It’s a funny thing how any given day can play out, as we’re sure Darlene Lee (Burnbary, Canada) would tell you. Darlene started the day with an issue at the airport, where they lost her luggage as she arrived in New Jersey, trying to get to Day 2 of the WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship. Lee eventually left the airport without luggage, but with the hopes that they would find her things, clearly not the mindset you want to go into a major poker tournament with. Maybe Darlene needs to lose her luggage more often, because she would end up bagging the chip lead for the Day 1B starting flight (254,900), and find out that her things were actually found (and she adds a pair of Monster headphones to the checked luggage)!!!
The Day 1B starting flight (826 total entries) was more than double what we saw walk into the Event Center the day before (400 total entries). The announcement was made by the WPT that the 1,226 total entries was the fourth largest field in their storied history, and the third largest here at Borgata. There were a total of 171 players that bagged chips at the end of Day 1A, with an additional 435 successfully doing the same when play ended last night.
The list of notables that bagged chips from the Day 1B flight seemingly goes on forever, but there were certain names that stood out. Former professional athletes Richard Seymour and Malik Rose managed to join actor James Woods, as the three names lead the “A-List” into Day 2. Some of the “A-List” poker pros to also complete the feat included Paul Volpe, Matt Glantz, Shaun Deeb, Jared Jaffee, Jamie Kerstetter, Ebony Kenney, Matt Salsberg, and former Borgata WPT champion Dwyte Pilgrim.
The players who bagged chips for Day 2 will return to action this afternoon at 12:00pm, all looking to make it through the day and put themselves in contention for the $3,900,000 prize pool. There will be 120 players that make the money in this event, with $843,744 going to the eventual winner. If you would like to find out where you are sitting for Day 2, just CLICK HERE to find an alphabetical listing of players and table/seat assignments.
That’s not all the action in the Event Center today, as Event 21 begins in less than an hour (11:00am). The $500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry event should attract a strong crowd (and nice sized field), as this is the first trophy to run since the beginning of Event 20 on Sunday.