David Williams Has Borgata Chip Lead
Pro David Williams holds the chip lead at the Borgata Open Championship after Day 2 play with 727,100 in chips, showing again just how deep the field has been at event.
Williams, with nearly $8 Million in tournament winnings, is a Vegas-based pro who occasionally come east, playing at The Borgata or the Connecticut casinos.
And, of course, he made his name finishing second to Greg Raymer at the 2004 WSOP.
But with the field as deep as it is, Williams was able to sneak up the leader board past pros such as Vanessa Selbst, John Racener and Will Failla and take the Day 2 lead.
Today’s actions starts with 170 players left competing to make it to the bubble, with the tournament paying the top 100 players. First place will win $922,441, almost $200,000 more than the event paid last year.
That’s largely because this year’s field is a record-setting 1,313 players. Even with 143 players taking advantage of the tournaments Double Play re-buy, (Players that washed out day 1A could re-buy Day 1B), that still means there were more players this year than 2010’s 1,042.
By the way, that’s a World Poker Tour record.
Today’s play should get us to the bubble and tomorrow’s play down to a final six, which will then square off at 3pm Friday for TV coverage and to name a champ.
Here’s the top five chip leaders going into today.
1 David Williams 727,100
2 Maurice Hawkins 646,500
3 David Jones 643,400
4 Miguel Perez 553,800
5 Andrew Blake 534,000