It did not take long to lose another four players, plus one extra, to trigger the two-table redraw. John Wilson went out in 19th place to drop them to 18 and bubble burster Ray Cheng went out in 18th. Tournament staff paused the clock and the 17 remaining players redrew new seats.
18th: Ray Cheng – $947
19th: John Wilson – $852
20th: Walter Vanschaick Jr – $852
21st: Salvatore Busacca – $852
22nd: Adam Pepper – $852
After Level 20 came to an end, tournament staff sent the players on a break while they colored off the 1K chips and put some 100Ks into play. Only a handful of players went out before then including Igar Goduhin, he who slid into the money with only a few big blinds on the bubble.
23rd: Olamidz Otti – $852
24th: Oren Genzel – $852
25th: Igor Goduhin – $852
26th: David Moran-Lopez – $852
27th: Geoffrey Lavison – $852
It was quick to the bubble but action slowed with money only one elimination away. They went four full hands without a single all in called and then we had a doozy on the fifth.
A player opened to 50,000 from middle position, leaving only 61,000 behind, and Ray Cheng called in the small blind to the flop. Cheng checked and his opponent put his last 61,000 in the middle. After a short think, Cheng called and the hands were tabled.
Cheng’s eights were dominated by the queens and the turn changed nothing. It was the two-out river that gave Cheng a set of eights and put the field in the money.
With only a few minutes remaining in Level 19, Event 3 lost a player to leave only 28 in the field. Tournament staff paused the clock and began the money bubble process. The clock would remain paused until one player was eliminated with two minutes coming off for each hand played.
Event 3 is down to the last four tables of the tournament but still trudging along towards the money bubble. They only need to lose eight more for the money bubble procedures to kick in, we’ll see if they beat the break.
Diane LePera is trying to make another deep run in this tournament. The Borgata regular was part of a 5:30 am three-way deal last December and she took home $19,000 for her efforts.
One table dropped in the first level after dinner but the stacks are deep, things will settle into a march. They are still 18 away from the money and the pace is slow.
One of those still around is Borgata legend Gordon Eng. Always a friendly face in the poker room, he has over $1,000,000 in career earnings and that includes two big Borgata trophies.
The 45-minute dinner break is complete and the Event 3 players are back in action. After a count of the stacks, the remaining count stands at 60 and a table was broken upon their return.
There’s a good chance they make the money before the next break but it will be close.
We have 15 levels in the books and tournament staff sent the remaining Event 3 players on a 45-minute dinner break to enjoy the various epicurean delights around the property.
There are still 70 players vying for the title so there’s still a lot to get done before they reach the money at the last three tables. They will return from dinner at 8:15 pm and continue the march to the title.
The numbers were crunched and tournament staff released the payout information for the $350+$50 Deepest Stack tournament. It drew 279 entries to put $94,721 up for grabs. The last 27 spots will be paid with $852 for a min-cash and the winner will earn $26,525 along with the DSC Borgata trophy.
$350+$50 Deepest Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 9: 600/1,200 with a 1,200 ante
Total Entries: 279
The registration and re-entry period has closed on the Deepest Stack tournament with an unofficial 279 entries showing on the tournament clock. That blasted past the $50,000 guarantee and nearly doubled the prize pool with more than $94,000 up for grabs later this evening.
Tournament staff are running the numbers and we will post the payout information as soon as it is available.