Feb 22 6:03 am

Event 7: 1st Place – Musso ($31,440)

Level 31 (80,000/160,000/20,000)
Total Entries: 343
Players Remaining: 1
Chip Average: 12,500,000

Frank Musso - Deep Stacks Challenge Event 7 Champion

Frank Musso – Deep Stacks Challenge Event 7 Champion

Sometimes it’s just meant to be and after a few miraculous catches and well times plays, it was meant to be for Frank Musso (Red Lion, PA) as he claimed his first major tournament title and easily the biggest score of his career as he outlasted one of the biggest Deep Stacks Challenge fields in the history of the series to win Event 7 and the $31,000 for first.

Musso hovered near the chip average for much of the day and then peaked near the Final Table bubble and seemingly never looked back, notching elimination after elimination and eventually beating a stacked Final Table for the win.

It’s been a tremendous series and the Deep Stacks Challenge has proven again that it is one of the fastest growing tournament series in the region as every guarantee was nearly doubled this week as well as boasting some of the biggest field sizes this series has ever seen.

From everyone at the Borgata, thank you for playing and following along and we look forward to seeing you at the next Deep Stacks Challenge and during our many upcoming tournament series.

This is Will OC wishing you good luck both on and off the tables and we hope to see you soon.

Thanks again.

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Feb 22 5:57 am

Event 7: 2nd Place – Taylor ($17,467)

Level 31 (80,000/160,000/20,000)
Total Entries: 343
Players Remaining: 1
Chip Average: 12,500,000

Everton Taylor (Brooklyn, NY)

Everton Taylor (Brooklyn, NY)

After coming into heads up play with a sizable chip disadvantage we thought there would be a “feeling” out process, but on the first hand of play we saw a massive pot develop that would chip down Everton Taylor even more and then he’d be eliminated on one of the next hands.

The action in the first hand was picked up on a board of and Everton would check-raise a bet of 500,000 to 1,500,000 and Frank Musso would then announce himself “all-in” and while it would take close to three minutes for Everton to make a decision there would be some great table talk between the two during the thought process.

“You really flopped something nice huh?” Everton would say and Musso would quickly say, “You want to see my hand? Put in some chips in the pot, I think it might be have to be the rest of them.”

Everton was unfazed and would ask numerous times, “Top pair no good?”

“There’s no shame in folding.” Musso would get in just before Everton did fold as he’d lose a decent percentage of his stack but was unwilling to risk his tournament life.

Musso would muck and then score the knockout a few hands later as the two players got it all-in pre-flop with Musso holding and Everton holding a dominating .

The board would run out and it would be the second “lucky seven” to save Musso this tournament and this time it would eliminated Everton Taylor in 2nd place, making just under $17,500 for his deep Final Table run.

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Feb 22 5:39 am

Event 7: 3rd Place – Bonita ($10,865)

Level 31 (80,000/160,000/20,000)
Total Entries: 343
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 6,500,000

Michael Bonita (New City, NY)

Michael Bonita (New City, NY)

Michael Bonita had more or less the same fate as Rebecca Rasanen at this Event 7 Final Table as they both were pacing this field throughout the day and came to the Final Table with big stacks only to go more or less card dead and only see themselves trend downwards until their eliminations.

Both of their knockouts came at the hand of Frank Musso, as Bonita got his final 1,500,000 chips all-in from the small blind after Musso had limped from the button.

Everton Taylor would call in the big blind and then see Musso announce all-in, isolating the short stack.

Taylor would angrily fold and Bonita would be left flipping for his tournament life and a triple up as he held to Musso’s .

The board would run out and Bonita would be sent to the rail in 3rd place after holding the chip lead for a large majority of play from the dinner break onwards.

He’d make just under $11,000 for his efforts and we are now heads up for the Event 7 title with Frank Musso holding a sizable chip advantage over Everton Taylor.

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Feb 22 5:29 am

Event 7: 4th Place – Orgil ($8,734)

Level 31 (80,000/160,000/20,000)
Total Entries: 343
Players Remaining: 3
Chip Average: 4,500,000

Daniel Orgil (

Daniel Orgil (Staten Island, NY)

Frank Musso might have just made the best call we’ve seen all week as he crippled Daniel Orgil in a massive pot that would make Musso the chip leader of Event 7 and see Orgil crippled and eliminated on one of the very next hands.

The action in the hand that crippled Orgil was picked up pre-flop with Orgil raising to 400,000 and Musso calling in the big blind.

Musso would check call a bet of 450,000 on a flop of and then both players would check the turn card.

Musso again checked the river and he’d be faced with a bet of 600,000, which left Orgil just over 400,000 behind.

Musso would hero call and table and would be good as Orgil had nothing better than eight high.

He’d be eliminated shortly after in 4th place, earning just over $8,700 for his Final Table efforts after coming in as one of the smaller stacks and making numerous pay jumps.

We are now three handed for the Event 7 title with Michael Bonita sitting with just over 1,500,000 chips as the sever short stack at this Final Table.

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Feb 22 5:02 am

Event 7: 5th Place – Rasanen ($6,870)

Level 30 (60,000/120,000/20,000)
Total Entries: 343
Players Remaining: 4
Chip Average: 3,400,000

Rebecca Rasanen (Glenolden, PA)

Rebecca Rasanen (Glenolden, PA)

After carrying the chip leader touch for much of the day and the “last lady standing” flag into this Event 7 Final Table, Rebecca Rasanen would see herself loose traction and then never regain it, slowly chipping down and eventually being eliminated by Frank Musso who has recovered since doubling up both Rebecca and Daniel Orgil at the end of the last level.

The action was picked up on a flop of and Rebecca would move all-in for her final 1,200,000 chips and Musso would say, “I have a queen, I call.” before tabling .

Rebecca would roll her eyes and throw over and would need to hit to avoid her Event 7 run ending with her pocket rockets going up in flames.

They would as the board would brick out and Rebecca, after being a serious threat to be the first woman to claim a Deep Stacks Challenge championship, would be heading to the rail in 5th place making the biggest score of her tournament career.

The Parx dealer who said she never played in a big tournament like this certainly held her own and on another day she might be the last player left standing as she bossed her table for the majority of the day and then couldn’t get anything going at the Final Table.

She’d make just under $7,000 for her efforts and we are now four handed for the Event 7 trophy.

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Feb 22 4:56 am

Event 7: 6th Place – Alesi ($5,648)

Level 30 (60,000/120,000/20,000)
Total Entries: 343
Players Remaining: 5
Chip Average: 3,400,000

Russell Alesi (Jericho, NY)

Russell Alesi (Jericho, NY)

Russell Alesi came back from break as the short stack and was chipped down after the first orbit to his final 360,000 chips and managed to get it all-in and good against Everton Taylor’s as he called the bet from the small blind.

Alexi held and looked like a favorite to double up, but after the flop, he was drawing to just three outs.

He was more or less dead and would be praying for a chop after the turn and he’d be officially eliminated as the came on the river, sending him to the rail in 6th place.

It would have been interesting to see what Alesi could have done had he have doubled up, as he was more or less hampered with a below average stack from the two table redraw until now and while many other short stack players have been gone for hours now, Alesi held on, patiently and perfectly working his short stack up the pay ladder, eventually earning a solid $5,600 score.

He also leaves knowing that he can finally have the last laugh as he his toughest “critic”, his daughter, finally saw him outlast close to 350 players to make a big major tournament Final Table for the first time.

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Feb 22 4:46 am

Event 7: Russell Proving His “Critics” Wrong

Level 30 (60,000/120,000/20,000)
Total Entries: 343
Players Remaining: 6
Chip Average: 2,200,000

Russell Alesi

Russell Alesi is making his first major Final Table appearance here in Event 7 and might be one double up away from getting back in title contention. 

The blogs that the Borgata Poker team run during their major tournament series serve many purposes for players and followers alike.

For players and followers it offers vital information about chip counts, payouts, big hands, eliminations and everything in between and it might even be used for proving that Dad doesn’t “always loose at poker” as Russell Alesi is at the Event 7 Final Table and has a $5,600 score locked up.

He’s thrilled that the blog is here to document this for his daughter who always seems to needle him about his non-cashes in past tournaments but now that he’s at the Final Table, she’s certainly going to wake up tomorrow to a pleasant surprise.

While this is Alesi’s first major tournament Final Table appearance, that hasn’t stopped players with his same “small” poker resume from scoring big in previous Deep Stacks Challenge events and although he is the short stack coming back from break, he might be one or two double ups away from being a contender to take down this title and prove his “critics” wrong.

Players are now back from break and will resume play with just over 100 total big blinds in play.

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Feb 22 4:31 am

Event 7: Updated Counts After Big Doubles Before Break

Level 29 (50,000/100,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 343
Players Remaining: 6
Chip Average: 2,200,000

Players are now on a much needed break here at the Event 7 Final Table but before that break, we saw our two short stacks, Daniel Orgil and Rebecca Rasanen double up through the big stack Frank Musso.

Both double ups were small, with both still playing well under the chip average, near the 1,000,000 chip mark until Orgil went with a double double to get back to the chip average as he four bet shoved all-in against Everton Taylor and got there beating the of Taylor on a run out of .

Players will return to Level 30, where there will be just over 100 total big blinds in play.

The updates count of the remaining players at the Event 7 Final Table are listed below:

  1. Frank Musso – 2,600,000
  2. Michael Bonita – 3,300,000
  3. Russel Alesi – 700,000
  4. Daniel Orgil – 2,100,000
  5. Everton Taylor – 2,900,000
  6. Rebecca Rasanen – 1,100,000

 

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Feb 22 4:08 am

Event 7: 7th Place – Cornejo ($4,542)

Level 29 (50,000/100,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 343
Players Remaining: 6
Chip Average: 2,200,000

Cornejo

Robert Cornejo (Ridgewood, NY)

We were just saying how Robert Cornejo had seen the biggest improvement to his stack at this Final Table after coming in with just 500,000 and peaking near the 1,300,000 mark.

But, he’s now left with nothing after seeing his top pair top kicker run into the aces up of Frank Musso.

The action was picked up on a board of with Cornejo leading out for 200,000.

Musso would then raise to 650,000 and Cornejo would go all-in for just under 1,000,000 total chips.

The big stack was priced in and had the best of it, calling and tabling to best Cornejo’s .

The river would brick out and Cornejo would be sent to the rail in 7th place, making $4,500 a massive improvement on his equity coming into this Final Table.

Musso is now in the running for the Event 7 chip lead after hovering near the chip average for most of the day he’s peaking at the right time and a serious threat to take this title down.

Immediately after the elimination of Robert Cornejo, Rebecca Rasanen would double up to get back over the 1,000,000 chip mark over Everton Taylor’s .

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Feb 22 4:01 am

Event 7: 8th Place – MacKinnon ($3,435)

Level 28 (40,000/80,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 343
Players Remaining: 7
Chip Average: 2,000,000

DJ MacKinnon (

DJ MacKinnon (East Amherst, NY)

The eliminations are coming fast and furious here at the Event 7 Final Table and the latest victim would be DJ MacKinnon as he was sent to the rail in 8th place by Everton Taylor.

MacKinnon would get his final 500,000 in the middle with and Taylor would call with .

The board would run out and MacKinnon would be drawing dead on the turn as Taylor flopped a set, something we’ve been seeing a lot of over the last few levels of Event 7.

MacKinnon came into this Final Table as one of the shorter stacks and managed to make a few pay jumps after chipping up slightly from his Final Table starting stack.

He was unable to find a double and though will make just under $3,500 for his efforts adding to an impressive start to his 2015 season.

We now have two players well over the 2,000,000 chip mark as Michael Bonita still leads and Everton Taylor is closing the gap at the top of the Event 7 leaderboard.

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