The first flight of Day 1 at the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Open was played out yesterday, with Day 1a attracting 397 entries, though many of them were re-entries. The $3,500 buy-in event saw only 209 of those getting through to Day 2, though many that failed are expected to re-buy in again today for Day 1b.
The player that finished the day right at the top of the pile was Luiz Vazquez, after he built up a solid stack of 182,075 chips which had him a good 15k ahead of Martin Matranca running in second. Other notables in the top ten include Mohsin Charania, Jason Koon and the very likeable Lee Childs.
Players Who Succumbed On Day 1a!
There were of course some casualties throughout Day 1a, with some of the more notable names being Noah Schwartz, Allen Kessler, Shawn Cunix and Matt Affleck, though the former has just tweeted that he will be taking part in Day 1b, with the rest almost certain to be following that trend.
There were plenty of others though that was fortunate enough to see themselves into Day 2, with Matt Gianetti, David Baker, Matt Salsberg, Tony Dunst, Andy Frankenberger, Chris Klodnicki and the ever popular Shannon Shorr all doing enough to be taking part on Day 2.
Tomorrow’s field is expected to be huge, especially with some of the bigger events at the Aussie Millions now done with, though anyone in the Main Event over there will not be taking part here. The target is last year’s combined total of 743 for the first two flights of Day 1, which could very well be beaten.
Whether or not that record is beaten, this event is always a popular one and is certain to provide us with some top notch poker action for the next few days. We are already licking our lips in anticipation on what other big names will be taking part on Day 1b.
The Current Top Ten!
Luis Vazquez – 182,075
Martin Matranca – 166,350
Ray Qartomy – 160,500
Jason Koon – 130,600
Matt Matros – 128,350
Jared Jaffee – 123,400
Stan Joblonski – 123,275
Lee Childs – 122,875
Mohsin Charania – 122,400
Jake Toole – 110,850
To keep on track with what exactly is happening in this event, be sure to follow us as we will be covering this event right until the winner is revealed. One thing is for certain though; it has been an excellent start to 2013 poker wise, with some massive events being played out each week it seems.