Jean “Prince” Gaspard Looking for a Crown at Borgata Poker Open

Jean Gaspard needed a massive color up at the end of the night just to bag his chips. (Photo by Thomas Keeling)

Jean Gaspard needed a massive color up at the end of the night just to bag his chips. (Photo by Thomas Keeling)

Jean Gaspard ended Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open well out in front of the field with 5.4 million. Gaspard stayed very active throughout the day, seemed to run pure in flip situations and ended with a 2.5 million chip lead over second place Blake Bohn – when the average stack landed at 1.1 million.

“Today was the opposite of yesterday for me,” Gaspard said. “I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to get involved in certain situations today. I just changed up my game and everything worked out. I played my big hands slow, but I mixed up everything so they wouldn’t know what I was doing. I was on top of everything today.”

“Everybody could play today, I moved to about six different tables,” Gaspard continued. “I played with (Ryan) Riess today – all the tables today were pretty good and I knew things about them. They play with me a lot but don’t know anything about me and I used it to my advantage.”

The day began with 150 players and tournament officials hoped the field would shrink to 27 by the end of the night. They didn’t quite make the goal and suspended play at 2 am with 31 players remaining.

Zo Karim, Darren Elias and Ray Qartomy bagged up above average stacks. Daniel Weinman, Justin Zaki, Erik Cajelais and Matt Glantz all bagged below average stacks and face an uphill climb to make the final table.

Ryan Riess, Jamie Kerstetter, Dan O’Brien, Dan Shak, John Racener, Anthony Zinno, Matt Affleck and Mike Sexton all finished in the money but did not survive the day. Malik Rose, Russell Crane and Cliff Josephy were a few of the players eliminated short of the money.

The field shrunk down to the money bubble in the second level of the day. Hand-for-hand play only lasted a couple rounds before Tom Dobrilovic and Scott Masters got their stacks in on a 7 3 2 board. Masters tabled pocket jacks and Dobrilovic turned up 8 7. The board completed 5 T, Masters’ jacks held and Dobrilovic was the last player eliminated without collecting a payday.

Gaspard was active all day and flirted with five million late in the day after he went to a flop of Q T 5 with Aditya Agarwal. Gaspard bet enough to set Agarwal all in and he called holding K T. Gaspard tabled Q 8 for top pair and the lead. The board finished 4 8, Gaspard improved to two pair and Agarwal was eliminated.

Kerstetter found a spot to shove preflop after Gaspard opened, Riess called, Scott Jackson called on the button and Kerstetter moved in. Gaspard called, Riess and Jackson mucked then Kerstetter tabled K J. Gaspard turned up K J and they looked like a favorite to chop the pot. But an all diamond flop gave Gaspard a lock on the hand and Kerstetter exited in 52nd place.

Riess moved all in preflop holding A J against Gaspard holding K Q. The board ran out Q J 9 3 K and Gaspard’s two pair eliminated the 2013 WSOP Main Event champ.

After the bubble burst Bohn experienced some discomfort and required attention from Borgata’s medical staff. He was taken out of the tournament room in a wheelchair and was gone for about 45 minutes. Bohn returned to the tournament area feeling much better and stated on Twitter that he needed some food. Despite his absence he still bagged a sizable stack.

Play resumes for Day 4 with one hour left in Level 24. Thursday’s action is scheduled to play down until six players remain, regardless of how long it takes.

Day 3 Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Jean Gaspard – 5,464,000
  2. Blake Bohn – 2,951,000
  3. Zo Karim – 2,280,000
  4. Nicholas Gerrity – 1,906,000
  5. Darren Elias – 1,770,000
  6. Kane Kalas – 1,679,000
  7. Ray Qartomy – 1,665,000
  8. Richard Munro – 1,632,000
  9. Ory Hen – 1,491,000
  10. Riley Fuller – 1,442,000

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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