Event 13 (Day 2)
$400+$50 Almighty Stack NLH Re-Entry
Structure | Payouts
Returning to Level 32: 150,000/300,000/300,000 BB Ante
Total Entries: 2,791
Players Remaining: 34
Average Stack: 8,200,000
There was no shortage of action on Day 2 of the Almighty Stack and after 31 levels of play just 34 players remain. Oscar Menjivar is leading the way with 25,650,000. Menjivar shot to the top of the counts during the last level holding pocket queens against Jackob Datashvili’s pocket jacks in an all in pre-flop confrontation.
WSOP bracelet winner James Calderaro sits in second with 16,400,000 and Michael Rossitto rounds out the top three with 15,550,000.
The players will return on Saturday September 15 at 12 P.M. and play down to a winner. One of these players will be taking home the $188,365 first prize money along with the Borgata Poker Open trophy.
Below is a look at some of the big stacks and players that will be moving on to Day 3.
A full list of Day 3 chip counts and seating assignments will be posted here on the Borgata Poker Blog as soon as they’re available.
Oscar Menjivar- 25,650,000
James Calderaro- 16,400,000
Michael Rossitto- 15,550,000
Mike Lavenburg- 11,975,000
Cody Heuschkel- 11,150,000
Kevin Lutz- 10,800,000
Fernando Dacruz- 9,525,000
Satish Surapaneni- 7,900,000
Frank Funaro- 7,900,000
Matt Mendez- 7,675,000
Geno Raman- 4,850,000
Julie Bae- 4,800,000
Todd Rebello- 3,100,000
|10 – 12||$10,829|
|13 – 15||$7,310|
|16 – 18||$5,577|
|19 – 27||$4,548|
|28 – 36||$3,844|
The action folded to the player in the cutoff and he moved all in for 3,155,000. Michael Rossitto called from the button and Keith Nolinaro re-shoved all in from the big blind for 5,590,000. Rossitto called putting both players at risk and the hands were shown.
The board ran out and Nolinaro paired his queen on the river sending the player in the cutoff to the rail and nearly tripling his chip stack.
Keith Nolinar0- 14,705,000
Michael Rossitto- 7,500,000
Kevin Grabel raised to 525,000 from under the gun and Oscar Menjivar re-raised to 1,350,000 next to act. The action folded to Jackob Datashvili in the small blind and he moved all in for just over 8,000,000.
Grabel quickly folded and Menjivar snap called turning over . Datashvili could only shake his head as he showed .
The runout sealed the deal for Menjivar and Datashvili was eliminated.
Menjivar scooped the massive pot and is now in contention for the chip lead with over 21,000,000 and less than one hour of play left in the night.
Cody Heuschkel, while behind dominating chip leader Michael Rossito, had amassed over 11,000,000 by the last break.
With an opportunity to add another 3 million plus if he was good, Cody thought through a very troubling spot.
Having raised from the button, the BB Gelman defended, and naturally check the king high board over to Cody, who cbet 600,000.
In an unusual move on the dry board, Gelman smashed in his stack.
Cody slid his cards back and forth. “I should so snap you off,” he said.
But Gary only smiled.
Cody pitched it bur first showed a . As the pot was pushed his way, Gary flipped over a as well.
Gelman is rolling late in the day.
Alex Torres raised to 500,000 from the cutoff and Gary Gelman re-raised to 1,500,000 from the button. With the action on Lisa Pickell in the small blind she put her last 410,000 in the pot.
Torres quickly folded and the hands were shown.
The hit the river and Gelman spiked his ace to crack Pickell’s queens and score the knockout.
Gary Gelman- 5,100,000
Lisa Pickell- Eliminated
Chip leader Michael Rossitto is keeping his foot on the gas and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. He added another big pot to his stack just before the break.
Rossitto won the flip with against the of his opponent to score the knockout.
He is now sitting behind a mountain of 16,300,000 and he has distanced himself well out in front of the Almighty Stack field with 56 players remaining.
“It’s hard when you get older, with all these young guys,” Gary Gelman ruminated.
They are certainly putting Gary to the test, but he is still here.
At 8/16, Gary opened multiple times, looking to make something happen. Finally picking up in the cutoff, this was his spot. He again opened to 400,000, got through the button and small, but the final actor Louis Ditonno ripped in his 15 bigs, putting immense pressure on the middle ace.
Gary took a long time to decide. He talked about facing ace-jack, but clearly wanted to find a call with the reasonable suited ace. After a while, it seemed a fold was coming, despite not wanting to be bluffed out.
When he regrettably threw it away, Ditonno asked if he wanted to see, and offered him the choice of one card.
The was shown. Perhaps that made Gary feel better.
Both players remain with enough to shove over an open, but not much more, on one of the shortest stacked tables.
The action folded to Kevin Grabel on the button and he moved all in for 2,840,000. Mukul Pahuja went deep into the tank from the small blind. After verifying the chip count he called and the big blind folded.
Grabel was in great shape to double up and he did just that when the board ran out .