Category Archives: Borgata Poker Open

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.


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.

Sep 12 11:47 pm

Event 14: The McGovernator


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:


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!


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.


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.



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.


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


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.