WPT Borgata Open Attracts Over 1,000 Players

WPT Borgata Open Attracts Over 1,000 Players

Monday, 21 September 2009

Attendance has steadily declined over the past few years at the World Poker Tour. This lead to the decision to put a $2,000,000 guarantee on the Borgata event in Atlantic City, as well as lowering the buy-in to $3,500.

It seems to have done the trick – on Day 1a, Chino Rheem lead a star-studded field of 326 players. The next day, 675 more joined in on the action. The field on Day 1a alone was almost double that of the entire WPT Cyprus event.

The average field for the WPT recently has been just a couple of hundred players. For example, the last Legends of Poker event in LA featured 279 runners, while the Bellagio Cup hosted just 268 – down over 40% on the 2007 field.

Frank Molinari holds the chip lead going in to Day 2 – he built up his starting stack of 30,000 to almost 170,000 by the end of day’s play. Pros in the hunt on Day 1b that can rival his stack given the right cards include Bill Gazes and Gavin Smith.

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