Borgata Poker Open

Venue: Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City, USA.

Prize Pool: near $5 million

Final prize: near $1.5 million and $25,000 buy-in to the WPT Championship.

Opening Chip Count:

CHIP COUNT
DAVID SINGER
Mamaroneck, NY
$3,200,000
JOHN "DAGS" D'AGOSTINO
Egg Harbor City, NY
$2,295,000
ROBERT "ACTION BOB" HWANG
Clark, NJ
$1,795,000
AL ARDEBILI $1,425,000
KATHY LIEBERT
Las Vegas, NV
$1,045,000
RICARDO FESTEJO
Margate, NJ
$540,000
Ante/Blinds: $5,000/$25,000/$50,000

Let's shuffle up and deal! John reraises on Big Slick and wins a big pot.

John Ricardo
K♣10♥ A♦K♠
RAISE: $150,000 ALL-IN: $430,000
CALL: $280,000  
23% 76%
FLOP: J♣5♥3♦
TURN: 7♣
RIVER: A♠
  WIN: $965,000

Chip count after the first break...

CHIP COUNT
DAVID SINGER $2,840,000
JOHN "DAGS" D'AGOSTINO $2,240,000
ROBERT "ACTION BOB" HWANG $1,825,000
AL ARDEBILI $1,580,000
KATHY LIEBERT $945,000
RICARDO FESTEJO $870,000
Ante/Blinds: $5,000/$25,000/$50,000

 

Robert (SB) David (BB)
9♥4♥ 4♠3♣
CALL: $25,000 CHECK
59% 29%
FLOP: Q♦7♣4♣
BET: $75,000 RAISE: $200,000
FOLD WIN: $405,000

 

David Ricardo (BB)
10♠10♥ Q♥J♥
RAISE: $150,000 CALL: $100,000
54% 46%
FLOP: J♦10♦3♥
  BET: $100,000
RAISE: $250,000 CALL: $150,000
91% 9%
TURN: 9♥
  CHECK
BET: $1,000,000 ALL-IN: $445,000
72% 28%
RIVER: 8♠
  WIN: $1,745,000
Straight to the Queen
Q♥J♥10♦9♥8♠

All of a sudden, Ricardo is now third in the chip count thanks to that monster pot on the river.

CHIP COUNT
JOHN "DAGS" D'AGOSTINO $2,210,000
DAVID SINGER $2,095,000
RICARDO FESTEJO $1,715,000
ROBERT "ACTION BOB" HWANG $1,680,000
AL ARDEBILI $1,450,000
KATHY LIEBERT $1,150,000
Ante/Blinds: $5,000/$25,000/$50,000

 

John Ricardo
2♠2♣ 8♠8♦
RAISE: $150,000 RAISE: $375,000
CALL: $225,000  
20% 79%
FLOP: Q♠10♣8♣
CHECK BET: $625,000
FOLD WIN: $1,480,000

From worst to first as we get a board raise...

CHIP COUNT
RICARDO FESTEJO $2,190,000
DAVID SINGER $2,040,000
JOHN "DAGS" D'AGOSTINO $1,830,000
ROBERT "ACTION BOB" HWANG $1,650,000
AL ARDEBILI $1,445,000
KATHY LIEBERT $1,145,000
Ante/Blinds: $10,000/$40,000/$80,000

 

Ricardo Robert (B) David (SB) Al (BB)
K♥6♥ J♥9♦ J♣7♦ J♣5♦
RAISE: $80,000 CALL: $80,000 CALL: $40,000 CHECK
29% 35% 13% 9%
FLOP: A♥A♦3♦
    CHECK CHECK
CHECK BET: $150,000 FOLD FOLD
FOLD WIN: $530,000    

It's babalu time as Ricky Ricardo wins on pocket rockets.

CHIP COUNT
RICARDO FESTEJO $2,410,000
DAVID SINGER $2,380,000
ROBERT "ACTION BOB" HWANG $2,030,000
JOHN "DAGS" D'AGOSTINO $1,750,000
AL ARDEBILI $1,145,000
KATHY LIEBERT $585,000
Ante/Blinds: $10,000/$40,000/$80,000

 

David Kathy John (B)
K♦10♥ A♦Q♥ J♠J♣
RAISE: $215,000 ALL-IN: $575,000 ALL-IN: $1,740,000
FOLD   CALL: $575,000
41% 59%
FLOP: A♥6♥5♣
TURN: 9♠
RIVER: 9♣
  WIN: $1,545,000
Two pair
A♦A♥9♠9♣Q♥
 

That puts Kathy off of the short stack...

CHIP COUNT
RICARDO FESTEJO $2,360,000
DAVID SINGER $2,150,000
ROBERT "ACTION BOB" HWANG $1,940,000
KATHY LIEBERT $1,545,000
JOHN "DAGS" D'AGOSTINO $1,165,000
AL ARDEBILI $1,135,000
Ante/Blinds: $10,000/$40,000/$80,000

Robert takes a big pot with an all-in wager. Now the price of poker is going up...

CHIP COUNT
RICARDO FESTEJO $2,630,000
ROBERT "ACTION BOB" HWANG $2,140,000
KATHY LIEBERT $1,690,000
DAVID SINGER $1,595,000
JOHN "DAGS" D'AGOSTINO $1,285,000
AL ARDEBILI $960,000
Ante/Blinds: $15,000/$60,000/$120,000

John forces David to lay down the best hand with an all-in bet.
 

David (SB) Al (BB)
J♠9♥ 3♠3♣
RAISE: $325,000 ALL-IN: $1,135,000
CALL: $545,000  
53% 46%
FLOP: K♠9♦3♦
TURN: 10♥
RIVER:
3♥
  WIN: $1,920,000
Four threes
3♠3♣
3♦3♥K♠


 

Robert (B) David (SB)
6♥6♣ A♥8♠
RAISE: $350,000 ALL-IN: $310,000
52% 48%
FLOP: Q♠10♦5♥
TURN: 10♣
RIVER:
K♥
WIN: $830,000
Two pair
10♦10♣6♥6♣K♥
OUT: 6th place

David is the first player in WPT history to come into a final table as chip leader and leave in sixth place.

CHIP COUNT
ROBERT "ACTION BOB" HWANG $2,480,000
RICARDO FESTEJO $2,325,000
JOHN "DAGS" D'AGOSTINO $2,315,000
AL ARDEBILI $2,055,000
KATHY LIEBERT $1,125,000
Ante/Blinds: $15,000/$60,000/$120,000

Al takes an easy pot with an all-in bet.
 

Kathy (SB) John (BB)
A♠8♦ K♠Q♦
ALL-IN: $960,000 CALL: $840,000
54% 45%
FLOP: A♦6♥4♦
TURN: 8♥
RIVER:
10♦
WIN: $1,995,000
Two pair
A♠
A♦8♥8♦10♦
 

That last pot puts John on the shortstack.

CHIP COUNT
ROBERT "ACTION BOB" HWANG $2,630,000
AL ARDEBILI $2,385,000
KATHY LIEBERT $1,995,000
RICARDO FESTEJO $1,980,000
JOHN "DAGS" D'AGOSTINO $1,310,000
Ante/Blinds: $15,000/$60,000/$120,000


 

Robert Ricardo (BB)
Q♠J♠ 5♠5♦
RAISE: $350,000 CALL: $230,000
52% 47%
FLOP: 8♠4♣4♠
  ALL-IN: $1,615,000
CALL: $1,615,000  
46% 53%
TURN: 7♦
RIVER:
3♦
  WIN: $4,065,000
Two pair
5♠
5♦4♣4♠8♠

Ricardo is back in the chip lead.

CHIP COUNT
RICARDO FESTEJO $4,065,000
AL ARDEBILI $2,370,000
KATHY LIEBERT $1,980,000
JOHN "DAGS" D'AGOSTINO $1,235,000
ROBERT "ACTION BOB" HWANG $650,000
Ante/Blinds: $15,000/$60,000/$120,000


 

John (B) Robert (BB)
10♠10♣ 10♥9♠
ALL-IN: $1,220,000 ALL-IN: $635,000
CALL: $635,000  
85% 13%
FLOP: J♦9♥8♠
TURN:
8♥
RIVER: 4♣
WIN: $1,405,000
Two pair
10♠10♣
8♥8♠J♦
OUT: 5th Place

And "Action Bob" is missing in action.

CHIP COUNT
RICARDO FESTEJO $3,990,000
AL ARDEBILI $2,355,000
JOHN "DAGS" D'AGOSTINO $1,990,000
KATHY LIEBERT $1,965,000
Ante/Blinds: $15,000/$60,000/$120,000

Ricardo takes another big pot with an all-in for two queens. Inflation!

CHIP COUNT
RICARDO FESTEJO $4,915,000
AL ARDEBILI $2,100,000
JOHN "DAGS" D'AGOSTINO $1,955,000
KATHY LIEBERT $1,330,000
Ante/Blinds: $20,000/$100,000/$200,000

 

Kathy (SB) John (SB)
K♥K♣ 9♦4♥
CALL: $100,000 CHECK
84% 15%
FLOP: 10♣9♣8♠
ALL-IN: $1,110,000 FOLD
WIN: $1,590,000  

 

John (SB) Ricardo (SB)
Q♣2♣ Q♠8♣
CALL: $100,000 CHECK
22% 58%
FLOP: Q♥4♦3♠
  BET: $500,000
ALL-IN: $1,015,000 CALL: $1,015,000
TURN: A♠
RIVER: 10♣
OUT: 4th Place WIN: $3,510,000
Pair of Queens
Q♠
Q♥A♠8♣10♣

And there will be no young gun winner today.

CHIP COUNT
RICARDO FESTEJO $6,910,000
AL ARDEBILI $1,840,000
KATHY LIEBERT $1,550,000
Ante/Blinds: $20,000/$100,000/$200,000

 

Ricardo (B) Al (SB)
A♥J♦ Q♦Q♠
RAISE: $700,000 ALL-IN: $1,820,000
CALL: $1,120,000  
21% 79%
FLOP: 10♥8♠3♣
TURN:
K♦
RIVER: 10♦
  WIN: $3,900,000
Two pair
Q♦Q♠10♥10♦K♦

And lookie here...

CHIP COUNT
RICARDO FESTEJO $5,210,000
AL ARDEBILI $3,880,000
KATHY LIEBERT $1,210,000
Ante/Blinds: $20,000/$100,000/$200,000

 

Kathy (B) Al (BB)
A♥7♦ Q♠10♠
ALL-IN: $1,190,000 CALL: $990,000
55% 45%
FLOP: K♠10♣2♠
TURN: 6

RIVER: 5♦
OUT: 3rd place WIN: $2,540,000
Pair of Tens
10♠10♣K♠Q♠6

And Kathy makes WPT history by being the highest female finisher. And now, two locals, the pro (Ricardo) vs. the amateur (Al), and it pretty girls throwing out money like it's no one's business, it could only mean... HEADS UP! Winner gets $1.5 million, a new chip set, and a shiny new trophy.

CHIP COUNT
AL ARDEBILI $5,210,000
RICARDO FESTEJO $5,090,000
Ante/Blinds: $20,000/$100,000/$200,000

Ricardo had him dominated with an all-in bet.

Ricardo (SB) Al (BB)
A♠2♥ 3♦2♦
RAISE: $600,000 CALL: $400,000
69% 29%
FLOP: K♠7♦2♠
  CHECK
BET: $1,000,000 ALL-IN: $3,970,000
CALL: $2,970,000  
83% 16%
TURN: 3♥
RIVER: 8♥
  WIN: $9,180,000
Two pair
3♦3♥2♦2♠K♠

And here comes the final hand...

Ricardo (SB) Al (BB)
8♥7♥ A♥9♣
ALL-IN: $1,000,000 CALL: $900,000
40% 59%
FLOP: K♦5♠2♠
TURN:
5♦
RIVER:6♦
OUT: 2nd Place WIN:$2,240,000
Pair of fives
5♠
5♦A♥K♦9♣

The investor comes up parlaying a $1000 satellite to $1.5 million! Al Ardebili has outgunned the best for a WPT title and a seat at Bellagio for the WPT Championship. As we toast our champ, we look to the next stop on the World Poker Tour: the Aviation Club de France for the Grand Prix de Paris. We'll see you then.