5,000 500
18 3,000-6,000 1,000
19 4,000-8,000 1,000
20 5,000-10,000 1,000
21 6,000-12,000 2,000
22 8,000-16,000 2,000
23 10,000-20,000 3,000
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