With a pair of starting flights commencing on the final opening day of Event 1 of the 2014 Borgata Spring Open the question wasn’t “if” the Borgata poker room would beat their $1 million guarantee it was “by how much.” Players arrived in droves to empty their $560 money clips into starting flights 1c and 1d in an effort to make it to day 2 with a shot at making the money.
Starting flight 1c, which began at 11:00am EST, proved to be the monster field as 885 runners poured into the Borgata and took their seats. According to PokerNews live reporting, the rush was so great additional tournament tables were brought out to accommodate the demand. By the time starting flight 1d was ready to go at 7:00pm, there were already 1,713 entries recorded so they would have only needed 287 to meet the $1 million.
The excitement was turned up when over 700 more entrants jumped in the field pushing the prize pool well past $1m by roughly $200k. The unofficial number was 770 runners in the final flight and an estimated 2,483 total buy-ins.
Despite that massive number a scant 525 players or so will return for Day 2 at noon EST to play into the money. Plenty of big name players are part of that crew too – rappin’ Brett Richey, Victor Ramdin, Micah Raskin, former Cardrunners exec Lana O’Brien, WSOP Bracelet winner and former November Niner Eric Buchman, partypoker pro Scott Baumstein, Amnon Filippi, Chris Tryba and, of course, the legendary actor James Woods all will be returning with chips and chairs (so to speak).
For all the action from the 2014 Borgata Spring Open – Event 1 – check out the live updates from PokerNews.
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