Borgata 2014 Spring Open –

Jason Koon Leads WPT Championship, Guarantee Missed By That Much

200 return to fight for the prize.

Expect early poker carnage on Day 2.

The World Poker Tour's Championship event of Season 12 continued at the Borgata Poker Room yesterday with an additional 223 runners (some of which busted on Day 1a) jumping into the $15,400 tournament creating a prize pool $4,910,000. Yep, that’s $90k off the $5 million guarantee or to put in other terms – 6 players.

By most accounts, the narrowly missed guarantee is not bringing the energy down in the room as The Borgata is still full of the biggest names in the game battling for what will be a 7-figure payday for 1st place. Perhaps the man most excited about that this morning is overnight chip leader Jason Koon. Koon juiced his stack to over 3x the average and sits atop the heavyweight field that includes Athanasios Polychrinipoulos, Lee Markholt, Paul Volpe, Brandon Steven and Tony Gregg – all of whom come into Day 2 with top 10 chips stacks.

But poker isn’t a modern day child’s soccer game where everyone gets a trophy just for participating. In order for someone to win, someone has to lose and there were plenty of people who hit the rail during Day 1b. For instance, 2013 WSOP Champ Ryan Riess, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, Team PokerStars’ Eugene Katchalov, Ivey Poker’s Dan Smith and partypoker’s Kara Scott all got bounced from the event.

Action resumes today at noon EST when an even 200 players take their seats to chase the dream of becoming a World Poker Tour Champion. Wanna follow along as it happens, Rich Ryan and the PokerNews Live Updates crew bring you the action as it happens.

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