Level 9 (Blinds 500/1,000/100)
Total Entries: 211
Players Remaining: 170
Registration is officially closed, but Tab Duchateau tells us that the number of entries is not yet stamped as official (211). We will make sure to update that number is there is a change, but until then we will concentrate on those seated in the Signature Room.
One of the first notables that was spotted once players returned from break was Jason Rivkin (Tinton Falls, NJ). Jason has over $214,000 in career tournament earnings, showcasing his talents in most any poker variation. After playing Event 1, Rivkin bypassed yesterday’s Omaha/Stud 8B event, choosing the value of Event 7 for his return.
Once may ask why the tournament professional who never usually misses any events, let alone three in a row, has been absent? Jason is putting poker on the back-burner, in order to return to studies at Monmouth University. While the school is within short driving distance from the poker room, Jason’s priorities will be shifted for the near future. At this moment, Rivkin is concentrating on his hold’em studies, and hopes to “Just make it through this level.”
Level 9 (Blinds 500/1,000/100)
Total Entries: 210
Players Remaining: TBD
The remaining Event 7 players are currently out of the Signature Room, taking a (15) minute break while the tournament supervisors color of the green (25 denomination) chips. The remaining 175 or so players will be returning to Level 9 and blinds of 500/1,000/100. Once the room is full again, we will take a lap through the field to bring you some updated chip counts, as well as notables spotted in the field.
Level 2 (50/100)Stephanie Hubbard, Alida Velui and Nancy Martin, all Poker Champions in the early Event 7 field.
Yesterday, one of the early chip leaders of Event 4 was Diva Nix, who was quick and eager to voice her opinion about the scheduling of the Fall Poker Open.
She would say, “They got the Seniors, now what about us ladies?” in reference to the Ladies Event being left off the schedule for this November series.
We assure our female players that that event will be back during the Winter Poker Open, but with the seniors having the spotlight for much of the early morning, we wanted to give some champion ladies in the Event 7 field some much deserved praise.
We mentioned Keiko Lim last night, who was the last lady left standing in Event 4, but failed to make the money after being short stacked for much of the post-dinner play.
Seated at the same table as Keiko today is Stephanie Hubbard (Hazlet, NJ) who won a WSOP Ladies Event at Harrah’s in 2011. Hubbard has just over $80,000 in lifetime earnings, with her biggest score coming during the 2013 Parx Big Stax Main, when she finished in 7th place for just over $15,000.
Also in the field is Alida Veliu (Wyckoff, NJ) who has four ladies championships to her name, all coming through 2008-2012 at Borgata, the WSOP Circuit and the US Poker Championships.
Velui’s biggest cash though is for just over $155,000 and it came during last years WPT BPO opening event, when she finished 3rd in the $2,000,000 GTD Event 1.
Last, but certainly not least, is Nancy Martin (Washington Crossing, PA) who is still getting “bullied” at her table, despite Jonathan Borenstein being no where near her table this morning.
Nancy is a Borgata regular and champion, as she won a $10,000 Super Survivor during the 2014 Spring Poker Open. Add in close to ten more Final Tables and Nancy has built an impressive poker resume with just under $100,000 in live tournament earnings.
All these women will be looking to make deep runs here today, and perhaps will be the first women to host a Borgata trophy during this series and continue to add to their already spectacular poker careers, which are made even more impressive by the fact that all three have “real jobs” and are only allowed to play poker on a part-time basis.
Level 1 (25/50)
A hectic morning continues as the tournament staff prepares the Signature Room for the start of Event 7.
There will be 23 tables in play, with some tables in reserve in the Poker Room just in case there is any overflow due to a large Deepest Stack field.
We expect this to be a very well attended event, as this event is always thought to have the most “bang for you buck” as players will start with 35,000 chips, meaning everyone will start with an absurd 700 big blinds.
Players will play 30 minute levels until Level 16 when play will move to 40 minute levels. The late registration period will be open through the end of Level 8.
This is a one day tournament so we will be playing down to a winner today.
While this is one of the best attended tournament during every series, it is also host to some of the more “chronically late” players, as a “deepest stack” allows players to still have plenty of ammunition to work with even if they late register.
We are officially a third of the way through the eighteen day Fall Poker Open, but don’t let you think that that means we are anywhere close to slowing down.
In terms of player volume, today probably will not rival last Wednesday, when Day 1C and 1D of Event 1 had the tournament staff dusting off some rarely used tables to meet the player demand of the Fall Poker Open’s opening event.
But, in terms of tournaments, and champions, today will surely be the busiest of the series as three tournaments will be playing simultaneously in both the Signature and Poker Rooms.
Kicking off the action is Event 6, the always popular Seniors (50+) NLH event, which begins at 10 AM and will be held in the Poker Room.
We then transition to the Signature Room for Event 7, a Deeper Stack NLH event, that will begin play at 11 AM.
Those two events are both of the one day variety, and we expect those to go deep into the night, with both likely ending early Monday morning.
The final trophy that will be awarded today will be the continuation of Event 4, which played down to 17 players last night, and will resume play at 12 PM, in the exclusive “Final Table” Board Room area of the Poker Room.
Add those three events to a Poker Room that had 60 or so cash game tables running through most of the afternoon yesterday and you’ll realize why the Borgata is the preeminent poker destination on the East Coast, especially during our seasonal Poker Opens.
The action should be non-stop all day, and the blog will be here to cover it all, so stay tuned.