Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
Event #4 of the partypoker US Network Online Series drew 70 entries at $320 apiece, generating a prize pool of an even $21,000 that was split 50-50 between payouts and bounties in its Progressive Knockout format. The tournament took nearly six hours to play to its completion, with "Borgatcha" winning and earning over 30% of the overall prize pool in $6,758 ($2,521 in prizes + $4,237 in bounties).
The win for "Borgatcha" capped off a heads-up match with "pay4medsch00l" that lasted for three full 12-minute levels after "Borgatcha" began the match with a sizeable chip lead that they quickly relinquished. Back-and-forth blows followed by numerous small pots saw stacks ultimately remain nearly even, but a full house gave "Borgatcha" over 80% of the chips in play and they wound up with the rest not much after, winning a coin flip in an all-in preflop situation to make the tournament results official.
partypoker US Network Online Series Event #4 Results
|8||Daniel "centrfieldr23" Lupo||$341||$225||$566|
"Borgatcha" was among those to join the tournament within the opening levels of play before the evening's first break. They had an above-average stack nearing the end of the 15-level late registration period, and had grown their stack to be fifth in chips when registration closed and a burst of eliminations left just 16 in contention.
Five more dropped quickly and 11 remained as the tournament reached the bubble. "Borgatcha" had overtaken the chip lead, and grew it from there as they eliminated "Cara2Cacra" to burst the bubble. Moments later, two eliminations occurred and they took over 1/3 of the chips in play into the final table of eight.
Of the six eliminations at the final table needed to reach heads-up play, "Borgatcha" earned four of them. As such, they had a bounty atop their head that was three-times the amount of their opponent, "pay4medsch00l". Even when chip stacks were even, no talk of a deal ever came to be. Eventually, "Borgatcha" claimed all the remaining chips and even more valuable, all remaining bounty money to come out on top.
Remaining partypoker US Network Online Series Events
|Tuesday, 12/1||7:30 p.m.||Event #5: $20K GTD 8-Max NLH||$320|
|Wednesday, 12/2||7:30 p.m.||Event #6: $15K GTD 8-Max NLH||$215|
|Thursday, 12/3||7:30 p.m.||Event #7: $25K GTD 6-Max PKO||$535|
|Friday, 12/4||7:30 p.m.||Event #8: $15K GTD 6-Max NLH||$215|
|Saturday, 12/5||7:30 p.m.||Event #9: $20K GTD 8-Max NLH||$320|
|Sunday, 12/6||5:00 p.m.||Event #10: Sunday $50K GTD Main Event||$215|
|Sunday, 12/6||8:00 p.m.||Event #11: $10K GTD NLH Turbo||$109|
*PokerNews will offer live updates from the bolded events.
In Level 30 with blinds of 30,000/60,000 and an ante of 7,500, "Borgatcha" raised to 1.4 million on the button, more than enough to put "pay4medsch00l" all in from the big blind. After a few moments of thought, "pay4medsch00l" called and the two were off to the races.
"pay4medsch00l" stayed ahead through the flop , but the turn and river were all "Borgatcha" and they finished the hand with trips, good to eliminate "pay4medsch00l" in second place and earn $2,521 for first place plus another $4,237 in bounties of their own.
A recap of the tournament will be provided shortly, so be sure to stick around.
In Level 30 with blinds of 30,000/60,000 and an ante of 7,500, "Borgatcha" has increased their chip lead with three-and-a-half minutes remaining in the level. No major pots have been played of late.
In Level 29 with blinds of 25,000/50,000 and an ante of 6,250, "pay4medsch00l" completed on the button and "Borgatcha" checked their option in the big blind. Both players checked the flop .
The turn came and "Borgatcha" bet 50,000. "pay4medsch00l" called and the river fell . "Borgatcha" bet again, this time for 125,000, and "pay4medsch00l" raised to 500,000. "Borgatcha" three-bet to 1.4 million and "pay4medsch00l" thought for a bit before clicking the call button.
"Borgatcha" showed for a turned full house and earned the pot to amass over 80% of the chips in play.
On the last hand before break in Level 29 with blinds of 25,000/50,000 and an ante of 6,250, "Borgatcha" raised to 100,000 on the button and "pay4medsch00l" defended their big blind. The flop came and "pay4medsch00l" check-called a continuation-bet of 50,000 from "Borgatcha".
Both players checked the turn and the river came . "pay4medsch00l" bet 234,000, sending Borgatcha into the tank for a bit before finding a call.
"pay4medsch00l" showed for a bluff and "Borgatcha" tabled for tens and fours. The pot gives them a slight chip lead going to what looks to be the final five-minute break of the night.
In Level 28 with blinds of 20,000/40,000 and an ante of 5,000, "Borgatcha" opened to 80,000 on the button and "pay4medsch00l" three-bet to 240,000. "Borgatcha" four-bet to 600,000 and "pay4medsch00l" called.
The flop dropped and "pay4medsch00l" checked. "Borgatcha" made a continuation-bet of 280,000 and "pay4medsch00l" check-raised all in for 1.595 million.
"Borgatcha" folded, earning "pay4medsch00l" both the pot and the chip lead as the match continues.
Nearly a full level has been played with only a less than four minutes remaining in Level 28 (20,000/40,000/5,000). A few big hands were played early in the level with "Borgatcha" and "pay4medsch00l" trading blows, and small pots have since been the norm. As a result, not much fluctuation has occurred in the counts, as can be shown below.
You might recall that In early 2019, Daniel "leinad" Buzgon signed on as a BorgataPoker.com Sponsored Pro – one of three alongside Michael “Gags” Gagliano and Katie Stone.
“It took a little bit of time to get all the paperwork and stuff like that,” Buzgon previously told PokerNews of becoming sponsored. “It was in December when it started but wasn’t official until just before the Borgata Winter series. Duties include mainly playing a lot online, promoting the site, and trying to get new players on the site.”
According to HendonMob, Buzgon has more than $2.3 million in lifetime live tournament earnings since 2007. He’s a four-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner has played for big money before. In 2001, he finished third in the WPT Borgata Poker Open for $335,433, and last year he finished fifth in the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event for $202,942. He also finished fourth in the 2012 WPT bestbet Jacksonville for $94,624.
Additionally, Buzgon is a beast online where he’s amassed more than $3.1 million in earnings, of which $435,457 has come on BorgataPoker.com where he plays under the screen name “leinad.”
In Level 27 with blinds of 18,000/36,000 and an ante of 4,500, "pay4medsch00l" has begun the heads-up match with a quick couple of pots. The first pot came on one of the very first hands of the match and saw them increase their stack to around 2 million.
A few hands later, there was 189,000 in the middle going to a board of and "Borgatcha" checked in the big blind. "pay4medsch00l" bet 75,000 on the button and "Borgatcha" check-raised to 238,000. "pay4medsch00l" called.
Action checked through the river to take the hand to showdown, where "Borgatcha" showed for a pair of deuces and saw the pot shipped to "pay4medsch00l", who tabled for a pair of nines.
With the pot, "pay4medsch00l" is less than 10 big blinds away from taking the chip lead.