Nearly 300 runners showed up for Day 1b of the Borgata Spring Open $2700 buy-in Championship, pushing the prize pool just past the $1 Million Guarantee and ensuring that the top prize is worth more than $250,000.
According to the PokerNews Live updates team it was Ohio native Alan Wentz who bested WPT Champion Anthony Zinno in a massive pot to carry the overnight chip lead and with his stack being taller than that of Day 1a’s chip leader, Paul Volpe, Wentz leads the combined field of 199 players into Day 2.
With the BSO being one of the East Coast’s premiere events and the lead in to the World Poker Tour's first ever East Coast Championship event, a slew of elite players flocked to the Borgata to take part. Former November Niner Matt Giannetti sits with a top ten stack with Team Ivey Pro Mike Leah sitting just outside the top 10. Rappin’ Brett Richey, Brian Lemke and 2-time WPT Champion Andy Frankenberger are all within striking distance of having a massive stack as well.
Other notable names returning to slug it out are Amnon Filippi, Mike Linster, Matt Affleck, Chris Tryba, Luke Vrabel, party poker’s Scott Baumstein and former Lock Poker pro Melanie Weisner.
Not everyone survived the onslaught though as Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler, the WPT’s own Tony “Bond18” Dunst, WPT Champion Anthony Zinno and storied actor James Woods all have a little extra time on their hands having hit the rail.
Day 2 action heats up at the Borgata today at 12:00 noon EST for another 8 levels all which can be followed over on the PokerNews Live Updates page.
New Jersey residents still looking to get in on the action at the Borgata can satellite their way in over at BorgataPoker.com!!