The Return - A Borgata Championship Event

$5,300 The Return ($3,000,000 Guaranteed)
Day: 1b
Event Info

The Return - A Borgata Championship Event

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
200,000 / 400,000
Players Info - Day 1b
Players Left

$5,300 The Return ($3,000,000 Guaranteed)

Day 1b Completed

Kabir One of the Top Stacks With Elias and McKeehen After Day 1b in $5,300 The Return

Level 10 : Blinds 800/1,600, 1,600 ante
Mohammad Kabir
Mohammad Kabir

The Return - A Borgata Championship Event in Atlantic City was full of action today during Day 1b of the $5,300 The Return. A field of more than 650 took their shot at the second of two starting flights and when all the dust settled after thirteen hours of play, about a third of those players remained with a chance at the $3,000,000 guarantee.

The day was chock full of big names and Borgata locals alike. Ending the day as one of the largest stacks was low-profile Mohammed Kabir who has very little recorded poker resume to speak of but was one of the big stacks throughout the day, holding as much as 425,000 at one point He would relinquish some of that big stack before bagging 310,000.

Juxtaposed with the scant record of Kabir at the top of the counts, was well-known crusher Darren Elias who amassed a chip stack of 276,500.

Young Sik Eum (265,500) and Michael Leah (265,000) were two of the largest recorded stacks at the close of play to headline some of the other big names who advanced to Day 2 which also included a couple of WSOP bracelet winners in Michael Wang (102,000) and Nick Schulma in (98,500).

Joe McKeehen bagged up 212,500 as he was yet another big-name player to have a good Day 1b.

There were also some more local players who moved on to Day 2 with big stacks; including Aubrey Williams with 259,000 and Frank Pasquale with 251,000.

Frank Pasquale
Frank Pasquale

The remaining players from Day 1b will converge with those who made it through Day 1a for a combined Day 2 which will get underway at 11 a.m. local time on Friday. Levels on Day 2 will be 75 minutes long.

A full list of chip counts and seat assignments for Day 2 will be available in the morning before the start of play.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand throughout for all of the updates.

Tags: Aubrey WilliamsDarren EliasFrank PasqualeJoe McKeehenKabir OneMichael LechMichael WangMohammed KabirNick SchulmaYoung Sik Eum

Assorted Day 1b Chip Counts

Level 10 : Blinds 800/1,600, 1,600 ante
Player Chips Progress
Mohammed Kabir us
Mohammed Kabir
310,500 -114,500
Darren Elias us
Darren Elias
276,500 129,500
Young Sik Eum us
Young Sik Eum
265,500 265,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Michael Leah ca
Michael Leah
265,000 20,000
Aubrey Williams us
Aubrey Williams
259,000 -48,000
Frank Pasquale us
Frank Pasquale
251,000 -59,000
Joe McKeehen us
Joe McKeehen
212,500 89,500
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 3X Winner
Brock Wilson us
Brock Wilson
161,500 116,500
Robert Hover us
Robert Hover
144,000 -1,000
Michael Wang us
Michael Wang
102,000 29,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Nick Schulman us
Nick Schulman
98,500 -16,500
WSOP 4X Winner
WPT 2X Winner
Steven Buckner us
Steven Buckner
77,000 -5,000
Yaser Al-Keliddar us
Yaser Al-Keliddar
74,000 17,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Jason Deutsch us
Jason Deutsch
69,000 32,000
Emanuel Failla us
Emanuel Failla
68,100 -9,900
WPT 1X Winner
Brad Albrinck us
Brad Albrinck
51,000 -24,000

"Cuz" Collects

Level 10 : Blinds 800/1,600, 1,600 ante

The board read {6-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{7-Spades} on the river. Steven "Cuz" Buckner tossed out some chips for a bet of 25,000 into a pot of about the same amount.

His opponent thought for about 30 seconds before relinquishing his hand and sending the pot over to Buckner.

Player Chips Progress
Steven Buckner us
Steven Buckner
82,000 82,000

Royal Flush on the Board

Level 10 : Blinds 800/1,600, 1,600 ante
Borgata, Cards, Chips, Branding
Borgata, Cards, Chips, Branding

One of the rarest sights in poker was seen in Level 12 as a table was reacting. In a preflop all in, Lukasz Wojtasiak held the {a-}{j-} against the {j-}{j-} of Jimmy Born.

But the two pocket holdings were rendered completely meaningless as there was a royal flush on the board, {j-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}. Most of the table was standing up and taking pictures of the super rare sight except for one player at the table who grew quickly annoyed and said "nobody gives a s***, deal the next hand!"

Player Chips Progress
Lukasz Wojtasiak us
Lukasz Wojtasiak
97,000 49,000
Jimmy Born us
Jimmy Born
85,000 85,000

Tags: Jimmy BornLukasz WojtasiakRoyal Flush

Maio Sent Away

Level 10 : Blinds 800/1,600, 1,600 ante

Anthony Maio was all in preflop with the {q-}{q-} against the {k-}{k-} of his opponent.

The board ran out {2-}{7-}{10-}{2-}{8-} and Maio was sent away in the final level of the night as he will not be replicating his run good from finishing second in the $2,200 Mystery Bounty.

Player Chips Progress
Anthony Maio us
Anthony Maio

Level: 10

Blinds: 800/1,600

Ante: 1,600