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Jean Gaspard Runs Away with Day 3

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Jean Max Gaspard

Today was all about a prince looking to become a king. Yes, there was a money bubble, past winners making runs at another Borgata title, and a host of other notables who came and went over the course of the day, but in the end, Day 2 of the Borgata Poker Open was all about Jean "Prince" Gaspard.

After beginning the day with 302,000, Gaspard steadily climbed the counts all afternoon, seemingly incapable of losing any massive all-in confrontations. By day's end, he had well over ten times that, bagging up a chip-leading 5,464,000. His next closest competitor, the start of day chip leader Blake Boh, sits on 2,951,000.  What is all the more impressive about Bohn's stack is that the pro had to miss some time at the tables after feeling faint and needing to step away from the table.

Rounding out the top three is circuit regular Zo Karim, who steadily chipped his way up to 2,260,000 to end the day. These three and 28 others will be back in action at 12pm tomorrow to play down to the six who will make the televised final table.

One player used to being under the Borgata spotlights is Bobby Oboodi, the Season X winner who will be back with one of the shorter stacks at 371,000. He fared better than last year's champ Anthony Zinno, who made the money, but exited in 65th place.

When play began on Day 2, there were 150 players in the running, 30 of which did not make the money. The bubble burst courtesy of Tom Dobrilovic, who ran top pair into an overpair to go out in 121st place. Some of the notables who made the money, but failed to survive the day are reigning WPT Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja (104th), Ebony Kenney (91st), Russell Thoma (86th), Mike Sexton (85th), Byron Kaverman (64th), John Racener (62nd), Dan O'Brien (53rd), partypoker's Jamie Kerstetter (52nd), and Ryan Riess (39th).

While many of the big names hit the rail, there is still plenty of star power left in this field. Two-time WPT champion Cornel Cimpan, Darren Elias, Justin Zaki, Barry Shulman, Erik Cajelais, and local favorite Matt Glantz are all returning with their eyes on the final table.

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Play will be back underway at 12pm ET tomorrow in the Borgata poker room. Check back in then to see who will survive to make the televised final table.

Sorted In: Jean Gaspard, Featured Blog, Bobby Oboodi, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII, Season XI, Mazagan Casino, WPT Mazagan
02:28 AM, 09/18/14

Iaron Lightbourne Doubles Thru Blake Bohn

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Iaron Lightbourne is all in preflop from the button for 201,000 with 8diamond8spade, and he needs it to hold to stay alive against Blake Bohn's Kclub2club in the big blind.

The board comes Qdiamond5spade4heart2heartJheart, and the pocket eights hold up for Lightbourne to win the pot and double up in chips.

Iaron Lightbourne  -  420,000  (17 bb)
Blake Bohn  -  2,940,000  (122 bb)

Sorted In: Iaron Lightbourne, Blake Bohn, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
02:14 AM, 09/18/14

Justin Zaki Doubles Thru Joseph Galazzo

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Justin Zaki
Joseph Galazzo raises from the cutoff to 50,000, Justin Zaki (pictured) moves all in from the button for 359,000, and Galazzo calls with 10heart10spade. Zaki turns over AclubKheart, and he needs to improve to stay alive.

The board comes 9diamond8spade3diamond2diamondAheart, and Zaki pairs his ace on the river to win the pot and double up in chips.

Justin Zaki  -  786,000  (32 bb)
Joseph Galazzo  -  850,000  (35 bb)

Sorted In: Justin Zaki, Joseph Galazzo, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
02:11 AM, 09/18/14

Rick Rossetti Out in 32nd Place ($15,109)

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Rick Rossetti moves all in under the gun for 149,000, Richard Munro calls from the cutoff, and Jean Gaspard calls from the small blind.

There is about 500,000 in the main pot, and any further betting will create a side pot between Munro and Gaspard.

The flop comes Adiamond8club4heart, Gaspard checks, Munro bets, and Gaspard folds. Munro retrieves his flop bet.

Rossetti turns over QclubQdiamond, but he needs to improve to stay alive against Munro's Aclub8diamond (two pair, aces and eights).

The turn is the 7club, the river is the 5diamond, and Munro wins the pot with his two pair to eliminate Rossetti from the tournament.

Richard Munro  -  1,770,000  (73 bb)
Rick Rossetti  -  Eliminated in 32nd Place  ($15,109)

Sorted In: Richard Munro, Rick Rossetti, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
02:03 AM, 09/18/14

Matt Glantz vs. Darren Elias

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Darren Elias (middle position) and Matt Glantz (button) both put in about 100,000 each to see a flop of 10diamond6spade4heart. Elias checks, Glantz bets 110,000, and Elias calls.

The turn is the 5heart, Elias checks, Glantz bets 225,000, and Elias calls.

The river is the Qspade, and both players check. Elias shows 9diamond9heart to win the pot with a pair of nines, and Glantz mucks.

Darren Elias  -  1,875,000  (117 bb)
Matt Glantz  -  395,000  (16 bb)

Sorted In: Matt Glantz, Darren Elias, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
01:59 AM, 09/18/14

Melad Marji Out in 33rd Place ($15,109)

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Jean Gaspard raises under the gun to 60,000, Melad Marji reraises from the hijack to 160,000, and Gaspard moves all in.

Marji thinks for a bit before he calls all in for about 675,000 with AheartQclub, and he needs to improve to stay alive against Gaspard's KdiamondKheart.

The board comes Kclub8club7diamond10diamond6club, and Gaspard wins the pot with a set of kings to eliminate Marji from the tournament.

Jean Gaspard  -  5,480,000  (228 bb)
Melad Marji  -  Eliminated in 33rd Place  ($15,109)

Sorted In: Jean Gaspard, Melad Marji, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
01:57 AM, 09/18/14

Cornel Cimpan Doubles Thru Kane Kalas

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Cornel Cimpan
WPT Champions Club member Cornel Cimpan (pictured) moves all in from the cutoff for 163,000, and Kane Kalas calls from teh big blind with Kclub8diamond. Cimpan turns over AheartAspade, and he needs it to hold to stay alive.

The board comes Qspade10spade9heartKdiamondJclub -- there is a king-high straight on the board, but Cimpan wins the pot with an ace-high straight to double up in chips.

Cornel Cimpan  -  370,000  (15 bb)
Kane Kalas  -  1,465,000  (61 bb)

Sorted In: Cornel Cimpan, Kane Kalas, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
01:49 AM, 09/18/14

Ray Shackelford Doubles Thru Jean Gaspard

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Ray Shackelford raises all in for 147,000 from the hijack and Jean Gaspard calls from the cutoff.

Shackelford: AheartJheart
Gaspard: Aspade7diamond

"Don't do it to him dealer! Don't do it!" yells Gaspard.

The board runs out Jclub10club3spade9spade10spade, safe for Shackelford to double up.

Ray Shackelford - 354,000 (14 bb)
Jean Gaspard - 4,560,000 (190 bb)

Sorted In: Jean Gaspard, Ray Shackelford, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
01:35 AM, 09/18/14

Level 24 Begins (33 Players Left); 30 Minutes Left Tonight

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Level 23 comes to an end, and this is normally when the players would take a 15-minute break. However ...

Tournament Director Tab Duchateau is going to begin Level 24 immediately (without a break), but only play another half hour or so and then end for the night at 2:00 am.

Level 24 begins with increased blinds of 12,000-24,000 and a 4,000 ante. With 33 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 1,115,000 (46 big blinds).

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
01:31 AM, 09/18/14

Iaron Lightbourne Doubles Thru Justin Zaki

Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Iaron Lightbourne
Iaron Lightbourne is all in for 105,000 with 8spade8club against Justin Zaki's 7heart7club.

The board runs out Adiamond6diamond4diamond4spade2diamond, no help to Zaki, securing the pot for Lightbourne.

Iaron Lightbourne - 245,000 (12 bb)
Justin Zaki - 460,000 (23 bb)

Sorted In: Justin Zaki, Iaran Lightbourne, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
01:30 AM, 09/18/14
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