Level 12 (Blinds 1,000/2,000/300)
Total Entries: 298
Players Remaining: 86
With registration now closed for Event 14, we have an unofficial number of entries of 298. There are currently 86 players remaining, sitting at nine active tables across the back area of the Event Center. While he may not be the chip leader at the moment, there is nobody in the event having as much fun as James Boyle (Havre De Grace, MD). Boyle is playing this event because of what it stands for…it’s what “Little Man” would of expected of him. The two were great friends, and with Mike’s name now stamped on this event (and money going to a great cause), Boyle made it known what it would mean for him to grab the trophy for this inaugural event.
We scanned the room during middle of the level, and here are some of the larger stacks in the tournament:
Frank Dorigo – 128,000
Jim Plate – 115,000
Edward Seberowski – 110,000
Graham Cleberly – 105,000
David Rosenau – 92,000
Kim Schinco – 86,000
Level 2 (Blinds 50/100)
There ratio of men to women in this tournament is much lower than what we’ve seen throughout the series, with at least two or three women at every table. Patricia Cahill (Port Jefferson, NY) is another player in the field today who was up late last night, making a deep run in Event 1. While Cahill did not make it as far as Lyle Diamond, she was still around when there were four tables remaining (and she was outlasted by online one other female player – Esther Taylor). Patricia finished in 28th place, which earned her $3,446, a nice addition to her career earnings going in of $156,000.
Patricia headlines our second list of notables in the field:
Level 2 (Blinds 50/100)
One of the surprise faces in this early field was Lyle Diamond (Brick, NJ), only because of the fact that he was playing in Event 10 until 2:15am. Diamond was hoping his day was going to start at 3:00pm (for the live stream), but his incredible management of a short stack met a road block. Lyle would fall at the hands of eventual final table member Sergio Vigano, bubbling the live stream in 12th place, but earnings himself just under $10,000 for the finish. It was Diamond’s largest career cash to date, and he was clearing ready to get back in action this morning.
In a field full of notables, here are a few spotted when the cards first went in the air:
Level 1 (Blinds 25/50)
In case you did not know Mike Sica, aka “Little Man”, he was born in 1944 and grew up in North Brunswick, New Jersey. He started playing professional poker in live tournaments in 2004, when he was 60 years old, but long before that he played poker as a hobby.
The first recorded cash for Mike was in the WSOP Seniors No Limit Hold’em tournament of the 35th Annual WSOP. In that tournament he took the 10th place along with $5,200. Many would say that this prize was quite enough for a first time cash, but Mike Sica made up his mind not to give up on the grand prize. And so, on May 18th, 2004, only two days after winning his first live tournament, Mike Sica participated in the WSOP $3,000 No Limit Hold’em and settled only for 1st place, with a cash prize of $503,160, and a shiny new WSOP bracelet.
That would be the springboard for Little Man’s poker career, and he then became a mainstay on the circuit, and particularly tournament series held here at Borgata. Sica had a total of 34 Borgata cashes, which is far more than any other establishment he played in.
Some may have known his story, while there are those who may not. Sica traveled across the country to play tournaments, but you’d never catch him traveling by plane. Mike had a trio of bad experiences on flights in a short amount of time, and decided that from there on out he’d be driving wherever he needed to go. So yes…Little Man had some little quirks, which included the no-plane policy…and the toothpick in his mouth…and even the toothpick holder he used as a card protector (you could hear it shaking when he had a decision to make, and slamming down when he wasn’t happy).
Mike was never short of toothpicks, among a few other things, which included: a “God Bless You,” a laugh you can hear across the room, along with smiles and handshakes. He befriended so many players in our community, and was truly the consummate professional.
Level 1 (Blinds 25/50)
Which tournament throughout the series would have players waiting for the doors to open (10) minutes prior to the allowed time? Of course it’s the Event 14 $300 + 40 + 10 Inaugural Mike Sica Memorial Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry. Mike Sica’s daughter is currently making a short speech before she gives the “shuffle up and deal” announcement, with a really nice video tribute in “Little Man’s” honor.
The same rules apply for today’s tournament as most every other in the series, as the TDA tules apply. This “early bird” field is as crowded as we’ve seen the whole series, and we will bring you the notables shortly.
Today marks not only the busiest day on the 2014 Borgata Poker Open schedule, but quite possibly the most interesting to follow. Clearly, the headlining act of the day is the Event 10 ($350 + 50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry $1,000,000 Guranteed) final table, which will begin at 3:00pm (and be live streamed). The opinion on the Event 1 live stream was unanimous, as players, family, and friends alike all agreed it was a great production. The final table is once again an interesting mixture of professional tournament grinders and players looking to make their name in the poker community potentially grabbing a career highlighting score). Dan Dizenzo (Sussex, NJ) comes into Day 3 as the chip leader by a slim margin (10,520,000), reaching his second live streamed table this year. Dan made the final table of Event #4 ($1,000 No Limit Hold’em) during this year’s WSOP, so he may be getting used to the bright lights and large stage. Here is a quick look at the lineup for the Event 10 final table, including chip counts: Dan Dizenzo (10,520,000), Jon Botlier (9,530,000), Frank Panetta (9,260,000), Dave Fox (8,770,000), Menan Saydam (6,160,000), Sergio Vigano (5,830,000), Esther Taylor (5,010,000), Tim Ha (4,145,000), and William Sanders (3,465,000).
Also returning for action today at 12:00pm are the “Elite Eight” from the Event 13 ($1,500 Heads Up 64-Max), as the bracket gets played down to a champion. The field was easily one of the toughest we have seen this series, and those who reached Day 2 and the money definitely earned every bit of the cash. The final four matchup to start the day are: Seth Berger v. George Cicak, Travis Greenwalt v. Nick Guagenti, Khalid Ayadi v. Cathy Dever Joe McKeehen v. Alfred Zaccagnino. All 8 players are guaranteed at least $4,656. Players who lose in the semifinals will earn $9,312. 2nd place takes home $18,624 and the champion wins $37,248.
The schedule today is jam packed with some of our most popular events, including a “little” addition to the Event 14 ($300 + 40 Seniors 50+ NLH Re-Entry). This series’ senior event is the inaugural Mike Sica Memorial Seniors, with $10 of the buy-in from each entry going towards a donation to the American Cancer Society. It’s a great dedication to one of the greatest souls you could of ever met in the poker world…Mike “Little Man” Sica. Event 14 will begin the day at 11:00am, followed by a return of the ever so popular six-max format. This buy-in is kicked up a little bit for this go around, as the $1,000 + 90 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event carries with it a $200,000 guarantee. At 3:00pm, not to be overshadowed by the beginning of the live stream, is Event 16 ($450 + 50 H.O.R.S.E.). This mixed event with five different games is a favorite of those who like other poker variations, and should attract many big notables to it’s field.
Here is the schedule for all of today’s play:
11:00am: Event 14 $300 + 40 + 10 Inaugural Mike Sica Memorial Seniors (50+) NLH Re-Entry
12:00pm: Event 15 (Day 1) $1,000 + 90 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry ($200,000 Guaranteed)
12:00pm: Event 13 (Day 2) $1,500 + 150 Heads Up (64 Max)
3:00pm: Event 10 (Day 3) $350 + 50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry ($1,000,000 Guaranteed) ***Live Streamed***
3:00pm: Event 16 (Day 1) $450 + 50 H.O.R.S.E
7:00pm: Event 38 (Qualifier) $350 + 50 WPT Qualifier (~1 in 10)