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Day 3 at the Borgata Poker Classic

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

The Tournament Field Shifts Gears During the March to 27 By Ryan Lucchesi Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Classic was a great example of the drastic way that the speed of play can change in the course of a poker tournament. Ninety-nine players began the day and things started slowly amongst a groggy field that was still shaking off the cobwebs from yesterday. In the first level of play only nine players were eliminated. When the 90 remaining players returned from break the unforeseen force that drives the speed of tournament play shifted up a gear and the collectively-accepted strategy of moving all in proved to be fatal to many players. On the inevitable march to the money bubble Cliff Josephy, Erik Cajelais, Fred Goldberg, and Isabelle Mercier were thrown to the wayside before the size of the tournament field was 56. Although the top 54 players would leave the Borgata with some cash, a strange double bubble developed. The tournament had not even moved to hand-for-hand play when the speed of play shifted into park and pots proceeded without much action. That was until Bill Kontaratos ousted Benjamin Palmer in 56th place in the penultimate bubble hand. Pocket jacks got the job done when no aid came on the board to assist Palmer’s K-2. Now the real money bubble set in and hand-for-hand play was instituted on the tournament floor. The bubble kept going, and going, and going...through the end of one level and into the next, while a break was put on hold and anxiety soaked the air. The bubble finally burst when one player, who chose to remain nameless, had let his chip stack dwindle to 19,500, which he used to call a 22,000 preflop raise from Justin Bonomo. Rep Porter also jumped into the fray and the board ran out 10heart6heart6diamondJheart10spade. Both Porter and Bonomo checked this board down and Porter won the hand with Kspade10club. The anonymous short stack mucked his hand and strolled from the room penniless. The rest of the field went to a break after the hand and action began anew 15 minutes later. The slow play of the bubble hovered in the room after the money bubble and play was stuck in the mud during the hour before dinner. Only four players were sent to the rail during this time, most notably John Hennigan. It wasn’t until the tournament field returned from dinner that things started to heat up and the unfortunate began to fall in rapid succession Here is a look at the most notable eliminations that occurred on the road to 27: 43: Jordan Rich 41: Steve Sung 40: John Juanda 39: Roy Winston 37: Vanessa Rousso 36: Brian Haveson In one of the final elimination hands of the evening, David Tran became the first player in the tournament to reach 2 million in chips: Tran opened the eventful pot and Bill Kontaratos raised to 100,000. Tran made the call and the flop brought 10spade9diamond9heart. Tran checked, Kontaratos bet 200,000, and Tran moved all in. Kontaratos went into the tank for several minutes with 250,000 left behind and he eventually decided to call with AdiamondKheart. But Tran turned over pocket aces. Kontaratos was looking for a runner-runner miracle to stay alive at that point but it wasn’t in the cards. The turn and river fell 3club9spade. Tran's pocket aces gave him the pot and pumped his stack to a robust 2.285 million, while Kontaratos was eliminated in 30th place. Tran finished the day as the chip leader a few minutes later with 2,078,000, which is four times the average stack at this point. Had it not been for Steve Blackman’s fortuitous possession of quad kings in a large hand, which gave him a final stack of 1,622,000, no one would be even close to Tran. The final 27 players will return tomorrow to battle for the right to sit at the final television table of six, which takes place on Thursday. Day 4 action will begin at 11 a.m. EDT in the Borgata poker room. Stay tuned to and to follow all the action in live updates, chip counts, photos, and videos.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
01:09 AM, 01/30/08

Official Seating & Chip Counts

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Here are the official chip counts and seating assignments for Day 4 (Wednesday). Action starts at 11:00 am ET in the Borgata poker room, so return to for all the action as it happens. TABLE 1 1. John McEwen - 541,000 2. "Action" Bob Hwang - 586,000 3. Scott Blackman - 1,622,000 4. Eric Siegel - 295,000 5. Eric Buchman - 476,000 6. Gavin Griffin - 1,089,000 7. John Racener - 201,000 8. John Cox - 178,000 9. John Roveto - 156,000 TABLE 2 1. Vadim Trincher - 294,000 2. Men "The Master" Nguyen - 480,000 3. Ervin Prifti - 306,000 4. David Tran - 2,078,000 5. Adam Lippert - 159,000 6. Jared Hamby - 283,000 7. Shane LaBounty - 476,000 8. Joe DiMartino - 346,000 9. Daniel Shiff - 478,000 TABLE 3 1. Lee Watkinson - 879,000 2. Jesse Martin - 289,000 3. Noah Schwartz - 1,092,000 4. Justin Bonomo - 878,000 5. Gordon Wilcox - 655,000 6. Thomas Hare - 353,000 7. Onofrio Reina - 581,000 8. David Inselberg - 70,000 9. Nam Le - 400,000

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
09:39 PM, 01/29/08

Day 3 Ends

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

We have reached the final 27 players and action has ended on day 3. The players will return at 11 a.m. EDT tomorrow to play down to a final television table of six. Final chip counts have been posted and the recap will be released later tonight.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
08:16 PM, 01/29/08

Zach Hyman Eliminated in 28th Place ($20,655)

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Zach Hyman gets it all in against Vadim Trincher and they turn up their cards: Hyman: Kclub2heart Trincher: 7diamond6spade Board: AclubQheart4diamond7heart10heart Hyman is eliminated on the hand in 28th place and he will take home $20,655 in prize money. That takes us down to 27 players and play halts for the evening.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
07:54 PM, 01/29/08

Richard Dabal Eliminated in 29th Place ($20,655)

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

After a flop of Qspade3spade2heart, Scott Blackman bets 50,000, Richard Dabal raises to 100,000, and Blackman calls. The turn card is the 5diamond, Blackman checks, Dabal bets 100,000, Blackman raises to 400,000, and Blackman moves all in. Dabal instacalls with [A-Q] for a pair of queens with a gutshot straight draw, and Blackman shows 3diamond3heart for a set of threes. Dabal needs a four (and only a four) to stay alive. The river card is the 6diamond, and Blackman wins the pot with his set to build his stack to about 1.48 million. Richard Dabal is eliminated in 29th place, earning $20,655.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
07:53 PM, 01/29/08

Bill Kontaratos Eliminated in 30th Place ($20,655); David Tran Over 2 Million

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

David Tran acts from the small blind (we're not sure of his initial action), and then Bill Kontaratos raises to 100,000. Tran calls. The flop comes 10spade9diamond9heart, Tran checks, Kontaratos bets 200,000, Tran moves all in, and Kontaratos goes into the tank for several minutes. Kontaratos has about 250,000 left behind, and he eventually decides to call with AdiamondKheart. But Tran shows AclubAspade, and Kontaratos will need a runner-runner miracle to stay alive. The turn card is the 3club, the river is the 9spade, and Tran's pocket aces hold up to give him the pot and 2.285 million in chips. Bill Kontaratos is eliminated in 30th place, earning $20,655.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
07:48 PM, 01/29/08

Akio Ishige Eliminated in 31st Place ($20,655)

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Bob Hwang limps and Akio Ishige moves all in . Hwang calls and shows 9spade9club. Ishige turns over AclubQheart and they're racing. The board comes KheartJheartJspade4diamond2spade and Ishige exits the tournament in 31st place.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
07:20 PM, 01/29/08

Anthony Campagna Eliminated in 32nd Place ($20,655)

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Anthony Campagna gets all of his chips into the middle against David Tran and they flip up their cards: Tran: JspadeJheart Campagna: AheartQdiamond Board: Kclub8club8heart9spade3club Campagna is eliminated in 31st place and he will take home $20,655 in prize money.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
07:19 PM, 01/29/08

Michael Tait Eliminated in 33rd Place ($20,655)

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Michael Tait was crippled when his pocket jacks ran into pocket kings. A few hands later he got all of his chips into the middle of the table against Irving Prifti. On this final hand for Tait, he held Adiamond3club against pocket jacks. The board ran out Qdiamond7club5spade10club8diamond and Tait was eliminated in 33rd place, taking home $20,655 in prize money.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
07:17 PM, 01/29/08

Justin Bonomo Takes a Pot

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

Adam Lippert raises to 34,000, and Justin Bonomo calls from a blind. The flop comes 6spade5spade4spade, Bonomo checks, Lippert bets 40,000, Bonomo raises to 170,000, and Lippert tanks for several long minutes before folding. Bonomo shows 3diamond2diamond for a flopped (but very vulnerable) six-high straight. Bonomo now has about 450,000.

Sorted In: Borgata Poker Classic, Borgata, Season VI
07:09 PM, 01/29/08



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David Tran
Tom Hare
Noah Schwartz
Lee Watkinson
Ervin Prifti

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Payout Structure

Place Prize
1 $1,401,109
2 $737,685
3 $381,137
4 $331,958
5 $282,779
6 $233,600
7 $184,421
8 $135,243
9 $98,359
10 - 12 $63,932
13 - 15 $46,720
16 - 18 $31,966
19 - 27 $25,573
28 - 36 $20,655
37 - 45 $17,213
46 - 54 $14,754

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 25-50 0
2 50-100 0
3 75-150 0
4 100-200 0
5 150-300 25
6 200-400 50
7 250-500 50
8 300-600 75
9 400-800 75
10 500-1,000 100
11 600-1,200 100
12 800-1,600 200
13 1,000-2,000 200
14 1,200-2,400 300
15 1,500-3,000 300
16 2,000-4,000 400
17 2,500-5,000 400
18 3,000-6,000 500
19 4,000-8,000 500
20 5,000-10,000 1,000
21 6,000-12,000 1,000
22 8,000-16,000 2,000
23 10,000-20,000 2,000
24 12,000-24,000 3,000
25 15,000-30,000 3,000
26 20,000-40,000 4,000
27 25,000-50,000 4,000
28 30,000-60,000 5,000
29 40,000-80,000 5,000
30 50,000-100,000 10,000
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