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Dominic Picnic Leads After Day 1 of the PokerNews Cup at Borgata

Webjoker • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante
Dominic Picnic
Dominic Picnic

The first ever PokerNews Cup on American soil got underway at The Borgata yesterday. A total of 120 entries were made into the $2,000-buy-in event, resulting in a prize pool of $222,324. A total of 26 players remain after 16 levels in play, all still gunning for the $68,676-first place prize.

The event got saw an action packed start with Jarrett Blakeley and Scott Sissler allin pre-flop in the first level. Blakeley had aces and was up against the jacks of Sissler. The latter flopped a jack to get ahead, but the former found a straight on the turn and doubled up.

Action was fast and furious, undoubtedly motivated by the option for players to reenter if they busted before the 9th level had finished. Right before registration closed, a couple new players entered. Ryan Van Sanford, Tim West and Stan Jablonski were just a few of the players that got it last minute. After registration closed, action tightened up a bit.

John Dolan was one of the first players to bust without the option to give it another go again. The former November Niner got it in with aces against Dave Olshan who had turned a straight with eight-five. The ace on the river didn't help Dolan anymore and he got up and made his exit.

Alex Rocha, winner of the Venetian Deepstack 1 million guaranteed for $173,861 just last week, also went down with a big hand. He had ace-king with the ace of clubs on a paired board with four clubs. On top of all the cards out, Rocha and the other players had some extra information to work with as the dealer had accidentally exposed several cards dealing the turn. Rocha called with the best flush possible but turned out to be beaten by a full house.

Familiar names like Ben Keeline, Joey Weissman, Matt Stout, Jeremy Ausmus, Kevin Saul, Mukul Pahuja and Shannon Shorr all gave the PokerNews Cup a try but failed to survive to battle on Day 2.

A total of 26 players did make it through, with Dominic Picnic leading the charge. Picnic turned his 30,000-starting stack into a 323,500. His closest competitor is Jason Deutsch with 273,500 in chips. Jake Bazeley (235,000), Christian Harder (150,000), Ryan Van Sanford (116,000), Aaron Massey (78,500) and Mike Dentale (53,000) are some of the others to come back for Day 2. Play resumes at The Borgata at noon with level 17 (2,500/5,000, 500-ante). A total of 18 players will make it to the money.

Tags: Aaron MasseyBarry HutterBen KeelineChristian HarderJack DuongJacob BazeleyJason DeutschJeremy AusmusJoey WeissmanJohn DolanJustin LibertoKevin SaulMatthew StoutMike DentaleMukul PahujaRyan Van SanfordShannon ShorrTim West

Day 1 Survivors and Chip Counts (full)

Paul_Oresteen • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante
Dominic Picinic us
Dominic Picinic
us 323,500 38,500
Jason Deutsch us
Jason Deutsch
us 273,500 23,500
Jack Duong us
Jack Duong
us 262,500 22,500
Taylor Wilson us
Taylor Wilson
us 259,500 -40,500
Jake Bazeley us
Jake Bazeley
us 234,500 14,500
Barry Hutter us
Barry Hutter
us 230,000 17,000
Nikolai Sears us
Nikolai Sears
us 220,500 220,500
Jeffrey Saunders US
Jeffrey Saunders
US 165,500 165,500
Ray Qartomy us
Ray Qartomy
us 158,500 -11,500
Christian Harder us
Christian Harder
us 150,000 12,000
Sergio De Zen CA
Sergio De Zen
CA 147,500 57,500
Ryan Van Sanford us
Ryan Van Sanford
us 116,000 -14,000
Michael Guth US
Michael Guth
US 116,000 116,000
James Gilbert us
James Gilbert
us 113,000 -2,000
Justin Liberto us
Justin Liberto
us 104,000 64,000
Jayaram Kovoor-Chathoth us
Jayaram Kovoor-Chathoth
us 86,500
Erik Christensen us
Erik Christensen
us 83,500 -63,500
Aaron Massey us
Aaron Massey
us 78,500 -11,500
Jakov Klatzkin US
Jakov Klatzkin
US 76,000 -2,000
Amir Babhkani US
Amir Babhkani
US 74,000 74,000
David Fink us
David Fink
us 70,500 4,900
Rob Elias US
Rob Elias
US 70,000 -87,000
Nicholas Gerrity us
Nicholas Gerrity
us 61,500 61,500
Mike Dentale us
Mike Dentale
us 53,000 -10,000
David Olshan us
David Olshan
us 41,000

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Charder Closes With a Heater

mnuwwarah • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante

We found Christian Harder all in for his last 33,000 with {a-Hearts}{3-Clubs}, having been called by two players with {a-}{k-}. There was a bit of a squabble over whether a side pot should be made, and the dealer eventually ran out a board of {q-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{2-Hearts}.

"Was there ever any doubt?" someone said of Harder finding a three to triple up.

Moments later, Ray Qartomy opened to 10,000 and was shoved on by Joe Cappello, who had about 45,000 on the button. Harder jammed in the big blind and Qartomy folded.

Harder: {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Cappello: {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}

The race was on, and Cappello looked set to grab yet another double after {4-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{a-Clubs} hit. However, a {q-Spades} turn left him drawing dead, and he winged his cards muckward as the rest of the table prepared for the final hand before bagging.

Christian Harder us
Christian Harder
us 138,000 82,000
Joe Cappello
Joe Cappello

Tags: Christian HarderJoe Cappello

Ray Qartomy Eliminates Two Players

Paul_Oresteen • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante

Christian Harder opened to 10,000, Kevin Saul moved all in for 63,300, an unknown player moved in for 12,000 and Ray Qartomy moved all in. Harder mucked and the cards were tabled.

Qartomy: {9-Spades}{9-Clubs}
Player: {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}
Saul: {K-Clubs}{J-Clubs}

The board ran {4-Spades}{2-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}, Qartomy still had the best hand and knocked out both players.

Ray Qartomy us
Ray Qartomy
us 170,000 157,000

Five More Hands

Paul_Oresteen • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante

The clock was paused and the field will play five more hands.

Aaron Massey Triples Up on the Button

Paul_Oresteen • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante

Aaron Massey open-shoved on the button, Jakov Klatzkin moved all in from the small blind and Muhammad Rahim called off from the big blind.

Massey: {8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}
Klatzkin: {J-Spades}{10-Diamonds}
Rahim: {K-Spades}{J-Hearts}

The board ran {6-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{5-Spades}, Massey tripled up with a straight and Rahim was nearly felted.

Aaron Massey us
Aaron Massey
us 90,000 49,000
Jakov Klatzkin US
Jakov Klatzkin
US 78,000 -77,000
Muhammad Rahim US
Muhammad Rahim
US 10,000

Cappello Trying to Rebuild

mnuwwarah • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante

Joe Cappello got his last 6,500 in preflop and was called in two spots. The board ran out {10-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{q-Spades} and Cappello paired up with {10-}{8-} to beat a player with {7-Spades}{6-Clubs}.

Moments later, Cappello was all in again with {4-Spades}{4-Diamonds} and at risk against {a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}. Again, the board favored the former Borgata Winter Poker Open champ: {3-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. He still doesn't have a ton of chips, but he's got a definite pulse with over 50,000.

Joe Cappello
Joe Cappello
55,000 49,000

Tags: Joe Cappello