Borgata Poker Open Fall 2014

Just a few weeks until the final Borgata Poker Open for 2014.

borgata poker openYou can see the schedule here.

I booked a room for the 9th to the 12th. The Seniors will be my 4th one there this year, have a 3/137 in June and 11/297 in September. One more shot at the trophy!

No trophy, 11th again. Had a really good run at the Borgata Poker Open season this year, but no trophy.

Had James Woods at the table, great guy.

 

Hollywood Poker Open S3: Lawrenceburg In.

November 13-23

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Hollywood Poker Open Season 3: Lawrenceburg Indiana. Click the link for the series schedule.

Of course they saved the best for last. it might be the only  event that really matters, event 28, the Seniors on November 23rd. Starts at 11 am, and is a $230 buy in.

Last event of the series is for the ladies, the cards will be in the air at 5 pm Sunday the 23rd.   $235 buy in and the great structure the HPO is known for.

 

Borgata Poker Open: Seniors Event

Coming off a 3rd place finish in the June event I really had a taste for that trophy. I was able to chip up early and was chip leader or close to it for most of the first half. I had over an average stack until average hit $404,000 in chips.

A combination of good cards and some good play was making a deep run seem possible.

The Borgata blog wrote another nice piece about one of my hands.

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Event 14: The McGovernator

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Level 20 (Blinds 6,000/12,000/2,000)
Total Entries: 297
Players Remaining: 20
Chip Average: 222,750 (18.6 Big Blinds)

Tim McGovern

Tim McGovern

After Apostolos Sirinakis pushed all-in sitting UTG+1 on table 2, Tim McGovern decided to protect his big blind by making the call.

The hand started out as a race, but that didn’t last very long.

McGovern:    Sirinakis:

Flop:
Turn:
River:

McGovern flopped a set and ended up making a full house, eliminating Sirinakis in 21st place.

It’s a shame, too, because we didn’t even get a chance to mention that David Apostolico and Apostolos Sirinakis were sitting side-by-side. Those might be common names in Athens, but not Atlantic City. We were really looking forward to some Apostles’ Creed puns. If we’re lucky, one of them will be sitting next to John Creed at some point between now and the end of the series.

The average chip stack is not much more than 200,000, but McGovern is close to 400k after the knockout.

Got it all in with 11 players left when my 99 got cracked on the river by A5s.

One more shot at a trophy in November!

 

Maryland Live Summer Series 2014

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Headed south for the weekend of 7/11-13.  The Maryland Live Summer Series has a $300 Seniors on the 11th a $350 on the 12th and a $500 Double Black Chip Bounty the 13th.

This is my 97th tournament this year.

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Played well and was chipping up nicely when I raised from the button with KJo.  Got 1 caller as the flop came K J 7. I bet the villian called.  A 8 on the turn got us all in as the villain revealed his set of 7s.

Played cash for a few hours and got back $200 of my buy in then went and checked in to the Ramada.

Headed back on Saturday for a $350 open event.

Hollywood Poker Open Main Event 2014 S2

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Thursday June 26th I leave for the HPO Main Event at the M Resort in Las Vegas. The $2500 buy in is the biggest yet for me.  I was staked to this event at a pretty bad percentage. Now I have to decide if I want to buy any more of my own action.

I’ve run really good in 3 of the Regional Events. Can it continue?

6/26/14 Leave today for Hollywood Poker Open. Got great airfare on Maru Airplane_catBought 40% of my action but busted out in level 10 late Friday night. AJo v 36CC. Flop J 4 5, I flopped top pair, villian had an open ender. My 8,000 bet couldn’t get him off and a 7 on the turn straightened him out.

I shoved the turn and he called.

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Borgota Poker Open Summer Seniors 2014

Woke up, got out of bed…… Surfing PokerAtlas and saw the Borgata Seniors is tomorrow. Quick check of my comps and I see I can get a free room, so off to AC.

 

So a day at relaxing by the pool and poker on Tuesday.

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Chipped up early with some gig flops on the BB. Was chip leader for about the first 7 or 8 levels and had 3 to4x average for a lot of the tourney.

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With about 35 left, out of 137 total I got moved to a table with a young man who was obviously not 50+. I doubt his mom was 50. Typical 20 something, multi-tabling on his tablet and raising constantly.

poker_helmetThe second young man was first out ITM for a min cash. Several people at the table rode him hard.  Why anyone enters an event they are not eligible for is beyond me. It disrespects the game and all the players. Karma will get even.

We got to the final table around 9 pm, 11 hours after the start. Played for 4 more hours before busting out 3rd for a pretty nice cash.

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It was a tough final table with most of players having some great recent results.

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Larry Ohalloran was coming off 3 straight victories according to the Hendon Mob

Sam Keyrouze won the event in November 2013.

You can read the play by play on the Borgata Blog.

 

 

Legends Classic Series Binions Las Vegas

I posted a trip report on twoplustwo so I’m going to just repost it here.

6/3 Headed to Vegas on Friday 6/6 to play the Binions Legends Classic. Hope the over 45 is a softer field than WSOP.

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Anyone played Binions before? Hoping for 400+, have no idea if that’s realistic.

My hotel The Four Queens

My hotel The Four Queens

Suggestions for other MTT of $200-$350 buy in are appreciated.

6/8  Made it to LV, had some jet lag so went to bed without placing a bet, probably a violation of city ordinance but…..

Binions had the room set up in back with 17 tables, a few were in another room as day 1a clocked 277 runners? walkers?

JJ Liu was in the room fresh off a big score in Macua, TJ Cloutier was at the table behind me several other pros in attendance.

Started with 20k in chips and a great structure. Was chipping up, taking a few blinds from the button, playing a few premium hands. No need to get crazy early in the tourney.

Got AA cracked in level 5 and lost 1/2 the stack but still had 100+ bigs. 3 bet w/AKo right before the second break. Cbet a 9 8 2 board and the villian came over the top. Knew I was behind but I’m sorta commited. Called and she had a set of 8’s.

2925 left and I’m the big blind, 3 limpers I shove dark, figure I can play 1b on Sunday and go have dinner with some friends who are headed home Sunday. AKo calls, I have JJ. Doubled up.

Chipped up from there, got moved a few times in balances and breaking tables. Last table of the night had average stack, big stacks everywhere and they are banging heads like we’re in the money.

Ended day 1a with 105k, return to 1000 3000/6000. Might need to do some shoving right off the bat.

Overall, good structure, well run for the most part. Talking about hands and showing cards was going on at most of the tables.

Probably play Venetian today and formulate a game plan for Monday. Shove it first 4 hands w/ ATC?

Just shove it!

Just shove it!

6/9 Finished 23/641 for a whopping $565. What a crazy ride.

5th hand of the day I limp in for 6,000 w/ AA BB raises to 20k I reraise to 40, he shoves I call. Quick double up.

Was above avg to avg for the next 5 levels.

Now the cooler story. I have about 310,000 when the villain goes all in for 217k, I’m the BB w/ AK, he has KK…. oops. Next hand I’m the SB, folds around to me, I have QQ, so I shove. BB calls w/ KK. Now I have 9k left at 12k/24k w/ 3k ante. I shove my puny stack dark, get 1 caller I have KK, win that now I have about 85k.

Next hand I shove w/ AK, no callers. Next hand I shove again w/ KK, no callers. But now I have about 175k. Fold a few hands then shove K4s from the cu and the BB has AA.

So goes the Legends Classic! Time for a steak a few beers and pick a tourney for Tuesday.