Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Event 20: End of Day 2

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship NLH

Williams with the Lead

A generous player early in the day helped David Williams become one of the only three players to crack the 600k mark propelling him to the end of Day 2 chip lead of the WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship event.

The WSOP bracelet holder is chased by a stellar field that includes Vanessa Selbst, John Racener, and Jeff Madsen who are all still alive for the $922,441 first place prize.

"It was a steady climb most of the day," said Williams, who finished the day with 727,100 chips, "but a guy gave me a gift by calling off 170k with ace-queen."  A surprised Williams, who has nearly $8 million in career tournament earnings, had ace-king.

When big slick held for a ~450k chip pot it helped propel him to the chip lead ahead of Maurice Hawkins (647k) and David Jones (643k).

Other WSOP bracelet holders in the field include Selbst (315k), Madsen (124k), and "Miami" John Cernuto (120k). Start of Day 2 chip leader Abe Korotki had an up and down day and bagged 192k.

170 players return 11 am Wednesday for Day 3 with an average stack of 231k (46 BB) as the field stakes it claim at the $4,332,900 total buy-in. The top 100 finishers are guaranteed a minimum of $8,386 and the field will play down to the final 27, just two days before Friday's televised final table of six.

"I love Borgata," said Willliams, "this was my first WPT (tour) event and I finished second to Daniel (Negreanu).  I've got a soft spot in my heart for this place and want to rectify that," he said after his runner-up finish in 2004.

"Having the chip lead now means nothing, You can be one cooler away from being short stacked or even out. They key is to keep making good decisions."

Number of Entrants: 1,313
Players Remaining: 170
Chips In Play: 39.3 million

Average Stack: 231k (46 BB)
Big Stack: 727k (145 BB)

Next Blinds: 2.5k/5k/400 ante

Total Buy-In: $4,332,900
First Prize: $922,441
Places Paid: 100

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