WPT Field Bulges in Borgata

WPT Field Bulges in Borgata

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The World Poker Tour's latest tournament stop got under way on Sunday with Day 1A of the Borgata Open. Always a popular destination on the tour, the opening session saw 376 entrants take to the felt, including the likes of Eric Baldwin, Jeff Madsen, Vanessa Selbst and Jonathan Little.

As with all opening days the action flew by at a healthy clip and by the time the lights went down just 180 players were left with a chip stack. Sitting with the healthiest at the close of the session was Cong Tran (191,025), closely followed by Besnik Ziba (183,375) and Thomas Campbell (181,025).

With Day 1A in the books another eager cohort of players took to the felt yesterday for Day 1B and when the numbers had been crunched the event's total number of entrants stood at 1,189. After putting each player's $3,300+$200 entrance fee into one pot the organisers announced an overall prizepool of $3,805,989, which means this season's champion will take home $825,099.

Leading the way when time was called on Day 1B was the tournament hotshot Paul Volpe. A profitable session saw the American pro amass a 231,850 chip stack by the close of play to lead Anthony Castelli (210,100) and Jeremy Stein (206,100).

Also still in the hunt when the starting fields are merged and play resumes later today is the likes of Kevin Saul (81,000), Matt Salsberg (64,075), Phil Laak (49,075) and Prahlad Friedman (33,000).

Tags: WPT Borgata Open 2013, Paul Volpe, Cong Tran