Day 2 of the Borgata 2014 Spring Open World Poker Tour Championship is in the books. As expected, the Borgata Poker Room saw a fast and drastic reduction in players as only 68, from the 200 that started the day, bagged up chips at the end of the night. Today, on Day 3, the money bubble will burst (36) as we get closer to determining who will take home the over $1.3 million first place prize.
Perhaps what was unexpected was who would rise to be the overnight chipleader. Eric Afrait, the same Canadian pro who took down the 2014 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for over $1m just last week, pouched up over $1m in tournament chips last night, nearly double that of 2nd place on the leader board, Athanasios Polychronopoulos. Afrait is headed into Day 3 with a massive stack and will be looking to put a stranglehold on a run at back-to-back WPT titles.
Other runners in the current top ten have impressive resumes as well. Tony Gregg, Scott Seiver, Ryan D’Angelo, Day 1b chipleader Jason Koon and Jonathan Tamayo all managed to build healthy stacks.
Other big names to keep an eye on are former Dallas Cowboys wideout Miles Austin, Raw Deal host Tony Dunst, Nick “The Takeover” Schulman, former Novembers Niner Eric Buchman and Jesse Sylvia, Loni Harwood, Eugene Todd (Bro) and barely making the cut, 13-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth.
Jason Koon and former Dallas wide receiver Miles Austin
Unfortunately for the likes of Greg Merson, Allen Kessler, Joseph Cheong, Jon Aguiar, Scotty Nguyen, Andy Frankenberger, Paul Volpe and Will “The Thrill” Failla, among a long list of others, they were unable to fade the flips and bad beats and find themselves looking forward to the next event.