Dec 8 10:07 am

BPOC: National Championship Payouts

Level 17 (4,000/8,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 607
Players Remaining: 80
Chip Average: 148,000

Everyone returning for Day 2 of the Bar Poker Open National Championship is already “in the money”, but the players did not know the official payouts until they walked into the Signature Room this morning.

We’re seeing the payouts almost just as the players are, and they are now available to everyone following the BPO blog:

BPO National Championship

Total Prize Pool: $40,000
Total Entries: 607

  1. $10,037
  2. $5,865
  3. $3,314
  4. $2,481
  5. $1,984
  6. $1,655
  7. $994
  8. $661
  9. $413
    10-15. $248
    16-20. $182
    21-40. $166
    41-80. $150
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Dec 8 10:03 am

BPOC: Day 2 Chip Counts

Level 17 (4,000/8,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 607
Players Remaining: 80
Chip Average: 148,000

After two starting flights, we are finally onto Day 2 of the Bar Poker Open National Championship.

80 players have returned to the Signature Room early to play down to a champion and the complete list of chip counts, in alphabetical order, along with seating assignments, are listed below:

FIRSTNAME LASTNAME CHIP COUNT TABLE SEAT
MICHAEL AARON 165,000 3 3
LANCE ALBRIGHT 41,000 8 8
RICHARD BAILEY 62,000 2 4
GENE BARBER 331,000 1 5
JOHN BEADY 50,000 8 5
CAITLIN BOYLE 130,000 5 1
OWEN BREITNER 96,000 7 10
JEFFREY BRODECKY 122,000 3 7
FRANK BUCOLO 321,000 6 10
ROBERT BURNS 233,000 8 6
ELVA CARDINALE 58,000 8 4
PAUL CAREAU 241,000 4 2
SEAN CASEY 638,000 1 4
NATHANIEL CAVE 45,000 3 6
ANGELO CHAMES 87,000 2 1
RYAN CHUA 138,000 6 9
TROY CLAY 17,000 5 9
DANIEL CONWAY 58,000 1 2
MARK COURTNEY 188,000 6 4
KAYLA COUTU 318,000 6 2
GARY CUDA 45,000 7 5
PIETRO CURINI 318,000 8 2
JOHN CURRERI 398,000 7 9
NGHIA DO 299,000 1 10
THOMAS FILIPIAK 91,000 3 5
JORDAN FISHMAN 83,000 2 9
LOURDES FONSECA 48,000 4 6
JARED FORTNA 298,000 1 6
CHARLES GALLAGHER 128,000 2 6
ELVIS GARCIA 112,000 6 5
ANTHONY GOFF 8,000 8 10
MICHAEL HANCOCK 76,000 5 8
TIMM HANNON 181,000 2 2
DONNA HARRIGAN 76,000 8 9
CHRISTOPHER HARRIS 175,000 4 5
VANGJEL HAXHIA 46,000 2 3
FRED HENGST 221,000 5 5
ROBERT HIGGINS 269,000 6 1
CRAIG JENSEN 236,000 2 7
RANDON KENT 142,000 5 10
SARAH KIRBY 103,000 1 3
RANDY KLINGENSMITH 48,000 6 7
H KLINGENSMITH 30,000 3 10
JAMMON LAMBERT 89,000 3 4
JO LEAKE 110,000 1 7
STEVEN LEE 91,000 4 4
JONATHAN LONGWILL 339,000 7 2
JESSE MASON 526,000 4 10
DALE MATTISON 102,000 5 2
CHRISTOPHER MATTOS 37,000 7 7
ERIN MCCOURT 137,000 1 1
JUDITH MCGUIRE 108,000 5 7
JAMES MONSINI 231,000 2 5
ROBERT OSWALD 343,000 5 2
CINDY PACHECO 4,000 6 6
FRANK PALUMBO 71,000 3 1
KERRI PANKOWSKI 53,000 2 8
JOHN PAOLOCA 42,000 7 3
ERIC PERRY 198,000 4 8
JAMES PETERSON 39,000 7 4
STEPHEN REAZOR 61,000 3 9
GLENN RESCH 57,000 4 3
LINCOLN RICHARDS 36,000 5 4
FRANK ROOK 50,000 3 2
BARRY SAMPSON 90,000 8 7
RICHARD SANTURRI 23,000 8 3
MICHAEL SAUBER 12,000 4 9
CHRISTOPHER SHORT 172,000 3 8
STEPHEN SOKALSKI 182,000 4 1
EZEKIEL SPRINGER 129,000 6 8
TODD TANGO 135,000 7 6
KEITH TOWNSEND 124,000 7 8
FRANKLIN WATKINS 79,000 8 1
MELISSA WEINER 58,000 7 1
WILLIAM WEXLER 34,000 6 3
GEORGE WILKERSON 210,000 4 7
NICHOLAS WINTERS 52,000 1 9
SUSAN WOLFE 69,000 5 6
JAMIE WOLFE 45,000 1 8
KEITH WOOLLEY 88,000 2 10
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Dec 7 9:07 pm

BPOC: Casey Far And Away Leader Into Day 2

Level 17 (4,000/8,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 188
Players Remaining: 40

Sean Casey, Jesse Mason and Scott Barber are the chip leaders of Day 1B of the Bar Poker Open National Championship.

Sean Casey, Jesse Mason and Scott Barber are the chip leaders of Day 1B of the Bar Poker Open National Championship.

We’ve seen plenty of bubbles pop in our time covering poker, but we have yet to see a celebration like we just saw as the final forty players had officially advanced to Day 2 of the Bar Poker Open National Championship.

Players running around the Signature Room, congratulating one another, standing on chairs, dancing, we saw just about everything as players were visibly ecstatic about making Day 2 and being “in the money”.

With 80 players advancing from two starting flights, everyone who is returning to play tomorrow has officially cashed in the BPO National Championship, all having at least $150 score locked up.

One player who will bypass the smaller payouts and look towards to Final Table numbers is Sean Casey, who bagged up a massive stack of 638,000 more than 100,000 more than any other player in today’s field.

Casey almost couldn’t believe it when we told him he was the chip leader of the entire event, as he bagged nearly double what our Day 1A leader bagged last night.

Casey will return to play tomorrow with Jesse Mason hot on his tail, as the former EPT champion bagged an equally impressive 526,000.

Scott Barber rounded out the top three, as he bagged up just over 330,000.

Players will return to play down to a champion tomorrow, beginning at 10 AM and the Day 2 seat draw will be posted on the BPO blog, as well as being posted outside the Signature Room early tomorrow morning.

A complete list of chip counts from both starting days will also be posted before play restarts tomorrow.

The action is far from over today though, as the “Tag Team” event and the “12-12” Turbo are both currently running in the Signature Room.

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Dec 7 8:56 pm

BPOC: Albright Shockingly Survives Day 1B Bubble

Level 17 (4,000/8,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 188
Players Remaining: 41

Lance Albright (River Chasers)

Lance Albright (River Chasers)

With the Bar Poker Open National Championship on the “bubble”, as everyone surviving for Day 2 will be “in the money”, no one wanted to be the final player eliminated here in Day 1B and miss out on a $150 BPO cash.

Short stacked players had friends and league mates running from table to table keeping tabs on the other short stacks in the room, but in tournament poker, you can’t be concerned with anyone but yourself, even on the bubble.

Lance Albright (Lancaster, PA) was one of those short stacks and when the action was folded around to him in the small blind, he made a standard shove, in an attempt to take down the blinds and antes, which would drastically increase his chances of surviving the bubble.

That was, until the big blind snap called and tabled {Ac}{Kc} leaving Albright in utter shock.

With Albright’s chips already pulled into the middle, the dealer and table waited for Albright to table his hand, which he finally did as he disgustingly threw over his {Ad}{2s}, needing to pair his low card to stay alive.

Albright would stand up from his seat and take his coat off his chair, seemingly expecting to be eliminated as the National Championship “bubble boy”.

With his back to the table, the dealer saved his tournament life as he put out the {2h}{8c}{10d} flop.

Albright turned and now just needed to fade a King on the turn and river, to double up and more or less secure himself a spot in Day 2.

He did, as the rest of the board bricked out and he had improbably, amazingly, survived the bubble.

Albright would sit back down and pantomime a wipe of his brow, and he without a doubt realizes how lucky he is to not be sent home before the end of Day 1B.

Another elimination would come just a few moments later and Albright would go from out the door to bagging up just over 40,000 chips.

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Dec 7 8:06 pm

BPOC: No Dinner, Playing Down To 40

Level 17 (4,000/8,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 188
Players Remaining: 44

Now that Event 7 is in the books, we return to cover the Bar Poker Open National Championship, and we were originally supposed to take a dinner break after Level 16, but with just a few eliminations separating the Day 1B field from Day 2, the tournament staff has decided to play through allowing players to go on dinner “for the rest of the night” once they get down to 40 players.

When the final player is eliminated and 40 players remain, we will post some of the top stacks in the room, and wrap up the starting flights of this National Championship event.

Players are now on a quick 10 minute break and will return shortly to complete Day 1B.

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Dec 7 5:30 pm

BPOC: Introducing the “River Chasers”

Level 13 (1,500/3,000/400)
Total Entries: 188
Players Remaining: 105

It’s only fitting that the final introductory interview we have to bring you is with Andrew “Griff” Griffith, who is the owner of the River Chasers from the Philadelphia area, who are the “creatures” of the Bar Poker Open.

Griff started out as a player in the River Chasers league and as his involvement progressed, he began to take a bigger and bigger role in the league, and after a few years, he’s turned the River Chasers into one of the biggest poker leagues in the country.

Griff’s theory for how to run a successful poker league? Simple, love what you do and entertain the customers, something these clearly shown they know how to do with the production and creation of the Bar Poker Open.

This series is without a doubt the “million dollar experience for a fraction of the price” which is part of Griff’s initial vision as he wanted to give his, and other bar league players across the country, the opportunity to play on poker’s biggest stage without committing thousands of dollars to that dream.

It’s amazing to see what Griff and the River Chasers have been able to do in just a few short years, and everyone in the bar poker community is excited to see what they’ll do next.

Griff and his business partner Glen McCrory are about to sit down in the “Tag Team” event, and Griff fully expects to make the Final Table, as even the boss of the operation wants a seat under the bright lights of the Bar Poker Open live streaming area.

To see the entire interview with the River Chasers’ owner, click the image below.

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Dec 7 5:15 pm

BPOC: Day 1A Chip Counts

Level 13 (1,500/3,000/400)
Total Entries: 188
Players Remaining: 105

Dozens of players have approached the media table throughout the day and they all seem to be wondering the same thing, “When will the results from Day 1A be posted?” as players want to know where they and their league-mates stand on the leader board.

Well, the list of the forty players who bagged in Day 1A has officially been confirmed and is now available below

1 JOHN CURRERI 398,000
2 ROBERT OSWALD 343,000
3 JONATHAN LONGWILL 339,000
4 FRANK BUCOLO 321,000
5 KAYLA COUTU 318,000
6 PIETRO CURINI 318,000
7 NGHIA DO 299,000
8 PAUL CAREAU 241,000
9 JAMES MONSINI 231,000
10 FRED HENGST 221,000
11 ERIC PERRY 198,000
12 MARK COURTNEY 188,000
13 STEPHEN SOKALSKI 182,000
14 TIMM HANNON 181,000
15 CHRISTOPHER HARRIS 175,000
16 CHRISTOPHER SHORT 172,000
17 MICHAEL AARON 165,000
18 RANDON KENT 142,000
19 ERIN MCCOURT 137,000
20 CAITLIN BOYLE 130,000
21 EZEKIEL SPRINGER 129,000
22 CHARLES GALLAGHER 128,000
23 KEITH TOWNSEND 124,000
24 JEFFREY BRODECKY 122,000
25 JO LEAKE 110,000
26 OWEN BREITNER 96,000
27 BARRY SAMPSON 90,000
28 JAMMON LAMBERT 89,000
29 ANGELO CHAMES 87,000
30 FRANKLIN WATKINS 79,000
31 MICHAEL HANCOCK 76,000
32 DONNA HARRIGAN 76,000
33 FRANK PALUMBO 71,000
34 RICHARD BAILEY 62,000
35 MELISSA WEINER 58,000
36 GLENN RESCH 57,000
37 NICHOLAS WINTERS 52,000
38 JAMIE WOLFE 45,000
39 WILLIAM WEXLER 34,000
40 ANTHONY GOFF 8,000

 

40 more players will be joining those listed above in Day 2 and a complete list of all players who bag chips from both starting days will be posted tomorrow before the final day of the Bar Poker Open National Championship begins, along with their new seating assignments.

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Dec 7 5:07 pm

BPOC: Approaching The 100 Player Mark

Level 12 (1,000/2,000/300)
Total Entries: 188
Players Remaining: 105

Just minutes after returning from break, another table was condensed and we are now left with just over 100 players remaining in Day 1B of the Bar Poker Open National Championship.

With 40 players guaranteed to advance from this starting flight, the rest of the day should be tense, as players know just how important it is to bag up chips and advance to Day 2.

Live updates will continue through the end of this starting flight and the Final Table coverage of the Event 7 will begin once the players are moved to our live streamed set, which we expect to be within the next hour or so.

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Dec 7 4:36 pm

BPOC: Three Sides To Every Story

Level 11 (800/1,600/300)
Total Entries: 188
Players Remaining: 135

Bob Higgins and Thomas Wilke split up one of the bigger pots we've seen her e in Day 1B of the BPO National Championship.

Bob Higgins and Thomas Wilke split up one of the bigger pots we’ve seen her e in Day 1B of the BPO National Championship.

One of the biggest hands of the tournament just played out on an outer table, with nearly every aspect of poker being represented in one hand.

We had a hero call, an ill-timed bluff and a short stack triple up to give us the a poker “trifecta” in one of the more exciting hands of the entire Bar Poker Open.

The action was picked up with Bob Higgins moving all-in on a board of {8c}{9d}{Kd} and he’d get called in two spots, by Tom Wilkie and an unknown player on the button.

The turn would bring the {4s} and Wilkie would bet out 10,000. The unknown player on the button would call to see the {Qd} fall on the river and Wilkie would roll his eyes and check and nearly every possible draw got there.

His opponent would instantly move all-in and Wilke would stand up to inspect the situation from afar. He only had close to 10,000 chips left in front of him and he eventually decided he didn’t believe the unknown player, calling and tabling {9h}{8c} with authority.

Wilke’s two pair was enough to win the sizable side pot, as his opponent had {10c}{7c} for nothing more than a stone cold bluff.

Wilke was concerned the unknown player held the flush, but it was Bob Higgins who tabled {Jd}{2d} for a rivered flush that would save his tournament life and give him a much needed triple up.

When the dust settled Higgins was sitting with close to 60,000 and Wilke had made a small profit in the hand and also sat with close to 55,000.

Players are now on a quick 10 minute break.

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Dec 7 3:53 pm

BPOC: Introducing ‘Suit Up’ Poker League

Level 10 (600/1,200/200)
Total Entries: 188
Players Remaining: 146

Next up on the docket is Kimberly Perkins, who has gone from local league player to the director of the ‘Suit Up’ Poker League, based out of Raleigh, NC.

Kimberly fell in love with the bar poker community and knew she could offer players so much more, so she decided to start her own league to support her friends an players and the affiliation with the Bar Poker Open is just another amazing addition that Kimberly has brought to her team, as she strives to make ‘Suit Up’ bigger and better every year.

Kimberly even says that some of her players have never played in a casino before, but that everyone from her league has had a fantastic time and that it’s been an amazing experience for everyone.

To see the entire interview with Kimberly, click on the image below.

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