Only 18 players from the original 2482 entires remain in Event 1 of the Borgata Spring Poker Open and only one of them will grab the massive $209k first place prize. Poker carnage took place on Day 2 as nearly 500 players found their hopes of overall victory crushed on the felt, but the min-cash bubble of $1,264 burst at the 200 player mark bringing a return on investment for just under half of the field that was in play for the day.
According to the PokerNews Live Reporting team, the current chip leader is New York native Philip Neiman, who is one of three players to return with over 6 million chips to his stack (roughly 10% of the chips in play). Right behind him is Adam Pace and John Yanni, both within striking distance of taking the chip lead.
Plenty of notable names entered the day looking for a big payday but were forced to leave empty handed including actor-turned-poker enthusiast James Woods. Poker pros Brett Richey, Scott Baumstein and Chris Tryba all of whom managed to squeak into the cash, with Richey wrapping up the deepest run of the 3, taking home just over $3k.
The final 18 will battle it out starting today at 1pm.
If you haven’t made your plans to get to the Borgata Spring Open yet, there’s still time. The World Poker Tour Championship event is holding qualifiers on BorgataPoker.com!
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